April 16, 2014
Shepard Named NCBWA Southeast Region Baseball Pitcher of the Week
DALLAS, TX -- Catawba's Shaefer Shepard (Boca Raton, FL/Boca Raton HS/Francis Marion) has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Southeast Region Pitcher of the Week. It was released by the NCBWA on Wednesday.
Shepard tossed 10 scoreless inning during the week, including a two-hit shutout against Tusculum to close out the weekend series with the Pioneers. In that seven-inning complete game, Shepard walked one and fanned 10. Earlier in the week, he had tossed three scoreless innings against #17 USC Aiken.
For the week, Shepard surrendered just four hits, walked one and struck out 11.
Grand Valley State senior first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni was named the National Hitter of the Week, while Drury senior right-hander Will Landsheft is the National Pitcher of the Week.
Brugnoni was a commanding presence at the plate last week, instrumental in the Lakers going 4-1 and holding on to the GLIAC lead in the standings. Brugnoni hit .643 (9-for-14) with an outstanding 1.143 slugging percentage and .762 on-base percentage. Brugnoni scored seven times, hit two home runs, drove in 11 and drew seven walks, including two intentional passes. Brugnoni went 3-for-3 with two runs, three RBI and a double against Saginaw Valley State, then followed that game with a 3-for-3, two-run, six RBI performance against Walsh with two home runs.
Landsheft went the distance for a second straight start and registered the program's second no-hitter in DU's 4-0 victory over William Jewell last Friday at Meador Park. He struck out 10 and walked one while improving to 5-2 on the season and pushing his Drury school record for career victories to 20 (20-5) with the seven-inning effort.
Division II Regional Players of the Week:
- Atlantic: Spencer Wolfe, Shepherd (Hitter); Jim McDade, Millersville (Pitcher)
- Central: Patrick Rients, Southwest Minnesota State (Hitter); Eddie Cumpston, Northwest Oklahoma State (Pitcher)
- East: Mike Annone, Wilmington (Hitter); Tyler Badamo, Dowling (Pitcher)
- Midwest: Giancarlo Brugnoni, Grand Valley State (Hitter); Will Landsheft, Drury (Pitcher)
- South: Michael Danner, Tampa (Hitter); Jordan DeLorenzo, West Florida (Pitcher)
- South Central: Wes Koenig, St. Edward’s (Hitter); Colton Burleson, Tarleton State (Pitcher)
- Southeast: Ryan Metzler, USC Aiken (Hitter); Shaefer Shepard, Catawba (Pitcher)
- West: Ethan Sterkel, Central Washington (Hitter); Luke Barker, Chico State (Pitcher)
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.
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