May 12, 2010 National Players of the Week


National Player

Grant Buckner (Elkview, W.Va.)

West Virginia junior third baseman


Buckner went 8 for 12 (.667) with four home runs and 14 RBI in a three-game Big East sweep of Notre Dame. Buckner posted a slugging percentage of 1.750. In the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, three of his four hits were home runs and he set a Mountaineer single-game record with 10 RBI.



National Pitcher

Kyle Blair (Monte Sereno, Calif.)

San Diego junior right-hander


Blair was one out away from a no-hitter on Friday at Portland, allowing a double with two outs in the ninth. He settled for the one-hit shutout to keep the Toreros in first in the WCC ahead of the Pilots. Blair walked three and had a season-high 15 strikeouts in the 2-0 victory. He faced just two batters over the minimum.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Sean Allaire (Bristol, Conn.)

Central Connecticut State senior shortstop/catcher


Allaire had a monster week, going 15 for 29 (.517) with five doubles, six homers, 15 runs and 18 RBI in six games. He had at least one extra-base hit, two runs and one RBI in each of the six contests. In the four-game NEC series at Mount St. Mary’s, Allaire went 10 for 17 with six homers, 11 runs and 13 RBI.



Northeast Pitcher

Mike Goemans (Guelph, Ontario)

Canisius senior left-hander


Goemans pitched a one-hit shutout on Sunday against Manhattan, completing the series sweep and clinching a place in the 2010 MAAC Championship. Goemans surrendered a single in the second for the lone hit. He walked a hitter in the third and also hit a batter in the third before retiring the final 19 Jaspers.



Southeast Player

Kelvin Freeman (Wilmington, N.C.)

North Carolina A&T freshman infielder


Freeman hit .643 (9 for 14) in a three-game sweep at Coppin State with one double, two home runs and 13 RBI. In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Freeman went 4 for 5 with a double, two home runs, three runs and nine RBI. His dingers included a two-run shot and a grand slam. Freeman has an 11-game hit streak.


Southeast Pitcher

Mike Bolsinger (McKinney, Texas)

Arkansas senior right-hander


Bolsinger made his first start since April 2 on Sunday, striking out a career-high 11 in eight innings as Arkansas blanked Ole Miss 7-0 to win the series and move into first in the SEC West. Bolsinger allowed two hits, singles in the second and eighth. He walked three and only two runners reached second.


Central Player

Gauntlett Eldemire (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Ohio junior outfielder


Eldemire was dominant at the plate, hitting .700 with seven home runs and 11 RBI in five games for the Bobcats. He had 36 total bases for a slugging percentage of 1.800. Eldemire posted an on-base percentage of .769. His biggest game was on Saturday against Buffalo, going 5 for 5 with three homers, four runs and six RBI.


Central Pitcher

Jason Mitchell (Phoenix, Ariz.)
UT Arlington senior right-hander


Mitchell pitched a three-hit shutout against Stephen F. Austin on Friday in the Southland Conference series opener. He walked three, fanned seven and allowed only one runner past second in the 1-0 victory. Mitchell hurled his fifth complete game of the season and second Southland shutout.


West Player

Dusty Robinson (Bakersfield, Calif.)

Fresno State sophomore outfielder


Robinson went 12 for 21 (.571) in five games with two doubles, one triple, four homers, 11 runs and 12 RBI. He posted a slugging percentage of 1.333 and an on-base percentage of .619. In the series opener at New Mexico State, Robinson went 4 for 7 with five RBI. He homered twice and knocked in five in the third game.



West Pitcher

Brady Rodgers (Richmond, Texas)

Arizona State freshman right-hander


Rodgers allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings against in-state rival Arizona on Tuesday. He allowed a leadoff single to Bobby Rinard and then retired 21 straight Wildcats. Rodgers did not walk a batter and struck out seven as the Sun Devils posted a 13-1 victory.



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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