March 20, 2014 Louisville Slugger

Players of the Week





National Player

Michael Katz (Falls Church, Va.)

William and Mary junior first baseman


Katz went 10 for 23 (.435) in five wins for the Tribe with two doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI. In Friday evening’s game against Iona, Katz was 3 for 6 with five runs and seven RBI. He had a double and two homers, including a grand slam. Katz leads the CAA with nine home runs and 35 RBI.


National Pitcher

Bobby LeWarne (Des Moines, Iowa)

George Washington sophomore right-hander


LeWarne was masterful in Sunday’s 1-0 series-clinching victory over Monmouth. He hurled a one-hit shutout with no walks and seven strikeouts. LeWarne was perfect through five innings before surrendering the only base runner of the game, a leadoff single in the sixth. He threw 105 pitches and faced one hitter over the minimum. Louisville Slugger

Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player

Ryan Karl (Towaco, N.J.)

Cornell junior outfielder


Karl went 8 for 15 (.533) in a three-game set at James Madison with two doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.467. He went 4 for 5 with two home runs in Saturday’s first game. Karl had a game-tying grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth on Sunday as the Big Red won in extra innings.


Northeast Pitchers

Heath Dwyer (Chandler, Ariz.)

VCU junior left-hander


Dwyer tossed a two-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts on Saturday in a 1-0 home win over Buffalo. He worked around four walks to preserve the shutout. Dwyer threw 144 pitches, 93 for strikes. The Rams scored in the bottom of the first for the game’s lone run. It was the first win of the season for Dwyer.


Chris Martin (Damestown, Md.)

Delaware freshman right-hander


Martin pitched a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 home victory over Fairfield to complete a three-game sweep. Martin did not issue a walk and struck out a career-high 13. He retired the first 11 batters before surrendering a double in the fourth. Martin then set down seven straight before giving up a single in the seventh. No Stag reached third base.


Southeast Players

Nic Wilson (Decatur, Ga.)

Georgia State senior first baseman


Wilson whacked five home runs and knocked in 15 in five games. He batted .579 (11 for 19) with a slugging percentage of 1.421 and on-base percentage of .625. Wilson was 5 for 7 with three homers and nine RBI in a pair of wins over Siena. He went 6-12 with two dingers against Western Kentucky.


Adam Martin (Marietta, Ga.)

Western Carolina senior catcher


Martin went 8 for 19 (.421) with nine runs and 14 RBI in five games. He had a double, a triple and three home runs, compiling a slugging percentage of 1.053. Martin drew four walks, including two intentional, for an on-base percentage of .500. He drove in eight in the second game of the series against Rider.


Southeast Pitcher

Ross Mitchell (Smyrna, Tenn.)

Mississippi State junior left-hander


Mitchell went the distance for the first time in his collegiate career, tossing a four-hitter at Georgia. The Bulldogs were on an 11-game win streak and were averaging 10.9 runs in their previous seven games before Mitchell held them to a single run. MSU warned its first win at Georgia since 2007, snapping a nine-game losing streak in Athens.


Central Player

Derek Gibson (Bonne Terre, Mo.)

Southeast Missouri senior outfielder


Gibson went 10 for 16 (.625) with two doubles, a home run, six runs and 10 RBI in four games for the Redhawks. He posted a slugging percentage of .938 and on-base percentage of .579 as Southeast Missouri won all four contests. Gibson was 8 for 12 with nine RBI in the OVC series vs. Eastern Kentucky.


Central Pitcher

Cory Taylor (Owasso, Okla.)

Dallas Baptist sophomore right-hander


Taylor posted a 1-0 record in two starts, striking out 20 in 13 innings. He walked one and allowed two earned runs. Taylor earned a win against BYU with nine punchouts in six innings. He started at Missouri State and held them scoreless over seven innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts.


West Player

Francisco Tellez (La Mesa, Calif.)

UC Riverside sophomore first baseman


Tellez went 10 for 14 (.714) in four games with three doubles and seven RBI. He drew four walks while posting an on-base percentage of .789 and slugging percentage of .929. Tellez is third in the Big West in hitting (.424), third in slugging percentage (.576) and fourth in on-base percentage (.505).


West Pitcher

Cameron Neff (Salinas, Calif.)

Saint Mary’s freshman right-hander


Neff blanked nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton 6-0 in Fullerton. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out three. It was the second straight complete game for Neff, who threw 122 pitches. He has a string of 18 consecutive scoreless innings after hurling a two-hit shutout against Penn State a week ago.