DALLAS (NCBWA) – Five home runs and a plus-.700 batting
average by first baseman Thomas Phillips of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and a perfect game by John Lunardi
of Susquehanna University have earned them the fifth NCAA Division
III National Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors
for 2009, covering the week of March 23-29, as voted on by a panel
of members from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Phillips, a righty-swinging senior from Durham, N.C., enjoyed
a monster week at the plate, going 14-for-18 with a double, five
home runs, eight runs scored, and 12 RBI in five games. In a doubleheader
against the University of Chicago, he finished 6-for-6 with three
home runs and seven runs batted in. In a doubleheader against Wheaton,
he went 7-for-8 with four RBI. For the week, he batted .778 with
an on-base percentage of .810 and a slugging percentage of 1.667.
Phillips was named the New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference
Player of the Week.
Lunardi, a senior right-hander from Exton, Pa., was named the
Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second straight
week as he tossed a perfect game to give the Crusaders a 9-0 win
over Drew University in the first game of a Landmark doubleheader.
He faced the minimum possible of 21 hitters over seven innings to
earn the victory, striking out seven and using just 82 pitches to
record the perfect game. Lunardi’s feat makes it four weeks in a
row that the D-III Pitcher of the Week has thrown a no-hitter.
Honorable mention hitters: Tre Lips (McMurry) - .593 (16-27),
1 double, 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 16 runs, 1.074 slugging pct.; Eric
Mata (Sul Ross State) - .769 (10-13), 3 doubles, 8 RBI, 7 runs,
1.000 slugging pct.; Jon Venarchick (King’s) - .583 (14-24), 2 triples,
7 RBI, 7 runs, .750 slugging pct.; Melvin Castillo (Eastern Connecticut
State) - .565 (13-23), 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBI, 9 runs, 1.130
slugging pct.; Don Bard (Linfield) - .545 (6-11), 2 doubles, 3 home
run, 8 RBI, .1.545 slugging pct.; Brock Wetenkamp (Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
- .536 (15-28), 3 doubles, 9 RBI, 9 runs, .643 slugging pct.; Jeff
Forgerson (Hendrix) - .529 (9-17), 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 7 RBI,
1.176 slugging pct.; Dave Miller (Penn State-Behrend) - .588 (10-17),
3 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, .941 slugging pct.
Honorable mention pitchers: Mark Miller (Wooster) - 1-0,
0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 0 hits, 11 strikeouts; Corey Underwood (Louisiana
College) - 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 17 strikeouts;
Travis Adams (Bethel MN) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 5 hits,
4 strikeouts; Cory Davis (McMurry) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.1 ip, 1 hit,12
strikeouts; Billy Armstrong (Western Connecticut State) - 1-0, 0.00
ERA, 8.0 ip, 1 hit, 9 strikeouts; Tim Therrian (Southern Maine)
- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.0 ip, 1 cg, 6 hits, 9 strikeouts; John Kain
(Manhattanville) - 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 save, 3.1 ip, 1 hit.
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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)