DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its weekly NCAA Division III National Players of the Week awards for the week ending March 27 and for the first time in school history Gallaudet University has a national player of the week as sophomore Danny O'Donnell (Olney, Md.) was selected as national pitcher of the week.
O'Donnell, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week, was lights out in two appearances against some of the top teams in the country, going 2-0 on the mound and giving up just one run while striking out 12 batters and posting a miniscule 0.64 earned run average in 14 innings of work. O'Donnell opened the week shutting down nationally ranked Rowan University, tossing a complete-game shutout while allowing five hits and striking out seven batters to help the Bison win 2-0 and take down the 10th-ranked Profs. He would shine once again in his next start, four days later, pitching another complete game and giving up one run on five hits while striking out five in a 3-1 win over Frostburg State University, which came into the contest averaging 9.25 runs per game and was receiving votes in the latest Division III Top 25 poll.
O'Donnell now leads the NEAC in ERA (0.77) while being second in both wins (three) and strikeouts (29) for the Bison, who are 12-7 overall.
Grinnell College's Anthony Mack was the national hitter of the week as he batted .552 in eight games, going 16 of 29 at the plate with two home runs, two doubles and a triple. Mack tallied 14 RBI and scored six runs while posting a .897 slugging percentage for the Pioneers.
This was the fourth week for the NCBWA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards. The awards are voted on by a panel of Division III members of the NCBWA. Gallaudet senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) has received honorable mention recognition for national hitter of the week, twice this season, on March 6 and March 13. Last season, junior pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) was a honorable mention honoree twice for national pitcher of the week.
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