May 18, 2011
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week
Xavier Macklin (Rocky Mount, N.C.)
North Carolina A&T junior outfielder
Macklin belted five home runs and drove in 10 in five games for
the Aggies. He went 7 for 16 (.438) with one double. Macklin went deep three
times on Saturday at Savannah State to raise his season total to 22 and his
career total to 49. Macklin scored five and drove in seven, giving him 182
Mike Strong (Afton, Minn.)
Oklahoma State senior left-hander
Strong was dominant against Baylor in the series opener on
Friday. He struck out a career-high 14, matching the highest total in the Big 12
this season. Strong allowed two hits in eight innings, both singles, and did not
walk a batter. No runner advanced past second as the Cowboys won 1-0 in 10
Regional Players of the Week
Paul Karmas (Douglaston, N.Y.)
St. John’s senior first baseman
Karmas went 11 for 20 (.550) and drove in 12 in four games.
Karmas had three doubles and two homers, including a grand slam, as the Red
Storm posted a 4-0 week. He had four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI
outings. Karmas knocked in five in one contest and three in two others.
Chris Franzese (Howard Beach, N.Y.)
Long Island sophomore right-hander
Franzese pitched a complete-game shutout against Central
Connecticut State in the NEC series opener on Friday. Franzese allowed five hits
and did not walk a batter in a 1-0 victory over the Blue Devils. Franzese struck
out five in raising his record to 7-3 and lowered his ERA to 3.84.
Ronnie Freeman (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Kennesaw State sophomore catcher
Freeman went 8 for 17 (.471) with three homers, six runs and 10
RBI in four games. He posted an on-base percentage of .571 and slugging
percentage of 1.059 as the Owls went 4-0. During an Atlantic Sun sweep of UNF,
Freeman had five runs and nine RBI. He homered twice and knocked in five in the
Buck Farmer (Conyers, Ga.)
Georgia Tech sophomore right-hander
Farmer earned a pair of victories in two starts. He allowed one
run in seven innings on Monday in a 5-1 win at UIC. Farmer gave up four hits in
eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a 3-0 victory on Sunday against
North Carolina to give the Yellow Jackets the ACC series win.
T.J. Baumet (Brownsburg, Ind.)
Ball State senior shortstop
Baumet batted .647 (11 for 17) with five doubles, one homer, six
runs and five RBI in four road games. Baumet had three steals and walked three
times for an on-base percentage of .700. He had three multi-hit games, including
two four-hit outings, and posted a slugging percentage of 1.118.
Zach Cooper (Hartland, Mich.)
Central Michigan junior right-hander
Cooper tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout as the Chippewas
blanked Western Michigan 3-0 on Saturday. He walked two and struck out six in
nine innings. The lone hit was a two-out single in the second. Cooper set down
10 of the first 12 batters to start the game and 12 of the final 13 hitters.
Cameron Edman (Florence, Mont.)
Gonzaga senior catcher
Edman went 10 for 18 (.556) in four road contests with five
doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. He extended his hit streak to 13 games.
Edman had career highs with five hits, three homers and six RBI on Monday at
BYU. Edman had a two-run double and another RBI two-bagger on Friday at
Aaron Griffin (El Cajon, Calif.)
Loyola Marymount sophomore right-hander
In two starts, Griffin did not allow an earned run in 15.1
innings with 14 strikeouts. He left with a 2-1 lead after 6.1 innings on Monday
in a no-decision against CSUB (3 H, 1 UE, 2 BB, career-high 8 K). Griffin
pitched a complete-game shutout on Sunday at Saint Mary’s (6 H, 1 BB, 6 K).
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