March 12, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
Franklin's Chrobak, Elmhurst's Boals honored Bookmark and Share

DALLAS (NCBWA) A six-homer week by Joel Chrobak of Franklin College and a no-hitter by Cody Boals of Elmhurst have earned the pair the second NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors for 2009, covering the week of March 2-8, as voted on by a panel of members from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Chrobak, a senior designated hitter from La Porte, Ind., slammed six home runs and posted a 1.529 slugging percentage in a four-game series with visiting North Central College (Ill.) on March 7-8, helping the Grizzlies win three contests and improve to 5-3. He went 8 for 17 (.471) with nine runs scored and piled up 13 RBIs in the series. He was 1 for 4 with a two-run homer in the Grizzlies' 16-15 victory in the first game on Saturday. He socked three home runs in the second game, including two in the fifth inning (a two-run shot and a grand slam), going 4 for 5 with three runs scored and seven RBIs in that contest, won by Franklin 23-12. The next day, he was 3 for 4, including two home runs (a two-run shot and a solo homer), scored four runs, and totaled four RBI in Franklin's 15-11 come-from-behind win in the nightcap. Chrobak, who is batting .333 with a .879 slugging percentage and 16 RBIs in eight contests overall, was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week.

Boals, a junior righthander from Orangeville, Ill., tossed a no-hitter in the Bluejays' season-opening 12-0 win over Concordia University (Wis.). The transfer from Highland Community College pitched a complete seven innings, allowing only three walks and striking out 12 in the victory. It was Elmhurst's first no-hitter since the 1999 season. Boals was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable mention hitters: Kevin Goshorn (Illinois Wesleyan) - .647 (11-17), 4 doubles, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 9 runs, 1.059 slugging pct.; Matt Kelley (Plattsburgh State) - .600 (12-20), 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 15 RBI, 5 runs, 1.050 slugging pct.; Ryan Poff (York PA) - .538 (14-26), 6 doubles, 1 home run, 13 RBI, 10 runs, .885 slugging pct.; Matt Butorac (St. John's MN) - .457 (16-35), 8 doubles, 11 RBI, .686 slugging pct.; Park Smith (Denison) - .625 (10-16), 4 doubles, 9 RBI, 6 runs, .875 slugging pct.; Pat Bailey (George Fox) - .467 (7-15), 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 8 runs, 1.200 slugging pct.

Honorable mention pitchers: Steve Salazar (Aurora) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts; Wade Keenan (Stevenson) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 2 hits, 7 strikeouts; Jared Hopper (Mary Hardon-Baylor) - 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 5 hits, 14 strikeouts; Jack Craven (Mississippi College) - 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 2 hits, 10 strikeouts.

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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)