MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/16/2013

 

MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
Nick Glanzman, Bowling Green 
Freshman, 3B, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North)
Glanzman led the Falcons to a 4-0 week, their first four-game win streak since May of 2010. Glanzman batted .500 (6-12) on the week, with an on-base percentage of .600. Glanzman came through in the clutch numerous times during the week, scoring seven runs, driving in four runs, drawing three walks, knocking his first two career extra-base hits, and going a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. In Tuesday's win over Ball State, Glanzman went 2-for-3 with a run scored. In the weekend sweep - BGSU's first MAC sweep since May of 2010 - of Toledo, Glanzman was unstoppable with the game on the line. In Friday's 5-0 win, he went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBI, two runs scored, and a walk. In Saturday's 14-1 trouncing of the arch-rival Rockets, Glanzman scored three runs, knocked in two RBI, and had two walks. In Sunday, leading just 4-3 as the game entered the 9th, Glanzman delivered a lead off single, eventually coming around to score a critical insurance run in the inning. 
 
MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Tyler Skulina, Kent State
Junior, RHP, Virginia
The pre-season All-American proved he was everything the accolade claimed him to be in what was Skulina's most dominant pitching performance of his career.  Skulina took a no-hitter through 7.2 innings against a team battling for the top spot in the MAC East.  In all, he pitched eight innings while only allowing one hit and tying his strikeout career-high with ten.
 
MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Neal Jacobs, Central Michigan
Redshirt Freshman, OF, Avon, Ohio (Saint Ignatius)
Jacobs was on fire at the plate last week, batting .563 (9-for-16) with five runs scored and four RBI in the Chippewas' four games versus Oakland and Ball State, leading the Chippewas to a 3-1 record. More importantly, Jacobs batted .615 (8-for-13) in CMU's series win at Ball State, recording at least two hits in all three games and stealing a pair of bases. Jacobs drove in a run in all four games on the week and hit his team-best fourth home run of the season on Saturday afternoon versus the Cardinals.
 
MAC West Division Baseball Co-Pitchers of the Week
Scott Baker, Ball State
Sophomore, P, North Manchester, Ind. (Manchester)
Baker improved to 8-0 on the season after pitching a complete game victory in Ball State’s 6-1 win over Central Michigan Saturday. Baker allowed only one earned run on six hits, while striking out 10 en route to the victory. Baker, who entered last week ranked third in the nation in victories, owns a 1.91 earned-run average on the season. He held Central Michigan to a .188 batting average Saturday and is holding opponents to a .226 mark in his nine appearances this season.
 
Eli Anderson, Northern Illinois
Junior, RHP, Glenview, Ill. (New Trier)
Anderson improved his record in the Mid-American Conference to 4-0 Saturday as the junior pitched his fourth straight complete game versus Western Michigan to defeat the Broncos, 3-2. Anderson went on to strikeout a career-high 12 batters in the contest and allowed zero walks in the affair. He scattered five hits from the mound, only one for an extra base, and gave up zero earned runs in the game. The junior pounded the strike zone as 87 of his 121 pitches were for strikes (.719). Anderson owns a 0.75 ERA with 32 strikeouts and six walks in Mid-American Conference play.
 
Other Nominees
Samuel Trecaso, Akron
Senior, SP, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
Trecaso notched his third and fourth wins of the season this weekend, with both wins coming in extra-inning contests. Trecaso holds a record of 4-1 following the wins, a team-leading win total. Trecaso pitched 2.0 scoreless innings on Friday evening with one strikeout. Registered outings on back-to-back days, as the senior totaled 3.0 innings pitched with two earned runs allowed on Saturday. Prior to Ohio scoring two earned runs on Saturday, Trecaso had an unearned run streak of 17.1 innings.  
 
Devan Ahart, Akron
Sophomore, CF, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Registered six total base hits in four games played this past week. Totaled four runs scored and drove in three runs in 15 at-bats. On Saturday vs. Ohio, went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk in the extra-inning win. Recorded two multi-hit games on Friday and Saturday. Went 1-for-2 in the weather-shortened game on Tuesday vs. Canisius with one double, one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base. Currently riding an eight game hit streak. 
 
Cody Apthorpe, Bowling Green 
Redshirt Junior, RHP, Windham, Ohio (Windham)
Apthorpe was dominant for the third straight week, extending his streak of not allowing an earned run to 22.2 straight innings. For the second time in three weeks, Apthorpe was a part of a combined shutout, going eight innings of shutout baseball against the Mid-American Conference's top offense. Apthorpe set the tone for the weekend sweep of Toledo, as the Rockets scored just four runs in 27 innings on the weekend, hitting just .204 (19-93) in the process. In Friday's 5-0 win over Toledo, Apthorpe struck out four batters in his eight innings pitched. Apthorpe would hand the ball to Nick Bruns in the ninth, as that duo combined for their second Friday shutout in the last three weeks. Apthorpe has now won three straight starts. 
 
Alex Baldock, Buffalo
Senior, 1B, Ottawa, Ontario (St. Joseph Catholic)
Baldock was the heart and soul of the Buffalo offense in its series at Eastern Michigan, batting .462 (6-13) with four extra-base hits over the three games to lead the team to the series win. He scored five runs, drew two walks to just one strikeout, and drove in the game-winning run in Sunday's victory. He slugged .846 (11 total bases) and also was perfect in the field in 19 chances. On Friday, he went 2-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. On Saturday he was 3-5 with two more doubles, and he capped the weekend with two walks and an RBI triple on Sunday.
 
Mike Burke, Buffalo
Junior, RHP, Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Burke pitched his second shutout of the season to earn a 4-0 shutout win over Eastern Michigan on Sunday, clinching the series for the Bulls. Burke had one of his best games of the season, allowing just three hits and holding the Eagles to a .100 batting average as a team. None of the hits went for extra bases, and he struck out four. The three hits allowed matched the previous best for UB in MAC play, as Burke also allowed three hits in a 7-0 win over Central Michigan on March 24. He got better as the game wore on, allowing no base runners at all for the final three innings, highlighted by a nine inning where he used just seven pitches to end the day. 
 
Jason Gamble, Central Michigan
RHP, Freshman, Wixom, Mich. (Wallad Lake Western)
Gamble was key in a pair of Central Michigan's win last week, pitching 5.2 innings out of the bullpen and earning his first career win with a stellar outing versus Ball State Sunday. After the Chippewas went down 3-2 in the seventh, Gamble came out of the 'pen to pitch CMU out of the jam and shut down the Cardinals down the stretch, allowing the Chippewas to come from behind and score four runs in the ninth for a key series victory. Gamble did not give up an earned run in each of his two appearances, striking out four and giving up just two hits.
 
Brian Hill, Eastern Michigan
LHP, Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz./Sinagua (Phoenix College)
Hill (4-1) won his third straight start while helping the Eagles even up their series with Buffalo Saturday, April 13. The Eagles won the game, 9-2, behind a five-inning, five-strikeout performance from Hill. 
 
Lee Longo, Eastern Michigan
DH, Jr., Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)
Longo had a terrific outing Saturday, April 13, in a 9-2 home victory over Buffalo, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and 4 RBI. For the series, Longo was 3-for-12 (.250) with a .667 slugging percentage.
 
Tommy Monnot, Kent State
Sophomore, C, Canton GlenOak
Monnot led the Golden Flashes offensively in a weekend sweep of Miami to claim the number one spot in the MAC East.  He began his week going 1-for-3 in a loss against Penn State and went on to hit .556 on the weekend.  On Friday, Monnot was the hero, smacking a pinch-hit double to score Kent State's first run to tie the game at one. The ball was the hardest hit all game in what was a classic pitcher's duel.  In the start on Saturday, he hit his first career homerun.  Monnot finished the weekend with five RBI in nine at-bats. His slugging percentage was a whopping 1.000 in three games and he was errorless behind the plate with 17 putouts.
 
Landon Tenhagen, Northern Illinois
Junior, LF, Burlington, Wis (Madison Area TC)
Tenhagen provided solid power for the Huskies over the weekend as he homered versus Western Michigan on Saturday and Sunday, both with heavy wind blowing in from the outfield. Tenhagen doubled on Friday versus the Broncos to drive in one run and registered one RBI versus Illinois State in the Huskies midweek game Tuesday.
 
Ben Otto, Ohio
Senior, 3B, Menomonie, Wis. (Menomonie)
Otto helped the Bobcats to a 2-2 record this past week as he batted a team-best .500 on the week, going 6-for-12 with a double and three RBI. Otto opened the week by going 2-for-3 in the Bobcats 10-3 win over Eastern Kentucky. He then collected a hit and an RBI in each of Ohio’s first two games against Akron. In the series finale against the Zips, Otto went 2-for-3 with a run scored as he helped Ohio defeat Akron 4-2.
 
Connor Sitz, Ohio
Freshman, RHP, Westerville, Ohio (Westerville Central)
Sitz picked up his first career victory Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium as he went the distance, allowing just one earned run. Sitz scattered just seven hits in 102 total pitches as Ohio defeated Akron 4-2.
 
Anthony Smith, Toledo
Sophomore DH/3B, Hinkley, Ohio (Holy Name)
Smith hit a team-high .429 (6-for-14) with two runs scored in four games this past week. Smith also tallied a .500 on-base and slugging percentage. He hit safely in every contest, including one multi-hit effort. The second-year Rocket began the week with a  1-for-3 performance with one run scored, one double and one RBI vs. Dayton on Tuesday. In Friday’s series opener vs. BGSU, Smith hit 1-for-4. The following afternoon, he tied his season high with three hits and finished 3-for-4. Smith ended the week with a 1-for-3 effort and one run scored. Smith has now hit safely in a season-tying best six-consecutive games. Overall this spring, Smith is batting an impressive .326 (30-for-92) with 15 runs scored, three doubles and 12 RBI in 25 games. 
 
Jared Kujawa, Western Michigan
Sophomore, OF, Temperance, Mich. (Bedford)
Kujawa led Western Michigan with a .400 batting average over four games this past week. He had a .667 slugging percentage and a .438 on-base percentage. Kujawa went 6-for-15 at the plate with a double, a home run and four RBIs. His home run against Northern Illinois Sunday was his first of the season and tied the game in the seventh inning.