MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/25/2013

 

MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Ryan Elble, Miami
Sophomore, INF. East Grand Rapids, Mich. (East Grand Rapids)
The opening-day starter at second base returned to the lineup on a regular basis Tuesday and shattered his career batting highs. He entered the week with six career hits and five career RBIs. In the five games alone this week, he hit .550 with 11 hits in 20 at-bats, driving in five runs. Twice he registered a career-high for hits with three (Tuesday vs. Indiana and Friday vs. EMU), while adding his third career multi-hit game on Saturday. Tied his career best with three runs batted in Saturday's nightcap. His bases-loaded double with two outs in the seventh reversed a 3-2 deficit for a 6-4 win. His other hit that contest was also a double, giving him three for the week. Scored four runs. Stole two bases and had a sacrifice fly.
 
MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Mike Burke, Buffalo
Junior, RHP, Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Burke had a career day on Sunday, going the distance for his first career shutout and second career complete game to help the Bulls beat Central Michigan 7-0 for the series win. He struck out 10 batters (five looking) and faced just three over the minimum, walking just one batter in the ninth and allowing a single hit in the third, sixth, and seventh innings. The Chippwas offense went 0-9 with runners on base and had 13 groundouts.
 
MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Andrew Sohn, Western Michigan
Sophomore, SS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)
Sohn helped power Western Michigan to a three-game series sweep at Bowling Green in the opening weekend of MAC play. Sohn posted a .455 batting average going 5-for-11 with a five RBIs and extended his current hitting streak to 11 games. Three of Sohn's five RBIs came with two outs and his two-out, two RBI knock in Game Three gave the Broncos a lead they would not relinquish. Sohn also blasted his second home run of the season in Game One, a two out solo shot off of BGSU ace Cody Apthorpe in the fourth inning, extending the Bronco lead to 5-3.  He posted a .571 on-base percentage, .818 slugging,  four runs scored, two BB's, 1HBP, along with swiping three bags putting him at 7-8 on the season. Sohn hit safely in all three games and was instrumental both offensively and defensively in guiding the Broncos to the only road sweep opening weekend and the only sweep in the West division.
 
MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Eli Anderson, Northern Illinois
Junior, RHP, Glenview, Ill. (New Trier)
Anderson threw a complete game shutout versus reigning College World Series participant Kent State Saturday night, striking out eight, to defeat the Golden Flashes, 3-0. It was the first complete game of his career and NIU's third of the season. His eight strikeouts tied a personal-best. Due to poor field conditions in DeKalb, the Huskies played at Les Miller Field on the campus of UIC.Despite the frigid temperatures in downtown Chicago that night, Anderson scattered five hits, struckout eight and only allowed three walks. He loaded the bases in the third with one out and fanned the final two batters to end the threat. With runners on third and second in the fourth with one down, Anderson forced a line out and struck out the final batter to end the threat. In his final four innings of work, the Glenview, Ill. native only allowed one base runner, a walk in the eighth inning.


 

Other Nominees
Tyler Begun, Akron
Junior, Outfield, Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)
Begun collected four base hits in three games played against Ball State. Begun recorded one hit and one walk on Friday, which was followed up by a two hit, two run and one RBI performance. In the final game of the series, Begun knocked one base hit – a double – and also scored one run. Overall, Begun scored three runs and drove one in on the weekend. 
 
John Valek III, Akron
Freshman, SP, Stoneman Douglas
Valek started one game at pitcher this weekend against Ball State. Valek earned the win – his second in a row – by throwing 6.0 innings with two earned runs allowed and two strikeouts. Valek leads the team in innings pitched and wins.
 
Chris Marangon, Ball State
Senior, RHP, Maple Valley, Wash. (Tahoma)
Marangon pitched seven innings in his start in Ball State’s 2-1 win Friday vs. Akron, and came out with no decision. He allowed only one earned run and struck out six batters. Marangon limited opposing batters to a .240 batting average in the contest.
 
Sean Godfrey, Ball State
Junior, OF, New Albany, Ind. (New Albany)
Sean Godfrey managed a .429 batting average in Ball State’s three game series vs. Akron. He was 6-of-14 from the plate with one double, one triple and one HR in the three games. Godfrey tallied a .857 slugging percentage with four runs-batted-in and one run scored in the series. Godfrey improved his season batting average to .314 through 21 games with a team high 44 total bases.
 
Patrick Lancaster, Bowling Green
Junior, OF, Woodhaven, Mich. (Gibraltar Carlson)
Lancaster batted .429 (6-14) on the weekend, as he increased his team-high batting average to .325. In Friday's game, Lancaster went 3-for-5, recording an RBI, run scored, and double. Lancaster now leads the team in doubles, as well. With Lancaster on base six times over the course of the weekend, he now leads the team in on-base percentage.  
 
Jason Kanzler, Buffalo
Senior, OF, Penfield, NY (Penfield)
Kanzler was the main offensive weapon for UB in its opening weekend of the MAC season, batting .500 (6-12) over three games to help the Bulls to a series victory against Central Michigan. In game one, he came up with the bases loaded in the ninth and the team down 4-1, and tied the game up with a three-run double and was then driven in for the winning run. In game one of the Sunday doubleheader, he went 3-4 with a two-run home run, his sixth of the season, and in game two he was 2-4 with a double and a single.
 
Jordan Foley, Central Michigan
Sophomore, RHP, The Colony, Texas (The Colony)
Foley carried his dominant pitching into the start of conference play Saturday, striking out a career-high 10 batters and giving up just three hits over 7.0 innings versus Buffalo at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. Foley lowered his team-best ERA to 0.89 in the outing, but saw his record stay at 4-0 when the Bulls scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth off the CMU bullpen.
 
Adam Sonabend, Eastern Michigan
Junior, C,  Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)
Sonabend led the EMU offense with a 3-for-8 weekend (.375) with three walks, two doubles, two RBI and a pair of runs scored against Miami. His slugging percentage of .625 and on-base percentage of .500 were also team highs.
 
Devon Bronson, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, LHP, Southgate, Mich. (Anderson)
Bronson pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball in a relief role Saturday against Miami. The freshman struck out a pair of batters. 
 
Casey Wilson, Kent State
Senior, RHP, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
Wilson had one of his best starts this season to pick up his second win. He threw 7.2 innings of one-run baseball and only allowed three hits. He also walked just two batters and struck out six.  Opposing batters hit just .111 against him in the game.
 
George Roberts, Kent State
Senior, INF, Forest Hills 
The senior captain led the team in batting this weekend, hitting .385 with five hits and a triple.  He also had two RBI and scored two runs. Roberts' slugging percentage in the three games was .538 and he did not commit and error defensively while playing all 27 innings.  His seven total bases was a team-high in the series.
 
Brooks Fiala, Miami
Senior, RHP, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Extended his scoreless innings streak to 25.2 with a complete-game 4-0 shutout of Eastern Michigan on Friday... held the Eagles to six hits, while walking three... struck out six... allowed just one runner to reach third (leadoff hitter in the third) and two others to reach second... lowered his season ERA to 2.51, while upping his strikeout total to 46 in six starts (7.67 per contest).
 
Jeff Zimmerman, Northern Illinois
Junior, 1B, Tinley Park, Ill. (Andrew)
Zimmerman finished 4-for-10 (.400) at the plate in Northern Illinois’ MAC opening series versus Kent State that was highlighted by a 3-0 win over the Golden Flashes Saturday night. Zimmerman finished 4-for-10 at the plate with three doubles, two walks and an RBI. His lone RBI came Friday night on a double down the left field line, when he finished 3-for-4 with two doubles in the game. His three doubles increased his season total to eight while his RBI was his ninth of the year.
 
Brett Barber, Ohio
Senior, RHP, Hurricane, W. Va. (Hurricane)
Barber made three appearances last week for the Bobcats and worked 5.2 innings. In his 5.2 innings of work, Barber limited opponents to just six hits and no runs scored. He also struck out five and walked just one, while holding opponents to a batting average of just .261.
 
Dan Schmidt, Ohio 
Senior, SS, Lynnwood, Wash. (Kamiak)
Notes: Senior shortstop Dan Schmidt led the Bobcats offensively this past week as he went 6-fo-12 at the plate (.500 avg.) in four games. Schmidt also tallied a pair of doubles, three RBI and scored three runs.   
 
Ryan Wilkinson, Toledo
Junior, LHP, Munster, Ind. (Munster)
Wilkinson (2-1) went the distance at Ohio in Saturday’s series finale to record his second victory in 2013. Wilkinson allowed two runs (all earned) on four hits with three punchouts to tally his second career complete game. The southpaw hurler was simply brilliant all afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader and retired the Bobcats in order on six occasions, including setting down 14 consecutive batters during the middle innings. Overall this spring, Wilkinson is 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA in six starts. He has accumulated a team-high 36.1 innings of work, giving up 20 runs (16 earned) on 46 hits with 19 strikeouts. 
 
Matt Delewski, Toledo
Senior, INF/DH
Delewski hit a team-tying best .429 (6-for-14) with squad-best three runs scored, one double, one RBI and one walk in this weekend’s MAC opening series at Ohio. Delewski hit safely in all three games and finished with seven total bases, to go along with a .500 slugging and on-base percentage. The two-time All-MAC selection began the weekend with a 2-for-5 performance with one run scored and one RBI. The following afternoon in the first game of a twinbill, he went 3-for-4 with one run scored, one two-base hit and one walk. Later that day in the series finale, Delewski batted 1-for-5 with one run scored. Overall this spring, Delewski is second on the team with a .379 (36-for-95) average with 11 runs scored, four doubles and a team-tying best 15 RBI. He has hit safely in a team-high 17 contests, including a squad-best 10 multi-hit efforts.   
 
Patrick Borlik, Western Michigan
Junior, RHP, South Bend, Ind. (Washington)
Borlik tossed an 8.1 inning gem in Game Three allowing only two earned runs and walking only one. He struck out two Falcons and gave up seven hits, six of those singles, to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Falcons were only able to record a .225 batting average off of Borlik who gave up two runs in the 1st inning and posted all zero's in the remaining frames until the 9th when an error forced WMU to the bullpen. Borlik moved from the bull pen as a sophomore where he posted six saves for the Broncos. Borlik currently has 1.97 earned run average and helped lead the Broncos to the only road sweep and only West division sweep.