April 6, 2011


CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week


National Player

Victor Roache (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

Georgia Southern sophomore outfielder


Roache went 11 for 18 (.611) with six home runs and 13 RBI in four games for the Eagles. He had one double and scored 10 times. Roache went deep at Jacksonville on Tuesday. He did not homer in the SoCon series opener against The Citadel on Friday, but hit three on Saturday and two on Sunday in the sweep of the Bulldogs.



National Pitcher

Will Roberts (Richmond, Va.)

Virginia junior right-hander


Roberts pitched the first perfect game in program history with a 2-0 decision over George Washington on Tuesday. Roberts struck out 10 and rolled 14 groundouts in the masterpiece. He needed only 98 pitches to record the second perfect game in ACC history and the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Josh Wright (Bridgewater, Va.)

Old Dominion junior shortstop


Wright was right at the plate for the Monarchs, hitting .385 with three homers, four runs and seven RBI as ODU took two of three CAA contests from VCU at The Diamond. Wright belted a pair of two-run dingers in a 5-3 win on Friday. He added a three-run shot on Sunday in an 8-5 Monarch victory.



Northeast Pitcher

Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.)

Stony Brook junior right-hander


Johnson earned two victories in two starts, striking out 11 in 13 innings with no earned runs. He allowed four hits in six scoreless innings on Monday in an 11-0 win at Army with four punchouts. Johnson surrendered one unearned run in seven innings on Saturday against NYIT. He allowed five hits and fanned seven.


Southeast Player

Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va.)

Coastal Carolina junior outfielder


Bowman led the Chanticleer offense in a three-game Big South sweep of Liberty, going 5 for 11 (.455) with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBI. He had two hits and drove in six in Friday’s 17-1 victory. On Saturday, his homer in the sixth tied the game and his sac fly in the ninth plated the game-winner.


Southeast Pitcher

Tyler Maloof (Winder, Ga.)

Georgia junior right-hander


Maloof earned three saves in an SEC sweep of Mississippi State. He did not allow a hit, walk or run in 2.1 innings. Maloof got a fielder’s choice and double play in the ninth in Friday’s 4-1 win. He got a strikeout with the tying run on second to end a 4-3 win on Saturday. Maloof pitched a perfect ninth in Sunday’s 4-1 win.



Central Player

Chris O’Brien (Tulsa, Okla.)

Wichita State junior catcher


O’Brien went 8 for 15 (.533) in four games at Hawaii with five doubles, one home run, four runs and 10 RBI. He also walked one and had a sacrifice fly. O’Brien had multiple hits in all four contests and drove in at least one in three of the four games. He had two hits and three RBI in the opener and drove in five in Game 2.



Central Pitcher

Mike Hamann (Port Clinton, Ohio)

Toledo sophomore right-hander


Hamann was superb for the Rockets in Friday’s Mid-American Conference series opener against Akron. He hurled 10 scoreless innings with five hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Hamann did not figure in the decision, a 1-0 win for Toledo in 13 innings. He recorded 10 groundball outs and 16 flyball outs.



West Player

Lonnie Kauppila (Glendale, Calif.)

Stanford freshman second baseman


It was nearly impossible to get Kauppila out last week, as he went 15 for 20 (.750) in four contests with three doubles, one triple, eight runs and six RBI. He had four hits in Tuesday’s 16-14 win over Saint Mary’s. Kauppila went 11 for 14 at Washington State over the weekend, including a 6-for-6 performance on Saturday.



West Pitcher

Kyle Winkler (Sugar Land, Texas)

TCU junior right-hander


Winkler was dominant on Friday in the Mountain West series opener against Air Force. In seven innings, Winkler struck out a career-high 15 in a 10-2 win over the Falcons. He allowed four hits, one walk and one run. Winkler retired 14 of the first 15 Falcons he faced as he raised his career record to 24-5.



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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