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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

College Player, Pitcher of Week

Patrick Ebert         Mike Rooney        
Photo: Jake Kuchmaner (ECU Athletic Media Relations)

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March 19, 2019

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest
Lanzilli more than doubled his RBI total in four games of action on his way to being named the PG/Rawlings Week 5 Player of the Week. One Tuesday against Applachian State (a 5-4 win) Lanzilli went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs. On Friday (a loss) he went 1-for-5 with a double before going 2-for-5 with two doubles and three more RBIs on Saturday (a win). On Sunday he helped Wake capture their series against Boston College by enjoying a record-setting day, going 3-for-5 with a pair of dingers and 10 total RBIs. In that game he hit a grand slam, a three-run homer, a two-run single and also had an RBI groundout. In total he went 8-for-18 (.444) with seven runs scored, 16 RBIs, three doubles and two home runs.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Jake Kuchmaner, East Carolina
As if throwing 8 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball wasn’t good enough, a performance that led to Kuchmaner being named the Pitcher of the Week just seven days ago, the ECU lefthander decided to take his game to another level on Sunday against Maryland, tossing a perfect game while securing the sweep over the Terps. Kuchmaner struck out eight, and he also made an extended relief appearance on Tuesday, throwing 5 2/3 innings in a midweek loss to Duke, giving up a run on one base hits and three walks, fanning six in that game. In his last three appearances he has allowed only two hits over 23 1/3 innings and has joined Brendan McKay and Casey Mize as the only players to earn PG’s Player and/or Pitcher of the Week honors in the same season, much less back-to-back weeks.

March 12, 2019

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Tucker Maxwell, Georgia
It’s been a good season so far for Georgia, enjoying a 5-0 week to push their overall record to 14-2. They out-scored their three opponents (Alabama State, Jacksonville State and Presbyterian) 48-11, and a big reason for their loud offensive outburst was due to the performance of their junior center fielder Tucker Maxwell. In those five games he went 9-for-16 (.563) with six runs scored, two walks, two HBPs, two stolen bases, three home runs and 15 RBI, accounting for roughly one third of the Bulldogs run production. He pushed his season-long average up to .349, fourth-best on the team, and is now tied for the team lead in RBI with 20. He also leads Georgia in stolen bases and has yet to be caught in nine attempts.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Jake Kuchmaner, East Carolina
Kuchmaner had some stiff competition this week as numerous hurlers stood out as they stretch out their arms allowing them to work deeper into ballgames. However, Kuchmaner’s start, a midweek performance against now No. 7 Ole Miss, in Oxford, was arguably the most impressive. Kuchmaner carried a no-hitter through 8 2/3 innings before allowing a base hit. Entering the ninth inning he had allowed just two baserunners to reach, especially notable considering the Rebels boast one of the most lethal lineups in all of college baseball, and they scored 41 runs in their four other games on the week. Kuchmaner’s final line wasn’t as impressive as the actual performance but was still plenty impressive, allowing two runs on just the one hit and one walk while striking out nine.

March 5, 2019

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Andrew Vaughn, California
It was a small sample size for PG’s reigning College Player of the Year, but Vaughn played a huge role in the team’s weekend series win over nearby foe Saint Mary’s winning two of the three games. While he went 0-for-4 in the first game, a 10-3 win for the Gaels, Vaughn responded with a 4-for-5 performance in the second game, scoring three runs while hitting a pair of two-run home runs. He raised his production up a hair in game three, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI courtesy of a grand slam and a solo shot. On the year Vaughn now has more home runs (7) than strikeouts (5) as he looks to become the first player ever to be a two-time winner of the Golden Spikes Award.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Tanner Burns, Auburn
Burns’ teammate from a year ago, Casey Mize, who was the eventual No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, drew weekly Pitcher of the Week consideration for his season-long dominance. Those performances must have rubbed off on Burns, now a sophomore that has been every bit as dominant so far in 2019. A Freshman All-American last year, and a Perfect Game All-American during the summer of 2016, Burns tossed a complete game shutout on Friday against Cincinnati, the first of two 5-0 victories ina  three-game sweep. He struck out 15 batters, allowing just two base hits without giving up a walk. On the year Burns is now 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA and a 29-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 2/3 innings, very Mize-esque numbers with similar velocity readings.

Feb. 26, 2019

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Alec Burleson, East Carolina
Alec Burleson did a little bit of everything helping to lead No. 9 East Carolina to a 2-2 week and a series win over Monmouth. At the plate as the Pirates’ leadoff hitter he enjoyed three three-hit games, going 9-for-16 (.563) overall. In the team’s mid-week loss to Campbell he had a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning that tied the game before Campbell walked it off. On Friday he had a double and a sac fly in a 3-1 win over Monmouth while also allowing just one run on five hits and three walks with 10 punchouts in seven innings as the team’s staff ace. On Saturday he had a pair of doubles and two RBI in a 10-0 win to secure the weekend series.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Tommy Henry, Michigan
In a 2-0 win over The Citadel as part of a 3-0 weekend, No. 19 Michigan’s Tommy Henry was brilliant to open their three-game series in Charleston, S.C. A 6-foot-3, 205-pound lefthander, Henry went the distance on only 88 pitches, allowing just one base hit while striking out 13 batters in facing the minimum. His stuff matched his performance numbers, touching 91-93 mph early with his fastball before settling in at 90-92. Henry’s 83-85 mph slider was equally effective, as was his changeup, using all three pitches to elicit swings and misses. Not surprisingly given the 88-pitch count he pounded the strike zone all game, throwing 21 of 27 first-pitch strikes while retiring 16 of the 27 batters he faced on three pitches or less.

Feb. 19, 2019

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Tanner Allen, Mississippi State
It was a big weekend for the Bulldogs, hosting Youngstown State as they opened state-of-the-art new Dudy Noble Field, although they treated their guests rudely by out-scoring the Penguins 36-5 in a three-game sweep. In the middle of the scoring action was their cleanup hitter and first baseman, Tanner Allen, who in three games went 7-for-13 (.538) with three doubles, two homers, five runs scored and 13 RBI. It’s an encouraging start for the young slugger who finished his freshman season a year ago batting third for the team in Omaha. Allen was named the No. 4 prospect in the PGCBL last summer and is one of the top sophomore prospects in the nation, getting off to a hot start to open the 2019 campaign.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Jake Prizina, Seattle U
Coming off of a season in which he went 8-1 with a 3.82 ERA and a sparkling 92-to-17 strikeout-to-ratio spanning 99 innings, big things were expected out of Seattle U staff ace Jake Prizina, even if he simply replicated his 2018 numbers. There may be reason for further optimism after his start on Friday, shutting down a dangerous UNLV offense, in Las Vegas, by tossing a complete game shutout. In going the distance Prizina allowed just five hits and a walk, striking out five along the way. Possibly most impressive was that he only needed 98 pitches to go the full nine innings in a 4-0 win. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior lefthander faced only six batters over the minimum in his opening day masterpiece.

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