May 8, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
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UW-La Crosse's Adler, Lancaster Bible's Talierco honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) parkling efforts on the mound and at the plate guided UW-La Crosse's Shane Adler and Lancaster Bible's Matt Taliercio to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Division III national Pitcher and Hitter of the Week honors for the period of April 28-May 4.

Adler, a junior from Cross Plains, Wis., earned a pair of victories in two appearances during the week en route to Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. He pitched 15.0 innings overall with a 0.60 earned run average. Adler allowed one earned run for the week with 17 strikeouts. In Wis.-La Crosse's 13-0 victory over Wis.-Platteville on April 30, Adler went 6.0 innings, allowing four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. In a 2-1 win over Wis.-Oshkosh on May 4, Adler pitched a complete game, going 9.0 innings, allowing four hits, one run and one walk with a career-high 11 strikeouts. He joined teammate Jordan Greenland in gaining an NCBWA honor, as Greenland was Hitter of the Week last week.

Taliercio, a senior from Norwalk, Conn., led the Chargers to a perfect 4-0 record with three conference wins to close out the regular season, boasting a slash line of .737/.750/1.316 after going 14-for-19 at the plate with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBIs, 12 runs scored, a walk, a stolen base and no strikeouts. The North Eastern Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week was perfect at the plate in two of the Chargers' three wins during a three-game series sweep over conference rival Cazenovia College, going 5-for-5 with two home runs, five RBIs, five runs scored and a walk in a wild 18-11 win May 2 before going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored in a 7-3 win to close the series May 3. In between those performances, he collected two hits with a double and drove in a run while scoring two others in a 15-5 win during game two Saturday. He also went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in an 8-6 nonconference win over Messiah.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Kyle McHugh, UW-Stevens Point - .462 (12-for-26) batting average with a slugging percentage of 1.192 and an on-base percentage of .484 during the week which included five home runs, four doubles, 15 RBI and nine runs scored over the six games Matt Hammond, Grinnell - 12 hits in 17 at bats including a homer, two doubles and 13 RBIs while compiling a slugging percentage of 1.000.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Chad Zurat, Penn St.-Behrend - Complete-game shutout, striking out 15 batters in the process. At one point, he punched-out eight consecutive Pitt-Bradford players and even accomplished the rare feat of striking out four in one inning due to a batter who reached first on a wild pitch. 15 strikeouts is one shy of the Behrend record.

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2014 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
March 2: Simon Rosenbaum, Pomona-Pitzer (Hitter); Chris Bishop, Pacific Lutheran and Jake Perkins, Ferrum (Pitcher)
March 9: Nick Flemister, St. John Fisher (Hitter); Brett Marcom, Southwestern and Andy Sadoski, Bridgewater State (Pitcher)
March 16: Wareen Hartmann, Merchant Marine (Hitter); Nick Sarna, SUNY-Maritime (Pitcher)
March 23: Anthony Mack, Grinnell (Hitter); Danny O'Donnell, Gallaudet (Pitcher)
March 30: Joe Mendez, St. Joseph's (Hitter); Braden Johnson, Transylvania (Pitcher)
April 6: Casey Hicks, Gallaudet (Hitter); Trevor Cannella, SUNY-Maritime (Pitcher)
April 13: Josh Makler, Redlands (Hitter); Colin Feikles, LaRoche (Pitcher)
April 20: Dillon Weaver, Ferrum (Hitter); Sam Fischer, Adrian (Pitcher)
April 27: Kevin Kwedor, Massachusetts Maritime (Hitter); Jordan Greenland, UW-La Crosse (Pitcher)
May 4: Shane Adler, UW-La Crosse (Hitter); Matt Taliercio, Lancaster Bible (Pitcher)
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