National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 8, 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 April 6.

Cornell College senior catcher Ian Harden (Aurora, Colo.) was named the National Hitter of the Week, while Marietta College senior Matt DeSalvo (New Castle, Pa.) 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.

Harden hit .600 and had a 1.040 slugging percentage in six games during the week. He had 15 hits in 25 at-bats including five doubles and two homeruns. He drove in 13 runs, scored nine runs, stole three bases and played flawless defense in 54 chances (50 putouts, four assists). Harden, who had three three-hit games, also threw out four-of-seven would-be base stealers. Cornell went 6-0 with doubleheader sweeps of Grinnell College, Iowa Wesleyan College and Central College.

DeSalvo struck out 25 batters in 13 innings of work last week. DeSalvo allowed just three hits and did not allow an earned run average in the two wins.

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)