April 21, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
Ashland's Sorma, Findlay's Mayberry 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 April 19. Ashland (Ohio) sophomore third baseman J.P. Sorma is the National Hitter of the Week, while Findlay (Ohio) senior pitcher Mason Mayberry is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Sorma (Seven Hills, Ohio) in the midst of a breakout season, had a breakout week in six games at home against Lake Erie and at Hillsdale. He was 15-for-25 (.600) five home runs, five doubles, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Sorma is tied for second in the GLIAC in home runs with nine, is fourth in slugging percentage at .670 and is tied for ninth in RBIs with 32.

Mayberry (Bowling Green, Ohio) had arguably the best week of his career this past week, turning in a couple of double-digit strikeout games including his first collegiate no-hitter. First, coming off 18 days since his previous start, Mayberry turned in a no-hitter on Tuesday to give the Oilers a win over SVSU. In that game, Mason struck out 12, tying a career-high, and allowed just four base runners, two walks and two errors. It was the second no-hitter by an Oilers' pitcher this season after not recording a no-no in any of the previous 19 seasons. His next start would come on five-days rest and again, he delivered. Mayberry took a no-decision on the mound despite pitching seven innings, allowing no earned runs, just four hits, and striking out 10 batters.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Scott Hess, Indiana University-Pennsylvania (Hitter); Cam Fuller, Notre Dame, Ohio (Pitcher)
Central: Jimmy Heck, Minnesota-Duluth (Hitter); Jon Chidester, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Pitcher)
East: Mike Mastroberti, Southern New Hampshire (Hitter); James Patterson, Mercy (Pitcher)
Midwest: J.P. Sorma, Ashland (Hitter); Mason Mayberry, Findlay (Pitcher)
South: Laz Rivera, University of Tampa (Hitter); Teddy Christie, Union (Pitcher)
South Central: Hayden Vesely, Texas A&M-Kingsville (Hitter); Hayden Vesely, Texas A&M-Kingsville (Pitcher)
Southeast: Jackson Oliver, Columbus State (Hitter); Colton Rogers, Lander (Pitcher)
West: J.D. Hearn, UC-San Diego (Hitter); Darrien Moran, Western Oregon (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)