Gonzaga senior outfielder Royce Bolinger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Tennesee junior righthander Zack Godley (Bamburg, S.C.) are the top honorees on the among the CB360 Primetime Performers for the sixth week of the 2012 college baseball season (March 19-25), as presented by CollegeBaseball360.com. They are joined by 14 others on the week-6 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, with Bolinger and Godley the lead honorees as the respective CB360 Primetime Player of the Week and Primetime Pitcher of the Week. front-page photo courtesy of Tennessee
The Primetime Performer awards program – also utilized on affiliate sites CollegeSports360.com, CollegeSoccer360.com and CollegeFencing360.com – seeks to recognize players based on more than simple raw stats, instead taking into account quality of opponent, contribution to team success and various situational factors (such as clutch play, all-around performance, leadership, adversity overcome, etc.).
The 16 week-6 Primetime Performer honorees are listed below – with short bio. capsules, headshots and action photos included at the bottom of the page.
GODLEY turned in eight strong innings to lead Volunteers in handing Kentucky (cb360 #9) its first loss of the season, in a 4-1 series opener (the ‘Cats had started 22-0). He limited the hot-hitting oppoition to the lone run on three hits, with four strikeouts in am outing that matched longest of his career. Godley retired 21 of the final 25 batters he faced (after allowing a 1st-inning run), with no Kentucky runners reaching second based during the 2nd-8th innings. He has compiled a 2.92 season ERA and 4-1 record, with 30 strikeouts and only six walks in 37 innings (with a .221 opp. batting avg.).
BOLINGER hit .529 (9-for-17) to lead a sweep of the 4-game series vs. cb360 #44 Hawaii (4-1, 4-0, 7-6, 9-3), with three home runs and seven RBI. His pair of hits in Friday’s game included an RBI single to open the series scoring in the Bulldogs’ first trip to the plate. He followed with a strong doubleheader (4-for-8, 2 RBI, 3 R), as his home run paced the game-1 shutout. Bolinger hit 3-for-5 and went deep twice in the series finale, highlighted by an early 2-run blast to deep-center field (plus another 2-run shot later in the game). he riding a 9-game hitting streak while batting .366 for the season (19 RBI, 5 HR), helping Gonzaga (16-6) extend its solid start to the season.
The week-6 CB360 Primetime Performers include five other righthanded pitchers: Rhode Island jr. Sean Furney (Warwick, R.I.) … Oral Roberts so. Alex Gonzales (Delray Beach, FL) … Arizona State jr. Brady Rodgers (Richmond, Texas) … Texas Tech jr./so. Duke von Schamann (Edmond, Okla.) … and Texas A&M jr. Michael Wacha (Texarkana, Texas).
The nine other position players among the Primetime Performers include a couple corner outfielder who double as catchers – Wofford sr. Mac Doyle (Conway, S.C.) and New Mexico jr. Mitchell Garver (Albuquerque, N.M.) – along with Belmont so. LF William Dodd (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and a repeat honoree in Auburn so. CF Ryan Tella (Fremont, Calif.), plus Boston College fr. 2B Blake Butera (Madisonville, La.), Sam Houston State jr. 3B Kevin Miller (Pearland, Texas) and three first basemen: New Mexico State sr. Kurt Snowley (Milwaukie, Ontario), Southern Mississippi jr. Blake Brown (Semmes, Ala.) and Virginia sr. Jared King (Radford, Va.)
The 16 Primetime honorees include four seniors, eight juniors, three sophomores and a freshmen – with three from Texas hometowns, two from South Carolina, and one each from Arizona, Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ontario, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.
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 success and potential 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 (2012; #6)
(March 19-25, 2012 … presented by CollegeBaseball360.com)
“It’s not so much what you do, as it is when you do it.”
Hit .529 (9-for-17) to lead sweep of 4-game series vs. cb360 #44 Hawaii (4-1, 4-0, 7-6, 9-3), with three home runs and seven RBI … his pair of hits on Friday included RBI single to open the series scoring in Bulldogs’ first trip to the plate … followed with strong doubleheader (4-for-8, 2 RBI, 3 R), with his home run pacing the game-1 shutout … hit 3-for-5 and went deep twice in the series finale, highlighted by an early 2-run blast to deep-center field (plus another 2-run shot) … riding a 9-game hitting streak while batting .366 for the season (19 RBI, 5 HR).
Powered Eagles to 10-0 win at cb360 #19 Mississippi, batting 3-for-5 with a home run and nearly another (tripled off wall in dead-center) en route to three RBI and a pair of runs scored … that 1st-inning triple led to him scoring the game’s first run at Ole Miss … also helped team take CUSA series from Houston (8-0, 17-2, 5-10) … matched his season home run total (3) during the week, highlighted by 2-run blast that started a 13-run explosion from Southern Miss in the 5th (he also doubled and scored in that “bakers-dozen” output) … collected hits in all four games while batting .353 during the week and totaling eight RBI (pushing his team-best total to 29) … launched 3-run HR in series finale vs. the Cougars.
His bases-loaded, game-winning single clinched series win over cb360 #15 Georgia Tech (15-7, 4-3, 1-2), with that clutch at-bat producing a 2-out, opposite-field single to right field … earlier had opened the series by batting 3-for-5 with an RBI, double and stolen base … added a hit in tight series finale … reached base seven times in the series (5-for-13, 2 BB) … totaled eight hits during team’s 3-1 week, including 3-for-5 effort in 8-5 win at Bryant (RBI, 2R, 2B).
Provided huge boost from bottom of the lineup in Bruins’ near-sweep of series vs. cb360 #27 Stetson that featured stunning game-1 blowout (23-4, 5-0, 4-5 in 10 inn.) … also played in 6-5 win at Western Kentucky, ultimately batting .533 during the week (8-for-15) with a 1.000 slugging pct. (2 HR, 2B) and nine RBI from the 9-hole … his career day (4-for-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI) sparked opening win over the Atlantic-Sun favorite Hatters.
Rose to the occasion vs. what likely will be the Terriers’ top opponent of the season, homering twice vs. cb360 #6 South Carolina – leading team to 5-4, 11-inning road victory (first win over a top-10 opponent in the program’s history) … also homered in series vs. one of SoCon’s top teams, Samford, as part of his 15 total bases during four-game week … launched 2-2 pitch over fence in left-center, for 3-2 deficit in top of 6th vs. two-time defending champ SC … later tied game on another 2-strike, 2-run blast, sending 1-2 pitch over leftfield fence for 4-4 game in 8th … reached base four times (BB, HBP) in the historic win over the Gamecocks.
Answered the bell in impressive fashion during his first start of the season, winning the series-deciding game vs. Atlantic-10 Conference favorite Charlotte (5-1), capping showdown weekend between the A-10’s top contenders … held 49ers to a lone run on six hots and no walks in eight full innings, with four strikeouts while facing only 27 batters (3 over the min.; 2 caught stealing, 1 DP) … also posted 1-2-3 relief inning (2 Ks) to help deliver 7-5 midweek win at Sacred Heart … struck out six batters and walked none during the week.
Played lead role in series win over cb360 #26 TCU (9-8, 4-5, 12-7), as Lobos surged past the Frogs atop the Mountain West standings … hit 5-for-12 in the three games – including strong effort in tense opener (2-for-4, RBI-3R-3B; scored tying run in 9th) … added 2-for-3 showing that nearly helped deliver game-2 win (2RBI-2R, HR, 2B … his 2nd-inning HR came with UNM facing an early 3-0 deficit … showed his defensive versatility by serving behind the plate in game-3, after playing in left field earlier in the series … scored pair of key runs in that final game, also gunning down a runner attempting to steal third base … reached base seven times in the series (BB, HBP), with only one strikeout.
Turned in eight strong innings to lead Volunteers in handing Kentucky (cb360 #9) its first loss of the season, in 4-1 series opener (‘Cats had started 22-0) … limited hot-hitting opponent to the lone run on three hits, with four strikeouts in outing that matched longest of his career … retired 21 of final 25 batters faced (after allowing 1st-inning run), with no Kentucky runners reaching second based during the 2nd-8th innings … has compiled a 2.92 season ERA and 4-1 record, with 30 strikeouts and only six walks in 37 innings (.221 opp. batting avg.).
Delivered win in 3-0 series finale at cb360 #14 Cal State Fullerton, after shutting down the Titans for 7.2 innings … allowed only five hits (all singles) and one walk, with six strikeouts while facing 29 batters, as ORU beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season … has recovered from late-Feb. back injury, with his season stats now including a 1.40 ERA and 2-1 record in 25.2 innings (16 Ks).
Hit .462 (6-for-13) during the week for Virginia team that enjoyed possibly its best weekend of the season, sweeping cb360 #33 Clemson (6-3, 5-1, 5-3) after 12-3 midweek win over VMI … condensed week also included Monday series finale at #4 Florida State (5-7) … reached base in nearly 60% of his plate appearances during the week (6 BB, HBP) while also leading team with eight RBI during the week … his career-best 4 RBI paced opening win over Clemson (3-for-4) … reached base safely in all five games and was on base 3-plus times in every game but one.
Key member of Bearkats team that swept cb360 #28 and Southland Conference favorite Texas State (4-3, 10-4, 5-2), batting .466 during 4-game week that included earlier battle vs. #29 Baylor … rapped four doubles during the series, with three RBI and error-free play at the hot corner … doubled three times as part of his strong game during series-clincher (4-for-5, RBI, 3 R).
Turned in strong game-1 outing vs. cb360 #32 California, sparking ASU to taking that Pac-12 series (5-1, 2-3, 9-6) … worked out of several jams while going the distance in that win, with six strikeouts in the complete game (8H, BB) … has won all four of his decisions this season, while totaling 39 strikeouts.
Followed up week in which he hit for the cycle (in game vs. Southeast Missouri State) by registering several top efforts, as NMSU fashioned 6-0 week that included pair of wins at cb360 #7 Arizona (7-4, 13-8) and then a 4-game sweep of Texas-Pam America (14-6, 11-9, 9-8, 19-2), which had won at Texas A&M the previous week … hit .524 (11-for-21) while appearing in the first five games of the week, reaching base 14 times (2 BB, HBP) with only one strikeout … amassed a 1.274 OPS (on-base plus slugging) during the week, for NMSU squad that has won 12 straight and owns the nation’s best team on-base pct. (.443) … posted matching 3-hit games vs. Arizona, with an RBI, run scored and double in the opener (RBI-2R-2B in gm-2) … added a 4-for-5 showing in game-2 of UTPA series (2RBI-R-2B).
Repeat honoree on the CB360 Primetime Performers, after batting 5-for-12 in series win over cb360 #13 LSU (4-3, 3-2, 3-4 in 10 inn.) … had a home run, triple and double in the tightly-fought series … earlier hit 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored during midweek win over South Alabama … has team-best 15 multi-hit games this season … scored or drove in four of his team’s 10 runs during the weekend (3 RBI, 2 R, HR), as Auburn won the Tigers-vs.-Tigers series for the third straight season (had not happened since 1988-90) … leads SEC in overall on-base pct. (.536) and second in batting (.438), also ranking fourth in stolen bases (8) and seventh in slugging (.584) … has reached base safely in 20 straight games.
DUKE Von SCHAMANN
(Texas Tech … RHP … Jr./So. … Edmond, OK … #15)
Helped Red Raiders end recent slide with clutch series-opening win vs. cb360 #36 Oklahoma, going the distance in 6-1 win over the Sooners … scattered six hits and walked only one (with one hit-batter) in the 104-pitch outing, with three strikeouts … became first TT pitcher since 2009 to record a 9-inning complete game … located nearly 80% of his pitches for strikes (82).
Carried perfect game into the 8th and went on to complete solo shutout (4-0) in series shutout vs. cb360 #38 Pepperdine team that already had knocked off several top-25 opponents this season … faced three batters over the minimum (30), after allowing a pair of singles while another batter reached via error … totaled eight strikeouts in the 114-pitch outing … retired the first 21 batters he faced before leadoff batter in 8th reached on a throwing error that followed a strikeout … a weakly-hit infield single then ended the no-hitter … did not walk a batter, en route to fashioning the third complete game of his A&M career.
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