Each week, NCAA.com will select three top performers from the 302 Division I college baseball teams whose performances stood out among the rest.
Oklahoma’s Kolbey Carpenter might want to play in Arizona more often. He started five games during the week including starts at first base, second base and left field and slugged 1.176 with three home runs while driving in nine runs to go with a double and a triple.
Carpenter had a hit in every game of the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge, including the junior’s first career multi-home run game when he blasted two long balls against Utah on Sunday which tied the game in the second inning and gave the Sooners the lead in the seventh. Carpenter leads Oklahoma with his .400 batting average, four home runs and 11 RBI in 10 games. As one of the Sooners most versatile players, Carpenter has already surpassed his 2014 home run total of three and needs just 13 RBI to match his freshman total of 24. Carpenter will look to continue his hot start against BYU this weekend when the Cougars head to Norman for a four-game set.
Preston Morrison has showed no rust coming out of the gates in 2015 as TCU’s ace has yet to give up a run in two starts (16 innings). One of the best starts of his four-year career came against Arizona State on Friday. Morrison was fantastic in tossing his fifth career complete-game shutout in Tempe against a highly-ranked Sun Devils team. After facing five batters in the first inning, the senior allowed just two hits in the final eight innings. The Sun Devils had just four base runners in the contest and only one in scoring position as Morrison retired 23 of the final 25 batters he faced. Morrison moved into a tie for third all-time with Kyle Winkler and Scott Atchison with his 27th career victory. He will look to continue his stellar start this weekend when slow-starting Cal Poly comes calling. The Mustangs are off to a 1-6 start and hitting just .264 as a team.
Brandon Soat hit one home run and drove in 33 runs in his first two seasons at IPFW. In Sunday’s doubleheader alone, he surpassed that home run total and totaled nearly a third of his career RBI in two high-scoring wins against Murray State in Emerson, Georgia. The junior was 8-for-12 at the plate on the day, scoring eight times and driving in 10 runs which included a game-winning two-run double in a 12-11 victory. In all, the Mastodons batted .448 on the day, with 39 hits in 87 at-bats and a team slugging percentage of .667. The 20 runs scored in the second game against the Racers are the most for IPFW since April 6, 2010 when the team scored 21 runs against Chicago State. The sweep improved the team to 5-2 — tied for the second-best start in program history, behind only the 6-1 start in 1977.