MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Jason Kanzler, Buffalo
Jr., OF, Penfield, NY (Penfield)
Kanzler was the epitome of a tough out in Buffalo's three-game series against Eastern Michigan, batting .733 (11-15) for the weekend. The junior outfielder set a program record for hits in a game when he went 6-6 in the Bulls' 18-3 win over EMU on Friday, driving in two runs and coming just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He followed that up with a 3-5 performance on Saturday with three more RBI and another chance to hit for the cycle thanks to another double and home run. Kanzler ended the weekend with two hits and a run driven in on Sunday. Along with the 11 hits, Kanzler also stole four bases and continued his exemplary play in center field, stealing almost as many hits in the field as he had at the plate. Jason is now batting .332 with 32 RBI for the season, is slugging .529, and has 17 stolen bases.
MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Seth Streich, Ohio
RHP, Junior, Ridgeway, Pa. (Johnsonburg Area)
Streich tossed his third complete game of the year this past Sunday at Akron to help the Bobcats complete their three-game sweep over the Zips with a 3-2 victory at Jackson Field. In 9.0 innings, Streich struck out six, did not allow an earned run and walked just one batter as he improved to 4-5 on the year. With the win, the Bobcats moved back over .500 for the year.
MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Tyler Hall, Central Michigan
CF, Senior, Rockford, Mich. (Grand Rapids CC)
Hall raised his batting average 42 points over the Chippewas' five games last week, batting .571 (12-for-21) with nine runs scored, two doubles, a triple and a three-run home run to drive in eight runs and finish the week with a slugging percentage of .905. He had at least two hits in all five games to extend his career long hitting streak to 10 games. The senior drove in two runs in each game of Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of Seattle before recording three hits in each of the first two games versus Ball State over the weekend. On Saturday, Hall hit his 13th career triple in just his second with CMU to move into a tie for second place all time in program history, before launching a three-run blast over the wall in right center for his third home run of the season. Overall, the center fielder rose his batting average from .304 to .346 in the five-game span, helping CMU extend its winning streak to 10 games and earn its second straight sweep in Mid-American Conference play.
MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Dietrich Enns, Central Michigan
LHP, Junior, Frankfort, Ill. (Lincoln Way East)
Enns picked up right where he left off in his complete-game shutout last weekend, holding Ball State scoreless for 8.0 innings Sunday afternoon to extend his scoreless innings pitched streak to 17.1 and finish the sweep of the Cardinals, 7-0. Enns limited the Cardinals to just five hits in the contest and struck out a career-high eight batters en route to the Chippewas' 10th straight win overall and eighth straight win in Mid-American Conference play. He improved his record to 4-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.22 in MAC play, all while holding his opponents to no runs in each of his first two starts of the season.
Jeremy Shay, Bowling Green
Sophomore, 1B/C, Garden City, Mich. (Divine Child)
Shay led the Falcons in hitting on the week, going 7-for-18 in the Falcons four games. Shay scored five runs and knocked in three RBI. In Friday's game vs. Toledo, Shay went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI. On Saturday, he continued his hot streak with a 3-for-5 day, scoring three runs and knocking in a runner.
Patrick Martin, Bowling Green
Senior, LHP, Oregon, Ohio (Clay)
Martin appeared in two games during the weekend, going eight innings and not allowing an earned run. In his relief appearance on Friday, Martin went two innings, allowing just one unearned run. In his start on Sunday during Senior Day, he went six innings, while not allowing a run.
Brent Ohrman, Eastern Michigan
Sr., OF/IF, Adrian, Mich (Adrian)
Ohrman's bat caught fire yet again this weekend against the Bulls and escpecially on Saturday when he went a perfect 6-for-6 with a double and a triple. He turned in the first six-hit game for an EMU player this season. It was good for the Adrian, Mich. native's 17th multiple-hit outing of 2012. He scored four runs and turned in two RBI in the game which clinched the Eagles a spot in the MAC Tournament for a seventh straight season. Ohrman finished the weekend going 9-for-14 (.643) at the dish while notching his fifth triple of the year. With a stolen base Saturday, he now has a team-leading 18 for the season.
Collin Taylor, Eastern Michigan
Sr., LHP, Cincinnati, Ohio (Lakota West)
Taylor (2-0) made the most of his first start in MAC play this season in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Bulls. He recorded a no decision despite pitching 7.1 stellar innings in which he gave up only on earned run on five hits. Taylor struck out four against just one walk.
David Lyon, Kent State
Sr., C, Emporium, Pa. (Cameron County)
Lyon feasted on Miami pitching last weekend (May 11-13) to help Kent State (33-17, 21-3 MAC) capture the 2012 Mid-American Conference regular season title by sweeping their East Division rivals for the first time since 2006. Lyon finished the weekend with six hits – including four round trippers – to go along with five RBIs. He upped his career home run total to 22 and has now tallied three multi-homer days in his career. The 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist crushed the go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap a four-run frame – his second round tripper of the day – to help the Golden Flashes complete a come-from-behind 7-6 triumph Miami and earn Kent State's second straight outright conference regular season title and 11th regular season championship in program history Saturday (May 12) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. He followed that performance up by posting his second straight two-home run game to help eighth-year head coach Scott Stricklin earn his 300th coaching victory as Kent State downed the RedHawks, 10-4, in the Sunday (May 13) series finale.
David Starn, Kent State
Sr., LHP, Hudson, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Starn helped Kent State (33-17, 21-3 MAC) set the tone for its Mid-American Conference East Division sweep of rival Miami and put the Golden Flashes in position to clinch the 2012 regular season conference title outright as he combined with sophomore right-handed reliever Casey Wilson (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) and freshman left-handed closer Brian Clark (Munroe Falls, Ohio) to shut down the RedHawks, 3-0, in the weekend series opener Friday (May 11) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. Starn delivered a four-hit shutout gem in seven innings of work in last year's 11-0 MAC Tournament title game triumph over the RedHawks and picked up right where he left off against Miami on Friday, scattering six hits and allowing one walk over seven frames of work while striking out nine to improve to 7-3 on the season and 25-7 for his career. The school's all-time strikeouts leader, Starn upped his career total to 316 and is now one mound triumph away from matching Pat Bangston (1984-87) for the most pitching victories in program history. He is currently tied with Mike Nartker (1992-95) for second place.
Matt Honchel, Miami
Freshman, Outfielder, Harrodsburg, Ky.
Batted .588 with 10 hits in 17 at-bats during the week… hit safely in all four games, extending his hitting streak to nine straight, the fourth time this year he has had a streak of eight or more games… has had multiple hits in six consecutive contests (29 total), including a career-high-tying four on Saturday… one of those was a double, giving him a slugging percentage of .647, for the week… also walked and was hit by a pitch for a .632 on-base percentage… drove in a pair of runs and scored four times… continues to lead the MAC batting race for all games (.404) and conference-only games (.455)… is the leading freshman hitter in the country.
Cody Gaertner, Ohio
C, Freshman, Allison Park, Pa. (North Allegany)
Gaertner batted .333, going 5-for-15 in a 3-1 for the Bobcats this past week. The Ohio rookie scored a pair of runs, collected one double and drove in three runs. Defensively, he made nine put outs and had four assists for a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Joe Corfman, Toledo
Senior, INF, Richfield, Ohio (Revere)
Corfman hit a team-high .526 (10-for-19) with five runs scored, one double and one RBI in four games, helping Toledo win three of the contests. Corfman hit safely in all four games and added a team-high .571 on-base percentage. The four-year letterwinner opened the week with a 1-for-4 effort at Big Ten member Michigan State on Wednesday, May 9. Two days later against arch-rival Bowling Green in the series opener, Corfman went 2-for-5 with one run scored. The following afternoon, he hit 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI, one stolen base and was hit by a pitch on two occasions. Corfman then wrapped up the week with a 4-for-6 effort and two runs scored to propel UT to a series sweep against its arch-rival Falcons. The Richfield, OH native has hit safely in a team-high 39 contests in 2012, including a squad-best 21 multi-hit efforts. Corfman has also equaled the school record with 254 career hits with former teammate Chris Dudics (254, 2008-11).
Steve Laudicina, Western Michigan
LHP, Sophomore, Sterling Heights, Mich. (DeLaSalle)
Laudicina was masterful on the mound in game two against Northern Illinois, limiting the Huskies to just two hits over seven innings and striking out a career-high eight batters, earning the win in a 5-4 victory Saturday. The only run scored off Laudicina was unearned, as NIU's Troy White singled to lead off the second and went on to score after a pair of passed balls. The Huskies did not touch Laudicina again until the seventh, when Connor Schomig singled to left field. Laudicina threw a total of 115 pitches, 72 for strikes. With the win, he improved his record to 6-4 on the season, and now leads the Bronco pitching staff in wins. He lowered his season ERA from 3.88 to 3.50.
Ryan McMillin, Western Michigan
McMillin helped Western Michigan post a three-game series sweep over Northern Illinois and secure a spot in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. The win was the Broncos' sixth MAC victory in a row and McMillin batted .500 (5-for-10) with a team-high five RBIs. In Friday's game one, he reached base three times, scoring on each occasion, as the Broncos posted a 13-9 win. In Saturday's 5-4 thriller, he singled, drove in a run and recorded a stolen base. McMillin led Western Michigan's offense Sunday as WMU completed the sweep with a 6-1 win, going 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBIs. He helped WMU build on a 3-1 lead and put the game away with a one-run double in the seventh and a two-run double in the eighth. McMillin is batting .326 for the season. WMU has posted four series sweeps this season, the most since 2006. The Broncos are also making back-to-back appearances in the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2005 & 2006.