Georgia Tech Corner Infielder Matt Skole, N.C. State Ace Cory Mazzoni Lead Week-6 Primetime Performers

March 30, 2011

A pair of ACC standouts – Georgia Tech corner infielder Matt Skole (Woodstock, Ga.) and North Carolina State ace righthander Cory Mazzoni (Evans City, Pa.) – lead the way among the CB360 week-6 Primetime Performers for Division I baseball (March 21-27).   front-page photo courtesy of Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech's Matt Skole

Skole is the the Primetime Player of the Week and Mazzoni the Primetime Pitcher for the week of March 21-27, as selected by Nine other players round out the week-6 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (listed below).

N.C. State's Cory Mazzoni

SKOLE was an all-around offensive force while batting out of the 3-hole during a 4-0 week (8-3 at rival Georgia; 8-3, 12-3 in 10 inn., and 3-1 sweep at #30 Miami), as the Yellow Jackets pushed their win streak to 16 games. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound lefthanded batter hit at a .579 clip during the week (11-for-19), with a gaudy 1.689 OPS (.636 on-base pct. plus 1.053 slugging). His 20 total bases included a pair of home runs (one a grand slam) and three doubles while he factored into 13 of his team’s run (11 RBI, 4 R) and reached base 14 times, with three walks.

In the rivalry showdown at Georgia, Skole hit 5-for-5 with 8 RBI and the pair of home runs. He added a pair of multiple-hit games while batting .429 in the three games at Miami (3 RBI, 3 2B), as the Jackets swept a road series from Miami for the first time since 1967. Skole’s clutch RBI double broke a 1-1 tie in the 9th inning of the series finale, securing the sweep and keeping the win streak alive.

MAZZONI outdueled Clemson ace Scott Weismann in the 4-0 series opener, with the 4-hit shutout vaulting the Wolfpack on to a series victory over the #16 Tigers. It was the first shutout posted by N.C. State since a combined shutout vs. Texas in 2004. The 6-1, 195-pound righthander matched his career high with 10 strikeouts in the impressive series opener, while facing only 35 batters, with a pair of walks. Clemson ranks among the nation’s top offenses, currently owning a .318 team batting average while averaging nearly eight runs scored per game.

Clemson managed a 2-out double by Jeff Schaus in the opening frame and Richie Shaffer had a leadoff single up the middle in the 2nd – but Mazzoni then retired 16 consecutive batters (and 20 of the next 21). The Tigers tried to rally, loading the bases with 2-outs in the 8th, but Schaus popped up to shortstop to extend the shutout. Two runners were aboard in the 9th, but Mazzoni closed things out on a Will Lamb groundout and Jason Stolz flyout to right field.

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.

Note – CB360 is planning to post additional information and photos to this release (check back later for full Primetime tribute pages covering the past few weeks).

(week of March 21-27, 2011 … presented by

“It’s not so much what you do, as it is when you do it.”

Ben Carhart (Stetson .. 3B … Jr. … Royal Palm Beach, FL … 5-11/180 … Bats: R … 3-hole … #22)
Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga … LHP … Fr. … Fort Collins, CO … 6-1/185 … #7)
Garvin Grayson (Vanderbilt … LHP .. Jr. … Suwanee, GA … 6-6/220 … #28)
*Cory Mazzoni (North Carolina State … RHP … Jr. … Evans City, PA … 6-1/195 … #39)
Peter Mooney (South Carolina … SS … Jr. … Loxahatchee, FL … 5-7/160 … Bats: L … 2-hole … #6)
Daryl Norris (Mississippi State … 1B/RHP … Fr. … Fairhope, AL … 6-1/220 … Bats: R … cleanup/6-hole … #5)
Mason Radeke (Cal Poly … RHP … Jr. … Santa Barbara, CA … 6-1/185 … #29)
Hudson Randall (Florida … RHP … So. … Atlanta, GA … 6-3/185 … #11)
Ronnie Richardson (Central Florida … CF … So. … Eagle  Lake, FL … 5-7/175 … #2)
*Matt Skole (Georgia Tech … 3B/1B … Jr. … Woodstock, GA … 6-4/225 … Bats: L … 3-hole … #16)
Mike Strong (Oklahoma State .. LHP … Sr. … Afton, MN … 6-0/190 … #23)
* Skole is the CB360 Primetime Player of the Week and Mazzoni the Primetime Pitcher of the Week

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