Central Michigan’s Taylor Named MAC Male Scholar Athlete
CLEVELAND, OH? Central Michigan’s Dan Taylor (baseball) was named the MAC Male Scholar Athletes of the Week on April 30, 2009.
Taylor (LHP, Sr., 3.98, physical education, Jenison, Mich.) put together his best outing of the season against Toledo on Sunday. Taylor allowed just one earned run on six hits in 7-1/3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Taylor retired the Rockets in order in three different innings.
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:
Ball State: Ross Cosat (golf, Jr., 3.44, marketing and finance, Carthage, Ind.) placed ninth as an individual and led the Ball State men's golf team to a second-place finish at the Michigan State Fossum Invitational. Cosat managed a 77-68-39=184 to post his second top-10 finish of the year. The Cardinals finished behind only the host Spartans, who entered the event ranked 37th in the nation. The event was shortened to 45 holes due to weather.
Bowling Green: Brian Hangbers (baseball, pitcher/first base, Sr., 3.26, physical education teacher education, Hamilton, Ohio) hit .364 last week as a major cog in the explosive Falcon offense. He had eight hits, including two homers, in the Falcons' four games. He scored five runs and drove in five and had a .636 slugging percentage. He was perfect in 24 chances in the field. The Falcons scored 60 runs in the four games, an average of 15 runs per game. BG hit 19 homers and went 3-1 on the week. Hangbers also started one game on the mound, allowing three earned runs in two-plus innings. He was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 15-9, non-conference win at Toledo. He then went 4-for-6 on Friday, with two runs scored. In that game, he hit one of BG's school-record nine homers as the Falcons rallied from a 14-2 deficit for an 18-15 win. On Saturday, Hangbers hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 15-10 win. On Sunday afternoon, he was on a pitch count, and had a no-decision in Miami's 14-12 win. On the year, Hangbers is hitting .306 with a slugging percentage of .455 and an on-base percentage of .408. The Falcons are 20-17 overall and 10-7 in the MAC.
Buffalo: Ezekiel Porter (track & field, sprints, Jr., 3.141, African-American studies, Rochester, N.Y.) was part of two relays at the Penn Relays, helping one to a school record and another to a season-best time. Porter ran the second leg of UB's 4x100-meter relay as the Bulls lowered the school record to 40.62 as the team finished second in the IC4A final. Porter also ran the opening leg of UB's 4x400-meter relay to a season-best 3:13.53.
Eastern Michigan: Josh Karanja (track & field, Gr., 3.42, public administration, Ottawa, Canada) qualified for his third NCAA Regional event Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, at the Hillsdale ?Gina’ Relays, this time doing so in the 5,000 meters. His time of 14:11.05 was not only an NCAA mark, but it leads the conference, is a career-best time and ranks 11th all-time in school history. He has now qualified for the NCAA Regional Championship in the 1,500 meters, steeplechase and the 5,000 meters.
Kent State: Matt Pfleger (track & field, Jr., 3.47, language arts, Garrettsville, Ohio) continued his dominance in the men's hammer throw, reaching a distance of 61.08 meters with his toss to finish third in the event last Friday (April 24) at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich. Pfleger's throw was good enough for an NCAA regional qualifying mark, the fifth time he has surpassed the mark this year.
Ohio: Hayden Johnston (baseball, senior, 3.69, business finance, Strattanville, Pa.) registered multiple hits in all three games against No. 25 Kent State this weekend, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He scored multiple runs and tallied multiple RBIs in two of the three games and hit a home run in all three games against the nationally-ranked Flashes. His home run on Sunday tied the game at five, after Ohio had trailed 5-0. He slugged 1.143, hit .500 (7-for-14), and had an on-base percentage of .588 for the weekend. Johnston totaled 16 bases, five RBIs and six runs, while starting all three games in right field, making 11 putouts without an error.
Toledo: Jared Miller (tennis, Sr., 3.695, pre-med, Parkersburg, W.Va.) posted a 2-0 mark in singles and a 1-0 record in doubles to help the Rockets nearly capture their first MAC Men’s Tennis Championship in nearly 40 years. Toledo dropped a 4-3 decision to Western Michigan in the championship match on Saturday. Miller defeated the Broncos’ Kevin Hayward (6-1, 6-4) at No. 1 singles to even the match at 3-3. He also was leading at No. 1 doubles but did not finish. In the Rockets’ semifinal match against Northern Illinois, Miller won at No. 1 doubles by an 8-2 margin and defeated the Huskies’ Pawel Poziomski (6-0, 7-5) at No. 1 singles.
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)