April 7, 2010


CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week


National Player

Quentin Cate (Cambria, Calif.)

Wright State senior infielder


Cate hit .600 (15 for 25) in five games with six doubles, two homers, 11 runs and 20 RBI. He posted an on-base percentage of .615 and slugging percentage of 1.080. Cate had multiple hits and RBI in each game. In a three-game Horizon League series against Butler, he went 11 for 16 with 10 runs and 15 RBI.



National Pitcher

Andrew Barbosa (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

USF junior left-hander


Barbosa pitched a three-hit shutout in a Big East victory over Cincinnati this past Friday. Barbosa fanned a career-high 16, one away from the school record. Of the 16 strikeouts, 14 were swinging. He walked one, which came in the ninth. Barbosa did not allow a runner to reach third and only two Bearcats got to second.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Kevin Collins (Gaithersburg, Md.)

Towson senior outfielder


Collins batted .609 (14 for 23) with six doubles, eight runs and 13 RBI in five games. He went 11 for 16 and drove in 10 in a three-game CAA sweep of Georgia State. Collins had his first five-hit game on Saturday against the Panthers. He had a game-winning RBI double in the ninth on Sunday to complete the sweep.



Northeast Pitcher

Turner Phelps (Roanoke, Va.)

James Madison junior right-hander


Phelps pitched a five-hitter in a 6-1 win at Old Dominion to clinch the CAA series victory. Phelps allowed a run in the first and blanked the Monarchs over the final eight innings. Phelps fanned 10 in nine innings, moving him up to seventh on JMU’s career strikeouts list with 207.



Southeast Player

Mike Melillo (Annandale, N.J.)

Elon senior catcher


Melillo went 10 for 21 (.476) with three doubles, two triples, two homers, seven runs and 13 RBI as the Phoenix won four of five contests. He had four multi-hit games. Melillo was 2 for 4 with four RBI in a 17-12 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday. In the series opener at UNCG on Friday, Melillo went 4 for 4 with five RBI.


Southeast Pitcher

Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.)

FGCU junior left-hander


Sale tied his season and career high with 14 strikeouts in a 9-1 Atlantic Sun victory over Mercer on Friday at Swanson Stadium. Sale pitched eight innings and allowed four hits and one walk with one unearned run. Sale improved to 4-0. He leads the Atlantic Sun in ERA (1.26) and strikeouts (62 in 43 innings).



Central Player

Kevin Medrano (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)

Missouri State sophomore second baseman


Medrano was retired only five times in 20 plate appearances. He went 12 for 17 in four games with three doubles, three walks, five runs and two RBI. Medrano went 4 for 5 at Kansas and again at Oral Roberts. He had two hits and two walks on Saturday, and went 2 for 4 Sunday to raise his batting average to .429.



Central Pitcher

Taylor Wall (Houston, Texas)

Rice sophomore left-hander


Wall pitched a one-hit shutout in the Conference USA series opener against Houston on Thursday. Wall walked two and struck out seven in nine innings as the Owls blanked the Cougars 6-0. It was the first complete game one-hit shutout for Rice since 2001, when Kenny Baugh whitewashed Hawaii.


West Player

Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas)

New Mexico State senior first baseman


Aguirre batted .565 (13 for 23) as the Aggies put together a 5-0 week. Aguirre had six doubles, seven runs and seven RBI. He did not strike out during the week and posted an on-base percentage of .630 and slugging percentage of .826. Aguirre went 3 for 3 against Texas Tech and 10 for 20 in a four-game series at Houston Baptist.


West Pitcher

Ethan Miller (Chino Hills, Calif.)

San Diego State freshman right-hander


In his second collegiate start, Miller blanked nationally-ranked TCU for seven innings in a 3-1 victory for the Aztecs in the Mountain West series finale on Sunday. Miller allowed eight hits and walked one. He struck out three and left with a 1-0 lead. Miller lowered his ERA to 2.70.


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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