March 29, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
Manchester's Schultz, Blackburn's Stepp honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) Manchester University senior Chad Schultz and Blackburn University sophomore Jonathon Stepp were named Division III National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter and Pitcher of the Week for the period of March 20-26.

Schultz, an outfielder from Fair Oaks, Ind., had a monstrous run at the plate during the span, hitting five home runs as part of a meteoric .524 batting average and 1.286 slugging percentage to lead the Black and Gold to wins over Heidelberg and Mt. St. Joseph University. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Hitter of the Week also resumed a personal base-reaching string of 12 successive outings and finished with 10 putouts in center field.

Stepp, a left-handed pitcher from Georgetown, Texas, became the first pitcher in Beaver baseball history to record a no-hitter. Stepp went seven innings in a 7-0 win over Eureka, allowing no hits while walking just one batter and striking out six.

Honorable Mention Hitter: Ray Vogel (Jr., INF, Eureka): Put together back to back four-hit games while hitting .667 with four home runs and nine runs batted in on the week. He finished 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI against Division I Bradley University, which followed a 4-for-5, 2 home run and 4 RBI game against Blackburn. On the week Vogel was 8-for-12 at the plate and added four runs scored.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Troy Terzi (Jr., RHP, Keystone): Compiled a complete game shutout March 21 and allowed just two hits to lead Keystone to a 6-0 victory at #25 Kean. The junior righty allowed just one walk and one extra-base hit while striking out seven batters in the dominating performance against the Cougars; Nolan Watson (Sr., RHP, Occidental): Threw the 20th no-hitter in school history, as Oxy beat CMS 16-0 March 24. He struck out six, as only four Stags reached base during the seven-inning contest.

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2017 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
Week ending March 5: Ben Buerkle, St. Mary's (Minn.) (Hitter); Paul Wetmore, Western New England (Pitcher)
Week ending March 12: Kyle Wenger, Delaware Valley (Hitter); Peter Maybach, Salve Regina (Pitcher)
Week ending March 19: Austin Ledin, Bethel (Hitter); R.J. Brown, St. Mary's (Pitcher)
Week ending March 26: Chad Schultz, Manchester (Hitter); Jonathon Stepp, Blackburn (Pitcher)
Week ending April 2: Zach Gartner, East Texas Baptist (Hitter); Dan Williams, Stevenson (Pitcher)
Week ending April 9: Pat Mollo, Illinois Wesleyan (Hitter); Cole Change, Macalester (Pitcher)
Week ending April 16: Ryan Hetherington, Carroll (Hitter); Jimi Keating, Spalding (Pitcher)
Week ending April 23: Will Gorman, RIT (Hitter); Garrett Pelko, Misericordia (Pitcher)
Week ending April 30: Vince Rebar, Marywood (Hitter); John Catchmark, Alvernia (Pitcher)
Week ending May 7: Pat Birrer, Otterbein (Hitter); Caleb Boushley, UW-La Crosse (Pitcher)