MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/4/2011

MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Hallock, Kent State, Senior
Sandusky, Ohio (Perkins)
Hallock tossed game one of Kent State's doubleheader at Western Michigan last Saturday (April 2) at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field. He matched his career high by throwing eight innings to help push the Golden Flashes (15-10, 5-1 MAC) to a 4-1 win. Hallock limited the Broncos to one earned run on six hits and struck out five while walking three as he improved to 3-4 on the season.

MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
Jon Berti, Bowling Green, SS
Jr., Troy, Mich. (Troy)
Berti posted back-to-back three-hit days on Friday (April 1) and Saturday (April 2), totalling five runs and six RBI between those two days alone. On Friday, all three of Berti's hit were extra base hits. He was a single short of the cycle and hit a solo home run, a RBI triple and a RBI double, all going opposite field. As a part of a four-run seventh inning in the Falcons' win on Saturday, Berti cleared the bases with a three-RBI double only after posting two singles prior to that at bat. Sunday, he recorded a 1-for-3 day but stole two of his three bases on the weekend. His first inning single extended his current hit streak to a team-hight eight games.

MAC West Division Baseball Co-Pitchers of the Week
Cal Bowling, Ball State, Junior
Muncie, Ind. (Yorktown)
Junior right-hander Cal Bowling posted his second straight complete game to open Mid-American Conference play as he shutout Miami Friday night with a four-hitter ... Bowling improved to 3-1 on the season and 8-0 in his career in 11 MAC starts between last season's 6-0 league record and this year's 2-0 mark through two weekends ... He needed just 98 pitches to post his second straight complete game as he struck out six batters and did not walk anyone ... He becomes the first Ball State pitcher to post two complete games in a season since Ben Snyder in 2005 ... Through the first two MAC weekends he has allowed just one run in 18.0 innings and has posted 17 straight shutout innings in league action.

Jake Sabol, Central Michigan, Senior
Shelby Twp., Mich. (De La Salle HS)
Sabol tossed a six-hit shutout, the first of his career and his second career complete game, in a 9-0 win over Ohio. The senior right-hander fanned four and walked one while scattering six hits as the Chippewas claimed the rubber match in the three-game series in Athens. He only allowed one runner into scoring position over the first six innings, earning his third career MAC victory.

MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Joe Etcheverry, Northern Illinois, First Base/DH
Senior, Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial)
Etcheverry's flaming bat was a prime reason for NIU's 4-1 week, as the senior hit .588 (10-for-17) ... Posting a slugging percentage of .941 and on-base percentage of .708, Etcheverry scored six runs, walked six times, had three doubles and three RBI, hit one homer and stole a base in extending his hitting streak to six games ... In a 20-5 win over Chicago State, he went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, RBI and run scored ... In losing 7-6 to Aurora, he went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, walk, and was hit by a pitch ... In a 9-4 win in game one of a doubleheader against Buffalo, he was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs, a double, walk, steal and RBI ... In a 12-4 game two win, he went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored ... In a 7-0 victory to complete a sweep of the Bulls, he went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and run scored.

Other Nominees
Andrew Brown, Akron, Junior
Painesville, Ohio (Riverside)
Brown was spectacular in receiving a no-decision in Akron's 13-inning loss to Toledo on Friday. Brown pitched a full 10.0 innings of shutout ball in the start, allowing seven hits and striking out five. Brown only had to pitch out of trouble once, giving up back-to-back singles and a walk with one out in the ninth. Brown then produced a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.

Cody Elliott, Ball State, CF
Junior, Florence, Ky. (Beechwood)
Elliott led the Cardinals to their second straight Mid-American Conference series victory as they posted two wins at Miami ... Elliott drove in six of the Cardinals' 16 runs in the three-game series as he posted four hits on the weekend ... He tallied a grand slam and a triple on the weekend while driving in five runs Saturday afternoon ... He added his sixth RBI in Sunday's afternoon in the top of the ninth inning to give the Cardinals a three-run cushion.

Ross Gerdeman, Bowling Green, Junior
Fort Jennings, Ohio (Fort Jennings)
Gerdeman made one appearance over the weekend and was a significant part of Bowling Green's 13-5 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday, April 2. He started his 3.2 innings of relief work, retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing the only hit he surrendered in the outing. He struck out three Eagle batters, two in the clinching ninth inning. He earned the long save, his first of the season.

Cameron Copping, Buffalo, Junior
Temple City, Calif. (Pasadena CC)
Copping was the hard-luck loser Sunday, giving up only one earned run in 6.2 innings of work against Northern Illinois... Copping struck out five and allowed only one hit through the first five innings of the game... through two conference starts, Copping has a 1.32 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP through 13.2 innings, striking out eight in that time.

Matt Pollock, Buffalo, CF, Sophomore
Sagamore Hills, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Pollock was the team's main offensive threat over the weekend, hitting three home runs in the Saturday doubleheader against Northern Illinois... he batted .429 (6-14) and scored four times... he had two solo shots in game one on Saturday and led off game two with another shot, giving him five on the season... Pollock also drew two walks and stole his seventh base of the season during the weekend.

Sam Russell, Central Michigan, OF
Junior, Grandville, Mich. (Grandville)
Russell went 8-for-21 last week (.381) with six of his eight hits going for extra bases. The junior smashed five doubles and a triple in his five games, driving in four runs and scoring two more. He finished the week with a .435 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage. In the final two games of the series against the Bobcats, Russell went 5-for-8 with four doubles and four RBI.

Steve Weber, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore
New Royalton, Ohio (New Royalton)
Weber turned in yet another impressive performance by going eight innings to earn the 5-4 victory over Bowling Green in the rubber match of the series. Weber allowed just two first inning runs and surrendered six hits while striking out two and walking one. It was his longest outing of the season, surpassing a seven-inning effort in which he allowed no runs in a win over Kansas earlier this season. After giving up the two first inning runs, Weber allowed just three hits over the remaining seven innings in leading EMU to the win.

Ben Magsig, Eastern Michigan, Infield
Junior, Okemos, Mich. (Lansing C.C.)
Magsig hit .500 (9-for-18) and slugged .778 with two doubles, six runs scored, four RBI and the team's lone homerun of the week as EMU defeated Michigan and took two-out-of-three at Bowling Green to improve to 5-1 in the MAC. In a single week, Magsig raised his overall batting average 48 points from .253 to .301. He recorded two hits in each game of the three-game set against the Falcons including a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI and three runs scored in a 13-11 series opening victory. His play of late has helped EMU to its best overall start in 23 years, while the 5-1 league mark is the best start since 2007 when the Eagles went on to win the MAC West and become MAC runners-up.

Travis Shaw, Kent State, 3B
Jr., Washington Court House, Ohio (Washington Court House)
Shaw helped power the Golden Flashes (15-10, 5-1 MAC) to a road sweep of Western Michigan last weekend (April 1-2), batting .417 with five hits -- including two doubles and a home run. He produced the game winning RBI double in the top of the 10th in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Broncos, then belted a tape measure round tripper in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Western Michigan as Kent State won, 4-1.

Kyle Weldon, Miami, Infield (1B)
Senior, Mason, Ohio (Mason)
Had six hits in 15 at-bats over Miami's four games... had three hits on Saturday and a pair on Sunday... now has a team-high 11 multiple-hit games... homered each day... scored three runs... had just one error in 33 fielding chances.

Jeremy Gonzales, Northern Illinois, Senior
Bakersfield, Cailf. (Bakersfield College)
Gonzales picked up his third win in has last four starts as he shutout Buffalo for eight innings on Sunday, April 3, to complete a three-game sweep of the Bulls ... The right-hander allowed scattered four hits and four walks and struck out five in his second straight 7-plus inning scoreless start ... Over his last four starts, Gonzales now has a minimal 1.54 ERA as he has allowed just four earned runs on 15 hits and 15 walks with 17 strikeouts in his last 23.1 innings, holding opponents to just two extra base hits (two doubles) and a .185 batting average.

Mike Hamann, Toledo, Sophomore
Port Clinton, Ohio (Danbury)
Sophomore RHP Mike Hamann pitched a career-high 10.0 shutout innings vs. Akron in Friday's series opener, helping UT claim a 1-0 victory in 13 frames. Hamann limited the Zips to five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. In seven starts this season, he has a 1-2 record with a 1.95 ERA. The second-year Rocket has accumulated 50.2 innings pitched, allowing 11 runs on 38 hits with only six free passes and a team-high 46 punchouts. Hamann is limiting the opposition to a miniscule .204 batting average. He has also worked at least 7.0 innings in four of his seven starts.

Ben Hammer, Toledo, CF
Junior , Wayne, Ohio (Elmwood)
Hammer hit a team-high .500 (7-for-14) with four runs scored, three doubles and one stolen base in four games last week, helping the Rockets go a perfect 4-0. Hammer hit safely in every contest, including three multi-hit efforts. He started off the week with a 2-for-3 performance and two runs scored vs. Oakland on Wednesday. Two days later vs. Akron in the series opener, Hammer went 1-for-5 with one walk. The following afternoon in the first game of the doubleheader, he hit 2-for-4 with one run scored. The Wayne, OH native then finished off the impressive week with a 2-for-2 effort with one run scored and a sacrifice in the second game of the twinbill. He has now hit safely in a career-high 12-consecutive games and paces the team with a squad-best .333 average on the season.