National Collegiate Baseball Writers May 4, 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 May 2.

Mike Cohan of DeSales University (Pa.) was named National Hitter of the Week, while Julius Jenkins of The College of New Jersey 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.

Cohan batted .522 with 12 hits, nine runs scored, six home runs and 23 RBIs in six games. For the week, he amassed 32 total bases and a 1.391 slugging percentage. Cohan belted four home runs and picked up 14 RBIs in a win against Scranton (Pa.). The latter set an NCAA Division III record while the former tied the national record. The senior outfielder also was named Hitter of the Week by the Freedom Conference.

Jenkins picked up a win and save in two relief appearances. In 8 1/3 innings combined, he yielded one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out six. He picked up his third save of the season with 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing no hits with two strikeouts, to preserve a 4-3 win against Richard Stockton (N.J.). Jenkins then earned a victory by pitching 6 2/3 innings of one-hit shutout work while striking out four in a 13-inning, 4-3 win against William Paterson (N.J.), ranked 24th in the nation. He also was named Pitcher of the Week by the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Honorable Mention: Andy Campbell, St. John Fisher (N.Y.), Mike Spiciarich, Johns Hopkins (Md.) (Hitter); Tony Groccia, Clark (Mass.), Kyle Kaufman, Wisconsin-La Crosse (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)