MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 2/26/2013

MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
Jason Kanzler, Buffalo 
Sr., OF, Penfield, NY (Penfield)
Kanzler powered the Buffalo baseball team to a pair of wins over the weekend, batting .357 with a double, three home runs, and six runs batted in. Additionally, Kanzler extended his hitting streak to 20 straight games dating back to the 2012 season. In the weekend opener against Maryland-Eastern Shore, he went 2-5 with a solo home and a single, stealing a pair of bases against the Hawks as well. He added a second solo home run in a tight loss to VMI Saturday evening, but helped fuel the team's rebound win over the Keydets. He hit his third home run in as many games, stroking a three-run shot to left in the fifth inning, then padded the lead with an RBI double in the top of the ninth in a 10-3 win.

MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Jake Miller, Ohio 
Fr., RHP, Westerville, Ohio (Westerville)
Miller worked 8.0 innings and gave up just one earned run to lead the Ohio University baseball team (1-4) to its first win of the 2013 season vs. Boston College. Miller, who was making just his second career collegiate start was very sharp as he allowed just three hits and just one walk to earn his first career win. 

MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Cody Campbell, Ball State
Jr., OF/1B, Muncie, Ind. (Cowan)
Campbell batted .471 in Ball State’s four games in Nashville, Tenn., over the weekend. He helped the Cardinals to a 2-2 mark in the contests vs. Bradley (2 games), Northwestern and Lipscomb. Campbell had eight hits in 17 at-bats, including four runs-batted-in and four runs scored. Campbell also added one double and one triple in the four games. He was 5-for-9 in the two games vs. Bradley, 1-for-4 vs. Northwestern and 2-for-4 at Lipscomb. Campbell’s slugging percentage in the four games was .647.

MAC West Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Jordan Foley, Central Michigan
So., RHP, The Colony (The Colony, Texas)
Foley took a no hitter into the fifth and struck out a career-high eight batters to lead the Chippewas to a 4-2 win at Western Kentucky Friday. The sophomore right hander was limited to 6.1 innings of work due to pitch count, but was still able to set a new career high in strikeouts while holding the Hilltoppers scoreless and giving up just two hits. Foley is now 1-0 on the season with a team best 0.69 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings pitch.

Other Nominations
JT Brubaker, Akron 
Fr., RHP
Brubaker made one start this week against No. 4 Louisville on Sunday. Brubaker was matched up in a pitchers duel, as the game had a 1-1 tie going into the eighth inning. Brubaker tossed 7.2 innings with two earned runs allowed. The freshman allowed only four hits in 29 batters faced, while striking out three Louisville batters. Held Louisville to their lowest run total since being shutout on their 2/15 season opener. 

Devan Ahart, Akron 
Jr., OF, 
Ahart batted third and started in centerfield for the three game series against No. 4 University of Louisville. Ahart batted .400 for the weekend, as he registered four base hits in ten at-bats. Ahart tallied two stolen bases this past weekend, his first of the season came on Saturday vs. Louisville. Earned two walks in the three games. Recorded a .500 on-base percentage in the weekend series. Did not commit an error in three starts in centerfield. 

Jake Thomas, Bowling Green 
Jr., OF, Litchfield, Ohio
Thomas tried to keep the Falcons in it all weekend long, going 5-11 (.455) with two runs scored and three RBI. In Friday's game, Thomas went a perfect 4-for-4, coming up just a home run shy of the cycle. In that Friday game, Thomas scored two runs and had two RBI.

Mike Frank, Bowling Green  
R-Jr., RHP, Maumee, Ohio
Frank turned in a career performance on Saturday afternoon, allowing just two hits in his seven innings of work. Frank struck out six batters, while allowing just one earned run. Following a double to begin the game, Frank did not allow another hit until the seventh. Two errors were the only thing that kept Frank from getting the win.
Cory Folk, Buffalo 
Jr., P, Liverpool, NY ( Liverpool)
Folk earned a quality start and picked up a Sunday win over VMI. The Keydets were stifled throughout the game by Folk, who was not flashy but was confident in his defense. The junior left after six full innings with only two strikeouts, but pitched to contact and would scatter five hits along the way. His only run allowed would come in the third inning. After the VMI offense batted .379 the day before against UB, Folk held them to just a .217 average in his six innings of work.

Noel Santos, Central Michigan
Jr, SS, Copiah-Lincoln CC/Frederick Douglas Academy
Santos had a pair of two-hit games over the weekend at Western Kentucky, his first in the Maroon and Gold uniform. Santos finished the weekend 5-for-10 with three runs scored, a double and his first career RBI. He reached base safely in 7 of his 12 appearances for an on-base percentage of .583 and stole a base.
Kendall Lewis, Eastern Michigan
Sr., RHP, Huntsville, Ohio/Indian lake
Lewis kept a potent Washington State lineup at bay in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, scattering just four hits and not allowing a run over seven innings of work. He struck out three batters but took an no decision in a 1-0 EMU loss. 

Lee Longo, Eastern Michigan
Jr., DH, Mayfield, Ohio/Mayfield
Longo was a strong presence in the middle of the EMU batting order this weekend against Washington State. He went 6-for-16 (.375) with a double and an RBI and started in all four games against the Cougars.  

Tyler Skulina, Kent State
Jr., RHP, Virginia (Walsh Jesuit HS)
Skulina pitched eight innings of shutout baseball, only allowing two hits and two walks in the start while striking out six.  He faced 28 batters (just four over the minimum) and threw 95 pitches, 63 of which were strikes.  

Evan Campbell, Kent State
Sr., OF, West Branch High School (Beloit, Ohio)
Campbell batted .450 this weekend against San Diego with a homerun, four RBI and four runs scored.  His slugging percentage was .600 through the four games and he reached base in half of his 20 at-bats.  Defensively, he had ten putouts.  Campbell has now hit safely in all eight games this season.
Max Andresen, Miami
So., C, Granger, Ind. (Penn)
Played in two of Miami's three games this week, helping the RedHawks defeat Western Carolina (C) and Michigan State (DH)... Batted .429 (3-for-7) with five runs batted in... had a pair of hits against the Catamounts, driving in all three runs... his single on a 2-2 pitch in the seventh, gave the RedHawks a 2-1 lead, then a single in the top of the 10th was the game-winner... On Sunday, Andresen drove in a pair with a double off the wall in right center, capping a four-run first inning... he also walked... Andresen was perfect on all five fielding chances and did not allow a runner to steal.

Mac Thoreson, Miami
Sr., RHP, Knoxille, Tenn. (Farragut)
Helped Miami to its 3-2, 10-inning win over Western Carolina on Saturday... as the starting pitcher, threw seven strong innings, allowing just six hits and a walk... the only run given up came on a solo home run in the first.... struck out three... was in line for the win until the Catamounts tallied an unearned run on a routine grounder with two outs in the ninth... lowered his season ERA to 3.27.

Eli Anderson, Northern Illinois
Junior, Glenview, Ill. (New Trier)
Anderson earned his first win of the season in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader in which Northern Illinois defeated Nevada, 12-4. In his 5.1 innings on the mound, Anderson only allowed four hits and three walks in the contest, while striking out two. The win was his second career victory as a starter while the win was NIU’s first in the month of February since 2009.

Landon Tenhagen, Northern Illinois
Junior, OF, Burlington, Wis. (Madison Area TC)
Tenhagen had a breakout weekend for the Huskies, batting 7-for-15 (.467) with four runs score, three RBI, two doubles, two walks and sacrifice hit in NIU’s four-game series at Nevada. In the Huskies first win of the season in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, Tenhagen had a game-high four hits in six at bats with two runs, three RBI and a double. He carried a .529 on-base percentage on the weekend.

Garrett Black, Ohio 
Jr., 2B, Lima, Ohio (Shawnee)
Junior second baseman Garrett Black led the Bobcats’ offensive effort this past weekend at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. In three games, Black batted .462, going 6-for-13 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He also posted a slugging percentage of .538 and had an on-base percentage of .500. Black also batted .333 with runners in scoring position.

Zack Michael, Toledo
Jr., OF, Powell, Ohio 
Michael hit a team-high .444 (4-for-9) with one run scored in a weekend series at nationally ranked Virginia. Michael hit safely in two of the three contests, including his first two multi-hit efforts in his collegiate career. He opened the weekend with a 2-for-4 effort at the dish, to go along with two putouts and three assists in Friday's series opener. The following afternoon against the No. 25 ranked Cavaliers, he finished 2-for-3 with four putouts. The Powell, OH native then finished off the weekend going 0-for-2 with one walk, one run scored and one putout.    
Mike Moyer, Western Michigan
Sr., LHP, Sylvania, Ohio (Northview) 
Moyer was lights out against Big Ten opponent Minnesota in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, leading Western Michigan to a 2-0 victory and the Broncos' first win of the year. Moyer allowed just two hits over 5.2 innings in the start, struck out two and walked two. He retired the side in the first and fifth innings. With the win, Moyer improved to 1-1 on the year. It was WMU's lone win in the four-game series, and the Broncos' fourth all-time against Minnesota. 
Brandon Cable, Western Michigan
Fr., OF, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Hudsonville) 
Cable had a team-best .625 batting average over four games against Big Ten opponent Minnesota this past weekend. Cable went 5-for-8 at the plate and drove in two runs, including the winning run in WMU's 2-0 victory over the Gophers in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. He had a .625 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage. Cable also drew a walk and stole a base in the series.