April 1, 2009


CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Player of the Week


Nick 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



Ryan LaPointe (Somersworth, N.H.)

George Washington junior pitcher


LaPointe 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.




Rich Poythress (Grovetown, Ga.)

Georgia junior first baseman


Poythress 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.



Cody 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.



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