Who’s Hot & Who’s Not (Week 10): Nick Sandlin Returns and Steele Walker Ignites

Southern Miss side-armer Nick Sandlin returned to the mound with a vengeance this weekend, quieting any concerns scouts may have had about his availability for the June draft, and his long-term health. After missing more than two weeks with shoulder tightness, he got right to work. He needed only 11 pitches to strike out the side in the first inning and went on to rack up 12 in just five innings. For the season, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 87-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

He wasn’t the only one to make a dazzling return to the diamond. Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal, who had missed all but six games due to a broken wrist, led the Beavers to a three-game sweep of rival Oregon, racking up five hits in 11 at-bats, “lowering” his average to .528 in the process.

It wasn’t Madrigal who was the top performer of the weekend though. That honor goes to Oklahoma outfielder Steele Walker, who racked up 11 hits in a three-game set against fourth-ranked Texas Tech. In game one, he almost single-handedly willed the Sooners to victory, going 3-for-5 with a double, a steal and a RBI. He was intentionally walked in the top of the 10th-inning, limiting his opportunity to do even more damage, and the Red Raiders scored two in the bottom half of the inning, including the game-winner on a balk. The following day he one-upped himself with a 4-for-5 effort that included a RBI-double in the second, and a solo homer in the fifth inning. Again, however, it was not enough as Tech rampaged to a 12-6 win.

The series finale saw the Sooners finally claim a win (12-5) as Walker again led the charge, going 4-for-6. He scored a run in the first inning, was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth, and slugged a two-run bomb in the eighth that extended the OU lead to 9-1.

After his stellar 11-for-16 performance this weekend, Walker is now hitting .373 with 11 homer and 42 RBI, while posting an insane .456/.551/.807 line in 14 conference games.

Pitchers (Hot)

RHP Jake Bird, UCLA: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, win (5-2)
RHP Logan Gilbert, Stetson: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 14 K, win (7-1)
RHP Justin Lewis, Kentucky: 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, win (7-2)
RHP Brady Singer, Florida: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, win (8-1)
RHP Ryley Gilliam, Clemson: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 saves (6,7)
RHP Nick Sandlin, Southern Miss: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, win (5-0)
RHP Chase Shugart, Texas: 7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, win (4-2)
RHP Patrick Raby, Vanderbilt: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, no-decision
RHP Connor Van Hoose, Bucknell: 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, win (6-4)
RHP Jake Irvin, Oklahoma: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, no-decision
RHP Jackson Goddard, Kansas: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, no-decision
LHP Andrew Quezada, Cal State Fullerton: 9.0 IP, 11 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, win (2-4)
LHP Carson Teel, Oklahoma State: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, win (5-2)
LHP Hogan Harris, Louisiana Lafayette: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, win (3-1)
LHP Luke Heimlich, Oregon State: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, win (9-1)
LHP Trey Cumbie, Houston: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, win (4-2)
LHP Shane McClanahan, South Florida: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, loss (4-5)
LHP John Rooney, Hofstra: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, win (6-0)

Pitchers (Not)

RHP Kyle Bradish, New Mexico State: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 6 K, loss (5-2)
RHP Devon Perez, Oklahoma: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, loss (4-1)
RHP Tristan Polley, Indiana State: 5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, no-decision

Hitters (Hot)

C Kekai Rios, Hawaii: 6-for-12 (.500), 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
C Mickey Gasper, Bryant: 7-for-13 (.538), 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
INF Alfonso Rivas III, Arizona: 5-for-12 (.417), 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
INF Nick Dunn, Maryland: 7-for-15 (.467), 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
INF Nick Madrigal, Oregon State: 5-for-11 (.455), 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
INF Ford Proctor, Rice: 7-for-15 (.467), 5 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
INF Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State: 6-for-12 (.500), 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
OF Tanner Dodson, California: 5-for-10 (.500), 5 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
OF Steele Walker, Oklahoma: 11-for-16 (.688), 3 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
OF Carlos Cortes, South Carolina: 5-for-11 (.455), 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB
OF Daniel Keating, Southern Miss: 6-for-12 (.500), 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
OF Griffin Conine, Duke: 5-for-11 (.455), 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Gage Canning, Arizona State: 7-for-15 (.467), 5 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
OF Devlin Granberg, Dallas Baptist: 6-for-13 (.462), 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Josh McLain, North Carolina State: 7-for-13 (.538), 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI

Hitters (Not)

C Brett Bond, Missouri: 1 for-11 (.091), 1 R, 6 K
INF Johnny Aiello, Wake Forest: 1-for-10 (.100), 1 R, 1 RBI, 6 K
INF Connor Kaiser, Vanderbilt: 1-for-13 (.077), 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
OF Johnny Rizer, Texas Christian: 1-for-10 (.100), 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K
OF Jimmy Herron, Duke: 2-for-13 (.154), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
OF Antoine Duplantis, Louisiana State: 1-for-13 (.077), 1 K
OF Cody Farhat, Texas Tech: 1-for-11 (.091), 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB

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