March 16, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
Juniata's Beaver, Sewanee's Woods honored

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has announced its second weekly award winners for the 2006 NCAA Division III season, with top honors going to outfielder Troy Beaver of Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pa.) and right-handed pitcher Matt Woods of Sewanee-University of the South (Sewanee, Tenn.) for March 6-12.

Beaver, a senior from Bellwood, Pa., sparked Juniata’s offense as the Eagles went 5-1 in their final six games in Phoenix, Ariz. Hitting in the lead-off spot, Beaver batted .667 (14-21), reaching base 23 times over six games, including one game in which he reached base seven times in seven plate appearances, with a remarkable 18 runs scored. He had at least one hit in each game, and had two or more hits in four of the contests. He scored at least two runs in five of the games and three or more runs on four occasions, with five runs scored in an 18-10 win over Beloit. He stole four bases on the week, while his four doubles helped him post a .857 slugging percentage. Beaver also drove in six runs on the week.

Woods, a senior from Decatur, Ga., tossed a six-hit, complete game shutout as the Tigers defeated Oglethorpe 11-0 on Friday. Woods struck out seven and walked just one in the nine-inning blanking. Only three runners reach second base and he retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, with the lone base runner reaching on an error. Woods is now 4-0 lifetime against Oglethorpe, with three complete game wins which include two complete game shutouts. In those four contests, he has pitched 30.0 innings and allowed just 20 hits and three earned runs (0.90 ERA) with 22 strikeouts and six walks. He was the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable mention hitters: Andrew Atwell (Howard Payne) – .556 (10-18), 7 runs, 11 RBI, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 1 steal; Joe Rivisto (Ramapo) - .714 (10-14), 3 runs, 9 RBI, 1 double, 4 steals; Matt Scally (Johns Hopkins) – .778 (7-9), 7 runs, 8 RBI, 1 home run, 1.556 slugging pct.; Aaron Thor (Aurora) – .462 (12-26), 10 runs, 8 RBI, 7 doubles, 3 home runs; Trent Goree (Texas-Tyler) – .600 (9-15), 10 runs, 6 RBI, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 2 steals.

Honorable mention pitchers: Greg Erickson (McMurry) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 ip, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts; Landon Sinclair, (Waynesburg) – 2-0, 1.93 ERA, 14 ip, 12 strikeouts; Tobin Whitman (Gettysburg) – 1-1, 1.13 ERA, 16 ip, 9 strikeouts; Grant Wilson (Louisiana College) – 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 9 ip, 6 hits, 9 strikeouts; Kevin Knschak (Wilkes) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 ip, 3 hits, 5 strikeouts.

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For more information on the NCBWA Division III Players of the Week, contact Blair Cash at George Fox University at 503-554-2926.

2006 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
• March 9: Nathan Roberts, Franklin College (Hitter); Mark Moriarty, College of St. Scholastica (Pitcher)
• March 16: Troy Beaver, Juniata (Hitter), Matt Woods, Sewanee (Pitcher)
• March 23: Gerard Haran, College of New Jersey (Hitter); Phil Kielma, Illinois College (Pitcher)
• March 30: J.B. Sowyrda, Trinity [Texas] (Hitter); Matt Mendel, Southwestern (Pitcher)
• April 6: Rob Pietroforte, Johns Hopkins (Hitter); Matt Sample, Lincoln (Pitcher)
• April 13: Jake Bell, Mississippi College (Hitter); Chuck Huggins of Trinity [Texas] (Pitcher)
• April 20: Rob Bittner, Guilford and Adam Laplante, Wheaton (Hitter); Daniel Besa, Texas Lutheran (Pitcher)
• April 27: Danny Ruth, Hardin-Simmons (Hitter); Alex Chapple, Aurora (Pitcher)
• May 4: Chris Mayerski, Wilkes (Hitter); Josh Thomas, Gwynedd-Mercy (Pitcher)
• May 11: Gerard Haran, College of New Jersey (Hitter); Cody Flynn, Edgewood (Pitcher)