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College  | Story  | 5/20/2024

College Player, Pitcher of the Week

Vincent Cervino      Craig Cozart     
Photo: Jacob Jenkins-Cowart (East Carolina Athletics)
May 20

Pitcher of the Week

Hagen Smith, Arkansas

The Arkansas Razorbacks (43-12) finished the regular season as winners of the SEC West and are sitting pretty when it comes time for the national seeds to be announced for the NCAA Tournament. The pitching staff for the Razorbacks has been one of the most consistently elite in college baseball and they boast the best starting pitcher in the nation in Smith. The 6-3/225 lefty from Bullard, Texas for the second time this season has garnered our award. In his start at College Station against Texas A&M, he went 6.0 IP, only allowing 2 hits, no runs or walks while striking out an incredible 14 opposing batters. While he didn’t qualify for the win, he needed only 98 pitches to put his club in position to snare the victory. He continues to show a dominating mid-to-upper 90s fastball and arguably the best slider in the nation that proves virtually unhittable. Smith is now (9-0) with a 1.52 ERA, allowing just 35 hits over 77.0 IP for an OBA of .135 and the hard to comprehend 150:29 K-to-BB ratio.

Player of the Week

Jacob Jenkins-Cowart, East Carolina

East Carolina (40-13) came into last weekend on their roughest patch of games on the season, having just gotten swept on the road at Tulane. They needed to get things back on track and their veteran leader, Jenkins-Cowart was the man for the job. The 6-6/212 lefthanded hitting outfielder had a monster series at home against Rice and let the Pirates to the sweep and yet another American Athletic Conference regular season title. Over 3-games, the junior went 7 for 14, scoring 5 runs, launching 3 home runs and he drove in 11 runs. The ultra-competitive athlete consistently grinds out ABs and has put together a slash line of .348/.566/.395 to this point. He has also collected 15 doubles, 11 home runs and set a single season AAC record with 71 RBI. The Pirates aspire to host another NCAA Regional tournament and need to make a deep run in the conference tournament this week to make that a reality. With Jenkins-Cowart swinging his hottest bat of the year, they should be in good shape.

May 14

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Jamie Arnold, Florida State

The Seminoles (37-12) have featured one of the best pitching staffs in the nation this year and while their rotation has been dinged up by injuries lately, the one mainstay has been Jamie Arnold on Friday nights.  The 6-1/190 LHP from Tampa, FL is one of the top draft prospects in the 2025 class and is putting together an epic season for FSU.  Featuring a low-¾ arm angle, a live arm that produces a low-to-mid 90s fastball and a devastating mid-80s sweeper, the sophomore strikes out opposing hitters in bunches.  While he took the hard-luck (1-0) loss to Pitt last weekend, he was truly dominant in his 7.0 IP.  Needing only 98 pitches, he surrendered 3 hits, 1 earned run, no walks and retired 17 batters via the strike out.  For the season, he is now (8-3) with a 2.27 ERA in 13 starts where opponents bat a paltry .202 against him and he features an eye-popping 118:17 K-to-BB ratio.  Florida State has a shot to host the first round of the NCAA tournament and with Arnold leading the way on the mound they should make a deep run.

Chase Burns, Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons (36-16) are fresh off a weekend series sweep of ACC foe Clemson and they may have had their most complete, all-around effort on the mound of the year.  Setting the tone in Game 1 was 6-3, RHP, Chase Burns and his high-octane arsenal.  The junior from Hendersonville, TN has been electric virtually all season but was particularly dominating against the Tigers.  Going 7.0 IP, he only surrendered 2 hits, 1 earned run, and 1 walk while striking out an amazing 16 batters on an efficient 101 total pitches.  It is well documented that he has the best fastball in the nation as he regularly eclipses 100 mph and backs it up with a 90 mph slider, upper-80s curve and nasty fading change up, all of which he lands for strikes at will.  Burns is (10-1) for the year with a 2.85 ERA over 82.0 IP, where he only allows opponents a .161 batting average and has accumulated an incredible 156:24 K-to-BB ratio.  Wake Forest is surging once again and has hosting the NCAA tournament all but locked up.   

Player of the Week

Cole Singsank, College of Charleston

The College of Charleston (36-12) has flown under the radar most of the year but have been one of the most consistent and successful mid-major teams in the country.  They are a half-game out of first place in the Coastal Athletic Association regular season standing and feature a high powered offense.  At the heart of the lineup is transfer senior Cole Singsank with his easy power and advanced feel for hitting.  The 6-4/215 infielder has always been able to hit but has really tapped into his prodigious power this year and just put together the best week of his career.  In four games, he went 9 for 17, scoring 9 runs, walking 4 times and collected 15 RBI coming from his 6 home runs.  He had three consecutive games where he hit 2-home runs each day and led his team to an important series victory over Northeastern.  Sinsank is sporting a slash line of .297/.665/.432 for the year with 10 doubles, 16 round trippers and 48 runs driven in.  The Cougars are looking strong headed into the last weekend of the regular season and Singsank could help deliver a CAA championship.  

May 6

Pitcher of the Week

Jackson Brockett, Nebraska

The Nebraska Cornhuskers (30-16) have built serious momentum heading into the last two weekends of the year and now sit 1-game out of first place in the Big Ten standings.  They have elevated their RPI to the point that they are in serious consideration as an NCAA Tournament host.  These ramifications are what made Brockett’s performance so important and impressive in their midweek matchup with Kansas State.  Making his first start of the season, the 6-1/205 junior, left-handed pitcher from Omaha did something that hadn’t been done for the Huskers since 1954.  Brockett flirted with perfection as he spun a complete game NO-HITTER, going 9.0 IP, allowing no runs, surrendering just 2 walks while striking out 12 batters on 107 total pitches.  For the year, he has made 7 appearances with a record of (2-0) with a 2.51 ERA over 14.1 IP and has generated a sparkling 15:4 K-to-BB ratio.  With Brockett adding depth to their staff, Nebraska is looking like a force heading into the postseason.

Player of the Week

Charlie Condon, Georgia

One of the hottest teams in the country, with the best hitter in the nation, the Georgia Bulldogs (35-12) are racing towards the postseason and are almost assured of hosting the NCAA Tournament.  Putting together a season for the ages, Charlie Condon, the 6-6/216 junior, infielder from Marietta, GA is willing his team to national prominence.  In four games last week, he went 6 for 14, scoring 9 runs, hitting 4 home runs and he drove in 8 runs as he has now homered in 7-straight games.  Condon’s slash line for the season is now .459/1.105/.568 as he has collected 16 doubles, tied the single season BBCOR home run record with 33 and driven 69 runs so far.  Along the way, he has also become both the career and single season record holder for the Bulldog program with plenty of time to add on.  Condon is a strong candidate as the No. 1 pick in the coming MLB Draft and Georgia should make a deep run in the postseason. 

April 30

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Aiden May, Oregon State

The Beavers (33-10) have been ranked in the Top-10 for much of the season and they have pitched at a high level for the most part. Facing their archrival, the Oregon Ducks this past weekend, they needed length out of their starting rotation and that is exactly what Aiden May game them. The 6-2/196 RHP from Albuquerque, NM put together his most complete start of the year, going 8.0 IP, allowing only a single hit, no runs, one walk and he punched out 14 batters in total. Making his 8th start on the season, he used his mid-90s riding fastball and devastating mid-80s slider to miss barrels with regularity. May is a steely competitor and was in control from the first pitch as his team would go on to win (2-0) in Game 1 of the series. This brings his season record to (3-0) with a solid 3.63 ERA over 39.2 IP where he has accumulated a tremendous 45:15 K-to-BB ratio. Oregon State has looked like a legitimate national title contender for most of the season and if May continues to lead the way in the rotation, we should see them in Omaha once again.

Perfect Game/Player of the Week:

Carson Benge, Oklahoma State

The Cowboys (30-14) have won 5-straight and 7 out of their last 10 games as they push towards the top of the Big-12 standings. They are only a game out of 1st place in the league and the heavy lifting done by two-way stud Carson Benge is a big reason why they are in great position heading down the home stretch. The 6-1/185 slashing athlete from Yukon, OK is having a career year at the plate and on the mound. In 4-games last week, Benge went 8 for 17, scoring 10 runs, collecting 2 doubles, pounding 5 home runs and collected a total of 10 RBI. He also made his first start of the season, going 5.0 IP on just 82 pitches, allowing 3 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks and he did strike out 6 total batters. He is now slashing .318/.631/.436 for the season with 18 doubles, 11 HR, 46 RBI and has also swiped 8 bags. Pitching wise, he has made 15 appearances, carrying a 2.84 ERA with a record of (1-1) with 3 saves over 19.0 IP, putting together a 25:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Benge is one of the top-few two-way talents in the nation and should lead Oklahoma State deep into the coming NCAA Tournament.

April 23

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Ryan Gallagher, UC Santa Barbara

Going into the 2024 season, the nation expected the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (25-10) to have one of the best pitching staffs in the nation. Things have not gone smoothly at times, but they have returned to the Top-25 rankings at No. 20 this week, the rotation is coming into form and this club is dangerous right now. One of the main reasons the pitching has stabilized is the emergence of Ryan Gallagher as the ace of this talented staff. The 6-4/220 RHP from Granite Bay, CA is just over a year away from Tommy John surgery after putting together an All-American freshman campaign and has returned to form much faster than anticipated. In his outing last Friday against UC Davis, Gallagher threw a complete game shutout, where he only surrendered 2 hits, allowed no walks, and struck out a total of 7 batters. He features a riding fastball in the mid-90s that will reach 96 and has advanced feel for his devastating change up and can spin the ball as well. For the season, he is now (4-1) with a 2.49 ERA in 8 starts over 47.0 IP and has a sparkling 54:14 K-to-BB ratio. As UCSB continues its surge towards the postseason, no doubt pitching will lead the way with Gallagher spearheading the effort.

Perfect Game/Player of the Week:

Christian Moore, Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers (33-7) are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and are coming off a huge road-series victory over rival Kentucky. They feature arguably the most prolific offense in the nation and the guy setting the tone at the top of the lineup is Christian Moore. The 6-1/216 junior, infielder from Brooklyn, NY has been on a tear for much of the year and has moved himself into strong first round consideration in the upcoming MLB Draft. Moore is a super athletic, sturdy prospect that creates explosive bat speed and has they blend to hit for both average and power with the stick. In the 3-game series last weekend in Lexington, he went 9 for 15 good for a .600 BA% as he scored 5 runs, drove in a total of 9 runs powered by 4 home runs, three of which came in Sunday’s rubber match. On the year, Moore is now slashing .376/.822/.443 as he has launched 13 doubles, 19 home runs and collected an impressive 45 RBI. The Vols are legitimate Omaha contenders and with the dangerous bat of Moore at the top, you can be sure they will continue to score runs in bunches.

April 16

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Chase Morgan, Louisiana

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (28-9) are one of the biggest surprises in college baseball this year and have run off and left the league in Sun Belt Conference play. They have a robust 5-game lead and just recently lost their 16-game win streak. Their pitching staff has been the primer for their success and Chase Morgan has been a major contributor. The 6-3/195 LHP from Cypress, TX is a true freshman and threw the best game of his young career against Marshall on Saturday. Using his low-90s fastball that will reach 94 mph, he dominated the zone and moved it to all quadrants with his advanced change up lurking in the shadows to finish hitters. Requiring 111 pitches, he went 8.0 IP, allowing just 1 hit, no runs, 3 free passes while he struck out a career high 11 batters. For the year, Morgan (4-1) has now logged 42.2 IP, carrying a 1.90 ERA, only allowing 22 hits with a .149 OBA, with an impressive 39:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Louisiana looks like they are on a mission this year and their stock of arms will keep them in most every game.

Perfect Game/Player of the Week:

Tyler Bishop, Omaha

The Omaha Mavericks (10-22) have really struggled for most of the year as they lost their first 12 games but have played well in Summit League play of late. While the offense has been inconsistent, Tyler Bishop has put together an incredible season thus far. The junior, infielder from Lincoln, NE is a physical 6-2/205 and uses a compact stroke to generate power and consistent balls on the barrel. He accomplished one of the rarest feats in baseball on Saturday when he hit for the allusive “cycle”. In their game against South Dakota State that they won by a score of 21-14, Bishop went a perfect 6 for 6 with a single, double, triple and 2 home runs as he scored 6 runs and drove in 7 total. In the 4-game week, he went 8 for 19, scoring 8 runs and collected 9 total RBI. This brings his slash line for the year to .341/.606/.416 with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 31 runs driven in for the Mavericks. Omaha has made a nice turnaround in league play and is Bishop stays hot they could make a run.

April 9

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Jacob Ellis, Lamar

The Lamar Cardinals are off to a historic start from a program standpoint and the quality of their pitching staff has been a major reason. In Game 2 of their series against McNeese, the two teams locked into an epic 11-inning thriller that the Cardinals would eventually win by a score of 1-0. Taking the ball in the starting role was the 6’1/175 LHP, Jacob Ellis, who would throw the game of his life but ironically only qualify for the no-decision. The senior pitcher from Edmond, OK would throw 9.0 IP allowing NO hits and no runs while walking one and striking out 9 batters. He was masterful as he needed only 95 pitches to maintain the scoreless tie before he exited the game. For the season, Ellis is now (5-0) in 8 starts, he has a 3.13 ERA over 46.0 IP and has only allowed 30 hits, 13 walks and has struck out a total of 37 batters. By the way, reliever Austin Neal came in and threw 2 hitless innings as well to help lead his team to the 1-0 extra-inning NO HIT victory. Lamar sits atop the Southland Conference standings and looks like they are clearly the class of the league.

Perfect Game/Player of the Week:

Nick Kurtz, Wake Forest

When you play for the No. 1 pre-season ranked team in the nation as Wake Forest was and you are projected to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s MLB Draft as Kurtz was, there can be an enormous amount of pressure on all fronts. Neither the Demon Deacons nor their star first baseman Nick Kurtz got off to the start they hoped for in the first half of the season. Well, as the calendar turned to April all has changed for the better and both the Deacs and Nick Kurtz have caught fire. The 6-5/235 lefthanded, first baseman absolutely went off last week over four games and willed his club to a sweep at Virginia Tech. He went 8 for 14, good for a .571 BA last week, receiving 6 walks, hitting 6 home runs including 3 on Sunday, scoring 9 runs and drove in an impressive 11 runs. To take things a bit further, Kurtz has hit 8 home runs in his last 5 contests. For the year, he is now slashing .298/.738/.500 with 11 home runs, 26 RBI and has walked an incredible 34 times while only striking out 18 times. With Kurtz coming back into form, Wake Forest looks very dangerous moving forward and could be back in line for another run to Omaha.

April 1

Perfect Game/Co-Pitchers of the Week:

Connor Mattison, Grand Canyon

The Antelopes (15-11) have gone through an up and down first half of the season but are off to a tremendous (9-3) start in the WAC. Establishing himself as the ace of the staff, freshman Connor Mattison put together the start of his career last Friday against Sacramento State. The 6-2/195 RHP from Goodyear, AZ used his 3-pitch mix beautifully to spin a complete game no-hitter as he maintained his stuff throughout his 125-pitch outing. He commands his fastball that lives in the 90-93 mph range and seems to throw an invisible change up that hitters never adjust to. His curveball is a third quality offering that generates plenty of swing and miss on its own. His outing went 9.0 IP, allowing NO hits, no runs, 2 walks and he struck out 10 opponents. This brings his season record to 4-1 over 36.0 IP with a sparkling 49:11 K-to-BB ratio. It looks like Grand Canyon may be the class of the league once again and with Mattison at the forefront of the rotation the pitching is in great form.

Grant Taylor, Washington State

Off to a solid start in Pac-12 play, the Cougars (16-11) have all the pieces in place to compete for the regular season title in league play. The one thing you know for sure is that RHP Grant Taylor is going to give his club a legit shot to win every time he toes the rubber. At 6-5/228, the senior arm is durable, he competes in the zone and gets his team into the middle innings in position to win. In his start against rival Washington last Thursday, he threw a complete game 1-hitter using his riding fastball in the low-to-mid 90s to set up his newly refined secondary pitches. He navigated his 9.0 IP on 115 pitches and didn’t surrender a run or a free pass while striking out a career high 17 batters. In 7 starts, Taylor is now 4-1, with a 3.27 ERA to go with a solid 47:16 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Washington State has been knocking on the door for a few years to make a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. With Taylor anchoring the rotation, the odds seem to be with them returning to postseason play.

Perfect Game/Player of the Week:

Parks Harber, North Carolina

The Tarheels (25-4) are one of the hottest teams in the nation as they have won 9 of their last 10, are (20-0) at home and have swept their last two ACC series. Equally as hot, Parks Harber has been doing the heavy lifting for the Heels’ offensive production for the last week. A senior transfer from Atlanta, GA, the 6-3/225 infielder just ended a streak where he had homered in 5-consecutive games and collected 8 of his 10 round trippers on the year. He is densely strong in the forearms and displays power to all fields making it difficult for opponents to find a way to stay away from his barrel. For the week, over a four-game spread, Harber went 8 for 17, scoring 7 runs, hitting 6 home runs, and collecting a total of 9 RBI. In 100 at bats this season, he is slugging .333/.700/.414 with 5 doubles, 10 home runs and 27 RBI. North Carolina looks like an Omaha contender and if Harber stays on this heater they could separate themselves from the rest of the ACC Coastal division.

March 26

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Payton Tolle, TCU

The Horned Frogs have gotten off to a baffling (2-7) start in Big 12 Conference play and have fallen out of the Top-25 rankings for the first time all year. Pitching has been a rough spot for the club in league play but the one bright spot has been Payton Tolle from Yukon, OK. The 6-6/250 lefthanded pitcher has made significant strides on the mound and it all came together in a special way in his start on Friday against Oklahoma State. Using his 3-pitch mix of a fastball in the low-90s, a slider in the low-80s and a changeup in the mid-80s, he used 128 pitches in a complete game effort. Going 9.0 IP he allowed 5 hits, no runs, 3 walks and struck out an impressive 15 batters on his way to a (1-0) victory in what would be TCU’s only win of the weekend. In 3 conference starts this year, Tolle has 19.0 IP, going 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA only allowing 13 hits and generating a 31:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Odds are that TCU figures things out and gets back to their winning ways with Tolle anchoring the weekend rotation.

Perfect Game/Co-Players of the Week:

Blake Wright, Clemson

The Clemson Tigers lead the nation in wins with (22) and have ascended to No.2 in the nation in this weeks Top-25 poll. They had a massive (5-0) week as the swept previously unbeaten FSU at home and Wright was a virtual one-man wrecking crew. At 6-0/205, the senior infielder from Belleair, Florida uses his dense muscular strength to produce electric bat speed and consistent exit velocities in excess of 100 mph. For the week, Wright went 13 for 22 good for a .590 batting average as he scored 10 runs and drove in 21 RBI as he launched 6 HRs in five games. But it must be pointed out that 2 of his round-trippers were grand slams, the first one on Saturday that tied the game and the second on Sunday that gave his club the lead. Through 24 games this year, he is slashing .365/.779/.407 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI. Clemson is playing like the best team in the country right now and Wright has been a major reason.

Travis Bazzana, Oregon State

The Oregon State Beavers (21-2) just continue to bully their competition and Travis Bazzana spearheading one of the nation’s best hitting clubs has been a winning formula. The 6-0/199 lefthanded hitter from Sydney, Australia is the focus of every opponent, but he keeps performing at an elite level despite the attention. His club went (4-0) last week and over that stretch, Bazzana went 8 for 16 scoring 10 runs, driving in 11 runs and hit a crazy 6 home runs. Channeling his inner Ricky Henderson, he has also lead off the game with a home run in four consecutive games. He is super-athletic, runs the bases with reckless abandon and plays game changing defense. The bat-to-ball skill he possesses may be unrivaled in the college game today and is just one of the reasons he may be the first pick in the coming MLB Draft. For the season, his slash line is .467/.1,054/.581 with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 14 home runs, 36 RBIs and he has walked more than twice as many times as he has struck out. The Beavers are legitimate national title contenders and with Bazzana batting leadoff, they are a scary club to face at any time.

March 19

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Tommy Boba, Cincinnati

Sometimes it takes a few outings and different roles before a pitcher finds his groove and puts it all together. Well, apparently that is what happened with Cincinnati RHP Tommy Boba in his start last Saturday. The 6-2/205 sophomore from Wheaton, IL came within 3 outs of registering a no-hitter, leading his club to a hard fought 1-0 victory in Game 2 of the weekend series against Kansas. Coming off a start in Cincinnati’s first Big-12 Conference series at Kansas State where he only went 4.0 IP allowing 8 hits and 6 earned runs, Boba was sensational a week later. He blended his repertoire with virtual perfection against Kansas as he went 8.0 IP, allowing just 1 hit, no runs, 2 walks and 8 strike outs on a total of 105 pitches. For the year he now has a 7.04 ERA with a 1-2 record over 23.0 IP and a 23:6 K-to-BB ratio. But if Boba can duplicate his recent success the Bearcats should hold their own in Big-12 play going forward.

Perfect Game/Player of the Week:

Carson DeMartini, Virginia Tech

The power numbers that Carson DeMartini put up last week over four games would make a lot of hitters happy if they duplicated them over the entirety of a season. At 6-0/197 the junior from Virginia Beach is one of the top lefthanded bats on this years’ MLB Draft Board and is backing that up in a big way. The Hokies as a team are 3rd in the nation with (51) home runs and are off to a tremendous (5-1) start in the ACC thanks in large part to their run production. As for DeMartini he batted .600 (9-15) last week, scoring 10 runs, with 5 walks, hitting an incredible 7 home runs and collecting 11 RBI. He creates easy loft, and his bat head is a blur through the zone translating into electric power that plays to all fields. For the season he is slashing .368/.985/.494 with 4 doubles, 12 total home runs (tied for 3rd in the nation) and he has driven in 23 runs all told. Virginia Tech is on the fringe of being back in the Top-25 and look like a sure thing for another NCAA Tournament appearance with DeMartini leading the charge.

March 12

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Ryan Prager, Texas A&M

The Texas A&M Aggies are off to their best start in program history at (16-0) and the pitching staff is putting up epic numbers to lead the way. LHP Ryan Prager from Dallas, TX is the most impressive example of what the No. 3 club in the nation has happening on the mound. The 6-3/200 southpaw has been virtually perfect this season and put together yet another amazing start this past weekend against Rhode Island. Prager went 7.0 IP allowing just 1 hit, no runs, no free passes while striking out 13 batters on just 92 pitches. He uses a high-3/4 arm angle to tunnel his 3-pitch mix that dominates hitters with a low-90s fastball that will touch 95 mph, an abrupt slider in the low-80s and a super deceptive change up to finish it off. For the year, Prager has yet to allow a single run as he is 4-0 in 4 starts covering 23.2 IP, allowing just 9 hits, 3 walks while punching out 40 as opponents manage a meager .115 OBA. The Aggies have a case for being considered the best team in the nation and their lefty starter is at the forefront.

Perfect Game Player of the Week:

Charlie Condon, Georgia

The Georgia Bulldogs are off to a blazing start at (16-1) and they are hitting .336 as a team and lead the nation with 48 home runs. As insane as those numbers are, the stats line Condon is putting together is otherworldly to this point. The 6-6/215 red-shirt sophomore from Marietta, GA is notorious for his raw power as well as the fact that he was a walk-on in his first year in Athens and is now the potential top pick in the 2024 MLB Draft. In six games last week, the slugger went 10 for 18, walking 7 times, getting HBP 3 times, depositing 4 home runs as he scored 9 runs and drove in 9 runs as well. To put things in perspective, as of today, Condon lead the nation in the following categories: BA (.565), OB% (.659), SLG% (1.274), OPS (1.933), hits (35), home runs (12) and runs scored (29). The Bulldogs have rejuvenated their program, are on the cusp of the Top-25 and should make some noise in the SEC this year with Condon leading the pack.

March 5

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Riley Huge, Winthrop

A testament to work ethic, tenacity, selflessness, and talent, of course, Riley Huge is putting together a career year in his senior season for the Winthrop Eagles. The 6-3/240 lefthanded pitcher from Davenport, FL signed with Liberty out of high school, transferred to the College of Central Florida and has spent the last two seasons in Rock Hill. All his experiences have culminated into a single-game 20 strikeout performance last Saturday that hasn’t even been approached since Stephen Strasburg struck out 23 in 2008. Seamlessly using his 3-pitch mix that includes a riding 88-92 mph fastball, a low-80s slider and late fading changeup, Huge carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning. He tunnels his repertoire at a high level and presents major problems for opposing hitters. Over his 124-pitch outing he went 7.2 IP only allowing the one hit, no runs, 2 free passes while striking out 20 batters. In three starts this season, Huge is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA as opponents hit just .157 against him to go with his insane 37:3 K-to-BB ratio.

Perfect Game/Co-Players of the Week:

Jac Caglianone, Florida

We knew it was just a matter of time before Caglianone found his way onto our Player of the Week list and he picked a pivotal week to do so. The Gators had a tough 5-game week that concluded with them taking 2 out of 3 against the Miami Hurricanes. Widely considered the best two-way prospect in the college, the All-American 6-5/250 lefty has the distinction of having registered a 100-mph fastball and exit velocity in excess of 118 mph off the bat. With the bat, he went 10 for 24 with a slash line of .471/.792/.440 including 3 home runs, 5 RBI and 5 runs scored. On the bump he got the start in Sunday’s rubber match and stifled the Hurricanes over his 6.0 IP. Needing only 91 pitches he scattered 3 hits, surrendered no runs, allowing just 2 walks while striking out a total of 11 batters. Caglianone should hear his name called very early on Day 1 of this year’s MLB Draft and be a part of another deep run in the postseason with the Gators.

Drew Burress, Georgia Tech

Accomplishing something that has now only been done eight times since 2015, freshman Drew Burress hit four home runs in his club’s mid-week contest with Georgia State. Putting together what looks like an All-American season so far in the first month of the season, the 5-9/185 outfielder leads the Yellowjackets in virtually every major offensive category. A plus runner with elite arm strength, Burress is tooled up and while he is well-rounded talent wise, it’s his bat that separates him from the crowd. He has amazing timing, uses a compact, direct stroke, and gets the ball in air with authority naturally. For the week, he went 7 for 13 batting .538 with 3 walks, 5 runs scored, hitting those 4 home runs, and collecting 6 RBI. On the young season, his slash line is .432/1.351/.522 with 5 doubles, a triple, 9 home runs and 20 RBI. Georgia Tech may be primed to make a run in the ACC and no doubt, Burress with be leading the charge.

February 27

Perfect Game/Pitcher of the Week:

Hagen Smith, Arkansas

Dominating, overwhelming, masterful; you could go on and on with adjectives to describe the outing that Smith put together in his start on Friday. Facing one of the most complete offenses in all of college baseball in the Oregon State Beavers, the 6-3/225 junior lefthander put together one of the most epic starts in recent memory. Using his lively fastball that sat in the upper-90s and peaked at 99 mph, he attacked hitters with the heater and set the stage for his wipeout slider. The fastball is elite in both velocity and spin (2,400+) RPMs but the slider proved to be virtually untouchable as it cruised in the mid-to-upper 80s with late, abrupt bite. The Bullard, TX native would retire the first 15 outs of the game via the strike out and except for a ground out in the 6th inning, 17 of his 18 outs were recorded by punch out. Smith would only need 78 pitches to navigate his 6.0 IP, allowing 3 hits, no runs, 1 walk to go with his 17 strike outs. He would leave the game leading 4-0 but ended up with a no-decision as the Beavers put up some runs later in the game. The Razorbacks look like true national title contenders and it’s obvious they have an ace to run out every Friday night going forward.

Perfect Game/Player of the Week:

Jackson Ross, Ole Miss

The Ole Miss Rebels were in the midst of an early season 4-game losing streak heading into Saturday during their home series, and the team was in desperate need of a spark. That spark came in the form of an offensive outburst and Jackson Ross played a significant part. The 6-2/210 senior from Lakeland, FL transferred from FAU during the offseason and has quickly found a home in Oxford. His team went on a tear and scored 37 runs in 14 innings over the final two games of the series that would both be won via the run-rule. For the weekend, Ross went 8 for 11 with 4 home runs, 5 walks, scored 8 runs and collected 11 RBI. This brings his season batting average to .471 with a SLG% of .917 and an impressive OB% of .588 mainly due to his control of the strike zone as seen with a 9:3 BB-to-K ratio. If the Rebels are going to continue to right the ship and make a return to the postseason, you can be sure Ross will play a major role.

February 20

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week:

Cam Leiter, Florida State

It looks like the Florida State Seminoles may have struck gold in the transfer portal with the arrival of Cam Leiter as he dazzled in his debut. Taking the ball in the starting role on Opening Day, the sophomore right-hander from Bayville, NJ showed an electric arsenal as he mowed down opposing hitters. The 6-5/218 prospect unleashed a riding fastball that lived in the mid-90s and peaked at 98 mph, generating plenty of swing and miss. He also featured a devastating slider that would find its way into the low-90s with late two-plane tilt. Leiter would work 5.0 IP on 89 pitches, allowing only 1 hit, no runs, 2 walks and led the nation with 13 strikeouts as he qualified for the win in his team’s 11-0 victory.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Co-Players of the Week:

Travis Bazzana, Oregon State

One of the most exciting all-around players in the nation, the Sydney, NS native is a sure-fire Day 1 prospect in the coming MLB draft. The centerpiece of one of the best lineups the Oregon State Beavers have fielded in years, Bazzana got the new year off in style. The 6-0/200 lefthanded hitter is a tremendous blend of speed and power at the plate and his strike zone discipline allows him to reach base at an impressive rate. In his team's (4-0) start so far this season, he is batting .563 as he has already collected 9 hits and scored 6 runs. Slugging an impressive 1.313, he has a double, a triple, 3 home runs and driven in 7 runs on his way to on OBA% of .650 so far. The Beavers have the look of a national title contender and Bazzana will lead the way.

Caleb Cozart, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The University of North Carolina, Greensboro Spartans got off to their best start since 2019 with a three-game sweep and designated hitter Caleb Cozart played a big role. His club scored a total of 30 runs Opening Weekend and the 6-5/250 righty was responsible for 18 of those runs as he drove in 11 and scored 7 on the weekend. Cozart is a two-way player who will see time on the mound, at first base and most of his time as DH. He finished the series with a SLG% of 1.727 on a double and 4 home runs producing those 11 RBIs. He also walked twice and was hit by pitch once to produce on OBA% of .643 all told. The Spartans have an explosive offense and should be a factor in the SOCON race this year.