MAC Announces Baseball Players & Pitchers Of The Week

East Division Player of the Week

Kurt Davidson, Akron, C/1B, Sr., North Canton, Ohio (Hoover)

Davidson led the Zips to their first league series victory on the road since 2005 as UA took two of three at Miami this weekend. Including a non-league game against Cleveland State, the senior hit a robust .529 (9-for-17) with 10 RBI, five doubles and a pair of home runs to post a slugging percentage of 1.176 in four games. Additionally, behind six walks, Davidson notched a team-leading on-base percentage of .667 and reached base five times in Sunday’s series finale. During the Zips’ huge offensive weekend, the slugger, who became the school’s all-time home run leader last spring, took the career leads for at-bats, RBI and total bases to further establish himself as one of the greatest hitters to come through the UA program.

West Division Player of the Week

Pedro Dager, Western Michigan, OF, Jr., Caracas, Venezuela (San Ignacio)

Dager led WMU to a series win over Toledo this weekend with key home runs, hitting one on both Saturday and Sunday. Dager led the Broncos with a .500 batting average for the week and drove in eight runs, while producing a slugging percentage of 1.000. Dager’s home run on Sunday was the game’s deciding hit for the Broncos. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Dager hit a three-run blast to left center as WMU went on to win, 7-4. He recorded four RBIs in the game.

East Division Pitcher of the Week

Chris Carpenter, Kent State, Jr., Bryan, Ohio (Bryan)

Carpenter earned his fourth win of the year in a solid six-inning performance against Buffalo. The junior struck out six against only two walks and allowed four hits while lowering his season ERA to 4.22.

West Division Pitcher of the Week

Eric Lawrence, Central Michigan, Sr., Grand Ledge, Mich. (Grand Rapids CC)

Lawrence tossed a complete game victory against NIU in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday, scattering nine hits and a walk while fanning six. It’s his third complete game of the season and kept CMU in the chase for the division crown.

Other Honorable Mention Performances:

Zach Dygert, Ball State, C, So., Angola, Ind. (Angola)

Dygert blasted four home runs over the weekend as Ball State took two out of three games from MAC West-leading Eastern Michigan. He hit his first home run of the weekend in the ninth inning of Friday’s series opener to tie the game 6-6 and help Ball State to a 7-6 victory. After adding a home run in Saturday’s contest, Dygert belted two more homers to go along with five RBI Sunday as the Cardinals closed the series with a 12-4 win. For the weekend, Dygert logged a .308 batting average and led Ball State with a 1.231 slugging percentage.

Ryan Shay, Bowling Green, Inf., Jr., Garden City, Mich. (Divine Child)

Shay was 7-for-13 at the plate in the Falcons weekend sweep of Ohio University in Athens. The Garden City, Mich. native started the weekend with a 3-for-5 performance on Friday, adding a homer, three runs scored and three RBI, as BG tied a school record with eight homers. He followed that up with a 5-for-8 performance on Sunday, as BG completed a doubleheader sweep of the Bobcats with 3-2 and 7-5 wins.

Kevin Light, Bowling Green, Jr., Mechanicsville, Va. (Longwood University)

Light tossed 6.2 innings for the Falcons in a 3-2 game one win over Ohio University in a Sunday doubleheader. The Mechanicsville, Va. native allowed just two runs on eight hits and recorded one strikeout as he scattered all eight hits and never had his team trailing in the game. The effort earned the junior southpaw his third win of the season.

Sean Hoorelbeke, Central Michigan, OF/1B, Sr., Hartland, Mich. (Hartland)

Hoorelbeke batted .417 in CMU’s series against NIU, smacking three doubles and a home run in the three-game set. He had a .500 OBP and .917 SLG, while driving in two and scoring three times. The home run was his 11th of the year.

Zack Leonard, Eastern Michigan, 3B, Fr.,Canton, Ohio (McKinley)

Leonard enjoyed a stellar week in games against Indiana Tech, Ohio State and Ball State. Leonard recorded four multi-hit games, 19 total bases and posted at least one RBI in four of five games played. Against Ball State, Leonard went 7-for-13 at the plate with three RBI and four runs scored. In Saturday’s 16-7 win, he went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored, leading the Eagles to the win.

Matt Shoemaker, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Trenton, Mich. (Trenton)

Shoemaker led the Eagles to their lone win of this past weekend’s series at Ball State. He threw 7.0 innings, scattering eight hits and five earned runs in a hitter friendly park. Shoemaker also struck out five Cardinal batters in the winning effort.

Doug Sanders, Kent State, 2B, Sr., Elgin, Ill. (Elgin C.C.)

Sanders raised his season average to .378 with a blistering hot weekend versus Buffalo. On senior day Sunday, Sanders had a pair of doubles and a two-run triple to get KSU off and running.

Tommy Nurre, Miami, Inf., Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)

Nurre kept up his torrid pace at the plate as he went 10-for-23 from the plate this week, including two doubles and one home run. Nurre’s two doubles gives him 18 on the season, which ranks onthe Miami single-season Top 10 list for doubles. With hits in all five games this week, Nurre extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Nurre had three multi-hit games this week, including a 3-for-5 performance against Eastern Kentucky and another 3-for-5 performance against Akron.

Chase Stewart, Miami, So., Trenton, Ohio (Edgewood)

Stewart earned a win and a save this week in three appearances. Stewart earned the start against Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday and pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out four as he moved to 3-2 on the season. Stewart also retired the final two batters in Miami’s win over Akron on Sunday, including striking out the final batter with the bases loaded as he recorded his first save of the season.

Danny Reed, Northern Illinois, OF, Sr., Lindstrom, Minn. (North Iowa Area CC)

Had three multi-hit games during the week and ran his hitting streak to nine. Went 3-for-4 Sunday vs. Central Michigan. Moved into 10th place on NIU’s single-season doubles list.

Trevor Feeney, Northern Illinois, Sr., Channahon, Ill. (Joliet Catholic)

Feeney came within two outs of a league-best fourth complete game and allowed just one earned run in a 5-2 victory over Central Michigan. He yielded just three hits after the first inning against the Chippewas.

Chris Klimko, Ohio, C, Jr., McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport)

Klimko batted .500 on the week, going 7-for-14. Along with his performance at the plate, Klimko also threw out four of eight base stealers for the week.

Aaron Dudley, Toledo, C/DH, So., Toledo, Ohio (St. Francis de Sales)

Dudley hit safely in two of three games this past weekend at Western Michigan. In Friday’s opener, Dudley went 2-for-3 with one run scored and a walk. He then finished 0-for-3 with one RBI in Saturday’s contest, before finishing 2-for-4 with one run scored, including his team-best 15th double of the season. With a pair of two-hit performances against the Broncos, the Toledo native leads the team with 14 multi-hit efforts this season.

Billy Morrison, Western Michigan, So., Novi, Mich. (Novi)

Morrison pitched seven innings of three-hit ball leading Western Michigan to a 15-7 win over Toledo. Morrison srtuck out six and walked just one, allowing two runs (one earned). He held the Rockets to a .125 batting average during his time on the mound. Morrison improved to 5-1 on the season with the win.