April 28, 2021
For Immediate Release
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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 25, 2021. Drury sophomore catcher Nikko Calabro is the National Hitter of the Week and Illinois-Springfield freshman righty Chad Saner is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Calabro (St. John's, Fla./ Bishop Kenny) went 10 for 14 at the plate with six extra-base hits. He had a double in all four games and posted a 1.429 slugging percentage, and a .778 on-base percentage in Drury's series against Truman State. Calabro had multi-hit performances in all four games and scored six runs. He started the weekend going 4 for 4 against the Bulldogs on Friday, then went a combined 4 for 6 at the plate in Saturday's doubleheader.

Saner (Springfield, Ill. / Lanphier HS) threw a no-hitter in Sunday's 7-0 victory over Southwest Baptist. He walked four batters and struck out nine in seven innings. He pitched to just one batter above the minimum, and did not allow a runner to reach second base. On the season, Sander is now 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA. Opponents are batting just .153 off of him, and he has struck out 42 batters in 36 1/3 innings.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
Atlantic: Isaiah DiAndreth, Seton Hill (Hitter); Dylan Heid, Pitt-Johnstown (Pitcher)
Central: Jake Shusterich, St. Cloud State (Hitter); Matt Osterberg, St. Cloud State (Pitcher)
East: Sam Barletta, Chestnut Hill (Hitter); Jason Giambra, Bridgeport (Pitcher)
Midwest: Nikko Calabro, Drury (Hitter); Chad Saner, Illinois-Springfield (Pitcher)
South: Ryan Beamish, Lee (Hitter); Kody Keiser, Alabama Huntsville (Pitcher)
South Evan Richards, Colorado-Colorado Springs (Hitter); Ryan Day, Colorado Mesa (Pitcher)
Southeast: Carson Simpson, Wingate (Hitter); Hunter Stevens, Mount Olive (Pitcher)
West: Morgan McIntosh, Holy Names (Hitter); Larson Kendreich, Biola (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)