DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending March 5.
Louisiana Tech senior third baseman Chase Lunceford
was named National Hitter of the Week, while
Radford senior right-handed pitcher Danny Hrbek
and Kansas State senior left-handed pitcher Parker
Rigler were named National Pitchers of the Week.
The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I
Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout
Lunceford helped Louisiana Tech improve to 11-1 on the season
after batting .421 (8-for-19) with at least one RBI in all five
games during a 4-1 week. The Clinton, Miss., native had
three multi-RBI outings as well as three multiple-hit games,
scoring seven runs. Lunceford doubled twice in the win over No.
20 Arkansas and hit three total home runs on the week, including
becoming the first Louisiana Tech player to hit multiple home
runs in a game in over two years during Sunday’s series-ending
sweep of previously undefeated Wichita State. Lunceford also
drew a pair of walks.
Hrbek tossed the first nine-inning no-hitter in Radford
baseball history and fourth in program history, which includes
two seven-inning no hitters and one rain-shortened five-inning
game. He totaled a career-high eight strikeouts, yielding no
walks, facing just one batter over the minimum. In the nine
innings, Hrbek had three innings of two-plus strikeouts,
throwing only 88 pitches in the contest that included 63
strikes. The only blemish on the day for the Highlanders was a
throwing error in the bottom of the first inning. The Effort,
Pa. native threw just 17 pitches to retire the final nine
Bobcats to cap off the Highlanders' first no-hitter since Jason
Anderson tossed a seven-inning affair against UNC Asheville on
April 15, 1995.
Rigler threw Kansas State’s first no-hitter since 1991. The
Edmond, Okla., native threw the ninth no-hitter in K-State
program history Sunday in a 14-0 decision over Eastern Illinois.
He struck out six EIU hitters, walked two and threw 103 pitches
en route to his second win of the season. Rigler, a transfer
from Cowley College, threw K-State’s first no-hitter since Chris
Hmielewski’s five-inning no-hitter of Augustana in 1991.
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For more information on the NCBWA Division I National Players
of the Week, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director
at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
2017 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
Feb. 21: Andrew Kendrick, Youngstown State (Hitter);
Jared Poché, LSU and Robbie Welhaf, Elon (Pitcher)
Feb. 28: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State (Hitter);
Justin Dillon, Sacramento State (Pitcher)
March 7: Chase Lunceford, Louisiana Tech (Hitter);
Danny Hrbek, Radford and Parker Rigler, Kansas State (Pitcher)
March 14: Connor Smith, Western Michigan (Hitter);
Eli Morgan, Gonzaga (Pitcher)
March 21: Jake Scheiner, Houston (Hitter);
John Gavin, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
2017 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Brendon McKay, Lousiville (Hitter); James
Poché, LSU (Pitcher)