March 27, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
Grinnell's Mack, Gallaudet's O'Donnell honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) Grinnell College's Anthony Mack and Gallaudet University's Danny O'Donnell picked up the fourth NCAA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week honors for 2014 as voted on by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Mack, a sophomore infielder from Libertyville, Ill., turned in meteoric numbers during the Pioneers' Florida spring games. His bat lit up opposing pitchers with a .552 average in eight games, going 16-of-29 at the plate with two homers, two doubles and a triple. Mack pounded out 14 RBI and scored six runs while compiling a slugging percentage of .897.

O'Donnell, a sophomore hurler from Olney, Md., was lights out in his appearances during the span. He went 2-0 on the mound and gave up just one run while striking out 12 batters and posting a miniscule 0.64 earned run average in 14 innings of work. O'Donnell opened the week shutting down nationally-ranked Rowan University, tossing a complete-game shutout while allowing five hits and striking out seven batters to help the Bison win 2-0 and take down the tenth-ranked Profs. The North Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week would shine once again in his next start four days later, pitching another complete game and giving up one run on five hits while striking out five in a 3-1 win over Frostburg State, which came into the contest averaging 9.25 runs per game and was receiving votes in the latest NCAA Division III Top 25 poll.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Perry Rigby (Covenant) - 13-for-21 (.619) with eight RBI, six runs scored, four doubles and one walk Colin McCarthy (Johns Hopkins) - Hit .611 with 11 hits in 18 at-bats, scoring 10 runs and driving in six others which included four doubles, a stolen base and an .833 slugging percentage and a 1.500 OPS Mike Marchitto (Gwynedd-Mercy) - 8-for-14 (.571) with nine RBI's, six runs, three doubles, two homers, and two stolen bases while posting a 1.214 slugging and .588 on-base percentage.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Harley Moore (Dickinson) - Complete-game one-hitter in a 3-0 victory over Penn State-Schuylkill. He walked four and struck out 14 Nittany Lions in seven innings of work Steve Ascher (SUNY-Oneonta) - Second consecutive shutout against #3 Kean University March 22. Threw nine innings and allowed only four hits while striking out seven batters.

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2014 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
March 2: Simon Rosenbaum, Pomona-Pitzer (Hitter); Chris Bishop, Pacific Lutheran and Jake Perkins, Ferrum (Pitcher)
March 9: Nick Flemister, St. John Fisher (Hitter); Brett Marcom, Southwestern and Andy Sadoski, Bridgewater State (Pitcher)
March 16: Wareen Hartmann, Merchant Marine (Hitter); Nick Sarna, SUNY-Maritime (Pitcher)
March 23: Anthony Mack, Grinnell (Hitter); Danny O'Donnell, Gallaudet (Pitcher)
March 30: Joe Mendez, St. Joseph's (Hitter); Braden Johnson, Transylvania (Pitcher)
April 6: Casey Hicks, Gallaudet (Hitter); Trevor Cannella, SUNY-Maritime (Pitcher)
April 13: Josh Makler, Redlands (Hitter); Colin Feikles, LaRoche (Pitcher)
April 20: Dillon Weaver, Ferrum (Hitter); Sam Fischer, Adrian (Pitcher)
April 27: Kevin Kwedor, Massachusetts Maritime (Hitter); Jordan Greenland, UW-La Crosse (Pitcher)
May 4: Shane Adler, UW-La Crosse (Hitter); Matt Taliercio, Lancaster Bible (Pitcher)