WSU's Vesey and SVSU's Saunders Chosen As GLIAC Baseball "Player of the Week" and "Pitcher of the Week", respectively

WSU's Vesey and SVSU's Saunders Chosen As GLIAC Baseball "Player of the Week" and  "Pitcher of the Week", respectively

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Wayne State University senior outfielder Kyle Vesey (Brighton, Mich.) and Saginaw Valley State University junior pitcher Mike Saunders (Mt. Morris, Mich./E.A. Johnson) have been chosen as the GLIAC Baseball  "Player of the Week" and  "Pitcher of the Week", respectively.


GLIAC Baseball Player of the Week:
Kyle Vesey

Wayne State
6-4, Senior OF
Brighton, Mich.

Kyle Vesey hit .591 last week (13-for-22) with four RBI and a team-high eight runs scored for WSU. Vesey had three hits in each game Wednesday helping WSU to a split at Saginaw Valley State. He then went 7-for-14 with three RBI as the Warriors took three out of four from Lake Erie over the weekend. He scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning of Sunday’s first game on a wild pitch after hitting a one-out triple.



Baseball Player Weekly Honor Roll:  Wade Kaido - AU, Riley Christian - UF, Brian Robinson - GV, Nolan Nunez - HC, Aaron Lindgren - LE, Zack Dascenzo - OD, Chet LaFave - SV, Kyle Robinson - TU.

2012 "Players of the Week":  (3/14) Steve Anderson - GV; (3/20) Christian Prince - OD; (3/26) Chet LaFave - SV; (4/2) Evan Shaw - OD; (4/9) Wade Kaido - AU; (4/16) Giancarlo Brugnoni - GV; (4/23) Brad Guenther - WS; (4/30) Kevin Zak - GV; (5/8) Kyle Vesey - WS.


GLIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week:

Mike Saunders
Saginaw Valley State
6-2, Junior RHP
Mt. Morris, Mich./E.A. Johnson 

Mike Saunders threw a complete game two hitter for a 3-1 victory over Tiffin in game one of the weekend series. The SVSU ace struck out six batters and walked three. Saunders gave up just one earned run in the game improving his conference leading ERA to 1.40. Saunders has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last six GLIAC starts. He is now 6-2 on the season in 64.1 innings with 65 strikeouts.


Baseball Pitcher Weekly Honor Roll:  Aaron Hilt - AU, Preston Zachrich - UF, Kyle Schepel - GV, Matthew Reck - HC, Michael Backes - LE, Alberto Canales - OD, Jordan Liette - TU, Justin Sylvester - WS.

2012 "Pitchers of the Week":  (3/14) Cory Baker - GV; (3/20) Jordan Snider - NU; (3/26) Adam Beach - LE; (4/2) Kyle Schepel - GV; (4/9) Aaron Hilt - AU; (4/16) Zach Botjer - AU; (4/23) Greg Spiess - WS; (4/30) Russ Hogue - LE; (5/8) Mike Saunders - SV.



Ashland Eagles

The Eagles dropped three of four games at Hillsdale last week. They lost both games on Saturday by identical 2-1 scores. On Sunday, the Chargers took Game 1, 3-2, in eight innings before the Eagles came up with a 3-2 win in Game 2. Senior right-hander Aaron Hilt (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) picked up the Eagles’ only win on the weekend in his final collegiate regular season start. The AU starting staff threw four complete games on the weekend and compiled a 2.28 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched. Junior right-hander Zach Botjer (Deshler, Ohio) struck out 11 in his start on Saturday, but the AU offense mustered only one run. The Eagles batted 5-for-37 (.135) with runners in scoring position last week. Sunday’s Game 2 win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Eagles in the second games of doubleheaders, dating back to April 15. AU will play top-seeded Grand Valley State in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament on Wednesday at 2 p.m.


Findlay Oilers

The University of Findlay baseball team finished their season with a sweep of Northwood to end with an overall record of 20-29, and a 13-23 mark in GLIAC play. Dustin Zielaskiwicz finished his career in the UF record books with 11 career triples during his career, breaking the old mark of 8.  Tommy Roush finished the season with team-high .384 batting average and had 18 doubles. Riley Christian had 40 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in the season.




Grand Valley State Lakers

#10 Grand Valley State finished its final week of the regular season with a 5-1 record on a six-game road trip, sweeping Northwood and taking three of four against Ohio Dominican...By winning the first two games against the Panthers, GVSU clinched its 16th GLIAC Championship and ninth in the last 10 years...Senior Kyle Schepel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian) threw a complete game three-hitter against Northwood, striking out 10 without issuing a walk...Schepel finished the regular season as the GLIAC leader in wins (9) and strikeouts (84), while finishing third in ERA (1.91)...Junior Brad Zambron (Waterford, Mich./Brother Rice) picked up his 14th save of the season against Ohio Dominican, extending his GVSU and GLIAC single-season record...Senior Brian Robinson (Troy, Mich.) reached base in 17 of his 27 plate appearances last week, recording a .630 on-base percentage...Robinson had a nine-game run-scored streak end on Sunday...Freshman Mike Nadratowski (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) finished the season as the GLIAC leader in batting average (.410), while senior Steve Anderson (Northville, Mich.) topped the RBI list (41) and sophomore Giancarlo Brugnoni (Grosse Pointe, Mich./De La Salle) led the GLIAC in home runs (12)...GVSU earned the top seed in the GLIAC Tournament and will play Ashland in the first game of the tournament at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (May 9).

Hillsdale Chargers

The Hillsdale College baseball team wrapped up the 2012 regular season by winning 3 out of 4 from Ashland University at home over the weekend…The Chargers finished the season with an overall record of 14-35 and a GLIAC record of 12-24…Seven of the team’s 14 wins came at home and the team finished over .500 at home (7-5)…Saturday’s wins over the Eagles represented Hillsdale’s first doubleheader sweep of Ashland since April 13, 2003…Hillsdale’s team earned-run average dropped by a full run over the season’s final two weeks…The Charger pitching staff allowed an average of less than four runs per game over the season’s final 12 games…Sophomore Nolan Nunez finished the season with at least one hit in 12 of his last 14 games, and raised his batting average from .000 on April 13 to .295 at the end of the season…Senior Mike Blanchard finished the season with a .385 batting average, the 10th-highest in school history and the best single-season batting average by a Hillsdale player since 2001…Blanchard’s 22 stolen bases also ended up to be the sixth-best total in a season in school history…Senior Pat O’Hearn completed his career with hits in 10 of his last 12 games, and scored the game-winning run in the team’s final win of the season.


Lake Erie Storm

Lake Erie finished the regular season with a school record 26 wins (26-24 overall) and a 22-14 GLIAC mark, finishing third in the conference after being picked to finish eighth by the league coaches in the preseason. The Storm will make its GLIC Tournament debut on Wednesday against 4th-seeded Tiffin… Lake Erie was tied for 10th in last week’s NCBWA Midwest Region Media Poll, its first appearance in the rankings… the Storm went 2-4 last week, splitting a doubleheader with Ohio Dominican on Wednesday and on Saturday at Wayne State. LEC then dropped a pair of one-run games on Sunday to wrap up the regular season…. Matt Toth and Reid Rizzo each batted .438 for the week while Cody Blood went 8-for-20 and Aaron Lindgren had seven hits and drove in five runs… Michael Backes (2-3) held ODU to just two runs in five innings to earn the win Wednesday on the mound and clinch the Storm’s playoff spot. Adam Beach tossed five innings of three-hit ball in his final tune-up before the playoffs on Saturday. He allowed just one unearned run but did not factor in the decision.  


Northwood Timberwolves

Northwood went 1-6 last week, defeating Alma in a non-conference matchup before losing a twinbill to #10 Grand Valley State  and dropping all four in a weekend series at Findlay… the Timberwolves finished the season 19-30 overall, 8-28 in the GLIAC.





Ohio Dominican Panthers

The Panthers just missed on a GLIAC tournament bid after closing the season with a 2-4 mark this week…ODU ended the year with a 24-24 record overall (16-18 GLIAC)…The Panthers finished fourth in the conference in batting average with a .302 clip, with seven regular players hitting over .300 on the season…Zack Dascenzo capped his ODU career with a great day at the plate Sunday, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, three walks and three RBI, including the walk-off base hit in the ninth for a 5-4 win over No. 10 Grand Valley…Kenny Dixon also had a good week at the plate, hitting .545, while Bryan Rudolph batted .421 with a homer, a triple and five RBI…Alberto Canales was the winner in both of ODU’s games this week, working five strong innings at Lake Erie, then notching the final out with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth against GVSU…The Panthers are slated to return virtually their entire pitching staff, as hurlers who made 47 of the team’s 48 starts were underclassmen, while 13 players who made at least 10 starts in the field will also be back.


Saginaw Valley State Cardinals

The Saginaw Valley State University baseball team went 2-4 in conference play last week as they split with Wayne State on Senior Day before dropping three of four to Tiffin over the weekend. The Cardinals finish the regular season 24-24 overall on the season and in fifth place at 20-16 in the conference. The Cardinal pitching staff has been the key to success for SVSU all year as Mike Saunders has the best overall ERA in the conference at 1.40 and is third in strikeouts with 65. Teammate Carson Beauchaine is fourth in the GLIAC at 2.02 and third in conference play at 1.70. As a team, SVSU has the third best earned run average (3.84) in GLIAC play. The SVSU offense is led by Brandon Schwanz who is eighth in the GLIAC batting .369 on the year from the dish. Chet LaFave is second on the team in hitting at .342 with 21 RBI’s. Cam Wiechmann has been hot as of late from the plate and is batting .340, while Andy Orr is hitting .339. Saginaw Valley, the No. 5 seed, will be back in action on Wednesday when they battle Wayne State University, the No. 2 seed, in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament on Wednesday starting at 10:30 AM.


Tiffin Dragons

The sweep over Saginaw Valley State on Sunday put Dragons in  the GLIAC tournament for the first time in school history … TU is 14-2 over the last 16 games with losses only to Hillsdale and Saginaw Valley State … The 5-0 win over Ohio Dominican (March 24) was the 600th in school history … Pat Curtin had his 200th career hit vs. Lake Erie (April 7) joining Phil Sabataka (2000-03) and Ty Blake (2007-10) in that group … Pat Curtin holds the school record for putouts in a career with 850 … Val Helldobler is first Dragon to record 400 in a career as he stands with 413 … The 2-1 win over Lake Erie on April 7 was the 430th career win for head coach Lonny Allen … Val Helldobler collected his 200th career hit vs. Northwood, the fourth Dragon to hit the mark, second this season.



Wayne State Warriors

Wayne State went 4-2 in the final week of the regular season, splitting a doubleheader Wednesday at Saginaw Valley State before taking three out of four against Lake Erie over the weekend.  The Warriors surpassed the Storm in the conference standings to secure second place heading into the GLIAC Tournament this week.  Kyle Vesey hit .591 with four RBI and a team-high eight runs scored last week to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.  Justin Sylvester had two solid outings and picked up a win in relief on Sunday, allowing just one hit over 4.1 innings with four strikeouts.  Alex Pierse allowed just one unearned run in six innings in a victory Saturday against the Storm.  Wayne State, playing in its eighth GLIAC Tournament in nine years, will face Saginaw Valley State in the first round Wednesday.

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