National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 6, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Arenberg
Two small-college standouts lauded

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 April 4.

Ian Hauze of DeSales University (Pa.) was named National Hitter of the Week, while Scott Hyde of George Fox University (Ore.) was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA reviews candidates from Division III conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Hauze hit .636 (14-for-22) with a 1.273 slugging percentage in five games. He had 13 runs scored, four home runs and 11 RBIs. Hauze went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs in a 14-1 win over Alvernia (Pa.). For the week, Hauze had four three-hit games and had at least two hits in all five games. The junior shortstop also was selected Hitter of the Week by the Freedom Conference.

Hyde threw the third no-hitter in George Fox history to beat Pacific (Ore.) 6-0, facing the minimum 27 hitters. The only baserunner was a hit batsman leading off the fifth, who was picked off on the next pitch. Hyde, a junior righthander, fanned 14 batters in the game, seven in the first three innings, with at least one strikeout in every inning. He ended the game with a swinging strikeout and a caught-looking strikeout on the last two hitters. Hyde has 297 career strikeouts, 12 short of 15th place on the all-time Division III career list. He also was selected Pitcher of the Week by the Northwest Conference.

Honorable Mention: Jeff Natale, Trinity (Conn.), Will Renner, Coe (Iowa) (Hitter); Joel Barickman, North Central (Ill.), Ted Serro, Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) (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)