CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference today announced the East and West Division Players and Pitchers of the Week for the week ending Mar. 18. Each week, the MAC will honor both an East and a West Division Player and Pitcher of the Week.
This week's Player of the Week from the East Division is Miamis Jason Knoedler, while Bowling Green's Craig Meake is the Pitcher of the Week. From the West Division, Northern Illinois' Dan Urban is the Player of the Week, while Toledo's Nick Szczur is the Pitcher of the Week.
East Division Player of the Week
Jason Knoedler, Miami (Jr., RF, Springfield, Ill./Lincoln Land CC)
In six games last week at Fresno State's Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic, Knoedler batted .458 (11-for-24) with 11 runs scored and five RBIs. In addition, Knoedler added two doubles, a triple, a home run and four stolen bases for the RedHawks, who went 3-3 last week. The junior college transfer had his best game to date with Miami against New Mexico, going 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, four runs scored and two stolen bases.
Buffalo's Rob Golemba was 6-for-15 (.400) with seven runs scored and two RBIs for the Bulls, who split a four-game series with Mt. St. Marys.
Bowling Green's Len Elias concluded the Falcons trip to Homestead Fla., by batting .467 (7-for-15) with five runs scored, three RBIs, two stolen bases and a pair of doubles. Also drew five walks in a four-game span.
Kent State's Chris Welsch was 7-for-15 (.467) with four RBIs and three doubles in three games at nationally-ranked Georgia Tech. Had three multi-hit games.
Marshall's David Colangelo was 7-for-13 (.538) with six RBIs and four runs scored as the Herd won all three games last week, two over Morehead State and one against Youngstown State.
Ohio's Jeremy Johnson had three home runs in one game against Michigan State and finished the week going 8-for-10 (.800) at the plate. Scored six runs and had two doubles.
East Division Pitcher of the Week
Craig Menke, Bowling Green (Sr., SP, Delphos, Ohio/Fort Jennings HS)BR>
Bowling Green's Menke shut down Bradley in Homestead, Fla., going eight innings for the win in a 10-4 victory over the Braves. In the eight innings, Menke fanned seven and scattered six hits, walking none and allowing one run.
Buffalo's Tyler Balentine picked up his first win of the season in a 7-1 victory at Mt. St. Marys. Balentine went seven innings and struck out six while not allowing a walk. Also gave up only three hits and one earned run.
Marshall's Rick Suter recorded a win at Morehead State after hurling a complete game against the Eagles. In seven innings, Suter had six strikeouts, two walks and gave up four hits and three earned runs.
Miami's Chris Leonard improved his record to 3-1 after going six innings in a 17-3 win over New Mexico. The sophomore struck out five, walked none and gave up only one hit and two runs -- both were unearned -- in the outing. Leonard had a perfect game broken up with two outs in the sixth inning.
Ohio's Denny McGee hurled his second nine-inning complete game of the season, picking up a win in a 7-3 victory over Michigan State. McGee struck out 11 and walked four, while giving up seven hits and three earned runs.
West Division Player of the Week
Dan Urban, Northern Illinois (So., INF, Matteson, Ill./Richton Park Rich South HS)
NIU's Dan Urban helped the Huskies to three wins last week, including a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over nationally-ranked Stetson, by batting .444 (8-for-18) over a five-game span. Urban, who also had four runs scored, three RBIs and three doubles, had a pair of multi-hit games and had at least one hit in four of the five contests. Also had his first home run as a Huskie against Lehigh, part of a 4-for-5 day with three runs and two RBIs.
Eastern Michigan's Nick Soliz was 4-for-8 (.500) in a pair of Eagle wins over Illinois-Chicago and Kansas. Was 4-for-5 with an RBI against the Jayhawks.
Toledo's Phil Pilewski hit .348 last week with a pair of double, a triple and a home run. Had five RBIs in an 8-6 win over Louisville.
Western Michigan's John Toner batted .364 (4-for-11) with a run scored and an RBI in a three-game set with Winthrop. Also stole a base.
West Division Pitcher of the Week
Nick Szczur, Toledo (Fr., RHP, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic HS)
Szczur pitched a seven-inning no-hitter for the Rockets in a 9-0 victory. The freshman, who struck out five and walked five, recorded the schools first no-hitter since a pair of UT hurlers combined for one in 1991. It was the first solo no-hitter by a Rocket pitcher since 1977, when Mike Tippenhauer no-hit Wayne State.
Ball State's Bryan Bullington was 1-1 with a 4.44 ERA in a pair of decision. In 10 innings of work, Bullington fanned 13 and walked five and gave up only five hits.
Eastern Michigan's Tom Gallus collected his second win of the year and his third complete game with a seven-inning victory against Illinois-Chicago. Struck out five and walked two while allowing nine hits and two earned runs.
Northern Illinois' Brian Miller picked up a pair of wins in relief in the same day, including a victory over Stetson. The senior pitched the 11th inning against St. Xavier and surrendered one hit, while Miller pitched three innings of shutout ball versus Stetson. Miller gave up three hits versus the Hatters, then pitched one inning and struck out two against Pennsylvania three days later.
Western Michigan's Shawn Morrison won his fourth game of the year with a 7-5 victory over Winthrop. In eight innings, Morrison allowed seven hits, gave up five earned runs, struck out five and walked six.