March 14, 2012 National Players of the Week


National Player

Ryan McCauley (Urbandale, Iowa)

Niagara junior first baseman


McCauley went 12 for 26 (.462) and drove in 11 in six games for the Purple Eagles. He had three doubles, one triple, two homers and six runs. McCauley hit for the cycle Friday in the opening game of the weekend series at Longwood, with a walk, three runs & two RBI. He went 5 for 9 in Saturday’s doubleheader with seven RBI.



National Pitcher

Michael Morin (Leawood, Kan.)

North Carolina junior right-hander


The Tar Heels went 5-0 last week and Morin was involved in each victory with a win and four saves. He recorded midweek saves against Davidson and at Elon. Morin earned saves in the first two ACC contests at No. 18 Clemson before registering a win in Sunday’s series finale. He did not allow a run in 6.2 innings.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Andrew Cain (Greenville, N.C.)

UNC Wilmington senior outfielder


Cain batted .556 (10 for 18) in four games with two home runs, six RBI and eight runs. In the opener of a CAA with James Madison, Cain matched his career best with four hits in a 10-7 victory. He also had two runs and three RBI. In Sunday’s finale, Cain homered and scored three as UNCW completed the sweep of the Dukes.



Northeast Pitcher

John Colella (Herndon, Va.)

Holy Cross junior right-hander


Colella collected two saves and a win in four appearances. He allowed one hit in 3.2 scoreless frames for a save at Charlotte. Colella tossed two shutout innings with three strikeouts in a 3-0 win at Winthrop on Friday. In Sunday’s series finale, Colella allowed one hit and fanned three in a 4-3 win over the Eagles in 10 innings.



Southeast Player

Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.)

Florida junior catcher


Zunino went 7 for 18 (.389) in five games with four homers, 11 RBI and five runs as the Gators won five to extend their win streak to 13. He posted a slugging percentage of 1.111, helping Florida to its best start in school history at 15-1. Zunino homered twice vs. Florida Atlantic and hit two in the series opener against FGCU.



Southeast Pitcher

Kevin Gausman (Centennial, Colo.)

LSU sophomore right-hander


Gausman dominated Michigan on Friday at Alex Box Stadium, registering a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings. Gausman allowed two hits and did not walk a batter in a 6-0 win over the Wolverines. He gave up a leadoff single in the second and then retired 19 straight before a one-out base hit in the eighth.


Central Player

Jeremy Banks (Steubenville, Ohio)

Youngstown State senior first baseman


Banks batted .545 (4 for 9) with two doubles, three homers, four runs and eight RBI in three games at VMI. Banks drew three walks and was hit once for an on-base percentage of .667 while posting a slugging percentage of 1.545. In Sunday’s win, Banks homered in the first and belted a go-ahead three-run blast in the eighth.



Central Pitcher

Daniel Minor (Dripping Springs, Texas)

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior right-hander


Minor struck out a career-high 14 in a 1-0 win over UTSA Sunday that gave the Islanders a Southland Conference series victory on the opening weekend of league play. Minor allowed four hits and walked one in nine innings. The hits came in the second, fourth, fifth and ninth, with the walk coming in the seventh.



West Player

Dillon Haupt (San Diego, Calif.)

San Diego junior catcher


Haupt went 7 for 19 (.368) in five games with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI. He posted an on-base percentage of .409 and slugging percentage of .789 as the Toreros went 4-1 on its trip to the state of Tennessee. On Tuesday at Lipscomb, Haupt went 4 for 6 with a homer and four RBI. He also went deep on Sunday at Vanderbilt.


West Pitcher

Eddie Orozco (Riverside, Calif.)

UC Riverside senior right-hander


Orozco was perfect through six innings in a 1-0 win over Sacramento State. Kyle Moses singled to lead off the seventh for the Hornets. Orozco allowed three hits and struck out 15, tying him for the program record for punchouts in a game during the Division I era. Orozco fanned three in the ninth to reach 15.



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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