GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina junior Kevin Brandt was named to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Team the organization announced on March 24. For Brandt it is his second career honor and first of the 2011 season.
The Fuquay Varina, N.C. native, who also earned Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors, had a pair of outstanding pitching performances last week helping the Pirates to a perfect 5-0 record including their fifth shutout of the 2011 season.
Brandt appeared in two games on the week, including making his second start of the season. The southpaw worked a total of 12.2 innings with 18 strikeouts, one walk and one unearned run on five hits in his two outings.
Against Elon, he worked 5.2 innings of relief with six strikeouts, walked one and allowed one run (unearned) on three hits in ECU's 4-3 extra inning win.
He followed that with a career-best 12 strikeouts in 7.0 shutout innings against Rutgers in the Pirates' weekend series sweep. Brandt faced one over the minimum (22 batters), fanned at least one hitter in all seven innings and had two punch outs in four of seven frames. It was his longest scoreless outing since his freshman season when he held No. 1 North Carolina (4/22/09) without a run over 8.1 innings in a 4-0 win. The 12 punch outs was also his third double-digit strikeout performance of his career.
Brandt is the second Pirate to earn CBF National All-Star honor this season following Seth Maness' (Mar. 9) complete game shutout performance against Pepperdine on March 4.
March 24, 2011 National All-Star Lineup
Kevin Brandt - East Carolina, Junior
Pitched a total of 12.2 innings, recording 18 strikeouts, one walk, and one unearned run on five hits. Against Elon, Brandt threw 5.2 innings of relief with 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 1 unearned run. The junior followed that with a career-best 12 strikeouts in 7.0 shutout innings against Rutgers.
Eric Bryce - Buffalo, Senior
Hit .583 (7 for 12) for the week with 5 home runs. Bryce drove in 10 and scored 7 runs himself. The senior hit two homers in Friday's win and two more in a comeback win on Sunday.
David Chester - Pittsburgh, Senior
Hit .435 (10 for 23) with 4 homers, 11 RBI, and 8 runs scored. Chester drove in 3 runs in three games to help the Panthers to a 4-2 record.
Dylan Cole - Furman, Sophomore
Picked up three saves and a win to help the Paladins to a 4-0 week in wins over South Carolina and Wofford. Cole threw 5.0 innings, allowing just three hits, two walks, and struck out 5.
Jonas Dufek - Creighton, Senior
Threw the first complete game for the Jays in a 1-0 win over Valparaiso. Dufek struck out 13, giving up just two hits and one walk in the 29 batters faced.
Mike Francisco - Villanova, Senior
Pitched 3.1 innings with no hits, no runs, and 6 strikeouts to earn three saves in three appearances over the week to help Villanova to a 4-1 record.
Sam Gaviglio - Oregon State, Junior
Gaviglio faced just one over the minimum and struck out 14, the most in a game by an OSU pitcher in a decade. The complete-game shutout was his second of the season and extended his scoreless inning streak to 38 innings.
Alex Gillingham - Loyola Marymount, Junior
Recorded a complete-game shutout over ranked UC Irvine on Saturday. Gillingham struck out 11, walking just one and giving up just 3 hits. The junior retired 17 straight batters from the first to the seventh inning.
Stephen Hagen - Texas Tech, Junior
Hit .500 (9 for 18) with three multi-hit games to help the Red Raiders to a series win over ranked Baylor. Hagen finished the week with three doubles, five RBI, six runs scored, and two home runs.
Kyle Hendricks - Dartmouth, Junior
Struck out 15 in 7 innings pitched to set a career record and break a 39 year old school record. Hendricks struck out at least one batter in each inning, striking out the side twice.
Casey McElroy - Auburn, Junior
Hit .615 with a double, 2 homers, 6 runs scored, and 5 RBI as Auburn took the series over ranked Arkansas for the first time since 2005. McElroy homered with two outs in the fifth on Friday to give Auburn a 5-4 lead and then homered to lead off the third on Sunday to give Auburn a 3-1 lead.
Kevin Quackenbush - South Florida, Senior
Registered 3 saves in 4 appearances. Quackenbush threw 5.0 innings with no hits, no runs, and 8 strikeouts.
Bo Reeder - East Tennessee State, Junior
Makes his second appearance on the National All-star Lineup by going 8 for 19 (.421) with 11 RBI, 9 runs, and 5 homeruns last week. Reeder also made two trips to the mound picking up two saves while striking out four.
Michael Rocha -Oklahoma, Senior
Tossed 8.2 shutout innings giving up just three hits against ranked Texas A&M. Rocha recorded his fifth win in five starts and struck out 13 without issuing a walk.
Zach Spahn - Coppin State, Freshman
Hit .545 with a double, 7 RBI, 3 home runs, and 6 runs scored over five games. Spahn also picked up a pitching win in a complete game victory over Savannah State.
Frankie Vanderka - Stony Brook, Freshman
Threw the first no-hitter in Stony Brook history Friday evening against NJIT. Vanderka threw a complete game nine inning effort, striking out 13 and walking just two.
Steve Smith - Baylor
Reached his 600th career win as the Bears defeated Florida International 7-6 in the mid-week game.
Ritch Price - Kansas
Earned his 500th D-I win in the Jayhawks 5-3 mid-week victory over University of Arkansas-Little Rock.