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College Player, Pitcher of Week

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Patrick Ebert         Mike Rooney        
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017




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March 28, 2017

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Matt Lloyd, Indiana
A native of Okotoks in Alberta, Canada, Lloyd made the most of increased playing time this past week, going 9-for-14 (.643) with four home runs, a double, six runs scored and 10 driven in as Indiana went 4-0 on the week, which included a weekend sweep over Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Lloyd, a lefthanded hitter, served as the designated hitter in all three games against Northwestern and blasted three home runs to open up the series on Friday in a 13-9 win. He also made three relief appearances on the week, picking up a pair of saves. In total he tossed three innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. In the process Lloyd raise his season average to .327 and now has five home runs and 17 RBI to go along with a 2.79 ERA in six relief appearances spanning 9 2/3 innings.


Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Cory Abbott, Loyola Marymount

Cory Abbott was masterful in a 2-0 win over BYU on Saturday, tossing a perfect game in which he struck out 13 batters and needed only 106 pitches to get through his full nine innings of work. Abbott sat in the 90-93 mph range and maintained that velocity the entire game, commanding his fastball to both sides of the plate. His signature pitch was his low- to mid-80s slider that peaked at 87 mph and he also mixed in an upper-70s curveball and a low-80s changeup. He pitched primarily off of his slider but threw all four of his pitches for strikes. It was the first perfect game thrown at the NCAA Division I level since Jesse Scholtens’ gem on March 11, 2016 for Wright State. Abbott struck out the final batter of the game to preserve perfection and moved to 4-1 on the year with a 3.29 ERA for the 13-10 LMU Lions.  





March 21, 2017

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Jake Scheiner, Houston
Anytime a player transfers to the Division I level from the JuCo ranks you can’t help but wonder how the skills are going to translate. To be fair, not many put up the numbers that Jake Scheiner did last spring at Santa Rosa where he slashed .402/.486/.674 with eight home runs en route to being tabbed the California Junior College Player of the Year. Up to this point of the 2017 season Scheiner has shown no problems adjusting during his first 18 games at Houston, already matching his home run total in far fewer at-bats. A six home run week certainly helps and that’s only part of the reason why Scheiner is taking home this week’s PG/Rawlings Player of the Week honors as he finished 13-for-16 (.813) with eight runs and 15 RBI, including a 5-for-5 game Sunday in which he hit half of his home runs. Houston has a long track record of successfully recruiting from the JuCo level and Scheiner has become the most potent bat in Coach Todd Whitting’s current lineup.


Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
The only thing bigger than his stature this weekend was his performance Friday night as the 6-foot-11 Hjelle helped propel his Wildcats to a series opening victory over Texas A&M. Working comfortably in the low-90s throughout his complete game shutout, Hjelle’s performance was huge for Coach Mingione’s club for two reasons: it helped set the tone for what turned into an impressive sweep for Kentucky and it allowed for a fresh bullpen over the next two games (although the rotation did provide quality starts Saturday and Sunday as well). His command was spot on from the opening inning as he mixed three pitches for strikes with plenty of comfort and managed to punch out nine Aggie hitters with just one walk and four scattered hits.  



March 14, 2017

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Nick Patten, Delaware
Patten had a gigantic week, playing a huge role in Delaware’s 6-0 week in which they scored at least 15 runs in five of the six contests they played. In the middle of it all was Patten, who went 10-for-20 with 18 runs scored, 13 RBI, three home runs and a pair of doubles. Further proving just how locked in he was at the plate, he also walked nine times and was hit three other times, and did some damage once on the basepaths with three stolen bases. In the process the 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore first baseman raised his average over 100 points, from .226 to .333, at the end of the weekend as the Blue Hens improved to 8-6 with wins over Rider, Delaware State, UMBC and Wagner.


Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Eli Morgan, Gonzaga

Morgan out-dueled Connor Seabold (who also went the distance) in a dazzling complete game performance that resulted in a 1-0 Gonzaga win over No. 16 Cal State Fullerton on Friday night. Morgan was completely dialed in, mixing and matching between his three pitches, a 89-91 mph fastball that touched 92 as well as a curveball and a changeup. His fastball command was particularly sharp, throwing 80 percent of his pitches for strikes, leading to only one three-ball count and two two-ball counts in the entire game. He struck out the final two hitters of the game swinging while moving to 2-1 on the year with a 2.57 ERA in four starts and a sparkling 41-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 innings of work.



March 7, 2017

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
Bart had a huge week for the Yellow Jackets and helped propel them to a 3-1 record, improving to 9-2 overall on the season and waiting for an opportunity to force their way into the Top 25. Bart hit a home run in each of GT’s four games, and hit a pair in their 10-2 win over Belmont on Saturday. He hit a three-run shot against Georgia State in a mid-week 12-5 win, a solo shot in a 12-3 win on Friday over Belmont, a two-run job and a solo blast Saturday and another two-run shot in Georgia Tech’s 11-5 loss to Belmont on Sunday. Overall he hit 9-for-17 (.529) with three walks, eight runs scored and 11 driven in. He also hit a double and stole a base, and is now slashing .447/.500/.957 on the season for a club that is hitting .339 collectively as a team.


Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: David Peterson, Oregon

Peterson moved to 2-1 on the year with a dazzling performance over Mississippi State on Friday as the Ducks opened their three-game series at home against the Bulldogs. Peterson struck out 17 in eight innings of work, needing just 104 pitches to do so while allowing just three base hits and without giving up a run or issuing a walk. Peterson and his Oregon teammates won the game 1-0 on their way to claiming the weekend series two games to one. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound lefthander and 2013 PG All-American lowered his ERA to 4.50 on the year and has a sparkling 26-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 innings of work. Peterson did an excellent job moving his fastball to both sides of the plate and his slider had great depth and bite to it, and was his main strikeout pitch in the game. He also mixed in his curveball and changeup effectively.



February 29, 2017

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest
Gavin Sheets is known as the son of eight-year Major Leaguer Larry Sheets. This week however, Larry shall be known as the father of the Perfect Game/Rawlings National Player of the Week Gavin Sheets. Sheets went 10-for-17 on the week (.588) with an incredible 16 RBI and nine runs scored. His offensive assault included a monster game against USC in which he set a school record with three home runs and nine RBI. The junior lefthanded hitter helped the Demon Deacons to a very nice 3-1 week with a big mid-week win over UNC Greensboro and the series win over Southern California.


Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Justin Dillon, Sacramento State
Last Thursday night, Justin Dillon threw the first no-hitter in Sacramento State’s Division I history and the first in the WAC since 2010. Dillon punched out 13 Northern Kentucky hitters and came within two hitters (one walk and one error) of a perfect game. Dillon has battled injuries since being selected in the 39th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2012, having missed the 2013 season with Tommy John surgery and then missing most of the 2016 season. The fifth-year senior was 89-91 mph in this game with outstanding fastball command and an out-pitch breaking ball.



February 22, 2017

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Brendan McKay, Louisville
McKay, one of the favorites to win the 2017 Golden Spikes Award, did it all for the Cardinals this past weekend in Clearwater, Fla. On Friday he took the mound as Louisville's staff ace and delivered six shutout frames, allowing just four base hits while striking out nine Alabama State batters. He also hit an RBI single in the third inning and added a solo shot in the fifth in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate. On Saturday McKay was pitched around as a result, finishing the game 0-for-1 with three walks and a run scored in a 10-7 win over No. 25 Maryland, but continued his hot hitting ways on Sunday, blasting a two-run shot in the third and adding a bases-loaded walk in the sixth while going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Overall McKay hit .500 in those three games (4-for-8) with the two home runs, five RBI and four walks.

You can read more about McKay's performance on Friday, with video, in the College Player Database here and from his overall weekend exploits here.


Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Robbie Welhaf, Elon
Welhaf tossed the first no-hitter in the history of the Elon baseball program on Saturday in a 7-0 win over Longwood. He faced just one over the minimum, retired 16 consecutive batters at one point during the game and struck out a career-high eight batters. He walked just one batter, and hit another, in his full nine innings of work, needing just 100 pitches to get the job done. Welhaf, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior from Doylestown, Pa., had Tommy John surgery early in his collegiate career, redshirting during his true freshman season in 2014 before making just five appearances in 2015. He appeared in 16 more games last year, which included one start, and overall has a 1-3 record (the no-hitter was also his first career win) with a 5.62 in just 41 2/3 innings in three abbreviated years for the Phoenix.


 

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