In just two games, Troutman racked up four hits, two doubles, six RBIs, two runs scored, a sacrifice fly and a stolen base to help lead Appalachian State to a pair of wins over archrival Western Carolina on Saturday and Sunday. After not being in the lineup for Wednesday's game versus East Tennessee State, Troutman went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in Saturday's 10-5 win over WCU and 2-for-3 with a walk, sac fly, double and three RBIs in Sunday's 10-9 triumph. The freshman from Rockwell, N.C., compiled a .571 batting average and an .857 slugging percentage for the week.
Collins picked up a win Friday night at Georgia Southern, limiting the Eagles to one unearned run over seven innings of work. He scattered three hits and struck out five while keeping the league's top-hitting team at bay throughout the contest. The junior from Barnwell, S.C., currently leads the SoCon with eight wins and 82.2 innings pitched this season, and his 2.94 ERA ranks seventh among all qualifying pitchers.
Other hitters receiving consideration were Wofford's David Roney, Georgia Southern's Victor Roache, The Citadel's Brad Felder, Samford's Brad Moss, College of Charleston's Jamie Holler, Elon's Sebastian Gomez, UNCG's Trevor Edwards and Western Carolina's Cameron Dullnig.
Other top performers among pitchers were Samford's Charles Basford, The Citadel's T.J. Clarkson, Elon's Thomas Girdwood, College of Charleston's David Peterson, Georgia Southern's Justin Hess and UNCG's Greg Smith.
2011 SoCon Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 21 Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
Feb. 28 Steve Cochrane, Georgia Southern
March 7 Neal Pritchard, Elon
March 14 Mac Doyle, Wofford
March 21 Saxon Butler, Samford
March 28 Mac Doyle, Wofford
April 4 Victor Roache, Georgia Southern
April 11 Daniel Aldrich, College of Charleston
April 18 Victor Roache, Georgia Southern
April 25 Stephen Notaro, Western Carolina
May 2 Matt Leeds, College of Charleston
Sebastian Gomez, Elon
May 9 Preston Troutman, Appalachian State
2011 SoCon Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 21 Tyler Wood, Furman
Feb. 28 Lawrence Pardo, Appalachian State
March 7 Chris Lamb, Davidson
March 14 Chris Beck, Georgia Southern
March 21 Dylan Cole, Furman
March 28 Lex Rutledge, Samford
April 4 Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State
April 11 Nathan Hyatt, Appalachian State
April 18 Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State
Logan Cribb, The Citadel
April 25 Taylor Miller, Appalachian State
May 2 Thomas Girdwood, Elon
May 9 Cash Collins, Wofford