March 2, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Logan Lawrence
Ark.-Monticello Hawkins, Northern Ky.’s Middendorf honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its NCAA Division II National Player of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 27. Arkansas-Monticello junior outfielder Wayne Hawkins is the National Hitter of the Week while Northern Kentucky senior left-hander Dave Middendorf is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Hawkins led the Boll Weevils to a four-game split versus Missouri S&T this past weekend. The outfielder amassed a .667 batting average (8-12), scoring six runs and driving in seven more. The Memphis, Tenn. native, also swiped four bases on the week. In the series-opening 12-6 victory over the Miners, Hawkins was 4-for-4 with six RBI.

Dave Middendorf’s complete-game two-hitter helped push the Norse to a 10-1 victory on the road versus Ouachita Baptist. After surrendering an unearned run in the first inning, the lefty went on to retire 15 of the next 16 batters he faced. All told, Middendorf struck out 10 Tiger hitters in picking up his first win of the season.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
• Central: Kodey Simon, Winona State (Hitter); Deryk Marks, Augustana (Pitcher)
• East: Carmine Pellechia, Molloy (Hitter); Michael White, Stonehill (Pitcher)
• Midwest: Brad Clement, Northern Kentucky (Hitter); Dave Middendorf, Northern Kentucky (Pitcher)
• South: Wayne Hawkins, Arkansas-Monticello (Hitter); Ben Hawkins, West Florida (Pitcher)
• South Central: Tyler Migl, St. Mary’s, Texas (Hitter); Mike McGillivray, Texas A&M-International (Pitcher)
• West: Garrett Tuck, UC-San Diego (Hitter); Mike Dedrick, Dixie State (Pitcher)

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2011 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
• Feb. 20: Tyler Migl, St. Mary's, Texas (Hitter); Trey Mitchell, North Alabama (Pitcher)
• Feb. 27: Wayne Hawkins, Arkansas-Monticello (Hitter); Dave Middendorf, Northern Kentucky (Pitcher)
• March 6: Drew Dwelly, Barry (Hitter); Gabriel Asakura, Cal State-Los Angeles (Pitcher)
• March 13: Kaleb Cunningham, Indianapolis (Hitter); Manny Rodriguez, Barry (Pitcher)
• March 20: Brandon Gipson, Benedict (Hitter); Mike Fuller, Colorado-Mines (Pitcher)
• March 27: Chase Larsson, Cameron (Hitter); Ryan Griffin, Alabama-Huntsville (Pitcher)
• April 4: Jenzen Torres, Cal Poly Pomona (Hitter); Joby Lapkowicz, Slippery Rock (Pitcher)
• April 11: Chase Larsson, Cameron (Hitter); Ben Hawkins, West Florida (Pitcher)
• April 18: Dillon Hazlett, Emporia State (Hitter); Vinny DePierro, UMass Lowell (Pitcher)
• April 25: Daniel Dillard, Western Oregon (Hitter); Zach Jeney, Slippery Rock (Pitcher)
• May 2: Josh Vining, Valdosta State (Hitter); Scott Lieser, St. Cloud State (Pitcher)
• May 9: Clay Mohr, New Mexico Highlands (Hitter); Grady Wood, Western Oregon (Pitcher)