Southern Mississippi senior cleanup batter Marc Bourgeois (Granby, Quebec) and Maryland junior righthander David Carroll (Las Vegas, Nev.) headline the CB360 week-7 Primetime Performers for Division I baseball (March 28-April 3). front-page photo courtesy of Southern Mississippi
Bourgeois is the Primetime Player of the Week and Carroll the Primetime Pitcher for the week of March 28-April 3, as selected by CollegeBaseball360.com. Nine other players round out the week-7 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (listed below).
BOURGEOIS delivered numerous big hits during the week, as the Golden Eagles posted a 10-inning win over in-state rival Mississippi (cb360 #37) before sweeping a Conference USA series at #34 Central Florida (6-5; 13-2; 5-2). The 6-foot-1, 210-pound lefthanded hitter went 10-for-17 during the week (.588), factoring into 11 of the Eagles runs (9 RBI, 4 R, 2 HR) with 11 times on base (BB) and a 1.000 slugging pct. (2 HR, 3B; also had a walk and stolen base).
After drawing a walk in the win over Ole Miss, Bourgeois torched the UCF pitching staff by batting 10-for-13 (.769) in the series sweep. His 3-for-5 effort in the opener included a tie-breaking, 3-run blast for the final margin (UCF scored twice in the bottom of the 9th). The Southern Miss cleanup batter returned to Bergman Field the next day and rapped out a career-high five hits, with three RBI, three runs, another home run, a triple and a stolen base as USM clinched the series.
Bourgeois finished his big weekend by batting 2-for-3 with three more RBI and a sacrifice bunt (his late, two-run single helped preserve the series-sweeping victory).
CARROLL logged 7.1 shutout innings against #7 Florida State, as the Terrapins ended a 40-game losing streak against the Seminoles (dating back to the 1998 season). The 5-0 shutout was Maryland’s first home win over FSU since 1993.
The imposing 6-foot-8, 235-pound righthander totaled 19 of his 22 outs via strikeouts (7), groundball outs (9, including a pair of double-play balls), infield popups/foulouts (2) and a 2-4 caught-stealing. Carroll impressively kept the ball in the infield for nearly all of his outing – with the ball reaching the outfield only five times (on two of his three hits allowed and three flyouts).
James Ramsey’s 1st-inning single up the middle stood as Florida State’s only hit that reached the outfield, until a Devon Travis double in the 8th (Carroll’s final batter faced). The Maryland ace worked around six walks and a hit batter (plus the three hits) and ultimately left only four runners on base (others were erased on the pair of double plays, the caught-stealing and a runner thrown out on the bases; two runners turned over to the bullpen).
Carroll’s impressive season includes a 2.15 ERA and 5-1 record (he also was named to the CB360 Primetime Performers earlier this season, after beating national power Texas during an opening-week series).
Being “out in left field” must have been a good thing during the past week of play, as three of the current Primetime honorees are leftfielders – along with four pitchers (3 RHPs and a LHP), a shortstop, a DH and a SS/2B. The 11 Primetime honorees for week-7 include one senior, seven juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen. Two of the Primetime Performers hail from the home state of Texas, plus one each from Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington (along with the Quebec native Bourgeois).
Primetime Performer Award Criteria (not based solely on raw stats, but rather …)
• Must have been playing for or against a CB360 top-50 team (in the Composite National Rankings) or performed a high level in games that could be key to a team’s conference/NCAA postseason qualification; made significant contribution to team’s postseason positioning (single-game wins, “quality” wins, series wins, road wins, etc.).
• Involved in clutch performances, such as late game-winning hits, noteworthy comebacks, game-changing plays, team leadership, key defensive efforts, etc.
• Performed at a top level against a team rated highly nationally (or within its conference), with bonus consideration given for key performances away from home field and vs. traditional rivals.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Any accomplishment that is rare, historic, record-setting, etc., on a national level.
CB360 PRIMETIME PERFORMERS WEEKLY HONOR ROLL #7
(week of March 28-April 3, 2011 … presented by CollegeBaseball360.com)
“It’s not so much what you do, as it is when you do it.”
Nick Ahmed (Connecticut … SS … Jr. … East Longmeadow, MA … 6-2/205…Bats: R…2-hole…#7)
*Marc Bourgeois (Southern Mississippi..DH..Sr..Granby, Quebec..6-1/210..Bats: L..cleanup..#28)
*David Carroll (Maryland … RHP … Jr. … Las Vegas, NV … 6-8/235 … #42)
Kramer Champlin (Arizona State … RHP … Jr. … Olympia, WA … 6-6/180 … #21)
Scott DeCecco (Univ. South Carolina Upstate..LHP..So..Cape May Courthouse, NJ..6-0/175..#18)
Riley Good (Univ. Texas San Antonio/UTSA…LF…Fr…Godley, TX…6-0/170…Bats: L..leadoff..#1)
Tony Kemp (Vanderbilt … LF … Fr. … Centennial, TN … 5-6/160 … Bats: L … leadoff … #6)
Nick Martini (Kansas State … LF … Jr. … Crystal Lake, IL … 5-11/190 … Bats: L … 2-hole …. #26)
Levi Michael (North Carolina … SS/2B … Jr. … Welcome, NC … 5-10/180…Bats: S…2/3-hole…#6)
Patrick Palmiero (Univ. of Alabama Birmingham/UAB … 3B … Jr. … Colleyville, TX … 6-1/205 … Bats: R … cleanup … #28)
Will Rogers (Virginia … RHP … Jr. … Richmond, VA … 6-4/205 … #25)
* Bourgeois is the CB360 Primetime Player of the Week and Carroll the Primetime Pitcher of the Week
Helped Connecticut post huge sweep of BIG EAST rival St. John’s (cb360 #48), with the Huskies winning 9-1, 6-5 and 8-2 (also won midweek at Hartford, 11-0) … hit .429 during the week (6-for-14) while factoring into 13 of his team’s runs (6 RBI, 7 R), adding four doubles, three stolen bases, a walk, hit-by-pitch, two sac-bunts and a sac-fly … his 8th-inning sac. bunt led to key run in game-2 vs. SJU (Huskies scored twice in 9th for 6-5 win) … led the 9-1 blowout win by batting 3-for-4 (2 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B) … played error-free all week while racking up 31 fielding chances (he has only 5 Es all season, with a ’968 fielding pct.).
Marc Bourgeois (Southern Mississippi … DH … Sr. … Granby, Quebec … 6-1/210 … Bats: L … cleanup … #28) – see info. above
David Carroll (Maryland … RHP … Jr. … Las Vegas, NV … 6-8/235 … #42) – see info. above
Delivered key game-2 win (3-1) while outdueling Oregon’s Madison Boer, with Sun Devils going on to sweep Pac-10 series from the #35 Ducks … faced only 28 batters (four over the min.) in 8.0 strong innings, allowing lone run in the 7th … held Oregon to five hits, with no walks, while totaling 18 of his 25 outs (there was a K/WP) on strikeouts (7) or groundball outs (11).
Rose to the occasion with seven shutout innings, as USC Upstate beat #23 Stetson (6-0) for the Spartans’ first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in the program’s four seasons on the Division I level … scattered six hits (all singles) and three walks while striking out four Hatters batters in the gutsy 117-pitch outing … worked into and out of bases-loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings … combined with closer Chris Knauff on the historic shutout.
Hit .400 (8-for-20) during 4-0 week and factored into nine of his team’s runs (4 RBI, 6 R, HR), as Roadrunners won at #25 Baylor (4-2) and swept Southland Conference series vs. #45 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (13-6; 8-2; 14-10) … hit for the cycle during the week (HR-3B-2B, plus five singles) while compiling a .700 slugging pct. … helped lead UTSA back from an 8-0 midgame deficit in the series finale, batting 3-for-5 with 3 RBI in that stunning comeback (HR, 2 R).
Played lead role from leadoff spot, as Commodores (26-3) remained among nation’s top teams with solid SEC sweep at #31 Auburn (11-6; 11-2; 6-2), the team’s first sweep at Auburn in the program’s history … hit safely in all four games during the week (also 10-3 vs. Tennessee-Martin) while batting at a .500 clip (9-for-18, plus 7 R, 2 RBI) … scored five times while batting 8-for-14 (.571) in the Auburn series … totaled a season-best four hits in series opener, highlighted by his team-leading fourth triple of the season … added another season-high by scoring three runs in game-2 (also walked twice) … hitting at a .514 clip (19-37) during SEC play this season (9 games; .581 on-base pct., 11 R) … scored twice in Vanderbilt’s 8-run 8th inning of game-2 (breaking open what was a 3-2 battle), with an early hit-by-pitch before returning to the plate for a 2-out, 2-run single.
Set NCAA record for consecutive games reaching base (87), with the record-setting game coming in a 9-4 win over #6 Texas A&M (3-for-5, 2 RBI, R, 2 2B, SB) … extended the streak earlier in the week versus Northern Colorado (6-3; 16-3), despite batting 0-for-1 in each game (he had a pair of walks and was hit-by-pitch in the first game vs. the Bears, duplicating that line in gm-2) … had strong game in series opener vs. A&M (6-3 loss), batting 4-for-5 with a double and run scored (the rest of KSU’s lineup totaled only six hits) … managed to extend streak in gm-2 vs. the Aggies, with a walk (0-for-4) … reached base 14 times during the week, evenly divided between his hits (7-for-16; .438) and free passes (5 BB, 2 HBP … also had 3 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 SB, SF).
Played key role in UNC’s first sweep of Clemson (#22) since 1990 (13-3; 9-5; 5-4) while helping UNC compile the best 30-game start (26-4; 10-2 ACC) in the program’s history … ended minor slump by batting 5-for-11 (.455) and factoring into nine of his team’s runs (3 RBI, 6 R) during the Clemson series (also had a pair of walks, plus a double, stolen base and sac.-fly) … drove in the eventual game-winning run in gm-2 before starting a 1-out rally in the 9th inning of the series finale (moments later, he scored the run that completed the huge series sweep) … played error-free all week (19 fielding chances) – including 4-3 loss at Charlotte (one of top in-state foes) – leaving his season error total at a lowly four (with an impressive .964 season fielding pct.).
Had early RBI and later hit leadoff, go-ahead home run in bottom of 7th, sparking 4-run spurt for 5-1 win over in-state rival and #26 Alabama (in Hoover, Ala.) … also had a hit and stolen base to set up 4th-inning scoring chance … helped UAB win Conference USA series vs. #38 East Carolina (4-1; 5-3; 5-8) … had a double, walk and run scored in opener vs. ECU, adding an RBI single in series-clinching second game (also had a single, run and walk in finale) … leads the Blazers with 18 RBI and 12 extra-base hits this season … note – Palmiero got the nod for our UAB honoree, due to the magnitude of the rivalry win over ‘Bama, but we also should quickly mention UAB pitcher Dillon Napoleon, who outdueled ECU ace Seth Maness (the NCAA’s active leader in career wins) in the 4-1 series opener … Napolean’s only run allowed came unearned, on a 9th-inning sac. fly (4H-2BB-5K-14 GO-92 pitches; 1.75 season ERA).
Recorded the eighth 9-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball (since 1957), in a 2-0 victory over George Washington … recorded 27 straight outs and needed only 98 pitches to earn the second perfect game ever by an ACC pitcher … registered the 19th perfect game of any length in D-I play (since ’57), the first for any pitcher in D-I since 2002 … tied his career high with 10 strikeouts in the historic outing (first complete game of his career) … Maryland’s Dick Reitz posted the only other perfect game by an ACC pitcher, on April 10, 1959, against Johns Hopkins … first perfect game in D-I baseball since March 2, 2002, when Auburn’s Eric Brandon recorded 27 straight outs against Murray State … first no-hitter at Virginia since Mike Ballard held Boston College hitless on April 16, 2006 … his 27 outs also included 14 groundouts, two popups and one flyouts – as only one ball left the infield.
(Action photos for most of the honorees are posted below, or above … thanks to those schools that posted/passed along these photos … hope to add action photo of UTSA’s Good soon).