Daniel Uggla Selected As NCBWA's National Hitter of the Week
March 20, 2001
CHICAGO - After lifting his batting average 70 points over five games last week, driving in 17 RBI, slugging four home runs, three doubles, and a triple, and increasing his slugging percentage to 1.061 for the season, Tiger junior second baseman Daniel Uggla was named the National College Baseball Writers Association's National hitter of the week. This honor comes just one day after Uggla received the C-USA honor for hitter of the week on Monday, as well.
The NCBWA board reviews candidates from each Division I conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Uggla, who leads the Tigers with a .470 average, 13 doubles, eight home runs, and 28 RBI through 17 games this season, tied several school and Conference USA records when he slugged three home runs and knocked in nine RBI in a single game against Eastern Illinois in a 23-15 victory last Wednesday at Nat Buring Stadium. In the Tigers C-USA opening series at Charlotte this past weekend, Uggla sparked a 12-8 victory in the first game with a three-run bomb down the leftfield line and two doubles. He also struck out only twice in 21 at-bats over the five games last week.
Uggla is only the second Tiger to earn the conference honor and the first since Craig House received the award on March 2, 1998. He also owns the distinction of being only the third Tiger to win the National award, since Mark Little of the St. Louis Cardinals organization took home the honor in 1993. Memphis actually had two different players selected for the award that season with Jeff Hoekstra being honored, as well.
Uggla has led the Tigers to their best start since 1994. Memphis is currently 11-6 on the season and 1-2 in C-USA play. The Tigers play host to the Ole Miss Rebels on Wednesday evening at Autozone Park (7 p.m. start) and then host the University of Houston in a three-game C-USA series this weekend. The Houston series will take place at USA Stadium in Millington and game times will be 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.