Ballard Named NCBWA Pro-line National Pitcher of the Week

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Mike Ballard was named NCBWA Pro-line National Pitcher of the Week
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Mike Ballard was named NCBWA Pro-line National Pitcher of the Week
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April 19, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - - Virginia senior lefty Mike Ballard was tabbed the Pro-line National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. With this week's honor, Ballard automatically is named to the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.

Ballard tossed a complete-game no-hitter as Virginia shut out Boston College, 5-0, in the series finale on Sunday to give the Cavaliers the series sweep. The senior southpaw registered three strikeouts, two walks and a hit-by-pitch as he allowed just four base runners of the 31 batters he faced. Ballard retired 17 straight batters in the first 5.2 innings before allowing a base runner in the sixth. It was Ballard's second complete game of the season and third of his career. On the season, the Virginia Beach, Va., native is 6-2 with a 2.30 ERA while holding the opposition to a .207 batting average.

Ballard's no-hitter actually is the first by a Cavalier since the 1974 season. Barry Hollar pitched a no-hitter on Mar. 27, 1974 in a 4-1 UVa win over Mansfield State. Ned Turnbull tossed a no-hitter on Apr. 22, 1966 in a 4-0 win over NC State.

Ballard was named Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week earlier this week as well as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. He also was tabbed the Rosenblattreport.com National Pitcher of the Week and was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll.