CHICAGO (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association (NCBWA) announced its second annual NCAA Division
III Regional Players of the Year on Monday:
NEW ENGLAND REGION
Eric Swedberg, OF, Worcester State College
Junior, Gardner, Mass.
Batted .462 with 44 runs scored, 12 doubles, three triples,
14 home runs and 70 RBI
NEW YORK REGION
Scott Allen, C, Ithaca College
Senior, Fayetteville, N.Y. (Fayetteville-Manlius)
Batted .407 with five home runs and 37 RBI ... named Empire Eight
Conference Player of the Year and was selected to the all-tournament
team at the NCAA Division III New York Regional.
Craig Conway, 3B, Montclair State University
Senior, Mountainside, N.J. (Livingston)
Batted .436 with 47 RBI and named New Jersey Conference Player of
the Year and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association NCAA Division
II/III Player of the Year.
Ryan Donegan, P, Emory University
Senior, Richboro, Pa.
Went 11-1 (tied for third-best in NCAA Division III) with a 1.11
ERA (ranked third nationally) and 89 strikeouts in 97.0 innings
Matt DeSalvo, P, Marietta College
Junior, New Castle, Pa.
Went 15-1 with a 1.58 ERA and eight complete games in 15 starts
... allowed just 50 hits and struck out 179 batters in 102.1 IP,
and opponents batted just .140 against him ... named the Ohio Athletic
Conference Pitcher of the Year and struck out an NCAA Division III
Baseball Championship-record 19 batters in a 1-0 win over Salisbury
State University on May 25 in the first round of the national championship.
Matt Thede, C, Wartburg College
Senior, Reinbeck, Iowa
Batting .452 (entering the NCAA Division III Central Regional championship)
with 46 runs scored, 17 doubles, 11 home runs, two triples, 56 RBI,
an .852 slugging percentage and on a .516 on-base percentage ...
had a 17-game hitting streak in 2001 and threw out 16-of-39 would-be
base stealers ... Named Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Most Valuable Player award for the second-straight year, named first-team
all-conference for the third-straight year and won his second-straight
batting triple crown.
Brad O’Connell, 2B, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Senior, Elk Mound, Wisc.
Batted .524 and led the NCAA Division III in batting average most
of the season ... also hit 12 home runs with 42 RBI and a .934 slugging
percentage from the leadoff spot in the batting order ... started
the 2001 season with an eight-game hitting streak and extended that
to 37 games, hitting safely in the first 29 games of the season
... named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association Position
Player of the Year.
Kevin Webster, C, Texas Lutheran University
Senior, New Caney, Texas (Southwest Texas State)
Batted .491 with 40 runs scored, 12 doubles, one triple, 11
home runs, 49 RBI, a .911 slugging percentage and a .562 on-base
percentage ... won the American Southwest Conference triple crown
and threw out six of 10 would-be base stealers ... signed a minor
league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on May 25, 2001.
• NCBWA Division I district players
of the year