DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association released its seventh weekly NCAA Division II
National Players of the Week awards of the 2015 season
for the week ending on March 29. Colorado Mesas senior catcher
Austin Willingford is the National Hitter of the
Week while Missouri Southern sophomore righty Sean Goostree
is the National Pitcher of the Week.
Wallingford (Pueblo, Colo.) hit .733 (11-for-15) with ten runs
scored and five home runs in the Mavericks series with Adams State.
He slugged 1.933 and also had a double and a triple with 10 RBIs.
In game two, he belted two home runs.
Goostree (Wheaton, Mo.) threw the 8th no-hitter in MSSU history
this week when he blanked Pittsburg State 1-0 in a mid-week game.
The sophomore faced just four batters over the minimum. He struck
out eight and walked none. The more impressive part to this no-hitter
was the fact that Goostree sat on the bench for 1:07 of a rain delay
in the third inning before he went back out to finish the game.
The 6-3 sophomore pitcher is a native of Wheaton, Mo. where he competed
at Wheaton High School.
Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Spencer Wolfe, Shepherd (Hitter); Josh Armbruster, Notre
Dame (OH) (Pitcher)
• Central: Max Ayoub, Nebraska-Kearney
(Hitter); Sean Goostree, Missouri Southern (Pitcher)
East: John Kukura, Pace (Hitter); Tom Hudson, St. Anselm (Pitcher)
Midwest: Luke Lucchetti, William Jewell (Hitter); Randy Dobnak,
Alderson Broaddus (Pitcher)
• South: John Borup, Lynn
University (Hitter); Daniel Koger, Alabama-Huntsville (Pitcher)
South Central: Austin Wallingford, Colorado Mesa (Hitter); James
Gray, Eastern New Mexico (Pitcher)
• Southeast: Chaz Pal,
USC Aiken (Hitter); Craig Brooks, Catawba (Pitcher)
Tyler Davis, Northwest Nazarene (Hitter); Bryan Conant, Cal State
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2015 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
Feb. 15: Jake Kennedy, Shippensburg (Hitter); Aaron Cox, Gannon (Pitcher)
Feb. 22: Luke Reinschmidt, Montana State-Billings (Hitter); Steve Naemark, Angelo State (Pitcher)
March 8: Jordan Brower, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Mike Lundin, Franklin Pierce (Pitcher)
March 15: Will Albertson, Catawba (Hitter); Landon Simpson, Southern Arkansas (Pitcher)
March 22: Chris Miller, Seton Hill (Hitter); Ryan Luna, Sonoma State (Pitcher)
March 29: Austin Wallingford, Colorado Mesa (Hitter); Sean Goostree, Missouri Southern (Pitcher)
April 5: Will Albertson, Catawba (Hitter); John Conquy, Dixie State (Pitcher)
April 12: Ryan Uhl, Indiana, Pa. (Hitter); Jordan Tackett, Indianapolis (Pitcher)
April 19: Mike Montville, Southern New Hampshire (Hitter); Mitchell Stalsberg, Winona State (Pitcher)
April 26: Ryan Uhl, Indiana, Pa. (Hitter); Randy Dobnak, Alderson Broaddus (Pitcher)
May 3: Zak DeCamp, Lake Erie (Hitter); Kyle Wilson, Missouri-St. Louis (Pitcher)