DALLAS (NCBWA) – A near-perfect week at the plate by third
baseman Jeremy Macklin of Texas Lutheran University and outstanding
performances against nationally-ranked teams by two pitchers with
contrasting styles, Matt Schuld of the University of St.
Thomas (Minn.) and D.J. Keckler of Wesley College, have earned
them the first NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week
and Pitcher of the Week honors for 2009, covering the week of
February 23-March 1.
Macklin, a senior from Austin, Texas, batted .917 by going 11-for-12
in a three-game series sweep of Mississippi College , belting three
home runs and four doubles and driving in a whopping 18 runs. He
set TLU school records for RBI in a three-game series (18) and RBI
in a doubleheader (14), and tied the TLU mark for RBI in a single
game, eight. His slugging percentage for the week was 2.000, and
his on-base percentage was .875. He was a triple short of the cycle
in Friday's win and in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
He also had a steal and three walks in the three games. He entered
the three-game series with 12 RBI; he now has 30 RBI, and is batting
.553 on the season for the 9-5 Bulldogs. Macklin was named the American
Southwest Conference West Division Hitter of the Week.
Schuld, a junior righthander from Plymouth, Minn., threw a two-hit
shutout and struck out 14 in Sunday night's 2-0 victory over No.
12-ranked St. Scholastica. He allowed one walk, hit one batter,
and gave up a double and a single in the seven-inning game. The
game set a Metrodome record as it was played in just 87 minutes.
In his last six appearances since last May, Schuld has a 5-1 record
with a 1.35 ERA and nine walks and 40 strikeouts in 40 innings.
His lone loss was in extra innings to 2008 World Series qualifier
UW-Whitewater in the regional tournament last May in a game that
was 1-1 through nine innings.
Keckler, a freshman righthander from Fallston, Md., was named
the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week after throwing
a two-hit complete game 2-0 victory over CAC rival and No. 1-ranked
Salisbury, ending the Sea Gulls' 44-game regular-season winning
streak. In the scheduled seven-inning game, he had to work out of
jams in the seventh and eighth innings, then pitched a perfect ninth
after the Wesley offense broke open the scoreless contest. In his
first collegiate conference appearance and third appearance overall,
he allowed just five baserunners and held the Gulls hitless over
the final 7.1 innings (25 batters), including one stretch of 13
straight retired batters. Amazingly, Keckler had no strikeouts in
Honorable Mention Hitters: David Roux (Louisiana College) - .519
(11-21), 3 doubles, 5 home runs, 11 RBI, 10 runs, 1.381 slugging
pct.; Bo Thunell (George Fox) - .529 (9-17), 6 doubles, 1 home run,
12 RBI, 6 runs, 1.059 slugging pct.; Nick Nolan (Kean) - .571 (4-7),
2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 2 runs, 1.571 slugging pct.
Honorable Mention Pitchers: Michael Johnson (Concordia-Texas)
- 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 6 hits, 17 strikeouts (ASC record);
Tommy Rozell (Texas-Tyler) - 1-0, 2.45 ERA, 11.0 ip, 4 hits, 16
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of
college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and
publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory,
newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player
of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting.
The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication
and writing contests.
2009 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
• March 1: Jeremy Macklin, Texas Lutheran (Hitter);
D.J. Keckler, Wesley College and Matt Schuld, St. Thomas (Pitcher)
• March 8: Joel Chrobak, Franklin (Hitter);
Cody Boals, Elmhurst (Pitcher)
• March 15: Garrett Lamborn, Wesleyan (Hitter);
Tyler Seaman, Mississippi College (Pitcher)
• March 22: Cody Callahan, Keene State (Hitter);
Tim McMenamin, Gwynedd-Mercy (Pitcher)
• March 29: Thomas Phillips, MIT (Hitter); John
Lunardi, Susquehanna (Pitcher)
• April 5: Bo Bell, Mississippi College (Hitter);
Evan Michaud, Western New England (Pitcher)
• April 12: Daniel Ward, Hendrix (Hitter); Tyler
Seaman, Mississippi College (Pitcher)
• April 19: Ryan Pike, Southern Maine (Hitter);
Cory Collins, Curry (Pitcher)
• April 26: Joe Biagini, Webster (Hitter); Tim
Flannery, Albright (Pitcher)
• May 3: Richard Michelin, California Lutheran
(Hitter); Chuck Nicholas, Alvernia (Pitcher)