March 10, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kit Strief
Tampa's Osbourne, Point Loma Nazarene's Abshire 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 March 8. University of Tampa senior third baseman/catcher J.D. Osbourne is the National Hitter of the Week, while Point Loma Nazarene junior pitcher Trevor Abshire is the National Pitcher of the Week.

Osbourne (Whitby, Ontario, Canada/Polk State College), named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week for a second time this season after leading Tampa to a series win over RV Flagler. Osborne recorded a .818 BA / .786 OB% / 1.909 Slugging slash line against the Saints. He went 9-11 at the plate and tallied 10 RBI, six runs, three home runs, three doubles, and two walks. Osbourne's top game was the last in the series, where he went 5-for-5 at the plate with five RBI, two runs scored, a double, and a homerun. With the play of Osborne, Tampa improves to 11-4 overall.

Abshire (Indio, Calif./La Quinta HS) highlighted a remarkable performance by the Point Loma pitching staff in a four-game sweep of visiting Hawai’i Pacific. He threw a nine-inning complete game shutout in the third game of the series Monday, allowing two hits, one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and striking out a season-high eight. Abshire retired the first 14 Sharks in order and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base until the ninth inning, on a passed ball. In the four-game series, the Point Loma pitchers allowed three runs and struck out 29.

Division II Regional Players of the Week:
• Atlantic: Ian Allen, East Stroudsburg (Hitter); Alex Pantuso, Slippery Rock (Pitcher)
• Central: Carter Schmidt, Concordia-St. Paul (Hitter); Dalton Algiene, Southern Arkansas (Pitcher)
• East: Jake Byrne, Assumption (Hitter); Nick Morena, Queens (N.Y.) (Pitcher)
• Midwest: Steven Ring, Hillsdale (Hitter); Luke Fraley, Tiffin (Pitcher)
• South: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Hunter Jones, Valdosta State (Pitcher)
• South Central: Jake Baxter, Oklahoma Christian (Hitter); Dalton Rentz, Oklahoma Christian (Pitcher)
• Southeast: Bradley Brown, Wingate (Hitter); Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (Pitcher)
• West: Logan Porter, Dixie State (Hitter); Trevor Abshire, Point Loma (Pitcher)

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2017 NCBWA Division II Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 22: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Donovan Armas, Lynn (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 1: Jake Walters, Quincy (Hitter); Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 8: J.D. Osbourne, Tampa (Hitter); Trevor Abshire, Point Loma Nazarene (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 15: Adrian Tovalin, Azusa Pacific (Hitter); Joshua Payne, West Texas A&M (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 22: Andrew Webster, Barton (Hitter); Gus Varland, Concordia-St. Paul (Pitcher)
• Week ending March 29: Ryan Rogers, Lubbock Christian (Hitter); Garett King, California Baptist (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 4: Tyler Walters, Slippery Rock (Hitter); Steven Bower, North Georgia (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 11: Justin Graff-Rowe, Central Missouri (Hitter); Will Myers, Alabama-Huntsville (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 18: Cole Brooks, Saginaw Valley State (Hitter); Jason Blank, Augustana (S.D.) (Pitcher)
• Week ending April 25: Brian Parreira, USC Aiken (Hitter); John Holland, Felician (Pitcher)
• Week ending May 2: Blaine Crim, Mississippi College (Hitter); Parker Dyson, West Liberty (Pitcher)
• Week ending May 9: Chris Devery, Colorado State-Pueblo (Hitter); Sean Horner, Palm Beach Atlantic (Pitcher)