March 27, 2014 Louisville Slugger

Players of the Week





National Player

Brett Sullivan (Stockton, Calif.)

Pacific sophomore shortstop


Sullivan hit for the cycle on Friday evening to highlight his four-game week. He homered in the first and achieved the cycle in reverse order (homer, triple, double, single) in leading the Tigers past Gonzaga. Sullivan hit .600 (9 for 15) on the week with two doubles, two homers, five runs and nine RBI.


National Pitcher
Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.)
Stony Brook senior right-hander

Vanderka tossed his third career no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Albany, walking two, hitting one and striking out a season-high 10 batters. He improved to 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA, and opponents are hitting .190. Vanderka previously hurled no-hitters against Fordham (3/10/13) and NJIT (3/18/11). Louisville Slugger

Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player
Michael Katz (Falls Church, Va.)
William & Mary junior first baseman/outfielder

Katz, CBI's National Player of the Week last week, went 9 for 12 with two doubles, three homers, nine runs and 12 RBI in three games as the Tribe went 2-1. He entered the week leading the CAA in homers (12), runs (34), RBI (47) and slugging percentage (.857).

Northeast Pitcher
James Norwood (Manhattan, N.Y.)
Saint Louis junior right-hander

Norwood tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout as the Billikens blanked Rhode Island. Norwood, who improved to 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA and .172 batting average against, struck out six and walked two in his gem.


Southeast Player

Nick Howard (Olney, Md.)
Virginia junior infielder/pitcher

Howard went 8 for 16 with four doubles, two runs and eight RBI during the week, then added three RBI and a save Monday night as Virginia concluded its ACC series with Miami. On the season, Howard leads the Cavaliers with a .339 average and has earned six saves.

Southeast Pitcher

Jake Stinnett (Vista, Calif.)

Maryland senior right-hander


Stinnett outdueled Carlos Rodon of NC State on Friday evening, tossing eight shutout innings in a 10-0 victory for the Terrapins with a career-high 14 strikeouts. He fanned nine of the first 17 batters he faced. Stinnett allowed four hits and one walk.

Central Player

Josiah Burney (Gloucester, Va.)

Old Dominion senior first baseman


Burney batted .500 in leading the Monarchs to their first Conference USA series win. He went 5 for 10 at Louisiana Tech with one double, three homers and 10 RBI. Burney drew three walks, post an on-base percentage of .615 and slugging percentage of 1.500. He hit a three-run homer and knocked in five in Saturday’s victory.


Central Pitcher

Chris Chism (Tampa, Fla.)

Tennessee Tech junior right-hander


Chism tossed a one-hit shutout with a career-high 10 strikeouts as the Golden Eagles posted a 2-0 victory over UT Martin on Sunday. Chism had a no-hitter through six and surrendered a double in the seventh. He did not walk a batter and hit three.


West Player

Chase Harris (Boise, Idaho)

New Mexico senior outfielder


Harris batted .526 (10 for 19) in five games with a homer, seven runs and eight RBI. He registered an on-base percentage of .542 and slugging percentage of .684 in leading the Lobos to a 4-1 week. Harris went 3 for 4 in Sunday’s series finale against San Jose State with a two-run homer in the first and three RBI.


West Pitcher

Scott Kuzminsky (Puyallup, Wash.)

Hawaii senior right-hander


Kuzminsky was one out away from pitching a pair of complete games for the Rainbows. He began the week with a two-hit shutout against Nevada, a 1-0 win for Hawaii. He walked one, struck out three and faced the minimum 27 batters. Kuzminsky returned to the mound on Sunday against UAB and worked 8.2 innings in a 4-2 win. He walked one and struck out a career-high six.