National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 13, 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 11.

Rob Blackburn of Montclair State University (N.J.) was named National Hitter of the Week, while Kyle Rensing of Blackburn College (Ill.) 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.

Blackburn hit a perfect 1.000 (12-for-12) last week for the Red Hawks. After going 2-for-2 in Montclair's 10-8 loss to New Jersey City, he went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Red Hawks' 8-1 victory over rival William Paterson (N.J.). He wrapped up the week by going a combined 6-for-6 in MSU's 7-5 and 12-3 road doubleheader sweep of Rutgers-Camden (N.J.). He finished the week with totals of two doubles, one home run, seven RBI, six runs scored and one stolen base. With his 12-for-12 performance, Blackburn extended his school record streak of consecutive times reaching base to 16. He also has broken the MSU school record for consecutive hits with 13. The junior catcher also was selected Hitter of the Week by the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Rensing pitched a 13-inning, complete game 1-0 shutout over Greenville (Ill.) to keep Blackburn in first place in a race for the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) championship. Rensing faced 47 batters, struck out nine, and allowed only seven hits and a single walk. After back-to-back shutouts, he is working on a string of 24 consecutive scoreless innings. The junior also was selected Pitcher of the Week by the SLIAC.

Honorable Mention: Scott Vetter, Thomas More (Ky.), Keith Cooper, Wheaton (Mass.) (Hitter); Andy Stottlemyer, Penn State Altoona, Tom Ford, Rutgers-Camden (N.J.) (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)