MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/11/2011

MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week
Cody Apthorpe, Bowling Green, Sophomore
Windham, Ohio
Apthorpe set career-highs in innings pitched (7.0) and strikeouts (8) while limiting the Cardinals to four hits on the day. Seven of his eight strikeouts were recorded through his first three innings of work, five swinging and two looking. Of the four hits he allowed, three were singles.

MAC West Division Co-Pitchers of the Week
Jeremy Gonzales, Northern Illinois, Senior
Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College)
Gonzales was flat-out dominant in a 2-0 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, April 10, to give NIU a 2-1 series win over Miami (Ohio) at home, the Huskies' second MAC series win in a row ... The senior put together his first career complete game shutout and third career complete game as he allowed just three hits and struck out seven, tying his season high ... He put together a perfect game through 5.2 innings, retired the side in order in all but the sixth, eighth and ninth innings, and allowed only one base runner to reach second base ... His no-walk performance is the first for NIU since 2007 ... He only went to a full count four times in the 30 batters he faced and 109 pitches thrown, 73 for strikes ... His third win in a row gave him his fourth overall on the season, tying his win total from last year ... In the win, he extended his scoreless innings streak to 25.2 ... In MAC starts this season, Gonzales is now 3-0 and has yet to allow a run ... In 24 MAC innings, he has given up just 11 hits and five walks with 18 strikeouts and has held hitters to a measly .136 batting average.

Brian Stroud, Western Michigan, RJr.
Joliet, Ill. (Providence Catholic)
Stroud tossed his second complete game of the season and career, leading Western Michigan to a 5-1 win over Ohio. Stroud scattered four hits and walked just one, while striking out seven. The crafty right-hander sat =the Bobcats in down order in five of the nine innings pitched and did not surrender a hit until the fourth. The win was WMU's first over Ohio since 2005, snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Bobcats. The Friday night victory also set the tone for the series, as WMU would go on to sweep Ohio for just the second time in school history. With the performance, Stroud lowered his ERA from 2.83 to 2.54 and his batting average against from a .276 to a .255.

MAC East Division Player of the Week
Travis Shaw, Kent State, 3B
Jr., Washington Court House, Ohio (Washington Court House)
Shaw helped Kent State run its win streak to nine straight overall -- including seven Mid-American Conference wins in a row -- to maintain its hold on the top spot in the quest for the overall conference crown with his performance over the last five games last week. The Golden Flashes won two midweek games -- one at Penn State (7-6, April 5) and one against Pittsburgh (9-5, April 6) before sweeping past MAC West Division foe Eastern Michigan (4-2, April 8; 1-0, April 9; 8-5, April 10) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. Shaw hit .450 with nine hits -- including three doubles and a home run -- and four RBIs. After hitting .230 through the first 22 games of the season, Shaw is hitting .438 with 14 hits -- including five doubles and two homers -- with six RBIs. He went 3-for-4 - including a double -- with a run scored in the win at Penn State and finished the three-game set against hitting .385 with five hits -- including a double and a round tripper -- with four RBIs.

MAC West Division Player of the Week
Jack Scanlon, Western Michigan, OF
Jr., Jenison, Mich. (Jenison)
Scanlon batted a team-best .500 (10-for-20), leading Western Michigan to a 4-1 record this week, including a MAC sweep over Ohio for just the second time in school history. Scanlon batted .583 with seven RBIs and six runs scored as the Broncos snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Bobcats. With his performance over the week, he raised his batting average from .269 to .306, which is currently tops on the team. Scanlon was particularly impressive in game three against Ohio, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and a career-high six RBIs. The three conference wins helped WMU pass its MAC win mark from a year ago.

Other Nominees
Andrew Brown, Akron, Junior
Painesville, Ohio (Riverside)
Brown completed his second straight 9.0-plus inning outing without giving up an earned run in Friday's loss to Central Michigan. Brown completed his second complete game of the season allowing just three hits and striking out six. The junior righty limited the Chippewas to just one extra base hit and has not given up an earned run in his last 19.0 innings of work. He has also lowered his batting average against to .186.

Kenny Mahala, Ball State, 1B
Fr., Highland, Ind. (Andrean)
Freshman first baseman Kenny Mahala posted a .500 batting average in the Cardinals' three game-series and drove in 10 runs against Bowling Green ... Mahala, who entered the weekend with three RBI, drove in a career-high eight runs in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader as he hit back-to-back grand slams in the third and fourth innings ... He followed that up with a two-run home run in the second game of the doubleheader giving him three home runs on the afternoon, the first three of his career ... He finished the series 6-of-12 at the plate and posted a 1.333 slugging percentage.

Clay Duncan, Bowling Green, 1B
Senior, Norwalk, Ohio
Duncan started the weekend off with a 3-for-3 day on Friday in the team's 2-0 victory, compiling three singles and scoring once.He followed that performance going 1-for-3 in game one of Sunday's doubleheader but turned his fortune around in a big way for game two. Both of his two hits in the series finale were for extra bases, beginning with a RBI double in the seventh inning of their 10-5 win. Duncan broke the game open for BGSU with a grand slam over the center field fence at Ball Diamond, topping off his day with five RBI, two runs scored and a walk.

Tom Murphy, Buffalo, Catcher
Sophomore, West Monroe, NY (Central Square)
Murphy went 3-4 in the Sunday afternoon game against Toledo, the fourth time this season he had three hits in a single game... he hit his tenth double of the season and drove in all three of his runs with two outs in the inning... with three RBI Sunday, he now has four games with three runs batted in.

Jake Sabol, Central Michigan, Sr.
Shelby Twp., Mich. (De La Salle)
Sabol tossed a four-hit shutout against Akron, striking out four while walking one. It was his second-consecutive shutout after blanking Ohio last weekend. The senior right-hander only allowed three runners as far as second base and none as far as third. He helped Central Michigan to a series sweep, seventh win in its last eight overall and fifth in its last six conference games.

Tyler Hall, Central Michigan, 3B
Jr., Rockford, Mich. (Grand Rapids CC)
Hall hit .500 last week (8-for-16) with two doubles, three runs scored and four RBI. He slugged .625 in the four games, including a victory over Michigan and a sweep at Akron, with an OPS of 1.204, along with four stolen bases. He went 2-for-3 against the Wolverines, driving in a run and scoring another, and went 6-for-13 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI against the Zips.

Ken Battiston, Eastern Michigan, Outfield
Senior, West Milton, Ohio (Milton Union)
Battiston hit .462 (6-for-13) for the Eagles, who dropped a three-game series to Kent State over the weekend. Battiston also posted an .846 slugging percentage as he tallied three doubles and a triple over the weekend. In the series finale, he recorded a 3-for-5 effort with two doubles and a triple, extending his current hit streak to four games and totaling his 12th multi-hit game of the season. His .355 batting average leads the team while his .459 on-base percentage is also tops for the squad.

Kyle McMillen, Kent State, Junior
North Canton, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
McMillen came out of the bullpen to nail down four saves in Kent State's last five games to help Kent State run its win streak to nine straight overall -- including seven Mid-American Conference wins in a row -- to maintain its hold on the top spot in the quest for the overall conference crown. The right-handed closer has compiled eight saves on the season and now stands alone for the third most saves in school history with 12. He pushed through a no-out, two-men-on situation to earn his fifth save of the 2011 season in Kent State's 7-6 win at Penn State last Tuesday (April 5). He earned his second save in as many days the following day in Kent State's 9-5 win against Pittsburgh. McMilen earned his third straight as the Golden Flashes defeated Eastern Michigan, 4-2, Friday (April 8), then totaled his second of the series and fourth in six days on Sunday (April 10) in Kent State's 8-5 victory over the Eagles.

Mac Thoreson, Miami, Sophomore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Combined for Miami's second shutout of the season, 8-0... pitched eight innings on Friday... scattered five hits... struckout four hitters, to increase his team-high total to 42... held the Huskies to a .179 batting average... lowered his team-best ERA to 1.75

Brad Gschwind, Miami, INF (3B)
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Lakota West)
Batted .429 over the week... drove in seven runs, while scoring twice... his 10 total bases gave him a .714 slugging percentage.. hit safely in the first four games of the week before going hitless on Sunday... it tied for his longest hitting streak of the year... had multiple hits in two games, increasing his total to seven... hit his first home run of the season (second career) against Ohio State... It broke a 1-1 tie, giving the RedHawks a lead they never relinquished... his three RBIs on Friday were a season high.

Jeff Zimmerman, Northern Illinois, Designated Hitter
Freshman, Tinley Park, Ill. (Victor J. Andrew)
Zimmerman paced the Huskie offense with a .421 (8-for-19) batting average as NIU went 3-2 during the week ... He led NIU with eight hits, five RBI, four runs and one home run, posting a slugging percentage of .579 and on-base percentage of .450 ... Knocking a hit in all five games, he extended his hitting streak to an NIU season-best 10 games ... Against Illinois State, he went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer, his NIU-best fourth of the year ... In a win over Bradley, he had a single in four at-bats ... In the opener against Miami (Ohio), he went 3-for-4 ... In the first win over Miami, he went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and RBI and a walk ... In the second win over Miami, he had a hit and run scored in four at-bats.

Mike Hamann, Toledo, Sophomore
Port Clinton, Ohio (Danbury)
Hamann helped the Rockets post their first shutout of the season with a 7-0 victory vs. Buffalo in Saturday's series opener. Hamman held the MAC's top hitting squad to five hits with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings to pick up the victory. The second-year Rocket has now gone 17.0 consecutive frames without giving up a run.

Wes White, Toledo, Second Base
Sophomore, Canal Winchester, Ohio (Canal Winchester)
White batted a team-high .500 (8-for-16) last week and raised his overall average 59 points. White hit safely in all five games, including three multi-hit efforts. He started off the week with a 1-for-1 effort with one run scored at Dayton on Tuesday. The following afternoon vs. Cleveland State, White hit 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI. On Saturday in the first game of the doubleheader vs. Akron, he finished 2-for-4 with one run scored. He also went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI in the second game of the twinbill. He then finished off his impressive week with a 1-for-4 effort with one RBI.