Cory Keyler and Brian Villardito are Named MAC Baseball Players of the Week

Updated 4/5/2000
Cory Keylor, Ohio (So., OF/1B)
Westerville, Ohio (Westerville North)

Ohio sophomore outfielder/first baseman Cory Keylor is the MAC Pepsi Player of the Week. In five games last week, Keylor hit .474 (9-for-19) with nine RBIs, three doubles, two home runs and a triple. Keylor hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to give the Bobcats a 7-4 win over Central Michigan, then delivered a game-winning, three-run home run over Western Michigan. Keylor had three multi-hit games and a pair of multi-RBI contests.

Other nominees:
Mark Malaska, Akron -- Batted .333 (4-for-12) in four games last week and also drove in five runs and hit a pair of home runs.

Kenny Burdine, Bowling Green -- Hit .381 (8-for-21) with four RBIs and four runs socred in six games. In four MAC contests, he hit .429.

Scott Pieratt, Central Michigan -- Drove in 11 runs over a six-game period and was 11-for-24 (458) with six runs scored.

John VanBenschoten, Kent -- Was 8-for-13 (.615) in four games, which included a three-hit game against Northern Illinois. Also drove in three runs and scored four.

Eric Pinkerton, Marshall -- Hit .412 (7-for-17) with two doubles and two home runs.

Joe Milroy, Northern Illinois -- Batted .462 (6-for-13) with three RBIs and one home run.

Jay Juras, Toledo -- Had a hit in all five game he appeared in and batted .500 (7-for-14) with three doubles and three RBIs.

Joe Seestadt, Western Michigan -- Hit .364 (4-for-11) in four games and drove in a team-high three runs.

MAC Player of the Week
Mar. 6 -- Ryan Kyes, 2B, Ohio
Mar. 13 -- Jess Bechard, 2B, Kent
Mar. 20 -- Jeremy Ison, SS, Miami
Mar. 27 -- Andrew See, OF, Ohio
Apr. 5 -- Cory Keylor, OF/1B, Ohio


MAC Pepsi Pitcher of the Week

Brian Villardito, Northern Illinois (So., RHP)
LaGrange, Ill. (LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy)

Northern Illinois' Brian Villardito is this week's MAC Pepsi Pitcher of the Week. In two starts last week, Villardito was 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA and picked up wins over Iowa and Akron. Villardito made his first collegiate start against the Hawkeyes, going 5.2 innings and allowing only two hits and one run while striking out three for his first win as a Huskie. Against the Zips, he tossed a complete game five hitter, fanning seven and walking only one.

Other nominees:
John Wilkinson, Akron -- Hurled a five-hit complete game victory over Ball State, sriking out seven and walking only two.

Tony Fontana, Bowling Green -- In two games, was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 10.1 innings of work. He struck out 13 and walked five over the two games and recorded a shutout against Toledo.

Doug Straight, Kent -- Tossed a two-hit shutout against Northern Illinois, fanning three and walking one.

Sean Reeder, Marshall -- Pitched the school's first shutout since 1994 against Western Michigan, striking out six and allowing six hits over seven innings.

Adam Keel, Miami -- Was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, notching wins over Xavier and Toledo. He struck out a career-high six in the team's 9-0 win over Toledo.

Denny McGee, Ohio -- Picked up a win over Western Michigan and struck out nine and walked none.

Mike DeLong, Toledo -- In his first-ever start against Detroit, he struck out 14 and walked four in 8.2 innings in which he received a no-decision.

Angelo Palazati, Western Michigan -- Was 1-1 in two decisions last week with a 2.61 ERA. He notched a win over Michigan, then struck out a season-high seven batters in a loss to Marshall.

MAC Pitcher of the Week
Mar. 6 -- Tom Gallus, RHP, Eastern Michigan
Mar. 13 -- Mike Fawcett, RHP, Central Michigan
Mar. 20 -- Mike Steele, RHP, Central Michigan
Mar. 27 -- Dan Schell, RHP, Central Michigan
Apr. 5 -- Brian Villardito, RHP, Northern Illinois