HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 18, today. Santa Clara’s senior infielder Jake Brodt was named National Hitter of the Week, while Southern Miss junior right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin 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.
In game two of the season opening series against Boston College, Brodt hit two grand slams in one inning becoming just the seventh Division I player to accomplish the feat since the NCAA started to keep records in 1957. He is the first to record the feat since 2000 when T.J. Soto of Louisiana Tech did it against Western Kentucky.
In the game, the Huntington Beach, California native hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs to help Santa Clara to a 20-9 win for Bronco head coach Rusty Filter's first win. His other home run was a solo shot to cut the deficit to 9-6 in the sixth with his first grand slam putting the Broncos ahead 11-9 in the seventh inning. And his second grand slam made it 20-9. In the series, Brodt hit safely in all three games batting .462 (6-for-13), three home runs and 10 RBI with a slugging percentage of 1.231.
A preseason All-American right-hander, Sandlin made the first start of his career on Friday, blanking nationally ranked Mississippi State for seven innings. The Evans, Georgia native retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing three straight singles. He then got a force out to end the frame and allowed only one more base runner with a single in the sixth. His seven innings of work and his nine strikeouts were both career highs and he did not walk a batter, throwing strikes on 64 of his 93 pitches.
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