March 11, 2015 Players of the Week


National Player
Nate Palace (Westlake Village, Calif.)

Valparaiso sophomore first baseman


Palace went 9 for 24 (.375) with three doubles, four homers, 12 runs and 17 RBI as the Crusaders went 3-2 against Western Carolina and USC Upstate. He entered with two RBI in his first six games before his big week.


National Pitcher
Taylor Clarke (Ashburn, Va.)

College of Charleston junior right-hander


Clarke tossed his first nine-inning complete game and struck out a school-record 18 batters in a 3-1 win over Radford. He allowed one run on five hits with no walks, striking out at least two batters in seven innings. Regional Players of the Week


Northeast Player
Ryan Welling (Baltimore, Md.)
La Salle senior catcher


Welling went 10 for 15 (.667) with a homer, three doubles and nine RBI as La Salle won two of three at UNC Asheville.


Northeast Pitcher
Nick Gruener (Miami, Fla.)

Harvard sophomore right-hander


Gruener allowed just one run on three hits and struck out four as Harvard knocked off Mercer in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.


Southeast Player
Will Craig (Johnson City, Tenn.)

Wake Forest sophomore infielder/designated hitter


Craig hit .562 with three homers and seven RBI as the Demon Deacons went 3-1 against UNC Greensboro and Virginia Tech. Craig entered this week leading the ACC in average, RBI, slugging, total bases and doubles.


Southeast Pitchers
Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.)

UConn senior right-hander


Cross tossed a complete game against FIU, allowing one run on two hits and striking out 15.


T.J. Zeuch (Mason, Ohio)

Pitt sophomore right-hander


Zeuch turned in eight shutout innings with four hits, no walks and eight strikeouts as the Panthers edged top-ranked Virginia 1-0.


Central Player
Kyle Wood (Orland Park, Ill.)

Purdue junior first baseman


Wood went 9 for 11 with two homers and seven RBI in three games against Oklahoma, totaling an .846 OBA and 1.455 slugging percentage.


Central Pitcher
Alex Young (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.)

TCU junior left-hander


Young picked up two wins on the week, tossing two innings in relief against No. 13 Rice and eight innings in a win over No. 6 UCLA. On the week, he allowed five hits and one run and struck out 12 in 10 innings.


West Player
Collin Ferguson (Santa Cruz, Calif.)

Saint Mary’s senior first baseman


Ferguson went 10 for 17 (.588) with three homers, three doubles, nine runs and nine RBI in extending his hitting streak to 15 games and helping the Gaels to three wins in four games at Utah Valley.


West Pitchers
Thomas Eshelman (Carlsbad, Calif.)

Cal State Fullerton junior right-hander


Eshelman was brilliant in a 4-0 complete-game win over No. 7 Texas Tech, allowing five hits and striking out a career-best 14.


Andrew Moore (Eugene, Ore.)

Oregon State junior right-hander


Moore allowed three hits and a run and struck out 10 in a 10-inning no-decision against Fresno State.