April 27, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

YOU AGAIN? University of Central Florida junior second baseman Shane Brown was a familiar face on the base paths last week as he tied an NCAA record by reaching base 18 consecutive times as the Golden Knights posted a 3-1 mark.

Brown's streak started with a double in the seventh inning of a 13-12 victory versus Stetson on April 21, and concluded with three hits in his first three at bats against UAB on Sunday. He homered, doubled and singled before flying out in his fourth at bat to end the run.

The native of Winter Park, Fla., compiled a .722 batting average and 1.333 slugging percentage for the week along with 10 runs scored, five doubles and two home runs. Brown was selected Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, as well as Conference USA Hitter of the Week for his outstanding performances.

PATTON PENDING: Kent State climbed up two spots to No. 23 in the latest Baseball America Top 25 after turning in a 4-1 record with the help of an offensive explosion by senior outfielder Jason Patton last week.

The native of Massillon, Ohio, batted .500 with four home runs, including his first collegiate grand slam against Ohio. Patton's week was highlighted by career-highs of five hits and six runs scored against the in a 28-16 victory against Ohio on April 25, marking the first time since 1992 a KSU player scored six times in one game.

Patton was named a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for his performance.

BOUNCING BACK: After suffering a sweep at Texas two weekends ago and getting knocked out of first place in the Big 12 standings, Oklahoma showed its resiliency by winning three straight at No. 9 Baylor last week.

It was the first time since 2006 the Sooners swept a conference foe, and it was only the third time since 1998 that the Bears went winless on a weekend. The successful series allowed the Sooners to climb from fourth to second place in the league standings, and propelled them four spots to No. 9 in the latest Baseball America Top 25.

Junior shortstop Bryant Hernandez garnered Big 12 Player of the Week honors after hitting .353 with two home runs, five runs scored and five RBI. He paces the Sooners with 48 RBI on the year.

GO-TO GUY: LSU freshman Matty Ott notched a win and three saves in four appearances last week to help the Tigers to a flawless 5-0 week, including a sweep of Southeastern Conference foe Auburn.

The native of Metairie, La., struck out four batters and allowed just three hits in 5.2 scoreless innings, earning SEC Pitcher of the Week for his efforts. Ott collected two saves against Auburn, and sandwiched a 7-6 victory between them after tossing two shutout innings without giving up a hit.

With the sweep of Auburn, the Tigers moved into a tie for first place with Georgia in the overall SEC standings.

GAME BREAKER: Cal State Fullerton's Gary Brown delivered three game-winning or tie-breaking hits, along with a .476 batting average, as the Titans tore through five games last week.

The sophomore from Diamond Bar, Calif., ripped game-winning home runs in the final two games of a three-game series versus UC Davis. Brown was selected Big West Player of the Week for his contributions.