Notebook: Berry Good
March 16, 2009
BERRY GOOD: Rice University's Ryan Berry became the first player Conference USA history to claim Pitcher of the Week honors in three straight weeks after the junior right-hander notched a 4-1 win over then-No. 20 San Diego on March 13.
Berry, who also garnered Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors, tossed a complete-game, one-hitter against USD for his third consecutive victory. The native of Humble, Texas, carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and no-hitter into the eighth.
Despite allowing a run against the Toreros, Berry extended his streak to 28.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, while striking out eight batters without a walk. In four starts this season, Berry has posted a 1.42 ERA and .088 batting average.
GOING, GOING, GONE: Alabama senior Kent Matthes garnered his second Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week award in the last three weeks after helping the Crimson Tide to a 4-1 record last week, which included a series win against previously unbeaten Georgia in Southeastern Conference play. Matthes belted home runs in four of Alabama's five games last week, batting .450 with 11 RBI in the five contests. He was also named SEC Player of the Week after hitting .385 with two homers and six RBI against the Bulldogs.
The native of Orlando, Fla., leads the nation with 13 home runs in 16 games. Matthes has blasted homers in 11 games this year, including two multi-home run contests. He is batting .444 and slugging 1.159 on the season.
PANTHERS POUNCE: Eastern Illinois took home the Bulls Baseball Classic title after posting a perfect 3-0 record at the tournament, including an 8-6 upset of then-No. 15 Oklahoma on March 15.
Senior outfielder Brett Nommensen batted .611 with three home runs, five RBI and two stolen bases for the week, earning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors. The native of Fox River Grove, Ill., recorded multiple hits in each game last week, and ripped two lead-off homers.
Sophomore right-hander Mike Recchia fanned four batters in a seven-inning outing against the Sooners to improve to 3-0 on the season for the Panthers' first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since 2007. The native of Crestwood, Ill., surrendered just one earned run in the appearance that earned him OVC Pitcher of the Week honors.
NOTABLE: Minnesota notched its first series victory against a ranked opponent since sweeping No. 19 Michigan in 2005 with two victories against No. 11 TCU last weekend. The Golden Gophers have matched the program's best 13-game start (10-3) and look to continue their winning streak against the Horned Frogs on March 16 ... New Mexico State shortstop Bryan Marquez garnered Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week after batting .600 with 13 RBI and four home runs in the Aggies' 4-1 week. The senior from Bonny Lake, Wash., belted two grand slams on the week, including one to tie the game in an eventual 10-inning win over Northern Colorado ... Coastal Carolina is off to its best start in program history after stretching its winning streak to 12 games with a 9-4 victory over UNC Asheville in the Chanticleers' Big South opening contest. The Chants moved up to No. 15 in the latest Baseball America Top 25 following the weekend ... Kansas State posted its second consecutive four-game sweep against Butler to improve to 15-3 on the year for the Wildcats' best start since 2006. The Wildcats racked up 50 runs on 56 hits in the series, and have tallied double-digit hits 10 times in the last 11 games.