May 10, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
503-554-2926
Aurora's Van Asdlen, UW-Platteville's Oppriecht honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) A single-game RBI record for Brett Van Asdlen of Aurora University and a fine effort against a nationally-ranked opponent by Bill Oppriecht of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville have earned them the 10th and final NCAA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week honors for April 29-May 6 as voted on by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Asdlen, a senior first baseman from Minooka, Ill., led the 19th-ranked Spartans to a 3-0 week and their first Northern Athletics Conference regular-season championship in the six years of the conference and 21st title overall. He hit .692 (9-for-13) with five home runs, one double, 15 runs batted in, and six runs scored, finishing the week with a 1.923 slugging percentage and a .643 on-base percentage. In Aurora's 25-1 win over Dominican, he hit three home runs, with a grand slam in the first inning, a two-run shot in the second, and a three-run blast in the fourth. His 10 runs batted in for the game broke a single-game Aurora record that dated back to 1996. Van Asdlen was the Northern Athletics Conference Position Player of the Week.

Oppriecht, a junior right-hander from Seneca, Wis., pitched his second straight complete game in the Pioneers' 1-0 win over 14th-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point on May 4. He allowed just six hits, two for extra bases, and walked four, but kept the hard-hitting Pointers off the scoreboard by striking out seven and stranding nine runners, starting the Pioneers off on their first doubleheader sweep of UWSP since 1996. Oppriecht was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable mention hitters: Marty Herum (Wisconsin-Whitewater) - .533 (16-30), 4 doubles, 1 home run, 18 RBIs, 7 runs, .767 slugging pct.; Aaron Helland (Defiance) - .583 (7-12), 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, 4 runs, 5 stolen bases, .917 slugging pct.; Kyle McClain (Washington & Jefferson) - .533 (16-30), 1 double, 1 triple, 7 RBIs, 8 runs, .600 slugging pct.; Taylor Perun (Western New England) - .444 (8-18) - 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 4 runs, .778 slugging pct.; Tyler Smarslok (Kean) - .556 (5-9), 1 double, 6 RBIs, 1 run, .667 slugging pct.; John Carey (Southern Maine) - .533 (8-15), 1 double, 5 RBIs, .600 slugging pct.; Sam Tajiri (Messiah) - .429 (6-14), 2 doubles, 1 RBIs, 4 runs, .571 slugging pct.

Honorable mention pitchers: Tyler Erickson (Castleton State) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 11 strikeouts; Dan LaRocca (Ramapo) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts; Ryan Larson (Linfield) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 7 strikeouts; David Hoey (Rhode Island College) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 6 strikeouts; Dakota Aker (Castleton State) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 6 strikeouts; Alex Raver (Wisconsin Lutheran) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts; Tommy Bergjans (Haverford)- 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 5 hits, 7 strikeouts; Brian Ranta (George Fox) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 7 hits, 11 strikeouts.

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2012 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
March 4: Andy King, Hamline (Hitter); Mitch Hunnicutt, Hanover (Pitcher)
March 11: Zach Hofer, Elmhurst (Hitter); Blaine O'Brien, Keystone (Pitcher)
March 18: Gregg Steinman, Moravian (Hitter); Steve Maher, St. Thomas (Pitcher)
March 25: Bruce Maxwell, Birmingham-Southern (Hitter); Brian Ranta, George Fox (Pitcher)
April 1: Dan Fiorito, Manhattanville (Hitter); Jarrett Gish, Case Western Reserve (Pitcher)
April 8: Matt Thompson, McMurry (Hitter); Jhonneris Mendez, Suffolk (Pitcher)
April 15: Kyle Cook, Centre (Hitter); Kyle Cunningham-Rhoads, Wooster (Pitcher)
April 22: Edwin Moser, DeSales (Hitter); Tyler Erickson, Castleton State (Pitcher)
April 29: Tim Saunders, Marietta (Hitter); Kyle Szatrowski, UMass-Boston (Pitcher)
May 6: Brett Van Asdlen, Aurora (Hitter); Bill Oppriecht, Wisconsin-Plattevile (Pitcher)