MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 5/6/2013


MAC West Division Baseball Player of the Week
Wes Winkle, Ball State
Senior, Muncie, Ind. (Yorktown H.S.)
Winkle helped Ball State to a three game series sweep at Eastern Michigan last weekend . It marked the first time the Eagles had been swept in a three game series since the 2010 season. Winkle batted .353 in 17 at-bats. He managed one home run, six runs-batted-in and nine total bases in the three games. Winkle weekend’s performance was highlighted by a 5-for-7 performance in Ball State’s 12-inning 10-6 win on Friday.
MAC West Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
T.J. Weir, Ball State
Junior,  Kokomo, Ind. (Kokomo)
Weir tallied a 1-0 record with one save in Ball State’s three game series sweep of Eastern Michigan last weekend. Weir made two appearances, pitched 6.1 innings and allowed only two hits and no runs, while striking out 11 and walking only one. Weir was credited with the win in the series finale – a 4-1 win by the Cardinals. Weir went the final 4.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out seven to earn the victory and improve to 3-2 on the season. He was credited with a save in the second game of the series – a Ball State 6-4 win. Weir pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing no hits and striking out four.
MAC East Division Baseball Player of the Week
Brady Stewart, Akron
Junior, Catcher, Ashville, Ohio (Teays Valley)
Stewart went 8-for-12 (.667) over the past week’s games against No. 17 Pittsburgh and Western Michigan. Stewart collected three hits in back-to-back games, one against Pitt and the other versus WMU. Drove in a total of five runs, while also scoring one. Amongst his eight hits, Stewart recorded one double. Stewart also drew one walk and struck out only once. 
MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Anthony Magovney,  Buffalo
Sophomore, RHP, Watertown, NY (Immaculate Heart Central)
Magovney allowed four hits over nine shutout innings to help Buffalo win its weekend series over Ohio, 8-0. The offense knew early that it could afford to be aggressive, as Magovney came out of the gate strong and threw his second shutout of the season with just 85 pitches. The sophomore would retire the first seven batters of the game, and picked off the lone base runner he would allow in the third. Ohio would never have more than one base runner in any inning, and only one Bobcat would stand on second base all day, when Ben Otto hit atwo-out double before the inning would end in the next at bat. The right hander did not walk a single batter while striking out four. He now matches his teammate Mike Burke for the post-reinstatement record for shutouts in a season, with two. He also is riding a 19-inning shutout streak, dating back to his start against KentState on April 21.
Other Nominees
John Valek III, Akron
Freshman, Pitcher, Parkland, Fla. (Stoneman Douglas)
Valek made one start on the mound for the Zips this week, which came on Saturday in a 3-2 win. Valek pitched 6.1 innings with two earned runs and two strikeouts. The freshman improved his record to 3-7 with the win. 
Cody Apthorpe, Bowling Green 
R-Junior, RHP, Windham, Ohio (Windham)
Apthorpe turned in yet another quality start on Friday, outdueling Miami's Brooks Fiala. Apthorpe left after eight innings in a tied game, after allowing just three runs over eight. He struck out five while allowing just six hits.
T.J. Losby, Bowling Green
Junior, Catcher/First Base, Bryan, Ohio (Bryan)
Losby continues to be at the top of the MAC in hitting, batting .500 (6-12) on the weekend. Losby hit a double and home run on the weekend, increasing his lead in the home run category. Losby slugged .833 with two hit by pitches. Losby was successful in his only stolen base attempt, and played flawless defense.
Jason Gamble, Central Michigan
Freshman, RHP, Wixom, Mich. (Wallad Lake Western)
Gamble had a pair of stellar outings last week out of the bullpen, tossing 2.1 strong innings versus Notre Dame before picking up a victory in relief on Sunday versus Kent State. Gamble tossed the final 4.1 innings of Sunday's 8-2 win over the Golden Flashes, limiting Kent State to just one hit while striking out three to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Jordan Adams, Central Michigan
Senior, Designated Hitter, Mason City, Iowa (Newman Catholic)
Adams is heating up at the right time for Central Michigan after batting .417 (5-for-12) with an on-base percentage of .500 over the Chippewas' four games last week. Adams had a pair of hits in CMU's contest versus Notre Dame and opened the Kent State series with a 2-for-5 performance as well that included a double.
Neil Butara, Eastern Michigan
Senior, RHP, Euclid, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Butara appeared in three games in releif, going 7.2 innings of one run baseball. He stuck out three batters while allowing just six hits and no walks. On Saturday, May 4, Butara pitched 3.2 innings, striking out three Cardinals while allowing just three hits.  Against Kent State, April 20, he went 2.1 innings without allowing a run to the Golden Flashes.
Austin Wilson, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, OF, Valrico, Fla. (Bloomingdale Sr.)
Wilson lead the Eagles with a .412 batting average (7-for-17) in five games during the week. The Valrico, Fla. native also scored five runs and drove in a run as well to go drawing a pair of walks. In the upset of No. 26 Notre Dame, May 1, Wilson scored two runs while going 1-for-4 at the dish with an RBI. In the weekend series again Ball State he earned himself the starting leftfielder spot and responded with six hits over the three games. He also collected three walks and his first career extra base hit. 
Taylor Williams, Kent State
Junior, RHP, Mt. Hood Community College
Williams allowed just one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over Central Michigan on Friday.  The outing secured his eighth win on the season in twelve starts.
George Roberts, Kent State
Senior, INF, Forest Hills 
Roberts hit .417 in the weekend series versus Central Michigan with one double and two RBI. He reached base in half of his plate appearances and was successful on a stolen base attempt.  On Saturday, he led Kent State to a win by going 4-for-5 at the plate; that pushed his MAC batting average to .433.  After the weekend, his conference average remains over .400 at .408.
Mac Thoreson, Miami
Senior, RHP, Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut)
Led Miami to a 9-1 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday... scattered six hits over 8.0 IP... allowed just one run (earned)... walked one and struck out four... threw 126 pitches... lowered his ERA from 5.88 to 5.32.
Jake Romano, Miami
Freshman, OF, Algonquin, Ill. (Dundee-Crown)
Extended his hitting streak to a season-long nine games with multiple hits in all five contests this week... batted .478 (11-of-23)... tied his season-best with three hits against Cincinnati on Wednesday... had two hits in each of the other four games, giving him 14 multiple-hit games this year... scored seven runs and had four RBIs... one of his hits was a double... walked once... was perfect in 14 fielding chances...  leads the team with a .385 average.
Eli Anderson, Northern Illinois
Junior, RHP, Glenview, Ill. (New Trier)
 Anderson tossed eight scoreless innings at Toledo to pick up his seventh-straight victory and his eighth of the year in a combined shutout against the Rockets, 4-0. Anderson scattered seven hits, struck out three and walked only one against 31 batters in his seventh-consecutive outing of eight innings or more. 
Joe Battaglia, Northern Illinois
Junior, C/DH, Westchester, Ill. (St. Joseph)
Battaglia led the Huskies at the plate this past week, accumulating six hits in 15 at bats (.400) and provided crucial power for Northern Illinois with two homeruns and four RBI. Battaglia started both of NIU’s midweek games behind the dish, clobbering a solo homer in each of the starts. He drove in two RBI at Bradley when he finished 2-for-5 at the plate. The following night at UIC, he batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs in the Huskies come-from-behind win against the Flames. He accounted for one hit in each of his starts as the designated hitter at Toledo this weekend and drove in a run Saturday against the Rockets.
Connor Sitz, Ohio
Freshman , RHP, Westerville, Ohio (Westerville)
Sitz delivered his second-consecutive quality start this past Sunday as he went 6.1 innings, struck out three and did not allow an earned run as he helped Ohio defeat Buffalo. In his last four appearances, Sitz has a 2-1 record with eight strikeouts and a 2.03 earned run average. Three of Sitz's last four outings have been quality starts.
Nate Squires, Ohio
Freshman, INF, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Squires led the Bobcats by going 5-for-12 as he tallied a .417 batting average. He also drove in two RBI and scored a run. In addition, Squires reached base in all three games against Buffalo as he reached base for the 23rd–consecutive game. He opened the series against the Bulls by going 3-for-4 with an RBI before closing out the three game swing by collecting hits in games two and three of the series. 
Ryan Wilkinson, Toledo
Junior, LHP, Munster, Ind. (Munster)
Wilkinson tossed a third-consecutive complete game and fifth overall this spring in Toledo’s 9-2 victory against MAC West Division leader Northern Illinois on Sunday. Wilkinson allowed two runs (one earned) on only four hits with one walk and one punchout to collect his team-best fifth win and helped the reigning MAC West Division champions capture the weekend series against the Huskies for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. The third-year Rocket did an excellent job changing speeds and eye level on his pitches all afternoon, retiring the side in order on five occasions. The southpaw hurler has now worked at least 7.0 frames in a career-best eight-straight starts. Overall this spring, he is 5-3 with a team-low 2.47 ERA in a squad-best 87.1 innings of work. His work load so far this spring is eighth-most in school history in a single season, while he needs just one additional complete game to crack the Top 10 in that category. 
Deion Tansel, Toledo
Freshman, INF, Grand Rapids, Ohio (Anthony Wayne)
Tansel batted a sizzling .500 (5-for-10) with two runs scored, two RBI and one stolen base in three games against Northern Illinois this weekend. Tansel hit safely in every contest, posting a pair of multi-hit efforts. The first-year Rocket opened the weekend with a 1-for-3 performance. The following afternoon, Tansel went 2-for-2 with one run scored and one RBI. The Grand Rapids, OH native then finished off the impressive weekend going 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI. He is currently riding a six-game hit streak, batting a scorching .476 (10-for-21) during this stretch.