April 28, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
Minnesota-Duluth's Wojciechowski and Francis Marion's Kelley 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 26. Minnesota-Duluth senior first baseman Alex Wojciechowski is the National Hitter of the Week, while Francis Marion (S.C.) senior pitcher Matt Kelley is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Wojciechowski (Coon Rapids, Minn.) led the Bulldog offense to a 6-0 record against Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State, extending UMD's winning streak to 12 games. Hit .696 (16-of-23) while slugging 1.783 and getting on-base at a .741 clip with three walks on the week. He struck for eight home runs - at least one in every game - as he extended his nation-leading total to 28 on the seasons. Collected 15 run batted in and crossed the plate 15 times while adding three stolen bases on the week.

Kelley (Hampton, Ga.) delivered a complete-game four-hit shutout in series rubber game with Georgia Southwestern. He struck out 13 batters with no walks issued. Only six Hurricanes reached base all day and he struck out the side in order in both the first and the sixth.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Anthony Salomone, West Chester (Hitter); Brandon Miller, Millersville (Pitcher)
Central: Alex Wojciechowski, Minnesota-Duluth (Hitter); Brendan Kleekamp, Lindenwood (Pitcher)
East: Carson Helms, Southern New Hampshire (Hitter); Tim Viehoff, Southern New Hampshire (Pitcher)
Midwest: Dylan Christie, William Jewell (Hitter); Dylan Statesman, Indianapolis (Pitcher)
South: Robert Lopez, West Florida (Hitter); Julian Loret de Mola, Nova Southeastern (Pitcher)
South Central: Tyler Bugner, Newman (Hitter); Guillaume Blanchette, Lubbock Christian (Pitcher)
Southeast: Matthew Miller, Georgia College (Hitter); Matt Kelley, Francis Marion (Pitcher)
West: Ryan Johnson, Northwest Nazarene (Hitter); Dalton Erb, Chico State (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)