April 28, 2021
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Coleman, Weirather and Ward Jr. honored
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NCBWA NAMES DIVISION III NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (NCBWA) The first three-homer game in over a decade for one of NCAA Div. III's elite programs, a perfect game, and a three-homer week warranted the week nine National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Div. III Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week awards, respectively. This week's selections were honored for games played April 19-25.

Hitter of the Week: State University of New York College at Cortland senior Daniel Coleman slashed .727 (8-for-11)/.786/2.000 with four homers, two doubles, a walk, 14 RBI, and six runs scored during a 3-1 weekend for the Red Dragons. Coleman became the first Cortland player since 2007 to hit three homers in a game, doing so in a 22-1 win over State University of New York College at Oneonta on Saturday. In that game, Coleman finished 4-for-4 with seven RBI. A day earlier against State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, Coleman was 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles, and seven RBI during an 18-4 win. Coleman handled six fielding chances over the weekend with no errors. Of note, Coleman's the fifth Cortland player to earn the NCBWA Div. III Hitter of the Week honor, and that's the second-most all-time. The NCBWA began sponsoring Div. III weekly awards in 2003.

Honorable Mention Hitter: Jake Nardone, So., 1B, Endicott College - was a force at the plate leading Endicott to doubleheader sweep against Wentworth Institute of Technology. In Saturday's twin bill, he combined for five hits in six at bats, three of which were home runs, and recorded nine RBI. Nardone tied the Gulls' single-game record with two home runs, while his six runs batted in are tied for sixth all-time in a single-game. For the week, he batted .833 with a 2.333 slugging percentage.

Pitcher of the Week: Grinnell College senior Brock Weirather tossed the third perfect game at the Div. III level this season and the 18th since 2007. Weirather needed just 83 pitches to complete the 13-0 seven-inning victory against Knox College. He struck out 14 batters the fifth-highest total in Grinnell history and the perfect game was the program's second. The two-way player hit .563 during the four-game set, going 9-for-16 with a homer, triple, double, eight RBI, and seven runs scored.

Honorable Mention Pitcher: Tate Ostrowski, Jr., Grove City College Threw a perfect game for Grove City in Friday's 8-0 seven-inning game-one win over Bethany College (W.Va.). Ostrowski struck out 10, improved to 6-1 this spring, and lowered his ERA to 1.89.

Rookie of the Week: St. John Fisher College freshman outfielder James Ward Jr. helped lead the Cardinals to a perfect 6-0 record last week, as Fisher extended its lead atop the Empire 8 standings with a sweep of Houghton College and four straight wins over Elmira College. Ward was 8-for-17 during the week with three home runs, a triple, 11 RBI, and eight runs scored. The first-year outfielder belted two home runs in a sweep of Elmira on Friday and had at least two RBI in four of Fisher's six games.

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2021 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
Week ending March 7: Caleb Durbin, Washington U. (Hitter); Patrick O'Rourke, Berry (Pitcher); Amani Jones, Stevenson (Rookie)
Week ending March 14: Philip Mahlik, Kean (Hitter); Ryan Behling, North Central (Pitcher); Jacob Cyrus, Illinois Wesleyan (Rookie)
Week ending March 21: Dane Pedersen, Louisiana College (Hitter); Thomas Gallant, Mount Union (Pitcher); Nolan Sparks, Rochester (Rookie)
Week ending March 28: Jack Hollinshead, Wittenberg (Hitter); Sam Westermeyer, St. Olaf (Pitcher); Cam Seymour, Southern Maine (Rookie)
Week ending April 4: Catcher Cumming, Penn State Altoona (Hitter); Chris Chiriboga, St. Thomas (Pitcher); Jake Freed, Oberlin (Rookie)
Week ending April 11: Adam Zebrowski, St. John Fisher (Hitter); Nolan Rowan, Kean (Pitcher); Amani Jones, Stevenson (Rookie)
Week ending April 18: Dougie DelaCruz, Mitchell (Hitter); Michael Vallone, DePauw (Pitcher); Owen Robbins, Mitchell (Rookie)
Week ending April 25: Daniel Coleman, SUNY-Cortland (Hitter); Brock Weirather, Grinnell (Pitcher); James Ward Jr., St. John Fisher (Rookie)
Week ending May 2: Jake Reinhardt, North Park (Hitter); Weston Lombard, Gustavus Adolphus (Pitcher); Jake Hillard, Penn State Altoona (Rookie)
Week ending May 9: Adam Zebrowski, St. John Fisher (Hitter); James Palmer, Wisconsin-Stout (Pitcher); James Murphy, Adam Zebrowski (Rookie)

2021 NCBWA Division III Players of the Month:
February: Ty Morgan, Louisiana College (Hitter); Brett Sanchez, Belhaven (Pitcher); Levi Cloud, Berry (Rookie)