April 1, 2009
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Player of the Week
Fleece (Fort Worth, Texas)
Texas A&M sophomore pitcher
Fleece recorded two
wins and two saves in four relief appearances as the Aggies registered a 4-0
week. He earned the victory on Tuesday against Texas-Arlington. Fleece notched
saves on Friday and Sunday sandwiched around a win Saturday, all against Big-12
rival Kansas. For the week, Fleece pitched 6.1 innings of scoreless relief with
one hit, an infield single, in 19 at-bats (.053). The right-hander allowed one
of the final 19 batters to reach base, a hit batsman on Saturday that was picked
off, and he stranded six inherited runners.
Regional Players of the Week
LaPointe (Somersworth, N.H.)
George Washington junior pitcher
registered two wins and a save in his three appearances this past week. In 9.1
innings, he allowed four hits and one run. LaPointe earned the win as a starter
on Tuesday against Georgetown, giving up one run in five innings with five
strikeouts in a 5-3 victory. He pitched 3.2 hitless innings in relief to pick up
the win in Saturday’s 8-7 A-10 triumph in 10 innings over Richmond. LaPointe got
the final two outs in Sunday’s contest against the Spiders for his first save.
Poythress (Grovetown, Ga.)
Georgia junior first baseman
pounded the ball in four games, hitting .615 (8 for 13) with five home runs and
12 RBI. Poythress had two homers in each of the first two contests of a
three-game SEC sweep of Tennessee. In his first nine plate appearances against
the Vols, he went 6 for 6 with three walks, two doubles and four home runs.
Poythress leads the SEC in batting (.447), on-base percentage (.556) and RBI
(47). He is second with 13 home runs, 37 runs and 88 total bases.
Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va.)
Coastal Carolina sophomore pitcher
Wheeler tossed a
no-hitter in the opener of a four-game series at Hawaii on Thursday. The
left-hander struck out 10 in the nine-inning gem, throwing 118 pitches. Wheeler
achieved career highs in both innings pitch and strikeouts. It was the first
no-hitter in the Gary Gilmore era for the Chanticleers. It was the first on the
islands since 1982 and the first against the Rainbows since 1998. Wheeler raised
his record to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.08.
Brian Dozier (Fulton, Miss.)
Southern Miss senior shortstop
Dozier batted .412 (7
for 17) in three Conference USA victories at UCF with a home run in each game,
including a grand slam in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. In the series,
he had eight runs, 10 RBI, two walks and 16 total bases for a slugging
percentage of .941. Dozier was 6 for 9 in Saturday’s two games with two walks,
seven runs, nine RBI and 12 total bases. Dozier has hit safely in 23 of the
Golden Eagles’ 25 games.
Stephen Strasburg (San Diego, Calif.)
San Diego State junior pitcher
Strasburg struck out
14 in eight innings in an 11-5 win at No. 20 TCU. The right-hander allowed three
hits and two runs, both earned, with one walk. After allowing a leadoff homer in
the first, Strasburg retired 14 straight before allowing a two-out single in the
fifth. Ten of those 14 were strikeouts. The Horned Frogs came into the game
batting .323, but hit just .111 against Strasburg. He now has 88 strikeouts in
42.1 innings, an average of 18.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
regional players of the week are chosen based on their conference affiliation.
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