April 28, 2010
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
regional players of the week are chosen based on their conference affiliation.
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(photos courtesy of Media Relations Offices)
(Morris photo by Todd Van Emst of Auburn)