April 11, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
260-982-5035
UMass-Boston, Muhlenberg, Wheaton (Ill.) gain top billing
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III
NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Member institutions of the Little East Conference, Centennial Conference and Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin picked up Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week recognition for April 2-8.

Hitter of the Week: UMass-Boston senior infielder Chris Fowler batted .750 (12-16) and posted a 1.688 slugging percentage while racking up four doubles, one triple, three home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored in a 4-0 week for the ninth-ranked Beacons. The Barnstable, Mass., native started the week by going 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in an 11-9 win over Worcester State before going 5-for-5 with three solo homers in a 16-6 win over the Lancers two days later. He capped the week by going 5-for-9 with two doubles, one triple, three RBI and three runs scored in a conference sweep of Western Connecticut.

Honorable Mention Hitter: Brennan Cotter, Sr., 1B, Catholic - Recorded ten hits in 12 at-bats for a .833 batting average to help Catholic to a 3-1 week. Cotter added 10 RBIs and five runs over four games including five RBIs and three runs on two home runs and a double in the Cardinals series-opening win over the Blue Jays. The Oakland, N.J. native hit 3-of-3 in game two of the series while batting 2-of-3 in game three.

Pitcher of the Week: Sophomore Matt D’Ambrosia of Muhlenberg had a game for the Mules’ record book April 5. The Hightstown, N.J., native pitched a three-hit shutout, allowing just one free pass and fanning a career-best 15 in a 1-0 win against Dickinson. His 15 punch-outs were the most by a Muhlenberg pitcher in 31 years.

Honorable Mention Pitcher: Max Bair, Sr., Penn College - Tossed five no-hit innings before surrendering two hits and one walk in a complete-game shutout victory. He also struck out eight batters against Wells College to improve to 2-1 on the year.

Rookie of the Week: Infielder Joel Pierce batted .750 (6-for-8) with one run, two doubles, one triple, five RBIs and a 1.250 slugging percentage for the Wheaton College of Illinois Thunder last week. The Centennial, Colo., native was 2-for-2 with one run, one double, two RBIs and two walks in a 12-1 win over Illinois Wesleyan on April 5. Pierce was then 2-for-3 with one triple, one RBI and one walk in a 3-2 win over the Titans in game one of a double header on April 7. He finished the weekend series going 2-for-3 with one double and two RBIs in game two against Illinois Wesleyan.

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2018 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 25: Josh Belarde, Iowa Wesleyan (Hitter); Jimi Keating, Spalding (Pitcher); Tristen Luck, Methodist (Rookie)
• Week ending March 4: Ben Sexton, Emory and Henry (Hitter); Patrick Maybach, Salve Regina (Pitcher); James Green, St. Mary's (Minn.) (Rookie)
• Week ending March 11: Carson Cox, Concordia (Hitter); Greg Schneider, Frostburg State (Pitcher); Justin Provost, Rowan (Minn.) (Rookie)
• Week ending March 18: Will Welsh, Lancaster Bible (Hitter); Colin Coffey, Luther (Pitcher); Isaiah Ausby, Cazenovia College (Rookie)
• Week ending March 25 Dakota Bryden, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Hitter); Ryan Miller, Benedictine (Pitcher); Shayne Audet, New England College (Rookie)
• Week ending April 1: Tommy Epsaro, DeSales (Hitter); Charlie Ruegger, Stevens Tech (Pitcher); Jack Layrisson, LaGrange (Rookie)
• Week ending April 8: Chris Fowler, UMass-Boston (Hitter); Matt D'Ambrosia, Muhlenberg (Pitcher); Joel Pierce, Wheaton, Ill. (Rookie)
• Week ending April 15: Austin Parent, Pitt-Bradford (Hitter); Jack Herzing, Penn State-Behrend (Pitcher); Jack Koch, Union College (Rookie)