MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week
April 2, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
Matt Honchel, Miami
Fr., OF, Harrodsburg, Ky.
From his No. 2 spot in the lineup, batted an amazing .786 in Miami’s series win over Toledo…. Had 11 hits in 14 at-bats, including a double in each contest… registered a career-high four hits in Saturday’s regularly-scheduled game… equaled that mark on Sunday… had three hits in the series opener (suspended Friday, finished Saturday)… leads the RedHawks with 14 multiple-hit games (in 27 outings)… drove in four runs (two each on Saturday and Sunday), while scoring six times… was 1-2 in stolen base attempts…. leads the team in hitting with a .436 average… is hitting .708 in six league games.
MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Pat Dyer, Akron
Fr., LHP, Columbus, Ohio (St. Charles Prep)
Dyer tossed his first collegiate complete game - in just his fifth career start - picking up the win in Akron's 8-1 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. The southpaw struck out a career-high seven and walked just one. He scattered six hits, with only one being for extra bases.
MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Alex Jones, Northern Illinois
Sr., Shortstop, Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
Jones was superb, recording seven hits in 14 at-bats, including a double, and added three walks to record an on-base percentage of .714 for 3-1 Northern Illinois. Jones also scored three runs and drove in six during the week, while also adding a stolen base on the base path. In field, Jones was perfect, recording zero errors, 9 assists and six putouts from his shortstop position. Against Akron on March 30, Jones filled the stat sheet, batting 3-for-4 with four RBI, a double, a run, a stolen base and a walk, leading the Huskies to a 10-5 win over the Zips, the Huskies first MAC of the season.
MAC West Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Zach Cooper, Central Michigan
RHP, Senior, Hartland, Mich. (Hartland)
Cooper continued his dominance over Mid-American Conference foes Friday, pitching his second career complete-game shutout as the Chippewas defeated Bowling Green, 4-0. Cooper allowed just four hits in the contest and struck out eight Falcons en route to giving CMU its first shutout win of the season. The senior right hander has now struck out 18 batters in his first two MAC starts after striking out 10 last week versus Buffalo to earn MAC West Pitcher of the Week honors.
Kubuski helped the Falcons to two Mid-American Conference wins on the weekend, extending his hitting streak to 14 games in the process. Kubuski, who batted .579 (11-for-19) on the week, also drove in five runs on the week. He scored three runs, helping the Falcons win their first two MAC games of the season, coming back to win the series against Central Michigan. In a midweek game at Michigan State, Kubuski went 4-for-4 with one run and one RBI. He had multi-hit games in all four games on the week, as well.
Apthorpe came out on Friday against Central Michigan and turned in his best performance of the season to date. Going 8.2 innings, and allowing just one earned run, Apthorpe shut down the Chippewas 1-2-3 in four different innings. He twice worked out of jams to keep CMU scoreless, and struck out six in the game. He was not helped by five defensive errors in the game, but worked through it allowing just the one earned run. In the eighth inning, Apthorpe retired the first two Central Michigan batters, but had to come out of the game after a line drive was hit off his pitching arm with two outs in the eighth.
Copping pitched an astounding 10 innings and allowed only three hits for a career game against Western Michigan on Friday, but was unable to earn a decision in a 2-0 loss in 12 innings. It was the first time all season that the Bulls were unable to score a run, spoiling the senior's best performance of his career. Copping walked the first batter of the game and allowed single hits in the third and fourth innings, and that would be all he would allow to the Broncos for the next five innings. The Temple City, CA native retired 17 straight batters after allowing a one-out single in the fourth inning. Pitching in control for much of the day, Copping also struck out seven batters as he lowered his season earned run average from 8.36 to 6.16.
Arnold drove in a team-high four runs and drew a team-high five walks last week in the Chippewas four games versus Michigan State and Bowling Green. Arnold finished the week batting .267 (4-for-15) but drew five walks for an on-base percentage of .450 to lead CMU.
Weber (2-3) recorded his second win of the season in Friday's series opener vs. Ohio. He pitched an effective 6.2 innings in a winning bid and plowed his way through 12 consecutive batters at one point and struck out a season-high seven. EMU won the game, 9-7.
Magsig had one of the best weeks of his career, posting a batting average of .600 (9-for-15) along with a .720 on base percentage and a .933 slugging percentage over five games. He walked six times during that period to increase his season total to a MAC best 24. In Friday's 9-7 win over the Bobcats, Magsig provided the game-winning double and finished the three-game set at Ohio with five RBI and four two baggers. Magsig began the week hitting .258, but has risen his average to .325 since then for an increase of .067 in a five-game span.
Jimmy Rider, Kent State
Kent State senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) put together a huge offensive weekend to help the Golden Flashes (14-12, 3-0 MAC) complete their second straight Mid-American Conference weekend series sweep, taking all three games at Ball State last weekend (March 30-April 1). Rider hit .385 with five hits - including three home runs in three games - to go along with a team-high eight RBIs and six runs scored. Rider hit a solo homer in the 7-4 series opening victory in 10 innings Friday (March 30) and and a two-run blast in the 4-2 11-inning triumph on Saturday (April 1). He saved his best for last, though, helping Kent State complete the sweep by going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Rider smashed a three-run homer in the fourth to go along with an RBI single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Rider has helped the Flashes jump out to a perfect 6-0 start in conference play. He leads the team with 15 doubles and 22 RBIs and is hitting .360 in MAC play with six extra-base hits and 10 RBIs.
Ryan Bores, Kent State
Kent State junior right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) put together another solid start on the mound for the Golden Flashes (14-12, 3-0 MAC). The reigning Mid-American Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week went nine innings Saturday (March 31) at Ball State, striking out eight and sitting down the side three times. He departed the contest with a no-decision, but the Flashes dug deep in extras for a second straight game to record a 4-2 11-inning triumph. Bores has struck out 31 while walking just eight in seven starts and 43.1 innings.
Threw his third complete game in seven starts on Sunday, leading Miami to an 11-3 victory and series win over Toledo… scattered six hits, allowing three runs (two earned)… struck out five and walked just one… the Rockets hit just .188 against him… evened his season record at 3-3 (3.56 ERA) and his league mark at 1-1 (2.87 ERA).
Making two starts this week and sporting a flawless 2-0 record, Jake Hermsen was a man of his trade, winning a 5-4 decision against UW-Milwaukee March 27 and a 8-2 game versus Akron last Sunday. The southpaw hurled 11 strikeouts, six in eight innings versus Akron and five in six stanzas against Milwaukee, surrendered zero walks and allowed only three earned runs in his 14 innings on the bump. He started with three perfect innings against the Zips Sunday and was very close to a complete game shutout in the contest until surrendering a single and triple, where he exited the mound with a standing ovation from the fans and spectators at Ralph McKinzie Field.
Senior Jensen Painter led Ohio to a 3-2 week, helping the Bobcats to victories over Otterbein and a league series triumph over Eastern Michigan. In five games, Painter batted .400, collected four home runs and drove in eight RBI. He also got on base for the 27th–consecutive game.
Brett Barber, Ohio
Junior Brett Barber helped Ohio to a pair of wins this past week against Otterbein and Eastern Michigan. Against Otterbein on Wednesday, he worked 8.2 innings in relief, allowed just one earned run and gave just five hits en route to the win. On Sunday against Eastern Michigan, he pitched the final 4.0 innings to pick up his first save of the year. In his two appearances, Barber posted an ERA of 1.42, worked 12.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs.
Matt Delewski, Toledo
Delewski batted a team-high .538 (7-for-13) in four games last week. Delewski hit safely in all four contests, including a pair of multi-hit efforts. He opened the week going 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter at Kent State on Tuesday, March 27. In Saturday's MAC series opener at Miami, Delewski went 2-for-5 with one run scored and a season-high three RBI. Later that afternoon in the second game of the twinbill, he finished 3-for-4. The Maple Heights, OH native then wrapped up the week with a 1-for-3 effort. The third-year Rocket has now hit safely in a career-best nine consecutive games, batting a squad-best .387 (12-for-31) during this stretch.
Jared Kujawa, Western Michigan
Kujawa led WMU offensively, hitting a team-best .600, helping the Broncos go 3-0 this week, as well as keep their MAC record perfect at 5-0 ... Kujawa delivered twice in the clutch in Wednesday's 3-2, 10-inning win over Oakland, coming through with a two-out, RBI single to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, and then hitting another two-out single in the bottom of the 10th for his second walk-off hit off the year ... in the two games of the Buffalo series, Kujawa went 4-for-7 at the plate with three of the team's eight runs scored ... he scored what would be the winning run in the top of the 12th in Saturday's 2-0 win against the Bulls, after leading off the inning with a single ... he also scored the insurance run after reaching on a base hit in the top of the ninth in Saturday's 6-4 win ... Western Michigan' 5-0 MAC start is the best for the team since 2005, and the Broncos are one of only two teams still undefeated in conference play.
Patrick Borlik, Western Michigan
So., RHP, South Bend, Ind. (Washington)
Borlik posted two wins and a save on the mound, leading Western Michigan to another undefeated week, going 3-0, and keep an unblemished MAC record at 5-0 ... Borlik has been instrumental in the Broncos' current six-game winning streak, as he has has been the final pitcher on the mound in five of the six games (including all three this week), earning three wins and two saves during the streak ... Borlik earned the victory in a 10-inning affair against Oakland Wednesday, coming on in the ninth and ending the inning with a strikeout swinging - caught stealing double play ... he went onto retire the side in order in the 10th, allowing his offense to score the winning run in the bottom half of the inning ... Borlik was summoned again in extra play in Friday's 2-0, 12-inning win at Buffalo ... he inherited one on with one out in the bottom of the 11th ... he issued an intentional walk and the following pinch hitter worked a walk to load the bases, but Borlik got the No. 9 hitter to fly out to right field to leave the bags full ... after allowing a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 12th, Borlik recorded three-straight ground outs ... with the tying run at the plate, Borlik picked up the save Saturday against Buffalo in a 6-4 win, recording the final out ... Borlik has not allowed a run and just one hit in his last five appearances ... Western Michigan' 5-0 MAC start is the best for the team since 2005, and the Broncos are one of only two teams still undefeated in conference play.