Male Scholar Athlete of the Week: April 18-24
Eastern Michigan Zack Leonard (baseball)
Zack Leonard (Sr., 3.77, exercise science) batted .400 (6-for-15) with a double, a stolen base, two RBI, seven runs scored and posted a perfect fielding percentage in 23 chances at second base in leading the Eagles to a victory over Michigan and a series sweep of Western Michigan en route to a 4-0 week. In game two against WMU, Leonard recorded an RBI single giving him his 275th career hit to set the EMU all-time career hits record, passing Derrick Peterson who had held the mark since 2004. Leonard now has 277 hits, which ranks eighth among all NCAA Division I active career hit leaders. He recorded two multi-hit games during the week, giving him 16 for the season, and in the series finale against WMU, he scored four runs in a 13-4 win to give him a team-high 36 runs scored for the season. Earlier in the week, Leonard played a key role in the Eagles ninth-inning comeback victory over Michigan as he tallied a hit and scored a run in the final inning to help EMU steal a 3-1 win, as well as the season series from the Wolverines.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.