NCBWA Players of the Week for 3/27


FROM NCBWA RELEASE

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 27, today. Florida senior first baseman Matt LaPorta was named National Hitter of the Week, while Saint Louis senior right-handed pitcher Eric Rohr was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

LaPorta was a sizzling 7-for-13 (.538) in the sweep of No. 21 Auburn with seven RBIs, three homers, three doubles and was hit by a pitch four times. Florida notched its first road sweep since May 20-22, 2005, at Vanderbilt and collected its first league series win on the road since that trip to Nashville. The Port Charlotte, Fla., native went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a pair of doubles on Friday, 1-for-6 with a homer on Saturday and was 4-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs, two home runs and a double on Sunday.

Rohr earned a pair of wins on the week after tossing 13 shutout innings in two games. The Belleville, Ill., native registered a complete-game shutout on March 20 in the Billikens' 1-0 win over Tennessee-Martin, allowing just five singles and one walk. He pitched four innings of one-hit relief on March 25 as Saint Louis edged Charlotte, 6-5. Rohr finished with eight strikeouts for the week.

With this week's honor, Rohr automatically is named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.

Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at: www.prolineathletic.com.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site,www.ncbwa.com.

For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro (601-266-5947, [email protected]).

Florida Release
Saint Louis Release

Other ACC Games



Florida State 6 North Florida 0

Caleb Graham picked up his first victory of the season as he shutdown the North Florida offense for the first six innings.

FSU Recap
UNF Recap

UVA 17 George Mason 6

Brandon Guyer went 3-4 with four RBIs, four runs scored, and a grand slam to lead the Cavaliers to a 17-6 thumping of George Mason. David Adams and John Scaglione were the other Cavs with three hits on the day.

UVA Recap
George Mason Recap

Clemson 14 Gardner-Webb 2

The Clemson Tigers without head coach Jack Leggett pounded out 21 hits with twelve different players picking up at least one hit to pound Gardner-Webb 14-2. Ben Paulsen went 5-5 with a homer and six RBI to lead the Tiger offense.

Clemson Recap

Gardner-Webb Recap

Duke 11 Campbell 7

Kyle Kreick picked up three hits to lead the Blue Devils to a come from behind 11-7 victory over Campbell.

Duke Recap
Campbell Recap

Georgia Tech 10 Georgia Southern 2

Eddie Burns struck out ten batters over eight innings while only giving up one earned run to pick up his second consecutive victory. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher each picked up three hits to lead the offensive attack from the Jackets.

GT Recap

Georgia Southern Recap

James Madison 8 Virginia Tech 6

Joe Lake drove home Bryan Lescanec to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the eighth to lead JMU to the 8-6 victory over Virginia Tech.

JMU Recap
VT Recap

Maryland 15 William & Mary 3

The Terps scored nine runs in the fifth inning to coast to a 15-3 victory over William & Mary. Joe Palumbo set the stage in the lead-off role by going 4-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the win.

Maryland Recap
William & Mary Recap

Bruno rallies to down The Citadel

Brown scored four runs in the top of the ninth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-4 win. Steve Daniels hit a bases clearing triple with two outs to provide the game winning RBI and insurance runs to the Brown Bears. Zach Brown of The Citadel and Devin Thomas hit solo home runs in the game to lead each other’s offenses. They will face off on Wednesday in finale of their quick two game set.

Brown Recap
The Citadel Recap

BC picks up a non-conference victory

Boston College picked up a 6-5 victory over the Hartford Hawks in non-conference action on Tuesday. Ryan Hutchinson led the offense by getting two hits and driving in two runs. Senior Ted Ratliff pitched a complete game giving up five earned runs on eight hits. The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday at 3:30 when they visit Holy Cross. I might be attending if I can get my job to let me go.

BC Recap

Hartford Recap

Southland Conference Players of the Week

The Southland Conference has released their Player of the Week in Zach Etheredge who went 9-20 at the plate to lead UTSA to a 4-1 record on the week. Jesse Marshall of Sam Houston State picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by pitching 8.1 shutout innings in a 3-0 shutout on Friday over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He only allowed three hits and three walks to get the win.

Southland Release
UTSA Release
Sam Houston State Release

Conference USA Players of the Week

Conference USA has released their players of the week for the period ending on March 25th. Harrison Eldridge was named the player of the week after hitting .533 (8 for 15) in leading the East Carolina Pirates to a 4-0 record for the week. The Pitcher of the Week award went to Wes Musick of Houston pitched eight strong innings Saturday against UCF while striking out ten batters.

C-USA Players of the Week

East Carolina Release
Houston Release

Conference USA Weekend Recap

NCBWA Mar. 26 Division I Poll


FROM NCBWA RELEASE

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its
tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly
surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the
NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons
from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 10 different
conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I
ranks, and 15 leagues have had teams in the polls in '07. For more information
or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Florida State Atlantic Coast 26-1 2
2 South Carolina Southeastern 21-4 3
3 Vanderbilt SEC 23-3 1
4 Oregon State Pacific-10 22-3 4
5 North Carolina ACC 22-4 5
6 Virginia ACC 22-5 8
7 Arkansas SEC 19-7 10
8 Texas Big 12 22-8 9
9 Rice Conference USA 19-9 7
10 Pepperdine West Coast 19-8 11
11 Clemson ACC 15-7 6
12 Arizona State Pac-10 21-8 14
13 Kentucky SEC 23-2-1 15
14 Cal State Fullerton Big West 15-10 12
15 Wichita State Missouri Valley 21-5 18
16 Oklahoma State Big 12 19-6 16
17 Texas A&M Big 12 22-5 13
18 Mississippi SEC 18-8 17
19 Coastal Carolina Big South 23-3 20
20 Arizona Pac-10 21-6 21
21 East Carolina C-USA 19-6 23
22 Long Beach State Big West 13-9 19
23 Oklahoma Big 12 20-7 29
24 San Diego West Coast 21-10 27
25 Alabama SEC 17-10 25
26 Nebraska Big 12 13-9 24
27 NC State ACC 18-8 30
28 Missouri Big 12 20-6 NR
29 Ohio State Big Ten 13-3 NR
30 Southern Miss C-USA 17-8 28

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn (18-9), Charlotte (19-5), College of Charleston (18-6), Kansas State (18-6), Louisiana-Lafayette (20-5), Louisiana-Monroe (18-7), Maryland (16-8), Miami, Florida (15-12), Mississippi State (14-6), Old Dominion (19-11), Southern California (17-12), Stetson (20-8), Tennessee (17-9), Texas Tech (18-10), Tulane (19-7), UC Irvine (19-5-1).

Dropped Out: Auburn (22), Miami, Florida (26)

By conference: Big 12 6, Southeastern 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2. West Coast 2, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Missouri Valley 1.

Big East Honors

Player of the Week-Dexter Butler(South Florida)-This is the first player of the week award for Butler, he batted .600 with 9 hits and 7 RBI, in the 3 game series versus Notre Dame he hit .583.

Pitcher of the Week-David Phelps(Notre Dame)-Phelps first Big East honor of the year, he went all the way shutting out USF and striking out ten Bulls.


Weekly Honor Roll:

Dennis Donovan, Connecticut, SS, Sr.
Batted .500 and collected seven RBI in a 4-1 week.

Boomer Whiting, Louisville, OF, Sr.
Scored nine runs, collected nine hits and batted .450 in a 4-1 week.

Brett Lilley, Notre Dame, SS, Jr.
Hit .571 and scored nine runs in a 3-2 week.

Steve Healing, Rutgers, RHP, Sr.
Threw a complete game shutout in a 6-0 win over Georgetown.

Mike Loree, Villanova, RHP, Sr.
Posted a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over Louisville.

Big East Standings after Sunday:


BIG EAST Overall
W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
West Virginia 3 0 0 1.000 13 5 0 .722
Rutgers 3 0 0 1.000 10 10 0 .500
Louisville 2 1 0 .667 16 8 0 .667
Connecticut 2 1 0 .667 8 10 0 .444
USF 4 2 0 .667 18 8 0 .692
Pittsburgh 3 3 0 .500 9 11 0 .450
Villanova 1 2 0 .333 9 8 0 .529
Cincinnati 1 2 0 .333 12 11 0 .522
Notre Dame 1 2 0 .333 11 11 0 .500
St. John’s 1 2 0 .333 8 10 0 .444
Georgetown 0 3 0 .000 9 14 0 .391
Seton Hall 0 3 0 .000 5 12 0 .294

Big Ten Honors


Player of the Week-Lars Davis, C, Illinois-Davis earns his first career weekly honor after batting .857 (12-for-14) to close out Illinois’ Spring Break trip.

Pitcher of the Week-Mike Schurz, Iowa-Schurz takes home his first career conference award after holding opponents scoreless in three appearances last week, picking up a win and two saves.

Big Ten Standings:

2006-07 Big Ten Overall
Teams W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Ohio State 0 0 0 .000 13 3 0 .812
Minnesota 0 0 0 .000 14 5 0 .737
Iowa 0 0 0 .000 9 5 0 .643
Michigan 0 0 0 .000 10 6 0 .625
Indiana 0 0 0 .000 10 8 0 .556
Purdue 0 0 0 .000 9 8 0 .529
Illinois 0 0 0 .000 7 8 0 .467
Michigan State 0 0 0 .000 7 8 0 .467
Northwestern 0 0 0 .000 6 11 0 .353
Penn State 0 0 0 .000 4 13 0 .235