March 1, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Logan Lawrence
Arkansas Tech's Wilder, St. Mary's O'Neal honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its weekly NCAA Division II National Players of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 26. Arkansas Tech's third baseman Nate Wilder is the National Hitter of the Week while St. Mary's junior right-hander Carl O'Neal is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Nate Wilder (Lincoln, Neb.) batted .529 for Arkansas Tech as they went 4-0 for the week. The infielder had nine hits in 17 at-bats. Five of the nine hits left the yard as he drove in 12 runs and scored nine himself. His slugging percentage was an outstanding 1.588 and he also had an on-base percentage of .619. His best game was a two home run, five RBI performance against Northeastern State.

Carl O'Neal (San Antonio, Texas) who once pitched nine no-hit innings last year in an extra-innings affair, again flirted with a no-no in a complete-game shutout against Oklahoma Panhandle State. O'Neal gave up one hit and struck out 11 in the 2-0 victory.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Kyle Petty, California, Pa. (Hitter); Brad Schnelle, Seton Hill (Pitcher)
Central: Ryan Eustice, Regis (Hitter); Mike McElreath, Regis (Pitcher)
East: Jon Minucci, Southern New Hampshire (Hitter); Bo Budkevics, C.W. Post (Pitcher)
Midwest: Scott Cole, Southern Indiana (Pitcher)
South: Areo Regoli, Nova Southeastern (Hitter); Chad Boughner, North Alabama (Pitcher)
South Central: Nate Wilder, Arkansas Tech (Hitter); Carl O'Neal, St. Mary's (Pitcher)
West: Kevin Odom, California Baptist (Hitter); Ryan Goodbrand, UC San Diego (Pitcher)

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2012 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
Feb. 5: Chris Miller, Cal Poly Pomona (Hitter); Rick Reyna, Angelo State (Pitcher)
Feb. 12: Anthony Boza, Lynn (Hitter); Barry Meeks, West Alabama (Pitcher)
Feb. 19: Joe Andrade, Dixie State (Hitter); Brandon Droge, Newman (Pitcher)
Feb. 26: Nate Wilder, Arkansas Tech (Hitter); Carl O'Neal, St. Mary's (Pitcher)
March 4: Tommy Barnes, Nebraska-Kearney (Hitter); Nolan Snell, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
March 11: Drew Miller, Southwest Baptist (Hitter); Dan McMahon, University of the Sciences (Pitcher)
March 18: Heath Peterson, Montevallo (Hitter); Chris Zbin, Southern Connecticut State (Pitcher)
March 25: Areo Regoli, Nova Southeastern (Hitter); Tim Flight, Southern New Hampshire (Pitcher)
April 1: Tucker Brown, Central Oklahoma (Hitter); Mark Royer, Millersville (Pitcher)
April 8: James Roche, Franklin Pierce (Hitter); Derek Hansen, Augustana (Pitcher)
April 15: Giancarlo Brugnoni, Grand Valley State (Hitter); Colton Mitchell, Delta State (Pitcher)
April 22: Scott Zuback, Lock Haven (Hitter); Jaden Dillon, Texas A&M-Kingsville (Pitcher)
April 29: Alex Schrupp, Metro State (Hitter); Logan Birr, St. Cloud State (Pitcher)
May 6: Adam Shank, St. Edward's (Hitter); Thomas Lee, Sonoma State (Pitcher)