National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 20, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
Gebhart, Reinhard and Shamrock honored

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Shortstop Steve Gebhart of Central College (Pella, Iowa) and hurlers Greg Reinhard of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Drew Shamrock of Denison University (Granville, Ohio) have been named the 2005 NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week and Co-Pitchers of the Week for April 11-17 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Gebhart, a senior from Des Moines, Iowa, hit .600 (9-15) with five home runs, a double, a 1.667 slugging pct., 12 RBI and nine runs scored in four games during the week. He hit four home runs, drove in nine runs and scored seven times in a doubleheader sweep of Coe. In the 15-10 opener, he went 2-4 with a home run, three RBI and three doubles. He tied a school record with three home runs in his 5-5 performance in the nightcap, a 16-5 victory. He drove in six runs and scored four times. He went 1-3 and scored once in both games of a doubleheader sweep of Simpson. In the first game, a 4-3 Dutch win, he hit a home run and drove in three. He was Iowa Conference Player of the Week.

Reinhard, a junior from Marinette, Wisc., set a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record with 19 strikeouts on April 17 in Wisconsin-Whitewater’s 6-3 10-inning win against Wisconsin-Stout. His 19 strikeouts breaks the old mark of 18 established by Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Dave Benedict on May 22, 1950, against Winona State (Minn.). He also broke the school record of 15 set by Kelly Mulroy against Wisconsin-Platteville on May 1, 1999. He struck out 11 of 15 batters between the fifth and ninth innings and pitched all 10 innings, allowing four hits, one earned run and no walks. He also tossed four innings against Wisconsin-Platteville on April 14 and allowed just two hits and no runs, while striking out four batters. He was WIAC Pitcher of the Week.

Shamrock, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, fired his first career no-hitter in last week's series-opening 8-0 win against Wabash. Shamrock struck out 10 batters and walked only two in his dominating performance. On Thursday against Otterbein, Shamrock pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two batters to help Denison to the 10-9 win, earning his first career save in the process. He is 4-2 on the year and has struck out 49 batters in 41.0 innings pitched. He was North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Joseph Hapanionek (Dubuque) - .647 (11-17), 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 9 runs, 1.471 slugging pct.; Andrew Wellman (Wittenberg) – .700 (14-20), 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1.200 slugging pct., 11 RBI, 7 runs; Josh Armstrong (Linfield) - .750 (9-12), 1 double, .833 slugging pct., 6 RBI, 5 runs, 7-7 steals; Mike McCormick (New Jersey City) - .636 (7-11), 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1.000 slugging pct., 7 RBI, 6 runs

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Kevin Maluchnik (Medaille) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 ip, 0 hits, 11 strikeouts, no-hitter vs. Mt. Aloysius; Matt Vasil (St. Joseph’s ME) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 ip, 0 hits, 11 strikeouts, no-hitter vs. Maine-Presque Isle; Jim Dougher (Cortland) – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 17 ip, 7 hits, 12 strikeouts; Josh Schwartz (Rowan) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 ip, 5 hits, 7 strikeouts, NCAA record 30th straight win

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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)