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Coca Cola Pitcher and Player of the Week #3

07/03/2011 12:53 PM

Article By: Mike Campbell

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Tony Bucciferro / Photo by SportsPix 2011

COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK:

Tony Bucciferro, Brewster RHP


     Tony Bucciferro (Michigan State) has been named Coca Cola Pitcher and Player of the Week for a dominant one-hit performance against the Commodores this week. Bucciferro was nearly flawless over seven innings, allowing only one base runner and surrendering no runs over seven innings. He struck out five over seven innings.

     Bucciferro is helping carry the torch from the 2010 Whitecaps rotation, which boasted two of the best pitchers in the league in Andrew Gagnon (Long Beach State) and Red Sox draftee Anthony Ranaudo (LSU). Bucciferro’s 1.48 earned run average currently ranks fifth-best in the league.

     Bucciferro is a junior at Michigan State, where he posted an 8-3 record and a 3.38 earned run average last year. He had great success last summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, where his .82 earned run average secured him first team All-League honors.

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Mason Katz / Photo by SportsPix 2011

COCA COLA PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
 
Mason Katz, Y-D OF

     Y-D’s traditionally strong lineup has its first Player of the Week recipient in outfielder Mason Katz (LSU). Katz failed to record a hit in only one game this week, racking up eight hits—five of them for extra bases—and four walks in six games. Katz also drove in five runs this week to bring his season total to 10, only two behind league leader Travis Jankowski (Stony Brook).

     Katz is a highly-touted sophomore at NCAA powerhouse LSU. In his first season as full-time starter, Katz hit .337 and led the team with 21 doubles.