June 2, 2011
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Eastern Connecticut's Schult, Marietta's Gasser honored
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NCBWA ANNOUNCES DIVISION III AWARDS

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Eastern Connecticut State University outfielder Jim Schult (Sr., Wappingers Falls, N.Y./John Jay) has been named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division III Position Player of the Year, while Marietta College's Brian Gasser (Jr., New Philadelphia, Ohio/Indian Valley) earned that organization's NCAA Division III Pitcher of the Year honors.

Schult was named the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Player of the Year and first-team All-Little East Conference with a .392 batting average, 56 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 64 RBI, a .711 slugging percentage, a .478 on-base percentage and 20-of-21 stolen bases. He received two first-place votes and four second-place votes from a panel of sports information directors.

Gasser, who received five first-place votes and three second-place votes, was named D3baseball.com Pitcher of the Year and the Ohio Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year with a 13-0 record, a 1.09 earned run average, 2.51 walks per nine innings, 8.62 strikeouts per nine innings and a .157 opponent-batting average.

Position Players (in order of voting)

New England Region
Jim Schult, Outfielder, Eastern Connecticut State University (Sr., Wappingers Falls, N.Y./John Jay)
Named the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Player of the Year and first-team All-Little East Conference with a .392 batting average, 56 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 64 RBI, a .711 slugging percentage, a .478 on-base percentage and 20-of-21 stolen bases.

Mideast Region
John Snyder, Outfielder, Marietta College (Sr., Altoona, Pa./Altoona)
Named D3baseball.com first-team All-America and the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year with a .460 batting average (thru regional play), 44 runs scored, 20 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 58 RBI, a .681 slugging percentage, a .533 on-base percentage and 13-of-20 stolen bases.

Central Region
Brandon Rogalski, Outfielder, Washington University (Mo.) (Jr., Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando)
Named D3baseball.com first-team All-America and first-team All-University Athletic Association with a .438 batting average, 49 runs scored, 20 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 60 RBI, a .722 slugging percentage, a .470 on-base percentage and 28-of-31 stolen bases.

West Region
Kyle Felix, Catcher, Trinity University (Texas) (Sr., Woodside, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep)
Named D3baseball.com second-team All-America and first-team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a .365 batting average, 51 runs scored, 24 doubles, 14 home runs, 61 RBI, a .729 slugging percentage, a .443 on-base percentage and 14-of-17 stolen bases.

Midwest Region
Cody Koback, Outfielder, Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Jr., Plover, Wis./Stevens Point Area)
Named D3baseball.com second-team All-America and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Position Player of the Year with a .424 batting average, 71 runs scored, 11 doubles, seven triples, eight home runs, 47 RBI, a .701 slugging percentage, a .516 on-base percentage and 16-of-18 stolen bases.

South Region
Drew Leachman, Outfielder. Birmingham-Southern College (Sr., Mobile, Ala./McGill Toolen Catholic)
Named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year with a .451 batting average, 60 runs scored, 16 doubles, two triple, four home runs, 44 RBI, a .648 slugging percentage, a .521 on-base percentage and 18-of-20 stolen bases.

Mid-Atlantic Region
Michael Pascarella, Second Base, Pittsburgh-Bradford (Fr., Bradford, Pa./Bradford)
Named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year with a .464 batting average, 45 runs scored, six doubles, six triples, six home runs, 32 RBI, a .791 slugging percentage, a .558 on-base percentage and six-of-seven stolen bases.

New York Region
David Kinney, Third Base, Clarkson University (Jr., Mexico, N.Y./Mexico)
Named the Liberty League's Player of the Year with a .403 batting average, 39 runs scored, 19 doubles, two triples, six home runs, a .669 slugging percentage, a .460 on-base percentage and 16-of-16 stolen bases.

Pitchers (in order of voting)

Mideast Region
Brian Gasser, Marietta College (Jr., New Philadelphia, Ohio/Indian Valley)
Named D3baseball.com Pitcher of the Year and the Ohio Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year with a 13-0 record, a 1.09 earned run average, 2.51 walks per nine innings, 8.62 strikeouts per nine innings and a .157 opponent-batting average.

West Region
Brian Rauh, Chapman University (So., Lake Forest, Calif./Laguna Hills)
Named D3baseball.com first-team All-America and All-Independents Pitcher of the Year with an 11-0 record, a 1.71 earned run average, 2.37 walks per nine innings, 10.77 strikeouts per nine innings and a .176 opponent-batting average. The 2010 NCBWA national Pitcher of the Year.

Mid-Atlantic Region
Brendan Close, Moravian College (Jr., Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom)
Named D3baseball.com first-team All-America and the Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year with a 10-0 record, seven complete games, four shutouts, a 1.00 earned run average, 0.56 walks per nine innings, 11.17 strikeouts per nine innings and a .176 opponent-batting average.

South Region
Greg Van Sickler, Shenandoah University (Sr., Stephenson, Va./Wood)
Named D3baseball.com first-team All-America and USA South Athletic Conference Player/Pitcher of the Year with an 11-1 record, a 1.81 earned run average, 1.00 walks per nine innings, 8.34 strikeouts per nine innings and a .267 opponent-batting average…2010 NCBWA South Region Pitcher of the Year.

Midwest Region
Luke Westphal, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Jr., Clintonville, Wis./Clintonville)
Named D3baseball.com second-team All-America and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Pitcher of the Year with a 7-0 record, a 1.34 earned run average, five complete games, 2.09 walks per nine innings, 9.55 strikeouts per nine innings and a .184 opponent-batting average.

Central Region
Jason Pankau, Illinois Wesleyan University (Sr., Elmhurst, Ill./York)
Named D3baseball.com third-team All-America and the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's Pitcher of the Year with an 8-2 record, a 1.53 earned run average, 1.33 walks per nine innings, 9.10 strikeouts per nine innings and a .203 opponent batting average…2010 NCBWA Central Region “Pitcher of the Year.”

New England Region
Corey Batista, Bridgewater State University (Jr., Fall River, Mass./Bishop Connolly)
Named the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association with a 7-3 record, a 1.78 earned run average, 1.91 walks per nine innings, 10.07 strikeouts per nine innings and a .227 opponent-batting average.

New York Region
Justin D'Amato, St. John Fisher College (Fr., Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy)
Named the Empire 8 Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year with a 9-2 record, a 3.25 earned run average, 2.73 walks per nine innings, 10.78 strikeouts per nine innings and a .227 opponent-batting average.

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