MAC Baseball Players And Pitchers of the Week Announced

Updated 5/15/2001

May 15, 2001

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference today announced the East and West Division Players and Pitchers of the Week for the week ending May 13. 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 Akron's Jim Gemler, while Gemler's teammate Justin Lucas and Miami's Judd Richardson share the Pitcher of the Week honors. From the West Division, Central Michigan's Scott Pickens is the Player of the Week honors, while Western Michigan's Pat Misch is the Pitcher of the Week.

East Division Player of the Week
Jim Gemler, Akron (Jr., 1B, Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep HS)

Akron's Jim Gemler is the MAC East Division Player of the Week after hitting .611 (11-for-18) with 10 RBIs and four home runs. Gemler helped the Zips win four of five games last week, including winning three of four against East Division champ Bowling Green. The junior, who also scored five times, was 9-for-11 in his last three games, including a 4-for-4 performance with three home runs and six RBIs in a 14-13 come-from-behind win over the Falcons.

Other Nominees:
*Bowling Green's Lee Morrison batted .632 (12-for-19) with five home runs and 11 RBIs in four games with Akron. The senior also scored seven times and stole three bases as he increased his batting average 26 percentage points. Morrison had more than one hit in all four games -- at least one homer in each contest -- as well as multiple RBIs in three games.

*Buffalo's Eric Huber closed out the season with a 4-for-4 performance against Niagara. Huber, who finished the year with a school-record 69 hits, scored twice and had a double.

*Kent State's Dave Mattle was 5-for-13 (.385) with seven runs scored, three RBIs and two home runs as the Golden Flashes split the four-game series with Miami. He also stole three bases and drew a walk three times.

*Marshall's Matt White hit .421 (8-for-19) in five games last week, hitting three home runs and driving in four. White, who had two homers entering the final weekend, had a pair in a 12-8 win over Eastern Michigan.

*Miami's Clark Mace batted .368 (7-for-19) in five games and became the MAC's all-time hits leader on Saturday, surpassing Kent State's Jess Bechard (304). Mace, who has 307 career hits, had three doubles, a homer and four runs scored as the RedHawks went 3-2. The senior also added three stolen bases, a triple and two RBIs.

*Ohio's Adam Fox was 11-for-23 (.478) with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in five games last week. Fox hit three home runs, stole a pair of bases and also had two doubles. The freshman had a career-high five hits -- two of which were home runs -- and five RBIs against Northern Illinois on Friday.

East Division Co-Pitcher of the Week
Justin Lucas, Akron (So., RHP, Sharpsville, Pa./Sharpsville HS)

Akron's Justin Lucas shares this week's East Division Pitcher of the week accolades with Miami's Judd Richardson. Lucas made three appearances last week, all in relief, and was 2-0 with a save and a 2.57 ERA. Lucas picked up a win against Pittsburgh after tossing 3.2 innings of two-hit scoreless ball, then registered a save and a win against Bowling Green. The sophomore struck out two in 1.2 innings for a save versus the Falcons, then notched the win in the season finale after striking out two and allowing four hits and a pair of runs.

Judd Richardson, Miami (So., RHP, Caledon, Ontario, Canada/Country Day HS)
Miami's Judd Richardson is this week's other recipient of the Pitcher of the Week for the East Division. The sophomore struck out a season-best 10 batters and gave up only four hits and one run in eight innings of work against Kent State. Richardson walked two in the game and improved his record to 5-3 on the season.

Other Nominees:
*Bowling Green's Craig Menke struck out eight and walked one in eight innings of work in a 6-3 win against Akron. The senior gave up five hits and allowed one run in the outing.

*Buffalo's Mike Leslie registered a no-decision against Niagara but surrendered only two hits in four innings and fanned a career-high eight batters. Leslie was the last of three UB hurlers to pitch in the game and entered down 9-3, before the Bulls closed to 9-8.

*Marshall's Chris Wean struck out nine batters and walked four in a complete game victory against Eastern Michigan. In nine innings, Wean gave up three runs, two of which were earned, in the 7-3 victory.

West Division Player of the Week
Scott Pickens, Central Michigan (Jr., C, Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant HS)

Central Michigan's Scott Pickens is this week's MAC West Division Player of the Week after hitting .550 (11-for-20) in five games, scoring seven times and driving in six. Pickens, who also had two doubles and a pair of home runs, drove in the game-winning run in Saturday's first game with Toledo, then hit both of his homers in Sunday's regular season finale. The junior was 8-for-14 (.571) with four RBIs and four runs scored against the Rockets.

Other Nominees:
*Ball State's Scott French hit .357 (5-for-14) with two home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored in four games. French also drew four walks and was 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs against instate rival Evansville.

*Eastern Michigan's Ryan Goleski was 10-for-20 (.500) with four runs scored, two home runs and two doubles in six games. Goleski also drove in six runs and ended the regular season with a 10-game hitting streak.

*Western Michigan's Greg Graham hit .571 (8-for-14) in the four-game series with Ball State. Graham drove in the game-winning run in Sunday's finale and also had three multi-hit games.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Pat Misch, Western Michigan (So., LHP, Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North HS)

For the second time this season, Western Michigan's Pat Misch is the MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week. Misch out-dueled Ball State's Bryan Bullington and struck out 16 batters and walked three in a 7-3 victory. The sophomore scattered five hits in the complete game victory and retired 17 consecutive BSU batters at one point, 12 coming via strikeout. Misch fanned 10 or more batters for the fourth time this season, spanning his last six starts, and broke a 70-year school record for strikeouts in a single season (99).

Other Nominees:
*Ball State's Justin Wechsler pitched his first complete-game shutout of the season, a 1-0 victory over Western Michigan. In seven innings, the junior struck out seven and walked four while allowing only two hits.

*Eastern Michigan's Phil Kommer posted the team's second shutout of the season in a 6-0 victory over Marshall. The left-handed pitcher went seven innings for his sixth complete game of the season, striking out four and allowing only three hits. No Marshall player got beyond first base in the entire game.