March 12, 2008 National Player of the Week


Aaron Murphree (Weatherford, Texas)

Arkansas senior first baseman/outfielder

Murphree posted staggering numbers last week, blasting eight home runs in six games with 13 runs and 15 RBI. He has gone deep in a school-record six straight games, all victories for the Razorbacks. Murphree batted .524 (11-24) and his on-base percentage was .660. Murphree also had three steals. He batted .667 (6-9) with three homers and seven RBI in a doubleheader with South Dakota State. Murphree homered five times in three games against Siena.


Steve Winkelmann (Omaha, Neb.)

Creighton senior third baseman


Winkelmann drove in 17 runners on eight hits in the Bluejays’ five games last week. He had three home runs and two doubles. The former junior college player of the year had eight RBI in a Wednesday doubleheader against Memphis, including a grand slam in Game 1 and a three-run shot in the nightcap. In the Rice Classic, Winkelmann had a three-run double against Western Carolina on Friday, five RBI vs. Michigan State on Saturday and homered against the host Owls on Sunday.


Regional Players of the Week



Mike Sheridan (Washington, D.C.)

William & Mary junior first baseman


Sheridan hit .706 (12-17) in five games with the Tribe winning four. He smacked two home runs and drove in 10. Sheridan scored nine and had two steals. In a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series with Hofstra, Sheridan was 9-10 with two homers, seven runs and 10 RBI. In a 21-6 win over the Pride, he went 4 for 5 with a home run, seven RBI and four runs.



Clayton Shunick (Alpharetta, Ga.)

NC State junior pitcher


Shunick worked eight innings with nine strikeouts, both career highs, in a 2-0 victory over nationally-ranked Virginia in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He allowed three hit and walked one. It was the third appearance of the season and his first start. In 2008, Shunick has allowed one unearned run in 17 innings with 10 hits, one walk and 18 strikeouts.



Shooter Hunt (Wyckoff, N.J.) 

Tulane junior pitcher


Hunt did not allow a run in seven innings and struck out 11 as the Green Wave registered a 2-0 victory over nationally-ranked UC Irvine, handing the Anteaters their first loss of the season. Hunt allowed one hit and only two runners reached second base. He fanned at least one batter in each inning. Hunt improved his record to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.95.


Ike Davis (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Arizona State junior first baseman and pitcher

Davis helped the Sun Devils remain undefeated with his work at the plate and on the mound. He batted .450 (9-20) in five games with two homers, nine runs and seven RBI. The lefty also pitched twice. Davis earned the victory on Saturday against Massachusetts, striking out the four batters he faced. Also in that Saturday win against the Minutemen, Davis recorded the first multi-homer game of his career.


Note - regional players of the week are chosen based on their conference affiliation. To see our list of regions, click here.