MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/25/2011
MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Brooks Fiala, Miami, Sophomore
Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Earned his first win in four outings by pitching 8.1 scoreless innings against Akron on Saturday... allowed just four hits, while walking one intentionally... struck out a career-best eight batters... lowered his ERA to 3.14 for the season overall and 2.73 in league play.

MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Garrett Black, Ohio, SS
Freshman, Lima, Ohio (Shawnee)
Black led the team in batting average (.500), homers (1), RBIs (5), total bases (9) and on-base percentage (.600) in the Bobcats' four games this week. His 10th inning two-run homer, which was the first of his career, proved to be the game-winner in the second game of Ohio's Saturday doubleheader at Bowling Green. Against Cleveland State, he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. In the field, he made just one error in 21 chances for a .952 fielding percentage.

MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Rob Wendzicki, Eastern Michigan, Senior
Brook Park, Ohio (Midpark)
Wendzicki tossed his first career complete game victory as the Eagles defeated Western Michigan 4-2 in the opening game of their MAC West Division series. The Brook Park, Ohio native allowed just two runs on four hits and struck out six while walking just two over nine innings of work. He held opponents to a .143 batting average as he improved his season ledger to 3-4. So far, in conference play alone, he has a 3-2 record with a 3.44 ERA in his first season as the team's ace.

MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Alex Jones, Northern Illinois, Short Stop
Junior, Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
Jones was nearly unstoppable in NIU's 2-1 series win over Toledo as the junior went 8-for-11 (.727) with three doubles, two RBI and two runs, and was perfect in the field in 13 chances ... Compiling a 1.000 slugging percentage and .692 on-base percentage, Jones started the series by going 3-for-4 with a run, RBI, double and walk in the Huskies' 4-3 walk-off win in the first of a doubleheader ... In Game Two, Jones went 2-for-4 with a double in an 8-1 loss ... In the finale, Jones was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run, double, RBI on a sacrifice fly in an 8-7 victory ... Jones' big weekend kept alive his eight-game on-base streak and four-game hitting streak ... Jones was a primary reason that the Huskies won their fourth straight Mid-American Conference series for the first time since 2007 ... In getting the series win, NIU claimed its first series against Toledo since 2005 and moved into sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division as the Huskies improved to 19-8 since starting the season 0-10.

Other Nominees
Scott Foster, Akron, Junior
Green, Ohio (Green)
Foster enter this weekend's series opener after Friday's play was suspended by rain and shutdown Miami for 5.1 innings. He allowed just four hits and struck out four. Foster walked only one and allowed just one extra base hit.

Tyler Begun, Akron, 2B/3B
Freshman, Mayfield Village, Ohio (Mayfield)
Begun has stepped into the lead-off role and done an outstanding job, including batting 9-for-16 (.563) with four doubles and three RBIs in four games last week. Begun was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the midweek win over Malone and picked up seven hits in the triple header against Miami Friday and Saturday. Begun also ripped a game-tying two-run double with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth in the weekend's first game. Begun got on-base at a .611 clip for the week and his had multiple hits in six straight games.

Morgan Coombs. Ball State, Senior
Terre Haute, Ind. (Lincoln Trail)
Coombs tossed a career-high 8.0 innings in the victory over Central Michigan ... Coombs limited the Chippewas to just one run on five hits while striking out six batters to improve to 4-3 on the season ... He improved to 4-0 this season in Mid-American Conference play, lowering his ERA to 2.63 in 27.1 innings of work.

Tim Issler, Ball State, 3B
Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
Issler posted an .878 batting average in two starts on the weekend as he went 7-for-8 at the plate ... Issler posted a career-high five hits Sunday afternoon against the Chippewas in five at-bats while recording two hits in three official at-bats in the first game of the series ... He raised his batting average 96 points on the weekend from .244 to .340 on the year.

Alex Baldock, Buffalo, 1B
Sophomore, Ottawa, Ontario (St. Joseph Catholic)
Baldock went 2-4 on Friday, hitting his 13th double of the season and his first triple of the year in a 7-5 loss... he recorded a pair of singles over the two Saturday games as well.. for the season, Baldock raised his average to .351 with a .530 slugging percentage.

Trent Howard, Central Michigan, Junior
Hammond, Ind. (Clark)
Howard yielded one earned run over seven innings of work against Ball State in game one of a doublehader to help Central Michigan claim the series victory over Ball State. The junior lefty gave up seven hits and a walk while fanning eight in the victory.

Tyler Hall, Central Michigan, 3B
Jr., Rockford, Mich. (Grand Rapids CC)
Hall hit .313 last week in four games, going 5-for-16 with four extra-base hits. The junior third baseman went 4-for-12 in CMU's series victory over Ball State, with two doubles, a triple and a home run. He slugged .750 for the week and boasted a 1.083 OPS, while driving in six runs and scoring four more. He also handled all 11 chances cleanly in the field at the hot corner.

Zack Leonard, Eastern Michigan, Second Base
Senior, Canton, Ohio (McKinley)
Leonard batted .400 (6-for-15) with a double, a stolen base, two RBI, seven runs scored and posted a perfect fielding percentage in 23 chances at second base in leading the Eagles to a victory over Michigan and a series sweep of Western Michigan en route to a 4-0 week. In game two against WMU, Leonard recorded an RBI single giving him his 275th career hit to set the EMU all-time career hits record, passing Derrick Peterson who had held the mark since 2004. Leonard now has 277 hits, which ranks eighth among all NCAA Division I active career hit leaders. He recorded two multi-hit games during the week, giving him 16 for the season, and in the series finale against WMU, he scored four runs in a 13-4 win to give him a team-high 36 runs scored for the season. Earlier in the week, Leonard played a key role in the Eagles ninth-inning comeback victory over Michigan as he tallied a hit and scored a run in the final inning to help EMU steal a 3-1 win, as well as the season series from the Wolverines.

David Starn, Kent State, Junior
Hudson, Ohio (Hudson)
Starn totaled eight strikeouts and scattered six hits over 7.1 innings of work to combine to toss a 7-0 shutout of Buffalo Saturday (April 23) in game two of a doubleheader with the Bulls. He sat down the side in the both the fourth and the sixth and upped his season record to 6-1 and career record to 15-4.

Travis Shaw, Kent State, 3B
Junior, Washington Court House, Ohio (Washington Court House)
Shaw had a huge day offensively and defensively in Kent State's 13-3 doubleheader game one win over Buffalo Saturday (April 23). He crushed two home runs and drove in three scores to power Kent State's offensive attack. Shaw bailed the home team out by turning a tailor-made 5-4-3 double play with the bases loaded in the sixth and the Flashes clinging to a 5-3 lead.

Tyler Stage, Ohio, Freshman
Grove City, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty)
Stage had a hand in both of the Bobcats' doubleheader wins at Bowling Green on Saturday. The righthander finished off a fine performance by starter Seth Streich in game one, as he slammed the door on the Falcons with a perfect inning on 14 pitches. In the second game, he held BGSU off the board for the final two and two-thirds innings, allowing just three hits with two strikeouts and two walks to get the victory. Earlier in the week, he hurled a perfect inning of relief in the 16-8 victory over Cleveland State as well. For the week, he held hitters to just a .188 average.

Jon Edgington, Miami, Infield
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Wyoming)
Led Miami in its three-game sweep of Akron by batting .500... had four hits in his eight official at-bats... also walked once and was hit twice for a .636 on-base percentage... one of his was a double, leading to a .625 slugging percentage... stole one base... of his three runs scored, two were the game winners... in the first scheduled game Saturday -- a 4-3 win -- he broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth by getting hit, stealing second and coming home on a single... In the nightcap -- a game moved up from Sunday -- he tallied the only run in the third on a single, sacrifice, balk and sacrifice fly... went 3-for-5 with an RBI in series opener... it was the 11th time this year that he has had multiple hits in a game, third with three or more.

Zach Oates, Northern Illinois, Senior
Wheaton, Ill. (North)
Oates threw 8.1 solid innings in NIU's 4-3 walk-off win in Game One of a doubleheader against Toledo ... The right-hander has now lasted at least six innings in all nine starts this season ... In compiling a 2.16 ERA, Oates allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with one strikeout against the Rockets ... Of his nine starts in 2011, Oates has held his opponent to three runs or less six times but only has a 3-5 record to show for it as NIU has been outscored 45-36 in Oates' starts.

Lincoln Rassi, Toledo, Junior
Goshen, Ill. (Northridge)
Rassi worked a season-high 7.0 frames at Northern Illinois in the second game of Saturday's twinbill, yielding one run on five hits with a career-best eight strikeouts to collect the victory (April 23). Rassi has been sharp since the MAC season began and has won three of his last four starts. He has now worked at least 5.0 innings in six starts this season and on 14 occasions in his career.

Matt Delewski, Toledo, First Base
Junior, Maple Heights, Ohio (Trinity)
Delewski batted a team-high .429 (6-for-14) with a team-high six runs scored, one home run and three RBI in the Nothern Illinois series over the weekend. Delewski hit safely in two of the three contests, including a pair of multi-hit efforts. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, a home run and two RBI in the first game of Saturday's twinbill. The 2010 first-team All-MAC honoree then went 3-for-5 with season-high three runs scored and one RBI in the second contest of the doubleheader. He wrapped up the weekend with a 1-for-5 effort with one run scored in the series finale.