CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference today announced the East and
West Division Players and Pitchers of the Week for the week ending Apr.
8. Each week, the MAC will honor both an East and a West Division
Player and Pitcher of the Week.
This weeks Player of the Week from the East Division is Bowling
Len Elias, while Miamis Chris Leonard and Bowling Greens Neil Schmitz
share the Pitcher of the Week honors. From the West Division, Toledos
Phil Pilewski is the Player of the Week, while Ball States Paul Henry
is the Pitcher of the Week.
East Division Player of the Week
Len Elias, Bowling Green (Jr., OF, Mississaugua, Ontario/St. Martins
Bowling Greens Len Elias is this weeks MAC East Division Player of
Week after hitting .524 (11-for-21) with 13 runs scored, 12 RBIs and
three home runs. Elias tied the school record for hits in a game with
five in the series finale with Buffalo, as well as equaling the school
mark for RBIs in a game with eight. The junior, who hit .688 versus
Bulls, had four multi-hit, three multi-run contests as well as a 1.095
slugging percentage last week.
Buffalos Bryan Sanchez hit .350 (7-for-20) last week in five games
with three home runs and nine RBIs. The sophomore, who also scored
seven times, tied the schools career home run mark of 17 with a grand
slam in Saturdays first game.
Kent States Eric OBrien was 12-for-27 (.444) with seven of his hits
going for extra bases -- four doubles, two home runs and a triple.
OBrien, who currently has a six-game hitting streak, had three
multi-hit games, including a 5-for-5 performance in the series finale
with Western Michigan, and also stole five bases last week.
Marshalls Homer Renshaw hit .462 (6-for-13) on the weekend, driving
five runs including a pair in the first game with Akron and four total
in the series. Renshaw also added a double and a home run.
Miamis Jeremy Ison batted .571 (8-for-14) with eight RBIs in the
four-game series with Ball State. Ison, who had three multi-hit games,
also recorded three doubles and a pair of home runs while scoring four
Ohios Ryan Kyes was 12-for-20 (.600) with nine runs scored and eight
RBIs in five non-conference games. Kyes, who also drew seven walks and
had a .724 on-base percentage last week, had at least two hits in all
five contests including four doubles and two home runs.
East Division Co-Pitcher of the Week
Chris Leonard, Miami (So., LHP, Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales HS)
For the second time this season, Miamis Chris Leonard is the MAC East
Division Pitcher of the Week after tossing a six-hitter en route to a
victory over West Division-leading Ball State. The sophomore, who
struck out eight and walked none in the 4-1 win, improved his record to
6-1 which are the most victories in the league this year.
Neil Schmitz, Bowling Green (Fr., LHP, New Riegel, Ohio/New Riegel HS)
Bowling Greens Neil Schmitz shares the MAC East Division pitching
honors with Miamis Leonard after appearing in two games for the
Falcons, picking up a win over Buffalo and posting a 0.90 ERA. In 10
innings, the freshman limited opponents to two hits and struck out
while walking two. Schmitz had a no-hitter broken up in the eighth
inning en route to his first collegiate victory.
Marshalls Steve Fowler worked six scoreless innings for the
Herd against Akron and combined for an 8-0 shutout of the Zips.
who improved to 3-0 this season, gave up his first hit in the fifth
inning on a bunt single before allowing two other singles. The senior
struck out six and walked two in the contest.
Ohios Chris Bova picked up two wins in relief for the Bobcats,
notching victories over Ohio Wesleyan and Shawnee State. In 7.2
innings, the freshman fanned six and walked two. Bova allowed six hits
in the two appearances and posted a 1.17 ERA.
West Division Player of the Week
Phil Pilewski, Toledo (So., 1B, Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg HS)
Toledos Phil Pilewski is this weeks MAC West Division Player of the
Week after registering a .615 (16-for-26) batting average in five
games. The sophomore belted five home runs and drove in 15, helping
Rockets to a 4-1 week -- including a sweep of Marshall. Pilewski, who
recorded a 1.346 slugging percentage, had three homers -- including the
game-winning hit which was a home run -- in Fridays first game with
Thundering Herd and also added four doubles on the week.
Ball States Matt Deckman was 12-for-23 (.522) with six RBIs and five
runs scored in the Cardinals six games last week. Deckman ripped five
doubles on the week and also had a home run. The junior closed out the
series with Miami by recording a career-high four hits in a 4-for-6
performance that also drove in a career-best four runs.
Eastern Michigans Ryan Goleski improved his batting average by 66
points after going 9-for-19 (.474) with four doubles and two homers in
four games with Central Michigan and a non-conference tilt with
Michigan. Goleski also scored six runs and had a game-winning double
game three with the Chippewas.
Northern Illinois Brent Coyner hit .474 (9-for-19) in five non-league
games. Coyner drove in six runs and scored six times for the Huskies,
who went 5-0 last week. The sophomore had three multi-hit games last
week including a 4-for-5 performance versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Western Michigans Ryan Kochen was 7-for-12 (.412) with a home run and
four RBIs last week. The senior scored a team-high four runs and his
three-run home run in the eighth inning helped the Broncos to a 15-12
win over Kent State.
West Division Pitcher of the Week
Paul Henry, Ball State (So., RHP, Chattanooga, Tenn./Notre Dame HS)
Ball State sophomore Paul Henry is this weeks MAC West Division
of the Week after registering two saves and posting a 0.00 ERA in three
appearances. Henry opened the week by recording two-innings of two-hit
ball en route to picking up a save against No.6/No. 8 Notre Dame, then
had a save in the Cardinals 6-3 win over Miami. In 5.0 innings, Henry
struck out four and allowed four hits.
Eastern Michigans Joe Linde won his third MAC game of the season with
a 10-5 win over Central Michigan. The junior, who collected his third
complete game in league play, scattered eight hits in the win, allowed
five runs and struck out nine while walking one.
Northern Illinois Don Rodman was 1-0 in two appearances with a 1.42
ERA for the Huskies. The senior picked up his second win of the season
after working six innings in an 11-1 win over St. Xavier, allowing only
three hits and one run -- which was unearned -- while fanning six.