March 3, 2010 National Players of the Week


National Player

Trey Hernandez (Robstown, Texas)

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior first baseman


Hernandez went 10 for 20 (.500) with four home runs and 14 RBI in four games. He posted a slugging percentage of 1.100 and an on-base percentage of .524. Hernandez had two homers on Friday against Nebraska with a career-high six RBI. He went 3 for 6 against Elon on Saturday with a homer, three runs and four RBI.



National Pitcher

Jason Mitchell (Phoenix, Ariz.)

UT Arlington senior right-hander


Mitchell set a school and Southland Conference record with 18 strikeouts in nine innings Friday against Missouri State. Mitchell carried a no-hitter through 8.2 innings before surrendering a single. He walked one and threw 134 pitches with 85 strikes. Mitchell got a no-decision as the Broncos won the game 1-0 in 14 innings.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Cole Tyrell (Minooka, Ill.)

Dayton senior shortstop


Tyrell batted .600 in four games, going 12 for 20 with six doubles and one home run. Tyrell had nine runs and 10 RBI while posting a slugging percentage of 1.050. Tyrell had four doubles in Saturday’s 16-1 victory over NJIT. He went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer, three runs and three RBI in a win at Wofford.



Northeast Pitcher

Thomas Royse (Lexington, Ky.)

Louisville junior right-hander


Royse tossed six shutout innings Friday evening against Michigan in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in Dunedin, Fla. Royse allowed two hits and struck out a season-high nine as the Cardinals topped the Wolverines 2-0. Royse raised his record to 2-0 and has allowed four hits and no earned runs in 11 innings.



Southeast Player

Brian Fletcher (Fayetteville, Ga.)

Auburn junior outfielder


Fletcher hit .636 in three games, going 7 for 11 with three home runs and 11 RBI. He registered a slugging percentage of 1.545. Fletcher had the game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th to beat Boston College on Friday. Fletcher has hit safely in all six games and has an 11-game hit streak dating back to last season.



Southeast Pitcher 

Jim Birmingham (Pine Hill, N.J.)

Coastal Carolina junior left-hander


Birmingham earned two wins against ACC opponents. He allowed one hit in five scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory at Wake Forest with two strikeouts. Birmingham went 6.0 innings in a 6-3 win over NC State with seven hits and one run with three strikeouts. He combined to allow eight hits and one run in 11 innings.


Central Player

Preston Springer (Denton, Texas)

Wichita State junior


Springer batted .643 in three games, going 9 for 14 with two doubles and two home runs. He scored nine and knocked in six with a slugging percentage of 1.214. Springer walked three times with no strikeouts. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 25th Annual South Alabama Classic as the Shockers went 3-0.


Central Pitcher

Cole Green (Coppell, Texas)

Texas junior right-hander


Green posted two wins this week for the Longhorns. He pitched five perfect innings out of the bullpen Sunday against No. 19 Stanford with six strikeouts. Green started on Wednesday and earned the victory over Dallas Baptist, working five innings with two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.


West Player

Jason Coats (Plano, Texas)

TCU sophomore outfielder


Coats hit .571 as the Horned Frogs went 2-1 at No. 9 Cal State Fullerton. Coats went 8 for 14 with one double, two home runs, seven runs and three RBI. He went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run, two runs and two RBI in a 5-2 win on Friday. Coats went 4 for 5 with four runs in Sunday’s 8-1 nightcap win.



West Pitcher

Lenny Linsky (Palos Verdes, Calif.)

Hawaii sophomore right-hander


Linsky made four appearances last week and earned three saves against Oregon. He fanned three in two innings on Thursday with no runs, hits or walks. Linsky allowed one hit in a one-inning save on Friday before getting the final two outs on Sunday for his third save. He allowed one hit in 5.1 total innings with five strikeouts.



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


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