CLEVELAND, OH? Eastern Michigan’s Kevin Sikora (baseball) was named the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week on April 2, 2009.
Sikora (pitcher, Jr., 3.11, management, Youngstown, Ohio) led the Eagles to a 3-1 victory over the University of Michigan on March 24, going 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits, while fanning four Wolverines to pick up the victory in his first start of the season.
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: T.J. Blanton (baseball, CF, Jr., 3.33, health science, Sandusky, Ohio) hit .333 last week, going 4-for-12 as the Falcons won three of their four games. He had a slugging percentage of 1.083, as all four of his hits went for extra bases. With a pair of walks on the week, Blanton had an on-base percentage of .429. He had his first career multi-homer game, with a pair of round-trippers in the Falcons' 10-6 win over Cleveland State. He had four RBI in that game. He had a double and a triple and scored a pair of runs in BG's 8-0 win at Northern Illinois on Saturday. BG also defeated Findlay earlier in the week, and went 1-1 at NIU on the weekend. On the season, Blanton is hitting .333 with a team-best slugging percentage of .652. He leads the Falcons in homers (4) and triples (2) and is second in doubles (6).
Buffalo: Ezekiel Porter (track & field, sprints, Jr., 3.141, African-American studies, Rochester, N.Y.) was part of two record-setting relay squads at the Raleigh Relays. He combined with Dan Schichtel, Dan Harris and Brian Smith in the 400-meter relay to finish second in 40.91, breaking the school mark of 40.99 set in 2006. The four combined as the 800-meter relay team to set another record of 1:25.79 and placed fourth overall. Porter also finished 11th in the 400-meters in 48.09, the fastest time in the MAC this season.
Central Michigan: Steve Teno (baseball, pitcher, Sr., 3.27, accounting, LaSalle, Ont.) tossed eight strong innings against Buffalo, giving up an unearned run on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. The effort gave CMU a 5-2 victory and earned Teno his first MAC win of the season.
Kent State: John Hahn (golf, So., 3.20, pre-business management, Hudson, Ohio) led the Golden Flashes to a dominating performance at the Towson Invitational this past weekend winning, individual medalist honors for the first time in his career. The reigning MAC Golfer of the Year, Hahn shot a five-under 211 (68-73-70) to win the tournament by two stokes over teammates Mackenzie Hughes and Nick Latimer. Behind Hahn’s performance, Kent State won the tournament by a 25 stroke margin. This season Hahn is averaging 72.4 stokes per round and has four top-20 finishes.
Northern Illinois: Javier Bernabe (tennis, No. 4 singles, Jr., 3.44, business, Segovia, Spain) posted a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Southern Illinois' Hugo Vidal on Saturday in Carbondale, Ill. playing No. 4 singles for the first time this season. Bernabe has appeared in four-consecutive dual matches, and boasts a team-high tying seven singles wins on the season.
Toledo: Josh Colliver (baseball, J.r, 3.537, pharmacology & toxicology, Cincinnati, Ohio) reappeared in the Rockets’ lineup this weekend at Akron after missing the previous 10 contests with a leg injury. The co-captain did not miss a beat and hit a blistering .538 (7-for-13) with two runs scored and five RBI, helping the Rockets win two of three games. In Friday's series opener, Colliver finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, including a pair of doubles. The following afternoon he went 1-for-4 with a RBI. The four-year letterwinner then closed out the weekend, going 2-for-4 with a run-scoring hit.
Western Michigan: Casey Cullen (tennis, So., 3.79, business, Beverly Hills, Mich.) was 4-0 on Sunday as the Broncos swept Buffalo and Kalamazoo College. The Broncos finished 7-0 and 9-0 respectively. Cullen had two wins each at No. 3 doubles and No. 4 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 (BGSU)
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)