05/16/2006 – Troy State University
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 14, today. Troy junior first baseman/designated hitter Josh Dew was named National Hitter of the Week, while Houston junior right-hand pitcher Brad Lincoln was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday hroughout the season. Dew had an outstanding weekend at UALR, blasting four home runs, including three in one game, and driving in 11 runs. He posted a .533 batting average and a 1.400 slugging percentage. In Friday’s game, the Montgomery, Ala., native, had a solo homer, a two-run homer and a grand slam in Troy’s 17-7 victory. He also had a double off the top of the wall in center. Dew also homered on Sunday and was the winning pitcher, working five innings with five strikeouts. Dew was also named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. In a game featuring two of the premier pitchers in the country on two Top 10 teams, Lincoln came out on top. The Clute, Texas, native posted his second shutout of the season to end No. 1-ranked Rice’s 17-game conference winning streak. He allowed only five hits and struck out nine while walking only two in tossing his third complete game of the season. Lincoln retired the first 10 batters that he faced and 20 of the first 23 in improving to 11-1 and recording his 10th straight win. With this week’s honor, Lincoln automatically is named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization. The Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Cap Co. supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams. This is the first season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA’s Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at www.prolinecap.com. Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association’s official Web site, www.ncbwa.com. For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro (601-266-5947), email@example.com PREVIOUS WINNERS: Pro-Line Cap Co., Hitter of the Week – Feb. 14 – Aaron Luna, Rice; Feb. 21 – Chris Swauger, The Citadel; Feb. 28 – Kyle Russell, Texas; March 7 – Luke Hopkins, New Mexico State; March 14 – Chris Gradoville, Creighton; March 21 – Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison; March 28 – Trey McDaniel, Western Carolina; April 4 – Andy D’Alessio, Clemson; April 11 – Reid Fronk, North Carolina; April 18 – Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt; April 25 – Case Cassedy, Furman; May 2 – Emeel Salem, Alabama; May 9 – Jacob Dempsey, Winthrop; May 16 – Josh Dew, Troy Pro-Line Cap Co., Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 14 – Nick Schmidt, Arkansas; Feb. 21 – Barry Enright, Pepperdine and Brad Furnish, TCU; Feb. 28 – Rodney Brantley, Dallas Baptist; March 7 – Joba Chamberlain, Nebraska; March 14 – David Price, Vanderbilt; March 21 – Daniel Best, Southern Miss and Miles Morgan, Texas Tech; March 28 – Christian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky; April 4 – Tim Linecum, Washington; April 11 – Adam Ottavino, Northeastern; April 18 – Mike Ballard; April 25 – Brooks Brown, Georgia; May 2 – Bobby Blevins, LeMoyne; May 9 – Nick Jones, Oral Roberts; May 16 – Brad Lincoln, Houston.