National Collegiate Baseball Writers March 23, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Arenberg
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Two small-college standouts lauded
NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

ATLANTA (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period ending March 21.

East Texas Baptist University's James Morgan was named National Hitter of the Week, while Kenyon (Ohio) College's Chris Lynn was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA reviews candidates from each Division III conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Morgan batted .722 (13-for-18) in five games last week, including four multi-hit games. The junior third baseman was 8-for-11 (.727) with seven runs, two doubles and four RBI in a three-game sweep of Austin (Texas) College. Morgan's best game came in the series finale when he went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI in an 11-4 win. He is the Tigers' season leader in hits, home runs and RBI. Morgan also was the Hitter of the Week in the American Southwest Conference.

Lynn was 2-0 on the mound last week for Kenyon. He went the distance in both contests, allowing three hits and one run in each game. In a 3-1 win over Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), Lynn walked one batter and struck out 10. In a 2-1 win over Transylvania (Ky.), he walked two batters and fanned eight. Lynn also was the Pitcher of the Week in the North Coast Atlantic Conference.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Pinckney, Emory and Mike Durgala, Johns Hopkins (hitter); Brian Wallace, Texas Lutheran, and Anthony Cunningham, Westminster (pitcher)

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2004 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
March 9: Sean Scott, Menlo (Hitter); Nathan Soyer, Rose-Hulman (Pitcher)
March 16: Jonathan Thomas, New Jersey City (Hitter); Adam Huron, Haverford and James Halle, Louisiana College (Pitcher)
March 23: James Morgan, East Texas Baptist (Hitter); Chris Lynn, Kenyon (Pitcher)
March 30: Geoff Neese, Dickinson (Hitter); Jeff Gogal, Montclair State (Pitcher)
April 6: Ian Houze, DeSales (Hitter); Scott Hyde, George Fox (Pitcher)
April 13: Rob Blackburn, Montclair State (Hitter); Kyle Rensing, Blackburn (Pitcher)
April 20: J.R. Estes, Bridgewater (Hitter); Jeremy Hinderks, Concordia College (Pitcher)
April 27: Jeff Coté, SUNY-New Paltz (Hitter); Tom O'Connor, Ithaca College (Pitcher)
May 4: Mike Cohan, DeSales (Hitter); Julius Jenkins, The College of New Jersey (Pitcher)
May 11: Bryant Rogness, Gustavus Adolphus (Hitter); Dale Koler, Baldwin-Wallace (Pitcher)