Belanger named NCBWA Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week

Belanger named NCBWA Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Southern Miss senior right-hand pitcher Ryan Belanger was named the Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, today, for his pitching performance against Houston last week, as announced by the organization.

The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conference each week and named winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Belanger, also named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, pitched the first complete-game of his two-year Southern Miss career and limited Houston to four hits, one walk and struck out eight batters to lead Southern Miss to a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in game one of the series at Cougar Field on Thursday night of last week.

Belanger finished with 120 pitches, gave up one walk in the first inning, two hits in the third inning, one in the fourth inning and one in the eighth inning. Only one runner advanced to second base in the game, and he retired the side in six of the nine innings. His eight strikeouts matched his season high that he collected against Kent State on March 16. This is the second time this season that Belanger has been named C-USA Pitcher of the Week.

Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at

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 NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site,

The Golden Eagles (38-19) face the winner of East Carolina and Tulane in the second game of the 2007 Conference USA Tournament at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C., at 6:30 p.m., CT.