COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION NATIONAL HONOR ROLL
LUBBOCK, Texas--For week of: March 14, 2006 www.collegebaseballfoundation.org
Tim Lincecum, and Nick Hagadone, Washington, P - The duo combined for the UW's first no-hitter in 28 years Sunday, as the Huskies beat Santa Clara, 9-0, at Husky Ballpark to complete a series sweep. Lincecum (4-1) was replaced by sophomore lefty Hagadone to begin the seventh inning, having thrown 119 pitches; he had walked seven and struck out 11. Hagadone then set down all nine Broncos he faced, striking out four, including the last two batters in the ninth. It was the first no-no by a UW pitcher since April 14, 1978. Versus Oregon State in Seattle, former Husky pitcher Rick Anderson threw 10 no-hit innings in a game that ended in a, 0-0, tie after 10 innings, due to darkness.
Chris Gradoville, Creighton, C – The junior catcher had one of the most remarkable weeks in school history, hitting .500, with six home runs and 18 RBI in Creighton's five game road swing through Tennessee. He started the trip by going 2-for-5 at Vanderbilt, with a pair of two-RBI singles in Creighton's, 5-4, win. In a three game series sweep at Tennessee Tech, he hit two home runs in each contest, including a grand slam, a three-run shot and four solo homers. His first five hits against TTU were home runs. The junior set his career high at five RBI in Saturday's contest, and tied an NCAA record with two home runs, a solo shot and a grand slam, in CU's 13-run third inning. He improved on that Sunday, with a 5-for-5 showing and six RBI. Gradoville batted .643, drove in 13 RBI, and scored seven runs in the series, while slugging a remarkable 1.929 in 14 at-bats.
Kyle Thomason, Texas-Arlington, 1B - Became just the fifth UTA player to hit for the cycle, and the first to hit for the natural cycle, as the Mavericks thrashed conference preseason favorite Northwestern State, 14-1, in seven innings as the conference mercy rule was invoked Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark. The senior finished the game by going 4-for-4, with six RBIs and one run scored. He started his day with a single through the right side, and followed it up with a double into the left field corner. His third at-bat was a triple off the base of the wall, and he finished with his first career home run.
Tom King, Troy, SS - Posted a .733 batting average for the weekend, with 11 hits in a three-game series sweep of Memphis. King broke the Sun Belt Conference record for consecutive at bats with a hit for the second time this season. His streak of nine straight hits came to an end in the sixth inning on Sunday, a line shot backhanded by the Tigers' 3B Kyle Norrid. Troy's win streak increased to seven games.
Brad Lincoln, Houston, P/1B - Struck out 12 batters over nine innings, and broke a tie with a solo home run to begin the eighth inning, to help lead the Cougars to a, 3-2, win and an ultimate series victory over UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. With the score tied at 2-2 in the eighth inning in the opener, Lincoln blasted an offering from UC Irvine's Justin Cassel over the right-field wall. Lincoln also finished the night 2-for-4, with a run and RBI. He struck out seven of the last 10 batters and lowered his ERA to a team-best 2.18. Head coach Rayner Noble earned his 400th victory with the win.
Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard, North Carolina, P – Miller went a season-long eight innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and three walks, clinching the series with a, 5-1, road victory over Wake Forest at Gene Hooks Stadium. Miller (4-0) struck out three en route to his team-best fourth win of the season. After Wake scored its lone run of the game in the second, he faced the minimum over the next four innings before issuing a seventh inning walk. The clincher came one day after Bard and three Tarheel relievers had combined on a two-hit shutout, which had snapped an 11-game win streak for the Demon Deacons. He lowered his earned run average to 1.93, which is ninth in the ACC. Bard leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings (11.25), is second in innings per start (7.00) and fourth in opponent batting average (.153).
Tyler Chambliss, Florida State, P - Improved to (5-0), as he struck out 15 batters in a complete game victory leading FSU past Maryland, 6-2. The strikeouts were the most since April 26, 1997, when Randy Choate struck out 15 Maryland batters. It was also the first complete game of Chambliss' career, and the first by a Seminole in the regular season since May of 2004. FSU has now won 15 games in a row.
Michael Lopez, Florida International, 1B - Hit .476 (10-for-21), as the Golden Panthers extended their home winning streak to 13 games and posted victories over Seton Hall, Michigan State and picked up a weekend sweep of Rutgers. He moved into a tie for the school record with four doubles to give him 47 for his career at FIU. In addition, he scored nine times, drove in six and had two home runs en route to a 1.048 slugging percentage. Lopez raised his season batting average from .229 to .339.
Jay Buente, Purdue, P – The Boilermaker senior shocked Missouri with eight scoreless innings, as he out dueled Missouri ace Max Scherzer, 7-0, on the road at Taylor Stadium in Columbia. Buente (2-0) limited the Tigers to four hits, while striking out nine. He has now struck out 23 batters in 23.0 innings, while registering a 1.17 ERA. On Friday, Buente was the equal to Scherzer, which allowed Purdue to take the series, 2-1, with another win on Sunday, 8-6.
Johnny Dorn, Nebraska, P – Highlighted a 3-games sweep of Alabama with a, 5-1, victory, improving to (3-1) on the season with his second career complete game. Dorn fanned a season-high eight in a 107-pitch gem, and retired 12 in a row at one point, as he improved to (3-0), with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts. He continued a series of impressive pitching gems, as Nebraska has allowed one run in each of its last five games, posting a staff ERA of 0.77 in that stretch.
Wes Roemer, Cal State Fullerton, P – The Titan Friday night starter continued his weekend dominance, picking up his fourth win of the season, with his career-first complete game shutout over East Carolina, 5-0. He collected career-highs in both innings pitched (9) and in strikeouts (12), while extending his season-long streak to 45 innings pitched without a walk. The sophomore has compiled 46 strikeouts without allowing a free pass in six starts this year. The righty lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.40; over his last 64.2 innings pitched dating back to May 28, 2005, he has struck out 60, while walking just two hitters, for a 30:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He is also averaging 7.1 innings per start in 16 career starts.
Matt Robbins, Georgia, DH - Batted .692 (9-for-13), with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in four games last week, including a three-game series sweep versus Louisville. The junior is batting a team-high .444, with a team-best 18 RBI, following his monster week. Robbins missed the entire 2005 season with mononucleosis, and now has been the starting DH in 11 games this year. As a freshman in 2004, he had 46 at bats and hit .283-1-9.
Paul Coleman, Pepperdine, P – The senior left-hander registered his 200th career strikeout against Oklahoma State in the, 4-1, opener of a series win. He worked 8.1 innings, allowed three hits, one run, walked three and struck out six, against an Oklahoma State team that entered the series averaging 14.5 hits and 10.7 runs a contest. Two of the three singles he allowed were bunt hits, and at one point in the game, he retired 10 of 11 batters. His six strikeouts gave him 2003 for his career.
Quinn Stewart, OF and J. T. Wise, DH/3B, LSU - The Tiger duo led LSU to three wins during the week, including a series victory over Stetson and a, 4-3, win over arch-rival Tulane. Stewart caught fire in the last two games; on Saturday, he tied a school record with three homers to pull away from Stetson en route to an, 11-7, victory. For the series, he hit .455 (5-for-11), with one double, four homers, eight RBI and four runs. His three-homer game was the 10th in school history, joining a prestigious list of former LSU players who've done it, including Brandon Larson, Eddy Furniss and Brad Cresse. The freshman Wise batted .563 (9-for-16) in the Tigers' four games last week, with one double, a homer, two RBI and two runs scored, compiling a .588 on-base percentage.
Ryan Page, Liberty, P - Held George Washington to four hits, in picking up his first collegiate shutout, to lead the Liberty Flames to a, 3-0, win over the Colonials Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park. He ran his season mark to (5-0), scattering four singles, while striking out four and walking one. No Colonial made it past second base on the afternoon. Thanks to three double plays, the left-hander faced only one more batter (28) than the minimum. He also has won his last five appearances, two starts and three in relief, allowing only one run in 27 1/3 innings. Liberty (14-3) is off to the second best start in school history.
Marc Maddox, 3B, Southern Mississippi – USM went 4-1 as Maddox raised his average 92 points this past week. He went from .178 to .270 after hitting .500 (9/18), with multiple hits in three of the five games. The senior finished with 13 bases (a slugging percentage of 1.278), with a .625 on-base percentage. He hit a three-run homer and a solo homer against Louisiana-Monroe, then hit a three-run homer and a grand slam against Buffalo. In game three of Buffalo series, he was walked twice and hit once, and did not strike out the entire week.
Stephen Wright, Hawai'i, P - Behind a complete-game, 13 strikeout performance by Wright, the Rainbows defeated Western Illinois, 3-2, in front of a crowd of 2,475 at the Les Murakami Stadium Friday. Wright (4-1) gave up two runs on six hits, while recording his career high in strikeouts to get the win. Hawai'i used that as a springboard to win the unusually lengthy five game series versus WIU.
Hector Ambriz, UCLA, P/1B – The junior right hander earned his third win of the season against Ole Miss while leading the Bruins to a, 9-2, victory. Ambriz tossed a season-high eight innings, with a career-best 10 strikeouts, as he opened the game retiring the first 11-consecutive batters he faced. Ambriz finished his outing striking out five of last six Rebels that came to the plate, giving up only one run on three hits in the process. On the season, Ambriz is (3-3), with a 3.58 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. He helped UCLA take the series versus the SEC Rebels, 2 games to one, batting 3x4 Sunday.
Jared Bolden, Virginia Commonwealth, 1B - In four wins this past week, Bolden hit .667 (10-15), with two doubles, one triple, seven runs and five RBI. The freshman walked twice, struck out once and was 2-3 on stolen bases. He also pitched 4.1 innings and struck out three.
Josh Cribb, Clemson, P - Pitched seven innings, throwing only 69 pitches in a masterful performance in Clemson's, 7-2, victory over Kansas. He allowed only one hit (a single), no runs and two walks, with four strikeouts. He did not allow a Jayhawk to advance past first base the entire game and retired 14 straight batters at one point. Cribb is (4-0) in three starts and one relief appearance, and has a 0.96 ERA. In 18.2 innings pitched, he has allowed nine hits (.143 opponents' batting average), three runs (two earned), with four walks and 14 strikeouts.
Ben Humphrey, Central Michigan, INF – The junior batted 10-for-20, including two doubles and two homers, scored six runs and tallied eight RBI, as the Chippewas won their final five games in Florida to get above .500 for the season. Humphrey leads the Tribe in average (.431), is tied for the team lead in hits (22) and runs (14), and is second in homers (3) and RBI (14).
Brian Matusz, San Diego, P – Held cross-town rival San Diego State to just three hits, and struck out 10 over his eight innings of work, to propel the Toreros to a series sweep with a, 3-1, win in the opener versus the Aztecs. The freshman moved to the Friday starter slot and to improved to (2-1) on the season. After the first inning, Matusz did not allow more than one Aztec to reach base in any inning until the eighth, when SDSU scored their lone run of the afternoon.
Dan Merklinger, Seton Hall, P- The sophomore left-hander led the Pirates to a, 9-0, shutout over Long Island on Saturday. Pitching a complete game, he recorded 12 strikeouts, and allowed just two hits. He currently boasts a (2-2) record, recording his second win in a, 14-8, victory over Maine. Merklinger leads the Pirates in strikeouts with 21, and pickoffs with four.
Thomas Hamilton, Navy, INF – The sophomore batted .667 (10-for-15) last week, with two doubles, three runs scored, seven RBIs and a stolen base. He recorded a multi-hit performance in each of the four games, including three-hit efforts against UMBC and UMES. On the year, Hamilton leads the team with a .403 (31-for-77) batting average, and a .460 on-base percentage. His five doubles and two triples also tie him for the team-best total this year.
Jericho Jones, Louisiana Tech, LF – The freshman was named the MVP of the Baylor Classic after hitting .583 (7-12), with eight RBI, six runs and three home runs in three games. For the week, he was 7-for-13 (.538), was walked twice and stole a base.
Rowdy Hardy, Austin Peay State, P – The senior pitched a complete-game effort, leading APSU to a, 3-1, victory at North Florida. Hardy (2-0) allowed just one run on eight hits, and walked none of the 34 batters he faced while striking out seven. It is only the second complete-game performance in the Ohio Valley Conference this season and Hardy's 15th career complete game.
Patrick McGuigan, San Francisco, P - In just his sixth career start, McGuigan tossed a complete game shutout against Georgetown on Saturday, to lead San Francisco to a 5-0 win. He allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 12 Georgetown batters in pitching his second complete game of the season. The senior allowed just one Hoya to reach second base and did not issue a single walk. Earlier in the week, McGuigan struck out two batters in 1.2 innings of relief against Fresno State.
Mick Joyce, Sacramento State, P - Remained undefeated on Sunday, as he pitched his first career shutout in Sacramento State¹s, 6-0, win over Northern Colorado. Joyce (4-0) now leads the staff with a 1.76 ERA and 27 strikeouts. After the Hornets took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third, Joyce commanded the mound through the next five innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six. It is the second consecutive game Joyce has pitched a full nine innings, after throwing a complete game last week in a, 4-2, victory over UC Irvine on March 5th.
Sam Demel, TCU, P - Went eight innings, surrendering just one run on six hits, as the Frogs picked up a, 6-1, victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Whataburger Classic. At one point, he had retired eight straight batters before giving up a leadoff double in the seventh. The double went for naught as he retired the next three batters he faced, ending the inning. He struck out 13 batters in the game.
Brandon McArthur, Florida, 3B - Helped the Gators match their season-high winning streak of five games with a .450 batting average, as Florida was 5-0 last week. Drove in 10 runs during the weekend sweep of Harvard, including a career-high four RBI in Friday's 12-6 win. Went 2-for-4 in the opener and produced a bases-clearing triple as part of a seven-run seventh inning. McArthur (1-for-5) delivered a two-run single on Saturday, and went 3-for-5 in Sunday's finale, matching his personal-best of four RBI.
Brandon Hynick, Birmingham-Southern, P/DH - Allowed one run on six hits, with a career-high 11 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings, to hurl BSC past Auburn on the road, 6-1. All six of the Auburn hits came with two outs, with no runners on base. The win helped BSC end a two-game losing streak as they took two out of three from Auburn last weekend. Hynick allowed a run in the first inning, and then retired 19 of the next 20 batters over the next 6.1 innings, retiring six batters in a row on three occasions.
Notre Dame, OF - The junior outfielder notched seven hits, including a
double and a home run, in 12 at bats for a .583 average, as Notre Dame won each
of its three games last week at the Baseball Express Collegiate Baseball
Classic. He scored four runs and drove in eight, including the game-tying
runs against Texas A&M in the eighth inning. ND also defeated
Joe Rizzo, St. Bonaventure, LF – The junior batted .424 (14-for-33), with 13 RBI and five runs scored in St. Bonaventure's seven contests in Florida (Mar. 6-12). He singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Bonnies edged Monmouth, 5-4, and slugged a pair of three run homers in St. Bonaventure's, 15-13, win over Iona.
Mike Miller, Holy Cross, P - Pitched seven shut-out innings, striking out eight, to give Holy Cross a, 4-0, win over Yale on Friday afternoon at Academy Park in Bradenton, Florida. Miller silenced the Yale offense, as coming into the game the Elis were hitting .317 with two outs and .333 with runners in scoring position. The Bulldogs left 11 men on base in failing to plate a run for the first time this season.
Mike Hart, Texas State, P - Tossed his first career complete game, and first career shutout, in just his third start in a Bobcat uniform, a, 6-0, win at Nichols State. Despite striking out only two batters, he forced the Colonels into 18 ground-ball outs. The outing improved Hart to (2-1) on the year (0.62 ERA).
Derrick Gordon, Lamar, P - Tossed seven strong innings in Lamar's, 5-1, win at Southeastern Louisiana Sunday that gave the Cardinals a 2-1 Southland Conference series win. He allowed one run on five hits, with a season-high 11 strikeouts and no walks. For the season, the lefty is (2-2) with a 4.28 ERA, with 33 strikeouts and 10 walks in 27.1 IP, limiting opponents to a .225 batting average.
Chris Price, Elon, LF - In three Southern Conference games last week, Price was 7-for-12 (.583), with nine RBIs and four runs scored. The senior outfielder had three extra base hits, two doubles and a grand slam home run. He finished the week with a .813 slugging percentage and a .579 on-base percentage. He also moved into fourth on Elon's career RBI list on Sunday with 152, passing Scott Brendle, who played for Elon from 1996-1999. Price also ranks among Elon's all-time leaders in games played (9th - 185), at bats (10th - 572), runs scored (6th - 133) and homers (10th - 19).
Adam Cowart, Kansas State, P – The senior held Xavier to just one run, on three hits, over eight innings. He struck out nine and at one point, in the middle innings, retired 15 of 16 batters. He helped KSU extend their current 11-game winning streak, the longest since 2004. The last time K-State won more than 11 games in a row was a 14-game streak between the 1911 and 1912 seasons.
Justin Lepore, Marist, DH – Hit .533 for the week, with two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored for the Red Foxes, posting a slugging percentage of 1.267 in the 2-1 series win at Delaware.
Patrick Oates, North Carolina A&T, CF - Oates hit a two-out, three run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give North Carolina A&T a, 3-2, road win over Charlotte, snapping the 49ers' eight-game winning streak at Tom and Lib Phillips Field. In the top of the eighth, Charlotte reliever Sam Pierce got the first two outs before allowing consecutive singles to Joe McIntyre and Chris Gamble. Oates worked Pierce to a full count, before turning on a pitch to left field for a homer and the winning margin.
Tyler Pittman, Murray State, LF – Pittman batted .615 (8x13) to help MSU complete a three-game sweep of visiting Akron on Monday afternoon at Reagan Field, 11-3, helping the Thoroughbreds claim their fourth straight win. The junior helped ice the finale by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, five RBIs and two runs scored. In game two of a doubleheader sweep on Sunday, he went 4-for-4, with a triple, and catcher's interference; he slapped a walk off game winning hit to give the 'Breds a, 15-14, win.
Jacob Dempsey, Winthrop, LF – The senior collected seven RBI over the weekend in a series win versus Duke, batting .714 (5-7) against the Blue Devils, with two doubles and two home runs, to lead the Eagles to the series sweep. His weekend total brings his season RBI total to 29; in the, 6-1, Eagle win on Sunday, his seventh home run of the season, a two-run blast over the right field wall, gave Winthrop a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third.
Jeremy Mizell, Southeastern Louisiana, P – Threw a season-high 7.1 innings, as he extended his scoreless innings streak to 15.2 innings, as SLU blanked Lamar, 4-0, in the Southland Conference opener for both teams. Mizell (4-1) struck out nine, and scattered eight hits, in his first start of the season. The right-hander, who lowered his ERA to 0.53 on the year, allowed 4 hits after the third inning before being relieved after issuing a one-out walk in the eighth.
2006 Multiple Honorees— Tim Lincecum, Washington(3); Stephen Wright, Hawai'i(3); Nick Schmidt, Arkansas(2); Brad Lincoln, Houston(2); Wes Roemer, Cal State Fullerton(2); Eddie Degerman, Rice(2); Joba Chamberlain, Nebraska(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); Quinn Stewart, LSU(2)