National Collegiate Baseball Writers May 4, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
Petulla, McWhorter honored

DALLAS (NCBWA) Shortstop Tony Petulla of Pennsylvania State University-Altoona slugged his team into the conference tournament while Franklin College (Ind.) ace Brandon McWhorter threw back-to-back shutouts, earning 2005 NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week for April 25-May 1 from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Petulla, a lefty-swinging sophomore from Osceola Mills, Pa., led the Lions to a 4-0 week and into the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament by hitting .692 (9-for-13) with a pair of home runs, a slugging percentage of 1.154, 3 runs scored and 10 RBI. He began the week with a 4-for-5 game vs. Juniata, with a home run, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored, and was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the second game. He had a grand slam against Penn St. Behrend in the regular season conference finale that put Altoona in the tournament. Petulla is currently ranked second in the conference in hitting (.410) and slugging pct. (.713), and first in hits (50) and RBI (48).

McWhorter, a right-handed junior from New Castle, Ind., blanked Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents in consecutive games to improve to 5-2 overall. He pitched the full nine innings and allowed just 4 hits, issued no walks and had 9 strikeouts in the Grizzlies' 7-0 victory at Anderson April 25. McWhorter then went the full seven innings and gave up 5 hits and 1 walk and had 5 strikeouts in Franklin's 4-0 second-game victory at 20th-ranked Manchester on April 30. McWhorter, who has a 2.39 ERA, was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 innings, 9 hits, 14 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Austin DeHoogh (Central IA) - .778 (7-9), 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI, 5 runs, 1.111 slugging pct.; Josh Santry (Amherst) .667 (10-15), 2 doubles, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 1.000 slugging pct., .818 on-base pct.; Ross Klawitter (Wisconsin-Whitewater) - .500 (10-20), 1 double, 2 home runs, 7 runs, 3 RBI, .850 slugging pct.; John Dailey (Linfield) - .583 (7-12), 1 double, 2 home runs, 4 runs, 5 RBI, 1.167 slugging pct.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Kevin Tomasiewicz (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.2 ip, 5 hits, 15 strikeouts; Brian Krost (Western Connecticut State) 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 9 ip, 2 hits, 10 strikeouts, no-hitter for 8.1 ip; Zack Grove (Mount St. Joseph) 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 10.2 ip, 3 strikeouts, no-hitter vs. Defiance; Sam Mann (Washington & Jefferson) 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 ip, 6 hits, 13 strikeouts; Zeke Boron (Delaware Valley) 1-0, 3.70 ERA, 7.1 ip, 0 hits, 11 strikeouts, no-hitter vs. Penn State-Berks; Jordan Boyer (Albright) 1-1, 4.41 ERA, 10.2 ip, 7 hits, 2 strikeouts, no-hitter vs. Lebanon Valley.

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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)