April 28, 2010


CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week


National Player

Jake Magner (Grand Rapids, Minn.)

North Dakota junior infielder


Magner was a masher this past week, going 10 for 18 (.556) with six home runs, 10 runs and 14 RBI in a four-game Great West Conference series against NYIT. He set school records with four homers and nine RBI in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader. Magner finished the twinbill with six homers and 13 RBI.



National Pitcher

Christian Bergman (Altadena, Calif.)

UC Irvine senior right-hander


Bergman faced the minimum in a complete-game shutout of UC Davis on Saturday in the middle game of their Big West series. Bergman allowed a leadoff single to start the game and the runner was eliminated on a stolen base attempt. Bergman retired the next 26 batters and needed just 89 pitches to complete the contest.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Joe Van Meter (Oyster Bay, N.Y.)

VCU junior infielder


Van Meter hit .765 (13 for 17) with seven runs and 13 RBI in four games for the Rams with one double and three homers. He tied a single-game record for the Rams with three home runs in an 11-4 win at VMI, going 4 for 4 with six RBI. Van Meter went 4 for 5 on Friday in the CAA series opener against Georgia State.



Northeast Pitcher

Justin Topa (Binghamton, N.Y.)

Long Island freshman right-hander


Topa pitched a complete-game shutout against defending NEC champion Monmouth. He allowed one single and one walk with 12 strikeouts in a game that lasted one hour and 28 minutes. Topa was perfect for 4.2 innings before allowing an infield single with two outs in the fifth. He threw 87 pitches in the 2-0 victory.



Southeast Player

Hunter Morris (Huntsville, Ala.)

Auburn junior infielder


Morris went 8 for 13 (.615) in four games with two doubles, two triples, two homers, seven runs and nine RBI. He drew three walks and was hit by two pitches for an on-base percentage of .684. Morris posted a slugging percentage of 1.538 as the Tigers won three of the four contests, including a pair against Kentucky.



Southeast Pitcher

Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.)

FGCU junior left-hander


Sale was dominant in a 1-0 victory over Belmont on Friday in the Atlantic Sun series opener. Sale went the distance, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out a school-record 15. The lone hit was a single with two outs in the fifth. Sale raised his record to 6-0 and his ERA fell to 2.14. He has 93 strikeouts with nine walks.



Central Player

Greg Wallace (Nanaimo, British Columbia)

Evansville junior outfielder


Wallace batted .500 (9 for 18) in four games for the Purple Aces with three doubles, one triple, three homers, six runs and 14 RBI. He had a slugging percentage of 1.278 and on-base percentage of .524. Wallace had multiple extra-base hits in three contests and recorded his second multi-homer game on Sunday against Bradley.



Central Pitcher

Kendall Lewis (Huntsville, Ohio)

Eastern Michigan sophomore right-hander


Lewis pitched his first career complete game on Saturday against Western Michigan, going 11 scoreless innings as the Eagles registered the 1-0 victory. Lewis allowed three hits and one walk. He struck out a career-high 10. Lewis raised his record to 5-2 and lowered his ERA to 4.32.

West Player

James Meador (Ramona, Calif.)

San Diego senior outfielder


Meador went 10 for 13 (.769) in a three-game West Coast Conference sweep of Gonzaga with one double, two home runs and 10 RBI. After going 3 for 4 on Friday, Meador was 4 for 5 on Saturday with a homer and four RBI. He was a triple short of the cycle in Sunday’s win, going 3 for 4 with five RBI.


West Pitcher

Chris Dennis (Bothell, Wash.)

Portland junior right-hander


Dennis saves all four games for the Pilots this past week, including three at Pepperdine over the weekend. He has 12 saves, a school record for saves in a season and in a career. Dennis allowed four hits and one earned run in 4.1 innings with five strikeouts. In a 3-2 win at Washington, he struck out the side in the ninth.



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


(photos courtesy of Media Relations Offices)

(Morris photo by Todd Van Emst of Auburn)