March 27, 2013 Louisville Slugger

Players of the Week





National Player

Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif.)

Pepperdine sophomore third baseman


Davidson batted .714 (10 for 14) in a three-game West Coast Conference sweep of Santa Clara with five doubles, a home run, three RBI and seven runs. Davidson had a slugging percentage of 1.286 and on-base percentage of .733. He had six hits in consecutive at-bats during one stretch. He had three hits and five runs in the series finale.



National Pitcher

Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, Ontario, Canada)

Arizona State freshman left-hander


Kellogg threw the ninth no-hitter in program history in a 4-0 victory at third-ranked Oregon State on Saturday. Kellogg did not walk a batter and struck out three. He needed 110 pitches to complete the game. Only two Beavers reached base, both on errors. It was the first ASU no-hitter in Pac-10/12 conference play and second on the road. Louisville Slugger

Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Jimmy Yezzo (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

Delaware junior first baseman


Yezzo went 10 for 18 (.556) in four games with four doubles, one homer, seven runs and nine RBI. He helped the Blue Hens win all four contests. Yezzo has a five-game hit streak and has reached base safely in 34 straight games. Yezzo leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 14 doubles, 32 RBI and 72 total bases.


Northeast Pitcher

Michael Johnson (Georgetown, Mass.)

Dartmouth senior left-hander


Johnson won two starts last week on the Big Green’s spring break trip to Florida, fanning 18 in 13 innings with 10 hits and two walks. He posted a career-best 12 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings against North Dakota State. Johnson went six innings against Bradley with five hits, two runs, one walk and six punchouts.



Southeast Player

Rob Dickinson (Richmond, Va.)

VMI senior outfielder


Dickinson went 10 for 20 (.500) with eight RBI in five games. He had three doubles, one triple and two home runs for a slugging percentage of 1.050. Dickinson had a hit in each game as the Keydets went 4-1. He had a pair of three-hit games and one outing with two hits. Dickinson had a stolen base in all three games against Longwood.


Southeast Pitcher

C.K. Irby (Florence, Ala.)

Samford junior right-hander


Irby went the distance on Friday against Furman to kick off the Southern Conference series, allowing three hits and no walks. Irby tied a program record with 16 strikeouts. He was also proficient at the plate last week, batting .562 with a triple, two home runs and six RBI.


Central Player

Kirby Pellant (Chandler, Ariz.)

Ohio State senior shortstop


Pellant batted .667 (6 for 9) in a three-game Big Ten sweep at defending champion Purdue. Pellant drove in seven, with at least two RBI in each contest. Pellant had a double, a homer, and two runs while posting a slugging percentage of 1.111. Pellant walked four times and had an on-base percentage of .769.



Central Pitcher

Cody Dickson (Mansfield, Texas)

Sam Houston State junior left-hander


Dickson pitched a one-hit shutout on Friday in the Southland Conference series opener against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Dickson did not walk a batter and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts in the 5-0 victory. Dickson allowed only two baserunners in the contest and did not surrender a hit until the sixth.


West Player

Mitch Garver (Albuquerque, N.M.)

New Mexico senior catcher


Garver went 10 for 16 (.625) in five games to extend his hit streak to 22 games. Garver had two game-winning hits during the week with six runs and three RBI. He had two doubles, four walks, four stolen bases and was plunked twice. Garver had a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth vs. Nevada on Friday.



West Pitcher

Dylan Christensen (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)

CSU Bakersfield senior right-hander


Christensen earned a win and two saves in three appearances. He allowed two hits in 4.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Christensen had a five-out save at Cal State Northridge. He retired Sacramento State in order in the ninth on Friday to earn the save. Christensen pitched two innings on Sunday for the win.


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


(photos courtesy of Media Relations Offices)