April 13, 2017
For Immediate Release
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Central Missouri's Graff-Rowe, UAH's Myers honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION II
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its NCAA Division II National Players of the Week awards for the week ending on Apr. 11. Central Missouri junior outfielder Justin Graff-Rowe is the National Hitter of the Week, while Alabama-Huntsville senior pitcher Will Myers is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Graff-Rowe (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada/Seward County CC), hit .650 with a double, three home runs and 13 RBI over five games last week. He slugged 1.150 and had a .682 on-base percentage. Graff-Rowe went 13-for-20 at the plate, had at least one hit in every game and had two three-hit games and a four-hit game. He scored six runs, raised his MIAA-leading batting average to .441 and his on-base percentage to .497. The 6-0 junior outfielder is a native of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where he competed at Sir John A. McDonald Secondary School. Central Missouri was 2-3 over the last week.

Myers (Philadelphia, Miss./East Central CC) tossed the third no-hitter in program history to secure a 3-0 win against Valdosta State. He threw 7.0 shutout innings with no hits allowed and six strikeouts in a 103-pitch performance.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
• Atlantic: Aaron Flanagan, Chowan (Hitter); Jeff Stover, Notre Dame, Ohio (Pitcher)
• Central: Justin Graff-Rowe, Central Missouri (Hitter); Jackson Ward, Harding (Pitcher)
• East: John Friday, Franklin Pierce (Hitter); John Bednarek, St. Thomas Aquinas (Pitcher)
• Midwest: Brad Baldwin, Wayne State, Michigan (Hitter); Kyle Griffin, Southern Indiana (Pitcher)
• South: Peter Nicoletto, Rollins (Hitter); Will Myers, Alabama-Huntsville (Pitcher)
• South Central: Josh Newell, Regis (Hitter); Kyle Lazcano, Colorado State-Pueblo (Pitcher)
• Southeast: Nick Beinlich, Georgia College (Hitter); Dylan Peppers, North Georgia (Pitcher)
• West: Pablo O’Connor, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Taylor Ahearn, Cal State San Marcos (Pitcher)

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2017 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 22: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Donovan Armas, Lynn (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 1: Jake Walters, Quincy (Hitter); Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 8: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Trevor Abshire, Point Loma Nazarene (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 15: Adrian Tovalin, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Joshua Payne, West Texas A&M (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 22: Andrew Webster, Barton (Hitter); Gus Varland, Concordia-St. Paul (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 29: Ryan Rogers, Lubbock Christian (Hitter); Garett King, California Baptist (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 4: Tyler Walters, Slippery Rock (Hitter); Steven Bower, North Georgia (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 11: Justin Graff-Rowe, Central Missouri (Hitter); Will Myers, Alabama-Huntsville (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 18: Cole Brooks, Saginaw Valley State (Hitter); Jason Blank, Augustana (S.D.) (Pitcher)

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