MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/1/2011

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MAC Men's Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Seth Streich, Ohio, Sophomore
Ridgeway, Pa. (Johnsonburg Area)
Streich held Davidson scoreless through seven innings, limiting the home team to just a .091 batting average. He kept the Wildcats off balance all afternoon, allowing just two hits and four walks through seven innings with nine strikeouts.

MAC Men's Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Ben Klafczynski, Kent State, OF
Senior, Granger Township, Ohio (Medina Highland)
Klafczynski continued his white-hot start to the 2011 season, going 10-for-17 for a .588 batting average, eight RBIs, nine runs and four extra-base hits over the weekend to help power Kent State to four victories. He is hitting .567 on the season and has posted seven straight multi-hit games.

MAC Men's Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Mike Hamann, Toledo, Sophomore
Port Clinton, Ohio (Danbury)
Toledo claimed its first win of the season with an impressive 3-1 victory over No. 16 Louisville on Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium. UT knocked the Cardinals (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten on the strength of an outstanding pitching performance by sophomore Mike Hamann (1-0). The right-handed hurler was lights out over 8.0 innings, allowing one run on six hits with six punchouts. Hamann kept the talented home team off balance for a majority of the afternoon and faced only 28 batters to record the road victory. One of Rockets weekend starters, Hamann has appeared in two games, making two starts, sporting a 1-0 record with a miniscule 0.69 ERA. He has accumulated a team-high 13.0 innings of work, surrendering one run on eight hits with a squad-best 16 strikeouts.

MAC Men's Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Troy White, Northern Illinois, 3B
Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young)
White's bat caught fire for the Huskies in Texas over the weekend as he hit .500 (9-for-18) with four extra base hits, RBI and runs scored in NIU's four games . Compiling a .833 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage, White started the week with a 2-for-4 performance against BYU with one run scored. In the second game versus BYU, he tied a career high with four hits in five at-bats, one of which was a double, and had an RBI and run scored. In the weekend finale against Texas Tech, the junior went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs score. All three of his hits went for extra bases, totaling a career-best two triples and one double to become the first Huskie to knock a pair of three-baggers since 2009.

Other Nominees
Drew Turocy, Akron, OF
Junior, Canfield, Ohio (Canfield)
Turocy had two excellent outings in the final two games of Akron's series at Texas State. The junior slugger batted 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a home run in Saturday's game. He followed that up on Sunday with two doubles and another home run. Turocy ended the weekend with a slugging percantage of over 1.000 (1.364). Turocy has reached base safely in every game this season (13 straight going back to last season).

Myles McVeigh, Akron, Freshman
Cheyenne, Wyo. (East)
Myles continued the excellent start to his collegiate career, hurling 3.1 innings of shutout relief in Saturday's game at Texas St. McVeigh allowed just one hit in the outing, struck out two and walked none. Batters are hitting just .057 against McVeigh this season.

Cody Elliott, Ball State, OF
Junior, Florence, Ky. (Beechwood)
Elliott posted a .562 batting average in the Cardinals' three-game series at Southeast Missouri State ... Elliott posted multiple hits in all three games of the series, inclduing a career-high 5-for-5 performance in the series finale ... He drove in three runs and scored five runs from his No. 2 hole in the lineup while also stealing a pair of bases.

Matt Pollock, Buffalo, OF
Sophomore, Sagamore Hills, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Pollock also drew six walks and was hit by a pitch three times, leading to a staggering .762 on-base percentage to go with his .583 batting average. Starting each of the four games in the outfield, he made 11 putouts.

Brent Ohrman, Eastern Michigan, OF
Junior, Adrian, Mich. (Adrian)
Ohrman batted .313 (5-for-16) with a double, a triple, three RBI, a run scored and a pair of game-changing plays last week. His best game of the week came in EMU's 9-8 win over Tennessee Tech, Sunday, Feb. 27. Ohrman emerged as the hero in extra innings with a pair of go-ahead plays. With the score tied 7-7, Ohrman tripled to lead off the 10th and would score on the next play to give his team a brief lead. In a tie game in the 11th, his number was called again. This time he singled home a man on third with one out to give the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish. He finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored to lead EMU to the series win over TTU.

Steve Weber, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore
North Royalton, Ohio (North Royalton)
Weber put together the strongest start by an Eagle pitcher last week, going seven innings and allowing just a run on five hits while striking out six and walking one to defeat Tennessee Tech, 5-1, Saturday, Feb. 26. After giving up a second inning run to host TTU, Weber sat down 16 of the next 18 batters including the final six he faced en route to the dominating victory.

Kyle Hallock, Kent State, Senior
Sandusky, Ohio (Perkins)
Hallock tossed a career-high eight innings in Kent State's 12-2 triumph over Wagner at the Johnny Gill Memorial Tournament Friday (Feb. 25), allowing two unearned runs on seven hits to even his season record at 1-1 in his second start of the 2011 season. He fanned four, sat down Wagner's bats in order in three frames and did not surrender an extra-base hit.

Kyle Weldon, Miami, 1B
Senior, Mason, Ohio (Mason)
After taking Friday off, he had three hits in each of the other two games at the Hughes Bros. Tires Challenge. Batted 6-for-9 with six runs batted in. Had a pair of solo home runs on Saturday in the loss to UNCW. Drove in three with a bases-loaded double in Miami's six-run second inning Sunday. Also walked once during the weekend for a .700 on-base percentage. Was perfect on 22 fielding chances.

Tyler Melling, Miami, Senior
Bellefontaine, Ohio (Bellefontaine)
Improved to 2-0 on the season with a win in his second straight game. Has a 1.50 ERA. Scattered seven hits over 6.0 innings pitched. Did not allow a walk.

Zach Oates, Northern Illinois, Senior
Wheaton, Ill. (North)
Oates put together a strong six-inning, one-run performance against Brigham Young last Friday despite taking his second tough-luck loss in a row ... He gave up a run in the first inning on three hits but settled down to shutout the Cougars over his final five frames ... Scattering eight hits and three walks, Oates fanned six batters as he gave up just one earned run for a 1.50 ERA ... In each of his first two starts of the season, the senior has gone six innings, tallied at least six strikeouts and given up one earned run or less.

Seth Streich, Ohio, DH
Sophomore, Ridgeway, Pa. (Johnsonburg Area)
Streich hit a team-best .600 this week with a .933 slugging percentage and posted five doubles, five runs and four RBIs. He also had a team-high 14 total bases and boasted an on-base percentage of .625.

Mark Lapikas, Toledo, OF
Junior, Youngstown, Ohio (Ursuline)
Junior OF Mark Lapikas batted a team-high .455 (5-for-11) with two runs scored and a pair of doubles in nationally ranked Louisville series. Lapikas hit safely in all three games and is in the midst of a collegiate-best five-game hit streak. He started the series with a 1-for-2 effort with one run scored. The following afternoon, Lapikas went 3-for-5 effort with one RBI. The third-year Rocket finished off the weekend with a 1-for-4 performance with one run scored in Sunday's finale.

Jack Scanlon, Western Michigan, OF
Sophomore, Jenison, Mich. (Jenison)
Scanlon led the Broncos offensively in a four-game series against Ohio this past weekend. Scanlon led the team in batting average (.375), hits (6), RBIs (6), total bases (9), on-base percentage (.412) and slugging percentage (.563). Scanlon also hit WMU's first home run of the season in game three. Scanlon struck out just once in 16 at bats.