Feb. 23, 2011


CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week


National Player

David Herbek (Haymarket, Va.)

James Madison senior shortstop


Herbek went 7 for 13 (.538) with five home runs and 12 RBI in a four-game sweep of Bucknell. Herbek had seven homers a year ago and 20 in his three seasons with the Dukes. He had one double, four walks, was hit once and scored seven. Herbek posted a slugging percentage of 1.769 and an on-base percentage of .571.



National Pitcher

Taylor Jungmann (Temple, Texas)

Texas junior right-hander


Jungmann made it a memorable Opening Day in Austin, posting the first complete-game shutout of his career at Texas. Jungmann allowed five hits and one walk in nine innings in the Longhorns’ 8-0 victory over Maryland. Jungmann needed just 95 pitches to go the distance for Texas.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.)

Charlotte sophomore outfielder


Montalbano went 10 for 15 (.667) with five doubles, eight runs, 10 RBI and one steal in a four-game sweep of Coppin State. He had two doubles and knocked in six in Friday’s series opener. Montalbano was 3 for 4 with the bases loaded. He had at least one hit, one run and one RBI in each game.



Northeast Pitcher

Daniel Cropper (Snow Hill, Md.)

UNC Wilmington senior right-hander


Cropper had a strong outing on Sunday against Jacksonville, going seven innings with three hits, one run, one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts. Cropper held the Dolphins hitless after a one-out homer in the first until one gone into the sixth. He left the contest with it tied at 1, a game JU would eventually win 9-1.



Southeast Player

Ross Heffley (Snellville, Ga.)

Western Carolina junior second baseman


Heffley put up hefty numbers, going 9 for 12 (.750) with two doubles, one homer, nine runs and nine RBI in a three-game sweep of Morehead State. He walked three times and was hit once to give him an on-base percentage of .812. On Saturday, Heffley went 5 for 5, a career high for hits in a game.



Southeast Pitcher

Ali Simpson (Campbell River, B.C.)

Bethune-Cookman junior left-hander


Simpson was dominant in his season opener, allowing one hit and one walk with a career-high 14 strikeouts in six innings in a 13-1 victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday. He fanned 14 of the 20 batters he faced, including the first 10 hitters. The lone hit was a infield single in the fourth.



Central Player

Austin Elkins (Coppell, Texas)

Dallas Baptist sophomore infielder


Elkins hit .308 (4 for 13) with three homers, seven runs and nine RBI in a three-game sweep of Indiana State. The leadoff hitter was also 4 for 4 in stolen base attempts. Elkins went deep in each game against the Sycamores. He drove in four in each of the first two victories.



Central Pitcher

David Starn (Hudson, Ohio)

Kent State junior left-hander


Starn was outstanding on Sunday at No. 20 Georgia Tech, working seven innings with four hits, one earned run, two walks and six strikeouts. He surrendered one run in the first and blanked the Yellow Jackets over the next six frames. The Golden Flashes posted a 6-1 victory to avoid a series sweep.



West Player

Rance Roundy (Henderson, Nev.)

UNLV senior outfielder


Roundy rounded the bases several times over the weekend, going 8 for 19 (.421) with two doubles, four homers, nine runs and nine RBI in a four-game sweep of Maine. He had a key two-run homer in the opener and another two-run shot sparked a 10-run eighth on Saturday as the Rebels rallied for a 16-11 win.



West Pitcher

Madison Boer (Eden Prairie, Minn.)

Oregon junior right-hander


Boer gave the Ducks their first win of the season on Sunday at Hawaii, going eight scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and seven strikeouts in a 4-0 victory. Boer did not allow a hit in the first six innings, surrendering a single to Kolten Wong in the seventh. He matched career high with eight innings and seven strikeouts.



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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