May 19, 2010 National Players of the Week


National Player

C.J. Cron (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Utah sophomore catcher


Cron went 7 for 15 (.467) in a three-game series with UNLV with four doubles, two homers, six runs and 14 RBI. He posted an on-base percentage of .529 and a slugging percentage of 1.133. In Saturday’s win, Cron went 3 for 5 with four runs and eight RBI, including a three-run double in the third and grand slam in the sixth.



National Pitcher

C.J. Huyett (Lawrenceville, Pa.)

Old Dominion junior right-hander


Huyett pitched a no-hitter against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out a career-high 11. The lone base runner was a free pass to Bryan Chaikowsky with two outs in the fourth. It was the first no-hitter for the Monarchs since 1997 and just the second nine-inning no-hitter in ODU history.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Ben Thomas (Columbus, Ohio)

Xavier junior first baseman


Thomas smacked four home runs and drove in 11 in the three-game Atlantic 10 sweep of Massachusetts. He went deep twice on Friday in the 9-0 win for the Musketeers. Thomas went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBI in an 11-6 victory on Saturday. He had a dinger and knocked in two in Sunday’s 6-4 win.



Northeast Pitcher

Tim Boyce (Swansea, Mass.)

Rhode Island senior right-hander


Boyce pitched a two-hit shutout on Friday in the Atlantic 10 series-opening victory over Richmond. Boyce surrendered just two singles to the Spiders in the 6-0 win for the Rams. He walked one and struck out a career-high 10. Boyce extended his scoreless innings streak to 25, a school record.



Southeast Player

Kyle Blackburn (Marietta, Ga.)

Georgia Southern senior first baseman


Blackburn batted .579 (11 for 19) in five games with three doubles, two homers, nine runs and nine RBI. Blackburn posted an on-base percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of 1.053 in the five wins. He had at least one hit in each game and drove in four in the Southern Conference series opener at Davidson.



Southeast Pitcher

Sam Dyson (Tampa, Fla.)

South Carolina junior right-hander


Dyson pitched a complete-game shutout on Saturday at nationally-ranked Arkansas to clinch the SEC series for the Gamecocks. Dyson allowed six hits and two walks in the 5-0 win over the Razorbacks. He struck out eight and went to a three-ball count only three times in the contest.


Central Player

B.A. Vollmuth (Biloxi, Miss.)
Southern Miss sophomore shortstop


Vollmuth went 8 for 13 (.615) with four homers, six runs and 11 RBI in a three-game series at Rice. He drew three walks while recording an on-base percentage of .688 and slugging percentage of 1.625. On Sunday, Vollmuth went 4 for 5 with two home runs, including a grand slam and a three-run blast.

Central Pitcher

Tim Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.)
Wichita State junior right-hander

Kelley tossed a complete-game shutout on Saturday against Missouri State with a season-high 10 strikeouts. Kelley surrendered two singles and two walks in the Missouri Valley Conference win. He faced two hitters over the minimum and allowed only one runner past first. Kelley fanned five straight during one stretch.


West Player

Justin Howard (Ennis, Texas)

New Mexico senior first baseman


Howard went 12 for 14 (.857) in three games with four doubles, two stolen bases, six runs and 11 RBI. He posted an on-base percentage of .882 and slugging percentage of 1.143. Howard went 4 for 5 on Sunday with four RBI. He has 108 hits, the second-highest single-season total in school history.


West Pitcher

Evan Brock (Chino Hills, Calif.)

UC Irvine freshman right-hander


Brock registered a win and a save in two appearances. He pitched the final three innings in a 2-1 win over UCLA to record his first save. Brock retired nine straight, including fanning the final four batters. He started Saturday against UC Santa Barbara and allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings to earn the win.



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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