Co-Male Scholar Athlete of the Week: March 28 - April 3
Eastern Michigan Ben Magsig (baseball) and Toledo Ben Hammer (baseball)
Ben Magsig (Jr., 3.38, actuarial science) hit .500 (9-for-18) and slugged .778 with two doubles, six runs scored, four RBI and the team's lone homerun of the week as EMU defeated Michigan and took two-out-of-three at Bowling Green to improve to 5-1 in the MAC. In a single week, Magsig raised his overall batting average 48 points from .253 to .301. He recorded two hits in each game of the three-game set against the Falcons including a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI and three runs scored in a 13-11 series opening victory. His play of late has helped EMU to its best overall start in 23 years, while the 5-1 league mark is the best start since 2007 when the Eagles went on to win the MAC West and become MAC runners-up.
Ben Hammer (Jr., 3.811, exercise science) hit a team-high .500 (7-for-14) with four runs scored, three doubles and one stolen base in four games last week, helping the Rockets go a perfect 4-0. Hammer hit safely in every contest, including three multi-hit efforts. He started off the week with a 2-for-3 performance and two runs scored vs. Oakland on Wednesday. Two days later vs. Akron in the series opener, Hammer went 1-for-5 with one walk. The following afternoon in the first game of the doubleheader, he hit 2-for-4 with one run scored. The Wayne, OH native then finished off the impressive week with a 2-for-2 effort with one run scored and a sacrifice in the second game of the twinbill. He has now hit safely in a career-high 12-consecutive games and paces the team with a squad-best .333 average on the season.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.