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 didnt 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,
Central: Bubba Dotson, Missouri
Western (Hitter); Shane Trattles, University of Mary (Pitcher)
East: Nick Nelson, St. Michaels (Hitter); Tom Bammann, Dowling
Midwest: Gioncarlo Brugnoni, Grand Valley State
(Hitter); Kyle Renaud, Missouri-St. Louis (Pitcher)
Josh Cyr, North Alabama (Hitter); Brian Johnson, Florida
South Central: Blake Stringer, Oklahoma
Christian (Hitter); Matt Williams, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
Southeast: Will Fulmer, Montevallo (Hitter); Ethan Carter,
West: Zach Esquerra, California
Baptist (Hitter); Sean Becker, Cal State-East Bay (Pitcher)
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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)