MORGANTOWN, W. VA. (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association released its Dick Howser Trophy National
Player of the Week awards presented by The Game Headwear
for the period ending Feb. 20. NC State freshman first baseman
Tommy White was named National Hitter of
the Week, while Florida sophomore left-handed pitcher
Hunter Barco was named National Pitcher
of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each
Division I Conference and names winners each Tuesday throughout
White hit three home runs Friday in his collegiate debut, jump-starting
the Wolfpack to a three-game sweep of visiting Evansville. The St.
Pete Beach, Fla., native followed up with a grand slam in game 2
and another two run-homer in Sundays finale. White hit .643 for
the series with nine hits and 12 RBIs with multiple hits and multiple
RBIs in each of the three games.
White became the first NC State player since 2010 to hit three
home runs in a game and is only the second Wolfpack player since
at least 1999 to do so.
Making his first-career Friday night start on opening day against
Liberty, Barco, a Jacksonville, Fla., native took a perfect game
into the sixth inning en route to earning the victory for Florida.
After retiring the first 16 batters of the game in order, the third-year
southpaw worked around a pair of sixth-inning baserunners to finish
with six shutout innings pitched on one hit and one walk while striking
out a career-high 11 batters.
The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Florida pitcher on opening
day since at least 1999.
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For more information on the Dick Howser Trophy and the NCBWA
Division I National Players of the Week, contact NCBWA Assistant
at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
2022 Dick Howser Trophy National Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 20: Tommy White, NC State (Hitter);
Hunter Barco, Florida (Pitcher)
Feb. 27: Jake Gelof, Virginia and Trey Lipscomb, Tennessee (Hitter); Chazz Martinez,
Week ending March 6:
Nathan Chong, Saint Mary's (Hitter); Sean Bergeron, Western Kentucky and Thatcher
Hurd, UCLA (Pitcher)
Week ending March
13: Daniel Susac, Arizona (Hitter); Parker Stinnett, Mississippi State (Pitcher)
Week ending March 20: Jacob Wilson, Grand Canyon
(Hitter); Gabriel Hughes, Gonzaga (Pitcher)
Week ending March 27: Josh Hatcher, Kennesaw State
and Christopher Sargent, Southern Miss (Hitter); Drew Thorpe, Cal Poly (Pitcher)
Week ending April 2: Joey Walls, UNLV (Hitter);
Drew Beam, Tennesssee and Cooper Hjerpe, Oregon State (Pitcher)
Week ending April 9: Ryan Cermak, Illinois State
and Matt Higgins, Bellarmine (Hitter); Graham Laubscher, St. Thomas and Cooper Rawls,
Week ending April 16:
Matt Coutney, Old Dominion (Hitter); Parker Messick, Florida State (Pitcher)
Week ending April 23: Max Wagner, Clemson and
Ryan Gaudino, Tennessee Tech (Hitter); Ben Seiler, Siena and Shemar Page, Grambling
Week ending April 30: David McCabe,
Charlotte and Ryan Lasko, Rutgers (Hitter); Ryan Ramsey, Maryland (Pitcher)
Week ending May 8: Ivan Melendez, Texas (Hitter);
Juaron Watts-Brown, Long Beach State (Pitcher)
2022 Dick Howser Trophy National Players of the Month:
February: Tommy White, NC State (Hitter); Bryce
Hubbard, Florida State (Pitcher)
Ivan Melendez, Texas (Hitter); Drew Beam, Tennessee (Pitcher)
April: Matt Coutney, Old Dominion (Hitter); Parker
Messick, Florida State (Pitcher)