DALLAS (NCBWA) – Catcher Josh Rapacz of George Fox University
accounted for 16 runs in three games and Nick Rossmiller of Thiel
College tossed a three-hit shutout, earning the first 2013
Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week honors for
games of February 25-March 3 as voted on by a panel of D-III members
of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Rapacz, a junior from West Richland, Wash., sizzled as the Bruins
opened Northwest Conference play with a 21-3, 12-3, 9-8 sweep of
Lewis & Clark. In the opener, he was 3-4 with a double, a grand
slam home run, 3 runs scored and a career-high 7 RBIs. In the second
game, he was 4-5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. In the
finale, he was 2-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and scored the winning
run in the Bruins' six-run bottom-of-the-9th rally that pulled out
the win. For the week, he batted .692 (9-13) with 3 doubles, a home
run, 8 runs scored, 9 RBIs, a .714 on base pct. and 1.154 slugging
pct. He also handled 13 chances (10 putouts, 3 assists) without
an error behind the plate. Rapacz was named the Northwest Conference
Position Player of the Week.
Rossmiller, a senior from Butler, Pa., was chosen as Thiel's
opening-day starter and did not disappoint, taking a no-hitter into
the sixth inning of the Tomcats' 6-0 win over Finlandia. While the
Lions eventually managed to scrape together three hits (all singles),
the right-hander recorded 12 strikeouts while walking just one en
route to the complete-game shutout. Rossmiller was named the Presidents'
Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Honorable Mention Hitters: Mark Riendeau (Louisiana College)
- .667 (12-18), 2 doubles, 1 triple, 10 RBI, .889 slugging pct.;
Christian Muscarello (Trinity TX) - .615 (8-13), 1 double, 1 triple,
1 home run, 2 RBI, 6 runs, 1.077 slugging pct.; Eric Steininger
(Thiel)) - .714 (5-7), 1 double, 3 RBI, 5 runs, 3 stolen bases,
.857 slugging pct.; Eric Pizzico (Scranton) - .571 (8-14), 1 double,
1 home run, 5 RBI, 3 runs, .857 slugging pct.; Jacob Craft (Anderson)
- .857 (6-7), 1 home run, 2 RBI, 3 runs, 1.286 slugging pct.; Rob
Jennings (Frostburg State) - .571 (8-14), 3 doubles, 7 RBI, 3 runs,
.786 slugging pct.
Honorable Mention Pitchers: Zak Enriquez (Sul Ross State)
- 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts; Tyler Erickson
(Ozarks) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts; Seth
Webster (Louisiana College) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 3 hits,
9 strikeouts; Ben Krusen (North Central) - 0-0, 1 sv, 0.00 ERA,
4.0 ip, 1 hit, 8 strikeouts; Dylan Padgett (Manchester) - 1-0, 0.00
ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts; Brandon Holsworth (Gallaudet)
- 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 3 strikeouts; Alex Teal (Worcester
State) - 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 5 hits, 11 strikeouts; Ryan
Lucero (Trinity TX) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 70 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts;
Chris Haddeland (Linfield) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts.
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2013 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
• March 3: Josh Rapacz, George Fox (Hitter); Nick Rossmiller, Thiel (Pitcher)
• March 10: Matt Sheneman, Neumann (Hitter); Zach Jones, McDaniel (Pitcher)
• March 17: Daniel Donohue, Salve Regina and Jake Mailman, Wentworth Institute of Technology (Hitter); Nick Rossmiller, Thiel (Pitcher)
• March 24: Michael Morelli, Mount Saint Mary (Hitter); Steven Ramsdell, Allegheny (Pitcher)
• March 31: Jonathan Mason, Bridgewater (Hitter); Phil Stakely, Trine (Pitcher)
• April 7: Brad Gugliotta, Baldwin Wallace and Daniel Paccione, Farmingdale State (Hitter); Trevor Lubking, Pacific Lutheran (Pitcher)
• April 14: Ronald Echavarria, SUNY-Purchase (Hitter); Ryan Jacobs, Penn State-Behrend (Pitcher)
• April 21: Matt Taliercio, Lancaster Bible (Hitter); Derek Slagle, Penn State-Harrisburg (Pitcher)
• April 28: Brian Mauro, DeSales (Hitter); Alex DiSanto, SUNY-Old Westbury (Pitcher)
• May 5: Ryan Hayes, Earlham (Hitter); Ryan Spengler, Saint John's (Pitcher)