DALLAS, Texas - Newberry College designated hitter Bradley Nichols has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association Southeast Region Player of the Week, as announced by the NCBWA on Wednesday.
Nichols, a true freshman from Winter Springs, Fla., earned Newberry's first South Atlantic Conference player of the week honors since 2005 on Tuesday and his performance in the series at Lincoln Memorial last weekend is one of the more remarkable stories this season.
Last Wednesday, Nichols was not a member of the Wolves' varsity squad. On Thursday, head coach Russell Triplett called Nichols up from the junior varsity squad for the LMU series in an effort to re-energize the lineup. Despite a 1-2 weekend for the scarlet and gray, Nichols undoubtedly did his part to bolster the offense.
For the weekend, Nichols hit for a .769 average (10-for-13) with two homeruns, eight runs scored and eight RBIs, with a .812 on-base percentage and 1.385 slugging percentage.
He hit an RBI double in his first collegiate at bat, and went 4-for-5 with a homerun, a double and three RBIs in his first varsity game on Friday. In Saturday's 24-4 blowout win, he went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, two walks and four runs scored. In the series finale, Nichols was 3-for-3 with a three-run homerun and two runs scored, reaching base safely in all four appearances.