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Courtesy: WMU

Duncan, Webber Sweep MAC West Weekly Baseball Awards

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 03/14/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan swept the Mid-American Conference West Division baseball weekly honors, as junior shortstop Patrick Duncan was named Player of the Week and senior LHP Casey Webber was named Pitcher of the Week.

Duncan batted .500 (8-for-16) over four games this past week, recording a hit in each game, and helped WMU split four games at the Russ Matt Invitational. The performace raised his season batting average raise from .189 to .283.

The Arlington, Texas, native drove in seven runs, hit two doubles and scored six times. He also walked once, was hit by a pitch, and struck out just once in 16 at bats. Duncan carried a .625 slugging percentage and a .570 on-base percentage. He committed just one error in the field.

Webber threw his second career complete game, leading Western Michigan to an 11-4 win over Penn on March 8. The senior southpaw scattered seven hits, struck out six (season high) and did not allow a walk in the nine-inning effort. All four runs against were unearned. He also had a pick off at first in the fourth inning.

Behind Webber's stellar effort, WMU was able to battle back from a 4-0 deficit after the Quakers used a two-out throwing error to plate four unearned runs in the bottom of the third. Penn did not score again in the game, as Webber did not allow another runner in scoring position until the bottom of the ninth.

Webber, from Tinley Park, Ill., is 2-1 on the year and dropped his season ERA from 6.92 to 4.09.

It is the third time this season and second announcement in a row a Bronco has garnered a MAC weekly award. Senior third baseman Ryan McMillin was named Player of the Week for the week spanning Feb. 28 through March 6.

Western Michigan (6-8) travels to Evansville this weekend for a three-game series, March 16-18. The Broncos open home play with a three-game MAC series against Bowling Green, March 23-25.