RBI Machine Moser and Double-Duty Erickson honored

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Ethan Moser, DeSales

Ethan Moser, DeSales drove in 17 runs in six games and Tyler Erickson, Castleton State won both games of a doubleheader, earning them the NCAA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week respectively for the week of April 16-22 as voted on by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

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Moser, a senior outfielder from Barto, Pa., was outstanding last week, leading the Bulldogs to a 5-1 record by batting .560 (14-for-25) with team-highs in runs scored (10), doubles (4), home runs (3), and RBIs (17).  He had a slugging percentage of 1.080 for the week, had at least one hit in all six games, and recorded two or more hits in five of the six games.  He began the week with a 3-for-6 game with a home run and five RBIs vs. Rutgers-Camden, and had a 3-for-6 game with a double and four RBIs vs. Ursinus.  In a three-game series with Wilkes, he went 3-for-6 with a double, home run, and six RBIs in the first game, then closed the week by going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, fours runs scored and two RBIs in a doubleheader.  On the season, he is now batting .413 with eight home runs and a team-high 46 RBIs.  Moser was the Freedom Conference Player of the Week.

Tyler Erickson, Castleton State

Erickson, a senior right-hander from Naugatuck, Conn., set himself apart last weekend by winning both ends of a crucial doubleheader against Colby-Sawyer on Thursday.  He tossed a pair of complete games, going 14.0 innings in total and scattering nine hits over that span. He struck out seven and allowed two earned runs in winning the opener 3-2, and was even better in the second game, giving up just one unearned run while striking out five in a 2-1 victory. He leads Castleton and the NEAC with a 7-2 record and owns a 2.82 ERA.  Erickson was the North Atlantic Conference / North Eastern Athletic Conference East Pitcher of the Week.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Matt Collins (Tufts) - .630 (17-27), 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 12 RBIs, 12 runs, .963 slugging pct.; Nick Pappas (Trinity TX) - .778 (14-18) - 3 doubles, 1 triple, 9 RBIs, 7 runs, .833 on base pct., 1.056 slugging pct.; Paul Greco (Lancaster Bible) - .429 (9-21), 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 16 RBIs, 9 runs, 1.095 slugging pct.;  Tyler Rosa (Dickinson) - .500 (9-18), 1 double, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 7 runs, 3 stolen bases, 1.111 slugging pct.; Anthony Orsano (SUNY-Old Westbury) - .583 (7-12), 4 home runs, 12 RBIs, 5 runs, 1.583 slugging pct.; Kyle Allaire (Rhode Island College) - .625 (10-16), 1 double, 3 RBIs, 8 runs, .688 slugging pct.; Tyler Graber (Thomas More) - .714 (10-14), 1 double, 5 RBIs, 6 runs, 1.200 slugging pct.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Casey Ashey (Maine-Farmington) - 1-0, 2 saves, 0.00 ERA, 9.1 ip, 1 cg, 6 hits, 7 strikeouts; Dave Trushel (Washington & Jefferson) - 2-0, 0.56 ERA, 16.0 ip, 2 cg, 7 hits, 12 strikeouts; Kyle Konarski (Manchester) - 2-0, 0.53 ERA, 17.0 ip, 1 cg, 11 hits, 13 strikeouts; Steven Melchiorre (Rowan) - 2-0, 0.90 ERA, 10.0 ip, 1 cg, 6 hit, 8 strikeouts; Rob Dittrick (Pacific) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 6 hits, 8 strikeouts; Jeff Spillane (Texas Lutheran) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts; Zach Frappier (Concordia MN) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts; Tanner Barron (Trinity TX) - 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.0 ip, 11 hits, 11 strikeouts
2012 Winners:
Feb. 27-Mar. 4       Hitter of the Week: Andy King (Hamline)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Mitch Hunnicutt (Hanover)
Mar. 5-11               Hitter of the Week: Zach Hofer (Elmhurst)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Blaine O’Brien (Keystone)
Mar. 12-18             Hitter of the Week: Gregg Steinman (Moravian)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Steve Maher (St. Thomas MN)
Mar. 19-25             Hitter of the Week: Bruce Maxwell (Birmingham-Southern)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Brian Ranta (George Fox)
Mar. 26-Apr. 1        Hitter of the Week: Dan Fiorito (Manhattanville)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Jarrett Gish (Case Western Reserve)
Apr. 2-8                  Hitter of the Week: Matt Thompson (McMurry)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Jhonneris Perez (Suffolk)
Apr. 9-15                Hitter of the Week: Kyle Cook (Centre)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Kyle Cunningham-Rhoads (Wooster)
Apr. 16-22              Hitter of the Week: Ethan Moser (DeSales)
                               Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Erickson (Castleton State)

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