April 13, 2011


CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week


National Player

Logan Pierce (Troy, Ala.)

Troy sophomore first baseman


Pierce went 9 for 15 (.600) with two doubles, two grand slams, four runs and 15 RBI in four games. He started the week with four hits, including two doubles and a grand slam, and seven RBI in a win over Auburn. Pierce had two hits and drove in two in Friday’s 4-0 Sun Belt win over FIU. His Saturday slam gave Troy the lead for good.



National Pitcher

Kyle Birdsall (Milford, Conn.)

Quinnipiac junior right-hander


Birdsall pitched the first no-hitter in program history in a 6-0 NEC victory over Monmouth in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. Birdsall struck out a career-best 12, the highest total this season in the NEC. Birdsall was perfect through 5.2 innings, fanning 10 of the first 17 hitters. He allowed a walk and hit batsman in the sixth.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.)

Holy Cross sophomore catcher


Wadsworth batted .632 (12 for 19) in five games with 10 RBI and four multiple-RBI outings. He went 10 for 15 in four Patriot League games against Bucknell with two homers, seven runs and eight RBI as the Crusaders won three of four. He had five hits, four runs and six RBI in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep.



Northeast Pitcher

Ryan Smith (Greenlawn, N.Y.)

Dartmouth senior right-hander


Smith earned two wins and a save in a pair of Ivy League doubleheader sweeps. He pitched the top of the 10th vs. Cornell as the Big Green rallied to win in the bottom of the frame. Smith earned the win in the opener vs. Princeton and saved the nightcap. He allowed no walks and fanned five in 4.2 innings for the week.



Southeast Player

Doug Bream (Elizabethtown, Pa.)

Liberty senior outfielder


Bream batted .737 (14 for 19) in four games with two doubles, one triple, six runs and eight RBI. He posted at least four hits in three of the four contests. He walked twice and had an on-base percentage of .762. Bream had five hits in Wednesday’s win over James Madison and four hits in the final two Big South wins at High Point.



Southeast Pitcher

Chris Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.)

Jacksonville freshman right-hander


Anderson registered a win and two saves in a three-game Atlantic Sun sweep at Mercer. He allowed three hits and no earned runs in 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts. Anderson picked up saves in the first two games before getting the win in the finale. In the third game, he worked out of jams in the eighth, ninth and 10th.


Central Player

Kyle Bluestein (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Jacksonville State junior outfielder


Bluestein went 9 for 14 (.643) in three Ohio Valley games with three doubles, three home runs, nine runs and eight RBI as the first-place Gamecocks went 2-1 at Murray State. He had a pair of four-hit games and had multiple RBI in all three contests. Bluestein went deep in each game against the Thoroughbreds.



Central Pitcher

Kyle Hunter (Galesburg, Ill.)

Kansas State junior left-hander


Hunter was able to silence the top hitting team in the Big 12, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over No. 9 Oklahoma on Friday. Hunter allowed four hits to a squad with a team batting average of .337. It was the first shutout for the Wildcats against the Sooners in 21 years and led KSU to its first series win over OU since 2001.



West Player

Ryan Dunn (Bend, Ore.)

Oregon State junior infielder


Dunn went 6 for 14 in four games with three doubles, one home run, six runs and six RBI as the Beavers beat Portland and swept a three-game Pac-10 series from fifth-ranked Arizona State. Dunn had three multi-hit games against the Sun Devils. He had two-run doubles on Friday and Sunday that put OSU ahead to stay.



West Pitcher

Esteban Guzman (Fairfield, Calif.)

San Jose State junior right-hander


Guzman was outstanding against No. 11 Fresno State on Saturday. He allowed one run in seven innings with 13 strikeouts in a 4-3 WAC victory over the Bulldogs. Guzman matched his career high with seven innings and his 13 punchouts more than doubled his previous career best. He fanned at least one in each inning.



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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