Feb. 21, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
YSU's Kendrick, LSU's Poché and Elon's Welhaf honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 19. Youngstown State junior first baseman Andrew Kendrick was named National Hitter of the Week, while LSU senior left-handed pitcher Jared Poché and Elon junior right-handed pitcher Robbie Welhaf 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 the season.

Kendrick's five hits were over three games at the Riverview Inn Governors Challenge in Clarksville, Tenn. All five hits went for home runs as he drove in 11 of YSU's 13 runs at the tournament. The Springfield, Mo., native hit a solo home run in the season opener against Austin Peay, and followed that up with two homers – a solo shot and a three-run home run – against Indiana State on Saturday. He concluded the week by hitting a grand slam and a solo home run as part of a six-RBI day against Illinois State. He already has more home runs in three games than he did all of last season (four). In fact, only one Penguin, Phil Lipari in 2014, has hit at least five home runs in an entire season in the last four years.

Pochι, the Lutcher, La. native, fired the sixth individual no-hitter in LSU history, as he recorded a seven-inning gem against Army in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. He recorded no walks and four strikeouts over 79 pitches in LSU's 6-0 win. Army’s only baserunner in the contest reached on an error in the LSU outfield in the fourth inning. Pochι’s no-hitter was the first by an LSU pitcher since 1979, when Bobby Landry accomplished the feat in a seven-inning game against Southern Miss.

Welhaf needed just 100 pitches to throw the first no-hitter of the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball season in Saturday's 7-0 victory over Longwood. It was the first no-hit performance by an Elon pitcher at the Division I level. In just his third career start, Welhaf faced just one batter over the minimum and retired 16 consecutive Longwood hitters at one point in the nine-inning outing. The Doylestown, Pa., native struck out a career-high eight hitters and walked just one batter.

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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.

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)
• March 28: Matt Lloyd, Indiana (Hitter); Cory Abbott, Loyola Marymount (Pitcher)
• April 4: Keaton Kringlen, BYU (Hitter); Alex Cunningham, Coastal Carolina (Pitcher)
• April 11: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State (Hitter); Michael Grove, West Virginia (Pitcher)
• April 18: Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest (Hitter); Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt (Pitcher)
• April 25: Dylan Busby, Florida State (Hitter); Alex Faedo, Florida (Pitcher)
• May 2: Hunter Hargrove, Texas Tech (Hitter); David Peterson, Oregon (Pitcher)
• May 9: Dan Kerwin, UT Martin (Hitter); Trevor Stephan, Arkansas (Pitcher)
• May 16: Jared Barnes, South Alabama (Hitter); Zach Prendergast, Seton Hall (Pitcher)
• May 23: Kevin Milam, St. Mary's (Hitter); Cole Bartlett, Missouri (Pitcher)

2017 NCBWA Division I Players of the Month:
• February: Brendon McKay, Lousiville (Hitter); James Poché, LSU (Pitcher)
• March: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State (Hitter); David Peterson, Oregon (Pitcher)
• April: Drew Ellis, Louisville (Hitter); Jake Thompson, Oregon State (Pitcher)
• May: Chris Carrier, Memphis (Hitter); Trey Cumbie, Houston (Pitcher)