March 3, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
Arkansas-Fort Smith's Warrick, Southern New Hampshire's Criscuolo honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its NCAA Division II National Players of the Week awards for the week ending on March 1. Arkansas-Fort Smith's redshirt senior designated hitter Blaise Warrick is the National Hitter of the Week while Southern New Hampshire junior pitcher Ben Criscuolo is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Warrick (Longview, Texas) batted .500 (9 for 18) with five home runs and 12 RBIs. He scored seven times, compiled a 1.333 percent slugging percentage and a 0.526 on-base percentage during the Diamond Lions' six-game Rocky Mountain road trip. Warrick hit two home runs and drove in four runs during the Diamond Lions' 5-2 win against Regis in the opening game of that five-game series.

Criscuolo (Branford, Conn.) tossed a no-hitter Saturday in a 14-0 victory against Nyack. Criscuolo (1-0) punched out 15, walked none and struck out the side three times during his masterful performance.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Conner Crookham, East Stroudsburg (Hitter); Brandon Miller, Millersville (Pitcher)
Central: Evan Koehler, Emporia State (Hitter); Connor Eller, Ouachita Baptist (Pitcher)
East: Max DiTondo, Franklin Pierce (Hitter); Ben Criscuolo, Southern New Hampshire (Pitcher)
Midwest: Ryan Snyder, Quincy (Hitter); Jake Shaw, Indianapolis (Pitcher)
South: Casey Scoggins, Tampa (Hitter); Todd Gibson, North Alabama (Pitcher)
South Central: Blaise Warrick, Arkansas-Fort Smith (Hitter); Lucas Schauer, Newman (Pitcher)
Southeast: Andrew Webster, Barton (Hitter); Placido Torres, Tusculum (Pitcher)
West: Jack Larsen, UC-San Diego (Hitter); Kellen Sheppard (Pitcher)

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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)