March 27, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
Illinois' Spillane, Oakland's Lee honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 25. Illinois junior first baseman Bren Spillane was named National Hitter of the Week, while Oakland senior right-handed pitcher Jake Lee 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.

Spillane led the Illini to a 4-0 week, batting .643 (9-for-14) with three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. He reached base at least three times in every game and was retired only five total times in four games. The Wheeling, Ill., native posted a .737 on-base percentage with a 1.500 slugging percentage, while drawing five walks and scoring seven times. Spillane scored the winning run in extra innings against Northwestern on Saturday, went 3-for-4 in the extra-inning win against the Wildcats on Sunday and stole three bases in the NU series.

Lee tossed a one-hit complete game, breaking a school single-game record with a career-best 14 strikeouts to lead Oakland to a 2-1 win over UIC in the series finale on Sunday. The Highland, Mich., native's performance broke the previous school mark of 13 set by Chris Van Dyke in 2013. Lee only gave up one unearned run in the second inning off a sacrifice fly and surrendered a double in the fifth. After the double, he retired the next 13 consecutive batters.

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For more information on the NCBWA Division I National Players of the Week, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro 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)
March 20: Joe Genord, USF (Hitter); Griffin Roberts, Wake Forest (Pitcher)
March 27: Bren Spillane, Illinois (Hitter); Jake Lee, Oakland (Pitcher)
April 3: Jon Littell, Oklahoma State (Hitter); Colton Eastman, Cal State Fullerton (Pitcher)
April 10: Connor Pauly, Morehead State (Hitter); Scotty Sunitsch, Washington State (Pitcher)
April 17: Ross Haffey, Miami, Ohio (Hitter); Noah Zavolas, Harvard (Pitcher)
April 24: Josh Jung, Texas Tech and Steven Wells, Florida State (Hitter); Connor Van Hoose, Bucknell (Pitcher)
May 1: Alex Holderbach, Eastern Kentucky (Hitter); Barrett Loseke, Arkansas (Pitcher)
May 8: Adam Sasser, Georgia (Hitter); Haylen Green, TCU (Pitcher)
May 15: Will Wilson, N.C. State (Hitter); Luke Heimlich, Oregon State (Pitcher)
May 22: Will Holland, Auburn (Hitter); Sam Shutes, Toledo (Pitcher)

2018 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
February: Brett Kinneman, N.C. State (Player); Brady Feigl, Ole Miss (Pitcher)
March: Seth Beer, Clemson (Player); Casey Mize, Auburn (Pitcher)
April: Alex Holderbach, Eastern Kentucky (Player); Connor Thomas, Georgia Tech (Pitcher)
May: Cal Raleigh, Florida State (Player); Logan Gilbert, Stetson (Pitcher)