March 3, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
UNC Pembroke's Baucom, Shorter's Boisclair 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 February 28, 2021. UNC Pembroke senior outfielder Ethan Baucom is the National Hitter of the Week and Shorter senior righty Taylor Boisclair is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Baucom (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior HS) led the Braves to a three-game sweep at Claflin over the weekend. He went seven-for-13 with two doubles and a home run. Baucom had a .923 slugging percentage with nine RBI, while he had multiple runs scored in all three games. He began the series with a two-for-four outing in the opener with a double and four RBI. He went one-for-three in game two with another RBI and two-for-six in the finale with a double, a homer and four more RBI. Baucom also stole a base, drew five walks and added a sac fly.

Boisclair (Alto, Ga./West Georgia) threw nine shutout innings against Valdosta State, earning the win for the Hawks. He allowed only three hits without surrendering a walk and fanned 15 Blazers in the middle game of a three-game series.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Patrick Brogan, California (Pa.) (Hitter); Nick Riggle, California (Pa.) (Pitcher)
Central: David Butterfield, Harding (Hitter); Will Bausinger, Missouri Southern (Pitcher)
East: No nominees
Midwest: No nominees
South: Jake Barlow, Delta State (Hitter); Taylor Boisclair, Shorter (Pitcher)
South Central: Jordan Gochenour, UT Tyler (Hitter); Ryan Day, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
Southeast: Ethan Baucom, UNC Pembroke (Hitter); Joshua Lanham, Lenoir-Rhyne (Pitcher)
West: No nominees

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2021 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 14: Brady Eeles, North Georgia (Hitter); Parker Morrison, North Georgia (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 21: Tucker Greer, Young Harris (Hitter); Andrew Patrick, Lenoir-Rhyne (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 28: Ethan Baucom, UNC Pembroke (Hitter); Taylor Boisclair, Shorter (Pitcher)
Week ending March 7: Haydn McGeary, Colorado Mesa (Hitter); Dylan Heid, Pitt-Johnstown (Pitcher)
Week ending March 14: Connor Hamilton, Slippery Rock (Hitter); Tucker Smith, Georgia Southwestern (Pitcher)
Week ending March 21: Ben Werkheiser, Shippensburg (Hitter); Logan Workman, Lee (Pitcher)
Week ending March 28: Jonathan Martin, Georgia Southwestern (Hitter); Cade Crader, MSU Denver (Pitcher)
Week ending April 4: Dusty Stroup, Central Missouri (Hitter); Austin DeRosa, Mercy (Pitcher)
Week ending April 11: Kory Carter, Truman State (Hitter); Jonathan Draheim, Mary (Pitcher)