DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its
NCAA Division II National Players of the Week awards for the
week ending on February 22. University of Tampa senior
infielder/catcher J.D. Osbourne is the
National Hitter of the Week, while Lynn (Fla.) senior
pitcher Donovan Armas is the National
Pitcher of the Week.
Osbourne (Whitby, Ontario, Canada/Polk State College) earned
Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week honors after
leading Tampa to a series win over No. 23 Southern Indiana.
Starting in all three games, Osbourne recorded a .615 batting
average, along with a .643 on-base percentage and slugged 1.358
against the Screaming Eagles. He went 8 of 13 from the plate,
tallied nine RBI, six runs, three home runs, a double and a
walk. His top game was in the last game as he went 4 for 4 with
three runs scored, three RBI, a home run and a walk.
Armas (Bellarose Village, N.Y./Broward College) earned
Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after a
dominant start against No. 27 North Georgia. Armas picked up his
second win of the season, throwing eight scoreless innings,
allowing one hit. He walked two and fanned a season-high 10
batters in the win.
Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: TJ Lett, Notre Dame, Ohio (Hitter); Terence Berry,
Lincoln (Pa.) (Pitcher)
Central: Max Hogan, Missouri Southern (Hitter); Kyle Wilson,
Arkansas Tech (Pitcher)
East: No nominees
Midwest: Wes Birchmeier, Lake Erie (Hitter); Joe Huber,
South: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Donovan Armas, Lynn
South Central: Caleb Koedyker, Lubbock Christian (Hitter); Seth
Hubert, Texas A&M-Kingsville (Pitcher)
Southeast: Luke Setzer, Catawba (Hitter); Austin Hutchinson,
Mount Olive (Pitcher)
West: Zach Robinson, Montana State Billings (Hitter); Cam
Greenough, Chico State (Pitcher)
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2017 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 22: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Donovan Armas, Lynn (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 1: Jake Walters, Quincy (Hitter); Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 8: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Trevor Abshire, Point Loma Nazarene (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 15: Adrian Tovalin, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Joshua Payne, West Texas A&M (Pitcher)