April 18, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Blair Cash
SUNY-Purchase's Echavarria, PSU-Behrend's Jacobs honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) – A solid week in which he accounted for 20 runs by Ronald Echavarria of Purchase College-State University of New York, and a perfect game by Ryan Jacobs of Pennsylvania State University-Behrend, have earned them the seventh NCAA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week honors respectively for April 8-14, 2013, as voted on by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Echavarria, a senior designated hitter/outfielder from Bronx, N.Y., collected 11 hits in 17 at-bats for a .647 batting average with 11 runs batted in and nine runs scored as Purchase went 4-0 in league play and 5-0 on the week. He cracked three doubles, two home runs and a triple for a 1.294 slugging percentage, and added a pair of walks. He began the week with a 4-for-4 game in a 9-8 win over St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn in which he had a triple, home run, and drove in four. His sacrifice fly in the fourth inning lifted the Panthers past Mount Saint Mary 1-0 on Apr. 13 in teammate Adam Brant’s no-hitter. He finished with a 5-for-7 day with seven RBI on Apr. 14 as Purchase earned 20-3 and 12-1 victories over Mount Saint Vincent. Echavarria was the Skyline Conference Player of the Week.

In a week in which four no-hitters were thrown, Jacobs, a senior from Port Vue, Pa., stood out as he threw the first perfect game in Lions’ history in a 1-0 home victory over Mount Aloysius, a team that was hitting better than .300, in the first game of a doubleheader on Apr. 14. The right-hander was dominant on the mound with six strikeouts, throwing less than 70 pitches in seven innings and going to a three-ball count just twice. Jacobs leads the team with a 5-0 record and ranks first in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in opponents’ batting average (.189), second in earned run average (1.51), and fourth in batters struck out (36). Jacobs was the AMCC Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Tucker White (Southern Maine) - .636 (14-22), 7 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 12 RBI, 1.273 slugging pct.; Casey Grimes (Rowan) - .556 (10-18), 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 12 RBI, 6 runs, 1.278 slugging pct.; Beau Langs (Olivet) - .750 (12-16), 2 doubles, 6 RBI, 7 runs, 2 stolen bases, .875 slugging pct.; Brendan Toughey (Baldwin Wallace) - .563 (9-16), 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 10 runs, 1.313 slugging pct.; Ken Terpack (Penn State-Altoona) - .625 (10-16), 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 4 runs, 1.062 slugging pct.; Scott Windler (Franklin) - .536 (15-28), 4 doubles, 1 home run, 10 RBI, 12 runs, 8 stolen bases, .786 slugging pct.; Bryan Moreno (Staten Island) - .571 (8-14), 2 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI, 10 runs, 4 stolen bases, .857 slugging pct.; Zach Boyes (Johnson & Wales) - .550 (11-20), 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, 4 runs, .950 slugging pct.; Nick Clary (Catholic) - .600 (6-10), 1 home run, 2 RBI, 5 runs, .900 slugging pct.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Dylan Dean Smith (Webster) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.1 ip, 1 cg (no-hitter), 1 hit, 10 strikeouts; Greg Sherman (Lasell) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg (no-hitter), 0 hits, 5 strikeouts; Adam Brant (SUNY-Purchase) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg (no-hitter), 0 hits, 5 strikeouts; Tom Darby (Eastern Connecticut State) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 1 hit, 10 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)