May 9, 2012 National Players of the Week


National Player

Jared King (Dublin, Ohio)

Kansas State sophomore outfielder


King went 10 for 16 (.625) in four games with seven runs and 12 RBI. King had three doubles, one triple and one home run for a slugging percentage of 1.125. He walked three times and posted an on-base percentage of .650, helping the Wildcats to a 3-1 week. King had multiple hits in all four games.



National Pitcher

Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State junior left-hander


Heaney pitched a three-hit shutout against Oklahoma on Friday in Tulsa in The Bedlam Series opener. Heaney walked one and struck out seven. He only allowed two base-runners past first, both coming in the second inning. Heaney finished strong, retiring the final 13 batters of the contest.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Simon Kudernatsch (Czech Republic)

Hartford senior third baseman


Kudernatsch went 14 for 21 (.667) in six games to extend his hit streak to nine. Kudernatsch had three doubles, three walks, eight runs and nine RBI. In a four-game Atlantic East series with UMBC, he was 10 for 14 (.714). In the series finale, he went 3 for 3 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI.


Northeast Pitcher

Blake Hauser (Midlothian, Va.)

VCU junior right-hander


Hauser was dominant out of the pen, recording a win and two saves. He struck out 11 in 4.1 scoreless innings with one hit. Hauser struck out the side in the ninth to get a save at VMI on Tuesday and a win over Georgia State on Friday. He fanned five in 2.1 innings for a save against the Panthers on Sunday.


Southeast Player

Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.)

USC Upstate junior outfielder


Bumgardner batted .667 (16 for 24) in five games with three doubles, nine runs and eight RBI. Bumgardner went 5 for 5 on Tuesday at Wofford and again on Wednesday at Georgia State. He had streaks of 11 consecutive hits and 15 straight times on base, both three away from NCAA records.



Southeast Pitcher

Hobbs Johnson (Rocky Mount, N.C.)

North Carolina sophomore left-hander


Johnson earned two victories, allowing four hits and one run in 9.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. He surrendered two hits in four scoreless innings with six strikeouts in a 2-0 Tuesday win over Winthrop. Johnson had a career-high seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings with two hits in a 4-1 win over BC on Sunday.


Central Player

Richie Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.)

Eastern Kentucky senior shortstop


Rodriguez went 8 for 12 (.667) in an OVC series win at UT Martin with nine runs and four RBI. Rodriguez had two doubles, one triple and one home run for a slugging percentage of 1.250. He posted an on-base percentage of .688 and stole two bases. Rodriguez hit for the cycle in Saturday’s contest.



Central Pitcher

Nick Petree (Clinton, Mo.)

Missouri State sophomore right-hander


Petree struck out a career-high 12 in eight scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over Air Force Friday in the Jayhawk Classic. Petree allowed three hits and walked three. He extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 30, a school record. Petree has a string of 64.2 straight innings without an earned run.



West Player

Goose Kallunki (Orem, Utah)

Utah Valley senior first baseman


Kallunki went 10 for 19 (.526) in five games with three doubles, one triple, three home runs and 12 RBI. Kallunki had a slugging percentage of 1.263 and on-base percentage of .640 as the Wolverines extended their win streak to 28. Kallunki leads NCAA Division I college baseball with 72 RBI.



West Pitcher

Abe Bobb (Denver, Colo.)

San Francisco sophomore right-hander


Bobb went the distance in a 7-2 win at Pepperdine Friday in the WCC series opener. Bobb allowed four hits and one earned run. He did not walk a batter and struck out five, needing just 98 pitches for his first complete game. Bobb gave up a leadoff single in the first and then retired the next 18 straight hitters.



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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