Feb 20, 2013


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Players of the Week





National Player

Danny Collins (Niceville, Fla.)

Troy junior outfielder/first baseman


Collins batted .571 (8 for 14) with two doubles, two triples, one homer, nine runs and nine RBI in a four-game sweep of Florida A&M. He amassed 17 total bases for a slugging percentage of 1.214 and his on-base percentage was .667. Collins hit for the cycle in the second game of the series.


National Pitcher

T.J. Renda (Orlando, Fla.)

Alabama State sophomore right-hander


Renda threw a nine-inning no-hitter on Opening Night against Chicago State as the Hornets posted a 14-0 victory. Renda walked one, hit one batter and struck out a career-best 15. He faced two hitters over the minimum and no runner reached second base. Renda threw 123 pitches, 83 for strikes.



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Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Dominic Fratantuono (Linthicum, Md.)

Towson junior outfielder


Fratantuono went 6 for 14 (.429) in a three-game sweep at McNeese State with a double, a home run and nine RBI. He had two hits and at least two RBI in each contest. Fratantuono posted an on-base percentage of .500 and slugging percentage of .714.  He blasted a grand slam in the season opener.



Northeast Pitcher

Jimmy Yacabonis (Matawan, N.J.)

Saint Joseph’s junior right-hander


Yacabonis recorded the first two saves of his collegiate career in the first two games of the series at Stetson. He pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts in a 5-2 win over the Hatters on Friday. Yacabonis struck out the side in the ninth in Saturday’s 5-4 victory. The Hawks started 2-0 for the first time since 1999.


Southeast Player

Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.)

East Tennessee State junior outfielder/pitcher


Freeman hit .800 (8 for 10) in three games against Penn State with one double, one triple, three home runs, seven runs and five RBI. His on-base percentage was .846 and slugging percentage was 2.000. The left-hander also made a pair of appearances on the mound, fanning three in 1.1 innings with a save in Sunday’s finale.



Southeast Pitcher

Buck Farmer (Conyers, Ga.)

Georgia Tech senior right-hander


Farmer dominated Akron Friday in a 3-0 season-opening win for the Yellow Jackets, striking out a career-high 14 in eight innings. Farmer allowed four hits, all singles, did not walk a Zip and hit one batter. Only one runner advanced past first and that came with two outs in the fifth.


Central Player

Matt Oberste (Sallisaw, Okla.)

Oklahoma junior infielder


Oberste was Mr. Clutch for the Sooners in their four-game sweep of Hofstra. He batted .429 (6 for 14) with a double, a triple, a homer and nine RBI. Oberste had a two-run single with two outs to cap a three-run ninth on Saturday to force extra innings. His three-run homer in the ninth on Sunday gave OU a 7-4 win.


Central Pitcher

Tony Rizzotti (Arlington, Texas)

Tulane sophomore right-hander


Rizzotti tossed a one-hit shutout against Southland favorite Sam Houston State on Friday in the Centurylink Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Texas. He walked one and struck out five. The lone hit for the Bearkats was a single in the third. Rizzotti had not pitched competitively in nearly two years due to knee injuries.


West Player

J.D. Davis (Elk Grove, Calif.)

Cal State Fullerton sophomore DH


Davis went 7 for 16 (.438) with one double, two home runs and 11 RBI in four wins. He walked twice and posted a slugging percentage of .875. Davis was 5 for 9 in a doubleheader sweep of Nebraska on Saturday with three runs and five RBI. He homered twice and drove in six at CSUB on Sunday.


West Pitcher

Matt Whitehouse (Diamond Bar, Calif.)

UC Irvine junior left-hander


After redshirting in 2012, Whitehouse helped the Anteaters shut out Baylor 5-0 on Saturday. He pitched 6.1 innings with two hits, one walk and six strikeouts. Whitehouse encountered trouble in the fifth, surrendering a two-out double and plunking a batter. But a fly ball to right ended the rally.



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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