March 10, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
Tampa's Piatt, Findlay's Delas 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 8. University of Tampa junior outfielder Matt Piatt is the National Hitter of the Week, while Findlay redshirt freshman pitcher Mark Delas is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Piatt (Seminole, Fla.) earned SSC Player of the Week after hitting over .800 for Tampa across four games this week. In a solo game against Seton Hill, he went 2-for-2 with pairs of runs, runs batted in, and walks. In the first of three games against Albany State, Piatt went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. Piatt's top game came in the first game of a Saturday double header against Albany-State, where he went 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBI's and a run scored. In his final game of the week, the Seminole, Florida native went 1-for-1, scored three times, and drew three walks. Piatt registered nine hits in 11 at-bats and scored eight times for the Spartans. He also drove in 10 runs and drew five walks. Piatt posted a .818 batting average and a 1.545 slugging percentage this week as Tampa was victorious in all four games played. The Spartans are now 15-1 overall, 3-0 in SSC play.

Delas (Perrysburg, Ohio) made his first career start on Thursday vs. Gannon University. Delas threw a complete game no-hitter and faced the minimum 21 batters against the Golden Knights who entered the game with an 8-2 record and a team batting average of .367 which was ninth in the country at the time. Delas had six strikeouts and walked just one in the win. It is the first no-hitter thrown by an Oilers pitcher since the 1996 season when Jack Zaborowski no-hit the Tiffin Dragons.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Zac Heide, Seton Hill (Hitter); Don McWreath, Seton Hill (Pitcher)
Central: Evan Koehler, Emporia State (Hitter); Jinny Parra, Oklahoma Baptist (Pitcher)
East: Scott Hagan, Mercy (Hitter); Ronald Bauer, Molloy (Pitcher)
Midwest: Luke Ortel, Hillsdale (Hitter); Mark Delas, Findlay (Pitcher)
South: Matt Piatt, Tampa (Hitter); Dalton Moats, Delta State (Pitcher)
South Central: Trace Hansen, West Texas A&M (Hitter); Sebi Palacios, Texas A&M-Kingsville (Pitcher)
Southeast: Daniel Pardo, Montevallo (Hitter); Cody Hughes, Montevallo (Pitcher)
West: Stephen Lohr, California Baptist (Hitter); Harrison McGhee, Concordia-Portland (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)