Each week, NCAA.com will select three top performers from the 302 Division I college baseball teams whose performances stood out among the rest.
Tennessee Tech’s Chris Chism delivered one of the most dominating pitching performances of not only his career, but in program history. The right-hander led the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 victory against Tennessee-Martin Saturday evening, fanning 17 batters in a one-hit shutout.
Making his first start of the year in place of the injured Tech southpaw, John Gora, Chism channeled his first career performance against the Skyhawks just one year ago. Last season, he tossed a one-hit shutout against UT Martin, striking out a then career-high 10 opponents. Saturday, after Taylor Douglas to collect a lead-off single to open his night, Chism settled down significantly, retiring the next 23 batters he faced, amassing 13 strikeouts in that span. With his 17th punch-out of the night, Chism had completed his second career, one-hit shutout to guide the Golden Eagles to a huge series-opening victory and cement his place in program history. Chism’s 17 strikeouts marked the most by a Golden Eagle hurler in nearly 30 years, falling just short of the school record 19 by Todd Kemp.
East Carolina’s Luke Lowery helped the Pirates to a 4-1 week which included its first road non-conference sweep since 1966 in taking all three games at Elon. He batted .500 (9-for-18) with four home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs scored to go along with three walks, two hit by pitches and a pair of sacrifice flies. Lowery hit a home run in four of five games including one in all three games against the Phoenix pushing his season total to a league-best eight round trippers. Lowery collected three multi-hit games (seven this season), scored at least one run in all five contests and extended his current streak of at least one RBI to 11 games after driving in at least three in each game at Elon, including a career-best five in the series finale (four via a grand slam). Lowery slugged an impressive 1.222 on the week, while posting a .560 on-base percentage and tallying 22 total bases. Nine of his 13 RBI came with two outs, while he batted .500 (5-for-10) with two outs and advanced runners at a 68.8 percent clip (11-for-16).
Miami’s David Thompson hit an eye-popping .524 (11-for-21) to help the Hurricanes go 5-0 last week, including two doubles, three home runs and a team-high 13 RBI. Thompson’s walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning of game one keyed a three-game sweep of NC State, and he scored five runs during the course of the week. In a 15-4 win against FGCU on March 10, Thompson set career marks with four hits and six RBI and came just a triple shy of the cycle. For the season, he is hitting .354 (second on the team) with team-high totals of four home runs and 26 RBI.