May 10, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Logan Lawrence
St. Edward's Shank, Sonoma State's Lee 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 May 6th. St. Edward's senior firstbaseman Adam Shank is the National Hitter of the Week while Sonoma State senior righthander Thomas Lee is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Adam Shank (Sugar Land, Texas) helped the No. 20 Hilltoppers to a 2-1 weekly record. He pounded out a .692 batting average, which included a 6-for-6 game in game two versus Texas A&M-International. He also had a slugging percentage of .800 and drove in five runs for the week, not to mention, a perfect fielding percentage in 27 chances. For the season, Shank has upped his average to .374. He leads the Hilltoppers with 39 runs, 20 doubles and a .451 on-base percentage.

Thomas Lee (Bakersfield, Calif.) allowed just two hits and struck out eight en route to a shutout win over Cal State Monterey Bay. The victory was the seventh of the season for Lee and it moved the Seawolves to within one game of a CCAA Tournament berth, which they would go on to clinch in game two of Saturday's doubleheader. Lee was simply brilliant on Saturday, baffling Otter hitters the whole way. He allowed only one walk and faced just one batter over the minimum on his way to his first career complete game shutout.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
• Central: Garrett Fischer, St. Cloud State (Hitter); Aaron Harms, Regis (Pitcher)
• East: Nick LaCroix, Franklin Pierce (Hitter); Nick Vautrin, Bridgeport (Pitcher)
• Midwest: Charlie Mohr, Missouri St. Louis (Hitter); Mike Saunders, Saginaw Valley State (Pitcher)
• South: Heath Pritchard, Tampa (Hitter); Jake Stephens, West Florida (Pitcher)
• South Central: Adam Shank, St. Edward’s (Hitter); Brandon Taylor, UA Fort Smith (Pitcher)
• West: Griff Boyd, Western Oregon (Hitter); Thomas Lee, Sonoma State (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)