MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 5/17/2011

MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Hallock, Kent State, Senior
Sandusky, Ohio (Perkins)
Hallock dealed a career-high 8.1-inning shutout of the Falcons (18-28, 10-13 MAC) and fanned a career-high 10 batters to move into second place on Kent State's career strikeouts list with 224, passing current Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Matt Guerrier, who pitched for the Flashes from 1997-99. Hallock improved to 9-4 on the season with the mound triumph, tying Joe Skodny (1982-85) for seventh place on the school's career wins list with 21. His nine wins rank first on both the team and in the MAC.

MAC East Division Player of the Week
Jon Edgington, Miami, Infield (2B)
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Wyoming)
Batted .600 with 12 hits in 20 at-bats... had a pair of doubles for a .700 sluging percentage... walked three times and was hit twice for a .800 on-base percentage... extended his hitting streak to a season-long eight games.... is now batting 18-of-31 (.581) during that span (coincides with the month of May)... the streak has raised his average from ..275 to .329.. has had multiple-hit games five times in the last eight outings... now has 16 for the season, third-highest on the team... Fielded a perfect 1.000 in 19 chances..

MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week
Zach Cooper, Central Michigan, Junior
Hartland, Mich. (Hartland)
Cooper threw a complete-game one-hitter in the Chippewas' 3-0 win at Western Michigan on Saturday, the first complete-game one-hitter for a CMU hurler since 2002. He faced just four hitters over the minimum and set the Broncos down in order in four different innings. The lone hit he surrendered was a leadoff single in the fifth inning. Cooper retired 10 of the first 12 hitters to open the game and 12 of the final 13.

MAC West Division Player of the Week
T.J. Baumet, Ball State, SS
Sr., Brownsburg, Ind, (Brownsburg)
Baumet led the Cardinals with a .647 batting average (11-of-17) in four road games while posting a 1.118 slugging percentage ... Baumet posted five doubles and a home run on the week while scoring six runs and driving in five ... He posted three multiple-hit games on the week, including a pair of four-hit contests ... He also stole three bases and drew three walks to posted a .700 on-base percentage.

Other Nominees
Sam Watkins, Akron, INF
Jr., Johnstown, Pa. (Allegany (Md.))
Watkins had a second consecutive excellent week as the junior drove in five runs in four games and hit two home runs. In the midweek, extra-inning win over West Virginia, Watkins went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and an RBI. He then went 5-for-14 in the Ohio series, starting the weekend by hitting a home run and a pair of doubles in the Friday opener. He then homered again in the first inning of the Saturday contest. He was robbed of extra base hits twice in Sunday's series finale.

Andrew Brown, Akron, Junior
Painesville, Ohio (Riverside)
Brown matched his season high for strikeouts with 7 in Akron's 13-3 win over Ohio in Friday. Brown scattered five hits in the outing and allowed just two earned runs. He was impressive over his final three innings as he retired nine of the final 11 batters he faced giving up just a seeing eye single and a walk. It was Brown's fourth win of the season and just the second MAC start (non rain shortened) in which the righty did not pitch at least 8.0 innings

Ross Gerdeman, Bowling Green, Junior
Fort Jennings, Ohio (Fort Jennings)
Gerdeman pitched seven scoreless innings of relief between Wright State and Kent State last week. He tied a personal best with his longest outing as a Falcon with 5.1 innings of work on Saturday versus KSU while tying a career-high in strikeouts with six on the day. He kept the Falcons within striking distance retiring eight of his first 11 batters and only allowing one runner past second base in the outing. Against Wright State (5/11) he retired four straight and struck out one leading into the ninth inning in a BGSU victory over the Raiders.

Clay Duncan, Bowling Green, 1B
Senior, Norwalk, Ohio (Norwalk)
Duncan posted a pair of hits against Wright State in a 2-for-4 effort, scoring once and posting one RBI. Both of his hits against the Raiders were singles, his second a two-out, run scoring single in the fourth. Duncan notched a sixth inning double against Kent State on Friday and one of BGSU's five hits on Saturday.

Tom Murphy, Buffalo, Catcher
Sophomore, West Monroe, NY(Central Square)
With his team-leading two hits on Saturday, Tom Murphy capped a strong week in which he recorded 10 hits, the second straight week with double-digit hits... he also extended his hit streak to 13 games, the longest streak of any UB player this season... over the three-game weekend series, he had two or more hits in each game... in the team's 4-2 extra-inning loss Friday, Murphy hit his tenth home run of the season, the third most in program history... it has been a productive month for Murphy, who has a sparkling .525 batting average and .775 slugging percentage in 11 games so far in May.

William Arnold, Central Michigan, INF/C
Junior, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Mount Pleasant)
Arnold was 3-for-8 with a team-high four RBIs and drew a team-high five walks in three games last week. In CMU's 5-2 midweek loss to Michigan State, Arnold was 0-for-1, but walked three times, stole a base and scored the Chippewas' first run. He was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer that gave CMU a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning. In Saturday's 3-0 win, Arnold was 0-for-2, but walked twice and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Robert Wendzicki, Eastern Michigan, Senior
Brook Park, Ohio (Midpark)
Senior left-hander Robert Wendzicki tossed seven sparkling innings in which he allowed just a run on five hits while tying a season-high in strikeouts with eight and set the tone as Eastern Michigan beat Toledo, 18-2. The Brook Park, Ohio native pitched four and two-thirds scoreless innings to start the game and allowed just one baserunner to reach third base, resulting in the only run given up by the southpaw. It marked the fifth time in Wendzicki's last six starts that he has gone at least seven innings and he moved to 5-5 on the season and 5-3 in MAC starts.

Zack Leonard, Eastern Michigan, Infield
Senior, Canton, Ohio (McKinley)
Leonard batted .500 (7-for-14) over the weekend to lead the Eagles, who hit .381 as a team and took two-of-three games on the road from Toledo, which was previously unbeaten in 12 games at home. The Canton, Ohio native also converted all 15 of his chances in the field. Leonard led off the series by recording his fourth career four-hit effort in going 4-for-7 in an 18-2 shellacking of the Rockets, whom they were tied with for second in the West Division entering the series. His fourth hit of the day marked the 300th hit of his illustrious career. He then added to it in EMU's series clinching victory on Sunday by posting his 25th multi-hit game of the season in going 2-for-4 at the plate with his 17th double of the year and 33rd RBI while raising his overall season batting average to .375.

Evan Campbell, Kent State, CF
So., Beloit, Ohio
Campbell enjoyed a huge week at the plate, totaling eight including -- three doubles -- for a .500 batting average while collecting two steals. Campbell led the charge with a career-high five base hits and drove in two runs in Kent State's 8-0 victory at Bowling Green last Saturday (May 14).

Tyler Melling, Miami, Senior
Bellefontaine, Ohio (Bellefontaine)
Pitching on Senior Weekend, Melling saved one of his best efforts for last, striking out a career-high 11 Buffalo Bulls in a 5-2 win... both of the runs -- one of which was unearned -- came during the ninth after a reliever came into the game... walked just one, while allowing four hits... UB batted just .154 against him... the win improved his record to 7-2, establishing a new career high for wins... lowered his ERA to 3.96 overall.

Troy White, Northern Illinois, Third Base
Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young)
White paced the Huskie offense with nine RBI as NIU took two of three games against Ball State to clinch its first appearance in the MAC tournament since 2008 ... In the series, he went 5-for-14 with five runs, nine RBI, one home run, two walks, one stolen base, a .438 on-base percentage and .571 slugging percentage ... In a 10-9 win in the first of a Saturday doubleheader, he drew two walks, scored two runs and drove in two runs ... In Game Two, he had a hit and run scored ... In Sunday's finale, he erupted for a 4-for-6 day with seven RBI, two runs, one homer and a stolen base ... The junior's seven-RBI performance was the second time this season that he has accomplished the career-best feat, as he also did it on April 17 in Game Two of a doubleheader against Ohio.

Seth Streich, Ohio, Sophomore
Ridgeway, Pa. (Johnsonburg Area)
Streich, a sophomore righthander for the Bobcats, tossed his first complete game shutout Sunday when he powered the home team to a 1-0 win over visiting Akron. He held the Zips to just four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts to go with a .129 batting average against. For the season, he leads the Ohio pitching staff in strikeouts with 72 in 87.2 innings pitched.

Adam Gecewich, Ohio, OF
Sr., Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville
Gecewich hit .375 this week with a .563 slugging percentage and a .375 on-base percentage. He had a homer and five RBIs with a run scored. In the 10-3 win over Dayton, he went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, while his three-run homer to left broke open the 7-3 victory over Akron on Saturday. For the season, he has a team-high four triples and .479 slugging percentage to go along with his perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 89 chances.

Patrick Duncan, Western Michigan , SS
Sophomore, Arlington, Texas (Lamar)
Duncan helped Western Michigan go 2-1 this week, posting wins over Michigan State and Central Michigan. The sophomore shortstop batted a team-best .417 with five RBIs and two doubles. Duncan came up big in the clutch in WMU's 6-5 win over CMU Friday, delivering a two-out single to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth. He batted 2-for-4 in the game with a double. Against Michigan State, Duncan went 3-for-5 with a double as WMU completed a season sweep of the Spartans.