Kent State’s Hein Named MAC Female Scholar Athlete
CLEVELAND, OH? Kent State’s Ashlee Hein (softball) was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on April 9, 2009.
Hein (So., 3.92, special education, Marysville, Ohio) smashed home runs in all three of Kent State's wins on the week, including a pair of MAC wins at Miami. In five games, she hit .462 (6-for-13) with eight RBI and three walks for a .588 on-base percentage. Hein carried a 1.154 slugging percentage on the week. Hein's two-run homer in game one against Miami helped the Flashes to a 5-4 victory. In game two against the RedHawks, she launched a three-run homer that gave the Flashes the lead for good (5-3) in a 9-5 win.
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 a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
Other Female Nominees:
Ball State: Elizabeth Milian (softball, RHP, Jr., 3.94, math education, Grand Blanc, Mich.) helped the Cardinals win their fifth straight conference game for a 6-1 record this weekend after sweeping Buffalo and earning a win over defending MAC champions Kent State. She finished with a 1.00 ERA in two complete games with a total of 17 strikeouts. On Saturday, Milian gave up just one hit in her seven-inning shutout against Kent State and no walks. Milian posted 12 strikeouts throughout seven innings while giving up just three hits against the Bulls in game one on Friday. She struck out two batters in every inning but two in which she fanned one apiece. She also went 2-for-3 with two runs, while logging the game-winning RBI double for a .667 batting average and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Bowling Green: Missy Bowman (softball, first base, So., 3.76, health science, Massillon, Ohio) had a team-best .455 batting average in the Falcons' four games last week. She went a combined 5-of-11 in doubleheaders at Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. Two of the hits were doubles, giving her a slugging percentage of .636. She also walked twice, for a .538 on-base percentage. Bowman had a fielding pct. of .968, with just one error in 31 total chances. She scored two runs and drove in two.
Buffalo: Fatimah Hill (track & field, jumps, Sr., 3.054, management, Waterport, N.Y.) won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump in windy conditions at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. Hill won the triple jump with a leap of 40-0.25 (12.20 meters) and posted a season-best in the long jump at 19-2.75 (5.86 meters). Both marks currently lead the Mid-American Conference.
Central Michigan: Erika Schroll (track and field, Jr., 3.59, biology, Union, Mich.) won the high jump and placed third in the javelin in a tri-meet with Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan on Saturday. Schroll's mark of 5-8 3/4 in the high jump was a regional qualifying mark and more than eight inches ahead of the next closest competitor. She threw 125-09 in the javelin to place third.
Eastern Michigan: Erin Grigg (gymnastics, Jr., 3.97, exercise science, North Bay, Ontario) carded impressive marks at the 2009 NCAA Central Regional, April 4, in Columbus, Ohio, tallying an all-around score of 38.250 in the competition (16th place). In the second rotation, Grigg carded a 9.775 in the floor exercise, but bounced back in the third rotation, as she recorded a 9.850 on the vault. In the fifth rotation, Grigg scored a 9.525 on the bars, and in the sixth and final rotation of the night, she tallied a 9.100 on the balance beam, finishing with an all-around score of 38.250.
Miami: Amanda Mirochna (track & field, distance, Jr., 3.41, integrated social studies education, Naperville, Ill.) qualified for her first NCAA Regional in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She finished second at the Auburn Tiger Classic with a time of 10:43.26. The competition was just the second of her career as she added the event this spring.
Northern Illinois: Jennene Anthony (track & field, Sr./Gr., 3.421, education administration, East St. Louis, Ill.) placed second in the javelin and fourth in the discus against a nationally-competitive field at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, Saturday. Anthony used a 133-4 throw in the javelin to finish as the event's runner-up and took fourth in the discus with a 147-4, competing with a group that included No. 24 Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue, DePaul and conference opponent Ball State.
Ohio: Melissa Bonner (softball, So., 3.282, family studies, Kings Mills, Ohio) led Ohio to six-straight wins on the week, including a perfect 4-0 mark in conference play. The dual-threat player hit .421 with a homer and five RBIs, while picking up eight hits and slugging .632 at the plate. In the pitcher’s circle, she was a perfect 3-0 on the week with a save and a complete game while tallying a 1.22 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched. She held opposing hitters to just a .196 average on the week. Bonner is second on Ohio in hitting for the season, (.382) and leads the team in both hits and RBIs coming into the week.
Toledo: Shana Szypka (softball, So., 4.0, speech pathology, Genoa, Ohio) registered a pair of complete-game victories last weekend to help the Rockets win three of four MAC contests. She posted a 1.00 ERA and allowed 11 hits in 14.0 innings pitched. She struck out six batters and allowed just two walks. She now has three complete games this season and leads UT with a 3.71 ERA.
Western Michigan: Lexi Jager (softball, OF, So., 3.38, occupational therapy, Kalamazoo, Mich.) hit .692 (9-for-13), scored five runs, had one double, one triple and one home run last week. Jager recorded three RBIs, two stolen bases, and completed the week with a 1.154 slugging percentage. She collected two-or-more hits in three of four games this weekend as WMU went 3-1 in conference play. She went 3-for-3 and 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored against Bowling Green. She went 2-for-3 and 1-for-3 with two runs scored against Toledo. Her three extra-base hits gives her 10 on the season, four more than anyone else on the team. Jager had an extra-base hit in three of four games this weekend. Her home run against Bowling Green was her fifth of the season, matching her output from all of 2008. She now has 10 on her career, ranking third all-time at WMU. She leads the team with a .395 batting average and leads the team in at bats, runs, hits, RBIs, home runs, total bases and slugging percentage as well.
Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 4) Rochelle Coetzee, Ohio (field hockey)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Allison Kittleberger, KSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 18) Jill Wolosiansky, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 25) Katie Sephenson, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 2) Katie Eberling, WMU (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 9) Darby Peters, EMU (golf)
Shay Mannino, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 16) Chelsey Meek, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (Oct. 23) Jacy Dyer, UT (swimming & diving)
Week 9 (Oct. 30) Katie Eberling, WMU (volleyball)
Week 10 (Nov. 6) Annie Beecham, Ohio (cross country)
Martina Gavier, KSU (golf)
Week 11 (Nov. 13) Rachel Heim, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 12 (Nov. 20) Shannon Strachan, UT (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 26) Anna Kowalska, KSU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 4) Megan Griffin, MIA (volleyball)
Week 15 (Dec. 11) Jenna Schone, MIA (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 18) Jenna Schone, MIA (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Kaihla Szunko, CMU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 15) Rachel Heim, OH (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 22) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
Week 20 (Jan. 29) Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 5) Jessica Neel, CMU (gymnsastics)
Week 22 (Feb. 12) Kerstin Pahl, WMU (tennis)
Week 23 (Feb. 19) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
Week 24 (Feb. 26) Stevi Large, Akron (track & field)
Week 25 (Mar. 5) Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)
Week 26 (Mar. 12) Tara Breske, BGSU (basketball)
Week 27 (Mar. 19) Jennifer Naughton, NIU (gymnastics)
Week 28 (Mar. 26) Katie Simon, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 29 (Apr. 2) Kerstin Pahl, WMU (tennis)Week 30 (Apr. 9) Ashlee Hein, KSU (softball)