MAC Baseball Players of the Week Announced

Updated 3/28/2001
CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference today announced the East and West Division Players and Pitchers of the Week for the week ending Mar. 25. 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 Marshall's Jason Ricceri, while Miami's Russ Bayer is the Pitcher of the Week. From the West Division, Ball State's Paul Henry is the Player of the Week, while teammate Bryan Bullington is the Pitcher of the Week.

East Division Player of the Week
Jason Ricceri, Marshall (Sr., SS, Omaha, Neb./Coffeyville CC)

Ricceri hit .379 overall for the week (11-for-29) but improved his average to .529 in league games in four contests against Buffalo. The junior also drove in 10 runs and scored 10 times, in addition to hitting two home runs and stealing two bases. Against the Bulls, Ricceri was 9-for-17 and scored all of his runs (10) and drove in all 10 runs versus Buffalo, helping the Herd to three wins over UB. In seven games for the week, Ricceri had four multi-hit games, and three multi-run and multi-RBI contests.

Other Nominees:
•Akron's Steve Bowers was 8-for-17 (.471) as the Zips lost four games, two to Toledo and a pair to nationally-ranked Florida State. Bowers, who also had three stolen bases and a double, was 5-for-10 in the games with the Rockets.

•Buffalo's Bryan Sanchez hit .467 (7-for-15) in four games against Marshall. The sophomore scored five runs, drove in four -- all in the Bulls’ first-ever MAC win -- and also added a double and a home run.

•Kent State's Chris Welsch was 4-5 with a double, two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI in the team’s lone game against Cleveland State. In his last 11 at bats Welsch has eight hits and is batting .426 (26-of-61) with six doubles, 11 runs scored and 10 RBI this season. He currently has a nine-game hitting streak.

•Miami's Jason Knoedler hit .350 (7-for-20) as the RedHawks won three of four games last week. The junior scored seven runs, drove in three and had two doubles. Also hit a home run, stole a base and had three multi-hit games.

•Ohio's Andrew See hit .500 (8-for-16) in four games with nine RBIs and seven runs scored. Also hit three home runs and two doubles and was 3-for-5 with six RBIs and two homers in the series finale with Central Michigan.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Russ Bayer, Miami (Jr., SP, Naperville, Ill./Naperville North HS)

Miami's Bayer was 1-0 with a save and a 0.75 ERA in two appearances. In 12.0 innings, Bayer allowed only one earned run -- three overall -- and gave up only five hits while striking out five. The junior retired 13 straight Xavier batters en route to picking up the victory, a nine-inning complete game four hitter, then tossed the final three innings in the RedHawks' victory over Austin Peay for the save.

Other Nominees:
•Marshall's Grant Harper was 1-0 in two appearances and had a 4.00 ERA. The freshman reliever closed the door on Buffalo over the final six innings after the Bulls’ tied the score at eight. He didn’t allow a runner past second base over the final five innings and fanned four batters.

•Ohio's Marc Cornell was 1-0 in two appearances for the Bobcats. In 11.1 innings, he struck out 11 -- seven against Central Michigan -- and surrendered seven hits against the Chippewas. Cornell also had a no decision earlier in the week against Pittsburgh, tossing five innings of one-hit ball.

West Division Player of the Week
Paul Henry, Ball State (So., SS, Chattanooga, Tenn./Notre Dame HS)

Henry hit a blistering .750 (12-for-16) last week for the Cardinals, helping BSU to a perfect 4-0 week including three wins in the conference-opening weekend against Northern Illinois. In addition, Henry drove in 12 runs, scored nine times, doubled four times and hit one home run. The sophomore, who is currently on a 12-game hitting streak, recorded a 1.188 slugging percentage and also had a .778 on-base percentage. Henry had multiple hit games in all four contests for the Cardinals, including a 4-for-5 performance in the series finale with the Huskies that also included driving in four runs and scoring three times.

Other Nominees:
•Central Michigan's Jason Helps hit .429 (12-for-28) in seven games for the Chippewas and hit a home run in five consecutive games. Helps' offense, which also included driving in 15 runs and scoring nine times, propelled CMU to a 6-1 week. Helps also had a pair of doubles, a triple and stole a base.

•Eastern Michigan's Greg Anglin was 6-for-15 (.400) in four games last week. Scored six runs, hit a home run, drove in three and also stole four bases.

•Northern Illinois' Noel Danielson batted .389 (7-for-18), scored three runs and drove in one run for the Huskies. Closed out the Ball State series going 2-for-3 with a double.

•Toledo's Andy Stetka was 6-for-14 (.429) in three games. He drove in eight runs, scored seven times, had a home run and a .714 slugging percentage. Was 3-for-6 with seven RBIs in Sunday’s game with Akron.

•Western Michigan's Tom Fabrizio hit .571 (4-for-7) in a pair of non-conference games at Butler. Drove in four of the Broncos’ six runs for the weekend, including three in the team’s 4-3 extra inning win over the Bulldogs.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Bryan Bullington, Ball State (So., RHP, Madison, Ind./Madison HS)

For the second time this season, Ball State's Bullington is tabbed as the MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week. Bullington picked up his third win of the season with a complete game five hitter in a 13-1 win over Northern Illinois. The sophomore struck out a career-high 13 batters and didn’t allow a walk in the victory.

Other Nominees:
•Central Michigan's Jeff Garner picked up two wins last week for the Chippewas, notching victories over Oakland and Ohio. The sophomore pitched three innings of two-hit ball against Oakland, striking out three, then threw seven innings in an 8-2 win over the Bobcats. Garner fanned four and allowed four hits in the complete game win.

•Eastern Michigan's Joe Linde picked up his first complete game of his career with a 9-3 win over Bowling Green. In seven innings, Linde scattered eight hits and struck out 10 while walking one. The junior allowed three runs, two of them earned, in registering his second win of the year.

•Northern Illinois' Don Rodman notched his first win of the season with a victory over Chicago State. In pitching the third complete game of his career, Rodman gave up nine hits over seven innings -- only three in the final two innings -- the senior struck out three and walked two while giving up two earned runs.

•Toledo's Mike DeLong appeared in two games for the Rockets and picked up one win in relief. In 8.1 innings, DeLong struck out 10 and gave up 10 hits, while giving up two runs and a pair of walks. DeLong’s win came against Akron as he fanned eight batters over 6.1 innings of work.

•Western Michigan's Keith Perez threw 6.1 innings in relief of starter Shawn Morrison in WMU’s 4-3 win over Butler in 13 innings Saturday. Perez fanned a season-high seven batters while walking just two and allowing four hits as the Broncos outlasted the Bulldogs. The junior did not allow a BU baserunner to advance to third in picking up the victory in relief.

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