Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Price and Bour named National Players of the Week


DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)­ released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 13, today. George Mason freshman first baseman Justin Bour was named National Hitter of the Week, while Vanderbilt junior left-handed pitcher David Price 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.

Bour went 10-for-20 (.500) with seven home runs, 19 RBIs, scored nine runs and posted a 1.650 slugging percentage over four games. The Centreville, Va., native hit three grand slams during the week, including setting a school record with two grand slams and nine RBIs in a game against Coppin State. He also set the school record with three grand slams in a season, and the school record for most consecutive multi-homer games with three. He tied a school record with three home runs in one game against Coppin State.

Price struck out 16 in a four-hit complete game effort in a 2-1 win over Illinois-Chicago last Friday. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native gave up a solo homer in the second, then retired the next 12 batters, seven via strikeout. After giving up his only walk in the sixth, Price then retired the next seven in order, five by strikeout. Two of the four hits were infield singles in the ninth.

With this week's honor, Price 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.

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