MAC Pepsi Baseball Players of the Week

Updated 5/16/2000

MAC Pepsi Player of the Week

John VanBenschoten, Kent State (So., 1B/P)
Milford, Ohio (Milford)

Kent State sophomore John VanBenschoten is this week's MAC Pepsi Player of the Week. In four games last week, the first baseman hit .500 (8-for-16) with four home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored against Marshall, which helped the Golden Flashes lock the East Division title and the top seed for this week's conference tournament. VanBenschoten, who also added a pair of doubles, had a 1.375 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage.

Other nominees:

Brian Roberts, Akron -- Hit .444 (8-for-18) with a home run and four RBIs, including a 5-for-5 performance against Bowling Green in Saturday's second game.

Lee Morrison, Bowling Green -- Was 12-for-26 (.462) with four home runs and 12 RBIs in six games.

Dan Hyott, Eastern Michigan -- Batted .467 (7-for-15) with three home runs and eight RBIs.

Marty Rini, Marshall -- Hit three homers and batted .467 (7-for-15) for the week and also drove in five runs.

Clark Mace, Miami -- Batted .538 (7-for-13) with seven runs scored, three stolen bases and two RBIs.

Pat Kerrigan, Northern Illinois -- Hit .364 (4-for-11) with a double and two RBIs.

Jeff Rook, Ohio -- Was 5-for-15 (.333) with three home runs, four runs scored and four RBIs. Also drew five walks.

Tony Miller, Toledo -- Batted .409 (9-for-22) with six RBIs, four runs scored, a homer and two stolen bases.

Joe Seestadt, Western Michigan -- Hit .417 (5-for-12) with one home run, two RBIs and a double.


MAC Pepsi Pitcher of the Week

Chris Leonard, Miami (Fr., LHP)
Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis De Sales)

For the second time in three weeks, Miami's Chris Leonard is this week's MAC Pepsi Pitcher of the Week. The freshman southpaw was 1-0 with a save and a 1.13 ERA in two outings, helping the RedHawks grab the final tournament spot in the East Division. In eight innings of work, Leonard struck out five, walked one and allowed only seven hits. Leonard picked up the win on Saturday, scattering six hits and fanning two. Then after allowing a single and a wild pitch to begin his relief appearance to put runners at second and third with no outs, Leonard struck out the next three batters to secure a 10-7 win.

Other nominees:

Tony Fontana, Bowling Green -- Picked up wins over Dayton and Akron, striking out 10 and walking three in a 7-0 victory over the Zips.

Mike Steele, Central Michigan -- Was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two appearances. Struck out eight, walked five and tossed a two-hitter against Northern Illinois.

Tony Schiml, Ohio -- Struck out seven and walked three en route to picking up his seventh win of the year against Miami.

Scott Bruhn, Toledo -- Notched two wins on the same day against Western Michigan, fanning seven and allowing 10 hits in his complete game win.

Shawn Morrison, Western Michigan -- Tossed 6.1 innings of relief without allowing an earned run against Toledo in two appearances.