Little Rock Pitcher Drinnen, LSU Third Baseman Hanover Top Primetime Performers (week-4)

March 16, 2011

Arkansas-Little Rock senior righthander Calvin Drinnen (Hayesville, Kan.) and LSU junior third baseman  Tyler Hanover (Kemmersvillem N.C.) lead the way on the week-4 CB360 Primetime Performers for Division I baseball, with Drinnen the Primetime Pitcher and Hanover the Primetime Player  for the week of March 7-13, as selected by  front-page photo courtesy of Arkansas-Little Rock

Arkansas-Little Rock's Calvin Drinnen

Note – additional information and photos are in the process of being added to this release (check back later for full Primetime tribute page).

Seven other players from around the nation  round out the week-4 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (listed below).

Drinnen delivered a 2-hit shutout at Oklahoma (#3 in the CB360 top-50), stopping a potent Sooners offense that entered the series leading the nation in team batting average (.383), runs scored (10.9/gm) and home runs (17, in 16 games). OU finished the day well below its eye-popping team standard, batting 2-for-28 (.071) against the veteran 6-foot-1, 215-pound lefty.

Drinnen’s 27 outs included six strikeuots and 11 others that came via groundballs, as he faced only 34 batters while working around five free passes (3 walks, 2 hit-batters).

LSU's Tyler Hanover

Hanover played a key role in #13 LSU sweeping its series against #7 Cal State Fullerton – helping return the Tigers to a spot among the nation’s top handful of teams. His production in those three games included seven times on-base (5-for-11, 2 walks). The spunky 5-6, 155-pounder factored into nine of his team’s runs (4 RBI, 5 runs scored) during the 7-6/7-6/10-2 sweep, adding a pair of stolen bases and a sacrifice bunt to his output from the 3-hole.

In the tight series opener, Hanover singled and scored during LSU’s 4-run bottom of the 8th (pushing the Tigers into the lead) to cap a 3-for-4 day (RBI, 2R, SB). One day later, it was Hanover’s bases-loaded walk (again in the 8th) that broke a tie and produced another thrilling 7-6 final (his day included 2RBI, 2R and a SB). Hanover closed the series with a single, walk, RBI, run scored and sac.-bunt in the 10-2 finale.

Earlier in the week, Hanover (1B, RBI, R, sac-fly) helped LSU win 6-1 over a Sacred Heart team that has posted four wins over CB360 top-50 teams during the past two weeks.

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.

The nine Primetime honorees include Virginia’s talented two-way player Danny Hultzen (LHP/1B), along with three other pitchers (2 RHPs and a LHP), plus a catcher, first baseman, third basemen and two outfielders (CF, LF).  The veteran group includes three seniors, four juniors and two sophomores – with the nine  hailing from eightdifferent home states: two from North Carolina, plus one each from California, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon and Texas.

Note – additional information and photos are in the process of being added to this release (check back later for full Primetime tribute page).

(week of March 7-13 2011 … presented by

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

Player (Pos.) … School … Yr. … Hometown … Stats & Notes
*Calvin Drinnen (Arkansas-Little Rock … RHP … Sr. … Haysville, KS … 6-1/215 … #29)
*Tyler Hanover (LSU … 3B … Jr. … Kemersville, NC … 5-6/155 … Bats: R … 3-hole … #11)
Danny Hultzen (Virginia … LHP/1B … Jr. … Bethesda, MD …  6-3/200 … Bats: L … cleanup … #23)
Tyler Joness (Long Island … C … Jr. … Stewartsville, NJ … 6-1/195 … Bats: R …3-hole … #16)
Logan Odom (USC … RHP … Sr. … Central Point, OR … 6-6/240 … #43)
Shawn Payne (Georgia Southern…CF…Sr…Stone Mt., GA…6-0/195…Bats: R…leadoff …#5)
David Pfunter (Houston Baptist … LF … Jr. … Bryan, TX … 5-11/190 … Bats: R … leadoff … #1)
Devin Rodriguez (California … 1B … So. … Newhall, CA … 6-2/210 … 5/6-hole … #33)
Alex Wood (Georgia … LHP … So. … Charlotte, NC … 6-4/215 … #33)
*Hanover is the CB360 Primetime Player of the Week and Drinnen the Primetime Pitcher of the Week.

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