MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/29/2013


MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
George Roberts, Kent State
Senior, INF, Forest Hills 
Roberts hit .750 in three games against Bowling Green, picking up six hits in eight at-bats. Two of those hits were doubles.  Roberts also walked twice and was hit by a pitch to put his on-base percentage at .692 in the three games.  He led the team with seven RBI and did not strikeout once at the plate.  Defensively, he did not commit an error and had 32 putouts with three assists.  The successful weekend put his batting average through 18 conference games over the .400 mark.
MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Ben Hammer, Toledo
Senior, CF, Wayne, Ohio (Elmwood)
Hammer batted a team-high .611 (11-for-18) with a squad-tying best six runs scored, one double, a team-best two home runs and a squad-high 12 RBI in four games last week. Hammer also accumulated a whopping 1.000 slugging percentage and a team-high .650 on-base percentage to help the reigning MAC West Division champions win three of the four contests. The fifth-year Rocket his safely in every game, posting three multi-hit efforts. Hammer opened the week with a 4-for-4 effort with a season-high four runs scored, a collegiate-best two round trippers and a season-high five RBI against Big East member Notre Dame on Tuesday. He then opened the weekend with a 1-for-5 performance with one walk and one RBI at Western Michigan in Friday’s MAC series opener. The following afternoon against the division rival Broncos, the Wayne, OH native finished 3-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI. Hammer then wrapped up the outstanding week going 3-for-4 with one run scored, one walk and four RBI. Hammer has now hit safely in 15 of the 18 league contests this spring, batting a team-high .379 (25-for-66) with a team-high 20 RBI. 
MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Tyler Skulina, Kent State
Junior, RHP, Virginia (Walsh Jesuit)
Skulina pitched one-run ball in a 3-1 win over MAC East rival Bowling Green on Saturday.  He went 7.2 innings with five hits, one run, two walks and nine strikeouts for the win.  Opponents batted just .200 against him in the game.
MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Jordan Ruckman, Northern Illinois
Fr., LHP, Kankakee, Ill. ( Herscher)
Ruckman threw the first complete game of his collegiate career Friday, surrendering a mere two hits in the Huskies 3-1 victory over Miami (Ohio). The freshman pitcher started the game with seven shutout innings and only surrendered one hit in that time. After surrendering one run in the eighth, Ruckman retired the side in the ninth 1-2-3 with spectacular diving catches from the defense to earn his second win of the season. He gave up two walks and hits in the effort, fanning five.
Other Nominees
Matt Rembielak, Akron
Sophomore, Tallmadge, Ohio
Rembielak went 5-for-12 over the weekend in games against Canisius and Buffalo. Registered one RBI, two walks, one stolen base and one double. Compiled an on-base percentage of .500 for the week. Had two, two-hit games, one against Canisius and the other against Buffalo. Did not commit an error at shortstop over the week. 
Sean Godfrey, Ball State
Junior, New Albany, Ind. (New Albany)
Sean Godfrey batted .500 in Ball State’s three games last week vs. Ohio University and helped the Cardinals to two wins in the three contests . . . Godfrey was 5-for-10 from the plate with one double, one homerun and five runs scored . . . He managed three runs-batted-in and nine total bases in the three wins . . . Godfrey tallied a .900 slugging percentage in the weekend series.
Scott Baker, Ball State
Sophomore, North Manchester, Ind., (Manchester)
Scott Baker improved his pitching record to 9-1 with a Friday victory over Ohio . . . He pitched seven innings, allowing only six hits and no earned runs in Ball State’s 5-4 win . . . Baker, who entered last week ranked fifth in the nation with five pitching wins, held Ohio to a .222 batting average and struck out five, while walking two in the victory.
T.J. Losby, Bowling Green 
Junior, C/1B, Bryan, Ohio 
Losby batted .438 (7-16) on the week, with three home runs to increase his team lead to five. Losby would contribute four runs and 6 RBI as well. Losby now leads the Falcons in batting average, runs, hits, RBI, and home runs. In Sunday's setback at Kent State, Losby did all that he could to keep the Orange and Brown in the game, recording his first career mulit-homer game. In that game, Losby accounted for three RBI and two runs scored.
Brett Fitzwater, Bowling Green
Freshman, LHP, Sherwood, Ohio (Fairview)
Fitzwater gave the Falcons just what they needed from their midweek starter last Tuesday, going a career-high five innings for his second collegiate win. Fitzwater combined to shut out the Xavier Musketeers, just the second time all season they had been shut out. The first was to nationally-ranked Louisville. Fitzwater struck out three batters before handing the ball off to the bullpen in the 9-0 victory.
Anthony Magovney, Buffalo
Sophomore, RHP, Watertown, NY (Immaculate Heart Central)
Magovney threw seven scoreless innings as the win clinched the sixth straight Mid-American Conference series for UB and also sets a modern-era record for wins in a single season. Magovney cruised through the early innings, allowing Akron just one hit in the first and fourth innings. Those would be the only hits allowed by Magovney in his seven innings. He walked just one batter and struck out six.
Cody Leichman, Central Michigan
Sophomore, First Base,  Trenton, Ohio (Wabash Valley CC)
Leichman was on fire at the plate over the weekend versus Eastern Michigan, batting .615 (8-for-13) with five RBI and a slugging percentage of .692. After a pair of hits in a tough loss Friday, Leichman became the first Chippewa since 2009 to have five hits in a game with his 5-for-5 performance Saturday. The sophomore capped his weekend with a key RBI in the bottom of the seventh that proved large as the Chippewas held on for an 11-9 victory and a series win over their rivals from Eastern Michigan.
Taylor Lehnert, Central Michigan
Freshman, RHP, Schererville, Ind./Lake Central
Lehnert threw his first career complete game Saturday versus Eastern Michigan to lead the Chippewas to a key 10-1 victory. Lehnert gave up just one run on a controversial play at the plate and limited the Eagles to five hits over the nine innings of work to improve to 3-2 in his debut season with a 3.21 earned run average.
Daniel Russell , Eastern Michigan
Senior, OF, Grandville, Mich. (Grandville)
Russel led the Eagles on the week with a .357 batting average (5-of-14) to go along with seven walks in for games. He also scored five runs while driving in a pair as well. In addition to his .571 on-base percentage, Russell stole six bases on the week to tie for the team-lead with 10. In a 15-10 win over Michigan, April 23, Russell went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks, 3 stolen bases. He also had a pair of hits at CMU, April 27, going 2-for-4 with and RBI.
Brian Hill, Eastern Michigan
R-Senior, LHP, Flagstaff, Ariz. ( Sinagua - Phoenix College)
Hill ran his record to 6-1 on the year and his winning streak reached five consectuive games. The senior lefty pitched 6.1 innings at Central Michigan, April 26, allowing just two earned runs on six hits and four strikeouts. Hill's victory total is one shy of the MAC leader.
Dan Walsh, Miami
Junior, 3B, Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove South)
Batted .389 with seven hits in 18 at-bats... hit safely in four of Miami's five games during the week... drove in seven runs and scored twice... four of his hits went for extra bases... had a pair of doubles, a triple and hit his first career home run on Sunday... walked once and had a sacrifice fly... was successful on his only stolen base attempt... tied his season high with three hits Wednesday vs. Dayton... drove in three runs on Sunday.
Nathan Williams, Miami
Sophomore, RHP, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Pitched Miami to a 13-5 victory over Dayton in his first midweek start of the year... held to the Flyers to three hits over seven complete innings... allowed three runs, two of which came from the first two batters... after the first three batters reached base, he retired 20 of the next 21 until a two-out homer in the seventh...  struck out a career high 10, while walking only two.
Alex Klonowski, Northern Illinois
Jr., 2B/P/DH, Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
Klonowski was a catalyst for the Huskies as the No. 3 hitter, going 7-for-15, including a walkoff single Saturday - his only hit of the day - versus Miami (Ohio) to clinch the series for NIU, 4-3. Klonowski also lasered a ball over the shortstop in the bottom of the seventh Sunday to put the Huskies to within one run, 5-4. He finished 3-for-5 Sunday with two RBI, while also pitching seven innings, striking out five.
Jake Madsen, Ohio
Sophomore, First Base, Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller)
Sophomore Jake Madsen reached base in every game this past week and posted batted .455, going 10-for-22 at the plate. He also collected three doubles and drove in four runs, while posting a slugging percentage of .591. Madsen opened the week by going 1-for-4 at the plate in team’s first game of the week against Morehead State. He then posted multiple hit games in three of the last four games of the week. In the series finale against Ball State, Madsen went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. 
Connor Sitz, Ohio
Freshman, Right-handed Pitcher, Westerville, Ohio (Westerville Central )
Sitz picked up his second win of the season on Sunday as he went 6.0 innings, while giving up just two earned runs.  He also struck out three and walked just two batters to lead Ohio to a conference win in the series finale against Ball State.
Ryan Wilkinson, Toledo
Junior, LHP, Munster, IN (Munster)
Wilkinson lifted Toledo to an 8-2 victory over Western Michigan in Sunday’s MAC series finale. The southpaw Wilkinson tossed his team-best fourth complete game of the spring to help the 2012 MAC West Division champions capture the weekend series against the Broncos for a fifth-straight season. The Munster, IN native allowed two runs (one earned) on nine hits with no walks and four punchouts to collect his team-tying best fourth win. The third-year Rocket kept the WMU hitters guessing at the dish all afternoon, as he retired the side in order on three occasions. Overall this spring, Wilkinson is 4-3 with a team-low 2.64 ERA. The 2013 College Sports Madness Preseason All-MAC first-team selection has totaled a team-high 78.1 innings of work, surrendering 31 runs (23 earned) on 79 hits with a 39 strikeouts. Wilkinson worked at least 8.0 innings in five of his last six starts. He has also issued only two walks during this same stretch.  
Theo Piccirilli, Western Michigan
Junior, 2B, Orchard Lake, Mich. (St. Mary's) 
Piccirilli led Western Michigan with a team-high .385 batting average in this weekend's three-game series against Toledo. Piccirilli went 5-for-13 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored. He had a .385 slugging percentage and a .467 on-base percentage. Piccirilli was also perfect defensively with a 1.000 fielding percentage at second base.
Steve Laudicina, Western Michigan
Junior, LHP, Sterling Heights, Mich. (DeLaSalle) 
Laudicina went 7.2 innings in Friday's start against Toledo. He exited the game in the 8th with his teaming leading, 4-3, and would later receive a no decision. Laudincina fanned five batters in the outing and allowed just one earned run. With the performance, he lowered his season ERA from 3.59 to 3.33.