March 2, 2010

Courtesy of NCBWA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)­ released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 28, today. Auburn junior outfielder Brian Fletcher was named National Hitter of the Week, while UT Arlington senior right-hander Jason Mitchell 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.  

Fletcher hit .636 (7-11) with a 1.545 slugging percentage in the Auburn Classic. He collected three home runs, including a walk-off solo homer in the 10th to beat Boston College on Friday night. Fletcher had 11 RBI during the weekend, hit safely in all six games and has an 11-game hitting streak dating back to last season.

The Fayetteville, Ga., native finished the week with multiple hits and multiple RBIs in every game. In game one against Boston College, Fletcher finished with three hits, two runs, two homers and three RBIs. Against Missouri in game two, he collected two hits, a double and four RBIs. In game three against Florida Atlantic, he had two hits, three runs, two walks, a home run and four RBIs.

Mitchell, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., broke a school and Southland Conference record with 18 strikeouts against Missouri State last Friday. Mitchell carried a no-hitter through 8.2 innings and finished the game pitching 9.0 innings, allowing no runs and one walk while throwing 134 pitches (85 strikes). His 18 strikeouts broke the UT Arlington record (previously 16 set by Roger Lancaster in 1997) and Southland Conference all-time record (previously 17 set by Lamar's Clay Hensley in 2002).

Mitchell became the first Maverick ever to carry a no-hitter through 8.2 innings. There have been five no-hitters in the history of UTA baseball, all coming in seven inning games. Mitchell struck out at least two hitters in every inning he pitched except for the eighth inning (struck out one). He fanned the first two batters in the ninth inning before giving up a single up the middle - which ended the no-hit bid - and then struck out a third batter to end the ninth inning. Mitchell's previous career-high in strikeouts was six.

Pro-Line Athletic, owned by Badger Sport, supplies caps and uniforms to several D-1 college baseball teams and this is the fifth 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 and Badger, visit their web sites at:  www.badgersport.com and 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 Executive Assistant Director Mike Montoro (304-293-2821, mike.montoro@mail.wvu.edu)