Eye on the Golden Spikes - Player of the Week

USA Baseball is keeping an eye on one college baseball player each week in anticipation of the Golden Spikes Award to be given out at the conclusion of the season.

Weekly winners

Buster Posey

POSITION: C
CLASS: Junior
SCHOOL: Florida State University
STATS: 4 G, 13 AB, 5 R, 6 H, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
4 BB, .461/.588/1.077
WINNING WEEK: May 12-18


On Monday, May 12, Junior Buster Posey played all nine positions for Florida State in a 10-0 victory over Savannah State. During the game, Posey was 1-3 with a grand slam, two walks and two runs scored. Also, on Friday, May 16, Posey scored Florida Stateís lone run and recorded the save in the Seminoles 1-0 victory over NC State. For the year Posey is hitting .471 with 17 HR and 68 RBI.

Brian Matusz

POSITION: LHP
CLASS: Junior
SCHOOL: University of San Diego
STATS: 1-0, 2.16 ERA, 8 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 14 K
WINNING WEEK: May 5-11


On Friday, May 9, University of San Diegoís Brian Matusz threw 8 1/3 innings in a 4-2 victory over the University of San Francisco. The junior left-hander held the Dons to seven hits and two earned runs while walking none and fanning 14. For the season, Matusz is 10-2 with a 2.05 ERA. He has 122 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched.

Rob Musgrave

POSITION: LHP
CLASS: Senior
SCHOOL: Wichita State University
STATS: 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
WINNING WEEK: April 28-May 4


On Friday, May 2, Wichita Stateís Rob Musgrave threw a complete game and came away with a 6-1 victory over Northern Iowa. The senior left-hander held the Panthers to five hits and one earned run while walking one and fanning 12. For the season, Musgrave is 7-1 with a 2.49 ERA. He has 75 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched.

Chris Hernandez

POSITION: LHP
CLASS: Freshman
SCHOOL: University of Miami
STATS: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
WINNING WEEK: April 21-27


Chris Hernandez, a freshman left-hander from Miami (Fla.) matched a career-high 11 strikeouts in a career-long eight-inning outing to lead No. 1 Miami to a series opening win over No. 16 Virginia. He struck out eight of the first 11 batters he faced and retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced as he two-hit the Cavaliers through eight innings in a 1-0 Hurricanes win. Hernandez improved to 7-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.77 as he has won six of his eight ACC starts. Opponents are hitting .200 against him.

Justin Smoak

POSITION: 1B
CLASS: Junior
SCHOOL: University of South Carolina
STATS: 5 G, 22 AB, 5 R, 11 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI
1 BB, 1 CS, .500/.522/1.045
WINNING WEEK: April 14-20


Junior first baseman Justin Smoak tied two single-game school records with three homers and nine RBIs as South Carolina defeated USC Upstate, 14-4, on Tuesday evening at Sarge Frye Field. Smoak finished 3-for-5 on the evening as he became the 12th player in school history to blast three homers in one game. His RBI total of nine marked only the fifth time in school history that the feat had been achieved. For the week, Smoak hit .500 with three homeruns, three doubles, 11 RBIs and 23 total bases.

Jacob Priday

POSITION: OF
CLASS: Senior
SCHOOL: University of Missouri
STATS: 4 G, 15 AB, 10 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI
.533/.650/1.600
WINNING WEEK: April 7-13


Missouri senior Jacob Priday set a Big 12 Conference record with four home runs in Missouriís 31-12 win over Texas on Friday. In the series opener, Priday went 5-for-5 and set the single-game school record with four home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored. The four home runs are the most ever in the Big 12 Conference and are tied for third most in NCAA history. For the season, Priday leads the team with a .347 average, 11 home runs and 45 RBI.

Stephen Strasburg

POSITION: RHP
CLASS: Sophomore
SCHOOL: San Diego State University
STATS: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 IP, 1 BB, 23 K, 1 H, 0 ER
WINNING WEEK: April 7-13


San Diego State sophomore right-hander Stephen Strasburg etched his name in the record books as he struck out 23 batters in the Aztecs' 1-0 win over Utah Friday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Strasburg set both the SDSU and Mountain West Conference marks for strikeouts in a game as he allowed only four baserunners on the night, none of whom passed second base. On the night, Strasburg gave up only a single hit and one walk in the complete game shutout. For the season, Strasburg is 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA. He has struck out 73 batters in 50 1/3 innings pitched.

Aaron Crow

POSITION: RHP
CLASS: Junior
SCHOOL: University of Missouri
STATS: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 IP, 0 BB, 7 K, 8 H, 0 ER
WINNING WEEK: March 31-April 6


Aaron Crow recorded his third complete-game shutout of the season and extended his scoreless innings streak to 42 2/3 innings in No. 4 Missouriís win over Oklahoma State last Friday. Crow struck out seven and did not walk a batter to improve to 7-0 on the year. He has not allowed a run in Big 12 Conference play this year and has only give up four runs in 52 innings pitched this season for a 0.69 ERA. His last run allowed came in his second start of the year, against Cal on Feb. 29. He has recorded the victory in each of his seven starts this season.

Josh Romanski

POSITION: LHP/OF
CLASS: Junior
SCHOOL: University of San Diego
STATS: 1-0, 1.10 ERA, 16 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 14 K, 7 H, 2 ER
WINNING WEEK: March 24-30


On Mar. 24, University of San Diego Lefty Josh Romanski was a hit-by-pitch away from a perfect game, as he tossed a complete-game no hitter against Harvard. In the contest, Romanski struck out eight and did not allow a walk. Overall for the week, Romanski was 1-0 in two games started against Harvard and Santa Clara. In 16 1/3 innings pitched he compiled a 1.10 ERA and 14 strikeouts while issuing only one walk. Romanski also plays outfield for the Toreros and is hitting .304 for the season.

Doug Hogan

POSITION: C
CLASS: Senior
SCHOOL: Clemson University
STATS: 5 G, 20 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI
2 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS, .400/.455/1.050
WINNING WEEK: March 17-23


Senior catcher Doug Hogan played a large part in the Clemson Tigers' 4-1 record last week. The right-handed Hogan hit two home runs in back-to-back games against No. 21 Coastal Carolina and Furman. Hogan's homeruns, which came in two Clemson victories, included two two-run homeruns, a three-run homerun and a grand slam. For the week, seven of Hoganís eight hits were extra-base hits. He led the team with 24 total bases and six runs scored on the week as well.

Brett Wallace

POSITION: 3B
CLASS: Junior
SCHOOL: Arizona State University
STATS: 5 G, 20 AB, 8 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
2 BB, 1 K, .500/.565/1.050
WINNING WEEK: March 10-16


Brett Wallace, the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year, led the top-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils to an undefeated record of 5-0 this week in wins over Arkansas and Troy (Ala.). In 20 at-bats, the junior third baseman cranked out 10 hits, including two homeruns, two triples and a double. Along with his six RBI, Brett also managed to hit for 21 total bases.

Preston Guilmet

POSITION: RHP
CLASS: Sophomore
SCHOOL: University of Arizona
STATS: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 IP, 0 BB, 12 K, 4 H
WINNING WEEK: March 3-9


On March 7 at the Whataburger Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Arizona All-American Preston Guilmet struck out 12 batters in eight scoreless innings of work in an 18-0 win over South Alabama. The right-hander scattered four hits and did not give up a walk in the contest. Guilmet struck out the six batters he faced in the fourth and fifth frames, and he did not allow a hit over his final 5 1/3 innings.

Jacob Thompson

POSITION: RHP
CLASS: Junior
SCHOOL: University of Virginia
STATS: 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 IP, 5 BB, 16 K, .186 BAA
WINNING WEEK: Feb. 22-March 2


On Feb. 29, in only his second start of the season, University of Virginia right-handed pitcher Jacob Thompson picked up his 23rd career victory in a 17-2 defeat of Siena, setting the record for career wins at the university. So far this season, Jacob Thompson is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has struck out 16 batters in 12 innings pitched, and his opponents are hitting only .186 against him.