Central Michigan's Robertshaw and Marshall's Rini Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 5/16/2000
CLEVELAND, OH (May 16, 2000) -- Central Michigan's Hope Robertshaw (softball) and Marshall's Marty Rini (baseball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on May 16, 2000, the final selections of the 1999-2000 school year.

Robertshaw (Jr., 3.46, communications disorders, LaCrescenta, Calif.) was named the MVP of the MAC Softball Championship after leading CMU to the tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Robertshaw hit .462 (6-for-13) in the tournament with a triple and four RBI. She hit the game-winning RBI in two of CMU's four wins, including the championship game. Robertshaw fielded 1.000 at the hot corner in 19 chances while making several outstanding defensive plays. She was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the championship game.

Rini (So., 3.25, sport management and marketing, Bethel Park, Pa.) ended his sophomore season with a his MAC-leading 20th home run in his final at-bat to tie the Marshall single-season record set in 1998 by triple crown winner Tom Kuempel. Rini hit .467 for the week with three home runs and five RBI. He posted the second-best single-season RBI total in Marshall history with 57, becoming only the second Herd player to drive in 50-or-more runs. Rini also slugged 1.13 for the week and made 12 putouts. He recorded two outfield assists without an error. Rini did not make an error all season in 68 chances, recording six assists from the outfield.

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 that week's competition. The winners are selected by one of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Female Nominees:

Bowling Green: Erin Zwinck (softball, Sr., 3.55, sport management, White Lake, Mich.) hit .333 (7-of-21) on the week as the Falcons won five of seven games. She was 5-for-15 on the weekend at BGSU finished second at the MAC Tournament. Zwinck had a .412 on-base and .533 slugging percentage for the tournament, with a double and a triple. She led BG in total bases (8) and runs scored in the tournament as was tied for second in hits. Zwinck was named both the All-MAC first team and the GTE Academic All-District IV first team last week.

Toledo: Lindy Hartley (track & field, Sr., 3.08, geology, Midland, Mich.) won the high jump at the University of Michigan's Len Paddock Invitational with a mark of 5'6.25".

Male Nominees:

Bowling Green: Matt Best (baseball, Sr., 3.18, integrated social studies, Lima, Ohio) batted .526 (10-for-19) as BGSU won four of six games. He had two doubles, two home runs and drove in four runs. He also scored five runs. Best hit .643 (9-for-14) in the four MAC games against Akron.

Kent: Craig Whitaker (baseball, Sr., 3.23, educational studies, Canton, Ohio) had the game-winning RBI (a triple) in Kent's 6-4 victory over Marshall (May 14) that clinched the regular-season title and made Kent the host for the 2000 MAC Baseball Tournament. He also picked up his first career home run in that game. Whitaker batted .467 (7-for-15) on the weekend with a double, a triple, a home run and four runs-batted in.

Ohio: Ryan Kyes (baseball, Jr., 3.30, business, White Lake, Mich.) went 7-for-18 over the weekend to hit .389. He hit three doubles, four runs and five RBI in games against Kentucky and Miami. He also broke Ohio's all-time season record for total bases in a season with 135.

Toledo: Scott Bruhn (baseball, Sr., 3.08, law enforcement, Napoleon, Ohio) posted both wins in the Rockets' doubleheader sweep over Western Michigan (May 14) with a 5-2 and 5-1 wins. He registered a victory in the opener with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and then hurled a complete game in the nightcap. Bruhn posted a 1.74 ERA for the week in 10.1 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts.

Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (Sept. 7)    Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 13)   Jennifer Mitchell, CMU (volleyball)
                    Kerri Schoultz, BSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 20)   Kim Branam, Akron (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)   Jocelyn Teall, BSU (field hockey)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)     Alissia Thompson, Miami (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)    Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)    Heather Fueger, Ohio (women's golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)    Courtney Seyferth, Miami (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)     Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)    Carrie Patterson, Kent (volleyball)
Week 11 (Nov. 15)   Katie Mullen, Ohio (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 23)   Tennille Hileski, CMU (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 29)   Emily Sallee, BSU (volleyball)
Week 14 (Dec. 6)    Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
Week 15 (Dec. 13)   Erinn Hitch, BSU (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10)   Tara Perrier, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 19)   Laura Szczepanski, BSU (gymnastics)
Week 18 (Jan. 24)   Jamie Stewart, Miami (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 31)   Angie Farmer, BGSU (basketball)
Week 20 (Feb. 8)    Laura Szczepanksi, BSU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 15)   Erica Glover, Akron (basketball)
Week 22 (Feb. 21)   Tara Overaitis, Toledo (basketball)
Week 23 (Feb. 29)   Kim van Selm, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 24 (Mar. 7)    Julie Studer, Kent (basketball)
Week 25 (Mar. 14)   Nikki Liphardt, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 26 (Mar. 21)   Marny Oestreng, BGSU (gymnastics)
Week 27 (Mar. 28)   Katie Geib, Ohio (track & field)
Week 28 (Apr. 5)    Nikki Liphardt, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 29 (Apr. 11)   Christy Smith, Akron (track & field)
Week 30 (Apr. 18)   Wendy Stephens, CMU (softball)
Week 31 (Apr. 25)   Sharon Poisson, Miami (track & field)
Week 32 (May 2)     Jan Dowling, Kent (golf)
Week 33 (May 9)     Nikki Rouhana, BGSU (softball)
Week 34 (May 16)    Hope Robertshaw, CMU (softball)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (Sept. 7)    Chad Pennington, Marshall (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 13)   Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
Week 3 (Sept. 20)   Jason Strasser, BGSU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)   Tim Lester, WMU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)     Tim Rice, Toledo (golf)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)    Ty Fowler, BGSU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)    Scott Niles, WMU (football)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)    Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)     Jon Eaton, Akron (football)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)    Brian Billips, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 11 (Nov. 15)   Karoly Bozan, Kent (cross country)
Week 12 (Nov. 23)   Andy Brumbergs, Miami (football)
Week 13 (Nov. 29)   Mike Ensminger, Miami (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 6)    Demetric Shaw, Kent (basketball)
Week 15 (Dec. 13)   Dan Hickey, Buffalo (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10)   Brian Baughman, Kent (wrestling)
Week 17 (Jan. 19)   Jason Grunkemeyer, Miami (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 24)   T.J. Lux, NIU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 31)   Dale Cowper, WMU (track & field)
Week 20 (Feb. 8)    Brian Billips, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 21 (Feb. 15)   David Webber, CMU (basketball)
Week 22 (Feb. 21)   Chad Kamstra, Toledo (basketball)
Week 23 (Feb. 29)   David Webber, CMU (basketball)
Week 24 (Mar. 7)    Dan Bednar, Ohio (wrestling)
Week 25 (Mar. 14)   Jason Stewart, Miami (basketball)
Week 26 (Mar. 21)   Nate Tekavec, Miami (baseball)
Week 27 (Mar. 28)   Demetric Shaw, Kent (basketball)
Week 28 (Apr. 5)    Sam O'Dell, Marshall (golf)
Week 29 (Apr. 11)   Andrew Seni, BSU (tennis)
Week 30 (Apr. 18)   Nick Iagulli, Miami (track & field)
Week 31 (Apr. 25)   Jacob Sanborn, CMU (baseball)
Week 32 (May 2)     Ryan Kyes, Ohio (baseball)
Week 33 (May 9)     Nate Tekavec, Miami (baseball)
Week 34 (May 16)    Marty Rini, Marshall (baseball)