MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/17/2012
MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
Ethan Newton, Ohio
Senior, Centerfielder, Norfolk, Va. (Norview)
Senior captain Ethan Newton helped the Bobcats to a 2-2 record this past week against Ohio State and Ball State. In four games, Newton batted .526, going 10-for-19 with four runs scored and three RBI, hitting out of the leadoff spot. He also extended his hitting streak to a season-best 13 games. In addition, Newton had six steals on the week. 

MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Cameron Copping, Buffalo
SR, RHP, Temple City, CA (Pasadena CC)
Copping continued his roll through the Mid-American Conference season on Friday, throwing his third straight quality start and earned the win in a critical 3-2 victory over Akron. After allowing an unearned run in the fourth inning, Copping held the Zips scoreless until the ninth inning. Copping pitched 8.1 innings and didn't allow more than one hit per inning to the visitors until his final inning of work. He scattered six hits and walked only two batters while striking out eight Zips on the day, bringing his season K/BB to a commanding 2.8. In his trio of MAC starts, Copping now has a 2.51 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Troy White, Northern Illinois
Senior, 3B, Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young)
White had a marvelous weekend for the Huskies against Miami (Ohio), accounting for the winning RBI's in two of the Huskies three wins. White batted .438 for the week and .538 against the MAC foes, including an astonishing 4-for-6 in game two of the doubleheader, with 5 RBI and a homerun. On Friday night against the Redhawks, though he was 0-for-2 at the plate, he accounted for three RBI on three sacrifice flies, including the game winner in the top of the ninth inning. On Sunday alone in NIU's doubleheader, White was 7-for-11 (.636) with six RBI. Moreover, April 15 marks Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball, the day in 1947 that Robinson broke the color barrier. White, a marketing major at NIU, is a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar and was recently awarded the Nike Award for his service with Citi Cubs, an organization founded on stressing the importance of self esteem, confidence and education to better children and the environments around them.

MAC West Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Joe Battistelli, Eastern Michigan
Jr., RHP, Allen Park, Mich. (Allen Park)
 Battistelli was lights-out in his two relief appearance against the Chippewas this weekend. The senior righty notched a win (Sunday), a save (Friday) and seven strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. He earned his team-best third save of the year in a 4-0 shutout Friday in which he pitched the final 1.1 innings and struck out all four batters he faced. On Sunday, he fanned three more hitters with nasty breaking pitches and a steady fastball while picking up the win as the offense won the game and the series in the bottom of the ninth inning. Battistelli is now third on the team with 30 strikeouts and has walked only nine hitters in 38 innings this season.

Other Nominees
Scott Foster, Akron
Sr., LHP, Green, Ohio (Green)
Foster picked up a remarkable relief win on Friday at Buffalo, throwing nine innings of relief to lead Akron to a 16-inning victory. Foster came on in the eighth, and after Buffalo tied the game on an unearned run in the ninth, would toss seven straight scoreless innings. Foster allowed seven hits in the outing, striking out six, and allowing just one earned run. All four walks he issued were intentional. He pitched out of bases loaded jams in both the 10th, when UB had three on with nobody out, and 11th. He struck out the side in the 12th and retired nine in a row at one point. Foster also threw a scoreless inning of relief in UA's midweek game at Ohio State.

Sean Godfrey, Ball State
So., RF, New Albany, Ind. (New Albany)
Sophomore right fielder Sean Godfrey posted a team-leading .538 batting average (7-of-13) in the Cardinals three-game series at Ohio … Godfrey led the Cardinals with seven hits, four runs scored and a .769 slugging percentage in the three games … He posted multiple-hit games on both Friday (2) and Sunday (4), including a career-high four hits in the first game of the Sunday twin bill … Godfrey is batting .381 in Mid-American Conference play to pace the Cardinals with a team-high 16 hits and 10 runs scored.

Patrick Lancaster, Bowling Green
OF/DH, Sophomore, Woodhaven, Mich. (Gibraltar Carlson)
Seeing at-bats in three games on the week, Patrick Lancaster came up big in every single game, leading the Falcons to a 3-1 week. In Tuesday action at Michigan, Lancaster had a single and an RBI in the 2-1 victory over the Wolverines. Then, in Friday's 6-5 win over Kent State, Lancaster pinch-hit in the bottom of the 9th with two outs, banging a single up the middle to tie the game and keep the Falcons alive. The Falcons would eventually go on to beat Kent State in 14 innings, handing them their first MAC loss. In Saturday's game, Lancaster had another huge single, putting the Falcons ahead in the 7th inning on a 2 RBI single. The Falcons would hand Kent State their second MAC loss of the season in Saturday's game. In total, Lancaster had a crucial RBI in every game that he had an at-bat in, all three of them, Falcon wins.

Patrick Martin, Bowling Green
LHP, Redshirt Senior, Oregon, Ohio (Clay)
While Martin only pitched three innings in two separate appearances on the week, he played a crucial role in handing the Golden Flashes their first two losses in MAC play. In Friday's game, a 14 inning victory for the Falcons, Martin went the final two innings to pick up the win. He retired all six Kent State batters he faced in order to pick up the win. Then, in Saturday's game, Martin would once again come on in relief of a depleted Falcon pitching staff, setting the Flashes down one, two, three in the ninth inning, to pick up the save. Martin struck out two batters in the ninth inning, giving the Falcons the 9-6 victory, and Kent State their second MAC loss of the campaign.

Tom Murphy, Buffalo
JR, Catcher, West Monroe, NY (Central Square) 
Murphy snapped out a brief slump in a crucial part of the team's season, batting .381 over the team's four games to lead UB to three wins, including a series victory over Akron. The junior catcher hit four doubles and a triple among his team-high eight hits in the week, also adding five runs scored and three runs batted in and a pair of stolen bases. Against Big Four rival Canisius on Tuesday, Murphy hit two doubles and drove in two runs while scoring three times in a blowout win. In Buffalo's marathon 16-inning game on Friday, Tom came just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, batting 3-8. On Saturday, despite being pitched around by the Akron pitching staff (two IBBs), Murphy still recorded two hits. 

Dylan Rheault, Central Michigan
Redshirt freshman, RHP, Wheaton, Ill. (Glenbard South)
Rheault made his most impressive appearance of the season Saturday at Eastern Michigan en route to his first collegiate win. Rheault struck out a career-high seven batters in four innings of work at Oestrike Stadium, helping the Chippewas claim an 8-6 win over their in-state rival. CMU trailed, 6-3, when the 6'9" righty entered the game, and he allowed just four hits in his four innings of work to hold the Eagles scoreless.

Nate Theunissen, Central Michigan
Senior, 1B/DH, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Mount Pleasant)
Theunissen found his power swing last week, finishing CMU's four games with a .421 average (8-for-19) with three runs, two doubles, a home run and eight RBI. He batted .500 (7-for-14) over the weekend at Eastern Michigan, clubbing two doubles in Saturday's 8-6 come-from-behind win to move into sole possession of second place all-time in CMU history with 47 career doubles and followed it up with a five RBI performance Sunday that included a three-run inside-the-the park home run. The home run was the 25th of his career and moves him just one shy of moving into the top 10 in CMU history.

Brent Ohrman, Eastern Michigan
Sr., OF/IF, Adrian, Mich. (Adrian)
Ohrman was responsible for driving in the game winning run in both victories against CMU over the weekend, with his biggest contribution coming by way of a two-run walkoff homerun Sunday in an 8-7 series-clinching effort. The round tripper was the first of the season for Ohrman, which increased his team-leading RBI total to 27. The Adrian Mich. native finished the weekend 6-for-14 (.429) overall including a 3-for-5 showing Saturday and 2-for-6 Sunday. He increased his hitting streak to 20 games while driving in three runs for the Eagles, who now own a two-game lead over CMU in the West Division. Ohrman has also reached base in 23 straight outings, during which time his is hitting at a torrid .412 (40-for-97) pace.
Jason Bagoly, Kent State
Jr., DH, Austintown, Ohio (Austintown-Fitch)
Bagoly finished with two doubles, his third home run of 2012 and a single to go along with seven RBIs as Kent State out-slugged Mid-American Conference East Division rival Bowling Green, 31-20, Sunday (April 16) in the finale of the three-game weekend series at Steller Field Bagoly's seven RBIs were the most in a game for the Golden Flashes since Anthony Gallas piled up seven at Akron on May 21, 2010. With the winds blowing out at 25 miles per hour, the conditions were right for a barrage of runs as the two teams combined for 51 of them. Kent State's 31 runs were the most in a single game since tallying 28 at Ohio on April 25, 2009. Twelve of those runs in Sunday's game at Bowling Green came with two outs. The Flashes collected 25 hits, marking its highest output in a single game since that same contest at Ohio. The Golden Flashes (20-15, 10-2 MAC) put a halt to a two-game losing skid after falling to the Falcons  in the first two games of the three-game weekend set. Kent State has won 12 of its last 16 games and maintained its grip on first place in the MAC East Division with Sunday's triumph.

David Starn, Kent State
Sr., LHP, Hudson, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit) 
Starn struck out nine over seven innings while giving up one unearned run on three hits in his ninth start of the season as he settled for a no-decision after Kent State's 6-5 loss to Mid-American Conference East Division rival Bowling Green Friday (April 13) in the three-game weekend series opener at Steller Field. Starn, Kent State's all-time strikeouts leader, has piled up 69 strikeouts and sports a 1.99 ERA in 2012. Five hits, three runs (one earned) for a 1.50 ERA… walked a pair while fanning three… one of his walks was intentional.

Matt Honchel, Miami
Freshman, Outfielder, Harrodburg, Ky.
Batted .381 with eight hits in 21 at-bats… had one double among his hits… drove in three runs and scored four… walked twice… hit safely in all five games, extending his hitting streak to eight games (third time this year he has reached 8+)… has reached base in 17 straight game… had two hits in three contests, giving him a team-high 19 multiple-hit games… leads the team in overall average at .410 and in MAC average at .519.

Matt Rosinski, Miami
Senior, Relief Pitcher (RHP), University Heights, Ohio
Pitched in four of Miami’s five games this week, totaling 6.0 innings… earned the win against Xavier on Tuesday, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings… allowed a pair of hits, while striking out 2… finished the week allowing five hits, three runs (one earned) for a 1.50 ERA… walked a pair while fanning three… one of his walks was intentional.

Kyle Glancy, Northern Illinois
Senior, Oak Park, Ill.(Oak Park-River Forest)
Glancy pitched four innings for the Huskies, one in each of their games this past week and recorded three saves in three opportunities, including two on Sunday afternoon. NIU swept Miami (Ohio) with an 8-7 triumph Friday and a doubleheader sweep Sunday, a 7-5 and 13-11 pair of victories. Glancy struck out two on Friday night against the Redhawks and scattered the outs on Sunday through the infield and outfield for recorded outs.

Brent Choban, Ohio
Senior, LHP, Rittman, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
Senior lefty Brent Choban went the distance, allowed just one earned run, walk just one batter and struck out five to lead Ohio past Ball State 6-1 in the series opener against the Cardinals on Friday. Choban’s complete game was his second on the year as picked up his team-best fifth win on the year. This season, Choban has not pitched fewer than 6.0 innings.

Wes White, Toledo
Junior, INF, Canal Winchester, Ohio (Canal Winchester HS)
White batted a team-high .588 (10-for-17) in five games last week, four of which Toledo won. White also finished with a team-tying best six runs scored, one home run, three RBI and a squad-best five walks. The third-year Rocket accumulated a team-high .696 on-base percentage and a .765 slugging percentage. He hit safely in all five contests, including four multi-hit efforts. The Canal Winchester, OH native opened the week with a 2-for-2 effort, two runs scored, one RBI and two walks vs. Dayton on Tuesday. The following evening at Michigan, White hit 1-for-4 with one run scored. He began the weekend vs. Western Michigan with a 2-for-3 performance, to go along with one RBI and one walk on Friday. White then went 3-for-4 with one walk the following afternoon, before wrapping up the impressive week with a 2-for-4 showing, three runs scored, a solo home run, one RBI and one walk.    

Will Nimke, Western Michigan
Fr., Ann Arbor, Mich. (Saline)
Nimke hurled a complete game, striking out a career-best seven batters, in a 5-4 win at Notre Dame Wednesday, helping the Broncos break out of a five-game losing skid ... in his sixth career start, Nimke went the distance, tossing nine innings ... only three of the four runs were earned and the Fighting Irish were contained to eight hits ... Nimke is the first Bronco freshman to throw a complete game since Ethan Hollingsworth in 2006 ... after allowing a leadoff double in the fifth, Nimke gave up just one more base hit the rest of the game, and sat down the Irish in order in the seventh and ninth ... he put an exclamation point on the victory, recording the final two outs of the game on swinging strikeouts ... Nimke threw a total of 115 pitches in the game, 82 for strikes ... it was the first home loss of the season for Notre Dame, ending a nine-game winning streak at Frank Eck Stadium ... Nimke's previous career highs were 6.1 IP and four strikeouts vs. Bowling Green on March 25.

Jack Scanlon, Western Michigan
Sr., OF, Jenison, Mich. (Jenison)
After missing eight games with injury, senior outfielder Jack Scnalon returned to the field this weekend against Toledo and had a monstrous series, belting three home runs, two doubles, going 7-for-14 at the plate with seven RBIs and a 1.286 slugging percentage ... in game one, Scanlon batted 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI ... in game two, with his team trailing 5-4, Scanlon blasted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth that powered WMU to a 6-5 victory ... Scanlon went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs in the series finale, hitting a solo home run in the third and a cracking a three-run home run in the seventh.