MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/11/2013

 

MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Scott Baker, Ball State
So., North Manchester, Ind. (North Manchester)
Scott Baker went 2-0 in his two pitching starts on Ball State's spring break trip to improve to 4-0 on the season. He tallied wins over Morehead State (3/4) in Ball State's 5-4 win and over Harvard (3/10) in the Cardinals 10-2 victory. In his two starts, Baker pitched 12 innings, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs, while striking out 15 batters and walking only four. Baker managed a 2.25 earned-run average in the two games and opponents batted only .227 against him. Baker is now 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He has struck out 26 batters, while walking only 10 on the season.
 
MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Taylor Williams, Kent State
Jr., RHP, Mt. Hood Community College
Williams threw a complete game on Saturday, throwing 110 pitches and allowing just one run to earn himself the win.  He allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Charlotte hit just .242 against him and his ERA from the game was a minuscule 1.00.
 
MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
Sawyer Polen, Kent State
Sophomore, INF, Wooster Triway
Polen hit .462 on the weekend, with six hits, three runs, a double and two RBI.  He also had one sacrifice and stole two bases.  Polen was a big part of both of Kent State's wins, grabbing two hits on Saturday and three on Sunday.  He has now reached base safely in every game this season and 18-straight dating back to last year.  Defensively, he started at both third base and shortstop through the three games and did not commit an error while registering three putouts and nine assists.
 
MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Tyler Grogg, Toledo
Jr., OF, Holland, OH (Springfield)
Grogg batted .500 (11-for-22) with a team-high seven runs scored, a squad-best three doubles, three RBI and two stolen bases in five games last week. Grogg has accumulated a .522 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage. He hit safely and scored at least one run in all five non-league contests, posting three multi-hit efforts. The fourth-year Rocket opened the week with a 1-for-5 performance with one run scored vs. Georgetown on Tuesday in the opening game of the Snowbird Classic. The following afternoon vs. Valparaiso as part of the Snowbird Classic, Grogg hit 3-for-5 with two runs scored, including one two-base hit and one theft. Two days later in the opening game of the Florida Atlantic series, he hit 2-for-4 with one run scored and one stolen base. On Saturday, he had a career day, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored and one sacrifice.  The Holland, OH native then finished off the impressive week with a 1-for-4 effort and one run scored in Sunday’s series finale. In the field, Grogg was credited with 13 putouts and no errors. He has now hit safely in each of the last eight games.    
 
Other Nominees
Matt LaRocca, Akron
R-So., 3B/1B
LaRocca started all three games, and batted out of the cleanup spot for Akron. LaRocca made one start at third base and one at first base. He collected four hits including one home run and three RBI in the weekend series. LaRocca accrued a .400 batting average over the 10 at-bat span. His on-base percentage was .462, helped by one sac fly and two walks in the three games vs. 10-4 USC Upstate. LaRocca logged an RBI in each contest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tallied one error at first base, which was his only error in 29 chances. 
 
Jon Pusateri, Akron
R-So., 
Pusateri was the starting pitcher for Akron on Sunday’s contest, which ended up in a 6-4 win for UA. Pusateri tossed 5.2 innings with two earned runs scored over five hits. Pusateri recorded the most strikeouts for an Akron starting pitcher with seven. Did not commit an error at pitcher on Sunday. 
 
Sean Godfrey, Ball State
OF, Jr., New Albany, Ind. (New Albany)
Sean Godfrey started all seven games last week on the Ball State baseball spring trip and batted .344 in 32 at-bats . . . He managed 11 hits, three doubles, four runs-batted-in, six runs scored and 14 total bases in the seven games . . . Godfrey tallied a .438 slugging percentage and a .371 on-base percentage for the week . . . In addition, Godfrey stole five bases in seven attempts for the week . . . He is batting .288 on the season with a team high 17 hits and 26 total bases.
 
Nick Bruns, Bowling Green 
Senior, RHP, Saint Henry, Ohio
Bruns appeared in three of the Falcons' four games this week, compiling a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. Bruns pitched a total of four innings in relief over the three games he appeared in, striking out three. On Thursday afternoon, Bruns helped the Falcons get the extra-innings victory, going the final two innings to pick up the win.
 
Jordan Foley, Central Michigan 
So., RHP, The Colony, Texas/The Colony
Foley pitched his first career complete game and improved his record to 3-0 with a 0.99 earned run average by defeating West Virginia Friday afternoon. The right-hander has quickly turned into the Chippewas' ace of 2013 and proved just that by limiting the Mountaineers to just one run on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in the process.
 
Logan Regnier, Central Michigan 
OF, Freshman, Novi, Mich. (Novi)
Regnier shined in the Chippewas' five games in Florida this week, going 10-for-25 (.400) with five RBI and three stolen bases. Regnier recorded a hit in all five games and had at least two in four of the five contests at the top of the order. The freshman has had multi-hit games in six of his last seven games and capped the week with a 3-for-7 performance that included his team-best third triple of the season that scored all three of the Chippewas' runs in the Snowbird Baseball Classic finale versus Georgetown.
 
Sam Ott, Eastern Michigan
Jr., OF,  Canton, Mich. (Salem)
Ott was once again dominant this week as the No. 3 hitter in EMU's lineup. The junior registered two-hit games with one double in each of the Eagles' three road victories against Cincinnati. His two RBI on the weekend came in EMU's nine-run fourth inning in the series-opener against the Bearcats. Defensively, Ott played flawlessly in right field and still maintains a 1.000 fielding percentage.  
 
Paul Schaak, Eastern Michigan
Jr., LHP, Winkler, Manitoba/Vauxhall (Southern Idaho)
Schaak (1-0) was lights-out in his first start of the season, scattering six hits over six innings while striking out five and helping guide the Eagles to their first shutout of the season and a road sweep of Cincinnati. The junior lefty worked his way out of a first-and-third jam with one out in the fourth with a pair of strikeouts. Schaak cruised the rest of the way and handed a 2-0 lead off to the bullpen.
 
Brooks Fiala, Miami
Sr., RHP, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Threw 7.2 scoreless innings on Saturday to start Miami's spring break trip on a positive note... helped the RedHawks to a 4-2 win over Illinois State... allowed just five hits and three walks... struck out five, running his season total to 27 (vs. 7 walks)... lowered his season ERA  from 6.23 to 4.32 with the outing.
 
Dan Walsh, Miami
Jr., INF, Downers Grove, Ill. (South)
Hit safely in both Miami games during the weekend... was 4-for-8 total, scoring three times... was 1-for-3 on Saturday and 3-for-5 in Sunday... drove in a pair of runs, both against Fairfield... two of his four hits went for extra bases... he doubled and scored in the second inning on Saturday and had Miami's first triple of 2013 on Sunday...was perfect in three fielding chances at third base.
 
Jordan Ruckman, Northern Illinois
Fr., LHP, Kankakee, Ill. (Herscher)
Ruckman pitched a career-high 6.2 innings in Northern Illinois series opener at Southern Illinois March 8, keeping the Huskies in charge of the Salukis in his time on the mound. The freshman southpaw only allowed five hits and one run while striking out one and walking two in his 85 pitch performance. 
 
Tommy Hook, Northern Illinois
Fr., OF/IF, Lockport, Ill. (Lockport Township)
Hook was Northern Illinois’ model of consistency at Southern Illinois as he batted 3-for-8 in his three starts with two sacrifice hits and two runs, one in game one and game three versus the Salukis. He finished with an on-base percentage of .444 and was on base in each game. Hook made two starts in left field and another at second base and was the only Huskie to record a hit in all three games of the series.
 
Sean Kennedy, Ohio
Jr., LHP, Columbus, Ohio/Centennial
Kennedy made three relief appearances for the Bobcats this past week and posted a perfect 2-0 record. In his three appearances, Kennedy worked 6.2 innings, struck out six, allowed just one earned run and posted an earned run average of 1.35.  
 
Jake Madsen, Ohio 
So., 1B, Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller
Madsen went 9-for-19 in five games this past week as it led the Bobcats offense to a pair of wins. In addition, Madsen scored four runs, had a team-best three doubles and posted a slugging percentage of .632. He also drove in three runs and recored 12 total bases. Madsen’s best game of the week came in the weekend opener against Oakland as he went 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored.
 
Mike Moyer, Western Michigan
Sr., LHP, Sylvania, Ohio (Northview) 
Moyer kept No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast's powerful offense off the scoreboard until the eighth inning, tossing seven scoreless frames. He scattered eight hits over that time. FGCU finally used a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth to tally a run. Moyer struck out two and walked two in his outing. Moyer leads the Bronco staff with 24.2 innings pitched and 13 strikeouts.
 
Andrew Sohn, Western Michigan
So., SS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice) 
Sohn led Western Michigan with a .471 batting average over four games this past week. He tallied eight hits in 17 at bats, with a double, a home run and an RBI. The home run was the second of his career and the first by a Bronco this season, coming against No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast. Sohn also went 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts. Sohn raised his season average from .325 to .368 after last week.