MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/5/2013

 

 
MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
T.J. Sutton, Kent State 
Jr., OF, Canton, Ohio (Canton GlenOak)
Sutton hit .700 in three starts against No. 4 Louisville and a pitching staff that had a combined 1.75 ERA entering the series.  He picked up seven hits, scored two runs and hit one double on the weekend.  He finished the three games with a .800 slugging percentage and a .727 on-base percentage.  Defensively, Sutton had zero errors and six putouts.
 
MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Mike Burke, Buffalo
Jr., P, Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Burke was handed the ball for two quality starts during the week, and leading the team to a pair of wins. On Monday, he held UMES to just two hits through the first five innings of the game. While the Hawks were able to plate a trio of runs in the sixth to take a brief 3-2 lead, that would be the only blip on an otherwise solid day for Burke. He struck out five and walked just one batter in seven total innings, with four of UMES' six total hits against him coming all in the sixth. On Sunday he took the ball against Longwood, pitching the team to a 3-2 win. The offense was able to have a relative off day thanks to Burke's performance. The junior righty struck out six and walked only one batter en route to his second straight quality start. He now lowers his season earned run average to 3.66 and is 2-0. For the game, Burke pitched to four or few batters in six of his seven total innings.
 
MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Matt Delewski, Toledo
Senior, INF/DH, Maple Heights, Ohio (Trinity)
Delewski batted a sensational .733 (11-for-15) in three games at South Florida over the weekend. Delewski added four runs scored, three RBI, one walk and one stolen base against the Big East member Bulls in the weekend series. The fifth-year Rocket opened the weekend going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI on Friday. The following evening, Delewski finished 4-for-5 with one run scored, one RBI and one theft. The Maple Heights, OH native then wrapped up the impressive weekend with a 3-for-5 effort with one run scored, one RBI and one walk. He now lead the team with four multi-hit efforts in 2013.
 
MAC West Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Mike Moyer. Western Michigan
Sr., LHP, Sylvania, Ohio (Northview) 
Moyer recorded the win in WMU's 1-0 victory over Maine in Florida Saturday. Moyer (2-1) has been the starting pitcher in each of the Broncos' two victories this season, both of which have been shutouts - no other MAC team has recorded a shutout win this season. Moyer had the second longest outing of his career against the Black Bears, hurling 7.1 scoreless innings and allowing just three hits, all of which were singles. After giving up two of those hits in the first, he did not allow the third hit until the seventh inning. He retired the side in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings and totaled three strikeouts. He issued just two walks, one in the sixth and one in the eighth.
 

Other Nominees
Tyler Begun, Akron
Jr., OF, Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)
Begun collected six base hits over 13 at-bats against No. 8 University of Kentucky, good enough for a .462 batting average. On Friday, went 4-for-5 with four singles and a run scored. Begun’s four hits were the most in a game for a player on Akron this season. The native of Mayfield Village, Ohio provided the Akron offense with a 2-for-4 performance on Sunday with a run scored. 

Jason Kanzler, Buffalo
Sr., OF, Penfield, NY (Penfield)
Kanzler batted .353 over four games, leading the team to three wins. He totaled six hits, including his fourth home run of the season. On Saturday, he came just a double shy of hitting for the cycle. He also drove in three runs, drew a pair of walks, and stole three bases.
 
Pat MacKenzie, Central Michigan
Sophomore, 2B
MacKenzie picked up the pace in the Chippewas' third weekend of action, leading the Chippewas at the plate with a .333 average, four runs and a triple. MacKenzie added a pair of walks from his two-hole for an on-base percentage of .429.
 
Jordan Foley, Central Michigan
Sophomore, RHP
Foley continued his dominant start to the season, improving to 2-0 with a victory over host Stetson at the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament in DeLand, Fla. Foley struck out six in 5.1 innings of work and gave up just one earned run to keep his ERA below 1.00 through his first three starts.
 
Sam Ott, Eastern Michigan
Jr., OF, Canton, Mich. (Salem)
Ott turned in an outstanding weekend in a series split against Kansas. The junior right fielder hit a blistering .438 (7-for-16) over four games and was EMU's top run producer with five RBI. He also hit a home-run and a double to rack up a team-best 11 total bases and a 1.188 OPS. In Sunday's 11-6 win, Ott went 3-for-5 with an RBI and four runs scored. In Friday's 6-4 victory, he posted his first home run of the year along with a trio of RBI.
 
Neil Butara, Eastern Michigan
RHP, Sr., Euclid, Ohio (St Ignatius)
Butara (1-2) was a key part of EMU's 6-4 series-opening win over Kansas on Friday. Over seven innings, the senior righty gave up just one run and scattered seven hits against a KU lineup which entered the weekend hitting .333 as a team. He racked up five strikeouts in the process.
 
Casey Wilson, Kent State
Sr., RHP, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
Wilson earned his first win of the season going up against the No. 4 team in the country on Sunday.  He threw 5.1 innings while only allowing one run.  Wilson finished allowing five hits and two walks while striking out one. He threw 92 pitches, 58 of which were strikes.
 
Matt Honchel, Miami
Sophomore, OF, Harrodsburg, Ky. (Mercer County)
Batted .385 during a weekend series at Mercer... had five hits in 13 at-bats... registered his first multiple-hit games of the season with three on Friday and two in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader... drove in his first two runs of the year in Saturday's opener... scored two runs during the weekend... was perfect on eight fielding chances.
 
Alex Klonowski, Northern Illinois
Jr., P/2B, Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
Klonowski was the Huskies most consistent hitter on the weekend, batting 6-for-11 at the plate, including a 3-for-4 day against Utah. Sunday as a pitcher and designated hitter, Klonowski hurled a complete game two-hitter, striking out eight, to defeat Minnesota, 2-1. At the plate, he batted 2-for-4 and scored the winning run in the top of the 6th inning. In the ninth inning, he struckout the last 2 batters looking to clinch his first win of the season.
 
Marck Paliotto, Ohio
Sr., LHP, Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne)
Paliotto appeared in just one game this past week against Rhode Island in the Irish Classic. In his lone appearance against the Rams, Paliotto worked 6.1 innings gave up eight hits and just two earned runs, while striking out four as he kept the Bobcats within striking distance throughout the game this past Saturday.