DALLAS (NCBWA) – This week's National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association Div. III Pitcher of the Week snapped the top-ranked
team's 24-game winning streak with a no-hitter, while a five-home
run performance and a two-hitter round out this week's honors. This
week's performances spanned games played April 15-21.
Hitter of the Week: Saint John's University
(Minn.) junior infielder Joey Stock batted .565 (13-for-23) with
eight extra-base hits, including five home runs, an OPS of 1.977,
16 RBI, and 10 runs scored as the Johnnies went 5-1 on the road
last week in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Stock recorded four home runs over the first three games of the
week and added a solo shot in the week's final game at Augsburg
University. He currently leads the MIAC in home runs (7) and is
tied for fourth in RBI (25).
Honorable Mention Hitter: Nathan Davis, Jr.,
OF, Johns Hopkins University Earned his second straight weekly
honor after going 6-for-12 at the plate with four home runs, two
doubles, 10 RBI, and eight runs scored in a 4-0 week for the Centennial
Conference-leading Blue Jays. The junior outfielder hit two balls
out of the park in the Blue Jays' come-from-behind victory over
Dickinson College in game one. Davis then gave Hopkins a quick 3-0
lead with his second three-run homer of the day in the first inning
of game two. His 12 homers are the second-most in Div. III this
Pitcher of the Week: Connor Cook's no-hitter
for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was extra memorable last
week, as the junior's no-no snapped top-ranked Concordia University
Chicago's 24-game winning streak. Cook went seven innings in the
10-0 shutout, during which he allowed one walk and struck out eight.
Cook faced two batters over the minimum en route to the program's
seventh no-hitter. It's UWL's first no-hitter since Kyle Kaufman
tossed one against the University of Wisconsin-Superior on May 1,
Honorable Mention Pitcher: Austin Smith, So.,
Southwestern University Threw a no-hitter in the Pirates' series-opener
against the University of Dallas to spark Southwestern to a three-game
sweep of the Crusaders. The sophomore recorded his fifth double-digit
strikeout game in a row and his seventh this season, striking out
10 in his seven innings of work. His performance upped his strikeout
total to 96, which leads the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Rookie of the Week: Roger Williams University
rookie Kyle Schaefer was brilliant in the Hawks' 7-0 non-conference
victory over Wesleyan University last Tuesday. Schaefer logged his
first career shutout, during which he scattered two hits over nine
innings of work. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.
He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning.
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2019 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 24: Tre D'Amico, Frostburg State (Hitter); Keith Long, Texas-Tyler (Pitcher); Andrew Santobuono, Alfred State (Rookie)
Week ending March 3: Deauton Delgado, Louisiana College (Hitter); David Hall, Belhaven (Pitcher); Casey Jones, St. Vincent College (Rookie)
Week ending March 10: Davis Mikell, Castleton (Hitter); Jake Binder, Ithaca (Pitcher); Jacob Thompson, Oberlin (Rookie)
Week ending March 17: Holden Bridge, Swarthmore (Hitter); Tyler Showers, Arcadia (Pitcher); Colton Lineman, Grove City (Rookie)
Week ending March 24: Preston Ludwick, Centenary (Hitter); Brian Johnson, Springfield (Pitcher); Mason Sefcik, St. Norbert (Rookie)
Week ending March 31: Chris DeGiacomo, Johns Hopkins (Hitter); Chris Atwood, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Pitcher); Jacob Thompson, Oberlin (Rookie)
Week ending April 7: Zack Smith, Salve Regina (Hitter); Worth Walrod, Suffolk (Pitcher); Nick Denove, Case Western Reserve (Rookie)
Week ending April 14: Christian Jones, Catholic (Hitter); Shayne Audet, New England College (Pitcher); Dylan Fashempour, UMass-Boston (Rookie)
Week ending April 21: Joey Stock, Saint John's, Minn. (Hitter); Connor Cook, Wisconsin-LaCrosse (Pitcher); Kyle Schaefer, Roger Williams (Rookie)
Week ending April 28: Colin BeVard, Cortland (Hitter); Matt OSullivan, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Pitcher); Damen Castillo, Benedictine (Rookie)
Week ending May 5: Eric Devore, Heidelberg (Hitter); Ryan Loutos Washington (Pitcher); Kobe Rogerson, Husson (Rookie)