MORGANTOWN, W.Va - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 7 on Tuesday night, and UNC Asheville senior catcher Ian Graham was named National Hitter of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Graham, a senior from Marietta, Ga., extended his streak of reaching base to 32 games, while batting .524 in five starts last week. He recorded four multi-hit games, including a two home run game against Charlotte on April 6. For the week he went 11-for-21, with nine RBI and five runs scored. The catcher recorded two homers and two doubles, with three walks and one sacrifice fly. He posted a slugging percentage of .907, and an on-base percentage of .577 from the leadoff spot. Against mountain-rival Western Carolina on April 3, Graham tied a career-high five RBI against the Catamounts. The honor marks his first Big South Player of the Week nod this season.
Graham becomes the third Bulldog play to ever be named National Player of the Week. Current major leaguer Ty Wigginton earned National Player of the Week in 1998 when he hit six home runs in four games. In 2000, Jason Walker was named National Pitcher of the Week when he threw a no-hitter against Liberty.