MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/23/2012
MAC East Division Player of the Week
Tyler Wells, Ohio
Fr, LF, Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)
Wells helped the Bobcats to a perfect 4-0 week as the Bobcats posted a win at Youngstown State and a three-game sweep over Buffalo. In four games this week, Wells batted .429, going 6-fo-14 with one home run and four RBI. He also scored a team-best six runs and posted a team-best slugging percentage of .579.

MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week
Seth Streich, Ohio
Jr., RHP, Ridgeway, Pa. (Johnsonburg Catholic)
Streich authored his best performance on the year this past Sunday to help the Bobcats complete their series sweep against Buffalo. Streich worked a complete game and struck out 10 as he helped Ohio to a 4-1 victory. The Ohio right hander threw over 120 pitches and kept the MAC’s top offensive team in check as he scattered just four hits and did not allow a run. Streich’s 10 strikeout performance marked just the second time this season in which he has thrown 10-or-more strikes.

MAC West Division Player of the Week
Dan Zuchowski, Toledo
Freshman, LF, Hamtramck, Mich. (Bishop Foley)
Zuchowski hit a team-high .529 (9-for-17) in four games last week, helping Toledo win three of the contests. Zuchowsk also tallied a .556 on-base percentage and a squad-best .824 slugging percentage. The first-year Rocket hit safely in three of the games, including a pair of season-high four-hit efforts. He opened the week with a 1-for-4 performance vs. Wright State on Wednesday. After going hitless in Friday's MAC weekend series opener at Northern Illinois, Zuchowski finished 4-for-5 with three RBI. The Hamtramck, MI native then wrapped up the impressive week with a 4-for-4 effort, including a two-run home run.  

MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week
Zach Cooper, Central Michigan
Senior, RHP, Hartland, Mich. (Hartland)
Cooper put on a clinic on the mound Friday afternoon versus Kent State, striking out a career-high 13 Golden Flashes en route to his second complete-game shutout in Mid-American Conference play this season. Cooper struck out at least one batter in every inning but the ninth Friday, including striking out the side in the second inning and two batters each in the first, seventh and eighth innings to shut down the MAC East leader Kent State. He allowed just four hits and a first-inning walk in the contest, facing just three above the minimum thanks to a pick off and double play in the game. In 5 MAC starts, Cooper now has a 4-1 record with a minuscule earned run average of just 0.89. He has struck out 41 batters in 40.1 innings of work and allowed just 21 hits and seven runs – four of which are earned.

Other Nominees
Andrew Brown, Akron
Sr., RHP, Painesville, Ohio (Riverside)
Brown tossed his fourth complete game of the MAC season on Saturday to lead UA to 3-1 win over Western Michigan. Brown scattered nine hits, struck out six, and walked none in the outing. The senior righty stranded runners in scoring position in three innings and induced three double plays. He allowed just one unearned run in the outing, lowering his ERA in MAC games to 1.29.

Devan Ahart, Akron
RFr., OF, Orchard Lake, Mich. (St. Mary's)
Ahart drove in seven runs last week, batting .350 in five games. Devan got the week started by hitting a bases-loaded triple in the loss to West Virginia and driving in a run with a sacrifice fly at Pitt. Ahart then hit .462 (6-for-13) in the series at Western Michigan, walking once in the series for an on-base percentage of .500. Devan went a combined 5-for-9 in Saturday's doubleheader and drove in three. 

Jacob Brewer, Ball State
So., RHP, South Bend, Ind. (St. Joseph’s)
Sophomore right-hander Jacob Brewer turned in the best outing of his career in just his second weekend start as he tossed a career-high 8.0 innings in the Cardinals’ extra inning victory over MAC West leading Eastern Michigan which secured the series victory … Brewer held the Eagles to just four hits and three runs while surpassing his longest career outing by four innings (5.0 vs. Purdue) … He tossed a career-high 122 pitches through eighth innings. 

Brian Bien, Bowling Green
Freshman, INF, Cincinnati, Ohio (Roger Bacon)
Bien went 7-for-17 (.412) in four games on the week, helping the Falcons to a 2-2 record. On Tuesday night, Bien went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot, scoring two runs, and helping the Falcons to an 8-6 win over a Wright State squad that came into the game at 23-11 on the season. Over the weekend, Bien went 4-for-12 at Miami, reaching base six times. In Friday's 7-2 win over the RedHawks, Bien reached base twice, while making a "web gem" play in the 7th inning to keep the score at 4-2 at the time. In Sunday's game, Bien was responsible for both of Bowling Green's run, scoring one and driving in the other during a 2-for-4 afternoon.

Matt Pollock, Buffalo
Junior, OF, Sagamore Hills, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Pollock wreaked havoc on the opposing pitching staffs over Buffalo's six games during the week, batting .421 (8-19) with a double, home run, and three runs batted in. Hitting in his usual leadoff spot in the lineup, the junior also drew six walks and was hit by a pitch three times, giving him a robust .607 on-base percentage to go along with his .632 slugging percentage. Facing Niagara on Tuesday, Pollock went a combined 1-3 with five walks in a doubleheader. Against Ohio on Saturday, Pollock went 4-5 with a two-run home run. For the season, Matt is leading the team in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.366) and home runs (8).

Ben Singer, Bowling Green
Pitcher, Sophomore, Midland, Mich. (Midland)
Singer appeared three different times in relief for the Brown and Orange on the week, pitching 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Singer allowed just three hits, while striking out seven. In Tuesday's 8-6 win over Wright State, Singer came on for 1.2 innings, striking out two to preserve the BG lead. In Friday night's 7-2 win at Miami, Singer would come into the ballgame with the Falcons leading just 4-2, going 2.2 innings and striking out two. On Sunday, Singer would give the Falcons a chance, going three innings, striking out three, while not allowing a hit. Singer would exit the game with the Falcons down just 3-2, having done exactly what he was asked to do on the afternoon.

Nate Theunissen, Central Michigan
Senior, 1B/DH, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Mount Pleasant)
Theunissen continued to climb the record books last week, moving closer and closer to Central Michigan's all-time record in hits. Theunissen finished the week batting .316 (6-for-19) with two doubles and four RBI in the Chippewas' four games. His six hits moved him into fifth-place all-time in CMU history with 236 hits, just 16 shy of Jim Geldhof's record of 252. Theunissen's two doubles also moved him just 10 shy of Bryan Mitzel's record of 59 career doubles.

Steve Weber, Eastern Michigan
Junior, SP, North Royalton ,Ohio (North Royalton)
Weber (4-3) earned his first-career complete game in a three-hit, 4-0, shutout of Ball State Saturday afternoon, April 21. Weber's nine-inning gem marked the first complete game for an EMU pitcher this season as the Eagles evened up the series with the Cardinals at a game apiece. Ball State's offense was smothered by Weber's dominant performance, putting only five runners on base during the contest. Weber struck out six batters and walked two in his third quality start of the season. Saturday's showing was Weber's best since he tossed seven scoreless innings in a no-decision, March 2, against Wake Forest. He became the first EMU pitcher to notch a complete-game shutout since May 7, 2011.

Ben Magsig Eastern Michigan
Senior, IF, Okemos, Mich. (Okemos [Lansing C.C.])
 In four games this week, Magisg recorded a hit and a walk in each contest to finish with a .286 batting avarge, .474 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. He hit the game-winning home run in a 4-0 shutout over Ball State on Saturday to give him four on the season and 14 for his career. He now has a MAC-leading 35 walks this season and 102 for his carrer.

Alex Miklos, Kent State
Fr., OF, Grove City, Pa. (Grove City)
Miklos batted .385 with five hits - including a double - while starting all three games of Kent State's Mid-American Conference weekend series at Central Michigan. Miklos helped the Golden Flashes win the weekend set at Theunissen Stadium, 2-1. The Golden Flashes (23-16, 12-3 MAC) bounced back from a 3-0 shutout loss in the Friday (April 20) series opener to trump the Chippewas, 6-3, the following day and seal their fourth MAC series win in five tries in 2012 with a 6-4 Sunday triumph, marking Kent State's first series victory in Mount Pleasant, Mich., under eighth-year head coach Scott Stricklin. Kent State has won 15 of its last 21 games. 

Tyler Skulina, Kent State
So., RHP, Strongsville, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Skulina shrugged off a shaky first inning Skulina to put together a solid six-inning outing and improve to 5-2 in 10 starts. He tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts while allowing three runs on six hits and three walks to help Kent State trump Central Michigan, 6-4, Sunday (April 22) at Theunissen Stadium, sealing the 2-1 Mid-American Conference weekend series win over the Chippewas and marking the 15th victory in the last 21 games for the Golden Flashes (23-16, 12-3 MAC). Kent State has now won four of its first five conference series of the 2012 season.

Scott Slappey, Miami
Freshman, Infielder, Alpharetta, Ga.
Helped Miami to a 3-1 record during the week, including a series win over Bowling Green… batted .417 with five hits in 12 at-bats… drove in five runs total, two on Wednesday and a career-high three on Saturday… hit safely in all four games, running his hitting streak to five games… had a double and single against Dayton on Wednesday, the seventh time this year he had registered multiple hits… was hit three times by Flyer pitchers, leading two runs and two runs batted in… doubled against Bowling Green on Saturday… added a sacrifice fly that day as well… fielded .933 from his shortstop position (one error in 15 chances).

Shawn Marquardt, Miami
Senior, Left-handed Pitcher, Carmel, Ind.
Improved to 5-3 on the season with a 7-0 win over Bowling Green on Saturday… pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just five singles… also hit a batter… had six strikeouts and no walks… Saturday’s effort was part of the RedHawks’ third shutout of the season, with Marquardt a part of two (one CG in February)… has now thrown 7+ innings in five of his 10 starts… lowered his ERA to 3.95.

Tony Manville, Northern Illinois
Senior, New Lenox, Ill. (Mount Carmel)
Manville had one if his best outings of 2012 with his season-high eight innings on the mound, where he only allowed five hits, struck out five and walked only two. After surrendering three runs through five and the Huskies down 3-0, Manville only allowed two hits in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to allow NIU to tie the game, 3-3, and nearly pull off the win versus Toledo. The five strikeouts by Manville was also a season-high.

Jeff Zimmerman, Northern Illinois
Sophomore, 1B, Tinley Park, Ill. (Victor J. Andrew)
Zimmerman had one of his most consistent weekends of the season against the Rockets, finishing 6-for-11 (.545) at the plate with one run, an RBI, a walk and a double. His lone double and RBI against Toledo occurred in Friday’s contest in the bottom of the third inning, when he sent the first pitch down the left field line to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead in the game. He entered the weekend with a batting average of .240 and boosted it to .264 with his weekend at the plate

Matt Kuna, Toledo
Senior, RHP, Griffith, Ind. (Griffith)
Kuna threw a career-high 8.1 frames at Northern Illinois on Saturday, allowing one unearned run on five hits with a career-tying best seven strikeouts to collect the victory (April 21). Kuna faced only 32 batters and retired the side in order on five occasions to help UT secure a 5-1 victory against its MAC West Division rival. One of the Rockets’ weekend starters, Kuna has worked at least 6.0 innings in three starts this spring and sports a 4-1 record with a squad-best 2.47 ERA and two saves.