National Collegiate Baseball Writers June 10, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Marovich
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WIAC pair tabbed as position player, pitcher of the year
NCBWA ANNOUNCES 2005
DIVISION III PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

DALLAS (NCBWA) Wisconsin-Stevens Point designated hitter Steve Wiczek (Sr., Stevens Point, Wis.) has been named 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division III Position Player of the Year, while fellow Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pitcher Greg Reinhard (Jr., Marinette, Wis.) from Wisconsin-Whitewater was named NCBWA NCAA Division III Pitcher of the Year.

Wiczek, with three of eight first-place votes, nipped College of Wooster shortstop Luke Ullman, 52-51, in the voting. Wiczek was named NCBWA Midwest Region Position Player of the Year and WIAC Co-Position Player of the Year with a .445 batting average (thru the NCAA regionals), 62 runs scored, 17 doubles, 18 home runs, 70 RBI, an .817 slugging percentage, a .520 on-base percentage and one stolen base in one attempt.

Reinhard, the NCBWA Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year and WIAC "Pitcher of the Year" went 11-0 (thru the NCAA regionals) with a 1.43 earned run average, 6 complete games, 3 shutouts, 139 strikeouts in 94.2 innings pitched (13.22 per nine innings) and a .136 opponent batting average. He received seven-of-eight first-place votes and won the award with 63 points, finishing well ahead of Rowan University's Josh Schwartz with 53 points.

The voting was conducted by the eight NCBWA NCAA Division III regional coordinators.

NCBWA Division III Regional Position Players of the Year

New England: Jeff Natale, 3B, Trinity, (Sr., Westminster, Conn.) ... New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year with a .448 batting average (thru the NCAA regionals), 52 runs scored, 17 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 50 RBI, a .762 slugging percentage, a .553 on-base percentage and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts.

New York: Rob Raux, C, Ithaca (Fr., Frankfort, N.Y.) ... Named first-team All-Empire 8 Conference, as well as the league's rookie of the year, with a .409 batting average (thru the NCAA regionals), 45 runs scored, 17 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 52 RBI, a .636 slugging percentage, a .475 on-base percentage and 14 stolen bases in 18 attempts.

Mid-Atlantic: Ian Hauze, SS, DeSales (Sr., Phoenixville, Pa.) ... Freedom Conference "Player of the Year" with a .450 batting average, 50 runs scored, 19 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 41 RBI, a .711 slugging percentage, a .500 on-base percentage and 11 stolen bases in 14 attempts.

South: Lucas Jones, OF, Lynchburg (Jr., Lynchburg, Va.) ... Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year with a .481 batting average, 36 runs scored, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 50 RBI, a .656 slugging percentage, a .535 on-base percentage and six stolen bases in nine attempts.

Mideast: Luke Ullman, SS, Wooster (Sr., Chagrin Falls) ... Named North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year with a .423 batting average (thru the NCAA regionals), 63 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 58 RBI, an .833 slugging percentage, a .515 on-base percentage and 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts.

Central: Jay Lavender, OF, Aurora (Sr., Oswego, Ill.) ... Named Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference Player of the Year with a .424 batting average, 52 runs scored, 18 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 60 RBI, a .747 slugging percentage, a .489 on-base percentage and 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts.

Midwest: Steve Wiczek, DH, Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Sr., Stevens Point, Wis.) ... Named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Co-Position Player of the Year with a .445 batting average (thru the NCAA regionals), 62 runs scored, 17 doubles, 18 home runs, 70 RBI, an .817 slugging percentage, a .520 on-base percentage and one stolen base in one attempt.

West: Tommy Paterson, OF, Linfield (Sr., McMinnville, Ore.) ... Northwest Conference "Player of the Year" with a .386 batting average (thru the NCAA regionals), 55 runs scored, 19 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, a .713 slugging percentage, a .460 on-base percentage and 20 stolen bases in 27 attempts.

NCBWA Division III Regional Pitchers of the Year

New England: Ryan DiPietro, Eastern Connecticut State (Jr., Kensington, Conn.) ... Little East Conference "Pitcher of the Year" with an 8-1 record, a 1.66 earned run average, one complete game, one shutout and 89 strikeouts in 70.1 innings pitched.

New York: Mike Burnett, SUNY-Cortland (Sr., Westfield, N.Y.) ... First-team All-State University of New York Athletic Conference with an 8-2 record (thru the NCAA regionals), a 1.55 earned run average, one complete game, 55 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched and a .204 opponent batting average.

Mid-Atlantic: Josh Schwartz, Rowan (Sr., Wenonah, N.J.) ... New Jersey Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year with an 11-0 record (thru the NCAA regionals), a 2.00 earned run average, four complete games, three shutouts, 71 strikeouts in 72.0 innings pitched and a .238 opponent batting average.

South: Kevin Foeman, Mary Washington (Jr., Andover, Minn.) ... Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year with 10-3 record (thru the NCAA regionals), a 1.93 earned run average, 9 complete games, 108 strikeouts in 102.2 innings pitched and a .211 opponent batting average.

Mideast: Jon Oliver, Wooster (West Chester, Ohio) ... North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year with 7-0 record (thru the NCAA regionals), a 1.88 earned run average, five complete games, three shutouts, 62 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched and a .189 opponent batting average.

Central: Cory Lapinski, Illinois Wesleyan (Jr., Niles, Ill.) ... College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Year with an 8-1 record (thru the NCAA regionals) , a 1.91 earned run average, two complete games, one shutout, 117 strikeouts in 66.0 innings pitched (15.95 per nine innings) and a .140 opponents' batting average.

Midwest: Greg Reinhard, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Jr., Marinette, Wis.) ... Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year with an 11-0 record (thru the NCAA regionals), a 1.43 earned run average, six complete games, three shutouts, 139 strikeouts in 94.2 innings pitched (13.22 per nine innings) and a .136 opponent batting average.

West: Alex Justus, Linfield (Sr., Bellevue, Wash.) ... Northwest Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year with an 11-1 record (thru the NCAA regionals), a 2.44 earned run average, six complete games, one shutout, 62 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched and a .247 opponent batting average.

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