FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU junior Chris Sale has earned another pair of Player of the Week honors for his effort in the Blue and Green’s 1-0 win over Belmont last week. The lefty pitcher was named College Baseball Insider Regional Pitcher of the Week and to the week nine National All-Star Lineup by the College Baseball Foundation and Diamond Sports on Wednesday, April 28. These are the third and fourth weekly honors Sale has received, as he was named Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week and was one of seven ‘Louisville Slugger’ National Players of the Week.
The College Baseball Foundation will release its "National All-Star Lineup" each week, giving accolades to the past week’s top performers. The "National All-Star Lineup" is nominated by college coaches, staff, and baseball media contacts.
The A-Sun Preseason Pitcher of the Year, Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) set a new FGCU record with 15 strikeouts in a complete game one-hitter to lead the Eagles past Belmont, 1-0, on Friday, April 23 at Swanson Stadium.
Sale controlled the mound throughout the nine inning performance, allowing no runs to come across the plate on one hit while registering a record setting 15 strikeouts with only one walk. The junior lefty has already had two 14-strikeout performances this season, which placed him in a tie for the previous record with Chris Hassen (at Lock Haven, 3/14/2003). With the win, the Eagle ace’s record moved to 6-0 on the season with a team-leading 93 strikeouts and team-low nine walks.
Week 9 List
Chad Arnold - Washington State
Struck out a career best 11 batters in a complete game, giving up just five hits. Arnold allowed one earned run and three walks to earn the win for the Cougars.
Christian Bergman - UC Irvine
Threw a one hit complete game shutout against UC Davis. Bergman gave up a leadoff hit in the bottom of the 1st but went on to retire the next 26 batters faced, needing just 89 pitches to get the win.
Cole Green - Texas
Pitched his second consecutive complete game shutout, allowing just four hits, two walks, and no runs. Green struck out five and improved to 9-0 on the season with a 1.82 ERA.
Matt Harvey - North Carolina
Threw his first complete game, striking out 15 and only allowed six hits to lead the Tarheels to a win over ranked Clemson. The junior caught nine Clemson batters looking at a called third strike.
Joe Leonard - Pittsburgh
Went 16 for 25 (.640) with three doubles, a triple, three homeruns, twelve RBI, and nine runs scored. Leonard also picked up a save in the weekend series against West Virginia allowing no runs or walks and struck out two.
Kendall Lewis - Eastern Michigan
Pitched an 11-inning complete game in a win over Western Michigan. Lewis threw 138 pitches, giving up just 3 hits, one walk, and struck out 10.
Jake Magner - North Dakota
Set school records for home runs and RBI in a single game going 4 for 6 (.667) with 4 homers and 9 RBI in a win over NYIT. Magner hit .700 with six homers and 13 RBI in a Saturday doubleheader and became the first D-I player this season to hit four home runs in a game.
Joe Van Meter - Virginia Commonwealth
Batted .765 (13 for 17) with seven runs scored and 13 RBI over four games. The junior tied a school single-game record with three homers in a win over VMI and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Hunter Morris - Auburn
Went 8 for 13 (.615) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, seven runs scored, and nine RBI. Morris had the game winning RBI single in the seventh to help the Tigers to the series-clinching win over Kentucky.
Mike Olt - Connecticut
Hit .655 (19 for 29) with 5 doubles, 3 homers, 11 RBI, and 9 runs scored. Olt had at least two hits in all six games and had at least one extra-base hit in five of the six contests. UConn extended its winning streak to 21-the longest active streak in the nation.
Addison Reed - San Diego State
Gave up just three singles and no walks over nine innings in a series-opening win over Wagner. Reed went the distance in the shutout win, striking out 12 and faced just 2 over the minimum.
Chris Sale - Florida Gulf Coast
Set a school record with 15 strikeouts in a complete game one-hitter win over Belmont. Sale didn’t allow a run and gave up just one walk to go the distance for the Eagles.