April 20, 2011


CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week


National Player

Tyler Ogle (San Antonio, Texas)

Oklahoma junior catcher


Ogle went 11 for 17 (.647) with one double, three home runs, eight runs and 11 RBI in four games against nationally-ranked TCU and Oklahoma State. He posted a slugging percentage of 1.235. Ogle had four multi-RBI games and three multi-hit games and tied his career with four hits in the first and third games against OSU.



National Pitcher

Michael Roth (Greer, S.C.)

South Carolina junior left-hander


Roth was dominant against top-ranked Vanderbilt as he allowed three hits in a 3-1 victory Friday against Commodore ace Sonny Gray. He did not allow a hit until the fifth inning against the top hitting team in the SEC. Roth struck out eight, one away from his career best. He raised his record to 8-1.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Johnny Bladel (Ashburn, Va.)

James Madison sophomore outfielder


Bladel missed five of seven games after being hit in the helmet with a pitch but returned to hit .611 (11 for 18) in the leadoff spot with one triple, one home run, 10 runs and eight RBI in four games. He drew five walks and had an on-base percentage of .667. Bladel had two sacrifice flies and two steals as the Dukes went 3-1.



Northeast Pitcher

Andrew Smith (Matthews, N.C.)

Charlotte junior right-hander


Smith pitched his first career complete-game shutout in a 3-0 Atlantic 10 victory at Saint Louis. He allowed three hits in the lone victory for the 49ers in the series. Smith set career bests with nine innings and 10 strikeouts. Smith earned his seventh win and lowered his ERA to 1.34 in 60.1 innings.



Southeast Player

Victor Roache (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

Georgia Southern sophomore outfielder


Roache went 9 for 16 (.563) with a double, five home runs, nine runs and 13 RBI in five games. Roache went deep in each game and had a slugging percentage of 1.563. It marked the second time in the past three weeks in which he had at least five homers in a week. He had six dingers in four games two weeks ago.



Southeast Pitcher

Mark Pope (Marietta, Ga.)

Georgia Tech junior right-hander


Pope tossed a one-hitter in a 5-1 ACC victory over Wake Forest on Friday. It was his fourth complete game of the season. Pope struck out eight over nine innings. He retired 16 of the final 18 hitters, including one stretch of 14 consecutive outs. Pope set down the Demon Deacons in order in six of the nine innings.



Central Player

Brett Russell (Mt. Morris, Mo.)

Southeast Missouri State senior designated hitter


Russell went 10 for 19 (.536) in five games with one double, two homers, five runs and nine RBI. He posted an on-base percentage of .550 and a slugging percentage of .895 as the Redhawks went 5-0. Russell had two hits in each contest. He drove in three against Southern Illinois and in the series finale with UT Martin.



Central Pitcher

John Simms (Woodlands, Texas)
Rice freshman right-hander


Simms pitched 7.2 innings and struck out 11, both career highs, in a 2-0 victory Tuesday over nationally-ranked Texas A&M. Simms surrendered three hits and did not walk a batter in recording his first collegiate victory. He earned his second win on Sunday with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief against Tulane.


West Player

Drew Hillman (Lake Forest, Calif.)

UC Irvine senior infielder


Hillman went 10 for 16 (.625) with seven runs, six RBI and three stolen bases in four games for the Anteaters. He belted a three-run homer, scored three and drove in four in Friday’s Big West series opener at Pacific. Hillman capped the week by going 6 for 6 on Sunday against the Tigers with two doubles, three runs and two RBI.


West Pitcher

Trevor Bauer (Valencia, Calif.)

UCLA junior right-hander


Bauer pitched a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts on Saturday against nationally-ranked Arizona to become UCLA’s career leader in victories with 28. It was Bauer's eighth career complete game. Bauer raised his school record for career strikeouts to 367 and moved into fourth place with 310.1 career innings.



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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