May 16, 2012 National Players of the Week


National Player

Pablo Bermudez (Miami Shores, Fla.)

FIU senior outfielder


Bermudez went 10 for 17 (.588) in four games with 11 runs and seven RBI. Bermudez blasted a pair of home runs from his leadoff spot. He went 3 for 4 in Sunday’s game against Arkansas State with a homer, three runs and four RBI as the Golden Panthers clinched the Sun Belt series win.



National Pitcher

Ross Stripling (Southlake, Texas)
Texas A&M senior right-hander


Stripling pitched a no-hitter on Saturday against San Diego State and was one batter away from a perfect game. Stripling allowed a one-out walk in the fifth and the runner was erased trying to steal second. No other hitters reached, as Stripling faced the minimum 27. He struck out seven and threw 106 pitches.



Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

John Leroux (Auburn, Mass.)

Northeastern junior catcher


Leroux went 9 for 16 (.563) in four games with three doubles, three homers, eight runs and 11 RBI. Leroux had four multi-hit games as the Huskies went 3-1. He went deep in the CAA series opener against Old Dominion on Friday and had a game-winning three-run double on Saturday against the Monarchs.


Northeast Pitcher

Justin Amlung (Louisville, Ky.)

Louisville junior right-hander


Amlung hurled seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 series-opening Big East victory over first-place St. John’s. Amlung allowed three hits and one walk while striking out six. The win sparked the Cardinals to a series win over the Red Storm. Amlung raised his record to 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 1.99.



Southeast Player

Michael Felton (Tempe, Ariz.)

Campbell junior second baseman


Felton batted .625 (15 for 24) in five games with four runs and five RBI. He had two doubles and a pair of steals to help the Camels to a 4-1 week. Felton had an on-base percentage of .625 and slugging percentage of .708. In a three-game Big South sweep of second-place Radford, Felton went 10 for 14 (.714).



Southeast Pitcher

Robbie Powell (Punta Gorda, Fla.)

Stetson senior right-hander


Powell picked up four saves in five appearances as he set a school record and tied the Atlantic Sun mark with 18 saves for the season. Powell earned a save against top-ranked Florida State and registered three at ETSU. For the week, he allowed three hits, two walks and one run in 6.1 innings with nine strikeouts.


Central Player

Paul Hoenecke (Kewaskum, Wis.)

Milwaukee senior first baseman/catcher


Hoenecke went 10 for 17 (.588) in four victories with nine runs and eight RBI. Hoenecke had four doubles and a home run. He started the week by going 2 for 2 with a homer at Miller Park against Northwestern with three runs and three RBI. Hoenecke was 3 for 5 on Sunday against Butler with three runs and two RBI.



Central Pitcher

Kyle Freeland (Denver, Colo.)

Evansville freshman left-hander


Freeland tossed a one-hit shutout with a career-high 11 strikeouts as the Purple Aces edged Missouri State in the deciding contest of their three-game MVC set. Freeland walked one and carried a no-hitter into the ninth before surrendering an infield single. He retired 17 straight from the second to eighth.



West Player

Joe Sever (San Jose, Calif.)

Pepperdine junior second baseman


Sever went 8 for 16 (.500) in four games with six runs and four RBI as the Waves posted a 3-1 mark. Sever was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th in Thursday’s 4-3 win to open the BYU series. His two-run single in the eighth on Friday gave the Waves the lead for good.


West Pitcher

Preston Olson (Taylorsville, Utah)

Utah Valley senior right-hander


Olson pitched a 10-0 shutout at NYIT on Saturday and set a school record with 16 strikeouts. He allowed two hits, two walks and one hit batsman in eight innings as the game was halted due to the conference 10-run rule. The victory was No. 31 in the 32-game win streak for the Wolverines.



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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