MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/22/2013

 

MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Jeremy Shay, Bowling Green 
1B/C, Junior, Garden City, Mich. (Divine Child)
Shay led the Falcons to their second straight Mid-American Conference series win over the weekend, as the Falcons defeated Akron in two-out-of-three. Shay batted .545 (6-11) on the weekend with a slugging percentage of 1.182. Shay had three extra-base hits (two HR, one 2B) on the weekend, on top of his five RBI and five runs scored. In Saturday's first game, Shay made sure that Coach Danny Schmitz secured his 600th career victory with his 4-for-5 outburst. In that game, Shay recorded his first career multi-homer game, driving in four runs and scoring three himself. In the weekend's final two games, Shay was on base four times, scoring two runs and knocking a double
 
MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Brooks Fiala, Miami
Senior, RHP, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Got the weekend off on a positive note with a 1-0 win over Ball State on Friday night. Threw eight shutout innings, allowing five hits. Did not walk a batter and struck out 12, one shy of his career high. It marked the second time in his career (both this season) that he reached double figures for Ks. All five hits allowed were singles. The Cardinals batted just .185 in the contest. Threw 115 pitches.
 
MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
John Rubino, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, IF, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Horizon)
Rubino had the game winning RBI in the final two games of EMU's sweep over Western Michigan, April 19-21. The sophomore shortstop used his speed to beat out a double-play ball and recorded an RBI to put the Eagles on top for good, 6-5, Saturday. On Sunday, he smacked an RBI double to past the left fielder for what proved to be the winning tally in a 7-4 victory. For the weekend, Rubino hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and three RBI. He also played flawless defense, turning a pair of double plays Saturday and recording nine assists for the weekend.
 
MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Shaw, Toledo
Senior, LHP, LaGrange, Ohio (Keystone)
Shaw tossed a three-hit jewel and paced Toledo to an 11-0 series-opening victory against MAC West Division pre-season favorite Central Michigan on Saturday at Scott Park. Shaw (4-5) went the distance for the third time in his UT career and faced only 33 batters in earning his team-best fourth triumph in 2013. The LaGrange, OH native kept the Chippewas hitters off-balance all afternoon and finished with a career-high nine strikeouts and no walks. The fifth-year senior retired the opposition in order on five occasions and the most batters he faced in an inning was six in the second frame. 
 
Other Nominees
Mike Frank, Bowling Green 
Redshirt Junior, SP, Maumee, Ohio
Frank kept Akron hitters guessing all Saturday afternoon, picking up his third win in MAC play against the visiting Zips. Frank went eight innings (career high) while striking out eight (career high). He carried a no-hitter through 6.1 innings, finally surrendering a single with just one out in the seventh. Frank allowed just two hits in eight innings of work, leading the Falcons to their sixth-straight victory in the process.
 
Mike Burke, Buffalo
Junior, RHP, Cleveland, OH (St. Ignatius)
Burke earned his sixth win of the season to cap a three-game sweep of defending MAC champion Kent State, pitching 8.2 innings. He was aiming for his third shutout of the season but came just shy, as Kent was able to rally with two runs credited to Burke after he was pulled. Before that, though, he was dominant, striking out seven while walking just one batter. He retired 14 straight batters between the first and sixth innings, and had five innings where he did not allow a base runner.
 
Thomas Richards, Buffalo
Junior, OF, Whitby, Ontario (Father Leo)
Richards was an effective table setter for the team over a five game week, batting .429 (6-14) with three walks, two RBI and a pair of doubles. In Friday's comeback win over Kent State, Richards went 3-5 with a double and an RBI in a 6-5 win. He then drew two walks in a series-clinching 4-3 win on Sunday in game one before aiding the weekend sweep of Kent State with two hits, an RBI, and a run scored.
 
Taylor Lehnert, Central Michigan
Freshman, RHP, Schererville, Ind. (Lake Central)
Lehnert helped the Chippewas prevent a sweep Sunday with his best performance of the season, striking out four and giving up just on unearned run over 6.1 innings of work at Toledo. The freshman righty allowed just four hits and a pair of walks to improve to 2-2 in his debut season.
 
Nick Regnier, Central Michigan
Sophomore, CF, Novi, Mich. (Novi)
Regnier continued to carry the load at the plate for the Chippewas, batting .400 (6-for-15) with three runs a double and a  home run in the Chippewas' four games last week. Regnier slugged .667 and reached base at a .471 clip, drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch.
 
Brian Hill, Eastern Michigan
Senior, LHP, Flagstaff, Ariz. (Sinagua - Phoenix College)
Hill (5-1) carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning and finished with his first complete game as an Eagle in EMU's 7-1 victory over Western Michigan Friday, April 19. In addition, it was Hill's fourth consecutive MAC victory and his first outing as Jay Alexander's Friday starter. The senior lefty posted a two-hitter and was not charged with an earned run. His no-hit bid lasted 8.1 innings. He also struck out four batters while guiding the Eagles to their first Friday victory in MAC play and ninth straight win over the Broncos dating back to 2010.
 
Taylor Williams, Kent State
Junior, RHP, Mt. Hood Community College
Williams did his job on the mound Friday, despite a no-decision after Buffalo walked off to win in a blustery, cold day with winds gusting up to 40mph.  Williams went six innings in the start, allowing just two earned runs and five hits while striking out seven. Batters hit just .238 against him.
 
Jeff Revesz, Kent State 
Sophomore, C, Grove City 
Revesz etched his name in the Kent State record books on Wednesday, despite being a nine-hole, non-everyday hitter.  The sophomore went 6-for-6 in a 21-2 win over Niagara.  Revesz is the first Golden Flash to pick up six hits in a game since Ty Carpenter completed the feat on February 22, 1998 at Winthrop.  Revesz had four singles and two doubles in the game.
 
Alex Johnson, Miami
Senior, OF, South Euclid, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Batted .556 with 10 hits in 18 at-bats... hit safely in all five games, his longest hitting streak of the season... had more than one hit three times, giving him nine for the year... tied his season best with three hits against both Eastern Kentucky (4/16) and Ball State (4/20)... they are the third and fourth times this year that he has reached that total... drove in five runs, including a season-high-tying three at EKU... scored seven times... seven of his 10 hits went for extra bases, including six doubles and hit team-leading third home run on Tuesday... walked once and had one sacrifice fly... was successful on his only stolen base attempt.
 
Tommy Hook, Northern Illinois
Fr., IF/OF, Lockport, Ill. (Lockport Township)
Hook was a sparkplug in the Northern Illinois lineup at Ohio, accounting for seven hits in 13 at-bats with two walks for a weekend on-base percentage of .600. Hook also scored four runs for NIU, while driving in two and tacking on a double as well. Not only was he all over the stat sheet, Hook was all over the field as he made starts at second and third base, but also appeared in right field for the Huskies.
 
Alex Klonowski, Northern Illinois
Junior, SP, Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
Klonowski picked up his fourth win of the season Sunday with a seven strikeout, seven shutout inning effort at Ohio. The Huskies defeated the Bobcats 10-3 in the game to clinch the series over OU and improved to 11-4 in conference play. Klonowski scattered seven hits from the mound and only allowed one walk but fanned seven batters, including one for the final out of the fourth inning with the bases loaded. Klonowski did not finish the game as the Huskies built a 10-0 lead in the top of the seventh and gave way to the bullpen.
 
Scott White, Ohio
Junior , Right Field, Springboro, Ohio (Springboro)
White helped Ohio to a 1-2 week as he batted a team-best .444, going 4-for-9 at the plate. He also drove in a pair of RBI and posted a slugging percentage of .444, while tallying a .462 on-base percentage. 
 
Brett Barber, Ohio
Seniorm RHP, Hurricane, W. Va. (Hurricane)
Senior right-hander Brett Barber made two appearances this past week for Ohio and posted a 3.86 earned run average. In 4.2 innings of work, Barber allowed just one hit and struck out five, while allowing just two earned runs.