National Collegiate Baseball Writers March 25, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Arenberg

CHICAGO (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has released its Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending March 23.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh senior OF Vince Mancuso was named the National Hitter of the Week, while Worcester State sophomore A.J. Hatton 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.

In nine games during UW-Oshkosh's spring trip to Wichita, Kansas, Mancuso batted 21-for-33 (.636), with five home runs, two doubles, 21 runs scored and 16 RBIs. The Titans went 8-1 on the trip with a season-opening 43-5 drubbing over Huron University (S.D.). In that game, Mancuso went 4-for-4 with 6 RBI, two doubles and five runs scored.

Hatton pitched the Lancers to victory over a pair of top ten nationally ranked teams. He shut out the 2002 national batting champions Aurora (No. 9) while fanning eight and allowing just seven hits and one walk. Hatton followed that up by scattering 10 hits and yielding just two earned runs in an 8-4 victory over No. 4 Wooster.

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)