MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 5/2/2011

MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week
Mac Thoreson, Miami, Sophomore
Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut)
Pitched Miami's first complete game of the year with a five-hit shutout of Bowling Green on Friday... did not walk a batter, but hit a pair... retired 20 of the last 22 batters he faced (one 1b, one HBP), including 14 straight between the fourth and ninth innings... had four strikeouts to increase his season total to 49, one more than during his freshman campaign last year... lowered his ERA to 1.49 for the season, including 0.92 in conference play... is now 4-2 on the season, allowing hitters a .211 average against.

MAC East Division Player of the Week
David Lyon, Kent State, C
Jr., Emporium, Pa. (Cameron County)
Lyon had a huge week for Kent State, collecting 10 hits - including three doubles, a triple and a home run and six RBIs. He was was a double shy of hitting for the cycle while collecting five hits in Kent State's 11-3 win at Ohio last Friday (April 29). He also called the pitching and defensive signals as Kent State limited Cleveland State and Ohio to a combined eight runs in four games -- including a 4-0 shutout of the Bobcats last Saturday (April 29), which was the team's seventh shutout of the season.

MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Shaw, Toledo, Junior
LaGrange, Ohio (Keystone)
Shaw (5-2) went the distance for the second time in his UT career and faced only 32 batters in the Rockets 9-0 victory over Western Michigan on Friday, April 29. The LaGrange, OH native kept the Broncos hitters off-balance all afternoon and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts to earn his team-best fifth triumph of the 2011 campaign. He retired the opposition in order on four occasions and the most batters he faced in an inning was six in the sixth frame.

MAC West Division Player of the Week
Zack Leonard, Eastern Michigan, Second Base
Senior, Canton, Ohio (McKinley)
Leonard continues to terrorize opposing pitching staffs as he batted .667 (12-for-18) with four doubles, a homerun and 12 RBI as the Eagles went 4-0 with a road victory at Michigan State and series sweep over Ball State at home. The Canton, Ohio native posted multi-hit performances in each contest including a 5-for-5 effort with a double and two walks in a 17-15, 12-inning win over host Michigan State on April 26. In that win, he also converted all 14 chances in the field in what is believed to be a school-record for assists in a game. He went 7-for-12 in the Ball State series with a double, a homerun, five RBI and two runs scored in the series finale. Leonard is now tied for the EMU all-time mark with 59 career doubles, a record that has stood since 1998. He also extended his career-long hitting streak to 10 games and has raised his batting average 61 points during the streak to what is now a .365-clip.

Other Nominees
Alex Loftin, Akron, Junior
Stow, Ohio (Stow)
Loftin dominated Buffalo to pick up his second win of the season on Saturday, throwing 7.1 innings of shutout ball. Loftin allowed seven hits and struck out seven while walking just two. Loftin pitched out of trouble all afternoon long and stranded six Bulls in scoring position in four different innings.

Cody Apthorpe, Bowling Green, Sophomore
Windham, Ohio (Windham)
Apthorpe gave the Falcons every chance at success with a complete game, eight inning effort against the Miami RedHawks in Friday night's 1-0 loss. The effort was his second complete game of the season and his career. Apthorpe retired the RedHawks in order three different times, including two of his five strikeouts on the day during that time. Apthorpe had two innings with multiple strikeouts, the second coming in the first inning only after picking off a runner at second base to end an early threat. Only one of his five hits he allowed were for extra bases and did not harm the Falcons.

Jeremy Shay, Bowling Green, DH
Freshman, Garden City, Mich. (Devine Child)
Shay hit his first career home run wearing a Falcon uniform, a solo shot in the second inning of the Falcons' Saturday game one loss. That home run was part of a 2-for-4 day where he posted two RBI, the second run batted in coming on an eighth-inning single. Shay then reached base three times in his four at bats in game two later that day, once by way of base hit and twice via a walk.

Josh Edwards, Buffalo, Senior
Rocky Rapids, Alberta (Colby CC)
Spurred on by a complete-game effort from Josh Edwards, the Buffalo baseball team snapped its 17-game losing streak with a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon against Akron... scattered five hits over the nine innings, walking only one batter and striking out two with his 118 total pitches... the only Akron run came on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Alex Baldock, Buffalo, 1B
Sophomore, Ottawa, Ontario (St. Joseph Catholic)
Baldock had a strong showing over the weekend, hitting three doubles and drawing three walks in a three game home series versus Akron... Baldock also scored twice, including the game-winning run in game one of the series.

Zach Cooper, Central Michigan, Junior
Hartland, Mich. (Hartland)
Cooper took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and earned the win in the middle game of the Chippewas' three-game sweep of Northern Illinois. Cooper retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. He finished the seventh and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out eight and walking two. Cooper's effort was key to the CMU sweep as the Chippewas' offense scratched out just seven hits in Saturday's 3-1 victory.

Jordan Dean, Central Michigan, Infield
Sophomore, Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek
Dean hit .467, had an on-base percentage of .500, scored a team-high five runs and drove in five runs to help lead CMU to wins in each of its four games last week. He manufactured the only run in CMU's 1-0 midweek nonconference victory over Bowling Green, leading off the bottom of the ninth with a walk, stealing second and scoring on a double by Nate Theunissen. In the Chippewas' three-game sweep of NIU this weekend, Dean was 7-for-12 at the plate (.583) and had at least two hits in each game. On Friday, he was 3-for-5 with a double, on Saturday he was 2-for-3 with a double and on Sunday he was 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in three runs. He also stole a base in both of the series' final two games.

Rob Wendzicki, Eastern Michigan, Senior
Brook Park, Ohio (Midpark)
Wendzicki was dominant in his lone start of the week, defeating the Ball State Cardinals 13-1 after scattering a run on five hits over eight solid innings, while striking out three and walking just one. He nearly replicated his previous effort in which he defeated Western Michigan with a complete game victory. Against the Cardinals last Friday, the Brook Park, Ohio native threw 96 pitches, 66 of those for strikes in the winning performance. He evened his record at 4-4 on the season with all four wins coming in conference play.

Kyle Hallock, Kent State, Senior
Sandusky, Ohio (Perkins)
Hallock worked 7.1 scoreless innings and issued just one walk to gain the upper hand in a 4-0 shutout of Ohio last Saturday (April 30) in game one a doubleheader between the two MAC East Division foes. Hallock won his fifth straight start and improved to 7-4 in 2011. His 207 career strikeouts move him into sole possession of seventh place on Kent State's all-time list. The victory marked Kent State's seventh shutout of 2011 and Hallock's second.

Ryan Kaup, Miami, INF (SS)
Senior, Chandler, Ariz. (Claremont-McKenna)
Batted .417 with a double and three runs batted in... tied his season and career highs with three hits against Indiana on Tuesday... his bases-loaded double in the fourth turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead (Miami won 10-4)... his 3 RBIs that day were a season high and equalled his career best... was perfect on 24 fielding chances.

Jake Hermsen, Northern Illinois, Junior
New London, Wis. (New London )
twirled a gem at Bradley on Tuesday to pick up his first win of the season ... He gave up just one run on three hits with a season-high nine strikeouts in seven innings ... Bradley had to wait until the eighth batter of the game before Hermsen allowed a base runner, which came on an errant pitch that hit Josh Camalick, and at that point, it was about the only contact the Braves made as Hermsen fanned five of the first seven hitters ... For the week, he compiled a 3.12 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 8.2 innings with 12 strikeouts and seven hits and three walks allowed.

Alex Jones, Northern Illinois, Shortstop
Junior, Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
Jones continued his torrid stretch of play as he went 7-for-15 (.467) at the plate, totaling seven RBI, three runs, two doubles, one triple, .733 on-base percentage and .467 on-base percentage during the week for the Huskies ... Over his last eight games, Jones is hitting .594 (19-for-32) with 12 RBI, eight runs, six doubles, one triple, one walk, .844 slugging percentage and .588 on-base percentage, and has made no errors in the field ... In a 14-1 win at Bradley, Jones was a perfect 4-for-4 with a season-high five RBI, two runs, one double and one triple ... In Game One at Central Michigan, he had an RBI double and scored a run ... In Game Three at CMU, he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Chris Dudics, Toledo, Shortstop
Senior, Shelby, Ohio (Shelby)
Dudics batted a team-high.571 (8-for-14) with three runs scored in the Western Michigan series over the weekend. Dudics hit safely in all three contests, including a pair of multi-hit efforts in helping the Rockets sweep the Broncos for the second-consecutive season. He went 4-for-5 with one run scored and one stolen base in Friday's opener. The following afternoon in the doubleheader sweep, the 2010 second-team All-MAC selection finished 1-for-4 effort with one run scored in Game One and 3-for-5 with one run scored in Game Two. For the season, Dudics is now hitting .330 with a team-high 29 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, 17 RBI and a squad-best 13 stolen bases.