March 2, 2011 National Players of the Week


National Player

Ryan Aguayo (Pico Rivera, Calif.)

New Mexico State senior shortstop


Aguayo went 11 for 18 (.611) with three doubles, two homers, 13 runs and 15 RBI in helping the Aggies to a 5-0 week. He drew six walks and struck out three times. In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, Aguayo went 4 for 4 with two homers and eight RBI. He leads the WAC with 18 hits, 16 runs and 17 RBI.



National Pitcher

Reese McGraw (Boulder, Colo.)

Creighton junior right-hander


McGraw earned two wins and two saves in four road appearances for the Bluejays. He allowed four hits in seven innings with three walks and five strikeouts. McGraw got the victory at Kansas on Tuesday and at New Mexico on Sunday, both extra-inning wins. He recorded saves on Friday and Saturday against the Lobos.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Dan Schafferman (Wilmington, Del.)

George Mason junior outfielder


Schafferman went 12 for 17 (.706) with a homer, nine runs and nine RBI as the Patriots went 5-0. He was also 3 for 3 on stolen-base attempts. Schafferman helped Mason win at Longwood and sweep a four-game series with Long Island. He drove in both runs in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Blackbirds.



Northeast Pitcher

Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.)

Stony Brook junior right-hander


Tropeano recorded eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings as the Seawolves opened the season with a 5-0 win at Sun Belt-favorite Florida Atlantic. The Owls were averaging nearly eight runs in their first five games. Tropeano allowed three hits and walked one. He did not allow a runner past second base.



Southeast Player

Taylor Black (Easley, S.C.)

Kentucky senior shortstop


Black batted .529 (9 for 17) in five games with three doubles, one homer, nine runs and nine RBI as the Wildcats posted a 4-1 mark. He drew five walks and was hit twice for an on-base percentage of .667. Black smacked a grand slam on Saturday against UIC. He had 11 assists and nine putouts for the week.



Southeast Pitcher

Danny Hultzen (Bethesda, Md.)

Virginia junior left-hander


Hultzen battled the wind as well as the Pirates on Friday against East Carolina. With 20 to 25 mph winds blowing straight out, Hultzen struck out 15 in seven innings without allowing a walk. He surrendered a leadoff single in the first and then retired the next 19 batters from the first into the seventh.


Central Player

Garrett Buechele (Arlington, Texas)

Oklahoma junior third baseman


Buechele went 11 for 22 (.500) with a pair of homers, seven runs and 12 RBI. He had multiple RBI in four of the five victories for the Sooners. Buechele matched a career-high with five RBI on Wednesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He tied a career best with five hits on Sunday against Oakland.


Central Pitcher

Taylor Jungmann (Temple, Texas)

Texas junior right-hander


Jungmann recorded his second consecutive complete-game shutout, a 2-0 win at Hawaii on Friday. The right-hander scattered four hits and hit one batter while striking out nine. Jungmann retired the first eight hitters before plunking Matt Harrison. He needed 110 pitches to complete the contest.


West Player

Mitchell Garver (Albuquerque, N.M.)

New Mexico sophomore catcher


Garver went 9 for 20 (.450) and drove in nine in five games. He had four multi-hit games and scored six times during the week. Garver went 3 for 4 against New Mexico State with two doubles, three runs and one RBI. Garver started all five games behind the plate with 30 putouts and four assists.


West Pitcher

Sam Gaviglio (Ashland, Ore.)

Oregon State junior right-hander


Gaviglio blanked nationally-ranked Connecticut 2-0 Friday in the opening game of the Kleberg Bank Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Gaviglio allowed two hits and one walk while striking out 10. He retired the first 12 hitters of the game. Gaviglio gave up a hit and walk in the fifth and an infield single with two outs in the ninth.



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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