March 23, 2011
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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