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NCBWA D-III Players of the Week (5-8)

Slugging first baseman Tim McMenamin of Gwynedd-Mercy College and ace right-hander Brent Kulavic of Illinois Wesleyan University have been named the NCAA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 28-May 4, the ninth and final awards of the season, as chosen by members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

McMenamin, a junior from Maple Shade, N.J., batted .600 (6-for-10) with three home runs, 15 total bases, eight runs scored, 12 runs batted in, and a 1.500 slugging percentage en route to being named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Tournament Co-Most Valuable Player. The Griffins won their second straight PAC title last weekend, going 3-0 in the tournament. He hit a two-run homer in the 7th to ice a 6-1 first-game win over Centenary and drove in three runs. In a 15-8 semi-final win over Alvernia, he went 2-for-4 with a home run, a sacrifice fly, scored four runs and drove in three. In a 14-1 championship win over Centenary, he was 3-for-3 with a grand-slam home run, six RBIs and three runs scored. He also picked up the win on the mound in the title game, going the first six innings while allowing three hits and a run with six strikeouts.

Kulavic, a sophomore from Springfield, Ill., struck out eight batters and allowed only two hits, none after the 3rd inning, and one unearned run in a 2-1 win at 5th-ranked Carthage on May 1. He went the distance in the seven-inning game, raising his record to a perfect 6-0. The win gave 12th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan a one-game lead over the Red Men en route to winning two-of-three games during a weekend series, which earned the Titans the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin regular season title. He was the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Brian Kolb (Wheaton IL) – .667 (14-21), 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 7 runs, 1.095 slugging pct.; Tim Salm (Lawrence) – .500 (7-14), 1 double, 3 home runs, 11 RBI, 6 runs, 1.214 slugging pct.; Jerrold Martijn (Wartburg) – .533 (8-15), 3 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBI, 5 runs, .933 slugging pct.; Beau Darak (Keene State) – .571 (4-7), 3 home runs, 7 RBI, 1.857 slugging pct.; Joey Russo (SUNY-Cortland) – .750 (9-12), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI, 1.167 slugging pct.; Kevin Graham (Benedictine IL) – .526 (10-19), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 9 RBI, 9 runs, .789 slugging pct.; Matt Andersen (Occidental) – .636 (7-11), 1 double, 3 triples, 4 RBI, 6 runs, 1.273 slugging pct.; Jhonny Reyes (Lehman) – .611 (11-18), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 RBI, 7 runs, 9 steals, .888 slugging pct.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Andy Clark (Franklin) – 1-0, 0.00, 10.0 ip, 1 cg, 2 hits, 17 strikeouts; Noel Banuelos (Occidental) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 0 hits, 5 strikeouts; Michael Bzozowski (Catholic) – 1-0, 1 save, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 ip, 0 hits, 7 strikeouts; Jordan Ball (Knox) – 0-0, 1 save, 0.79 ERA, 11.1 ip, 14 hits, 4 strikeouts; Ryan Kulik (Rowan) – 1-0, 1.08 ERA, 8.1 ip, 5 hits, 11 strikeouts; Kyle McCracken (Bethel MN) – 1-0, 1 save, 0.00 ERA, 9.1 ip, 7 hits, 5 strikeouts; Andy Langlais (Mitchell) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 3 hits, 7 strikeouts; Mike Fontaine (Eastern Connecticut State – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.2 ip, 3 hits, 8 strikeouts

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2008 Winners:

Mar. 3-9 Hitter of the Week: Brad Broussard (Ozarks)
Pitcher of the Week: Joe Bartlinski (Kean)

Mar. 10-16 Hitter of the Week: Brent Voorhees (McMurry)
Pitcher of the Week: Ryan Kulik (Rowan)

Mar. 17-23 Hitter of the Week: Drew Hedman (Pomona-Pitzer)
Pitcher of the Week: Drew Campbell (Kean)

Mar. 24-30 Hitter of the Week: Derek Gianakas (Kean)
Pitcher of the Week: Lonnie Robinson (St. Thomas MN)

Mar. 31-Apr. 6 Hitter of the Week: Derek David (McMurry)
Pitcher of the Week: Matt Tone (SUNY-Cortland)

Apr. 7-13 Hitter of the Week: Steve DeBarberie (Alvernia)
Pitcher of the Week: Bryon Mendenhall (Randolph-Macon)

Apr. 14-20 Hitter of the Week: Ricky Angel (Illinois Wesleyan)
Pitcher of the Week: Jeremy Rubens (Wisconsin-Oshkosh)

Apr. 21-27 Hitter of the Week: J.D. Rotzoll (Concordia IL)
Pitcher of the Week: Josh Roiger (Hamline)

Apr. 28-May 4 Hitter of the Week: Tim McMenamin (Gwynedd-Mercy)
Pitcher of the Week: Brent Kulavic (Illinois Wesleyan)

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