CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On the heels of the best week of his young career, sophomore Ryan Elble has been named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced today.

Elble, a sophomore second baseman, returned to the starting lineup on a regular basis on Tuesday and shattered his career highs. He tallied 11 hits in 20 at-bats (.550), driving in five runs and scoring five times. He entered the week with six hits and five RBIs in 19 previous appearances.

A native of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Elble registered a career-high three hits on Tuesday vs. Indiana, then duplicated that feat Friday against Eastern Michigan. He had a pair of hits vs. the Hoosiers on Wednesday in Bloomington and in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader. A hit in the opener gives him a six-game active hitting streak, second-longest on the team this season.

Elble tied his career best with three runs batted in Saturday's nightcap, launching a bases-loaded double with two outs in the seventh to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-4 win. His other hit that contest was also a double, giving him three for the week.

Elble is the second RedHawk honored by the MAC this season. Senior Brooks Fiala was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week last Monday.