MAC Announces Final Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 5/24/2011

MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week
Seth Streich, Ohio, So.       
Ridgeway, Pa. (Johnsonburg Area)
Streich shut down the RedHawks in the second game of Friday's doubleheader he allowed seven hits and one walk in his second-straight complete game effort. He limited Miami to just a .212 batting average. The sophomore righthander finished the season with a team-high 80 strikeouts and his 4.00 ERA and .254 batting average against was the lowest among Ohio's weekend starters.

MAC East Division Player of the Week
Ethan Newton, Ohio, CF  
Jr., Norfolk, Va. (Norview)              
Newton had a big week as he went 10-for-15 at the plate with two runs, four doubles and five RBIs with a .933 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage. He went 6-for-10 with three doubles and three RBIs in Friday's double header and followed that up with a 4-for-5 performance on Saturday, which included the game-tying hit in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. With this week's numbers, Newton finished the season as the team's leader in batting average (.330), runs (44), hits (74), total bases (89) and stolen bases (20).

MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week
Jake Sabol, Central Michigan, Senior             
Shelby Twp., Mich. (De La Salle)
Sabol threw a complete game, allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out seven and walking none, in the Chippewas' MAC West Division title clinching 5-2 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Sabol retired the final 10 hitters in order and retired the Eagles in order in six different innings. He was one strike away from his third complete-game shutout of the season; in the sixth inning he gave up a run-scoring single on a 1-2 pitch with two outs, and a second run scored when an error extended the inning. Sabol also started the Chippewas' midweek game against Oakland, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning of work on a planned staff day for the Chippewas.

MAC West Division Player of the Week
Jamison Wells, Northern Illinois, Center Field           
Sophomore, Combined Locks, Wis. (Kimberly)         
Wells' bat caught fire over NIU's 3-2 week as he hit .667 (14-for-21) with 11 runs, two doubles, one home run, three RBI, .905 slugging percentage, .682 on-base percentage, one walk and four steals, extending his hitting streak to a career-long nine games ... In a win at Milwaukee in Game One of a doubleheader, he went a perfect 4-for-4, scoring four runs, driving in two on a double and home run and stealing one bag ... In the second game, he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a steal ... In Game One at Western Michigan, he had an RBI, single and two steals ... In Game Two at WMU, he tallied another perfect 4-for-4 game with four runs scored and a double ... In the finale win, he was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Other Nominees
Myles McVeigh, Akron, Freshman
Cheyenne, Wyo. (East)     
McVeigh shutdown a talented Kent State lineup to win Akron's season finale on Saturday. He pitched 7.2 innings of shutout ball and allowed just one hit - a two-out triple in the third. He struck out five and allowed just one other runner to reach second base. The win dropped his ERA to 3.82 for the season and batters hit just .265 off him for the year.

Sam Watkins, Akron, INF              
Jr., Johnstown (Pa.) (Allegany (Md.)            
Watkins homered twice in the season's final week. He hit a three-run bomb in the top of the ninth in the midweek win at Youngstown State and then homered again in Akron's win at Kent State on Saturday. He also doubled in a run and scored twice in the Kent State win. The two home runs gave Watkins four blasts in the season's final seven games.

Cal Bowling, Ball State, Junior
Muncie, Ind. (Yorktown) 
Bowling posted his league-leading fourth complete game of the season in the series-opening victory over Toledo ... Bowling needed 104 pitches in the 9.0 stellar innings as he limited the Rockets to just five hits and three runs ... All four of his complete games have come in his nine MAC starts as he finishes league play with a 3.30 ERA on the year in 64.2 innings.

Charles Wooten, Bowling Green, Senior       
Elmore, Ohio (Woodmore)             
Wooten guided the Falcons to their playoff-clinching win over Buffalo in the regular season finale on Saturday in an 11-3 victory. Wooten set a new career-high with 11 strike outs against the Bulls in six highly effective innings of work. He struck out two or more batters in four of his six innings of work. He also struck out the side twice in consecutive innings during his fourth and fifth inning on the hill. He retired ten of his final 11 batters faced with eight of his strike outs being recorded in that time. He went six innings, allowing six hits and no walks en route to the victory.

Jon Berti, Bowling Green, SS            
Junior, Troy, Mich. (Troy)
Berti led the Falcons with five hits in nine at bats, two of those for extra bases on the weekend at Buffalo. In a doubleheader with the Bulls, he opened the action with a 2-for-4 effort in game one, including a run-scoring triple in the third inning. He highlighted the day with a 3-for-5 day at the plate in game two with two singles and a double, scored three times and had two RBI. He notched a two-RBI single in the second inning and reached base four of five times in the regular season finale win that propelled the Falcons to a MAC Tournament berth.

Tyler Hall, Central Michigan, INF 
Junior, Rockford, Mich. (Grand Rapids CC)               
Hall had a team-high 10 hits, scored a team-high six runs and drew a team-high tying four walks last week, and he posted three multi-hit performances in the Chippewas' season-ending series victory at Eastern Michigan that locked up the West Division title. In an 11-10, 14-inning loss in the series opener, Hall was 2-for-5, walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs. In Friday's 14-2 win, Hall was 3-for-6 with a double and scored three runs, and in Saturday's title clinching 5-2 win he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI. He drove in the first run and scored the third run in CMU's four-run third inning in Saturday's victory.

Kyle McMillen, Kent State, Jr.         
North Canton, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
McMillen - the nation's leader in saves -- entered the contest in the top of the ninth and secured his Mid-American Conference and team-record 16th of the season to nail down the 2011 MAC regular season championship in a 4-3 Kent State victory over Akron last Thursday (May 19) in the Fifth Annual Diamond Classic For Kids at Canal Park.

Ben Klafczynski, Kent State, RF      
Sr., Granger Township, Ohio (Medina Highland)       
Klafczynski had a huge week at the plate for the Golden Flashes, posting a batting average of .500 and a slugging percentage of .944 while collecting nine hits -- including two doubles and two home runs -- while tallying six RBIs. He began the week by going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the way in Kent State's 6-2 win over Cleveland State last Monday (May 16). He crushed a leadoff solo shot to right center field in the eighth inning to break a two-all tie to help the Flashes clinch their 11th Mid-American Conference regular season title - and first since 2008 - with a 4-3 victory over MAC East Division rival Akron Thursday (May 19) in the Fifth Annual Diamond Classic For Kids at Canal Park. He went deep the following day with a three-run blast over the right field wall in the seventh inning to help Kent State overcome the Zips, 6-5, in 12 innings. He closed the three-game set against Akron by posting a double to earn the 300th hit of his illustrious career and become the fourth Golden Flash to enter the 300 hits club in his final game on his home field, joining Andrew Davis (2004-07; 313), Jess Bechard (1997-00; 304) and Anthony Gallas (2007-10; 302).

Mac Thoreson, Miami, Sophomore
Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut)             
Working on a 60-pitch count in preparation for the MAC Tournament, Thoreson pitched picked up his fifth win of the season (5-3) on Friday. He did not allow a run, scattering four hits and a walk, and struck out three. Ohio batted just .211 against him

Kyle Weldon, Miami, Infield (1B)   
Senior, Mason, Ohio (Mason)          
Had his 19th and 20th multiple hit games during the week with two hits in both games Friday... hit his team-high eighth home run of the year on Saturday, a three-run shot in the first inning.

Tony Manville, Northern Illinois, Junior       
New Lennox, Ill. (Iowa)   
In his first season in a Huskie uniform, Manville (9-1) has etched his name into NIU lore by throwing six innings and allowing only an unearned run on six hits and six walks with two strikeouts in a rubber match win at Western Michigan Sunday ... With his ninth victory, the Iowa-transfer has moved into a four-way tie for the highest win total in Huskie single season history ... The win for Manville also marks his ninth in a row, and third quality start ... As of May 15th, his streak ranks 12th in the nation ... During the stretch, which started on March 19th, the right-hander has posted a 3.60 ERA, surrendering 27 runs on 63 hits and 27 walks with 36 strikeouts in 60 innings over 16 appearances, seven of which were starts.

Jared Locke, Toledo, Sophomore   
Dundee, Mich. (Ida H.S.)
Locke threw 6.0 innings at Ball State in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, allowing one run on six hits with two strikeouts to earn the victory (May 20). Locke has now worked at least 6.0 innings in five starts this spring, starting nine of 11 contests. He currently sports a 3-2 record with a 4.32 ERA. The Dundee, MI has accumulated 50.0 innings of work, surrendering 32 runs (24 earned) on 54 hits with 16 strikeouts.

Wes White, Toledo, INF 
Sophomore, Canal Winchester, Ohio (Canal Winchester)       
White batted a team-high .500 (5-for-10) in the Ball State series this past weekend, posting a pair of multi-hit efforts. In the second game of Saturday's doubleheader (May 20). White went 2-for-4 with one RBI. The second-year Rocket then hit 3-for-4 effort with two runs scored in the series finale (May 21). He has started 43 of 49 games this spring, batting .297 with 18 runs scored, five doubles and 15 RBI. White has hit safely in 29 contests, including 13 multi-hit and two multi-RBI efforts. In MAC games, the Canal Winchester, OH native is hitting .341 with nine runs scored, three doubles and nine RBI.

Brian Stroud, Western Michigan, Jr.              
Joliet, Ill. (Providence Catholic)     
Game one starter Brian Stroud put forth a brilliant effort, helping Western Michigan clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2008 and just the fourth time in 12 years. Stroud did not give up an earned run or a walk in 8.0 innings and in WMU's 5-3 win over Northern Illinois. He struck out seven and allowed just five hits. Stroud retired the Huskies in order in the second, fourth, seventh and eighth and also would have had them down in order in the first if it weren't for a fielding error.

Ryan McMillin, Western Michigan, 3B          
Jr., LaGrange, Ill. (Lyons Township)             
McMillin batted a team-best .455 with a 1.273 slugging percentage, collecting eight RBIs, in four games this past week. McMillin totaled five hits in 11 at bats, all but one of those going for extra bases. McMillin crushed a pair of home runs in the Broncos' midweek tilt against Michigan, the second time this year he has hit multiple home runs in the same game. McMillin had three hits over the weekend against Ball State including a double and a triple. He also drew three walks and was twice hit by a pitch.