East Division Player of the Week
Rob Lawler, Buffalo, First Base
Junior, Greece, NY (Santa Fe CC)
In the Bulls doubleheader versus Big Four rival Niagara University, Rob Lawler went a combine 4-for-6 with three RBIs and six runs. In the opening contest of the Bulls’ weekend conference series with Western Michigan, Lawler went 3-for-4 with an RBI. In the second game of the weekend series, the Bulls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second with the Bulls getting on the board off an RBI-triple by Rob Lawler. Heading into the bottom of the fifth ahead 2-0, the Bulls began to build on their lead with a five-run effort. Lawler continued to add RBIs to his totals by poking a two-RBI double down the right-field line to extend the Bulls’ lead to 7-0. In the finale, Lawler finished by driling a two-RBI triple to give the Bulls an 8-3 lead in the contest.
West Division Player of the Week
Wally Gerbus, Eastern Michigan, Outfield
R- Freshman, Dayton, Ohio (Stephen T. Baden)
Gerbus tied the Mid-American Conference single-game home run record, April 8, at BGSU, as Gerbus belted four homers in the Eagles’ 27-7 win over the Falcons. Gerbus finished the game 4-for-5 with four homers, five runs scored, and eight RBI. Gerbus’ 16 total bases against BGSU tie Andy Tracy and Brad Miller for the second most all time in MAC history. His eight RBI are tied with several former MAC players for the third most in a single game in conference history. In four games during the week, Gerbus went 8-for-17 with six runs scored and nine RBI, with a 1.176 slugging percentage.
East Division Pitcher of the Week
Brad Stillings, Kent State, Junior
Washington Courthouse, Ohio (Washington Courthouse)
Stillings threw the 10th no-hitter (ninth different pitcher) in Kent State history, For the day, he threw only 111 pitches (12.3 per inning) and allowed only two base runners to reach (error and hit by pitch).It was the first Kent State no-hitter in 12 years (Mike Skeeles, 1997). Stillings is 5-0 this year, 3-0 in MAC starts.
West Division Pitcher of the Week
Corey Chaffins, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt Sophomore
New London, Ohio (New London)
Chaffins had a solid outing for the Eagles, going seven strong innings, giving up one run on four hits, striking out five Bobcats to pick up the win, Friday, April 10. Chaffins also got OU’s Marc Krauss to ground into three double plays on the afternoon, as Krauss finished the day 0-for-4 at the plate.