MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 2/19/2013


MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week
Taylor Williams, Kent State
Jr., RHP, Camas, Wash. (Camas/Mt. Hood Community College)
In his first career start, the junior college transfer went seven innings while allowing one hit and one earned run (four unearned) and two walks while striking out five batters.  Williams had a no-hitter going through 6.1 innings.  Opposing batters hit just .042 off of him.
MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week
Scott Baker, Ball State
So., P, Manchester 
Baker pitched the final game of Ball State’s three game series at Middle Tennessee State and earned the win in the Cardinals 5-1 victory. Baker pitched seven innings, allowing only one earned run, while striking out eight and walking two. He is 1-0 on the season with a 1.29 earned run average. Baker allowed only six hits and the Blue Raiders managed only a .231 batting average against him in the contest.
MAC East Division Player of the Week
T.J. Losby, Bowling Green
Jr., C/1B
Losby led the Falcons to their first season-opening series win since 2007, batting .333 (4-12) on the weekend. Losby also led the team with four RBI and three runs scored in the three-game set. In Friday's 10-inning win, Losby went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored. On Saturday, Losby got the Falcons going offensively with his solo home run to deep left-center field in the second inning. Losby's RBI single in the ninth helped get the Falcons to within one run on Sunday.
MAC West Division Player of the Week
Adam Sonabend, Eastern Michigan
Jr., Catcher
Sonabend needed little time getting acclimated to the pace of Division I play in his first series with EMU after transferring from Mesa C.C. The EMU catcher went 5-for-7 in the doubleheader split with Campbell including a 4-for-4 performance with four RBI in Eastern's 10-6 win. Sonabend's fourth hit of game two, a two-RBI single in the eighth inning broke the game open by turning a 7-4 lead into a 9-4 advantage. 

Other Nominees
Jon Pusateri, Akron
Sophomore, Pitcher, Waterloo
Pusateri made his first start since early 2012 when he had to be shutdown due to Tommy John surgery. Pitched 4.1 innings with four strikeouts and one earned run allowed against No. 21 Georgia Tech. Pusateri allowed five hits in his time on the mound.  

Brady Stewart, Akron
Junior, Catcher, Teays Valley
Stewart recorded a .571 batting average through two games played this past weekend. Stewart started two games at catcher, and collected four base hits in seven at-bats. Along with four base hits, Stewart scored a run on 2/16. Stewart had two, two-hit games this past weekend. 
Ethan McKenney, Bowling Green 
Junior, RHP
McKenney embraced the move to the bullpen on Saturday afternoon, coming up with his first career save in a three inning outing. McKenney, who entered the game with runners on first and second in the seventh and nobody out, escaped the jam. Following a sacrifice bunt, McKenney got a strikeout and groundout to keep WKU off the scoreboard. The only hit McKenney allowed was a one out double in the eighth. With one out and a guy on third (following a wild pitch), McKenney got a backwards-K and groundout to end the threat. McKenney finished the save with three straight groundouts in the ninth, giving the Falcons their first 2-0 start since 2006.
Tyler Mautner, Buffalo
R-Fr., DH/INF, Sherrill, NY (Vernon Verona-Sherrill)
Mautner made a successful return from a serious shoulder injury and hit the ground running in the team's opening weekend. The designated hitter batted .455 with five hits, four runs scored, and a pair of doubles over the team's three-game series at North Carolina A&T. After going 1-3 in the first two games of the series, Mautner went 3-5 with two doubles, three runs scored, and a walk to help UB earn a 10-6 win.
Rick Dodridge, Central Michigan
Sr., LHP, Ogemaw Heights HS
Dodridge picked up right where he left off in last season's Mid-American Conference Tournament when he pitched a complete-game shutout to earn All-Tournament honors, shutting down a hot Louisiana Lafayette squad to help Central Michigan earn its first win of 2013 Sunday afternoon. Dodridge gave up just one run on six hits over six strong innings of work, striking out four in the process. The Ragin' Cajuns had scored 22 runs in the first three games of the series, but Dodridge as able to work comfortably with a lead and keep the Cajuns at bay.
Kendall Lewis, Eastern Michigan
R-Senior, RHP  
In his first trip back to the mound since early in the 2011 season, Lewis showed no signs of rust in six innings of work during EMU's 10-6 win over Campbell in game two of the doubleheader. Lewis earned EMU its first win of the season as he struck out three batters while giving up just two runs against a potent offense. 
Zarley Zalewski, Kent State
Fr., Infield,  Valley High School (New Kensington, Pa.)
In his first career start as a Golden Flash on Friday, Zalewski went 4-for-5 at the plate with a run scored.  He finished the weekend batting .357 with a double.  While the team struggled with errors, committing 14 in four games, the freshman infielder only had one error while starting three games.  He also had 10 putouts and three assists.
Brooks Fiala, Miami
Senior, RHP, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Was Miami's opening-day starter... allowed two runs in 5.0 innings pitched... scattered seven hits... struck out seven, the sixth time in his career that he has fanned at least seven batters in a game... gave up just one extra-base hit.
Alex Johnson, Miami
Senior, OF, South Euclid, Ohio (Cleveland State)
Hit safely in both of Miami's games this weekend... is batting .375 (3-for-8) with one home run and three RBIs... registered a single in the opener on Friday and was 2-for-4 with a single and home run on Sunday... his blast was his first as a RedHawk and pulled Miami to within 6-5... had three putouts and an assist from his center field position.
Jeff Zimmerman, Northern Illinois
Jr., 1B, Tinley Park, Ill. 
Zimmerman was the rock of the Huskies lineup over the weekend, hitting .500 (6-for-12) including a double versus BYU, Northern Colorado and Texas Tech. The junior proved to be thorn in the side of all teams and carried an on-base percentage of .571 on the weekend as he was named the top first basemen on the all-tournament team. Zimmerman’s best performance came against Northern Colorado Sunday morning when he finished 3-for-4 at the plate. All six of his hits came as a leadoff man in the inning, going 6-for-9 (.667).
Anthony Andres, Northern Illinois
Jr., LHP, Western Springs, Ill. (St. Rita)
Andres stepped onto the bump for the Huskies in both of their games against Texas Tech, holding the Red Raiders at bay in his three innings of work at the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic. The southpaw only allowed two hits combined in both of his appearances. On Friday, he matched his career-high of two innings with two strikeouts.
Marck Paliotto, Ohio 
Sr., LHP, Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne)
In his first start of the season, senior lefty Marck Paliotto worked 5.0 innings, allowed four hits, one earned run, walked a pair and struck out five in a 1-0 loss to Horizon League preseason favorite Valparaiso. 
Jake Madsen, Ohio 
Sophomore, 1B, Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne)
Sophomore first baseman Jake Madsen picked up right where he left off from a year as he led the Bobcats’ offensively, going 3-for-7 (.429) with a three singles and an RBI. He also drew a walk and struck out only once, while posting a slugging percentage of .429 and an on-base percentage of .500.
Anthony Smith, Toledo
So., 3B, Hinkley, Ohio (Holy Name)
Anthony Smith (4-for-8, RS) paced UT offensively with four hits in two neutral-site contests at the Ron Fraser Classic in Cary, NC. Smith opened the season with a 3-for-5 effort and one run scored vs. La Salle on Friday. Later that evening vs. Delaware, the second-year Rocket finished 1-for-3 with one walk.
Kyle Shaw, Toledo
Sr., LHP, LaGrange, Ohio (Keystone)
Shaw yielded only three hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 scoreless innings vs. Delaware on Friday at the Ron Fraser Classic in Cary, NC. The southpaw hurler, who sat out last spring with an arm injury, stymied the Blue Hens and recorded only one walk in facing 22 batters to collect the victory.