National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 6, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
Baldwin, Spitzack earn national accolades

DALLAS (NCBWA) Slugging outfielder Eric Baldwin of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and no-hit pitcher Josh Spitzack of Gustavus Adolphus College have been named the 2005 NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week for March 28-April 3 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Baldwin, a senior right fielder from Beaver Dam, Wisc., helped No. 3-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater to a 6-0 mark in six conference games during the week by batting 16-for-26 (.615) with 14 RBIs, 12 runs scored, five doubles, one triple and four home runs. He had multiple hits in all six games, including three hits in three contests, and compiled a 1.346 slugging percentage. He was 3-5 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in an 8-4 victory over Wisconsin-Platteville on March 29. In a 20-0 win over Wisconsin-Superior on April 3, he was 3-6 with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored. He also was 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored in the opening game against the Yellowjackets on April 3. He was the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week.

Spitzack, a junior from West Concord, Minn., threw a 7-inning no-hitter as the Gusties opened MIAC play with a 5-0 win over Carleton in Northfield last Saturday. He faced 24 batters (three over the minimum) as he walked three batters and had one reach on an error. He picked one of the batters he walked off first base in the first inning. He struck out seven batters and coerced nine more to ground into infield outs. It is the first complete-game no-hitter thrown by a Gustavus pitcher in over 15 years. Spitzack is now 3-1 on the season with an earned run average of 2.76. He was the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Steve Ketter (Rockford) - .591 (13-22), 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 16 RBI, 9 runs , 1.273 slugging pct.; Luke Price (Philadelphia Biblical) 1.000 (10-10), 6 RBI, 2 runs, 1.000 slugging pct.; Matt Deahl (DePauw) - .571 (8-14), 3 doubles, 9 RBI, 6 runs, .786 slugging pct.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Corey Lapinski (Illinois Wesleyan) 1-0, 0.69 ERA, 13 ip, 4 hits, 24 strikeouts; Jason Ortwerth (Washington MO) 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 ip, 8 hits, 8 strikeouts; Ryan DiPietro (Eastern Connecticut State) 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 13.1 ip, 3 hits, 20 strikeouts.

Odds 'n' ends: Western New England outfielder Chris Mahoney extended his hitting streak to 43 games, including the final 33 games of 2004 ... Wisconsin-Oshkosh tied a national record by turning six double plays in a nine-inning game in a 13-11 win over Marian (Ind.) on Apr. 3.

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2005 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
March 9: Josiah Jones, East Texas Baptist and John Corbin, Christopher Newport (Hitter); Robert Nordall, Lebanon Valley (Pitcher)
March 16: Jim Barossi, Washington, Md. (Hitter); Justin Schrader, Waynesburg, Pa. (Pitcher)
March 23: Garner Wetzel, Millsaps and Dave Sica, Rutgers-Newark (Hitter); Brian Schutzbach, Monmouth, Ill. (Pitcher)
March 30: Kurt Kapferer, Wooster and Daniel Downs, George Fox (Hitter); Cory Anderson, Coast Guard (Pitcher)
April 6: Eric Baldwin, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Hitter); Josh Spitzack, Gustavus Adolphus (Pitcher)
April 13: Chuck Brehm, Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Hitter); Garrett Sanders, Villa Julie (Pitcher)
April 20: Steve Gebhart, Central College (Hitter); Greg Reinhard, Wisconsin-Whitewater and Drew Shamrock, Denison (Pitcher)
April 27: Jason Mooneyham, Chapman (Hitter); Bryan Lambert, Brandeis (Pitcher)
May 4: Tony Petulla, Penn State-Altoona (Hitter); Brandon McWhorter, Franklin (Pitcher)
May 11: Dan Wentzell, George Fox (Hitter); J.C. Reinke, Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Pitcher)