May 2, 2012 National Players of the Week


National Player

Derek Gibson (Bonne Terre, Mo.)

Southeast Missouri sophomore outfielder


Gibson went 12 for 21 (.571) in four games to extend his hit streak to 29 games. He had three doubles, three homers, seven runs and 13 RBI. Gibson posted an on-base percentage of .591 and slugging percentage of 1.143. He tied a school record with three doubles on Friday at UT Martin.


National Pitcher

Kevin Ferguson (Suffern, N.Y.)

Northeastern junior left-hander


Ferguson was one batter from a perfect game, pitching a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Towson on Sunday. Ferguson faced the minimum 27 batters with no walks and nine strikeouts. He allowed a single by Kurt Wertz in the second, but Wertz was picked off by Huskies catcher Jon Leroux.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.)

Stony Brook junior outfielder


Jankowski went 13 for 20 (.650) in five games with 10 runs and six RBI as the Seawolves extended their win streak to 10. Jankowski had five extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs over the weekend against UMBC, to post a slugging percentage of 1.200. He was also 6 for 6 in stolen base attempts.



Northeast Pitcher

Pat Light (Colts Neck, N.J.)

Monmouth junior right-hander


Light set a school record with a career-best 15 strikeouts in a 6-5 win over LIU Brooklyn on Friday. He allowed five hits and one run in eight innings with no walks. Light registered four perfect innings and posted his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season. He fanned six of the game’s first seven hitters.



Southeast Player

Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va.)

Coastal Carolina senior outfielder


Bowman batted .611 (11 for 18) in four games with 10 runs and five RBI. Bowman had one double and one home run in posting a slugging percentage of .833 and on-base percentage of .650. He was also 2 for 2 on stolen base attempts as the Chanticleers registered four road victories.



Southeast Pitcher

Brandon Bixler (Oviedo, Fla.)

FGCU sophomore left-hander


Bixler struck out 14 in seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over Kennesaw State in Sunday’s series finale. Bixler allowed one hit and walked one. He was one away from the program record of 15 strikeouts set by current major-leaguer Chris Sale in 2010. Bixler struck out the side in the second and seventh innings.


Central Player

Max White (Durant, Okla.)

Oklahoma junior outfielder/infielder


White went 8 for 18 (.444) in four games with two doubles, one homer, four runs and nine RBI. White had a slugging percentage of .722. He had a career-high five RBI in Saturday’s series finale against Kansas. White belted a three-run homer in the fifth and added a two-run single in the ninth.


Central Pitcher

David Garner (Niles, Mich.)

Michigan State sophomore right-hander


Garner pitched a shutout against Big Ten leader Purdue on Sunday. Garner allowed five hits over nine innings with no walks and seven strikeouts in recording his first collegiate complete game. The Boilermakers, blanked for the first time, started the week ranked third in Division I in hitting and 15th in scoring.



West Player

Bobby Brown (San Diego, Calif.)

Arizona senior designated hitter


Brown went 9 for 12 (.750) in a three-game home sweep of ETSU with one double, two triples, one homer, six runs, nine RBI and three steals. He opened the series by going 4 for 4 with a double, two triples, four runs and six RBI. Brown raised his batting average nearly 50 points last week from .298 to .345.



West Pitcher

Marco Gonzales (Fort Collins, Colo.)

Gonzaga sophomore left-hander


Gonzales was brilliant on Saturday against Loyola Marymount, posting career highs with 11 scoreless innings and 15 strikeouts. He did not figure in the decision as the Bulldogs won 1-0 in 12 innings. Gonzales allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. He needed 139 pitches to get through 11 innings.



Note - regional players of the week are chosen based on their conference affiliation. To see our list of regions, click here.


(Light photo courtesy of Monmouth University Photo, other photos courtesy of Media Relations Offices)