CLEVELAND, OH? Western Michigan’s Brent Gerlach (baseball) was named the MAC Male Scholar Athletes of the Week on May 7, 2009.
Gerlach (Sr., 3.91, biomedical sciences/ Spanish, Dyer, Ind.) batted .375 in three games this week. He homered in Western Michigan's 16-5 win over Toledo, his second home run of the season and just the fourth of his career. Starting all three games at second base, he went 6-for-16 at the plate and scored five runs. A double major, studying biomedical sciences and Spanish, Gerlach maintains a 3.91 GPA. He was recently accepted to Wayne State University School of Medicine for next fall, pursuing his life-long dream of becoming a doctor.
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) hit .308 last week as a major cog in the explosive Falcon offense. He was 4-for-13 as the Falcons went 3-1, including 3-0 in MAC games. BGSU swept Ohio in a three-game weekend series to move into second place in the East Division, just a game out of first. His four hits included a double and a homer, and three RBI. Hangbars had a .615 slugging percentage and a .438 on-base percentage and was perfect in 21 chances in the field. He also pitched in the final series game versus Ohio, and picked up the save. On the year, Hangbars is hitting .306 with a slugging percentage of .469 and an on-base pct. of .410. The Falcons are 23-18 overall and 13-7 in the MAC.
Buffalo: Ezekiel Porter (track & field, sprints, Jr., 3.141, African-American studies, Rochester, N.Y.) set a Cornell facility record and posted a personal best with his win in the men’s 400-meters in 47.34 at the Cornell Outdoor Invitational, giving the junior the fastest MAC time this season. Porter also finished first in the men’s 200-meters in 21.50, shaving four-hundredths of a second from his previous season best.
Central Michigan: Tyler Kipke (baseball, Jr., 3.22, business, Woodbury, Minn.) continued his hot hitting, going 9-for-16 (.563) with two doubles, a triple and eight RBI in four games last week. He smacked two doubles and a triple for an .813 slugging percentage, and was also 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts. Kipke also showed his versatility by playing five different positions (RF, LF, 3B, 2B, 1B) during the week. The junior hit .500 in the three conference games with a double, a triple and five RBI.
Eastern Michigan: Kyle Rhoad (baseball, outfield, Sr., 3.91, supply chain management, Fostoria, Ohio) led the Eagles to a series win over Ball State, May 1-3, and a split at Michigan State, April 29. Rhoad went 7-for-20 (.350) with six runs scored and a pair of stolen bases, putting his season total at 26. Currently riding a 13-game hitting streak, Rhoad has 60 career stolen bases, good for seventh all-time in EMU baseball history. He needs five more stolen bases to tie Brian Bixler and Greg Howe for the single-season record of 31.
Kent State: John Hahn (golf, So., 3.20, pre-business management, Hudson, Ohio) was named the MAC Golfer of the Year for a second straight season. Hahn was the individual medalist at the 2009 MAC Championship, earning a four-stroke win with a nine-under 279 (71-68-66-74). His performance led the Golden Flashes to their 17th conference title as the team finished 19 shots ahead of runner-up Eastern Michigan. Hahn became just the third player in MAC history to win back-to-back MAC GOY awards and the first since 2004.
Northern Illinois: Andrew Frame (golf, Jr., 3.91, liberal arts & sciences, Manteno, Ill.) was the Huskies’ No. 2 finisher and placed tied for 21st overall with a 72-hole total of 10-over par 298 at the MAC Men’s Golf Championship in Indianapolis. Frame finished the event strong with back-to-back rounds of one-over par 73 after opening with a five-over 77 during a windy and rainy first round. All four of his rounds counted toward the team score as he went 77-75-73-73 over the four rounds. His efforts helped Northern Illinois to its highest finish at the men’s golf league tournament since NIU rejoined the league in 1998 as the Huskies took fifth place.
Ohio: Marc Krauss (baseball, Jr., 3.43, broadcast journalism, Deshler, Ohio) tied Ohio's single-season home runs record with three blasts on the week, giving him 20 for the season. He tallied two round-trippers in game one of a doubleheader on April 29 versus Otterbein, his fifth multi-homer game this year, which helped lead the 'Cats to the doubleheader sweep. Krauss had four RBIs and four runs scored in the game-one win. His third bomb of the week was a three-run shot on Sunday at Bowling Green, which tied the school's record. For the week, the junior batted .389 (7-for-18) with three home runs, two doubles, seven RBIs and seven runs scored. He totaled 18 bases and was walked five times in the week's five contests to help him to a .542 on-base percentage, while slugging 1.000 in those games.
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)