DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association released its NCAA
Division II National Players of the Week awards for the
week ending on March 15. Azusa Pacific junior third baseman
Adrian Tovalin is the National Hitter of
the Week, while West Texas A&M senior pitcher
Joshua Payne is the National Pitcher of
Tovalin (San Diego, Calif./Otay Ranch HS), exploded in No. 5
APUs four-game series split with Fresno Pacific, hitting .538 (7-13)
with six home runs, six runs scored and 16 RBI. After starting the
series 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, Tovalin went 7-for-11 over
the final three games. He went 4-for-4 with three home runs and
nine RBI in the third game, and hit two more homers in the finale.
Tovalin leads the PacWest in home runs (10) and doubles (7), and
is second in RBI (31) and slugging percentage (.912).
Payne (West Haven, Utah/Freemont HS) pitched a gem of a game
against No. 10 Texas A&M-Kingsville as he tossed a complete
game shutout allowing two hits in nine innings, while walking one
and fanning a career-high 16 Javelinas in a 7-0 win on Saturday.
It was Paynes first complete game shutout as a Buff and TAMUK hit
just .069 against him. After allowing two hits in the first three
innings, Payne retired the next 12-straight and a walk in the eighth
was the only other base runner for the Javelinas the rest of game.
Paynes performance gave WT the second win of the series en route
to the sweep.
Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Nick Wilson, Charleston (Hitter); Joe Shaffer,
Seton Hill (Pitcher)
Central: Lucas Lorenz, Northern State
(Hitter); Seth Holman, Emporia State (Pitcher)
Grant, Felician (Hitter); Chris Cepeda, St. Thomas Aquinas (Pitcher)
Midwest: Austin Szink, Walsh (Hitter); Tyler Jandron, Northwood
South: Peter Nicoletto, Rollins (Hitter); Jacob Ramos,
South Central: Christian Bitar, Regis (Hitter);
Joshua Payne, West Texas A&M (Pitcher)
Beinlich, Belmont Abbey (Hitter); Charlie Hecht, Georgia College
West: Adrian Tovalin, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Jeff
Bain, Cal Poly Pomona (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)
Week ending March 22: Andrew Webster, Barton (Hitter); Gus Varland, Concordia-St. Paul (Pitcher)
Week ending March 29: Ryan Rogers, Lubbock Christian (Hitter); Garett King, California Baptist (Pitcher)
Week ending April 4: Tyler Walters, Slippery Rock (Hitter); Steven Bower, North Georgia (Pitcher)
Week ending April 11: Justin Graff-Rowe, Central Missouri (Hitter); Will Myers, Alabama-Huntsville (Pitcher)
Week ending April 18: Cole Brooks, Saginaw Valley State (Hitter); Jason Blank, Augustana (S.D.) (Pitcher)