National Collegiate Baseball Writers May 11, 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 9.

Bryant Rogness of Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) was named National Hitter of the Week, while Dale Koler of Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio) 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.

Rogness compiled a batting average of .688, a slugging percentage of 1.000 and an on-base percentage of .684 last week. The senior second baseman recorded 11 hits in 16 at-bats, scored 10 runs and drove in six runs. Rogness went 6-for-8 at the plate (with three doubles), scored seven runs and drove in three runs in the sweep over Hamline. He went 5-for-8 (with two doubles), scored three runs and drove in three runs against Carlton. Rogness was also perfect in the field for the week with four putouts, five assists and no errors. He also was named Hitter of the Week by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

In 14 innings of work last week, Koler struck out 19 batters, allowed one earned run and went 2-0. Koler threw a complete-game, five-hitter against Wilmington and allowed one earned run. In his next start, Koler tossed a four-hitter against Capital with no earned runs while striking out 12 batters in his final collegiate game. He also was named Pitcher of the Week in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Honorable Mention: Eric Floriani, John Carroll (Ohio), Neil Theisen, Luther (Iowa) (Hitter); Kevin Foeman, Mary Washington (Va.), Brandon White, Rhode Island (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)