May 4, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
503-554-2926
Wilkes' Mayerski, Gwynedd-Mercy's Thomas honored
NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Baseball was big in the Keystone State this past week as the ninth winners of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's NCAA Division III National Players of the Week for games of April 24-30 both hail from Pennsylvania: infielder Chris Mayerski of Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) for Hitter of the Week and right-hander Josh Thomas of Gwynedd-Mercy College (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) for Pitcher of the Week.

Mayerski, a sophomore from Swoyersville, Pa., enjoyed an outstanding week in helping Wilkes post a 7-1 record and earning Freedom Conference Player of the Week honors. He hit .520 (13-25) during the eight-game stretch and had an impressive 1.320 slugging percentage, cracking five doubles and five home runs. He also drove in 20 runs, scored 13 times, and fashioned a .667 on base percentage. He went 4-for-4 vs. Penn State-Berks with two home runs and six RBI, and was 4-for-4 vs. Cazenovia with three doubles and four RBI. In the field, he made only one error in 43 chances while splitting time between first and third base.

Thomas, a junior from Severn, Md., was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week after he tossed the second no-hitter in the school’s history, both this season, in a 16-0 win over Marywood University on Saturday. In a seven-inning complete game, the Griffins’ right-hander struck out six and allowed just two batters to reach base, one on a walk and one on an error. He joined junior Matt Daley in throwing a no-hitter for the Griffins this season.

Honorable mention hitters: Scott Guillerault (Wheaton MA) – .643 (9-14), 6 runs, 11 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 1.286 slugging pct.; Adam Rohlinger (Concordia WI) – .623 (12-19), 11 runs, 14 RBI, 3 doubles, .789 slugging pct.; Brandon Galutz (SUNY-Oneonta) – .600 (9-15), 5 runs, 8 RBI, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 1.467 slugging pct.; Brandon Carr (Bethel MN) – .800 (8-10), 5 runs, 5 RBI, 1 double, 1 home run, 1.200 slugging pct.; Kyle Jones (Wartburg) – .615 (8-13), 4 runs, 8 RBI, 1 double, 2 home runs, 1.154 slugging pct.

Honorable mention pitchers: Jeff Nokovich (Adrian) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 ip, 1 hit, 14 strikeouts; Matt Fuller (St. John Fisher) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 ip, 1 hit, 15 strikeouts; Chris Martin (Wheaton MA) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 ip, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts; Erik Weber (SUNY-Oneonta) – 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 14 ip, 7 hits, 14 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)
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