April 17, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
Angelo State's Elvir, Barton's Shimmel 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 April 15. Angelo State senior outfielder Josh Elvir is the National Hitter of the Week, and Barton junior pitcher Colby Shimmel is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Elvir (Kemah, Texas) went 12-15 (.800) defended his offensive conference standings this week as the Rams took down St. Edward's and Eastern New Mexico. The power-hitting lefty had twice as many multiple base hits as he did singles, collecting three doubles, three triples, and three home runs. He was good for 31 total bases of offensive production and drove in 17 runs for a 1.192 slugging percentage of the Rams’ five-game winning streak.

Shimmel (Windsor, Pa./Haggerstown CC) posted a no-hitter last week for Barton in its game one win over Emmanuel. In the 2-0 victory, Shimmel pitched seven innings, issuing two walks while striking out three batters.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
• Atlantic: Ryan Fralin, Concord (Hitter); Michael Stout, Fairmont State (Pitcher)
• Central: Jordan Hart, Minnesota State (Hitter); Alex Achtermann, Pittsburg State (Pitcher)
• East: Ameir Uzzel, Chestnut Hill College (Hitter); Eddie Magi, Stonehill (Pitcher)
• Midwest: Chris Gambert, Bellarmine (Hitter); Hunter Brown, Northwood (Mich.) (Pitcher)
• South: Mitch Calandra, Eckerd College (Hitter); Dylan Murphy, Alabama Huntsville (Pitcher)
• South Central: Josh Elvir, Angelo State (Hitter); Andrew Morris, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
• Southeast: Roury Glanton, Lander University (Hitter); Colby Shimmel, Barton College (Pitcher)
• West: Griffen Herrera, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Andrew Lopez, Chico State (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)