National Collegiate Baseball Writers March 11, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Arenberg
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NCBWA NAMES NATIONAL
DIVISION III PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

CHICAGO (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has released its first-ever Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending March 9.

Guilford's Brad Franklin was named the National Hitter of the Week, while Bridgewater junior RHP Dustin Jones won the Pitcher of the Week honors. A panel of Division III NCBWA members reviews candidates from each Division III Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

A senior from Greensboro, N.C., Franklin leads Guilford in runs, hits, triples, homers, RBI and steals. He is also in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak. Franklin hit for the cycle in a 4-for-6 performance in the second game of the Quakers' doubleheader sweep of EMU. He hit an inside the park grand slam in the game and finished with five RBI. Franklin was also 4-for-6 with three homers in a doubleheader sweep of Franklin & Marshall. Through 10 games, he is hitting .381 with 20 runs, 24 hits, five doubles, four triples, five homeruns and 25 RBI. Franklin was also a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases.

Jones made three appearances this past week, two starts and one in relief. Jones pitched 7 innings against No. 21 Kean and received a no-decision after leaving in the seventh with a 2-1 lead. BC lost the game 3-2. Jones allowed one earned run and four hits. He struck out 10 and walked 0. He pitched 3.2 innings in relief in an extra-inning loss to DeSales. He allowed no runs and three hits. Jones struck out three and walked none. He also pitched a complete-game (7 innings) in a 5-1 victory over Roanoke College, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out 13 and walked 1. For the season, Jones is 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA. He has pitched 19.1 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs and 10 hits. Jones has struck out 27 and walked just 2 and opponents are hitting just .152 against him.

2003 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
March 11: Brad Franklin, Guilford (Hitter); Dustin Jones, Bridgewater (Pitcher)
March 18: Elliot Strader, Hardin-Simmons (Hitter); Dennis Reilly, Lebanon Valley (Pitcher)
March 25: Vince Mancuso, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Hitter); A.J. Hatton, Worcester State (Pitcher)
April 1: Ron Hayward, William Paterson (Hitter); Nick Secchini, College of Staten Island (Pitcher)
April 8: Ian Harden, Cornell College (Hitter); Matt DeSalvo, Marietta (Pitcher)
April 15: Ryan Jones, Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Hitter); Jon Lee, Tufts (Pitcher)
April 22: Kyle Wilkins, Ithaca (Hitter); Julius Jenkins, College of New Jersey (Pitcher)
April 29: Nolan Neiman, DeSales (Hitter); Sean Lindstrom, St. Thomas (Pitcher)
May 6: Jeff Flegler, Cortland (Hitter); Marc Cahill, Southern Maine and Joey Serfass, Eastern Connecticut State (Pitcher)
May 13: Jon Brown, Brandeis (Hitter); Chad Cosby, Worcester State (Pitcher)