TCBB Players of the Week – May 18th

Vanderbilt baseball team headshots.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University) The College Baseball Blog continues our tradition of naming National Player and Pitcher of the Week. This week we honor Jason Esposito of Vanderbilt as our Player of the Week while Virginia RHP Robert Morey and Rhode Island RHP Tim Boyce are our Co-Pitchers of the Week.

Even though Jason Esposito lost out on SEC Player of the Week Honors, he gets our National Player of the Week. Esposito started off the week with a Walk-Off Homerun against Louisville in the Bottom of the 17th inning that by our estimations still has yet to land. Over the weekend, Esposito went 10 for 19, with 9 runs scored, 2 RBI, and drew a total of 7 walks. On Sunday, he drew 5 walks while going 1-1 with a double to extend his on base streak to 15 straight at bats. Esposito’s clutch efforts in helping Vanderbilt go 4-0 on the week helped Vanderbilt clinch their spot in the SEC Tournament.

Robert Morey threw 6 innings of no-hit ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels en route to a 5-1 victory in the second game of a double-dip, giving up 3 hits total in his second straight TimBoyce complete game. Morey finished with 8 strikeouts while retiring 15 batters in a row at one point. Morey is now 8-2 with a 3.30 ERA, while the Cavaliers have won 15 straight contests.

Tim Boyce of Rhode Island had a stellar Friday afternoon, striking out 10 batters against Richmond on his way to his 2nd straight complete game shutout. Boyce gave up only 2 hits, both singles and one walk, and now has a school record 25-inning scoreless streak.

  • Tigerterrace

    I have to laugh at this because Esposito wasn’t even the SEC player of the week, but you have him as the National Player of the Week.

    The SEC gave the honor to Marcus Nidiffer C, Kentucky
    • Nidiffer batted .500 (11-for-22) during the five-game week, with six runs, a double, two homers and 11 RBI, adding two walks, getting hit by one pitch and striking out just once, leading UK to its first series sweep over LSU in 19 years.
    • Nidiffer’s biggest swing of his five-year career came with UK trailing by two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and the bases loaded on Sunday, looking for the series sweep of the Tigers … In the last at bat of his home career, Nidiffer hit a grand slam on a 3-2 pitch from LSU All-American closer Matty Ott.

    Now I thought Auburn OF Trent Mummey got robbed.
    *Mummey batted .476 (10 for 21) over a four game stretch with 7 runs, 4 singles, 2 double, 4 home runs and 2 walks. No strikeouts.
    *Mummey hit 2 Home runs on Saturday and Sunday. Mummey hits in the 2 hole for Auburn.

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      Oh, You know Esposito was just as good…