East Division Player of the Week
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green, Fr., SS, Jeromesville, Ohio/Hillsdale
Fulk played in and started all four of the Falcon's games at shortstop at the Red and Black Classic in Athens, Ga. She contributed to the Falcons 2-2 tournament record, posting five hits for the team, including three doubles and one homerun-the first of her career as a Falcon-- that resulted in a .500 batting average, a .667 on-base percentage and 1.100 slugging percentage. Fulk's first career home run came in the top of the third inning against the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs that resulted in two RBI's. Fulk had one double in BGSU's win over Western Carolina and two doubles against Winthrop, one of which helped the Falcons take a 9-7 lead in the top of the sixth, before falling to the Eagles in the bottom of the inning. At the tournament Fulk was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen bases and was walked a total of five times.
West Division Player of the Week
Molly Coldren, Central Michigan, So., SS, West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame
Molly Coldren had a sparkling season debut at the Tiger Invitational over the weekend. Coldren recorded at least one hit in all four games in Auburn and batted .583 with a home run, five RBI and five runs scored in the tournament. Four of the sophomore's seven hits went for extra bases. She went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the season-opener against Nebraska, went 1-for-2 in CMU's second game against Nebraska, finished 2-for-3 at the plate against host Auburn and erupted with a 3-for-4, two double, one homer, five RBI and four run effort against SIU-Edwardsville.
East Division Pitcher of the Week
Andrea Arney, Akron, So, Dalton, Ohio/Dalton
Pitching was a pivotal point for UA at the College of Charleston Cougar Classic as sophomore Andrea Arney led UA in the circle going 2-1 in 22.0 innings pitched. Giving up just three earned runs while striking out 21, Arney opens the season with a .95 ERA. Arney's only loss came against No. 15 Louisville where she gave up just one earned run while striking out five in her third complete game of the weekend. Combined the Zips only gave up six earned runs in 36.0 innings pitched holding a 1.17 ERA.
West Division Pitcher of the Week
Elizabeth Milian, Ball State, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Elizabeth Milian went 2-1 at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament in Woodstock, Ga., with wins over Tennessee Tech and the host Kennesaw State . . . Milian limited Tennessee Tech to three hits, while striking out 13 batters and allowing only one walk . . . Against Kennesaw State, she allowed only two hits and struck out 13 batters . . . Milian suffered her only loss to Southern Illinois in a 1-0 defeat, despite allowing only three hits and striking out nine . . . SIU scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth . . . Milian was selected to the all-tournament team for her performance.
Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Alex Feltes, Akron, Jr., 3B, Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat
Junior Alex Feltes led UA on the offensive side of the ball at the College of Charleston Cougar Classic posting a .375 batting average and .625 slugging percentage. Grabbing six hits including two doubles and a triple, Feltes scored five of UA's 13 runs while driving in two. Her best performance came against Wagner where she went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. On the field, Feltes made no errors at third base grabbing 12 assists and three putouts.
Kristen Gallipani, Buffalo, Sr., OF, Brewster, NY/Brewster
Kristen Gallipani led the Bulls in all catagories, going six for 10 at the plate, including two doubles and an RBI, finishing the weekend with a .600 batting average and a .800 slugging percentage, helping the Bulls go 2-2 at the Sleep Inn Classic in Denton, Texas.
Shalene Petrich, Ohio, Sr., OF, Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West
Petrich recorded three multi-hit games while tallying an on base percentage of .500 and a perfect fielding percentage in leading Ohio to a pair of wins at the Auburn University Tiger Invitational. The senior had her best showings on the bigger stages, however, tallying two hits against both perennial postseason qualifiers Auburn and Nebraska. Following a 2-for-4 effort against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Petrich finished 2-for-3 against Auburn. She then scored the winning run in Ohio's second win over SIUE. Petrich concluded the weekend with a 2-for-3 showing against Nebraska's ace and 2008 Olympian Robin Mackey.
Mica Sanchez, Toledo, Sr., C/3B, Riverdale, CA/Riverdale
Sanchez led the Rockets in hitting in the team's opening weekend with a .467 clip. She had three multi-hit efforts in Toledo's five games at the First Pitch Classic and also drew a pair of walks, reaching base in nine of her 17 plate appearances. She drove in two runs as part of a seven-run ninth inning that propelled the Rockets to a victory over Saint Francis (PA), 9-3, on Sunday.
Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Sharon Barr, Buffalo, Sr., Coarsegold, CA/Yosemite
Barr was the winning pitcher in both of Buffalo's wins last weekend. The senior struck out 17 batters in 20.2 innings pitched and finished the weekend with a 1.74 ERA.
Kari Seddon, Central Michigan, Jr., St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Kari Seddon flashed her first-team All-MAC 2008 form in the Tiger Invitational over the weekend in her first action since that season (missed 2009 due to injury). Seddon started three of CMU's four contests and carried a shutout through four innings or more in all three starts. Seddon fanned nine against 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Nebraska in five innings of work while carrying a shutout into fifth inning. Seddon also blanked host Auburn, another 2009 tournament qualifier, through her first five innings of work. The junior recorded the Chippewas' first win of the season on Sunday by tossing four scoreless innings in a 15-0 win over SIU-Edwardsville. Seddon struck out 15 batters and posted a 2.50 ERA in 14 innings of work against stiff competition in her three starts. She was also a threat at the plate as she batted .364 with two doubles and three RBI.
Melissa Bonner, Ohio, Jr., Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings Mills
Bonner had another solid showing against strong competition, going 1-1 in the circle at the Auburn University Tiger Invitational. The junior allowed just three earned runs in 10.1 total innings, including 6.1 innings of work against perennial postseason-qualifier Auburn. Against the Tigers, she recorded three strikeouts while tossing 6.1 innings. She followed it up by picking up a win in relief against SIUE, in which she allowed just one hit while striking out two in three innings. In that game, she pitched Ohio out of two jams in which there were runners on third with just one out in an international tie-breaker situation.
Hannah Rockhold, Toledo, Sr., Lima, OH/Bath
Rockhold made three starts and appeared in four games overall for the Rockets at the First Pitch Classic. She yielded just five earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched to lead Toledo's pitching staff. In the opener against Saint Francis (PA), she worked 6.1 innings and allowed just one earned run. In her second outing against the Red Flash, she went 4.2 innings and limited Saint Francis to just four hits and one earned run.