April 13, 2011
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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