MORGANTOWN, W.Va - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 14, today. North Carolina junior third baseman Colin Moran was named National Hitter of the Week, while Wichita State junior right-handed pitcher Cale Elam 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.
Moran registered an RBI in all five of UNC’s games and three or more RBI in four of those contests. The Rye, N.Y., native batted an even .500 (12-for-24) at the plate with a pair of doubles and two home runs to add to his team lead of nine long balls. Moran became the first player in the country with 50 runs scored and 50 RBI and currently leads the nation with 51 runs scored after crossing the plate 11 times last week, including a career-high five times in Saturday’s 9-8 win at Virginia Tech. The 16-RBI week for Moran gave him 56 for the season and moved him to within four of the national lead of 60. In addition to the 12 hits on the week, Moran drew four walks and did not strike out in 29 plate appearances. Moran currently leads the ACC in RBI in conference-only contests with 28 and ranks second with 22 runs scored behind freshman teammate Landon Lassiter’s 26.