March 23, 2011 National Players of the Week


National Player

Eric Bryce (Regina, Saskatchewan)

Buffalo senior designated hitter


The Bryce was right last week, belting five home runs in four games for the Bulls. Bryce went 8 for 13 (.615) at the plate with two doubles, five walks, seven runs and 10 RBI. He homered twice on Friday at NC Central with four RBI, went deep on Saturday while driving in three and hit two more homers on Sunday.



National Pitcher

Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.)

Stony Brook freshman right-hander


Vanderka authored the first no-hitter in program history on Friday in a 14-1 victory over NJIT. In his second collegiate start, Vanderka allowed an unearned run, walked two and struck out 13. He recorded eight strikeouts over the first four innings. Vanderka raised his record to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.52.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Mark Micowski (Haddam, Conn.)

Georgia State senior outfielder


Micowski went 11 for 20 (.550) in five games with four doubles, five walks, 12 runs, eight RBI and four stolen bases. He got at least one hit in each of the five victories to extend his hit streak to nine. Micowski raised his batting average to .337 and had helped the Panthers to their best start at 18-4.



Northeast Pitcher

Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

Dartmouth junior right-hander


Hendricks was dominant in his start against Army, striking out 15 in seven innings in an 11-2 win over the Black Knights. Hendricks allowed five hits and one run without walking a batter. He retired 11 straight in one stretch, including eight by strikeout. It was the most strikeouts for a Big Green pitcher in 39 years.



Southeast Player

Saxon Butler (Oxford, Ala.)

Samford junior first baseman


Butler batted .429 (9 for 21) with two doubles, two grand slams and 10 RBI in helping the Bulldogs post a 4-1 week. He belted both grand slams in a SoCon series win against Georgia Southern. Butler’s first slam came in the eighth on Friday with Samford trailing 4-1. His second came in Saturday’s 9-2 win.


Southeast Pitcher

Dylan Cole (Spartanburg, S.C.)

Furman sophomore right-hander


Cole had his hand in on all four victories, with a win and three saves. In five scoreless innings, he allowed three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Cole notched a save against No. 4 South Carolina on Tuesday. Cole earned a win in extra innings on Friday against Wofford before recording saves the next two days.



Central Player

Jeremy Schaffer (Bellaire, Texas)

Tulane junior catcher


Schaffer went 13 for 24 (.542) in five games with nine runs and six RBI. Schaffer had a hit in each contest, including four multi-hit games, in helping the Green Wave put together a 5-0 week. He had four hits and four runs in a win over Alcorn State, missing the cycle by a home run.


Central Pitcher

Ross Stripling (Southlake, Texas)

Texas A&M junior right-hander


Stripling earned a pair of victories against nationally-ranked opponents, fanning 12 in 13 innings. Stripling started on Tuesday against No. 16 Cal State Fullerton, pitching seven scoreless innings with three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He took the mound on Sunday at No. 3 Oklahoma, fanning seven in six innings.


West Player

Brennan Gowens (Clovis, Calif.)

Fresno State junior outfielder


Gowens was a tough out, going 8 for 11 (.727) with a triple, two homers, six runs and 10 RBI in a three-game sweep of Washington State. He had three hits and three RBI on Thursday against the Cougars. Gowens went 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBI on Friday before going 1 for 3 on Saturday.



West Pitcher

Sam Gaviglio (Ashland, Ore.)

Oregon State junior right-hander


Gaviglio was nearly flawless against Long Beach State on Friday evening, taking a perfect game into the eighth. He allowed one hit with no walks and 14 strikeouts. Gaviglio threw first-pitch strikes to 24 of the 28 hitters he faced and only twice went to a three-ball count. He stretch his scoreless innings streak to 38.



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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