D-III NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Cody Callahan, Freshman
Cody Callahan, Freshman

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

Two dozen RBIs by Cody Callahan of Keene State College and a no-hitter by Tim McMenamin of Gwynedd-Mercy College have earned the pair the fourth NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors for 2009, covering the week of March 16-22, as voted on by a panel of members from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Callahan, a lefty-hitting freshman outfielder/catcher from Seekonk, Mass batted .510 (25-for-49) with a 1.061 slugging pct., 19 runs, 10 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs and 24 RBIs in the Owls’ 6-6 spring week trip to Phoenix, Ariz. In his Owl debut, he went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs, a home run, and tied a school record with 7 RBIs vs. the College of New Jersey. In a doubleheader against Brockport State, he went 6-for-7 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and five RBIs. In a twinbill against Pomona-Pitzer, he went 5-for-8 with 3 runs scored, 2 home runs and 4 RBIs. In the final game of the trip vs. Concordia, he went 4-for-4, all doubles, scoring 4 runs and driving in 3 runs. He was named Rookie of the Week in the Little East Conference.

McMenamin, a senior from Maple Shade, N.J., became the third pitcher in Gwynedd-Mercy history to throw a no-hitter as he did the deed in the first game of a doubleheader against Philadelphia Biblical University on Saturday in a 25-0 win. The Griffins’ right-hander struck out eight and walked just two in the seven-inning game as the Griffins (11-6, 3-0 CSAC) would then go on to win the second to sweep the weekend series from the Crimson Eagles. He was named the Colonial States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. McMenamin makes it three weeks in a row that the D-III Pitcher of the Week has thrown a no-hitter.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Tom Bouvier (Western New England) – .529 (18-34), 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 13 RBI, 17 runs, 1.029 slugging pct.; Rick Vail (Curry) – .682 (15-22), 3 home runs, 7 RBI, 10 runs, 1.091 slugging pct.; Jimmy Marlin (Carroll) – .600 (15-25), 2 doubles, 10 RBI, 11 runs, .680 slugging pct.; Cory Hilgenkamp (Nebraska Wesleyan) – .567 (17-30), 4 home runs, 14 RBI, 9 runs, .967 slugging pct.; Kyle Wooden (Guilford) – .591 (13-22), 3 doubles, 2 home run, 8 RBI, 7 runs, .1.000 slugging pct.; Hunter Owen (Millsaps) – .615 (8-13), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 5 runs, 1.231 slugging pct.; Ryan Nokelby (Texas Lutheran) – .667 (10-15), 1 double, 1 triple, 6 RBI, 3 runs, .867 slugging pct.; Brandon Sales (Pacific Lutheran) – .636 (7-11), 2 doubles, 7 RBI, 4 runs, .828 slugging pct.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Tom Burdette (Rowan) – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 saves, 2.1 ip, 1 hits, 5 strikeouts; Casey Lawrence (Albright) – 2-0, 1.93 ERA, 14.0 ip, 11 hits, 11 strikeouts; Michael Johnson (Concordia TX) – 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 5 hits, 15 strikeouts; Grant Wheatley (La Verne) – 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 4 saves, 10.0 ip, 6 hits,14 strikeouts; Evan Bronson (Trinity TX) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 5 hits, 12 strikeouts; Colby Mattheson (Rhodes) – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 4 hits, 12 strikeouts.

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2009 Winners:

Feb. 23-Mar. 1 Hitter of the Week: Jeremy Macklin (Texas Lutheran)

Pitcher of the Week: Matt Schuld (St. Thomas MN), D.J. Keckler (Wesley)

Mar. 2-8 Hitter of the Week: Joel Chrobak (Franklin)

Pitcher of the Week: Cody Boals (Elmhurst)

Mar. 9-15 Hitter of the Week: Garrett Lamborn (Wesleyan)

Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Seaman (Mississippi College)

Mar. 16-22 Hitter of the Week: Cody Callahan (Keene State)

Pitcher of the Week: Tim McMenamin (Gwynedd-Mercy)