Feb. 25, 2016
For Immediate Release
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Pitt State's Vogelbaugh, Lubbock Christian's Blanchette honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION II
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its NCAA Division II National Players of the Week awards for the week ending on Feb. 16. Pittsburg State sophomore first baseman Andrew Vogelbaugh is the National Hitter of the Week while Lubbock Christian lefty Guillaume Blanchette is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Andrew Vogelbaugh (Liberty, Mo.) hit .500 and drove in 11 runs in a four-game series as Pittsburg State took three of four games from Minnesota-Duluth. He collected seven extra base hits three doubles and four home runs among his eight hits in the series. He belted a school record tying three home runs in a 9-8 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday (Feb. 20). Vogelbaugh's final HR of the game gave Pitt State a walk off victory. He also went 2-for-4 with a double, HR and five RBI in an 18-9 loss earlier in the day Saturday. For the season, Vogelbaugh is hitting .563 with 14 runs scored, four doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI in eight games.

Guillaume Blanchette (St-Constant, Quebec) had an impressive outing in a 6-1 win over No.9 Angelo State, pitching his second career complete game and first one-hitter. Blanchette had a no-hitter through five innings and it came to an end in the sixth inning off a lead-off single. The Chaps pitcher revenged the hit by picking off the runner and retiring the final 11 batters faced. Blanchette, who allowed no earned runs, faced 31 batters and fanned six in the complete game.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Mitch Stoltzfus, Millersville (Hitter); Jeff Allen, Indiana (Pa.) (Pitcher)
Central: Andrew Vogelbaugh, Pittsburg State (Hitter); Carson McPherson, Oklahoma Baptist (Pitcher)
East: No nominations
Midwest: Ryan Bertram, Southern Indiana (Hitter); Keith Coulson, Missouri S&T (Pitcher)
South: Peter Nicoletto, Rollins (Hitter); Tre Hobbs, Delta State (Pitcher)
South Central: Josh Newell, Regis (Hitter); Guillaume Blanchette, Lubbock Christian (Pitcher)
Southeast: Zach Moon, South Carolina-Aiken (Hitter); Placido Torres, Tusculum (Pitcher)
West: Ryan Garcia, Point Loma (Hitter); Colton Loomis, Northwest Nazarene (Pitcher)

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.

2016 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 16: Brett Wilhelm, Lubbock Christian (Hitter); Brooks Trujillo, West Texas A&M (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 23: Andrew Vogelbaugh, Pittsburg State (Hitter); Guillaume Blanchette, Lubbock Christian (Pitcher)
Week ending March 1: Blaise Warrick, Arkansas-Fort Smith (Hitter); Ben Criscuolo, Southern New Hampshire (Pitcher)
Week ending March 8: Matt Piatt, Tampa (Hitter); Mark Delas, Findlay (Pitcher)
Week ending March 15: Troy Sieber, St. Leo University (Hitter); Robbie Gordon, Maryville (Pitcher)
Week ending March 22: Dylan Cook, Georgia College (Hitter); Logan Johnson, Fairmont State (Pitcher)
Week ending March 29: Chance Bowden, Catawba (Hitter); Greg Stagani, West Liberty (Pitcher)
Week ending April 5: Zach Hoffmann, St. Cloud State (Hitter); Placido Torres, Tusculum (Pitcher)
Week ending April 12: Reese Gregory, St. Cloud State (Hitter); Tanner Herdt, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
Week ending April 19: J.P Sorma, Ashland (Hitter); Mason Mayberry, Findlay (Pitcher)
Week ending April 26: Alex Wojciechowski, Minnesota-Duluth (Hitter); Alex Kelley, Francis Marion (Pitcher)
Week ending May 3: Aaron Krier, Wayne State (Hitter); Nikko Pablo, Northwest Missouri State (Pitcher)
Week ending May 10: Cale Giddings, Lake Erie (Hitter); Colin Gossard, Findlay (Pitcher)

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