Ball State Elizabeth Milian and Kent State Kylie Reynolds (softball)
Elizabeth Milian (Sr., 3.97, secondary mathematics education, Grand Blanc, Mich.) leading Ball State from the circle in a 2-1 win against No. 3 Missouri in the DeMarini Invitational in Columbia, Mo. Friday, Elizabeth Milian gave up just four hits to the Tigers' eager bats for an earned run average of 1.0. This was the first time in six meetings that Ball State defeated Missouri. Following the Missouri game, Milian took the mound for three innings to relieve Ball State's Audra Sanders against Northwestern. She gave up no runs and just three hits to the Wildcats. Then, due to snow on Saturday, Milian pitched indoors against Northern Colorado and posted a nearly perfect game. The ace gave up just one hit and no runs to secure her seventh shutout of the season in a 5-0 win. Pitching 17 innings in two days, Milian gave up just one run, pitched 13 strikeouts and posted a 0.41 earned run average.
Kylie Reynolds (Sr., 3.26, communications studies, Greensboro, Ga.) threw a no-hitter against Albany Friday and became the Mid-American Conference's all-time strikeout leader. After fanning 13 batters against Albany, Reynolds earned her second win of the day in a relief appearance against Siena. In three innings against the Saints, she struck out eight and retired all nine batters faced. Reynolds went 2-1 with a 0.82 ERA in three weekend appearances. She struck out 31 batters in 17 innings, running her career strikeout total to 992. Reynolds passed Central Michigan's Amber Puchalski who held the league strikeout record since 2004.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.