KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Volunteer outfielder Christin Stewart was named Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), as announced on Tuesday.
The nomination comes one day after the junior was also named SEC Player of the Week, following a .500 (7-for-14) performance with one triple, three home runs and 10 RBI over four games against Arkansas State (April 1) and Ole Miss (April 3-5). Stewart joins The Citadel's lefthander James Reeves as National Players of the Week, a weekly honor decided upon by the NCBWA following a review of all national Division 1 candidates.
The full release on the NCBWA's National Players of the Week:
NCBWA NAMES NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK; TENNESSEE'S STEWART NAMED HITTER OF THE WEEK; THE CITADEL'S REEVES EARNS PITCHING ACCOLADE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va -- The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 5, today. Tennessee junior outfielder Christin Stewart was named National Hitter of the Week, while The Citadel junior left-handed pitcher James Reeves 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.
Stewart hit .500 (7-for-14) with one triple, three home runs, six runs scored and a team-leading 10 RBI over four games last week. The Lawrenceville, Georgia native recorded 18 total bases during Tennessee's road trip visiting Arkansas State (April 1) and Ole Miss (April 3-5), while he also led UT's squad with a 1.286 slugging percentage and .632 on-base percentage.
On Wednesday, April 1, Stewart hit two home runs at Arkansas State, lifting Tennessee to a 7-4 win. By doing so, Stewart became the first Tennessee player to hit two home runs in a game since Ethan Bennett accomplished it against Alabama A&M on March 15, 2011. Over three games against the Ole Miss Rebels from Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 5, Stewart went 5-for-11 (.455) with one triple, one homer and five RBIs.
Reeves threw the first no-hitter by a Bulldog in 13 years, while recording 14 strikeouts for the second time this season, one shy of his career best, set against Davidson in 2014. The Summerville, South Carolina native allowed only three Bears to reach scoring position, with one of those coming on a two-base error, and no more than one runner in any inning.
He struck out at least one batter in every inning including the side in the third and had two in the ninth before getting a foul out to wrap up the first Bulldog no-hitter since T.A. Fulmer did so against East Tennessee State in March 2002. It was the sixth no-no in recorded Citadel history.
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2015 WINNERS: Hitter of the Week - Feb. 17 - Eric Gutierrez, Jr., 1B, Texas Tech; Feb. 24 - KJ Harrison, Fr., C, Oregon State; March 3 - Braden Bishop, Jr., OF, Washington; March 10 - Dante Flores, Sr., INF, USC; March 17 - David Thompson, Sr., 3B, Miami; March 24 - DJ Stewart, Jr., OF, Florida State; March 31 - Chris Shaw, Jr., OF, Boston College; April 7 - Christin Stewart, Jr., OF, Tennessee. Pitcher of the Week - Feb. 17 - Luke Gillingham,Jr., LHP, Navy; Feb. 24 - Preston Morrison, Sr., RHP, TCU; March 3 - Alex Robinett, Sr., RHP, Army; March 10 - Carson Cross, Sr., RHP, Connecticut; March 17 - Chris Chism, Jr., RHP, Tennessee Tech; March 24 - Drew Rasmussen, Fr., RHP, Oregon State; March 31 - James McMahon, Sr., RHP, Southern Miss; April 7 - James Reeves, Jr., LHP, The Citadel.