March 21, 2012 National Players of the Week


National Player

Kris Bryant (Las Vegas, Nev.)

San Diego sophomore third baseman


Bryant went 10 for 22 (.455) with three doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI. Bryant posted an on-base percentage of .600 and slugging percentage of 1.273. He went 4 for 7 with three homers and seven RBI in a doubleheader against Columbia on Friday. Bryant added a pair of homers in Sunday’s series finale.



National Pitcher

Chris Stratton (Tupelo, Miss.)

Mississippi State junior right-hander


Stratton struck out a career-best 17 in 8.2 innings at LSU on Friday evening. In his first start of the season, Stratton held the Tigers to one run on four hits with two walks. He struck out each LSU starter at least once and retired 16 straight during one stretch, including 11 by strikeout.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Sam Mulroy (Bethesda, Md.)

Princeton senior catcher


Mulroy went 6 for 14 (.429) in three games with a double, two homers, seven runs and nine RBI in a series victory at Richmond. He walked twice and had an on-base percentage of .556 with a slugging percentage of .929. Mulroy had four hits, including a home run, and drove in a career-high six in Game 2.



Northeast Pitcher

Matt Davenport (Chesapeake, Va.)

William and Mary senior right-hander


Davenport pitched a two-hit shutout in the CAA series opener at James Madison on Friday. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight in the 5-0 victory. The Dukes had singles in the second and third. Davenport faced two batters over the minimum and retired the final 19 hitters.



Southeast Player

Peter O’Brien (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Miami senior catcher


O’Brien batted .529 (9 for 17) in five games with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI. O’Brien drove in four in a midweek win at home over Illinois State on Tuesday and in the ACC series finale at Duke on Sunday. He had an on-base percentage of .600 and slugging percentage of 1.235.



Southeast Pitcher

Marcus Stroman (Medford, N.Y.)

Duke junior right-hander


Stroman struck out 13 in seven innings in the ACC series opener against No. 11 Miami on Friday. He allowed one run on six hits in the 5-1 victory over the Hurricanes. Stroman fanned each Miami starter at least once and struck out the side in the second and sixth. Of the final 14 batters he faces, nine were strikeout victims.



Central Player

Andrew Kubuski (Elyria, Ohio)

Bowling Green sophomore outfielder


Kubuski went 9 for 20 (.450) in five games with two homers, six runs and 12 RBI as the Falcons put together a 4-1 week. Kubuski had a huge day on Saturday in a 22-2 win at Eastern Kentucky, hitting a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and driving in seven. He had three hits in Sunday’s series clincher.



Central Pitcher

Ben Bullard (Decatur, Ala.)

UAB junior right-hander


Bullard tied a school record with 15 strikeouts in a 3-1 loss to Michigan in the Coastal Carolina Classic at Pelicans Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Bullard scattered seven hits, walked one and allowed two earned runs. Of the 15 punchouts, 14 were swinging. Bullard struck out the side in the first and eighth.


West Player

D.J. Peterson (Gilbert, Ariz.)

New Mexico sophomore first baseman


Peterson went 10 for 15 (.667) in four games with two doubles, two homers, five walks, six runs and seven RBI as the Lobos put together a 3-1 week. In the Mountain West series opener against San Diego State, Peterson went 5 for 5 with two homers, three runs and four RBI. He snapped a 9-9 tie with a homer in the sixth.


West Pitcher

Grant Watson (Bakersfield, Calif.)

UCLA freshman left-hander


Watson picked up a pair of wins against Pac-12 opponents. He beat USC at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday (6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K). After an inning of relief on Friday, Watson started the nightcap in Sunday’s doubleheader against Arizona State, allowing four hits and two runs in six frames.



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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