MAC West Division Player of the Week
Ryan McMillin, Western Michigan, 3B
Jr., LaGrange, Ill. (Lyons Township)
McMillin helped Western Michigan snap an eight-game losing streak and rattle off four wins this week, batting a team best .462 and leading WMU with seven RBIs and five runs scored. McMillin came up big in the Ball State series, as WMU posted a sweep over the Cardinals to keep their MAC Tournament hopes alive. In game one, McMillin went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs to lead WMU to an 18-6 victory. In game three, he drove a single up the middle for the game-winning RBI in the 12th inning, giving WMU a 5-4 victory. He is the first Bronco to homer twice in a game this season.
MAC East Division Player of the Week
Tom Murphy, Buffalo, Catcher
Sophomore, West Monroe, NY (Central Square)
Murphy keyed a breakout week for the Bulls, batting .526 over five games, hitting his ninth home run of the season and two doubles over the week... the sophomore catcher scored six runs, drove in six runs and drew three walks... he slugged .737 in the five games, leading the team to three wins... in a 14-12 extra-inning loss to Ohio, Murphy batted 4-6 with a home run and four runs batted in.
MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week
Joe Battistelli, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore
Allen Park, Mich. (Allen Park)
Battistelli had everything working last Saturday afternoon as he stymied Northern Illinois hitters in his first career complete-game shutout, leading the Eagles to a 1-0 victory. The Allen Park, Mich. native scattered just six hits over nine innings while striking out seven and walking none, proving in control and accurate from start to finish. The pressure was on throughout as the Eagles didn't score their game-winning run until the bottom of the ninth inning. His complete game shutout was also the first for Eastern Michigan as a team this season. Battistelli is now 6-1 on the season and, in league play alone, 4-0 with a very slim 2.15 ERA.
MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week
Ryan Burgett, Ohio, Sr.
Springboro, Ohio (Bishop Fenwick)
Burgett, a senior righthander, allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings of work, picking up two wins in the process. He limited opposing hitters to just a .154 batting average against. Against Youngstown State, he came in and allowed just one hit in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings. In Sunday's 6-4 series-clinching win over Buffalo, he allowed just a run on three hits in four and two-thirds innings. For the season, he has limited hitters to just a .212 average.
Benjamin Danziger, Akron, Sr.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
Danziger appeared in 3 games last week, breaking the UA record for career pitching appearances in the process. He tied the record in the midweek game against Pitt, throwing an inning of no-hit relief and striking out one. Danziger then allowed just one earned run over 3.2 innings and two appearances in the series at Bowling Green. For the week Danziger struck out 6 and walked just one.
Matt Corpora, Akron, OF
Fr., Hudson, Ohio (Cuyhoga Valley Christian Academy)
Matt had a huge week at the plate. After recording a double in the midweek game against Pitt, Corpora hit two home runs and added another double in the series with Bowling Green. In Friday's game he tallied the double and then added a solo home run in the ninth inning to bring the Zips within one run of Bowling Green. Then on Saturday the freshman outfielder hit a walk-off three-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth to give Akron a thrilling 7-6 victory.
Charles Wooten, Bowling Green, Senior
Elmore, Ohio (Elmore HS)
Wooten tossed the first complete game of his career on Mother's Day in a 5-1 win over the Akron Zips. He held the Zips' four through nine batters to a combined 3-for-19 on the day and only one Zips hitter to multiple hits. All seven hits he allowed were singles. In the 108-pitch outing, he retired the side in order three different times, including the final frame. Wooten helped strand six men on base and allowed only one hit from the sixth inning on. Seventy-five of his 108 pitches (69.4 percent) of his pitches were good for strikes.
Clay Duncan, Bowling Green, 1B
Senior, Norwalk, Ohio
Duncan posted a pair of multi-hit games this weekend, including a three-hit performance on Saturday against the Zips. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and driven in. He followed with a 2-for-4 effort on Sunday, driving in one run in the team's 5-1 win over the Zips. He also maintained a perfect fielding percentage with 36 put outs and two assists on the weekend.
Kevin Hughes, Buffalo, Junior
Lockport, N.Y. (Genesee CC)
Hughes helped the Bulls snap a two-game losing streak by pitching a complete game five hitter Wednesday against rival Niagara... in just his second career start with the Bulls, Hughes pitched seven strong innings and allowed only one run in a 2-1 victory, striking out six while not allowing a single walk... in his seven total innings of work, Hughes put Niagara down in order in four separate innings.
Tom Howard, Central Michigan, OF
Senior, Grand Ledge, Mich. ( Grand Ledge)
Howard's best day of the weekend came in the Chippewas' series clinching win over Toledo on Sunday that lifted CMU to a one-game lead in the West Division standings. Howard was 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run, and he drove in a pair of go-ahead runs in the game. In the fourth inning, Howard drove a 1-2 pitch off the base of the wall in center that scored Sam Russell and gave CMU a 3-2 lead. In the sixth, Howard led off the inning with a solo home run that broke a 4-4 tie.
Dietrich Enns, Central Michigan, Sophomore
Frankfort, Ill. (Lincoln Way East)
Enns earned a three-inning save in the Chippewas' 10-6 win over Toledo on Saturday. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh, then retired six of Toledo's final eight hitters to earn his team leading fifth save of the season.
Sam Ott, Eastern Michigan, DH
Sophomore, Canton, Mich. (Salem)
Ott turned in an impressive week as he batted .429 (6-for-14) in helping lead EMU to a 3-2 week, which includes two road victories over Louisville and a home win against Northern Illinois. The Canton, Mich. native was a key ingredient in the two-game sweep over Louisville, lifting a sacrifice fly to bring in the winning run in the Eagles' 4-3 comeback win in the first game and then providing the go-ahead bases-clearing double to vault EMU to the 6-2 win and sweep of the Cardinals. Ott led the team in slugging and on-base percentage and posted a 1.071-clip for both categories combined. He added two runs, two doubles and four RBI in five starts on the week.
Kyle Hallock, Kent State, Sr.
Sandusky, Ohio (Perkins)
Hallock threw a three-hit gem over 7.1 innings to help power Kent State to a 14-1 rout of MAC East Division rival Miami Saturday (May 7) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. He fanned seven and allowed one earned run and one walk en route to picking up his team and conference leading eighth victory of the 2011 season. Hallock, who sat down 12 in a row at one point during the contest, has won six straight starts. During that span, he's totaled 0.82 ERA and 38 strikeouts while allowing just four earned runs on 36 hits and eight walks.
David Lyon, Kent State, C
Jr., Emporium, Pa. (Cameron County)
Lyon, the reigning MAC East Player of the Week, picked up where he left off at the plate the previous week, batting .462 with six hits, five RBIs, a double and a triple and posting a slugging percentage of .923 to help propel Kent State to a MAC East Division weekend series victory over rival Miami. Over the last seven games, Lyon is hitting a team-best .516 with four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 11 RBIs.
Brooks Fiala, Miami, Sophomore
Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Won his third straight decision to improve to 5-4... pitched Miami to a 3-2 win over Kent State in the series finale on Sunday... allowed just two runs in eight innings.... struck out seven, one shy of his season and career high... scattered six hits and hit one batter.
Jon Edgington, Miami, Infield
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Wyoming)
Batted a team-best .545 in three games vs. Kent State... had six hits in 11 at-bats... two of hits went for extra bases, leading to a .727 slugging percentage... registered a career-high tying four hits on Friday... it was the fourth time in his career (and second this season) that he has reached that total... now has 12 multiple-hit games this season... was part of a double steal in the eighth inning Sunday that led to the winning run... Was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District second team on Friday.
Tony Manville, Northern Illinois, Junior
New Lenox, Ill. (Iowa)
Making his first weekend start for NIU, Tony Manville extended his winning streak to seven games as he picked up his team-high seventh win (7-1) in the rubber match finale on Sunday at Eastern Michigan ... The Iowa-transfer held an Eagles team that was hitting over .300 and entered the series with a nation-best 11-game winning streak to one run on just three hits and three walks in a career-best 8.1 innings with four strikeouts ... The lone run he allowed in his career-best outing came on a wild pitch in the sixth ... The only innings he gave up hits in were the first (2) and sixth as he retired the side in each of the second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Jeff Zimmerman, Northern Illinois, Designated Hitter
Freshman, Tinley Park, Ill. (Victor J. Andrew)
Zimmerman paced the Huskies with five RBI and slugged at a .800 clip to help NIU go 4-1 on the week and win an important MAC West series at Eastern Michigan ... Picking up at least a hit in each game, the freshman hit .350 (7-for-20) with three runs, three doubles, two home runs, 16 total bases and .409 on-base percentage ... In a win over Valparaiso, he went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a double ... In a win at Illinois Chicago, he went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run, RBI and double ... In a Game One win at Eastern Michigan, he went 2-for-5 with two home runs, two runs and two RBI ... The two-homer game was the first for him and second for NIU on the year as he extended his team-leading homer total to seven ... In a Game Two loss to EMU, he went 1-for-4 with a double ... In a Game Three win at EMU, he went 1-for-4 ... He is currently on his second five-game hitting streak of the season.
Adam Gecewich, Ohio, RF
Sr., Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville)
Gecewich hit .381 this week and slugged .619 after going 8-for-21 with three doubles, one triple and eight RBIs and two runs scored. He also posted an on-base percentage of .409. He had multi-hit games in three of his four outings this week and posted five RBIs in the 14-12 12-inning win over the Bulls. He also had a perfect week in the field, going errorless with 15 putouts.
Kyle Shaw, Toledo, Junior
LaGrange, Ohio (Keystone)
Shaw (6-2) was outstanding over 7.0 innings in Toledo's series-opening victory at Central Michigan on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits to earn his team-best sixth triumph of the season (April 6). Shaw walked only one CMU hitter and recorded three punchouts to win his second-straight start.
Matt Delewski, Toledo, 1B
Junior, Maple Heights, Ohio (Trinity)
Delewski batted a team-high .462 (6-for-13) with two runs scored and one RBI in the Central Michigan series over the weekend. Delewski hit safely in all three games, including a pair of multi-hit efforts. He opened the weekend series with a 3-for-5 effort and a pair of runs scored. The following afternoon, Delewski hit 2-for-4 with one RBI. He then finished the weekend with a 1-for-4 performance. He has now hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games, batting .397 (23-for-58).
Troy Forton, Western Michigan, Jr.
Muskegon, Mich. (North Muskegon)
Forton worked 7.0 shutout innings this week, scattering three hits, striking out seven, walking just two and posting a 1-0 record. The Bronco two-way player was crucial in the Broncos' four-game win streak this week, as he appeared in relief in three of the four games. Forton saw action on back-to-back days during the Ball State series, inheriting two runners and recording the final two outs in the eighth to help preserve a 2-0 shutout in game two, and picking up the win in game three. In game three, Forton entered in the seventh with his team trailing 4-1 and inherited one runner. Forton allowed just two hits and struck out seven over the next 5.0 innings, leading Western Michigan into the 12th, where the Broncos would earn the 5-4 win. The seven strikeouts was a career high. On Tuesday, Forton threw 1.1 scoreless innings against Big Ten opponent Michigan State. Opponents carried just a .136 average against Forton for the week.