COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION NATIONAL HONOR ROLL
LUBBOCK, Texas--For week of: March 7, 2006 www.collegebaseballfoundation.org
Chris Cody, Manhattan, P – In the season opener for the Jaspers, 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 position.
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 home runs.
Danny Hamblin, Arkansas, 3B – His bat 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 - Hit .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 Jackets.
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 Titans.
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 strikeouts.
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 season.
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. The 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 school.
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 music.
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 Tuesday night in Albuquerque at Isotopes Park, in the finale of the in-state rivalry series. The Lobos currently hold a 2-1 edge.
Tim Lincecum, Washington, P – Followed up earlier 15 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 performance.
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 seven.
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 season.
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 innings.
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 Peterson, Illinois-Chicago(2)
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