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NCBWA Selects Bream as National Co-Hitter of the Week
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has named Liberty senior outfielder Doug Bream and Clemson junior shortstop Brad Miller National Co-Hitters of the Week. The NCBWA announced its weekly Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards earlier this afternoon. Northern Illinois senior right-hander Jeremy Gonzales was named National Pitcher of the Week.
Bream, selected the Big South Conference's Baseball Player of the Week earlier today, shared the honor with Miller for the period ending April 10. The Elizabethtown, Pa., native batted .737 (14-19) with six runs scored, eight RBIs, two doubles, one triple and two walks in four games last week. The senior had four-or-more hits in three of the games, including a 5-5 day in a midweek contest with James Madison. He finished the week with a .762 on-base percentage and a .947 slugging percentage.
Bream's five hits against James Madison last Wednesday were a single-game career-high for the outfielder.The senior surpassed his previous career-high of four hits in a 12-7 win over James Madison at Worthington Stadium on April 21, 2010. It was the first time a Liberty Flame has had five hits in game since outfielder Curran Redal in a 14-8 victory over High Point in game one of a Big South Conference doubleheader at Worthington Stadium on April 3, 2010.
After picking up a hit and RBI Friday at High Point, Bream had four hits in each of Liberty's weekend wins over the Panthers. The outfielder went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs in Saturday's 9-0 win and was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs in Liberty's 14-9 victory on Sunday.
Bream will enter the week with a .365 batting average, leading the Flames with 50 hits and 31 RBIs. He is tied for the team lead with 15 multiple-hit games on the year and is the Liberty leader with 14 multiple-RBI games.
The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conference each week and selects winners of the Pro-Line Athletic National Player Awards each Tuesday throughout the season.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the organization, visit the association's web site, www.ncbwa.com.
Bream and the Flames will host the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in a three-game Big South series this weekend at Worthington Stadium. The series opens on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.