March 28, 2012
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week
Max Muncy (Keller, Texas)
Baylor junior first baseman
Muncy went 9 for 18 (.500) in four victories for the Bears with
two doubles, two homers, seven runs and nine RBI. Muncy drew two walks and
struck out just once. He had 17 total bases and posted a slugging percentage of
.944. His two-run double in the eighth of Sunday’s series finale helped complete
the sweep of Kansas.
Sean Newcomb (Middleboro, Mass.)
Hartford freshman left-hander
Newcomb pitched a seven-inning no-hitter in the second game of
Saturday’s doubleheader with Yale. He walked two and struck out 10 in the 2-0
win over the Bulldogs. It was the first Division I no-hitter for the Hawks as
well as the first collegiate victory and first complete game for Newcomb.
Regional Players of the Week
Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.)
Rutgers senior third baseman
Kivlehan batted .692 (9 for 13) in four games with two homers,
four runs and seven RBI. He drew four walks and was plunked twice for an on-base
percentage of .789. Kivlehan went 7 for 10 (.700) in a three-game Big East
series against Seton Hall and reached base in 12 of 15 plate appearances (.800
Pat Light (Colts Neck, N.J.)
Monmouth junior right-hander
Light was perfect through seven innings and posted a two-hit
shutout, a 2-0 victory over Wagner in Northeast Conference play. Light did not
issue a free pass and struck out 11. He set down the first 21 in order before
surrendering a leadoff single to Hayden Hunter in the eighth. Light faced one
batter over the minimum.
Zak Messer (Bristol, Va.)
Lipscomb senior second baseman
Messer went 7 for 13 (.538) with two doubles, one triple and two
home runs, helping the Bison sweep Mercer in Atlantic Sun play for the first
time in program history. Messer had seven runs and seven RBI while posting a
slugging percentage of 1.308. Messer drew three walks and recorded an on-base
percentage of .600.
Zack Godley (Bamberg, S.C.)
Tennessee junior right-hander
Godley handed Kentucky its first loss of the season on Friday,
helping the Volunteers record a 4-1 win over the Wildcats. Godley worked eight
innings with three hits and one earned run. He allowed a leadoff double to start
the game, the only extra-base hit he surrendered. Godley retired 21 of the final
25 he faced.
Blake Brown (Semmes, Ala.)
Southern Miss junior first baseman
Brown went 6 for 17 (.353) in four games with three homers, eight
runs and eight RBI as the Golden Eagles went 3-1. He hit safely in all four
contests and went deep in three different games. Brown had a triple, a two-run
dinger and drove in three in a 10-0 win at No. 20 Ole Miss on Tuesday.
Pierce Johnson (Arvada, Colo.)
Missouri State junior right-hander
Johnson struck out a career-high 16 in a complete-game 3-0
victory over Creighton on Friday to kick off the Missouri Valley Conference
schedule. Johnson allowed five hits in going the distance for the second
straight game. He has recorded double-digit strikeouts in four consecutive
games, a program first.
Royce Bolinger (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Gonzaga senior outfielder
Bollinger went 9 for 17 (.529) with three home runs and seven RBI
in a four-game home series with Hawaii. He went deep in the opener of Saturday’s
doubleheader with the Rainbows and homered twice in the series finale on Sunday.
Bollinger extended his hitting streak to nine and raised his batting average to
Michael Benson (Placentia, Calif.)
Pacific freshman right-hander
Benson tossed his first shutout and complete game in a 10-0 win
over Brown in the first game on Saturday’s doubleheader. He scattered six hits,
all singles, in nine innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Benson needed
just 95 pitches to record the victory and did not allow a runner to reach
regional players of the week are chosen based on their conference affiliation.
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(Light photo by Monmouth University Photography; other photos courtesy of Media Relations Offices)