TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A day after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week, senior Steven Wells was named the NCBWA Hitter of the Week after hitting .824 (14-for-17) with seven RBI, 11 runs scored and six walks in five games against Stetson (2-0) and Boston College (3-0). Wells’ batting average jumped from .195 to .298 over the five-game span.
Wells set a career high with four hits Wednesday against Stetson and tied that mark with four hits Saturday against Boston College at Fenway Park. Wells set a career high with four runs scored at Fenway. Wells was 12-for-12 to begin the week and reached base via walk, hit or error on 20 straight plate appearances and 22 of 24 overall against the Hatters and Eagles.
After hitting three home runs combined over his first three seasons in Tallahassee, Wells hit home runs in three consecutive games (including last Saturday against Duke), the first Seminole since 2016 to do so. Wells’ six-game hitting streak is the longest of his career.
Wells’ .298 average ranks second on the team and his .490 on-base percentage is second in the conference.
This is the second straight year a Seminole hitter has been nationally recognized – Dylan Busby earned the honor from the NCBWA in 2017.
The full release from the NCBWA is below:
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 22, today. Texas Tech sophomore infielder Josh Jung and Florida State senior outfielder Steven Wells were named National Co-Hitters of the Week, while Bucknell senior right-handed pitcher Connor Van Hoose 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.
Jung recorded 10 hits over four games last week, with seven going for extra bases, the most of any conference player during that stretch. The San Antonio, Texas native totaled two doubles, two triples and three homers, two coming in the same game at New Mexico on April 17. The midweek in Albuquerque had a little more meaning than just his first two home run day, as Jung completed the first cycle by a Red Raider since 2008. He went 5-for-5 in the contest, hitting a triple in the ninth inning to seal the deal.
It was part of a career-high eight RBI day for Jung, who finished the week with 13 overall to go with eight runs scored. His cycle was also the 19th recorded in Big 12 history. Jung and the Red Raiders finished the week with a 3-1 mark, securing a series victory over No. 14 Oklahoma.
Wells hit .824 to lead Florida State to a 5-0 week, going 14-for-17 at the plate with an .870 on-base percentage and 1.294 slugging percentage with seven runs driven in, two doubles, two home runs, six walks, and only one strikeout. Entering the week hitting .195 on the season, Wells raised his batting average to .298. He had a 12-for-12 stretch at one point, and had career-high four hits on both Wednesday against Stetson and Saturday against Boston College. The senior right fielder from Key West, Florida, reached base in 22 of 24 plate appearances.
Van Hoose struck out eight, walked two, and did not allow a base hit in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Lehigh on Senior Day at Depew Field. The Alexandria, Virginia native required only 76 pitches, and he faced only two batters over the minimum while improving his Patriot League ledger to 5-1 with a 0.45 earned-run average. He tossed the 15th no-hitter in Patriot League history, and it was the 20th no-hitter in college baseball this year, breaking the NCAA record previously set in 1973.
It was Bucknell’s first no-hitter since future Major Leaguer Matt Daley turned the trick against Lehigh in 2004. Hall-of-Fame Don Richards had the first no-hitter in team history against Franklin & Marshall in 1956. Kurt Waldner no-hit Lafayette in 1993, and Mike Tomko and Matt Potalivo combined for a no-hitter against Niagara in 1998.
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