March 4, 2009 National Player of the Week


Ryan Berry (Humble, Texas)

Rice junior pitcher


Berry went the distance in pitching a two-hit shutout against third-ranked Texas A&M Saturday at Minute Maid Park. The right-hander did not walk a batter and he struck out 12. He allowed one hit through the first eight innings against a strong Aggie line-up. Berry had six innings in which he faced three batters and he never faced more than four in an inning. He had three innings in which he threw less than 10 pitches. Berry was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Houston College Classic.



Regional Players of the Week



Jeff Hanson (Woodstock, N.Y.)
Sacred Heart senior infielder


Hanson went 8 for 12 (.667) in Sacred Heart’s first three games at Southeastern Louisiana with three doubles, seven runs and 13 RBI. He also homered in each contest. In the opener, Hanson went 2 for 3, scoring twice and knocking in three. In Saturday’s 13-8 victory, he had four hits, including a grand slam, and seven RBI. Hanson had 19 putouts in two starts at first base.




Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.)

Alabama senior outfielder


In four games, Matthes was 9 for 16 (.563) with four homers, nine runs, 13 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.650. He tied a school record by homering in five consecutive contests. Matthes hit for the cycle in a win over Nicholls State on Tuesday. The following day, he hit the game-winning homer in the 10th. His three-run homer helped ‘Bama bounce Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.




Brandon Workman (Bowie, Texas)

Texas sophomore pitcher


Workman tossed a no-hitter against Penn State on Sunday, the 21st no-hitter in Longhorn history. Workman walked two and had one Nittany Lion reach on an error. He faced the minimum 27 batters, thanks to a double play and two runners caught stealing. Workman struck out 10, one short of his career high.




Stephen Strasburg (San Diego, Calif.)

San Diego State junior pitcher


Strasburg struck out 16 in 6.2 innings in a 5-2 win over Nevada, the third-highest strikeout total in Mountain West Conference history. Strasburg allowed five hits, one walk and two earned runs. He fanned seven of the first nine hitters and struck out the side four times in notching his second win of 2009. Strasburg now has 27 strikeouts in 12.1 innings.


Note - regional players of the week are chosen based on their conference affiliation. To see our list of regions, click here.