MAC Announces Softball Players and Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/13/2010
West Division Player of the Week
Zoe Sinner, Northern Illinois, Jr., OF, Downers Grove, Ill./Lakeland C.C.

Zoe Sinner had a standout week and was the offensive tone setter for the Huskies. In MAC play over the weekend, Sinner batter .727 with an .800 on base-percentage and a slugging percentage of 1.267. Her opponents could only find a way to retire her three times in four games. Of her eight hits, five were for extra bases including three home runs Friday against Akron. Her eight homeruns this season have put her within two of the single season NIU record. She was also perfect in the field and on the bases with a stolen base. Sinner is the leading hitter for the Huskies with a .341 clip for the season.

East Division Player of the Week
Paige Berger, Bowling Green, Fr., IF, Rootstown, Ohio/Rootstown

Berger continues to lead her Falcon squad in batting averages and slugging percentages, tallying a team-high .340 batting average and .849 slugging percentage. In BGSU's weekend sweep of the Toledo Rockets, Berger played in and started 2-of-2 games. On the weekend she racked up a .750 batting average and posted three hits that resulted in two runs, including her eighth home run of the season. She tallied a team-high 1.500 slugging percentage, a .833 on-base percentage and was perfect in the field. Berger was the most walked Falcon this weekend (being walked twice), including one intentional walk on Sunday when the bases were loaded and Berger threatened crushing a grand slam after nailing a long ball in her last at-bat. Defensively, Berger maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at first base and is almost perfect (.955 fielding percentage) on the season.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Elizabeth Milian, Ball State, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc

Elizabeth Milian held a perfect 3-0 record against Mid-American Conference opponents, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, this weekend at the BSU Softball Complex in Muncie, Ind. The ace also struck out 20 batters in 21 innings pitched and has amassed 166 strikeouts this season.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Zada Lines, Bowling Green, Jr., Akron, Ohio (Revere)
Lines tallied a win-loss record of 2-0 from the mound in BGSU's weekend sweep of Toledo. She fanned 13 batters and walked only three people in the nine innings she pitched. Entering the first game on Saturday in the fourth inning, she faced 15 batters striking out three and keeping the Rockets hitless and scoreless each inning. She ended the weekend with a 0.78 ERA. Offensively, she smashed her first homer of the season (her second career homer), racked up a 1.000 slugging percentage, had a .400 on-base percentage and maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Overall, she has a 4.47 ERA, has a 4-6 win-loss record and has 52 strikeouts on the season.

 


 

Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Alex Feltes, Akron, Jr., 3B, Rocky River, Ohio (Magnificat)

Junior Alex Feltes continues to be a star at the plate batting a .478 through Akron's busy eight game week. Maintaining a team-high .437 on the year, Feltes had 11 hits for the Zips last week, including two doubles. Grabbing two three hit games against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, Feltes also scored seven runs in the eight game span.

Alicia Barkley, Ball State, Jr., SS, Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City
Alicia Barkley led the Ball State offense with a .500 batting average throughout five games this week, three of which were multi-hit games by the junior. In Ball State's 12-8 win over Central Michigan Friday, Barkley tallied three hits in four at bats and was critical in putting runners in scoring position. Barkley was also a defensive asset for Ball State, tallying four pivotal putouts in the Cardinals' two-game sweep of Eastern Michigan.

Kristin Waldron, Buffalo, So., Catcher, Windsor, NY/Windsor
Kristin Waldron led Buffalo to a 1-1 weekend with Kent State. Waldron scored the game winning run off a wild pitch on Sunday's victory over the Golden Flashes as she finished the weekend with a .500 batting average, including two doubles and an RBI, as well as a .833 slugging percentage.

Jill Schulz, Central Michigan, Sr., 1B, Livonia, Mich./Livonia Ladywood
Jill Schulz continued her recent hot streak at the plate by batting .643 against the top two pitching staffs in the conference over the weekend ... Schulz was tied for the team lead with five RBI and four runs scored while pacing the squad with four extra-base hits and three doubles ... she had multi-hit outings in all four of CMU's contests as they split series on the road against defending MAC champion Ball State and 2009 MAC Tournament winner Miami ... in the opener against Ball State, she went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI before going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI in CMU's series finale victory ... in Saturday's win over Miami, she went 2-for-3 with a double and scored the only run of the contest ... she finished the weekend with a 2-for-3 outing in which she belted a two-run homer.

Sarah Gerber, Eastern Michigan, So., C, North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Gerber turned in her fifth multi-hit game of the season against Ball State on Sunday, tying her for second on the team in that category. The sophomore gave the Eagles a first inning lead against the MAC West favorites on an RBI single. She followed it up with a double later on. Gerber hit .400 on the week while slugging .600 and she was successful in her only stolen base attempt. Behind the dish, she converted on all 27 chances to record a perfect fielding percentage.


Meghan Mawn, Miami, Jr., 2B, Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos
Meghan was the leading hitter with eight hits and a .444 batting average in a week that saw the RedHawks win five of their six games. She performed her job in getting on around base for Miami's RBI producers to drive her in. Mawn scored five runs during the weekend and also drew two walks and a hit by pitch for an on base percentage of .524. She made 14 putouts and three assists for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on the week.Her top hitting games came on April 6 against EKU when she was 3-for-4 with one run scored and on April 9 against EMU when she was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.


Sara Clark, Ohio, Jr., IF, Ontario, Calif./Colony
Sara Clark turned in a fantastic week both at the plate and in the field in leading Ohio to three conference wins on the week. She hit a team-best .455 (5-for-11) with a double, triple, three RBI and a .727 slugging percentage to go with a .455 on base percentage. In addition, she was perfect from the third-base hot spot, tallying 15 assists and four putouts in 19 chances. Clark really excelled against Western Michigan, finishing the doubleheader a combined 4-for-6 with a double, triple and three RBI. The junior is also tied for the team lead in homers.

Gracie Barstad, Western Michigan, So., 2B, Canby, Ore./Canby
Barstad extended her team lead in multi-hit games to eight with two multi-hit games this past weekend. She had two hits in the second game at Ohio and the opener at Akron. She also leads the team with six multi-RBI games with two against Akron. Barstad was 6-for-12 at the plate with a double and four RBIs to lead the Broncos. She hit safely in each game and and at least one RBI in three of four games. She has the longest hit streak on the team (6) this season and the longest active streak as well, having hit safely in the last four games.

 

Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Alex Riedeman, Akron, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish/Midland JC)
Junior Alex Riedeman picked up her second win on the mound Sunday in UA's 4-2 win over Western Michigan. Pitching a one hit contest through the fifth inning, Riedeman gave up just four hits total and two earned runs. Pitching in 18.2 innings in Akron's busy eight game week, Riedeman held a 2.62 ERA throughout.

Sharon Barr, Buffalo, Sr., Coarsegold, CA/Yosemite
Barr earned her tenth win of the season on the mound for Buffalo, as the Bulls defeated Kent State 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. In the win over Kent State, Barr pitched the complete game, holding the Golden Flashes to one run, while striking out 11 batters, as she finished the game with a 1.29 ERA.

Jessica Simpson, Miami, So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Jessica was once again Miami's top pitcher leading the RedHawks to three vicories in two starts and two relief appearance. She came in the third inning of a 4-4 game against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday and shut them out the rest of the way to earn a 6-4 win. Against Eastern Michigan on Friday she allowed only one run on three hits in seven innings to earn the victory. Against CMU Jessica allowed only one run in a tough luck 1-0 loss to Chippewas. She bounced back to earn the victory in relief against CMU on Sunday. She allowed only 21 hits during her 24 innings of work and also only walked two. She struck out 18 batters.


Melissa Bonner, Ohio, Jr., Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings Mills
Melissa Bonner finished a perfect 2-0 with two complete games, 10 strikeouts and just three walks in 14 innings over two appearances on the week. In Ohio's first game against Western Michigan, she went the distance, allowing just one walk and striking out three. Against Northern Illinois in her second appearance, she went the distance once again, tallying a career-high seven strikeouts.


Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, So., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Meredith Whitney picked up her second win of the conference season with a 5-4 decision against Akron. She owns both MAC wins in the circle for Western Michigan so far this season. Whitney struck out 11 batters in two starts. She worked one complete game and opposing batters hit .261 against her.