Northern Illinois' Rizek and Central Michigan's Kinney Honored as MAC Pepsi Softball Players of the Week

Updated 4/5/2000
Cleveland, Ohio (April 5, 2000) -- Northern Illinois' Suzie Rizek was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Hitter of the Week and Central Michigan's Tina Kinney was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 3.

Pepsi Player of the Week

Suzie Rizek, Northern Illinois Jr. OF
Naperville, Ill./Naperville North

Batting Average:  		.615
At Bats:  			3
Runs: 				7
Hits:  				8
RBI:  				9

Northern Illinois' Suzie Rizek is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Player of the Week. Rizek went 8-for 13 (.615) over the weekend, improving her batting average by 65 points. In one game against Miami last weekend, the junior outfielder hit three home runs, had seven RBI and scored four runs. Her performance last week also included a slugging percentage of 1.462 and an on-base percentage of .688.

Pepsi Pitcher of the Week

Tina Kinney	Sr.	P
Glendale, Calif./Hoover 

Record:  			3-0
Games Played/Games Started:  	3/3
Saves:  			0
Innings Pitched:  		21.0
Earned Runs:  			1
Strikeouts:  			17
Walks:  			1

Central Michigan's Tina Kinney is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Pitcher of the Week. Kinney went 3-0 last week, pitching two shutouts and allowing only one run in 21.0 innings in the circle. Kinney walked only one batter and struck out 17 as she picked up her 60th career victory.

Hitter of the Week Nominations:

Akron's Tracee McCoy hit .375 with two runs scored.

Bowling Green's Nikki Rouhana hit .556 with a slugging percentage of .778.

Central Michigan's Kim Burke batted .412 with three RBI.

Marshall's Nichole Corrigan hit a three-run triple against Kent to win the game 4-3.

Ohio's Kelli Bankert hit .400 with a hit in each game last week.

Toledo's Deanna House hit .333 with a slugging percentage of .556.

Pitcher of the Week Nominations:

Akron's Sherell Watson went 2-0 over the week.

Bowling Green's Jessie Milosek threw a complete-game one-hit shutout against Western Michigan to go 1-0 last week.

Marshall's Sara Gulla went 1-1, striking out 29 in 20.2 innings of work.

Ohio's Heather Hagen went 1-0, with a complete-game 7-1 win over Dayton.

Toledo's Colette McMasters struck out 14 batters in 15 innings.

MAC TEAM NOTES

Akron Zips (2-1, 14-11) - Akron is hitting .304 this season thanks in large part to the middle of the order ... Rianne Hess is hitting .421 with 32 hits, that's a huge improvement from last season in which she hit only .241. The Zips have six hitters batting over .300 ... The Zips' Lisa Keenan continues to continues to impress although her record continues to sag because of unearned runs. In Keenan's last five starts she has given up two earned runs, however her record in those five games is 1-3 ... For the fourth-straight year, Ohio and Akron hooked up for an extra-inning matchup ... In 1997, the teams played a 16-inning affair (Akron won 4-3); In 1998, they played an 8-inning game (Akron won 4-3); In 1999, the squads went 12 innings (Akron also won 2-1); however this year they played two (Ohio won in nine innings 1-0and Akron won in 11 innings 6-5).

Ball State Cardinals (0-3, 9-16) - Ball State's starting lineup is comprised almost entirely of freshmen and sophomores ... Only Misty Snider, who plays several positions in the infield and centerfielder Roshelle Lee are seniors ... Freshman Ruth Hjelmeland continues to lead the Cardinals with a .321 batting average ... Hjelmeland had her season and team-best ten-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday ... Freshman Katie Shea raised her batting average 19 points to .318 ... Ball State will take a break from MAC competition when it travels to Bradley on Tuesday ... The Cardinals return home to host Miami on Friday and Bowling Green on Saturday.

Bowling Green Falcons (2-2, 15-8) - The Falcons have shut out opponents nine times in 23 games this season ... Bowling Green hit .333 with 16 extra-base hits to its opponents .210 and only four extra-base hits last week ... On the year, BGSU holds large advanantages over its foes in batting average (.277-.212), doubles (29-6), triples (9-2) and home runs (7-4) ... The team's scheduled double-header at Wright State last Tuesday was postponed and re-scheduled for May 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Central Michigan Chippewas (3-0, 11-5) - The Chippewas had a big week last week, going 5-0 ... CMU picked up four more shutouts to increase its season total to seven ... CMU only gave up one run in five games last week and outscored its opponents 24-1 ... Tina Kinney was 3-0 with a pair of shutouts. The senior picked up career win No. 60 to move into a a tie for first in the CMU record books. Kinney struck out 17 on the week while walking only one ... The Chippewas have now won 11 of their last 12 games with the lone loss coming against highly-ranked Arizona State ... Junior Kim Burke led CMU with a .417 batting mark last week. She was 7-for-17 with a double and three RBI ... CMU is the top fielding team in the MAC and the Chippewas fielded at a .982 clip last week to raise its season mark to .970.

Kent Golden Flashes (1-2, 6-16) - The Golden Flashes finished the weekend 1-2 against Marshall University in their MAC season-opener ... The series with Marshall opened up the season at the Kent Softball Field where the Golden Flashes had won 14 games in a row ... Marshall snapped Kent's home winning streak and handed the Golden Flashes only their third loss on the field ... Kent ended an 11-game losing streak on April 1 as it defeated Marshall 5-2 in the first game of the doubleheader ... Kent will begin an eight-game road swing starting April 4 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Marshall Thundering Herd (2-1, 12-19) - Marshall opened the 2000 Mid-American Conference season with a 1-0 victory over Kent. It marks the first time in school history that the Herd opened MAC play with a victory. This is the first time ever that Marshall has been over .500 in conference action ... Sophomore Nichole Corrigan came through in the clutch in the Herd's 4-3 victory over Kent in the second game of its doubleheader Saturday. The second basemen went 2-for-3 with a walk and three-run triple. With Marshall down, 3-0, Corrigan lined a 0-2 pitch into the gap to tie the score at 3-3. The Corona, Calif. native has been equally impressive in the field. Corrigan has not committed a single error in 53 consecutive innings ... Junior Sara Gulla entered this season with 243 strikeouts in just 252.3 innings of work. The left-handed hurler has struck out 126 already this season. That places her in second place all-time in Marshall history with 369 career strikeouts.

Miami RedHawks (1-3, 10-18) - Nailing two hits in Miami's second game against Western Michigan, sophomore Keri Brisnehan recorded her 10th multiple-hit game of the season. Laura Fulton posted her seventh multiple-hit game in Miami's 6-5 win at Ohio State The 2000 squad, which has 10 home runs this season, has already surpassed the 1999 sum of seven. They are just four shy of the single-season record of 14 established by the1998 team. Sophomore Nicki Pelfrey launched her fourth home run of the season in Game One against Western Michigan to start a RedHawk rally. Junior Kristina Mortaloni belted two home runs last week to up her season total to three. Freshman Erin Kucera nailed her first career home run to score the game-winning run against WMU Sophomore Amber Arnold continues to be a pillar of strength on the mound for the 'Hawks. Arnold owns a 0.93 ERA for the season, giving up only 12 earned runs off 51 hits Miami's pitching staff is on pace to shatter the strikeout record it set last season. The quartet has sat down 197 batters and is only 23 strikeouts away from tying the single-season record of 220 Sophomores Amber and Abbey Arnold are both on pace to shatter Miami's single-season strikeout record. Amber owns 107, while Abbey has recorded 84. Abbey set the single-season strikeout record of 152 last season.

Northern Illinois Huskies (4-0, 15-12) -The Huskies batted .316 as a team to open the MAC season 4-0 for the second-straight year ... Last year's team started the season 8-0 in league play on its way to a 22-4 MAC record ... Junior left fielder Suzie Rizek batted .615 over the weekend, while senior centerfielder Sara Youstra was 7-for-13, good for a .538 average and senior right fielder Tara Davidson had a .467 mark for the week ... On the mound, junior Courtney Witvliet struck out 14 and walked just five batters, while senior Christy Dalton fanned 13 and walked just four as both right-handers went 2-0 over the weekend

Ohio Bobcats (1-2, 6-16) - The Bobcats posted a 2-3 record on the week ... four of Ohio's five games were decided by one run or less, including all three against Akron ... After playing 19 games without extra innings, Ohio and Akron played back-to-back extra-inning games ... Ohio won on Friday in nine innings 1-0, while the Zips won Saturday's opener 6-5 in 11 innings ... On the season, Ohio is just 1-7 in the eight games decided by one run ... The Bobcats will play their home opener on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Penn State ... Ohio will look to get off to another strong start at home after opening 7-0 in Athens last season ... Six of Ohio's best batting averages are currently held by underclassmen (Fr. or So.) ... Redshirt freshman Kelli Bankert continues to pace the squad with a .319 average, the only Bobcat over .300.

Toledo Rockets (2-1, 8-12) - The Rockets are led by a pair of freshman offensively. Centerfielder Jenny Schaaf leads UT in runs (12), hits (20), home runs (2),slugging percentage (.508), walks (8) and on-base percentage (.420) ... Aimee Frickle leads the Rockets in doubles (7) and RBI (11) ... Sophomore Colette McMasters lowered her ERA to 1.50 last weekend vs. EMU by not allowing an earned run in nine innings pitched. Frickle, Schaaf, sophomore third baseman Kalika Stavroulakis and sophomore first baseman Deanna House are the only Rockets to start all 20 games this year. Toledo has only one senior (LF Lisa Delrue) on its roster this year ... The Rockets won their first two homes games by taking two of three from EMU in their MAC-opening weekend ... UT had lost its first three home games of the season.

Western Michigan Broncos (1-3, 5-16) - Junior centerfielder Alaina Scott's first career home run secured the Broncos' 6-5 win over Miami on Saturday. Scott's two-run inside-the-park round tripper snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh and WMU held on for the 6-5 win.

MAC Notes and Milestones

  • Central Michigan's Margo Jonker earned her 700th career win earlier this season with a 1-0 victory over Baylor.

  • Akron's Deanna Parks won her 100th game as the Zips Head Coach when Akron defeated Morehead State on Tuesday, March 21. Three other head coaches will be trying to win their 100th game with their respective teams this season. Kent's Karen Linder and Ball State's Teri Laux are five wins away and Ohio's Roanna Brazier is 18 wins away from the century mark.

  • Central Michigan's Tina Kinney was drafted by the Ohio Pride during December's Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL) draft.