MAC Baseball Pepsi Players of the Week

Updated 3/13/2000

MAC Pepsi Player of the Week Jess Bechard, Kent (Sr., 2B) Brantford, Ontario (Massillon)

Kent second baseman Jess Bechard is the MAC's Pepsi Player of the Week for the second week of the 2000 season. Bechard helped the Golden Flashes to three wins last week in South Carolina, hitting .632 (12-of-19) with seven RBIs, seven runs scored and a 1.053 slugging percentage. Six of Bechard's hits went for extra bases, including five doubles and one home run. He had four multi-hit games, two multi-run games and two multi-RBI contests. Bechard also became Kent's all-time hits leader with a home run against Michigan and is within two doubles of becoming the school's career leader as well as the conference's all-time doubles producer.

Other nominees:
Corey Loomis, Bowling Green -- Hit .500 (7-for-14) last week for the Falcons, who finished third at Fresno State's Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic. Loomis also drove in four runs and had a pair of multi-hit games.

Jake Sanborn, Central Michigan -- Batted .464 (13-for-28) in seven contests for the Chippewas. Sanborn stole four bases, drove in five runs and scored six times.

Jason Brooks, Marshall -- Hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs, in addition to batting .421 (8-for-19) in five contests.

John Vanden Berg, Northern Illinois -- In two games against St. Xavier and Penn, went 4-for-7 with two runs batted in and two stolen bases.

Jeff Rook, Ohio -- Batted .500 (8-for-16) in four games for the Bobcats. Had five of his hits -- three of them doubles -- against nationally-ranked Clemson.


MAC Pepsi Pitcher of the Week Mike Fawcett, Central Michigan (Sr., RHP) Marquette, Mich. (Marquette)

Central Michigan senior Mike Fawcett is this week's Pepsi MAC Pitcher of the Week. Fawcett appeared in two games for Central Michigan, going 1-0 with a save and a 1.50 ERA. The senior pitched a nine-inning complete game versus South Alabama, striking out seven and allowing two runs on six hits. Fawcett then hurled three innings of scoreless relief in the Chippewas' win over Iowa to register a save, fanning three and walking one. For the week, Fawcett struck out 10, walked one and allowed eight hits in 12 innings of work.

Other nominees:
Sean Wardle, Akron -- Pitched a seven-inning complete game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, fanning 11 batters and walking none.

Adam Sheefel, Ball State -- Hurled eight innings and allowed only two hits and no runs in a win over LaSalle.

Tony Fontana, Bowling Green -- Went 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two appearances last week.

John VanBenschoten, Kent -- Picked up a win against Navy, going five innings and striking out four while allowing only two hits.

Mickey Plymate, Marshall -- In his first collegiate start against Fairfield he picked up a win and struck out four and walked three in eight innings of work.

Dan Badgley, Northern Illinois -- Registered his first victory as a Huskie, going seven innings and allowing nine hits while striking out 10 and walking three.