Cleveland, OH -- Akron's Tiffany McCoy (Akron, Ohio) was named this week's Mid-American Conference Pepsi Hitter of the week, while her teammate Lisa Keenan (Paradise, Calif) was named the Pepsi Pitcher of the Week for the Week of May 2.
Akron's Tiffany McCoy is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Player of the Week. In six games last week, McCoy hit three home runs and drove in eight runs with a slugging percentage of 1.000. McCoy's solo home run against Penn State made the difference in the Zips' 3-2 victory over the Nittany Lions, while her offensive numbers also helped Akron go 6-1 on the week.
Akron's Lisa Keenan is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Pitcher of the Week after going 4-0 last week with one save. Keenan had an ERA of 0.99, while giving up only one walk all week. The sophomore right-hander also came within one hit of a no-hitter against Miami last weekend as she put Akron in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
Toledo's Kristy Kassotis was 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA.
MAC TEAM NOTES
Akron Zips (9-7, 24-18) -The Zips are riding a season-high six-game winning streak as they head into the final week of the season ... After going through a rough stretch and sitting at 4-7 in the MAC, the Zips have won their last six MAC contests as well and are looking to grab the third and final playoff spot in the East Division ... The freshman will lead has been a pretty accurate statement all year long for the Zips as Tracee McCoy leads the squad in hitting (.338) as a true freshman ... She also leads the squad in RBI (25) ... Her 11 doubles is also tops on the squad and has a total of 19 extra base hits.
Ball State Cardinals (9-8, 20-25) - Marcy Mobley moved into the number two spot on the Ball State single-season list with a career-high 180 strikeouts this spring ... Her 324 career total places her fourth all-time at Ball State ... Misty Snider has become Ball State's all-time leader in walks with 64 ... Freshman Katie Shea continues to pace Ball State offensively with her team-leading 48 hits, including eight doubles, 21 runs scored and a .312 batting average ... Ball State is 0-5 in extra-inning games this season and being outscored 14-5 in these contests ... The only way Ball State will not make the MAC tournament is if the Cardinals lose all three games this weekend and Eastern Michigan wins all four games it plays in.
Bowling Green Falcons (12-5, 27-14) - The Falcons have a magic number of one to clinch a tie for the East Division title ... Entering the last week of MAC play, BGSU needs just one win, or a Marshall loss, to assure the Brown and Orange of a tie for the divisional crown ... Additionally, the Falcons hold the tiebreaker over second-place Marshall after taking two of three games vs. the Thundering Herd last week ... BGSU scored a season-high 15 runs in the second-game win over Miami Tuesday ... In that contest, junior Jen Domschot scored three runs and drove in four ... That effort concluded a doubleheader which saw her drive in six runners ... She had a two-run triple in the first game ... BGSU's three seniors, CF Carmen Hitterdal, 3B/DP Erin Zwinck and C Colleen Bates, each had two hits in the second Miami contest ... In the last three doubleheaders vs. Miami, the Falcons have totalled 12 runs in the first game and 38 in the second ... Junior 1B Nikki Rouhana lifted the Falcons to victory in the team's longest game of the year, a 10-inning win at Marshall Friday ... Rouhana's two-run homer in the top of the 10th, her first round-tripper of the season, gave BG a 2-1 victory ...Sophomore Andrea Genter threw a four-hit shutout to give BG the rubber game of the series Saturday, in a 5-0 win ... Freshman SS Libby Voshell homered in the fifth inning of that game to break a scoreless tie ... The Falcons now have 15 homers on the season, four shy of the school seasonal record set last year ... BGSU has played error-free softball in five of the last eight games.
Central Michigan Chippewas (13-3, 23-9) - As a team, the Chippewas had a 0.37 ERA last week ... Central Michigan allowed only one run in the three-game series against rival Western Michigan ... Sophomore Wendy Stephens came one out away from throwing the 15th no-hitter in CMU history versus WMU. Western's Nicole Drabecki hit the two-out single in the seventh ... Kim Burke hit .467 (7-for-15) last week to raise her team-best batting average to .347. Over one stretch of the week she had a hit in five straight official at-bats ... Senior Nicole Weston is returning to old form at the plate. Last week she hit .438, going 7-for-16 with five doubles, three RBI and six runs scored ... Sophomore Jen Skuta continues her hot second-half of the season. She hit .429 last week with a triple and three RBI. Skuta leads the team with a .444 batting average in MAC action ... CMU has shutout its opponent 13 times in its 23 wins this season ... Central finished their regular season with a 9-2 home record at the CMU softball complex.
Kent Golden Flashes (6-12, 16-27) - Kent was led on offense by junior Jamie Kraus (Akron, Ohio/Springfield) this past week ... Kraus hit .542 with five doubles and two home runs for a slugging percentage of 1.000 ... She currently leads the team in batting average (.398), slugging percentage (.617), hits (53), doubles (11) and total bases (82) ... Kent will play Cleveland State again this week after sweeping the Vikings in doubleheader action last week (3-0, 1-0).
Marshall Thundering Herd (10-7, 22-25) - Sophomore Vanessa Clarkson recorded her second four-hit game of the season in a 4-3 thrilling come-from-behind victory over Bowling Green on Saturday. The native of Moreno Valley, California, went 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, including the game winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning. The third basemen then singled in the bottom of the first in the nightcap to record a hit in five straight plate appearances. Clakson raised her batting average from .278 to .304 ... Marshall dropped a pair of one run games this week, 3-2 (8) versus Ohio and 2-1 (10) against Bowling Green. The Herd has now played in 19 one run games for the season and are just 6-13 ... Junior Sara Gulla, who has struck out 193 this season, recently broke Christy Waring's all-time career strikeout mark. The junior has struck out 436 for her career. The left-handed hurler also moved into second place all-time in innings pitched with 430.
Miami RedHawks (5-12, 16-27) - Freshman Erin Taylor's consistency at the plate has increased as the season progressed. Taylor batted .429 for the week Nicki Pelfrey has been slugging away at the plate. She owns a team-best .526 slugging percentage for the season and posted a .533 slugging percentage last week. Pelfrey also recorded four RBI Keri Brisnehan scored five of Miami's 15 runs last week. With two stolen bases last week, Brisnehan upped her season total to 13, which ties Mary Neal for the most of any RedHawk this season. Neal has only been caught stealing once.
Northern Illinois Huskies (16-3, 28-18) - Northern Illinois went 4-1 to retain the MAC lead heading into the last week of conference action ... The Huskies had an eight-game winning streak snapped at Toledo ... The Northern pitching staff held opposing offenses to a batting average of .139 with only 17 hits in 33 innings ... Christy Dalton threw her first career no-hitter against Western Michigan on Tuesday ... Dalton also became the first Huskie pitcher to compile 600 strikeouts ... Suzie Rizek leads the offense in average (.341), runs (29), doubles (12), home runs (5) and RBI (34). She has also drawn 23 walks for a .444 on-base percentage ... Jill Carpenter, the only Huskie to start all 46 games this season, is 11-11 on stolen base attempts.
Ohio Bobcats (8-10, 14-25) -Ohio had a strong week, finishing 4-1 ... The Bobcats swept both of its doubleheaders (Marshall and Kent), for their first doubleheader sweeps of the season ... Ohio handed then-East Division leader Marshall 3-0 and 3-2 (8) losses ... Sophomore Heather Hagen tossed a complete-game two-hitter in the shutout ... Freshman Kelli Bankert's solo home run to lead off the eighth inning gave Ohio the 3-2 win in the finale. Bankert built her hitting streak to 14-straight games, with hits in 19 of the last 20 games, only failing to get a hit against Eastern Michigan when she was injured on her second at bat ... She batted .533 on the week (8-of-15) with three doubles, a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Bankert continues to rank among the nation's leaders in doubles with 14 doubles on the season ... She is just seven shy of Ohio's season record, four away from reaching the season charts. Senior Jen Sewell's double in Ohio's rally in Saturday's first game moved her into a tie for third on Ohio's career doubles chart (42). Junior right-hander Kasey Dowd was 2-0 on the week with her first career save ... She continues to add to her school-record 37 career victories.
Toledo Rockets (5-12, 11-23) - Rockets posted a 5-3 win on Saturday over MAC West leaders, Northern Illinois...Their five runs in that contest were the most the Rockets have scored in a MAC game this season...Toledo has a chance to finish as high as fourth place in the West Division, an improvement over 1999's sixth-place showing...Junior C Laurie Nagel posted a .500 batting average (4-for-8) in the NIU series with three runs scored and two RBI. Nagel now is batting .280 for the season.,,Freshman CF Jenny Schaaf hit her team-high fourth home run in Friday's 4-1 loss to Northern Illinois. She still leads the team with a .308 batting average.
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 10 wins away from the century mark.