March 13, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Logan Lawrence
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Grand Valley State's Brugnoni, Mary's Trattles honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION II
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its weekly NCAA Division II National Players of the Week awards of the season for the period ending March 10. Grand Valley State junior first baseman Gioncarlo Brugnoni is the National Hitter of the Week while University of Mary junior righthander Shane Trattles is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Gioncarlo Brugnoni (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) had a stellar first week of competition, hitting .519 (14-for-27) with 11 runs, four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 16 RBI. Brugnoni recorded a .567 on-base percentage and an incredible 1.185 slugging percentage in the team's first eight games of the season. Brugnoni, who had five multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games, recorded and extra-base hit in 7-of-8 games played. GVSU went 4-4, seeing its first action outside. This was his second National Player of the Week award. Brugnoni was named National Hitter of the Week April 18th of last season.

Shane Trattles (Sauk Center, Minn.) pitched just the third no-hitter in University of Mary baseball history and came within an out of a perfect game in a 2-0 win over Penn State Beaver. The junior from Sauk Center, Minn., retired the first 20 hitters he faced and didn’t allow a baserunner until two outs in the seventh inning when the Marauders infield committed an error. Trattles finished with eight strikeouts in the seven inning complete game while allowing no hits or walks. This is the first national honor for the University of Mary.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
• Atlantic: Taylor Snare, West Liberty (Hitter); Ben Rawding, Mercyhurst (Pitcher)
• Central: Bubba Dotson, Missouri Western (Hitter); Shane Trattles, University of Mary (Pitcher)
• East: Nick Nelson, St. Michael’s (Hitter); Tom Bammann, Dowling (Pitcher)
• Midwest: Gioncarlo Brugnoni, Grand Valley State (Hitter); Kyle Renaud, Missouri-St. Louis (Pitcher)
• South: Josh Cyr, North Alabama (Hitter); Brian Johnson, Florida Southern (Pitcher)
• South Central: Blake Stringer, Oklahoma Christian (Hitter); Matt Williams, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
• Southeast: Will Fulmer, Montevallo (Hitter); Ethan Carter, UNC-Pembroke (Pitcher)
• West: Zach Esquerra, California Baptist (Hitter); Sean Becker, Cal State-East Bay (Pitcher)

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.

2013 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
• Feb. 10: Lee Neumann, Angelo State (Hitter); Nick Fogarty, Valdosta State (Pitcher)
• Feb. 17: Josh Wenger, Concord (Hitter); Ryan Goodbrand, UC San Diego (Pitcher)
• Feb. 24: Connor McCain, Alabama-Huntsville (Hitter); Chris Murphy, Millersville (Pitcher)
• March 3: Dylan Tice, Indiana, Pa. (Hitter); Junior Mendez, Southern New Hampshire (Pitcher)
• March 10: Gioncarlo Brugnoni, Grand Valley State (Hitter); Shane Trattles, Mary (Pitcher)
• March 17: Kyle Giusti, Abilene Christian (Hitter); Chris Murphy, Millersville (Pitcher)
• March 24: Charlie Sharrer, Cal State-East Bay (Hitter); Scott Lieser, St. Cloud State (Pitcher)
• March 31: Colton Little, Colorado Mesa (Hitter); Dylan James, West Texas A&M (Pitcher)
• April 7: Nate Olinger, Colorado Mines (Hitter); Stephen Cooke, Indiana (Pa.) (Pitcher)
• April 14: Ryan Messina, Shepard (Hitter); Dallas Ponder, Texas A&M-Kingsville (Pitcher)
• April 21: Brady Capshaw, Southern Arkansas (Hitter); Robert Frank, St. Thomas Aquanis (Pitcher)
• April 28: Jacob Nelson, Metro State (Hitter); Collin Sherrod, St. Edward's (Pitcher)
• May 5: Zach Bricknell, Young Harris (Hitter); Brian Ernst, East Stroudsburg (Pitcher)

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