National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 22, 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 20.

Ithaca College senior IF Kyle Wilkins was named the National Hitter of the Week, while College of New Jersey junior RHP Julius Jenkins 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 Tuesdaythroughout the season.

Wilkins batted .500 in a 5-2 week for the Bombers, ranked fourth in the latest regional poll. He finished 13-for-26, scored 12 runs, and drove in 11 runs. He hit two home runs (both against 10th-ranked Oneonta in a game, posting career-bests of two homers and five RBI), was perfect in six stolen bases attempts, and did not make an error in 26 chances playing every inning at second base. He recorded a .769 slugging percentage and .519 on-base percentage.

Jenkins became the first reliever to earn NJAC Pitcher of the Week honors after collecting a win and three saves in six appearances during the week for the Lions. In 14 1/3 innings, he surrendered only 10 hits, three earned runs (1.88 ERA) and three walks while striking out 15 during the course of the week. In five-of-his-six outings, he logged at least two innings as the Lions went 5-1 in the six games that he appeared in. Jenkins currently ranks second among NJAC pitchers with a 1.86 ERA. He also leads the conference with four saves on the season.

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)