DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player
of the Week awards for the period ending February 25. N.C. State
junior outfielder Brett Kinneman was named
National Hitter of the Week, while Washington junior
right-handed pitcher Joe DeMers was named
National Pitcher of the Week.
The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference
each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Kinneman hit a career-high five home runs during the week to
take over the Atlantic Coast Conference lead in that category and
tie for second nationally. The junior outfielder from York, Pa.,
hit for the home run cycle, hitting a grand slam on Tuesday, and
a two-run and three-run homer on Friday before hitting solo home
runs on Saturday and Sunday.
Kinneman tallied 15 RBI to lead the Wolfpack to a perfect 5-0
record during the week and take over the conference lead in total
RBI with 17 for the season. Kinneman also scored seven runs, hit
a triple and stole two bases. For the week, he was 13-of-21 to compile
a .619 batting average at the plate and also made a few nice catches
defensively. His 15 hits for the season ranks among the top 10 of
DeMers made history in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at
Husky Ballpark throwing the first ever perfect game in Washington
history and just the fifth by a Pac-12 pitcher. The Martinez, Calif.,
native needed 84 pitches to set all 27 UC Riverside batters down
in order in the Huskies 8-0 victory.
He was efficient all night and threw over 10 pitches in just
three innings, with a high of 13. In a four-inning span from the
fourth to seventh, DeMers threw just 30 pitches. It allowed him
to be relatively fresh when he arrived in the ninth inning.
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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.
2018 NCBWA Division I Players of the Week:
• Feb. 20: Jake Brodt, Santa Clara (Hitter); Nick Sandlin, Southern Miss (Pitcher)
• Feb. 27: Brett Kinneman, N.C. State (Hitter); Joe DeMers, Washington (Pitcher)
• March 6: Luke Heyer, Kentucky (Hitter); Payton Kinney, Omaha (Pitcher)
• March 13: Jacob Rhinesmith, Western Kentucky (Hitter); Casey Mize, Auburn (Pitcher)
2018 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
• February: Brett Kinneman, N.C. State (Hitter); Brady Feigl, Ole Miss (Pitcher)