CLEVELAND, OH? Ohio University’s Marc Krauss (baseball) was named the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week on April 9, 2009.
Krauss (Jr., 3.43, broadcast journalism, Deshler, Ohio) belted five home runs in as many games during the week, giving him six homers in his last six games and moving him into a tie for ninth on Ohio's career home runs list with 31. Five of his eight hits this week left the park for a slugging percentage of 1.211 and he walked four times, moving him into fifth place on Ohio's career walks list (102), while helping him to an on-base percentage of .522 for the week. He recorded his third multi-homer game of the year April 4 (game 2) in a 15-7 win over Toledo. In game one of an April 4 doubleheader, Krauss threw out the tying run at home plate from left field in the seventh inning to preserve Ohio's 2-1 win. He totaled 23 bases, had two three-RBI games (3/31 and 4/1) and a four-RBI game (4/4) during the week, and had a 1.000 fielding percentage in five starts at either third base or in left field. He batted .421 for the week and stole a base in his only attempt. Krauss earned a 3.92 GPA during Winter Quarter, which ended two weeks ago.
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: Logan Meisler (baseball, second base, Jr., 3.26, marketing, Port Clinton, Ohio) hit .444 last week, going 8-for-18 as the Falcons won three of their four games, all on the road. BGSU averaged over nine runs a game, picking up a win at the University of Michigan, and taking two out of three games at Central Michigan. Meisler scored four runs and drove in one. He had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 in 18 chances and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in an 8-3 win at the U of M. Meisler was 2-of-5 with a pair of runs scored in the first game at CMU, a 14-10 win. He also had a sacrifice bunt in that game. He had a hit in the second CMU game and two more in the finale, an 11-4 win. On the season, Meisler is hitting a team-high .398. He has scored 13 runs and driven in 16. The Falcons are 13-13 overall and 4-4 in the MAC.
Buffalo: Jake Madonia (track & field, throws, Jr., 3.391, psychology, Rome, N.Y.) posted a pair of second-place finishes to lead the team at the Colonial Relays at William and Mary. In windy conditions, Madonia was second in the discus throw at 46.35 meters, more than a meter better than his previous top effort of the season. Madonia also took second in the shot put at 16.06 meters.
Central Michigan: Greg Pilling (track and field, Jr., 3.35, sport studies, London, Ontario) earned a pair of first-place finishes in CMU's outdoor season opener on Saturday. In a dual meet against Eastern Michigan, Pilling threw regional qualifying distances in the hammer throw (192-03) and the discus (172-00). He was the lone Chippewa to claim two individual first-place finishes, and he accounted for 10 of CMU's 81 team points.
Eastern Michigan: Kyle Rhoad (baseball, outfield, Sr./Gr., 3.91, supply chain management/MBA, Fostoria, Ohio) had a stellar week for the Eagles, going 6-for-16 at the plate with one homer, three RBI, and four runs scored, leading EMU to a pair of MAC wins over the University of Akron. Rhoad also stole two bases over the weekend, putting his season total at 16 this season (best in MAC). On the year, Rhoad has tallied 16 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
Kent State: John Hahn (golf, So., 3.20, pre-business management, Hudson, Ohio) led the Golden Flashes to a third-place finish at the Administaff Augusta State University Invitational this past weekend. In a 17-team field that featured 11 top-60 teams, Hahn shot a seven-under 209 (70-67-71) to finish in eighth place and earn his fourth top-10 finish of the year. For the weekend he made 13 birdies, including five in a bogey-free second round 67 that matched the lowest round of his career.
Miami: Matt Erwood (baseball, pitcher, Sr., 3.87, zoology, Atlanta, Ga.) lowered his ERA on Friday going 8.0 innings against Western Michigan and only giving up one earned run. Erwood now leads the team in ERA among starters with a mark of 2.68. Erwood also leads the team off the field as well holding a GPA of 3.87 the highest on the team. Erwood only gave up six hits on Friday against the Broncos and extended Miami’s conference winning streak to four with the win. The Atlanta, Ga. native gave up only six hits and struck out six while only walking one. Erwood is in his fifth season with Miami and currently holds the lowest earned-run average of his career. The start on Friday was the seventh of the season for Erwood and was the fifth start this season in which he only gave up one run. The win is his fourth of the season and third in his last four appearances.
Northern Illinois: Tim Kay (golf, Jr., 3.96, business, Bartlett, Ill.) ranked second among Northern Illinois golfers at the Marshall Invitational last week as he shot rounds of 78, 75 and 76 to place 57th in the 16-team field. With persistent rain and winds gusting to 30 miles per hour during Friday’s first and second rounds, Kay came in at seven-over par 78 in the morning before cutting three strokes off that in the second 18 of the day. He came back on Saturday with a five-over 76 to card a 16-over par 229 for the tournament.
Western Michigan: Max Kelmigian (baseball, Jr., 3.50, finance, Farmington Hills, Mich.) was the most productive batter at the plate during Western Michigan's double header with Miami on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth.
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)