MAC Baseball Players of the Week Announced

Updated 5/7/2001

May 7, 2001

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference today announced the East and West Division Players and Pitchers of the Week for the week ending May 6. Each week, the MAC will honor both an East and a West Division Player and Pitcher of the Week.

This week's Co-Players of the Week from the East Division are Miami's Jason Knoedler and Ohio's Andrew See, while Ohio's Denny McGee is the Pitcher of the Week. From the West Division, Toledo's Mitch Maier is the Player of the Week honors, while Ball State's Jason Paul is the Pitcher of the Week.

East Division Co-Player of the Week
Jason Knoedler, Miami (Jr., RF, Springfield, Ill./Springfield HS)

Miami's Jason Knoedler is the MAC East Division Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season after hitting a blistering .647 (11-for-17) in the four-game series with Akron. Knoedler hit five home runs, scored 14 times and had 14 RBIs. In addition, the junior also registered a 1.765 slugging percentage, a .727 on-base percentage and broke three school records in the process -- hits in a season, runs scored and total bases. Knoedler, who had at least two RBIs in each of the four games, also stole four bases and capped the series off with a 5-for-5 performance with three doubles, a home run, five runs scored and five RBIs.

Andrew See, Ohio (Sr., OF/P, Adrian, Mich./University of Georgia/Adrian HS)
Sharing the honor this week with Miami's Knoedler for East Division Player of the Week is Ohio's Andrew See, who hit .458 (11-for-24) with six home runs and 16 RBIs. The senior, who has won the honor twice this season, also scored 10 times and had four multi-hit and four multi-RBI games, as the Bobcats swept their series with Marshall. See drove in 14 of the 16 runs in the final three games versus the Thundering Herd -- two five and a four RBI game -- and also picked up two wins on Saturday, both victories coming in relief.

Other Nominees:
*Bowling Green's Len Elias was 13-for-28 (.464) in seven games, driving in 14 runs and scoring 12 times. Elias added four home runs, two doubles and a triple. The junior, who became the school's career leader in doubles with 42, opened the week with a 4-for-6 performance with six RBIs and five runs scored against Xavier.

*Buffalo's Kevin Nesteruk hit .529 (9-for-17) with a double and two RBIs last week in five games. Nesteruk had at least one hit in each of the Bulls' games last week, including three multi-hit contests.

*Kent State's John VanBenschoten batted .409 (9-for-22) for the Golden Flashes with three home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs. The junior hit all three of his home runs in Friday's game at Bowling Green to go with a 4-for-6 performance and an eight RBI day. VanBenschoten also scored eight times and was walked six times.

*Marshall's Jason Brooks was 9-for-17 (.529) with four home runs and nine RBIs in the team's series with Ohio. Brooks, who ended the weekend with a 3-for-4 performance versus the Bobcats that included a pair of home runs and four RBIs, set new school records for home runs (23) and RBIs (73) in a season along with the career mark for homers (39) at Marshall. The senior's RBI total this year is also a new MAC record.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Denny McGee, Ohio (Sr., RHP, Washington, Pa./Trinity HS)

Ohio's Denny McGee is the MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season after tossing a complete game victory over Marshall, 4-1 on Friday. In nine innings, the senior struck out 11 batters and scattered six hits. McGee, who gave up one extra base hit, surrendered one run which was unearned.

Other Nominees:
*Bowling Green's Craig Menke made his first appearance in a month and went eight innings against Kent State, picking up a victory in the 8-4 win. Menke gave up seven hits and struck out eight while walking one.

*Buffalo's Mike Leslie was 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two appearances. In 12.0 innings, the freshman struck out a career-high five batters in seven innings and allowed one run (unearned), en route to notching the win over Canisius. Leslie also struck out four in two innings of relief against Northern Illinois.

*Kent State's Jason Biniker pitched a complete game eight hitter against Bowling Green, striking out four and walking one. The junior gave up four runs over the nine innings, only one of which was earned.

*Miami's Bill Kieninger scattered nine hits over seven innings against Akron, striking out six and walking two. Kieninger pitched his team-tying fourth complete game of the year in the win over the Zips.

West Division Player of the Week
Mitch Maier, Toledo (Fr., C, Novi, Mich./Novi HS)

Toledo's Mitch Maier is this week's MAC West Division Player of the Week after hitting .706 (12-for-17) in four games, helping the Rockets to a non-conference win over Cincinnati and three victories over Western Michigan. Maier scored eight times and drove in seven runs, including four RBIs in the series finale with the Broncos. The freshman opened the week with a 5-for-6 performance versus the Bearcats and ended the week with a .824 slugging percentage and a .722 on-base percentage.

Other Nominees:
*Ball State's Paul Henry hit .571 (8-for-14) with six RBIs, five runs scored and two home runs in four games with Central Michigan last week. Henry, who posted a 1.214 slugging percentage, also added three doubles and notched his seventh save in Friday's win.

*Eastern Michigan's Justin Hesse was 9-for-14 (.643) with seven runs, eight RBIs and two home runs for the Eagles, who went 3-1 last week. His two-run homer against No. 24 Ohio State sealed the 10-7 victory for EMU.

*Northern Illinois' Rob Marconi hit .435 (10-for-23) in six games for the Huskies, driving in eight runs and scoring five times. Marconi opened NIU's series with Buffalo by registering a career-high four hits -- a double, triple and two singles -- and driving in four.

*Western Michigan's Sam Flamont was 6-for-18 (.333) with two home runs and five RBIs. Flamont had two home runs in the Broncos' opener with Toledo and hit safely in all four games against the Rockets.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Jason Paul, Ball State (Jr., RHP, Anderson, Ind./Butler/Highland HS)

Ball State's Jason Paul is this week's MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week after pitching his first complete game shutout of the season, a 9-0 win over Central Michigan. The junior tossed a two-hitter versus the Chippewas, striking out a season-high eight batters and walking none. The win for Paul was his fifth straight in as many appearances.

Other Nominees: *Eastern Michigan's Anthony Tomey made the most of his two brief appearances for the Eagles, picking up a win and saving another for EMU. The sophomore fanned both of the batters he faced to notch a save against nationally-ranked Ohio State, then struck out the only Grand Valley batter he faced in the ninth to preserve an 11-11 tie and was credited with the win when EMU scored a run in the bottom of the ninth.

*Northern Illinois' Brad Gavelek was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA for the Huskies. In 14.1 innings, the senior struck out 19 batters -- a career-high 12 against Buffalo -- and scattered 10 hits in starts against Valparaiso (seven hitter) and the Bulls (three hitter).

*Toledo's Kris Barnswell threw a complete game five-hit shutout in the Rockets' 6-0 win over Western Michigan. The junior, who struck out four and walked one, didn't allow a WMU base runner to reach second base until the ninth inning.

*Western Michigan's Pat Misch struck out 10 and walked none in a complete game victory over Toledo. In nine innings, the sophomore gave up eight hits and three runs -- only one was earned. Four of Misch's wins this year have come after Bronco losses.