MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Jason Kanzler, Bufalo
Senior, CF, Penfield, NY (Penfield)
Kanzler was a thorn in the side of the opposing pitching staffs all weekend, batting .474 (9-19) over five games with two doubles, two home runs, six RBI, and six runs scored. He also gave opposing catchers nightmares, stealing five bases in that stretch. His week was highlighted by an outstanding series at Miami, leading the team to its eighth straight MAC series win. He batted .538 against the Redhawks, with at least two hits in every game. In game one of a Saturday doubleheader, he went 3-5 with two steals and two runs scored. He then hit a solo home run in game two of the doubleheader that began a 2-4 performance. On Sunday, he helped clinch the series, opening the scoring with a three-run home run en route to a five RBI day, hitting a double and stealing another base for good measure. In a midweek doubleheader against Niagara, he had three hits over two games, with a double and two stolen bases.
MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Taylor Williams, Kent State
Junior, RHP, Mt. Hood Community College
Williams pitched his third complete game victory of the season on Friday to begin a weekend sweep of Western Michigan. The righty ace only allowed two hits in the contest while not issuing a walk and striking out seven. Opposing batters hit a minuscule .074 against him in the game. The win improved Williams' record to 9-1 on the season.
MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Nick Rotola, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, IF, Wichita, Kan. (Word of Life Traditional School)
Rotola had a outstanding week in the lineup for the Eagles, helping the EMU offense average 9.2 runs and 11 hits per game in five contests. Rotola paced the attack with a .647 batting average (11-for-17) with nine runs scored and six RBI. He also had a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch as he notched a team-best .667 on-base percentage on the week. In 16 chances, he produced a perfect fielding-percentage. Against Michigan, May, 7, the Wichita, Kan. native was 2-for-3 with three runs scored plus and RBI-double as EMU defeated the Wolverines for the sixth consecutive time. The double was his first career extra base hit. After going 1-for-3 at Michigan State, Rotola resumed his torrid pace against the West Division leading Huskies of Northern Illinois. Versus the Huskies, he notched a .727 clip (8-of-11) with a .727 slugging percentage. He scored six runs and drove in five as EMU took two-of-three from NIU. Before the week began, Rotola had just 13 hits in 71 at-bats for a .183 batting average with just three RBI. His average is now up to .273 with 14 runs scored and nine RBI.
MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Scott Baker, Ball State
Sophomore, P, North Manchester, Ind. (Manchester)
Baker improved to 10-1 on the season with a Friday 4-0 win over Toledo. Baker pitched a complete game, three hit shutout and struck out one while walking only two in the game. Baker limited the Rockets, who entered the game with a MAC best .290 batting average, to a .100 mark in the game. Baker now owns a 1.69 earned-run average with 78 strikeouts in 90.1 innings.
Jared Turocy, Akron
Senior, LF, Canfield, Ohio (Canfield)
Turocy went 9-for-19 (.473) in four games this past week. Registered multi-hit games in all three games at Central Michigan. Totaled four RBI, five runs, one walk, four stolen bases, one double and one triple. Turocy extended his consecutive game hit streak to 18 games with hits in all four games during the week.
John Valek III, Akron
Freshman, LHP, Parkland, Fla. (Stoneman Douglas)
Valek earned the win in the 11-2 game against Central Michigan on Saturday. Valek pitched 8.1 innings with two runs allowed, one walk and four strikeouts. He is now 4-7 this season.
Jeremy Shay, Bowling Green
Junior, 1B/C, Garden City, Mich. (Divine Child)
Shay led the Falcons to their fifth MAC series win of 2013, collecting seven RBI and six runs scored in a series at Ohio. Shay batted .353 (6-for-17) with a slugging percentage of .647 on the week. In Saturday's doubleheader, Shay was on base five times, scoring three runs. In Saturday's game, Shay exploded for six RBI, going 3-for-5 to lead the Falcons to their 16-2 win. Shay's RBI total was the highest for any Falcon in 2013. He also scored three runs and walked, recording a double and home run on the day.
Mike Frank, Bowling Green
R-Junior, RHP, Maumee, Ohio (Anthony Wayne)
Frank threw an unprecedented 10 innings in an extra-innings win for the Orange and Brown, picking up his fourth MAC win of the season. Frank allowed just four hits in his 10 innings, holding the Bobcats to a .125 batting average. Frank's performance was the first time that a BGSU pitcher has thrown over nine innings in a single game since May 2, 2003, when Kyle Knoblauch threw 9.1 innings versus Western Michigan. Frank's win would catapult the Falcons to an impressive 16-2 win on Sunday, taking the series on the road over Ohio.
Mike Burke, Buffalo
Junior, RHP, Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Burke set personal and team records on Sunday, as he picked up his seventh win of the season, tied for the second most by any UB pitcher and setting the post-reinstatement-era record of six that was held by four different Bulls. He also continues to climb the regular season and career record lists in strikeouts and innings pitched along with wins and starts. He was sharp again Sunday, allowing five hits - all singles - and no walks to a Miami offense that had put up 13 runs less than 18 hours earlier. Only one Redhawk found himself on second base all game, after moving over on a groundout, but Burke would not allow more than one hit in any inning and held Miami to a combined batting average of .185 while striking out five.
Nick Regnier, Central Michigan
Sophomore, OF, Novi, Mich. (Novi)
Regnier batted .500 (9-for-18) with seven runs, seven RBI, a double and his fifth home run of the season last week over the Chippewas' five games. Regnier slugged .722 and had an on-base percentage of .640 (6 BB, 1 HBP) over the five contests and saved his best performance for Sunday where he went 4-for-4 with four RBI to lead CMU to a 18-8 win over Akron.
Brian Hill, Eastern Michigan
R-Sr., LHP, Flagstaff, Ariz. (Sinagua (Phoenix College))
A pair of quality starts from both starting pitchers sent the first game of the three-game Mid-American Conference series between the Eastern Michigan University baseball team and Northern Illinois University to the wire. The West Division leading Huskies picked up the game one win 2-1 after the Eagles left runners on base in each of the final four innings.Hill (6-2) was saddled with his first loss since March 23 after allowing just two runs on eight hits. Hill notched a career-high with eight strikeouts and allowed two walks. The eight Ks are the second most this season recorded by an EMU starter, bettered only by nine punch-outs by Paul Schaak versus Butler, May 16.
Evan Campbell, Kent State
Senior, OF, West Branch (Beloit, Ohio)
Campbell hit an even .500 in the weekend series sweep of Western Michigan. The senior outfielder went 4-for-8, including two triples and a double. He picked up two RBI and was also walked three times, placing his on-base percentage for the three games at .583. He slugged 1.125 on the weekend with a stolen base and four runs scored. Even his outs were productive, as he had one sacrifice fly and two sacrifice bunts in the series.
Eli Anderson, Northern Illinois
Junior, RHP, Glenview, Ill. (New Trier)
Anderson won his eight straight and ninth win overall this season to tie the NIU single-season record for wins in a season Friday against Eastern Michigan, 2-1. Anderson pitched 8.0 innings, scattering seven hits and strike seven batters with only one walk in the effort. He recorded the first five outs of the game, striking out five of the Eagles batters.
Jeff Zimmerman, Northern Illinois
Junior, 1B, Tinley Park, Ill. (Andrew)
Zimmerman led the Huskies at the plate with six hits on the weekend and four RBI, with at least a hit and an RBI in each game of the series. Zimmerman started the series off with a bang as he drove in the winning runs Friday on a fifth inning double off the centerfield wall, finishing the game 3-for-4. He rounded out the series Sunday going 2-for-5 in the outing with an RBI and a stolen base.
Nick Squires, Ohio
Freshman, Centerfielder, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Squires posted a team-best .450 batting average this past week, going 9-for-20 at the plate in five games. He also collected a pair of doubles, scored one run and had 11 total bases. Squires opened the week by going 4-for-4 with a run scored and two doubles at Dayton. He then collected a hit and stole a base as the Bobcats nearly upset No. 17 Pittsburgh on the road. Against Bowling Green, Squires posted four hits and drew a walk, hitting out of the leadoff position.
Brett Barber, Ohio
Senior, RHP, Hurricane, W. Va. (Hurricane)
Senior Brett Barber made three appearances this past week for the Bobcats and did not allow a single run. In his most dominating week of the year, Barber struck out eight and walked just two batters, while holding opponents to just a .192 batting average. Barber opened the week, throwing a pair of scoreless innings at Dayton. He entered the game in the fifth inning against the Flyers and would go on to strike out the side, working the Bobcats out of a bases loaded jam. Against nationally-ranked Pittsburgh, Barber struck out a pair and did not walk a batter in 1.1 innings of work. He concluded the week by throwing 3.2 scoreless innings against Bowling Green.
Ryan Wilkinson, Toledo
Junior, RHP, Munster, Ind. (Munster)
Wilkinson helped Toledo avoid the weekend sweep with another dominating performance in an 11-1 victory against Ball State on Sunday at the Ball Diamond. Wilkinson allowed only five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 8.0 shutout innings versus the Cardinals to earn his team-high sixth triumph of the spring. The Munster, IN native retired BSU in order on four occasions and has now worked at least 8.0 frames in a collegiate-best four-consecutive starts. With yesterday’s effort, Wilkinson improves to 6-3 with a miniscule 2.27 ERA in a team-high 95.1 innings of work.