MAC Baseball East Division Pitcher of the Week
Anthony Magovney, Buffalo
Sophomore, RHP, Watertown, NY (Immaculate Heart Central)
Magovney went for a complete-game 3-1 win in game one of a Saturday doubleheader against Toledo, helping the Bulls to a series win over the Rockets. Magovney was flat-out dominant in his start, hurling an efficient nine innings on just 90 pitches. He faced just three batters over the minimum, struck out six batters and did not allow a walk. He scattered five hits and had five innings where he faced just three hitters. Facing an offense that came into the weekend batting .290 as a team, he held the opposition to a paltry .167 day at the plate to earn his fourth win of the season.
MAC Baseball East Division Player of the Week
George Roberts, Kent State
Senior, INF, Forest Hills
The reigning MAC Player of the Year hit at a blistering pace, batting .526 with four doubles in five games this week. Tuesday against Toledo, Roberts went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base. The next day against Penn State he again picked up two hits in four at-bats with two doubles and two RBI. In the weekend series with Ohio, Roberts hit .500 with a double, six RBI and three stolen bases to lead the Golden Flashes to a series win.
MAC Baseball West Division Pitcher of the Week
Jordan Foley, Central Michigan
RHP, Sophomore, The Colony, Texas (The Colony)
Foley needed just 6.2 innings to record a new career high in strikeouts Friday versus Northern Illinois, fanning 12 Huskies en route to improving to 5-1 on the season and lowering his league-best ERA to 0.82. Foley helped the Chippewas earn their only win of the weekend and did not give up an earned run in the contest. The sophomore right hander has not given up more than one earned run in any of his eight starts this season and leads all MAC starters in ERA and strikeouts.
MAC Baseball West Division Player of the Week
Cody Campbell, Ball State
Junior, Muncie, Ind. (Cowan)
Cody Campbell batted .438 in four games last week and helped Ball State to a 2-1 series win at Western Michigan in Mid-American Conference action. Campbell was 7-for-16 with seven runs-batted-in, four runs scored, two doubles and nine total bases in the four contests last week. He managed a .563 slugging percentage. In addition, Campbell managed one sacrifice hit and was 1-for-1 on stolen bases on the week.
Jared Turocy, Akron
Senior, Left Field, Canfield High School (Canfield, Ohio)
Turocy registered five base hits over five games played during the week, including one multi-hit game. Turocy recorded a total of six RBI, three walks, one stolen base, and four runs scored. Registered two extra base hits in five games. On Tuesday vs. YSU, he recorded a two-run homer, the first of his collegiate career. On Sunday, the senior ripped a one-out, two-RBI triple in the bottom of the 14th inning with the Zips down 9-7 to Miami. Turocy also scored the game-winning run in Sunday’s contest.
John Valek III, Akron
Freshman, Starting Pitcher, Stoneman Douglas
Valek (2-5) started at pitcher for the Zips on Saturday vs. Miami. Valek pitched a complete game against the RedHawks, allowing only one earned run. Valek also struck out three batters, while allowing only six hits. His complete game performance was the first complete game of his collegiate career. The one earned run allowed is the fewest earned runs allowed in a start for him this season.
Scott Baker, Ball State
Sophomore, RHP, North Manchester, Ind. (North Manchester)
Baker improved to 7-0 on the season with a win in his start at Western Michigan Saturday in the Ball State 5-2 victory. Baker pitched a nine inning complete game, allowing only two earned runs, while striking out four and allowing eight hits. Baker allowed no extra base hits and improved his season earned-run average to 2.06. Baker entered last week ranked third in the nation in victories with six.
Cody Apthorpe, Bowling Green
RHP, Windham, Ohio
For the second straight week, Apthorpe was dominant, allowing zero earned runs in his seven inning start. Apthorpe picked up his second straight win, surrendering just three hits over his seven innings of work on Friday afternoon. Apthorpe has not allowed an earned run over his last 14.2 innings of work.
Jeremy Shay, Bowling Green
1B/C, Garden City, Mich.
Shay led the Falcons offensively, proving to be a tough out all week by batting .429 (6-14) on the week. Shay scored five runs on the week, while driving in six more. He had a double and home run to build his weekly resume. In Friday's 10-4 win over EMU, Shay went 3-for-5 scoring four runs and driving in two. Shay had two RBI in each start on the weekend, helped by an opposite field home run on Sunday afternoon.
Logan Regnier, Central Michigan
RF, Freshman, Novi, Mich. (Novi)
Regnier continued to make a case for MAC Freshman of the Year honors over the weekend versus Northern Illinois, batting .545 (6-for-11) with a pair of stolen bases and his league-best fifth triple of the season. Regnier posted a 4-for-4 day at the plate Saturday which included three singles and a stand-up triple. The freshman also increased his league-best stolen bases total to 17 with the pair of thieveries on the base paths.
Jon Mestas, Buffalo
Senior, 2B, Farmington, NM (Farmington/Seward County CC)
Mestas continues to be a difference-maker in conference play, leading the team to a series victory over Toledo with a .500 batting average (5-10). On Friday, he helped fend off a Toledo rally with his third home run of the year, and also added a single. His biggest contribution would come in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, when he drove in the eventual game-winning run on a two-out, two-strike single that scored two runs in a 3-1 victory to clinch the series. Mestas now has four multi-hit games in the past two weekend MAC series.
Paul Schaak, Eastern Michigan
LHP, Jr., Winkler, Manitoba/Vauxhall (Southern Idaho C.C.)
Schaak (3-1) picked up his second straight MAC victory in Eastern Michigan's 13-5, series-clinching victory over Bowling Green April 7. The lefty once again took over the team lead in strikeouts (33) with five punchouts over five innings of work. He allowed just three runs on six hits.
Lee Longo, Eastern Michigan
DH, Jr., Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)
Longo was EMU's top offensive performer over four games this week, going 7-for-15 (.467) with his second homer of the year, one double five RBI and a 1.289 OPS. His two-run jack in the finale against Bowling Green helped the Eagles clinch their second consecutive MAC series win. EMU's designated hitter went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the final game versus BG and had at least one knock in each game this week.
Nick Jensen-Clagg, Kent State
Freshman, RHP, Pickerington Central
Freshman Jensen-Clagg pitched a perfect game through 6.2 innings in the longest outing of his career. His day ended after seven innings of shutout ball, as he one-hit the Nittany Lions and only walked one batter while striking out three to guide the team to a 10-0 victory.
John Crummy, Miami
Junior, Catcher/DH, Butler, Pa. (Butler)
Played in three of Miami's four games, serving as the DH in each game but Saturday... batted .385 with five hits in 13 at-bats... scored two runs and drove in three... had a .357 on-base percentage... had a sacrifice fly.
Mac Thoreson, Miami
Senior, Pitcher, Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut)
Pitched his first complete game of the season (sixth career) on Saturday, earning a 2-1 win over Akron... allowed just five hits, while walking two... struck out a career-best 11 batters, the second time in his career he has reached double digits... threw 115 pitches... the victory was his third straight since an 0-3 start... lowered his season ERA from 6.61 to 5.40
Eli Anderson, Northern Illinois
Junior, RHP, Glenview, Ill. (New Trier)
Huskie right-handed starter Eli Anderson pitched his third straight complete game Saturday at Central Michigan earn his third straight win of the season and his fourth win in the Huskies 7-2 victory. The win was NIU’s first at CMU since 2009. Anderson totaled six strikeouts with three walks and seven hits allowed in the 120 pitch, 78 strike effort. He became the first Huskie to pitch three straight complete games since former Oakland Athletics farmhand Joe Piekarz in 2004.
Landon Tenhagen, Northern Illinois
Junior, RF, Burlington, Wis. (Madison Area TC)
Tenhagen was the Huskies leading slugger in their series at Central Michigan and a midweek affair versus UW-Milwaukee. Tenhagen batted 6-for-19 at the plate but drove in six runs, including five in the series at Central Michigan, with a home run and a double. He batted in at least one run in each of the four games he played in. The junior’s biggest feat came in the top of the eighth inning with two outs, a runner on second and the Huskies trailing the Chippewas, 3-1. Tenhagen tattooed an 0-1 pitch over the left centerfield wall to tie the game 3-3 and energized the Huskies to recapture the lead in the ninth and claim the series, 5-3.
Nick Squires, Ohio
Freshman , OF, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Squires led the Bobcats offensive this past week as he posted a batting average of .471 for the week, going 8-for-17 at the plate. He also scored six runs, collected six RBI and tallied three doubles. Squires opened the week by collecting a season-high five hits against Xavier. He also scored three times against the Musketeers. On Friday in the series-opener against Kent State, Squires drove in a pair of runs against the Golden Flashes. On Saturday he drove in one run and scored another as the ‘Cats picked up their first win against the Golden Flashes since 2010. In the series finale against KSU, Squires went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.
Ryan Wilkinson, Toledo
Junior, LHP, Munster, Ind. (Munster)
Wilkinson went the distance for the second time in his last three starts to help Toledo post a 6-0 victory at Buffalo in the second game of a twinbill on Saturday, April 6. Wilkinson allowed only four hits with four punchouts to tally the complete-game blanking. The southpaw hurler was simply superb all afternoon and retired the Bulls in order on four occasions to record his team-tying best third victory this spring and put an end to the Midnight Blue & Gold’s six-game losing skid.
Ben Hammer, Toledo
Senior, OF, Wayne, Ohio (Elmwood)
Hammer hit a team-high .391 (9-for-23) with one run scored, a squad-best three doubles and four RBI in five games last week. Hammer also accumulated a team-high 12 total bases and squad-best .522 slugging percentage. The fifth-year Rocket tallied hits in all five contests, including four multi-hit efforts. Hammer started the week with a 2-for-5 performance with one RBI vs. Kent State on Tuesday. The following evening at Big East member Cincinnati, he finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, including a two-base hit. On Friday in the first game of the Buffalo series, Hammer hit 2-for-4 with one run scored and one double. The next day in the first game of a doubleheader, Hammer went 1-for-4. Later that afternoon in the series finale against the Bulls, he finished 2-for-5 with one RBI and one two-base hit. Hammer also appeared on the mound vs. the Golden Flashes on Tuesday and worked 2.0 scoreless innings of relief with a career-high four strikeouts. The Wayne, OH native has now hit safely in a season-high 11-consecutive games, including each of the first nine MAC contests. He currently leads the Rockets with a .389 (14-for-36) batting average in league games.
Andrew Sohn, Western Michigan
Sophomore, SS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)
Sohn batted .389 over four games this week, with six runs batted in, a double and a triple, five runs scored, as well as a .556 slugging percentage. On Wednesday against Chicago State, Sohn was a home run short of the cycle and drove in a career-high five runs. For the season, Sohn is batting a team-best .375 and leads WMU with 21 RBIs.