MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 2/22/2011

MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Ben Klafczynski, Kent State, RF
Sr., Granger Township, Ohio (Medina Highland)
Klafczynski led the Golden Flashes (1-2, 0-0) offensively with a .538 batting average and seven hits in Kent State's three-game series at Gerogia Tech last weekend (Feb. 18-20). The senior helped spark Kent State's 6-1 victory over the No. 19 Yellow Jackets Sunday (Feb. 20), posting his third straight multi-hit game by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Jordan Dean, Central Michigan, IF
Sophomore, Midland, Mich. (Bullock Creek)
Dean hit the ground running in 2011, picking up eight hits in 14 at bats (.571) in his three games against Florida Gulf Coast. The sophomore smacked a pair of doubles and his first homerun of the season for a .929 slugging percentage and drove in four. He also scored a pair of runs and went 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
David Starn, Kent State, Junior
Hudson, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Starn was masterful on the mound Sunday (Feb. 20) at Georgia Tech, tossing seven innings of four-hit ball and surrendering one earned run as Kent State used excellent pitching, an awakened offense and outstanding defense to earn its first victory of the 2011 campaign with a 6-1 win over the No. 19 Yellow Jackets. He fanned six and improved his career pitching record to 10-3. The victory marks Kent State's first over a ranked team since eliminating No. 24 Cal Poly, 10-9, at the 2009 NCAA Tempe Regional on May 30, 2009. Kent State looks to keep its winning ways going next weekend (Feb. 25-27) at the Johnny Gill Memorial Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. The Flashes will face both Wagner and host Winthrop twice over three days.

MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Corey Chaffins, Eastern Michigan, Senior
New London, Ohio (New London)
Chaffins made two appearances against #4 Clemson over the weekend, posting a 1-0 record and a 2.08 ERA as the Eagles took one of the three games in the series. In his second appearance in his many days, the New London, Ohio native pitched the final 3.1 innings in relief to record the win as the Eagles went on to defeat the nationally-ranked Tigers, 7-6, on the road. Chaffins tallied five strikeouts on the weekend in 4.1 innings pitched, all in relief.


Other Nominees
Myles McVeigh, Akron, Freshman
Cheyenne, Wyo. (East HS)
Myles had an outstanding collegiate debut on Sunday. The Cheyenne, Wyo. native threw 8.1 innings of one-hit ball against Lamar - the defending Southland Conference Tournament Champions. McVeigh had a no-hitter going through five and two-thirds. He struck out six, including a stretch where he punched out five out of six batters, and walked none. McVeigh retired eight straight batters to end his outing.

Jon Berti, Bowling Green, SS
Junior, Troy, Mich.
Berti hit .500 with four hits and two runs scored against Western Kentucky this weekend.

Scott Marinier, Central Michigan, Sophomore
Orland Park, Ill. (St. Rita of Cascia)
Marinier came on in relief in the finale of a four-game set at Florida Gulf Coast and shut down the high-powered Eagles offense with 4 2/3 shutout innings, giving up just two hits while fanning six. He did not walk a batter and picked up the victory to split the series at FGCU. The sophomore right-hander shut down the high-powered Eagles, whose lineup boasted seven returners who hit at least .300 a season ago.

Daniel Russell, Eastern Michigan, Outfield
Sophomore, Grandville, Mich. (Grandville)
Russell went 5-for-11 in the three-game series against #4 Clemson over the weekend, recording a .455 batting average and an .818 slugging percentage as the Eagles stole a win on the road. Russell turned in a career-best 4-for-4 performance at the plate with two doubles and the game-winning score in the eighth inning of their 7-6 win over the nationally-ranked Tigers. He led off the inning with a double to put the Eagles in position for the go-ahead score.

Tyler Melling, Miami, Senior
Bellefontaine, Ohio (Bellefontaine)
Earned the RedHawks' first win of the season, 3-1 over Kentucky on Sunday... shut down the Wildcats, allowing just two hits and one earned run in 6.0 innings of work... walked one while striking out six... faced only 21 batters, three over the minimum... almost two-thirds of his pitches went for strikes (60/97)... got nine flyouts and three groundouts.

Ryan Kaup, Miami, SS
Senior, Chandler, Az.
Batted .455 in Miami's three games this weekend. Was five of 11. Had a double and four singles. Also walked once. Hit safely in all three game. Had a pair of multiple-hit games (Marshall, Kentucky). Drove in the game-winner on Sunday vs. Kentucky. Made 18 of plays in the field successfully (.947 fielding).

Zach Oates, Northern Illinois, Senior
Wheaton, Ill. (North)
Oates took a tough-luck loss in the season opener at Southern Utah as he gave up just one hit in six innings while striking out a career-high eight batters ... Unfortunately, the defense behind him committed five errors on the day which led to two unearned runs with Oates in the bump ... The tall righty induced seven groundouts and eight strikeouts in facing 24 batters.

Jamison Wells, Northern Illinois, OF
Sophomore, Combined Locks, Wis. (Kimberly)
Jamison Wells paced the Huskie offense in the season opening doubleheader at Southern Utah by going 4-for-10 (.400) from the lead-off spot, totaling three RBI and two doubles ... Wells' day was highlighted by a 3-for-5 showing in Game Two as he roped a career high pair of doubles and drove in three runs.

Mike Hamann, Toledo, Sophomore
Port Clinton, Ohio
Hamann acumulated 5.0 innings of work in Toledo's season opener vs. Canisius, surrendering no runs on two hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts. Tabbed as one of top three starting pitchers in MAC according to collegebaseballinsider.com 2011 Season Preview, Hamann has now worked at least 5.0 innings in 10 career starts.

Chris Dudics, Toledo, Shortstop
Shelby, Ohio
Dudics hit safely in all three games this past weekend, batting .385 with one run scored, two RBI and two stolen bases. Opened the season with a 1-for-5 effort and one RBI vs. Canisius. The following afternoon vs. Creigton, he went 1-for-4. Dudics wrapped up the weekend with a 3-for-4 effort and one RBI vs. Canisius.

Brian Stroud, Western Michigan, Junior
Joliet, Ill. (Providence Catholic)
After missing last season with injury, redshirt junior Brian Stroud returned to his old form, posting the Broncos' lone victory in four games at the Red Rider Classic in Lubbock, Texas. Stroud was the victor in a 3-2 wn over Utah Valley in the season opener. The right-handed junior allowed just one run over 7.0 innings, scattering five hits, striking out two and walking just one.

Patrick Duncan, Western Michigan, SS
Sophomore, Arlington, Texas (Lamar)
Western Michigan sophomore led the Broncos offensively at the Red Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas, batting .357. Duncan collected five hits in 14 at bats and had two RBIs.