April 7, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
260-982-5035
Thomas More's Kenning, Ferrum's Perkins honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) Thomas More's Ben Kenning and Ferrum's Jake Perkins gained Hitter and Pitcher of the Week standing on the Division III National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association honors for the period of March 28-April 3.

Kenning, a junior outfielder from Cincinnati, Ohio, helped lead the Saints to a 2-2 record last week, including a 2-1 series win over PAC rival Thiel. He hit .769 (10-of-13) with a pair of home runs, a double, six runs scored and 11 RBI. The Presidents Athletic Conference's Hitter of the Week also posted a 1.308 slugging percentage and an .833 on-base percentage.

Perkins, a senior right-handed pitcher from Appomattox, Va., registered a gem on the mound for the Panthers against conference foe Greensboro Saturday, April 2. The USA South's Pitcher of the Week, Perkins tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout in a 4-0 win during his only appearance on the mound last week as part of a three-game series sweep. Perkins allowed just three walks and struck out 10 batters.

Honorable Mention Hitter: Tyler Sweeney, Jr., 2B, DeSales - Led the Bulldogs to a 4-1 record last week batting 12-for-17 (.706) with 10 runs scored, 6 RBI, 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 stolen bases. He opened the week with back-to-back 4-for-4 efforts in wins over Montclair State University and Ursinus College and finished the week posting 4 hits in 9 at-bats in the three-game series with Wilkes University, knocking in four runs and scoring five in the three-game set as DSU took two of three from the Colonels.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Richie Ferguson, Jr., LHP, Kean Tossed a complete game 12-inning win over #20/26 TCNJ in the conference opener. He allowed just one earned run in a 2-1 win while striking out four. The 12-inning performance tied a Kean program record for innings pitched in a game. Sean Buckland, Sr., RHP, Salem St. - Threw his second straight complete game shutout, striking out 12 while giving up just two hits in a 5-0 win over MCLA. Hasn't given up an earned run in 17.1 innings pitched.

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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)