March 27, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
Chowan's Lanier, Tuskegee's Williams honored
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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 24. Chowan senior outfielder Marquise Lanier is the National Hitter of the Week, and Tuskegee freshman pitcher Savontae Williams is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Lanier (Warsaw, Va./Rend Lake CC) paced the Hawks to a 2-2 record last week, including a 2-1 series win over No. 17 Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas play. Lanier notched his second POTW award after hitting .500 with eight hits, including seven extra-base hits (six homers, two doubles), 14 RBI and 11 runs scored. Lanier's best game came in a 13-6 game one win over Mount Olive, going three-for-four with two homers, four RBI and four runs scored.

Williams (Riverdale, Ga./Chapel Hill HS) was brilliant on the hill in his first-ever career start, tossing the school's first a no- hitter in seven years to lead the Golden Tigers past the LeMoyne-Owen Magicians, 16-0. He pitched seven innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits and struck out 11. Tavin Cary last accomplished that feat for the Golden Tigers in 2012. Williams helped solidify Tuskegee's clean sweep of the Magicians.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Nick Fairman, California (Pa.) (Hitter); Nate Fiala, East Stroudsburg (Pitcher)
Central: Connor Hurst, Emporia State (Hitter); Blake Beckmann, Lindenwood (Pitcher)
East: Tyree Bradley, Bloomfield (Hitter); DJ Masuck, NYIT (Pitcher)
Midwest: Genesis Hillard, Ohio Dominican (Hitter); Reid Werner, Indianapolis (Pitcher)
South: Danny Tufariello, Palm Beach Atlantic (Hitter); Savontae Williams, Tuskegee (Pitcher)
South Central: Seth Spinn, Texas A&M-Kingsville (Hitter); Chandler Casey, Lubbock Christian (Pitcher)
Southeast: Marquise Lanier, Chowan (Hitter); Drew Wilson, Young Harris (Pitcher)
West: Griffen Herrera, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Jarrod Molnaa, Montana State Billings (Pitcher)

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2019 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 17: John Michael Faile, North Greenville (Hitter); Will Bausinger, Missouri Southern State (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 24: Matt Chamberlain, New Haven (Hitter); Cooper Cain, Valdosta State (Pitcher)
Week ending March 3: Zavier Lushington, Young Harris (Hitter); Jack Eisenbarger, Rockhurst (Pitcher)
Week ending March 10: Jacob Teter, Florida Southern (Hitter); Grant Larson, Chico State (Pitcher)
Week ending March 17: Matt Malkin, MSU Denver (Hitter); Charles Hall, Tusculum (Pitcher)
Week ending March 24: Marquise Lanier, Chowan (Hitter); Savontae Williams, Tuskegee (Pitcher)
Week ending March 31: Tido Robles, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Alex Roth, Western Oregon (Pitcher)
Week ending April 7: Trevor Kehe, Colorado School of Mines (Hitter); Max Bain, Northwood (Pitcher)
Week ending April 14: Josh Elvir, Angelo State (Hitter); Colby Shimmel, Barton (Pitcher)
Week ending April 21: Max Troiani, Bentley (Hitter); Hayden Jaco, Cameron (Pitcher)
Week ending April 28: Neil Fischer, Lindenwood (Hitter); Tyler Garbee, Mercyhurst (Pitcher)
Week ending May 5: Auggie Francis, New Mexico Highlands (Hitter); Deven Judy, Gannon (Pitcher)