This Week In MAC Softball

Updated 5/17/2000

Hosted by Northern Illinois, Dekalb, Illinois

Thursday, May 11
Game 1: #3 Central Michigan 2, #6 Ball State, 0
Game 2: #4 Marshall 2, #5 Akron 0
Game 3: #3 Central Michigan 3, #2 Bowling Green 0
Game 4: #5 Akron 9, #1 Northern Illinois 1

Friday, May 12
Game 5: #2 Bowling Green 4, #4 Marshall 3
Game 6: #1 Northern Illinois 3, #6 Ball State 2
Game 7: #3 Central Michigan 7, #5 Akron 1
Game 8: #2 Bowling Green 7, #1Northern Illinois 1

Saturday, May 13
Game 9: #2 Bowling Green 2, #5 Akron 0
Game 10: #3 Central Michigan 9, #2 Bowling Green 4

MAC Softball Tournament Notes
Central Michigan captured its tenth Mid-American Conference tournament title with a 9-4 victory over Bowling Green in the the championship game. The Chipppewas finished the tournament with a 4-0 record to capture their seventh tournament title (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1997, 1999). Central Michigan third baseman Hope Robertshaw was named the tournament MVP after she hit .462 (6-for-13) with four RBI, one run scored, one stolen base and one triple. She was also perfect in the field with 19 chances. Central Michigan pitcher Tina Kinney went 4-0 in the tournament with an ERA of 1.30.

2000 MAC All-Tournament Team

Name		 Pos.	Yr.	School
Hope Robertshaw	 3B	Jr.	Central Michigan (MVP)
Tina Kinney	 P	Sr.	Central Michigan 
Jennifer Skuta	 OF	Sr.	Central Michigan
Amy Morrison	 OF	Jr.	Central Michigan
Renee Rosemeier	 OF	So.	Bowling Green
Jen Domschot	 OF	Jr.	Bowling Green
Tiffany McCoy	 DP/P	Jr.	Akron
Tracee McCoy	 2B	Fr.	Akron
Jamie Zwisler	 OF	Sr.	Akron
Jill Carpenter	 SS	Sr.	Northern Illinois


Akron Zips (12-8, 31-21): Without the Hatfield's around, the McCoy's tore up the competition throughout the season for the Zips. Sisters Tiffany and Tracee led the Zips in batting with marks of .368 and .364, respectively. Tiffany ended up leading the MAC in home runs with 8, while Tracee led the conference in runs scored with 36 ... Sophomore pitcher Lisa Keenan's 16 pitching wins moved her to eighth on the Zips' all-time season victory list. In her first two years for the Zips she has won 26 games ... As a squad the Zips just missed a couple of team records with home runs and doubles in a season. Akron had 34 home runs (record: 36) and 76 doubles (record: 81). The Zips did set a mark for the most hit-by-pitches in one season with 34. The previous mark was 17 set last season ... Akron is no longer winless in MAC tournament play. The Zips had been 0-6 prior to the 2000 season, however that all changed with two victories over Marshall and Northern Illinois. The third-place finish was the highest postseason finish for the Zips since joining the MAC in 1993.

Ball State Cardinals (9-11, 20-30): Marcy Mobley eclipsed the Ball State single-season record for strikeouts ... Mobley tied the 12-year old record of 197, set by 1989 MAC Player of the Year Bernie Coffman, in the Cardinals tournament opener against Central Michigan ... She broke the record by striking out the first batter in BSU's game vs. Northern Illinois ... Mobley, who accumulated 200 strikeouts in 2000, has 344 in her career, which is the fourth-highest total in school history ... She logged double-digit strikeout totals six times this season, including 12 vs. Illinois March 21 which tied her career high ... Mobley's 200 Ks helped BSU set a new team strikeout mark with 269 ... The Cardinals also set a new single-season record with their .966 fielding percentage ... With just two graduating seniors, the future looks bright for BSU ... The Cardinals return nine players who started in at least half of their games this season plus their entire pitching staff ... All three BSU players who were named to the All-MAC Second Team are underclassmen - freshmen Katie Shea and Kasey Angulo plus Mobley, who is a sophomore ... Misty Snider ended her career as BSU's all-time career leader in walks with 65 ... She also ties for first place in career home runs with six ... Her 193 games played ties for fifth.

Bowling Green Falcons (13-7, 33-18): Bowling Green ended the season with a second-place finish in the MAC Tournament ... The Falcons lost both games in the tourney to eventual champion Central Michigan ... The Falcons fell to CMU in the opening round, then rallied off three straight wins before succumbing ... BGSU eliminated Marshall, host Northern Illinois and Akron ... The Falcons had won just four MAC Tournament games in five previous appearances before winning three games this year at Northern Illinois ... BGSU is now 7-12 in six appearances in the league tourney ... Bowling Green's 2000 winning percentage of .647 ranks third all-time, behind only the 1992 (.698) and 1993 (.654) squads ... The Falcons tied the school seasonal record with 19 home runs ... That record was set just last year ... Prior to the Leigh Ross-Shaw head-coaching tenure, the Bowling Green school record for homers in a season was eight ... Junior Jen Domschot hit her sixth homer of the season in the win over Akron Saturday, setting a new school record ... Domschot's homer cleared the fence in right-center, clipped some leaves, went over another fence, and landed in the street beyond the Mary M. Bell Field complex ... The day before, senior Colleen Bates had hit her fifth of the year in the win over Marshall ... Bates ends her career as the school's career record-holder with 11 round-trippers ... Senior Erin Zwinck was named to the GTE Academic All-District IV First Team, while sophomore Jessie Milosek and junior Nikki Rouhana were named to the second team ... Zwinck's name will appear on the Academic All-America ballot ... BGSU averaged 4.24 runs in 2000, the second-highest total in school history ... BGSU loses ust three seniors off the 2000 squad, but all three were starters: Bates (C), Zwinck (3B/DP) and Carmen Hitterdal (CF) ... After being picked to finish fourth in the East Division, the Falcons tied for the division title and finished second in the league tourney.

Central Michigan Chippewas (15-5, 31-11): The Chippewas captured their seventh MAC tournament championship last weekend, going 4-0 in the tournament for the second straight year CMU now advances to Ann Arbor for the Region 8 Championships Central is making its 10th NCAA tournament appearance The Chippewas won their region in 1987 and advanced to the Women's College World Series Tina Kinney picked up win No. 22 of the season in the MAC championship game to tie the school record for victories in a season. She earned 21 wins her freshman season. The senior now has 75 career victories, two away from the MAC record of 77. Kinney also set CMU's career strikeout record at the MAC tournament. She now has 494 career strikeouts Tina Kinney became only the fourth player in MAC history to earn first team All-MAC honors all four years. She is only the second player to earn MAC "Player of the Year" honors twice Three Chippewas were selected first team All-MAC and another two were second team. First team picks included Tina Kinney, Kim Burke and Jen Skuta. Second team members were Becky Manson and Nicole Weston. Skuta was the only first time honoree in the group Nicole Weston earned first team Academic All-District honors and Wendy Stephens was a second team selection.

Northern Illinois Huskies (19-3, 33-22): Senior Jill Carpenter ended her career with 59 steals and finished first all-time in Northern Illinois softball. This season she was a perfect 14-14 in stolen bases. Carpenter was also named to the GTE Academic All-District team which puts her on the GTE Academic All-American Ballot.

MAC Notes and Milestones

  • Central Michigan's Tina Kinney is two wins away from tying the MAC record for career wins currently set at 77. Kinney was also named first-team All-MAC for the fourth time in her career, becoming only the fourth player in conference history to receive that accolade four years in a row.
  • Margo Jonker earned her 700th career win earlier this season with a 1-0 victory over Baylor.
  • Northern Illinois' Donna Martin earned her 200th career victory on May 6 against Ball State. Martin's overall record now stands at 203-127-1
  • Three MAC coaches have reached the 100-win mark with their respective teams this season. Akron's Deanna Parks won her 100th game as the Zips Head Coach when Akron defeated Morehead State on Tuesday, March 21; Ball State's Teri Laux won her 100th game at the helm of the Cardinals against Toledo on Tuesday, April 18; Kent's Karen Linder won her 100th game as Kent's head coach against Akron on Tuesday, April 18. Ohio's Roanna Brazier is six wins away from the century mark.