DALLAS (NCBWA) East Texas Baptist University sophomore
Zach Gartner and Stevenson University sophomore
Dan Williams were named Division III National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter and Pitcher of the
Week for the period of March 27-April 2.
Gartner, an outfielder from The Woodlands, Texas, set the American
Southwest Conference record with two grand slams in a single game
to lead the Tigers in a 16-4 seven-inning win over Univ. of Ozarks.
For the week, the ASC Hitter of the Week went 9-of-13 at the plate
for a .692 average, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored. In the first game
vs. Ozarks, he went 5-of-5 with four runs scored with two triples
in a 13-2 win. He then walked twice in game two and in game three
was 2-of-3 with both grand slams for eight RBI in the 16-4 win.
He did not strikeout in 13 at-bats.
Williams, a right-handed starter from Sicklerville, N.J., tossed
just the second no-hitter in Mustangs history in a 4-0 complete-game
(seven-inning) shutout against conference foe Albright. Williams
threw 96 pitches, 61 for strikes, and struck out five batters with
just two walks. The Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Pitcher
of the Week faced two batters over the minimum and ended the game
with back-to-back strikeouts.
Honorable Mention Hitters: Mitchell Yard (Sr.,
1B, LaRoche): Had a strong week at the plate last week. He hit .615
(16 for 26) with 12 RBI, nine runs, seven doubles, three home runs
and two triples. The first baseman also hit for the cycle in a 12-1
victory over Mt. Aloysius; Eamon McNeil (So., OF, Occidental): Was
an incredible 8 for 8 from the field with two home runs, two doubles,
six RBI and three runs scored, leading Oxy to a pair of wins over
La Verne to jump the Leopards for first place in the SCIAC. He hit
a three-run homer to break a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth
inning to give Oxy an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the three game series.
He also hit an incredible .909 for the series.
Honorable Mention Pitchers: Jordan Muchin (So.,
RHP, Eastern Connecticut): In the opening game of an April 2 Little
East Conference baseball doubleheader against Plymouth State, Muchin
struck out 13 of the 24 batters he faced on the way to tossing the
12th no-hitter in program history in a 10-0, seven-inning victory
in his first home start of the year. The no-hitter was the first
in 12 years for Eastern; Kenny Carrier (Jr., RHP, FDU-Florham):
Pitched a no-hitter to defeat DeSales, 3-1, in the first game of
the doubleheader April 2. After a first-inning run and then a walk
to begin the second inning, Carrier retired 18 straight Bulldogs
to earn the complete-game no-hitter. The junior struck out six batters
and walked three; (Brad Margolin (Sr., RHP, Washington [Mo.]): Tossed
a one-hit shutout as the Bears defeated 10th-ranked Emory University
in the first game of a four-game series March 31. He walked one
and fanned nine hitters to outduel previously undefeated Billy Dimlow.
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2017 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
Week ending March 5: Ben Buerkle, St. Mary's (Minn.) (Hitter); Paul Wetmore, Western New England (Pitcher)
Week ending March 12: Kyle Wenger, Delaware Valley (Hitter); Peter Maybach, Salve Regina (Pitcher)
Week ending March 19: Austin Ledin, Bethel (Hitter); R.J. Brown, St. Mary's (Pitcher)
Week ending March 26: Chad Schultz, Manchester (Hitter); Jonathon Stepp, Blackburn (Pitcher)
Week ending April 2: Zach Gartner, East Texas Baptist (Hitter); Dan Williams, Stevenson (Pitcher)
Week ending April 9: Pat Mollo, Illinois Wesleyan (Hitter); Cole Change, Macalester (Pitcher)
Week ending April 16: Ryan Hetherington, Carroll (Hitter); Jimi Keating, Spalding (Pitcher)
Week ending April 23: Will Gorman, RIT (Hitter); Garrett Pelko, Misericordia (Pitcher)
Week ending April 30: Vince Rebar, Marywood (Hitter); John Catchmark, Alvernia (Pitcher)
Week ending May 7: Pat Birrer, Otterbein (Hitter); Caleb Boushley, UW-La Crosse (Pitcher)