DALLAS (NCBWA) – Whitman College's Joe Zimmer
and Alvernia University's Matt Backlund earned
National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association Division III accolades
for the period of Feb. 29-March 6.
Zimmer, a sophomore infielder from Billings, Mont., finished
Whitman's 3-1 weekend with an incredible .765 batting average, .800
on base pct., and 1.000 slugging pct. as he collected four doubles
in his 13-for-17 work at the plate. The Northwest Conference Hitter
of the Week also had seven RBIs, 10 runs scored and three walks
while fanning only once. He began by going 3-4 with two doubles
and three runs scored in a 6-5 loss to Marian (Wis.), then went
3-6 with a double, four RBIs and a run in a 17-5 win over Hamline.
He was perfect in a 20-18, 14-4 sweep of Bethany Lutheran, going
2-2 with three walks, an RBI and four runs in the first game and
5-5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs in the second.
Backlund, a senior right-handed hurler from Yardville, N.J.,
put together a pair of strong outings for the Crusaders going 13
innings without giving up a run. The Middle Atlantic Conference's
Commonwealth Conference Pitcher of the Week allowed just two hits
over six innings of work in a no decision against Johns Hopkins.
The sophomore then threw a one-hit complete-game shutout win over
Baruch. Backlund struck out seven, allowed one walk and two hits
against Johns Hopkins. He struck out six batters with two walks
and one hit in the win over Baruch.
Honorable Mention Hitter: Kyle Goodwin, Sr., OF, Salisbury (Md.)
- Hit .667 (10-for-15) with eight RBIs, eight runs scored and three
home runs in a 2-1 week for the Sea Gulls. In a win over Johns Hopkins,
Goodwin tallied half of the team's hits and accounted for over half
of its runs. He also hit two doubles and one triple, slugged 1.533
and notched 23 total bases on the week.
Honorable Mention Pitchers: Rich Power, Jr., LHP, Gettysburg
(Pa.) - Opened the year with 13 consecutive scoreless innings, striking
out 13 while earning a pair of victories. In the team's season-opening
12-0 win at Hood, the southpaw tossed six scoreless frames to pick
up the win. He followed up with a sparkling performance in Gettysburg's
12-0 victory versus Rivier in Florida, firing a three-hit, seven-inning
shutout while racking up a career-high 12 strikeouts. He did not
walk a batter and faced just three over the minimum; John Ruhlman,
Jr., LHP, Roanoke (Va.) - Threw the first no-hitter in Roanoke program
history in a conference contest against an Eastern Mennonite team
that was hitting .360 heading into the game. Ruhlman also had 10
strikeouts on the day.
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2016 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 21: Tommy Vitaletti, Christopher Newport (Hitter); Greg Schneider, Frostburg State (Pitcher)
• Week ending Feb. 28: Andrew Waters, Trinity, Texas (Hitter); Andrew Stull, Rose-Hulman (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 6: Joe Zimmer, Whitman (Hitter); Matt Backlund, Alvernia (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 13: Justin Taylor, Lancaster Bible (Hitter); Brian Bohman, Penn State-Behrend (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 20: Aaron Barclay, Washington College (Hitter); Sam Gillespie, Kenyon (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 27: Marcus Begg, Southern Virginia (Hitter); Mark Iseneker, St. John Fisher (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 3: Ben Kenning, Thomas More (Hitter); Jake Perkins, Ferrum (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 10: Taylor Kohlwey, UW-La Crosse (Hitter); Sam Tinkham, Grinnell (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 17: Colton Parker, Hardin-Simmons (Hitter); Felix Baez, Keystone (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 24: Willie Doll, St. Mary's, Minnesota (Hitter); Dylan Gausman, Concordia (Pitcher)
• Week ending May 1: Ryan Dodson, Pitt-Greenburg (Hitter); Tyler Duff, Williams (Pitcher)
• Week ending May 8: Richard Fecteau, Salem State (Hitter); Walter Talcott, Earlham (Pitcher)