COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION NATIONAL HONOR
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Chris Cody, Manhattan, P – In the season opener for the
Cody silenced nationally ranked Tulane in an impressive, 1-0, road victory at
New Orleans. Cody threw 155 pitches on
the day, allowing four walks, striking out 10, including the final two batters
he faced. The
southpaw scattered 10 hits, and did his best Houdini impression to
escape numerous jams at Zephyr Field.
When the Green Wave had runners on base, Cody limited Tulane to just four
hits, including 2-for-10 with runners in scoring
Luke Gorsett, Nebraska, OF -
Became the first Husker to hit for the cycle since 1995, as Nebraska swept the
field, 3-0, at the Dairy Queen Classic in the Metrodome. Gorsett went 4-for-5, with a single in
the first, a homer in the third and a double in the fourth, before completing
the cycle with a triple to left center in the eighth, as he slid in to beat the
relay throw at third. Gorsett was
the DQ Dude, as he hit .500 (6-for-12), with two homers, four RBIs and five runs
scored and was named the Tournament MVP.
In addition to a ten game hitting streak, he is hitting .405, with five
homers and 11 RBIs, topping NU in all three triple crown categories
Ike Davis, Arizona State, P/DH – Enjoyed a
monster week at the plate, beginning with his first collegiate home
run (also his first grand slam) versus Texas Tech, then twice setting new career
RBI marks, and adding his second grand slam in a 3-game series sweep of
Auburn. In addition, Davis pushed
his pitching record to (2-2) with a win over the Red Raiders. ASU finished a 4-0 week during which
Davis batted 10x17 (.588), with 13 RBI, 6 runs scored, 2 doubles and the two
Danny Hamblin, Arkansas, 3B – His
carried Arkansas to the tournament title with a 4-1 record at the First Hawai’i
Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament at Les Murakami Stadium. He finished the tournament batting .450
(9 for 20), with three doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, a 1.050 slugging
percentage and a .478 on-base percentage.
He has collected at least one RBI in 10 straight games, and 12-of-14
games this season, leading the team with seven multiple-RBI games. Hamblin
was named the tournament’s most outstanding player and extended
his current hitting streak to 12 games.
Danny Payne, Georgia Tech, OF/P -
.714 (10-for-14), to lead Georgia Tech to a three-game sweep of Rutgers over the
weekend. The sophomore outfielder had three doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs,
five runs scored and a stolen base, posting a .750 on base percentage, with a
1.357 slugging percentage. He also made his collegiate pitching debut on
Friday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Georgia Tech's series opening win.
Payne is batting a
team-best .436, with an ACC-high 20 runs for the (13-0)Yellow
Josh Rodriguez, Rice, INF – His
second double of the game Saturday versus Cal State Fullerton broke a 2-2
deadlock in the bottom of the eighth inning, and sparked the Owls to a four-run
outburst that was the difference in a, 6-2, win that iced the series for the
Owls. Less than 24 hours earlier in
the series-opener on Friday, he blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the
10th frame to give the Blue and Gray a, 3-2, win over the visiting
Daniel McCutchen, Oklahoma, P - For the second
consecutive start, the senior delivered a masterful 10-inning performance, for
his first career complete-game shutout against UC Riverside, a 1-0 win, at L.
Dale Mitchell Park. McCutchen (3-2) struck out
six, and walked two, while allowing five hits. After
nine scoreless innings, McCutchen sat down UCR in order in the 10th frame,
finishing his night with 118 pitches.
UCR’s James Simmons (3-2) also pitched seven strong innings with 10
Chris Jensen, UCLA, OF – The senior right fielder’s
solid offensive production helped spur UCLA to a 4-0 record on the road against
Long Beach State, the Bruins' first win at Blair Field over Long Beach State
since 1995, and a road sweep at ACC North Carolina State. For the week,
Jensen hit .375 (6-16), with two home runs, two doubles, 10 RBI, and five runs
scored. Sunday, Jensen led the
Bruins going 2-for-5, with a three-run home run, a double and four RBI in
securing UCLA's first road sweep since 2000.
Jonah Nickerson, Oregon State, P – The junior tossed
a five-hitter, striking out nine, as the Beavers beat Nevada, 4-0, at Goss
Stadium at Coleman Field. The
righthander allowed just one hit through five innings, and took a three-hitter
into the ninth; he didn’t allow a walk as he evened his record at (2-2), and
lowered his earned run average to 2.77, with his first complete game of the
William Delage, Lamar, P - Tossed a
complete-game, two-hit shutout, as Lamar University blanked Connecticut, 4-0, in
the Lamar Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Delage (3-1) struck out six and walked two in nine innings of work. The senior retired the side in order
three times; Bryan Maler’s two-out double in the top of the sixth inning broke
up the no-hitter. It was his second
complete-game shutout of the season.
Cardinals (10-6) went 3-0 in their own tournament, and a victory over New
Orleans Sunday was head coach Jim Gilligan’s 1000th win at the
Gary Daley, Jr., Cal Poly, P - Tossed
eight scoreless frames against San Diego and their ace Josh Butler, allowing no
runs and three hits, with eight strikeouts and one walk, in a, 4-0, combined
shutout. Daley, who threw 118
pitches in eight innings, was involved in his third career shutout. He retired the first 13 Torero batters
he faced, and retired San Diego in order six times. Rocky Roquet pitched a scoreless,
hitless ninth inning.
Austin Creps, Texas A&M, P - When the Aggies needed
him the most this weekend, with the road series against Florida tied at one game
each, Creps delivered the outing of the season thus far for A&M, shutting
down the Gators, 1-0. He
pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just three hits. Creps struck out five, did not walk a
man and faced one man over the minimum through the first seven innings. For the year, Creps is (2-1) with an ERA
of 1.01, allowing 18 hits and three walks in 26 2/3 innings.
Luke Hopkins, New Mexico State, 1B – Continued
his torrid hitting pace, helping the Aggies crush Northern Iowa in a 3-game
sweep at Presley Askew Field. The
sophomore ripped 11 RBI on only 4 hits, as the Panthers elected to intentionally
walk him 5 times in the series, 6 overall.
Hopkins followed last week (3 homers, 14 RBI, .533) by
hitting .444, with 8 runs, 2 homers (one a grand slam) in just 9 at bats. NMSU’s Askew Field may be known as a
bandbox, but the first baseman is playing some serious
Daniel Stovall, New Mexico, 1B – Stovall one-upped
his downstate rival (Hopkins), by leading the Lobos to a 3-game sweep of N.
Colorado, going 15-for-21 (.714), with a home run, a triple,
seven doubles, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored last week. The junior broke open
Sunday’s capper with a two-run homer, and added 8 runs scored over the
weekend. Hopkins and Stovall meet
night in Albuquerque at Isotopes Park, in the finale of the
rivalry series. The Lobos currently
hold a 2-1 edge.
Tim Lincecum, Washington, P – Followed
K and 13 K performances, by besting Arkansas, 5-2, in
the first game of the Rainbow Baseball Tournament at Les Murakami Stadium.
Lincecum (3-0) earned
the win with a seven-inning start, his longest outing of the season, allowing
two runs on four hits, while walking five and striking out eight, and was named
the tournament’s most outstanding pitcher.
Joba Chamberlain, Nebraska, P
- Silenced Notre Dame’s offense, holding the Fighting Irish to just
three singles over seven innings. Chamberlain, who improved to (2-1), and
lowered his ERA to 1.29, struck out 11 in an 89-pitch gem. He retired the first 11 hitters he
faced, including seven strikeouts, as the right-hander from Lincoln posted his
second straight double-digit strikeout
Tim Norton, Connecticut, P - Surrendered just two hits
over seven innings, to lead the Huskies over New Orleans, 6-3, Friday in the
opening day of the Lamar Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium. Norton (1-1) retired nine UNO batters in
a row at one point, and allowed three walks and fanned nine, to earn the win.
Eddie Romero, Fresno State, P – The junior lefty won two games for the Bulldogs
last week. He entered Wednesday’s
contest against San Francisco in the seventh and retired five straight batters
to get the victory. On Saturday, he
started game two against Portland and allowed five hits, three walks and no runs
in seven innings, as Fresno State went on to win the game, 3-0. For the week, he pitched 8.2 innings,
gave up no runs, five hits, three walks and struck out
John Ely, Miami (OH), P – Tossed the seventh
complete game of his career, and allowed just five hits, as the RedHawks
defeated Birmingham Southern, 4-1.
He allowed just two runners to reach second base, and retired 11
consecutive batters between the second and fifth innings. For the season, Ely, who earned freshman
all-America honors last season, is (1-0), with a 1.29 ERA, and has fanned 17
batters in 14.0 innings of work.
Quinn Stewart, LSU,
OF - In the Tigers’ series victory over Houston, he batted .545
(6-for-11), with one double, one homer, six RBI and two runs. Stewart provided the game-winning hit in
the series finale over the Cougars, as his two-out, two-run single broke a 3-3
tie in the eighth inning and lifted LSU to a, 5-3, victory. Stewart hit .500 (8-for-16) in LSU’s
four games, with a double, a triple, two homers and 7 RBI.
Brad Lincoln, Houston, 1B/P – The
junior righthander struck out seven over eight innings, holding LSU to a season-low five hits, as the
Tigers saw their win streak end at nine games with a, 5-3, loss to the Cougars
at Alex Box Stadium.
Lincoln, who improved to (3-1), and bested the Tigers’ Clay Dirks in the
win, retired nine of the first 11 batters that he faced and did not allow his
first hit until the fourth inning.
Jake Arrieta, TCU, P – The sophomore right-hander
notched his fourth consecutive victory, throwing eight strong innings, and
fanning a career-high 13, as the Frogs defeated Florida Atlantic, 5-1, Friday
night at Lupton Stadium. He pitched
a career-high eight innings and held an opponent to just two hits for the second
time this season. Arrieta cruised
through the first five innings before allowing a leadoff single in the
sixth. He bore down and proceeded
to strike out the side and strand the runner at third.
Brandon Christiansen, BYU, P - Threw a
complete-game two-hitter, as BYU won its second straight game
against Southern Utah, 6-3, to win the series. The right-handed Christiansen (2-0) was
brilliant going the distance in the win.
He allowed just three unearned runs on two hits, while fanning six
and walking three. With the victory
the Cougars grabbed their first back-to-back wins of the
Taylor Harbin, Clemson, 2B - After missing five games
due to a strained hamstring, the sophomore went 7-for-13 (.538), with two
doubles in three games in his first action since the season opener. The 2005 First-Team All-ACC second
baseman did this against outstanding competition, including games at College of
Charleston, and a two games series versus archrival South Carolina. He
also had 13 assists and one putout without committing an error. On the
season, he is hitting a team-best .571.
Brendan Enick, Wake Forest, DH - Helped the Demon
Deacons to not only a 4-0 week, but also an eight-game winning streak. He led WFU in batting average (.786),
slugging percentage (1.429), on-base percentage (.765), hits (11), RBI (12),
doubles (3), home runs (2), and had the 12 RBI in just three games. Enick became the 14th player in Wake
Forest baseball history to register three doubles in one game.
Justin Masterson, San Diego State, P – The 6’6” junior
recorded his second win of the year in SDSU’s, 3-1, victory over then-No. 12
Pepperdine. He struck out 11
batters and walked none, while allowing just one earned run, on seven hits, in
8.0 innings of work. Masterson did
not allow more than one base runner in any inning other than the second, and all
the hits he gave up were singles.
Manny Miguelez, Miami, P - Needed just 97 pitches to
throw a complete-game one-hitter in a, 7-2, win against Indiana in front of
2,152 at Mark Light Field Saturday night.
Miguelez, who improved to (3-1), and lowered his earned run average to
1.76 on the season, had a career-high eight strikeouts. The complete-game one-hitter was the
first for the Hurricanes since J.D. Cockroft’s gem against Florida International
on May 31, 2003 in the Coral Gables Regionals.
Zach Peterson, Illinois-Chicago, P – The
junior had another potent pitching performance for the Flames in a, 4-1, win
that held nationally ranked Ole Miss at bay in front of over 4,000 fans at
Oxford-University Stadium on Friday night.
Peterson (1-1) gave up five hits in six innings, while matching a career
high with five strikeouts for the victory.
Two weeks ago, Peterson, who went (10-1)
in 2005, held the Creighton Bluejays scoreless through seven
Sean Doolittle, Virginia, P/DH/1B – The sophomore lefty
picked up two wins last week to run his record to (3-0) on the season. Doolittle tossed nine innings and
recorded 11 strikeouts. He only
allowed three hits in nine innings as teams hit .100 against him. On the season, he has a 0.52 ERA and one
save, has struck out 22 in 17.1 innings, and given up only five hits and one
earned run. Opponents are hitting
.088 against him. At the plate,
Doolittle also hit .533 (8-for-15) last week with two doubles, four runs scored,
8 RBI and three walks.
Josh Ruffin and Stephen Vasques, UTSA, P – The
pitching duo put together back-to-back dominating performances on the mound for
the Roadrunners to take the 3-game road series sweep at Dallas Baptist. The Patriots could only pick up
six hits off of Ruffin (1-1), who pitched a complete game, 7-0, nine-inning
shutout, allowing six hits with no walks.
Vasques set the tone in the opener, in an 8-2 win, hurling 7 innings,
while allowing just 2 runs, 1 walk, with six strikeouts.
Sean Coughlin, Kentucky, C - Hit three home runs, and
added two doubles, to lead Kentucky to a 4-1 record during the week. He batted .400, with an amazing 1.133
slugging percentage and .640 on-base mark, scoring 11 runs. In five games, had multiple runs four
times, multiple RBIs three times and multiple hits twice. Northwestern quit pitching to him after
that, as he walked five times and was hit by a pitch in his next seven plate
appearances. His 17 total bases
came in just 15 at bats.
Dennis Guinn, Florida State, 1B - Had another huge week
in leading FSU to a win over No. 5 Florida in Gainesville, and a weekend sweep
of Brown. In the four games Guinn
hit .571, slugged 1.286, collected five extra base hits and 10 RBIs. He has now extended his streak of
consecutive games with an RBI to 11, matching his 11 game hitting streak. He had three multi-RBI games, three
multi-hit games and he struck out just one time in 19 plate appearances, hitting
.667 with runners in scoring position last week.
Charlie Yarbrough, Eastern Kentucky, 1B - Yarbrough
transferred in the off season from Longwood and EKU is reaping the benefits; he
belted five homers, while driving in 11 runs and going 7-of-9 in a two-game
sweep of Oakland. Three of the
junior first baseman’s homers came in the second game of the series, tying an
Eastern Kentucky single-game record.
He finished the week with a .381 batting average, while boasting a 1.190
slugging percentage, racking up 25 total bases.
Tim Brewer, Indiana State, OF - Helped his team to a 3-1
record last week, hitting .421, with four runs and six stolen bases. He posted his first three-hit game of
the season against SEMO in an, 8-1, win, while he also added a 4-for-5 effort,
with two triples, an RBI, a run scored and four stolen bases in a victory over
SE Louisiana. He now leads the
leads the Sycamores on the year, batting .371.
Scott Simon, Northern Illinois, OF - Batted .444
(8-for-18), with one run and eight RBI over his last four games, and .462
(6-for-13), with one home run and seven RBI, while slugging .692, during the
three-game series at Southern Illinois. He went 2-for-5, including
his first home run of the season, with three RBI in Friday’s contest in
Carbondale, moving him into third place on the NIU career RBI list. In Saturday’s victory, Simon had two
hits and three RBI to help the Huskies snap SIU’s nine-game win streak. On Sunday, Simon was 2-for-3, with two
walks and one RBI, to help NIU to the series victory.
2006 Multiple Honorees—Nick Schmidt, Arkansas(2); Tim Lincecum,
Washington(2); Eddie Degerman, Rice(2); Joba
Chamberlain, Nebraska(2); Stephen Wright, Hawai’i(2); Ty’Relle
Harris, Pacific(2); Andrew Carpenter, LBSU(2); Gary Daley, Jr., Cal Poly(2);
Luke Hopkins, New Mexico State(2); Dennis Guinn, Florida State(2); Zach
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