MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/18/2011

MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
Ryan Brenner, Miami, Outfield
Junior, Kirtland, Ohio (Hawken)
Started all five games this week in centrer field... registered two hits in each of the contests to run his hitting streak to a season long (also five)... now has nine multiple hit games this season... scored three runs on two occasions during the week... had a team-season-best and career-high four stolen bases on Wednesday, including one of home... has now stolen home four times this year... is 30 of 35 on the basepaths... has taken second and third in the same inning four times this year... was perfect on 15 defensive chances.

MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Chris Bassitt, Akron, Jr.
Curtice, Ohio (Genoa)
Bassitt picked up two saves - his fifth and sixth of the year - in the first two games of Akron's series at Eastern Michigan. Seven of his nine outs were strikeouts and he allowed just one hit. Bassitt struck out the side on just 13 pitches in Friday's 5-2 win and then picked up a six-out save in Akron's win on Saturday. The junior right-hander struck out four in the Saturday win. Bassitt has not allowed an earned run in nine outings, a streak that stretches across 13.1 innings.

MAC West Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Trent Howard, Central Michigan, Jr.
Hammond, Ind (Clark )
Howard struck out the first nine batters of the game and finished with 11 K's in a seven-inning effort against Kent State, yielding one run on four hits and a walk. The junior left-hander struck out the side in each of the first three innings and didn't allow a base runner until the fifth as the Chippewas went on to win in the bottom of the ninth, 2-1.

MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Troy White, Northern Illinois, Third Base
Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young)
White was the leading run-producer during NIU's 4-1 week, as he hit .316 (6-for-19) with 10 RBI, six runs, three walks, his first two collegiate home runs, one double, one triple, .417 on-base percentage, .789 slugging percentage and extended his hitting streak to an NIU season-long 12 games ... In a 4-1 win at Illinois State, he went 1-for-4 with a double, run and RBI ... In a 4-2 win at Chicago State, he went 1-for-4 with a triple, run, sacrifice fly and RBI ... In a 5-4 win at Ohio, he went 1-for-4 with a run ... In a 7-5 loss in Game One of a doubleheader, he went 1-for-2 with two walks, an HBP, run and RBI ... In a 19-10 win in Game Two of a doubleheader, he went 2-for-5 with a career-high seven RBI, hit his first two career home runs, scored two runs and drew a walk ... The first homer was a three-run shot, while the second was a grand slam as he became the first Huskie to homer twice in a game since Jordin Hood did it on May 1, 2010 against Central Michigan.

Other Nominees
Brandon White, Akron, Leftfield
Sr., Wheelersburg, Ohio (Kent State)
White continues to swing a hot bat in MAC play, batting .428 (6-for-14) to lead Akron to two wins in the series at Eastern Michigan. White drove in three runs during the weekend and is now hitting .370 in conference play with 9 conference RBIs.

Cal Bowling, Ball State, Jr.
Muncie, Ind. (Yorktown)
Bowling picked up his third win in Mid-American Conference play as he tossed 8.0 innings and did not allow an earned run against Buffalo ... He limited the Bulls to six hits while walking five ... He fell just shy of his fourth straight complete game to open MAC play as he has pitched 35.0 of a possible 36.0 innings in the first four league innings ... He is now 9-1 in his career in starts against MAC opponents with a 3-1 mark this season and a 6-0 record last year as a sophomore.

Kenny Mahala, Ball State, 1B
Freshman, Highland, Ind. (Andrean)
Freshman first baseman Kenny Mahala continued to swing a hot bat as he posted a .500 average (6-of-12) in the four games on the week as the Cardinals posted a 3-1 record ... Mahala drove in four runs on the week to lead the Cardinals to their third Mid-American Conference series victory in the first four weekends of league play.

Cody Apthorpe, Bowling Green, Sophomore
Windham, Ohio (Windham)
Apthorpe set the tone for much of the weekend with his first career complete game, shutout victory against arch-rival Toledo on Friday. The win was the first of two for the Falcons and done so with extreme effectiveness. Apthorpe retired the side in order in three of the first four innings of Friday night's game and faced three batters in an inning five times out of nine. He held the Rockets scoreless for six consecutive innings and prior to the start of the ninth inning, he had allowed only six hits and one run. All of this was done having only thrown a total of 97 pitches.

Andrew Kubuski, Bowling Green, CF
Freshman, Elyria, Ohio
Over the last seven days, Kubuski has played in five games and had at least one hit in each of those. He had three hits in two of his five games, once on Tuesday (4/12) at Michigan and again on Sunday (4/17) versus Toledo. Between those two games he totaled three doubles, singles and runs scored with one RBI. Over the course of the week, he also recorded the only two sacrifice hits the Falcons' had en route to a 2-3 overall mark and a 2-1 weekend series win over Toledo. With a hit in each of his five games last week, he has now created a seven-game hit streak, currently a team-high. In the Toledo series alone, Kubuski batted at a .462 clip (6-for-13), scored twice and registered three RBI.

Michael Burke, Buffalo, SS/ RHP
Freshman, Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Burke broke out of a recent conference slump with a terrific doubleheader against Ball State, tallying four hits in the two games... he scored twice, drove in a run and had a double against the Cardinals... in a mid-week series against rival St. Bonaventure, Burke took to the mound, pitching five innings and striking out four in a 3-2 loss.

Jordan Dean, Central Michigan,2B
So, Midland, Mich. (Bullock Creek)
Dean hit .417 in the three game series against Kent State, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth on Friday. He also made several dazzling defensive plays, including a between-the-legs toss to first for an out on Friday, and a spinning hurl toward home after applying the tag on a pickoff rundown to nail a runner at the plate on Sunday.

Ken Battiston, Eastern Michigan, Outfield
Senior, West Milton, Ohio (Milton Union)
Battiston hit .500 (11-for-22) for the Eagles, who posted a 2-2 week with wins over Cleveland State and Akron. Battiston also posted an .636 slugging percentage as he tallied a double and a triple over the weekend. He also recorded at least two hits in all four games, posting a trio of consecutive three-hit performances versus the Zips. He also drive in pair of runs, while scoring a pair of runs.

Kyle Hallock, Kent State, Sr.
Sandusky, Ohio (Perkins )
Hallock threw seven masterful innings to help the Kent State baseball team earn a win, 9-3, in a Mid-American Conference game at Theunissen Stadium last Saturday (April 16). Despite battling poor weather conditions, Hallock fanned seven, walked one, allowed one earned run on eight hits to tie for the Kent State lead with his fifth victory of the season.

Evan Campbell, Kent State, CF
So., Beloit, Ohio (West Branch)
Campbell hit .389 with seven hits and three RBIs in five games last week for Kent State, helping the Golden Flashes earn a pair of midweek victories and sweep the home-and-home season series against Youngstown State. He went 3-for-4 in Kent State's 7-0 victory last Tuesday (April 12) over the Penguins, then collected two hits the following as the Flashes came away victorious again, this time 5-2 at Youngstown State.

Joe Neff, Miami, Junior
Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Picked up a win with five innings of relief on Saturday... allowed just two hits while striking out a career-high six... allowed only an unearned run in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen on Tuesday... lowered his ERA to 2.89... is holding opponents to a .163 average... has now allowed three of his 10 inherited runners to score

Tony Manville, Northern Illinois, Junior
New Lenox, Ill. (Iowa)
Manville picked up two wins to help the Huskies go 4-1 on the week ... The junior started a 4-1 win at Illinois State on Tuesday, throwing 5.2 innings while allowing one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts ... The win tied him for the team lead (4) and was his third win in three straight starts ... In a 19-10 win in Game Two of a doubleheader Sunday, the Iowa transfer pitched seven innings of relief, holding Ohio to its 8-4 lead while the Huskie bats rallied to finish the game on a 15-2 scoring run ... In his longest and best performance as a Huskie, Manville allowed just two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts ... Winning his team-high fifth straight decision, Manville has given up 17 runs (15 earned) on 34 hits and 13 walks with 21 strikeouts over his last 30 innings ... In his two victorious decisions during the week, Manvillle put together a 1.42 ERA and 1.26 WHIP as he allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and five walks with seven strikeouts over 12.2 innings.

Jared Locke, Toledo, Sophomore
Dundee, MI/Ida
Locke (2-1) was simply outstanding through the opening 7.0 frames at Michigan on Wednesday, April 13, allowing one run on three hits with three punchouts to record the win. Locke, who attended Michigan games as a youngster growing up in nearby Dundee, equaled his career high in innings worked and finished with 96 pitches to win his second-consecutive start.

Tim Cross, Western Michigan, OF
Sr., Walled Lake, Mich. (Walled Lake)
Cross batted .444 with a 1.000 slugging percentage in three games against Miami. The senior outfielder went 4-for-9 at the plate, three of those hits going for extra bases. He smacked two doubles and hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that helped lift WMU past the RedHawks in game two, 7-5.