Akron's Sewell and Northern Illinois' Witvliet Honored as MAC Pepsi Softball Players of the Week

Updated 3/7/2000
Cleveland, Ohio -- Akron's Kerstin Sewell was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Hitter of the Week and Northern Illinois' Courtney Witvliet was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 28.

Pepsi Player of the Week

Kerstin Sewell, Akron		So.	OF
St. Inigoes, Md./Great Mills

Batting Average:  	.400
At Bats:  		20
Runs:  			6
Hits:  			8
RBI:  			10

Akron's Kerstin Sewell is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Player of the Week. Sewell hit .400 ( 8-for-20) for the week to go along with a slugging percentage of 1.000. She had three home runs, three doubles, 10 RBI and six runs scored as she helped the Zips accumulate 36 runs last week.

Pepsi Pitcher of the Week

Courtney Witvliet, Northern Illinois	Jr.	P
Dyer, Ind./Lake Central 

Record:  		2-0
Games Played/Games Started:  2/2
Saves:  		0
Innings Pitched:  	14.2
Earned Runs:  		0
Strikeouts:  		16
Walks:  		4

Northern Illinois' Courtney Witvliet is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Pitcher of the Week for the second-straight week. Witvliet went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 14.2 innings pitched. She helped the Huskies to a first-place tie at the Indiana State Tournament, allowing her opponents a .064 batting average. She gave up a total of three hits in two complete games over the week.

Hitter of the Week Nominations: Ball State's Ruth Hjelmeland (OF, So., Hopkins, Minn.) hit .500 over the week with three RBI. She raised her batting average by 104 points last week.

Bowling Green's Jenny Domschot (OF, Jr., Toledo, Ohio) hit .375 with a slugging percentage of .875.

Marshall's Mandy Moore (1B, So., St. Albans, W.Va.) hit .400 with 10 RBI, one double, one triple, and two home runs.

Pitcher of the Week Nominations:

Akron's Lisa Keenan (P, So., Paradise, Calif.) struck out 22 batters in 36.2 innings of work.

Bowling Green's Jessie Milosek (P, So., Brighton, Mich.) three a complete game, five-hit shutout of Virginia. She also had a 0.00 ERA in 11.2 innings of work.

Marshall's Natasha Johnson (P, Sr., Chesterfield, Va.) went 2-1 over the week, striking out 40 batters in just 24.1 innings of play, including a school record 16 strikeouts against Morgan State.

MAC Notes

Akron Zips (12-10) - The Zips opened the home schedule this weekend against Minnesota, but the Golden Gophers spoiled it. Minnesota's Angie Recknor tossed a perfect game against the Zips as the Gophers defeated UA, 2-0. Akron's Lisa Keenan pitched nearly as well, giving up only three hits and one earned run, but the Zips couldn't muster a base runner ... Akron shutout Buffalo with a pair of 12-0 scores. Akron pounded out 29 hits to only five for the Bulls. The Zips' Kerstin Sewell equalled the effort of the entire Buffalo hitting squad on the day by going 5-for-6 with two home runs and seven RBI in the two games.

Ball State Cardinals (9-13) - Freshman Ruth Hjelmeland, who tops the team with a nine-game hitting streak, raised her batting average by 104 points in six games last week ... Hjelmeland brought a .250 mark into competition last weekand raised her average to .354 after going 10-for-20 ... Junior Samantha Bushy pitched her first collegiate no-hitter in Ball State's 4-0 win over Butler last week ... Bushy, who had one strikeout in the game, was two infield errors away from a perfect game ... Ball State's 10-inning game at Indiana was its third extra-inning affair of the season ... Sophomore pitcher Marcy Mobley tied her career high with 12 strikeouts versus Illilnois ... Ball State and Valparaiso will meet this week for the first time since 1986.

Bowling Green Falcons (12-6) - The Falcons have recorded seven shtouts in the first 18 games of the season ... Each of the four members of the Bowling Green pitching staff, sophomores Andrea Genter, Jessie Milosek and Rebekah Tipton and freshman McKenna Houle have each thrown at least one complete-game shutout ... Bowling Green's 12-6 start is the second-best in school history, behind only the 13-5 start of the 1992 Falcon squad ... The 1992 team finished 37-16 overall and second in the conference with a 19-10 league mark.

Central Michigan Chippewas (12-6) - After starting the season 0-4, the Chippewas reeled off six straight wins before falling to Arizona State ... Of CMU's five losses this season, three are to teams ranked in the top 15 nationally (California, Arizona State and Oregon State) ... CMU's six-game winning streak started with three straight shutouts by Chippewa ace Tina Kinney ... Kinney is 4-2 this season with a 3.00 ERA. She has struck out 31 batters to raise her career total to 404, second-best in CMU history ... Central Michigan has been struggling a little at the plate in the early goings with a .205 average compared to its opponents mark of .240 ... The Chippewas have had key hits at key times, though, which led to the six-game winning streak ... Senior Nicole Weston blasted a solo home run against Baylor for the only scoring of the game ... Watson now has 13 career home runs. She ranks third in the CMU record books for career round-trippers behind a pair who hold the record with 16 ... 1999 MAC Freshman of the Year, Becky Manson leads the Chippewas in hitting with a .273 average. She has three doubles and one triple on the year ... Oddly, CMU leadoff hitter Amy Morrison leads the team in RBI with five. She has a pair of two-RBI games.

Kent Golden Flashes (5-13) - The Kent State University softball team (5-13) will play at Indiana University (8-17) Tuesday, March 28, in Bloomington, Ind., before returning home to open its Mid-American Conference (MAC) season. The doubleheader with the Hoosiers begins at 2 p.m. On Friday, March 31, the Golden Flashes open both their home and MAC seasons against Marshall University (9-17) at 3 p.m. Kent then meets the Thundering Herd again Saturday, April 1, for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. Both games will be played at the Kent Softball Field located beside Dix Stadium ... Kent looks to build on last season's 14-game home winning streak in its home opener with Marshall March 31. The Golden Flashes went 14-2 at home last season in their first year playing on the Kent Softball Field ... Kent will welcome conference play after extending its losing streak to nine games at the Boilermaker Invitational. The Golden Flashes lost their final two games of the Invitational to #13 Michigan and Bradley.

Marshall Thundering Herd (9-17) - Marshall's current four-game losing streak is the third-losing streak of four games or more this season ... Marshall also has a four-game winning streak this season ... The Herd's 9-17 record to start the season is the worst for a Marshall softball team since the sport was re-instated in 1994 ... Of Marshall's 17 losses, nine are by just one run while the team has lost four games without yielding a single run.

Miami RedHawks (8-14) - Twin sisters Amber and Abbey Arnold are continuing to team up to form Miami's Special "K" in the circle. Amber who has pitched more than 10 strikeouts on four occasions this season, has 84 strikeouts and is averaging eight per game. The two have thrown 148 of Miami's 152 strikeouts ... In 1999 the RedHawk squad tallied seven home runs for the entire season. This season, the Miami hitters have already amassed five, led by Nicki Pelfrey who has already belted three this season ... Juniors Chrissy Martini and Kristina Mortalni have been two of Miami's top 'Hawks in situations. Both players own a batting average of .444 with runners in scoring position. Mortaloni is batting .367 with runners on base, while Martini is batting .308.

Northern Illinois Huskies (11-12) - The Huskies tied for first place at the Indiana State University Spring Classic over the weekend by finishing with a 3-1 record ... NIU batted .303 as a team with a pair of home runs ... junior pitcher Christy Witvliet and senior pitcher Christy Dalton combined for a 0.27 ERA with a pair of shutouts and limited the opposition to a .101 batting average ... NIU has now gone 8-4 over its last 12 games.

Ohio Bobcats (4-13) - The Bobcats concluded tournament action with a 1-3 outing at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic, including a loss to #20 Illinois-Chicago ...The tourney closed a spring break trip that saw a split at South Florida and a pair of losses at Top-30 Florida State (in others receiving votes). The Bobcats are still on the road this week with a doubleheader at Dayton before traveling to Akron to open conference action this weekend. Redshirt freshman Kelli Bankert has gotten off to a good start, pacing the Bobcats with a .286 batting average, six doubles and eight RBI in the clean-up position ... Sophomore Heather Hagen is 2-6 on the mound with a 2.90 ERA and 30 K. Ohio opens its home season with Penn State next week, hoping to get off to another good start in Athens ... The Bobcats opened with seven wins at home last year.

Toledo Rockets (6-10) - Freshman centerfielder Jenny Schaaf continues to lead the Rockets offensively. She is the team leader in eight categories - batting average (.360), hits (18), runs (11), RBI (10), home runs (two), total bases (28), slugging percentage (.560) and on-base percentage (.411).

MAC Notes and Milestones

  • 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 is six wins away; Ball State's Teri Laux is five wins away and Ohio's Roanna Brazier is 20 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.
    Past Mid-American Conference Pepsi Players of the Week
    Date			Hitter			Pitcher
    March 7, 2000		Denae Jones, Kent	Sara Gulla, Marshall 
    March 14, 2000		Tara Davidson, NIU	Tina Kinney, CMU
    March 21, 2000		Rianne Hess, Akron	Amber Arnold, Miami
    						Courtney Witvliet, NIU
    March 28, 2000		Kerstin Sewell, Akron	Courtney Witvliet, NIU