April 21, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
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Wheeling's Iazzetta, Le Moyne's Vail 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 April 18, 2021. Wheeling University's junior outfielder Chris Iazzetta is the National Hitter of the Week and Le Moyne senior pitcher Joe Vail is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Iazzetta (Clinton, N.J. / IMG Academy) helped the Cardinals sweep a four-game series at Frostburg State this past weekend. He batted 10 for 17 (.588) with three home runs, two doubles, 13 RBI, seven runs scored and three stolen bases. In the series finale on Sunday, Iazzetta went 4-for-6 with two three-run home runs, six RBIs and two runs scored to help Wheeling hold on for a 15-11 win in extra-innings.

Vail (Cromwell, Conn. / Xavier HS) went 1-0 with a no-hitter, a 0.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched in two starts for Le Moyne last week. He opened the week by tossing a no-hitter and striking out a career-high 12 in a 6-0 victory over The College of Saint Rose on Tuesday. His no-hitter is the third by a Dolphin in the program's current Division II era (2012-present). On Sunday, he struck out nine over five innings, without allowing an earned run, in a 5-4 win over Adelphi University helping the Dolphins to a 5-1 record for the week.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Chris Iazzetta, Wheeling University (Hitter); Chase Nowak, East Stroudsburg (W.Va.) (Pitcher)
Central: Tyler Clark-Chipparelli, Washburn (Hitter); Seth Brewer, Northern State (Pitcher)
East: Quintin Ivy, Wilmington (Del.) (Hitter); Joe Vail, Le Moyne (Pitcher)
Midwest: Austin Alderman, Illinois-Springfield (Hitter); Ryan Louck, Maryville (Pitcher)
South: Hayden White, Delta State (Hitter); Dylan Marsh, Mississippi College (Pitcher)
South Central: Johnny Hernandez, St. Mary's (Texas) (Hitter); Armando Valle, Lubbock Christian (Pitcher)
Southeast: Daulton Martin, Tusculum (Hitter); Greg Brown, Catawba (Pitcher)
West: Osvaldo Tovalin, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Kyle Ethridge, Northwest Nazarene (Pitcher)

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.

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)
Week ending April 18: Chris Iazzetta, Wheeling (Hitter); Joe Vail, Le Moyne (Pitcher)
Week ending April 25: Nikko Calabro, Drury (Hitter); Chad Saner, Illinois-Springfield (Pitcher)
Week ending May 2: Blayze Arcano, Western Oregon (Hitter); Ryan Jares, Augustana, S.D. (Pitcher)
Week ending May 9: Tommy Pellis, Seton Hill (Hitter); Riley Martin, Quincy (Pitcher)
Week ending May 16: Aaron Walters, Angelo State (Hitter); Andrew Morris, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)