National Players of the Week

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Cornell’s Walker Breard
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Cornell’s Walker Breard and Mt. St. Vincent’s Tyler Krolikowski headlined another impressive week of statistical outputs around NCAA Division III action and were named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter and Pitcher of the Week for the span of April 6-12.

Breard, a freshman first baseman from Washington, Iowa, had a meteoric effort at the plate for the Rams. He batted .714 (10-of-14) with a whopping 1.786 slugging percentage in a four-game split at Illinois College. In only three games, the first-year player totaled three doubles, four home runs, seven runs and 10 RBIs. The Midwest Conference Hitter of the Week had a sizzling stretch of nine at-bats, during the span, in which he slugged four homers, two doubles and one single with eight RBIs.

Mt. St. Vincent’s Tyler Krolikowski
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Krolikowski, a junior right-handed starting pitcher from Massapequa, N.Y., added to the historical annals for the Dolphins. The Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Week tossed the second no-hitter for the program on Apr. 11 in a 3-0 win at Maritime, fanning 14 and walking just one in the seven-inning gem. The junior didn’t stop there, either, as he struck out five in three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on Apr. 7 in a 10-5 victory over NYU.

Honorable Mention Hitter: Hunter Handel, Jr., DH, Baldwin-Wallace - Blasted five home runs in four games and led the No.16-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 3-1 record. At the plate, Handel was 8-for-16 for a .500 batting average with five runs scored, five homers and 11 runs batted-in as BW split with Otterbein and swept Wilmington. He had a 1.438 slugging average and a .579 on-base average.

Previous NCBWA Players of the Week

Jordon Freeman, Huntingdon
Nick Bornhauser, Concordia-Moorhead
Brandon Smalling, Earlham
Jordan Nieman, Manchester
Chase Burrow, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Donovan Pogue, Thomas More

Kyle Rossman, Pacific Lutheran
Paul Henshaw, Kenyon
Neal Krentz, Case Western Reserve
Eric Morrel, La Grange
Connor Alberhasky, Coe
Nate Burns, Lancaster Bible

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Sam Miller, Jr., RHP, Brandeis - Tossed two complete-game victories for the Judges, including a three-hit, nine-inning complete game in a 7-2 victory over Worcester State College on Tuesday that gave head coach Pete Varney his 700th career win. He struck out six in that outing and returned April 12 to throw a six-hitter over seven innings with four strikeouts in a 7-2 Judges’ victory over Plymouth State University. For the week, Miller limited opponents to a .155 batting average … Christian Neal, Jr., RHP, William Peace - Earned a complete-game shutout victory in a 3-0 win over USA South foe Piedmont in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Pacers. Neal allowed just four hits with one walk and established a program-record with 17 strikeouts. The 17 punch-outs are the highest amount of strikeouts thrown in a single game this season in all of NCAA Division III.

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