CLEVELAND, OH? Central Michigan’s Greg Pilling (track and field) was named the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week on May 14, 2009.
Pilling (Jr., 3.35, sport studies, London, Ontario) set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 191-1 at the Len Paddock Invitational. The effort broke the previous school record by six feet and surpassed Pilling's previous season best by seven feet. Pilling's throw, which earned him regional qualifier status, was good for second place in the 22-competitor field. Pilling also finished fourth in the hammer throw during the weekend.
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 that week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
Other Male Nominees:
Bowling Green: Brian Hangbers (baseball, pitcher/first base, Sr., 3.26, physical education/teacher education, Hamilton, Ohio) led a balanced Falcon offensive attack on a weekend when the Falcons scored 49 runs on 51 hits to sweep Buffalo on the road. The left-handed hitting Hangbers batted .500 on the weekend, with a slugging pct. of .938. He was 8-for-16 on the weekend, with a double and a pair of home runs. Hangbers had at least two hits in each of the three games of the series. He was 3-for-7 in Friday's opener, a 21-6 win, with three RBI and one run scored. He had a solo homer and a pair of RBI singles while equalling the school record with seven at-bats. In Saturday's win, he was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Hangbers had a double and an RBI single in the contest, a 13-3 win. In Sunday's victory, Hangbers was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. He had a solo homer and an RBI single among those three hits in the 15-7 win. Hangbers' homer in the series opener was the 30th of his career, making him only the seventh player in school history to reach 30 career round-trippers. His home run in the series gives him five homers in his last nine games. On the year, Hangers is hitting .325 with eight homers and 24 RBI. He has a slugging pct. of .515. The Falcons are 26-18 overall and 16-7 in the MAC. BGSU leads the East Division race heading into the final weekend of the year.
Buffalo: Dan Giza (track & field, distance, Sr., 3.078, mechanical engineering, Lancaster, N.Y.) finished second in the men’s 1,500-meters at the Campbell/Wright Open, the final tuneup for the upcoming MAC Championships. Giza turned in a time of 3:59.81 and was the fastest MAC entrant in the race.
Eastern Michigan: Corey Chaffins (baseball, So., 3.59, biology, New London, Ohio) helped the Eagles inch closer to MAC Tournament contention, as Chaffins tallied eight strikeouts over six innings of work to lead the Eagles to a 14-4 win over MAC West leader Toledo, May 8, in Toledo, Ohio. Chaffins gave up just four runs on four hits over six innings to earn the win, putting his record at 4-3 this season. In his last two starts, Chaffins has 22 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched.
Ohio: Marc Krauss (baseball, Jr., 3.43, broadcast journalism, Deshler, Ohio) broke Ohio's single-season home runs record with his 21st round-tripper of the year on Sunday at Miami, while helping the Bobcats take two of three from the rival RedHawks over the weekend. In five starts on the week, Krauss hit .421 (8-for-19) with at least a hit in all five games and had two multi-hit games. He tallied eight RBIs, including a career-high tying five in Saturday's win over Miami, while scoring six runs on the week. He now has 60 RBIs on the year, which ranks third in a single season at Ohio. Krauss added three doubles and earned five walks to help his .737 slugging percentage and .520 on-base percentage in the five contests. He also played perfect defense, not committing an error in eight chances at either left field or third base, and totaled 14 bases on the week.
Previous Male Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 4) Chandler Harnish, NIU (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Tim Hiller, WMU (football)
Week 3 (Sept. 18) Tim Hiller, WMU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 25) Jacob Lawrence, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 2) Jon Brost, NIU (football)
Week 6 (Oct. 9) Andy Schmitt, EMU (football)
Week 7 (Oct. 16) John Eick, MIA (swimming)
Week 8 (Oct. 23) Brian Brunner, CMU (football)
Week 9 (Oct. 30) Javier Bernabe, NIU (tennis)
Week 10 (Nov. 6) Brian Brunner, CMU (football)
Week 11 (Nov. 13) Tim Hiller, WMU (football)
Michael McDowell, UB (swimming & diving)
Week 12 (Nov. 20) Kyle Knotek, NIU (soccer)
Week 13 (Nov. 24) Andy Schmitt, EMU (football)
Week 14 (Dec. 4) Cody Basler, BGSU (football)
Week 15 (Dec. 11) Jordan Rantz, BSU (swimming & diving)
Week 16 (Dec. 18) Joe Jakubowski, BGSU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Jonathan Amos, Toledo (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 15) David Kool, WMU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 22) Kevin Smith, UB (wrestling)
Week 20 (Jan. 29) Vince DiDona, CMU (wrestling)
Week 21 (Feb. 5) Michael Calderone, WMU (tennis)
Jared Miller, UT (tennis)
Week 22 (Feb. 12) David Kool, WMU (basketball)
Week 23 (Feb. 19) David Brent, EMU (track & field)
Week 24 (Feb. 26) Don Ellison, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 25 (Mar. 5) Oz Lifshitz, CMU (track & field)
Week 26 (Mar. 12) Zack Leonard, EMU (baseball)
Week 27 (Mar. 19) Michael McDowell, UB (diving)
Week 28 (Mar. 26) Hayden Johnston, OH (baseball)
Week 29 (Apr. 2) Kevin Sikora, EMU (baseball)
Week 30 (Apr. 9) Marc Krauss, OH (baseball)
Week 31 (Apr. 16) T.J. Blanton, BGSU (baseball)
Jake Madonia, UB (track & field)
Week 32 (Apr. 23) Marc Krauss, OH (baseball)
Week 33 (Apr. 30) Dan Taylor, CMU (baseball)
Week 34 (May 7) Brent Gerlach, WMU (baseball)
Week 35 (May 14) Greg Pilling, CMU (track & field)