Three baseball players earn All-MAC honors
May 27, 2004
KALAMAZOO--Three members of the Western Michigan University baseball team were named to all-league teams by the Mid-American Conference earlier this week.
Junior shortstop Adam Rosales of Park Ridge, Ill., was named to the All-MAC First Team. Junior third baseman Justin Carter of Jackson, Mich., and senior left-handed pitcher J.R. Mathes of Elkhart, Ind., garnered second-team honors.
Rosales led the team in batting (.343), runs (57), doubles (17) and home runs (10). He had 40 RBIs, which was good for second on the team and had a .576 slugging percentage, a .422 on base percentage, a .955 fielding percentage and stole 16 bases out of 17 attempts. In conference play alone, he had a .412 batting average, going 40-of-97 from the plate with 31 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 21 RBIs, with a .773 slugging percentage. He was 5-for-5 when attempting to steal a base. He had only four errors in 24 league games.
Rosales was named MAC Player of the Week after his performance against Toledo, Apr. 5. He went 9-of-13 that weekend with nine runs and six RBIs, which included three home runs, one triple and one double. Rosales went on a 10-game hitting streak from April 17 through May 2. He had a hit in 40 out of 54 games this season.
Carter had the team's second highest batting average (.333). He was first in RBIs (49) and was tied for first in total hits (72). He was second in doubles (13) and home runs (8). He had a .514 slugging percentage with a .408 on-base percentage. He was 5-for-6 in stolen bases. In conference play alone, he hit a .337 with four doubles, five home runs, 22 RBIs and scored 21 runs. He had a . 531 slugging percentage and a .405 on-base percentage. He was on a 15-game hitting streak from April 23 through May 15. In the series against Ohio University, he was 10-of-16 with four runs and five RBIs.
Mathes as the Broncos ace this season he pitched a total of 94.0 innings while striking out 87 batters. He struck out a career-high 14 batters against the University of Evansville, March 19, and sat down a conference-high 10 batters versus Ball State, April 23. He has totaled a career 173 strikeouts which is good for seventh all-time at WMU. He threw three complete games this season with a 6-4 record.
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