Cleveland, Ohio (April 11) - Bowling Green's Angie Domschot was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Hitter of the Week and Marshall's Sara Gulla was named the Mid-American Conference Pepsi Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 10.
Pepsi Player of the Week
Angie Domschot * Jr. * 2B
Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy
Batting Average: .625
Slugging Percentage: 1.000
At Bats: 8
Extra-base hits: 3
Bowling Green's Angie Domschot is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Player of the Week. Domschot hit .625 (5-for-8) with a slugging percentage of 1.000 as Bowling Green went 2-0 in action last week. The junior second baseman had three doubles and a pair of multi-hit games with two runs scored.
Pepsi Pitcher of the Week
Sara Gulla * Jr. * P
Garden Grove, Calif./Ocean View
Games Played/Games Started: 1/1
Innings Pitched: 7
Earned Runs: 0
Marshall's Sara Gulla is this week's MAC Softball Pepsi Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. In her only appearance this past week, Gulla struck out 10 batters in only seven innings of action in a 6-0 victory over Wright State. The junior left-hander gave up only one hit in the shutout win. She also hit .600 and drove in three runs for the Thundering Herd last week.
Hitter of the Week Nominations:
Ball State's Katie Shea hit .625 with three runs scored.
Eastern Michigan's Paula Slingerland hit .429 with two runs and one RBI.
Miam's Mary Neal hit .500 with three runs scored.
Northern Illinois' Samantha Knoll hit .462 with five RBI and two runs.
Ohio's Jen Sewell went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs.
Pitcher of the Week Nominations:
Bowling Green's Jessie Milosek threw a complete-game seven-hitter with two strikeouts and gave up only one run against Detroit.
Miami's Amber Arnold went 2-0 with a complete-game shutout against Butler. She had an ERA of 0.00 in 8.1 innings.
MAC TEAM NOTES
Akron Zips (2-1, 14-11): The Zips, like many other conference teams, had the weekend off due to foul weather. The Zips longest conference road trip (to Nrothern Illinois and Western Michigan) was called off ... Akron will get back into the swing this week with nearby rival, Cleveland State on Wednesday. After the Vikings depart town, Akron will travel to Bowling Green for a Friday/Saturday set against the Falcons ... Six of Akron's nine starters are hitting over .300 and Kerstin Sewell is not far behind at .296. Sewell leads the squad with five home runs and 17 RBI.
Ball State Cardinals (0-3, 10-17): Marshall and Ball State will be meeting for just the fourth time on Friday ... Ball State and Ohio are even versus one another at 24-24 in the all-time series that began in 1978 ... Ball State has won six of its last seven meetings against Big 10 in-state rival Indiana, the two teams will meet on Tuesday ... Freshman Katie Shea improved her batting average 26 points in Ball State's two games last to week to a team-leading .344 mark with a 5-for-8 performance against Bradley ... Shea tops the team in hits and runs scored and has tallied a Ball State-best 10 multiple-hit games ... Since returning from an injury, sophomore Ali Orel has raised her batting average 70 points to .282 ... In two games last week, she hit .667 with a 4-for-6 performance from the plate ... Marcy Mobley tops Ball State with 98 strikeouts, six victories and a 1.82 ERA in 104 innings pitched
Bowling Green Falcons (2-2, 17-8): Senior Colleen Bates hit her eighth career homer in the second game against Detroit, tying the school record ... She now shares that record with Kathy Fisher and Sandy Krebs (both 1983-86) ... Lynsey Ebel is right behind, having hit her seventh career round-tripper in the opener at Detroit ... BGSU's 17-8 start is the second-best in school histroy ... The best 25 game start in BG softball annals is 18-7, set in 1993 ... That '93 team went 34-18 and won the MAC with a 26-9 record ... The 1992 squad also started at 17-8 en route to a 37-16 overall record.
Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-2, 13-14): The Eagles have now won their last two conference games after losing thier first two of the season ... Eastern Michigan's Aimee Hamilton hit her first career grand slam against Ohio as the Eagles beat the Bobcats 8-4 in the only conference game last week for either team ... Paula Slingerland paced the team with a .429 batting average.
Central Michigan Chippewas (3-0, 11-5): Central Michigan had three doubleheaders cancelled last week because of bad weather...Central has now lost 11 games this season to the weather, almost as many as the 16 it has actually played...The Chippewas face a busy week this week, hosting No. 11-ranked Michigan on Tuesday and then traveling to rival MAC Northern Illinois...CMU and NIU are the only undefeated teams in MAC action, so one of the teams will suffer their first conference loss of the season...Michigan represents CMU's fourth top 15 opponent this season...The Chippewas have also faced No. 4 Arizona State, No. 7 Cal and No. 12 Oregon State...Tina Kinney needs one more win on the mound to set the CMU record for career victories at 61...No. 2 pitcher Wendy Stephens ranks 16th nationally with a 0.68 ERA.
Kent Golden Flashes (1-4, 6-18): Kent cancelled two doubleheaders last week due to inclement weather, and the team has missed six games so far this season due to rain and snow ... Junior Jamie Kraus is in a three-way tie for 50th in the nation this season with a .400 batting average according to the NCAA statistics released April 2 ... The Golden Flashes won 14 of their last 16 games played at the Kent Softball Field in 1999, losing only the first two games and enter this week's games 14-4 on the diamond at Dix stadium ... Senior centerfielder Denae Jones leads the team in slugging percentage (.586) with four home runs and five doubles. She also leads the team in total bases with 41, RBI with 14 and stolen bases with seven.
Marshall Thundering Herd (2-1, 14-19): Marshall is approaching a number of single season team pitching records. Currently, the 2000 pitching staff has recorded nine shutouts, 256 strikeouts and posted a 1.31 earned-run average. The nine shutouts are just six shy of the all-time mark set in the 1997 season. The Herd pitching staff is on pace to shatter the previous marks of 332 strikeouts (1999) and 1.68 team ERA (1996) ... Junior pitcher Sara Gulla is also approaching a couple of single season pitching records. The Garden Grove, CA native needs just 61 strikeouts to break the school record of 197. The left-handed hurler, who boasts an 0.78 ERA, will most likely best the all-time single season ERA mark of 1.43 ... After losing five consecutive games, Marshall has won five of its last six to improve to 14-19. The sophomore duo of Vanessa Clarkson and Nichole Corrigan have led the Herd offensively over the winning streak. Clarkson, a native of Moreno Valley, CA, batted .412 and knocked in two runs. Corrigan, a native of Corona, CA, batted .350 with a double, triple and four RBI.
Miami RedHawks (1-3, 12-18): Sweeping Butler, 5-4 and 4-0, Miami captured its first double-header wins against the Bulldogs since the 1990 season Keri Brisnehan was a key factor in Miami's wins at Butler last week. Brisnehan, a slapper, posted three RBIs in Miami's 5-4 extra-innings win in the first game. She also easily made the transition from centerfield to second base for the ailing Laura Fulton Several RedHawks have hits in 18 or more games this season. Laura Fulton, Kristina Mortaloni and Nicki Pelfrey have recorded hits in 19 games apiece to lead the team, while Keri Brisnehan has hits in 18 games Nicki Pelfrey is slugging away at the plate and owns a .520 slugging percentage. She also is batting .400 with runners on base and .381 with runners in scoring position. With two outs, Pelfrey is batting .324 With its 5-4, eight- inning win over Butler, Miami played its fifth extra- inning game in 11 contests. The RedHawks have gone into extra innings six times this season and are 3-3 in extra-inning games Amber Arnold posted a 0.00 ERA and earned two wins last week. For the season, Amber owns a 0.85 ERA and was ranked 28th in the nation last week.
Northern Illinois Huskies (6-0, 17-12): The Huskies are off to a 6-0 start in the league for the second straight year, with last year's team winning its first eight league games before losing ... The team owns a .318 (56-for176) batting average and a .982 fielding percentage, with just three errors in six MAC games ... Senior centerfielder Sara Youstra has a .500 (10-for-20) batting average with 12 RBI, nine runs scored, four home runs and a pair of doubles in the conference play ... Junior Suzie Rizek has clubbed five homeruns this season and leads the team with 26 RBI and 18 runs scored.
Ohio Bobcats (1-3, 6-17): Mother Nature limited the Bobcats' action to just one game last week ... The scheduled home opener against Penn State was cancelled due to field conditions after extensive rain over a 72-hour period ... Ohio dropped its first game at EMU, before the second game was called with a 2-2 tie in the fourth ... The doubleheader at CMU was snowed out. Bad luck continued as the Bobcats' leading hitter, freshman Kelli Bankert, left the EMU game due to injury ... Bankert is expected to be available for this weekend's action. Ohio travels to Pittsburgh for a doubleheader on Tuesday ... Ohio will open the home season with a pair of MAC doublehaders against Toledo and Ball State this weekeend ... The Bobcats hope to open in Athens as strong as a year ago when they started 7-0 at home. Senior Jen Sewell doubled her season total for doubles with a pair in the loss to EMU.
Toledo Rockets (2-1, 8-12): The Rockets are scheduled to play six road games this week with doubleheaders at Wright State (April 11), Ohio (April 14) and Marshall (April 15)...UT's Aimee Frickle was tied for 15th nationally in doubles per game (0.35) in last week's NCAA rankings...A makeup date for UT's doubleheader at Ohio State (which was postponed last Monday) has yet to be determined.
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. Kent's Karen Linder is five wins away; and Ohio's Roanna Brazier is 18 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.
MAC teams were involved in 31 different cancellations last week due to the weather