Cleveland, Ohio- Bowling Green's Nikki Rouhana was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Hitter of the Week and Marshall's Natasha Johnson and Ball State's Marcy Mobley were named co-Mid-American Conference Pepsi Pitchers of the Week for the week of April 18.
Bowling Green's Nikki Rouhana is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Player of the Week. Rouhana hit .455 for the week, including a .667 mark in conference play against Akron. The junior first baseman also had three RBI and scored one run. She had a slugging percentage of .636 for the week and 1.000 in three MAC games.
Marshall's Natasha Johnson is this week's MAC Softball co-Pepsi Pitcher of the Week. Johnson went 2-0, throwing a complete-game one-hitter against Ball State and striking out twelve batters against Toledo in her second complete game of the week.
Ball State's Marcy Mobley is this week's MAC Softball co-Pepsi Pitcher of the Week. Mobley went 3-1 with a 0.28 ERA in 25 innings. Mobley, who gave up only five hits in three conference games, also struck out 25 batters last week.
Western MIchigan's Nicky Kern went 2-0and pitched 12.0 scoreless innings.
MAC TEAM NOTES
Akron Zips (3-5, 17-13) -Last season, Akron batted .246 as a team, however in 2000, the Zips have bumped that number up to .295. Junior shortstop Angie Hill struck out 59 times last season in 132 at-bats and batted only .114. That has all changed this season as Hill has upped her batting average to .292 and struck out only 15 times in 72 at-bats. Leftfielder Ali Janutolo hit .167 (1-for-6) last season. Now that she is in the starting lineup, Janutolo has shown she can play everyday with a .302 batting average and has the second most hits on the squad (26). Sophomore 1B Rianne Hess has also seen her hitting take a dramatic upswing after batting .241 in '99 to a MAC-best .409 in 2000. Freshman 2B Tracee McCoy continues to impress on the field and at the plate. McCoy has committed five errors in 141 chances, while hitting .330 (second best on the Zips). The Zips showed over the weekend they can be a comeback team as well. On Friday at Bowling Green, the Zips trailed 6-0 heading into the sixth inning before rallying for nine straight runs and taking the victory, 9-7.
Ball State Cardinals (2-5, 13-20) - Ball State has played 11 doubleheaders so far in the 2000 season and registered splits seven times, including the last four twinbills the Cardinals have played ... Two freshmen top the Cardinals in hitting, Ruth Hjelmeland at .342 and Katie Shea at .336 ... All but one of Ball State's starters in Game 2 versus Ohio were freshmen (5) or sophomores (4) ... 17 of Ball State's 33 games have been one-run decisions and the Cardinals are 6-11 in those contests ... Rubin Martin hit her first career collegiate home run--a solo shot--in the top of the fifth against Marshall ... Marcy Mobley lowered her ERA to 1.52 after registering a 0.28 mark over 25 innings of work last week ... The series between Western Michigan and Ball State is the longest running series in Ball State softball ... Six of the last 12 meetings between the Broncos and the Cardinals have gone into extra-innings.
Bowling Green Falcons (4-3, 19-11) - Senior Colleen Bates hit her ninth career home run in the first inning of Friday's game against Akron, setting a new school record ... Both Kathy Fisher and Sandy Krebs (1983-1986) had eight home runs in their careers ... In that same game against Akron, junior Lynsey Ebel hit the eighth home run of her career to move her into a three-way tie with Fisher and Krebs ... Bowling Green needs only two more home wins to tie its total of all last year.
Central Michigan Chippewas (5-1, 14-7) - The Chippewas moved into first place in the MAC West Division last weekend by taking two of three from the NIU Huskies in DeKalb. After falling by a 6-2 count on Friday, Central swept Saturday's doubleheader with Tina Kinney picking up the win in both games ...The Chippewas opened the week with a split against No. 12-ranked Michigan on Wednesday. Central took the first game 3-0 and then lost 1-0 in the nightcap. Tina Kinney now has 63 career wins which is tops in CMU history and moves into sixth place in MAC annals...Freshman Michelle Brander hit a pinch-hit two-run double in the top of the sixth in the nightcap at NIU to help the Chippewas to the come-from-behind win...CMU has won 14 of its last 17 games with two of the losses coming against top 15 teams...Junior Kim Burke was 5-for-7 with a 2B and an RBI in the DH against NIU. She now leads the team with a .310 batting average...CMU's postponed date at Detroit has been rescheduled for May 8.
Kent Golden Flashes (3-5, 9-20) - Kent powered three home runs last week, including a shot to the Penn State scoreboard by Jamie Kraus and an inside-the-park-home run by Denae Jones in Kent's 5-4 victory over Penn State on April 11 ... Kerry Kaser also hit a home run to score the winning run in Kent's victory over Miami on Friday ... Several Kent players are moving their way up the all-time statistics chart this season ... Kerry Kaser (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) moved up a spot in at-bats (eighth, 515), hits (tie-ninth, 135), total bases (seventh, 197), and stolen bases (tie-third, 42). Jamie Kraus (Akron, Ohio/Springfield) improved in runs-batted-in (eighth, 70), homers (tie-seventh, 6), total bases (10th, 191). Denae Jones (Sparks, Nev./Sparks) moved up in the stolen bases category (tie-fifth, 33).
Marshall Thundering Herd (5-2, 17-20) - Marshall has won three consecutive games and eight of its last 10. After taking three of four this weekend, the Herd stands in first place of the East Division with a 5-2 record. This marks the first time in school history that Marshall is three games over .500 in the Mid-American Conference ... Sophomore second basemen Nichole Corrigan has gone 93 innings without committing a single error. The native of Corona, California last committed an error in the third inning of a 4-2 loss to Georgia Tech on March 24, 13 games ago ... Sophomore Kelli Hall picked a great time to hit the first home run of her Marshall career on Saturday. With the Herd and Toledo tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning of game-2, the Huntington, WV native slammed the first pitch over the leftfield wall to win the game, 3-1.
Miami RedHawks (2-5, 13-20) - Nicki Pelfrey's three-run blast that lifted Miami to a 3-1 win over Kent on Saturday was her fifth this season. Pelfrey has placed her name among five others that hold Miami's third-best, single-season home run sum Miami now has 11 home runs this season and needs only three more to tie the team single-season record of 14 established in 1998 In Miami's first game of the three-game series with Kent, Keri Brisnehan went 2-for-3 to post her 11th multiple-hit game of the season Brisnehan is batting a stellar .429 in MAC contests
Northern Illinois Huskies (7-2, 19-17) - Northern Illinois suffered its first two MAC losses of the year, dropping two of three to Central Michigan over the weekend ... Christy Dalton extended her own school record of career strikeouts to 572, but got no offensive support, losing the second game of the three-game set ... Jill Carpenter batted .353, but the rest of the team hit only .206 ... NIU used timely hitting to claim the opener from Central Michigan, while Dalton pitched four innings to pick up the win ... Northern Illinois committed only one error in three games against Central Michigan, but the lone botched play cost the Huskies three unearned runs in the sixth inning of game three.
Ohio Bobcats (3-5, 9-20) - The Bobcats finally opened home action this weekend, splitting a pair of MAC doubleheaders ... Junior right-hander Kasey Dowd (4-11) tossed the complete-game 2-1 victory against Toledo to tie Annie Hare's school record (34) for career victories ... Senior left-handed pitcher Christy Connelly pitched her second complete game of the season in just her fourth start ... She scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs in Ohio's 4-3 win over Ball State. Redshirt Freshman Kelli Bankert has 10 doubles on the season to rank among the nation's leaders ... Three other Bobcats have five double a piece -- Jen Sewell, Sara Kraus and Lyndsay Eirich ... Sewell is fourth on Ohio's career charts with 39 career doubles. The Bobcats were 2-2 in one-run games this week, an improvement after going 1-7 in their first eight games decided by one run.
Toledo Rockets (3-4, 9-15) - Senior Lisa Delrue's 7-for-14 performance at the plate last weekend lifted her season mark to .256, an improvement of 53 points from entering the weekend. She also is Toledo's top hitter in MAC games with a .409 mark (9-for-22). Freshman centerfielder Jenny Schaaf hit her team-leading third home run of the season vs. Marshall. Junior second baseman Jenny May saw her first action of the season last weekend after sitting out due to a back injury suffered in UT's spring training. She notched a .333 batting average (3-for-9) in her return. The Rockets' contests last weekend at Ohio and Marshall were their first games played since April 1 after seeing eight straight games cancelled due to the weather.
Western Michigan (3-4, 8-21) - The Broncos' 26 hits in the weekend series against EMU is the team's highest total since the opening weekend of the season WMU won back-to-back games for the first time since opening the year 3-0 at MTSU's tournament both of the squad's wins over EMU came in the team's last at bat Nicole Drabecki's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth completed a 6-5 Bronco comeback and Alison Honaman's RBI base hit in the seventh inning of game two secured a 3-2 WMU win Western Michigan trailed 5-0 and 2-0 in those games.
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. Ball State's Teri Laux is one win away; Kent's Karen Linder is two wins away and Ohio's Roanna Brazier is 15 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.