Central Michigan's Skuta and NIU's Dalton Named MAC Pepsi Players of the Week

Updated 4/25/2000
CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 25, 2000) -- Central Michigan's Jen Skuta was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Hitter of the Week and Bowling Green's Jessie Milosek and Northern Illinois' Christy Dalton were named co-Mid-American Conference Pepsi Pitchers of the Week for the week of April 25.

Pepsi Player of the Week
Jen Skuta
Pinconning, Mich./Pinconning

Batting Average: .667
Slugging Percentage: .778
At Bats: 18
Hits: 12
Runs: 4
RBI: 2

Central Michigan's Jen Skuta is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Player of the Week. Skuta hit .667 in six games overall last week with a batting average of .714 in MAC competition. She had six-consecutive multiple-hit games with a slugging percentage of .778 in those contests. The sophomore leadoff hitter was 2-for-3 in RBI attempts after leading off seven different innings last week.

Co-Pepsi Pitchers of the Week
Jessie Milosek So. RHP
Brighton, Mich./Brighton

Record: 2-0
Games Played/Games Started: 2/2
Saves: 1
Innings Pitched: 16
Earned Runs: 1
Strikeouts: 6
Walks: 3

Bowling Green's Jessie Milosek is this week's MAC Softball co-Pepsi Pitcher of the Week. Milosek went 2-0 with one save and a no-hitter last week. The sophomore right-hander had an ERA of 0.44 helped the Falcons go 5-0 last week.

Christy Dalton Sr. RHP
Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott

Record: 3-0
Games Played/Games Started: 3/3
Saves: 0
Innings Pitched: 18.2
Earned Runs: 1
Strikeouts: 15
Walks: 8

Northern Illinois' Christy Dalton is this week's MAC Softball co-Pepsi Pitcher of the Week. Dalton went 3-0 last week, giving up only one run as the Huskies went 5-0 on the week. Dalton's ERA in her three wins was 0.37 and she improved to 7-1 in MAC games.

Hitter of the Week Nominations:
Akron's Sherell Watson hit .412 with four RBI and two runs.
Ball State's Kasey Angulo hit .375 with two triples, five runs and six RBI.
Bowling Green's Erin Zwinck hit .583 with five runs and five RBI.
Kent' Jamie Kraus hit .381 with three runs, four RBI and one home run.
Marshall's Nichole Corrigan hit .350 with one home run, five RBI and four runs.
Miam's Mary Neal hit .462 with five runs scored and five stolen bases.
Northern Illinois' Kathy LaClear hit .615 with five runs and two RBI.
Ohio's Tiffany Bolton hit .583 with three doubles, three runs and four RBI.

Pitcher of the Week Nominations:
Akron' s Sherell Watson struck out 20 batters in 25 innings of work. Central Michigan's Tina Kinney went 3-1 with an ERA of 0.31, striking out 14 batters in 22.0 innings.

Marshall's Sara Gulla went 2-1 with an ERA of 0.78 and 20 strikeouts.

Akron Zips (4-7, 18-17) -The Zips came through in the crunch again on Saturday against Marshall. Akron trailed 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the 12th and sophomore Kerstin Sewell lined a two-strike pitch to the fence to tie the game and force a 13th inning. The Zips then pushed across a run in the bottom half of the 13th to snap a six-game losing skid in the MAC. Freshman Tracee McCoy maintained her .300 average over the week and stayed in second on the Zips batting list with a .333 mark. She also cracked her fourth home run of the season, which also ranks her second on the Zips (tied with sophomore Rianne Hess). She and Sewell are tied for the team lead in RBI with 20. Junior Sherell Watson pitched in all five games this past week and snapped a personal four-game losing streak in the 13-inning win over Marshall. She pitched 7 2/3 in relief and gave up two hits to earn the victory. She also had a fine week (7-for-17) at the plate by raising her average from .277 to .313. The Zips step out of MAC play on Monday to play host to the Big Ten's Penn State Nittany Lions in a doubleheader.

Ball State Cardinals (6-6, 17-21) - Ball State logged a 4-1 record to move from last place in the West Division to sole possession of third place ... The Cardinals registered a .323 batting average in those five games, posting a 28-10 advantage in runs and a 42-33 edge in hits ... Six players hit .300 or better last week led by the .500 marks of Misty Snider and Janice Campbell ... In Game 2 versus Toledo, Ball State scored a season-high six runs in the seventh inning for the come-from-behind 7-3 victory ... The Cardinals' sweep over Toledo was the first since March 22 when Ball State took two from Butler ... Marcy Mobley has moved into fourth place on Ball State's career strike-out list with 286 strikeouts.

Bowling Green Falcons (9-3, 24-12) - The Falcons have won their last seven MAC games ... In five conference games last week, Bowling Green never gave up more than one run, with two shutouts ... Bowling Green outscored MAC foes 24-4 last week ... The 24-12 start for the Falcons ties the best 36-game start in school history ... Bowling Green is yet to play a conference game on the road, but has completed the home portion of its MAC schedule.

Central Michigan Chippewas (9-2, 19-8) - Central Michigan has now won five straight games to improve to 19-8 overall and 9-2 in the MAC ... Of CMU's 19 wins this season, 11 of them have been shutouts ... The Chippewas ranked ninth in the nation in fielding average last week with a .972 average ... CMU struggled a little in the field last week, though, and its percentage dropped to .967 on the year ... Sophomore Jen Skuta went on a hitting tear during the week. She was 12-for-18 (.667) with four runs scored, two RBI, a triple, a walk and a sacrifice. Skuta has now hit in seven straight games and has a multi-hit game in six straight. She raised her season batting average 103 points last week ... Hope Robertshaw hit the third home run of her career against Michigan State--It was a two-run dinger ... CMU tied a season-high with 10 runs in its 10-5 win over Michigan State. Central ripped a season-high 14 hits, five of them for extra bases versus the Spartans ... As a team, the Chippewas hit .308 last week to improve their season team average to .251.

Kent Golden Flashes (5-8, 13-23) - Kent coach Karen Linder earned her 100th win in the second win over Akron in last Tuesday's doubleheader ... Kent won two doubleheaders in a row last week, with wins over Akron on 4/18 and wins over Youngstown State on 4/19 ... Senior Denae Jones moved into first-place all-time with 288 total bases and first in runs scored with 108. Jones' power career power numbers also jumped last week. She now has 110 career RBI and 25 career home runs.

Marshall Thundering Herd (9-3, 21-21) - The Herd had its seven game Mid-American Conference winning streak snapped in its 5-4 13-inning loss to Akron on Saturday. The seven game winning streak ties the school record for most consecutive wins. Marshall has ripped off 13 victories in its last 16 games to climb back to the .500 mark (21-21) ... Sophomore Nichole Corrigan committed her first error in the last 124 and 1/3 innings. The streak took place over an 18-game span. The second baseman has committed just six errors in 135 opportunities, good for a stellar .956 fielding percentage ... Over their seven game MAC winning streak, the pitching staff of Natasha Johnson, Sara Gulla and Michelle Boam posted a 0.57 earned-run average, struck out 49 and walked just 11 in 49.0 innings of work. The staff tossed three shutouts, six complete games and held opponent's to a .175 batting average.

Miami RedHawks (2-5, 13-20) - Miami twin pitchers Abbey and Amber Arnold produced a true "twinbill" sweep when they won the doubleheader portion of Saturday's three games (the first game of the day was Friday's single game that had been postponed to Saturday due to rain). Amber got things started with a 5-4 come-from-behind win in the first game of the doubleheader, while Abbey finished things off with a 5-3 triumph in the night-cap - The RedHawks had three batters averaged .375 or better at the plate last week. Laura Fulton led the team with a .600 batting average, while Mary Neal followed with a .462 average. Nicki Pelfrey recorded a .375 batting averaged over five games.

Northern Illinois Huskies (12-2, 24-17) - The Huskies are off to a 12-2 start in the MAC for the second-straight season, with last year's team going 17-2 before it encountered a third conference loss ... Huskie pitchers, Christy Dalton, Courtney Witvliet and Jolene Heller combined for a 0.40 ERA while the team committed only three errors last week for a .980 fielding percentage ... Senior centerfielder Sara Youstra is batting .421 in MAC competition, while junior leftfielder Suzie Rizek owns a .385 average with 15 RBI, 13 runs scored and four home runs in MAC action.

Ohio Bobcats (4-9, 10-24) - Bobcats went 1-4 on the week, with all five games on the road ... Ohio's win came in the first game of a tripleheader at Miami on Saturday, April 22 ... Junior Kasey Dowd pitched the victory, marking a school-record with her 35th career victory ... Dowd also pitched two complete games this week, giving her the school record with 55 complete games pitched in her career. Sophomore Tiffany Bolton led the squad with 7-12 (.583) hitting on the week ... She posted three doubles and four RBI against Miami, including all three RBI in the middle contest of the series. In the Miami win, Ohio's 10 runs and 14 hits were all season highs for the squad ... Senior Jen Sewell added a pair of doubles this week to give her 41 in her career, one shy of fourth on Ohio's career list ... She moved into fifth in career hits this week ... She added six hits this week to give her 154 in her career, 10 shy of fourth ... She is seventh in career runs scored, two shy of tying for fifth.

Toledo Rockets (3-9-9-20) - Jenny May continues her solid play after returning to UT's lineup on April 14. She is hitting .400 (10-for-25) to lead the team in hitting...The Rockets will be looking to snap their second seven-game losing streak of the season when they travel to Ball State on Tuesday...Freshman CF Jenny Schaaf leads the Rockets in six categories -- runs (15), hits (26), home runs (4), RBI (12), slugging percentage (.544) and walks (11).

Western Michigan (4-8, 9-25) - Senior outfielder Jen Myslinski is second on the squad with a .341 batting average in conference games, thanks in large part to an eight-game hitting streak - The Broncos' leadoff hitter has collected at least one hit in each game dating back to the series opener against Eastern Michigan on April 14 - During that span the Farmington Hills, Mich., native is hitting .370 (10-for-27) and has also tallied four walks ... Junior outfielder Alaina Scott leads the squad with a .375 batting average in conference games - In the team's 12 league matchups to this point, Scott is among the squad's leaders in hits (12, 2nd), total bases (17, 1st), runs scored (6, 1st) and runs batted in (4, 2nd) - Heading into last week's action, Western Michigan lead the MAC in both successful stolen bases and total attempts - The Broncos added to that total over the weekend, securing 35 steals in 49 team attempts (72 percent).

MAC Notes and Milestones

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

  • 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 14 wins away from the century mark.