April 17, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
260-982-5035
Redlands' Makler, LaRoche's Feikles honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) The University of Redlands' Josh Makler made program history, while LaRoche College's Colin Feikles turned in a huge week at the plate en route to gaining the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association weekly awards for the span of April 7-13.

Makler, a junior from Portland, Ore., threw a complete-game no-hitter for the Bulldogs April 12 in an 8-0 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College. In the no-no, Makler racked up 11 strikeouts through the nine innings which was a new career-best mark for the junior pitcher. The no-hit performance ultimately sealed the series triumph for the U of R, two games to one. For Redlands, the no-hitter was the first for the program in at least the last 15 years.

Feikles, a junior from Edinboro, Pa., had an incredible week, smacking 2 home runs and hitting .750 (12-for-16) in four conference wins. In a doubleheader sweep of PS-Altoona, the junior tallied seven runs, two doubles, one homer, and 10 RBIs. Feikles followed this with another stellar performance, this time against Hilbert. In another doubleheader sweep, Feikles tallied three runs, three doubles, one homer, and four RBIs. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Hitter of the Week carried a .778 on-base percentage and 1.438 slugging percentage.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Ricky Brady, Frostburg State: Hit .478 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. Went 11-for-23 at the plate, slugging 1.130 with an on-base percentage of .520 Richard Fecteau, Salem St.: Batted .722 (13-18) with five doubles, two triples, and nine runs scored and five RBI and a 1.222 slugging percentage.

Honorable Mention Pitcher: Blake McIlwain, Mississippi College: Pitched the first no-hitter for the Choctaws since 2009 in a 2-0 win over Louisiana College. Struck 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)