East Division Player of the Week
Lauren Gellerman, Ohio, Fr., C, San Diego, Calif./Westview
Gellerman terrorized opposing pitchers, hitting .643 (9-for-14) with six extra base hits, including four doubles and two homers, five RBI and a 1.357 slugging percentage. Included in her extra base hits were a walk-off double against Toledo and a game-tying homer in extra innings against BGSU. Against the Rockets, she hit .500 (4-for-8) with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. She really excelled against the Falcons as she went a combined 5-for-6 with two doubles, two homers, three RBI and four runs scored while slugging 2.167. Gellerman also tallied a .667 on base percentage and raised her season average an astounding 123 points.
West Division Player of the Week
Jessie Ware, Ball State, Sr., 3B, Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State
Jessie Ware led the Ball State offense with a .778 batting average and 1.444 slugging percentage in four conference road games this weekend. The redshirt senior posted multi-hit performances in each game and was a perfect four-for-four at bat in two of the four games. She also tallied seven extra base hits in 18 at bats. In Friday's doubleheader against Northern Illinois, which saw extra innings in both games, Ware hit for the cycle in game one and nearly repeated the feat in game two, but was shy by a home run. In Sunday's game, Ware recorded her 72nd hit of the season to surpass Alicia Barkley as Ball State's single season leader in the category. Leading the team with a .431 batting average overall and batting at a .460 clip in Mid-American Conference play, Ware now owns Ball State single season records in hits (72), triples (13), runs (55) and total bases (128).
East Division Pitcher of the Week
Emily Wethington, Ohio, Jr., New Palestine, Ind./Scecina Memorial
Wethington went a perfect 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 10 innings, including a complete game in a run-ruled contest, during the weekend. The junior gave up just two earned runs and held opponents to just a .171 average against her. She gave up just one earned run while striking out five and scattering four hits in five relief innings to pick up her first win of the weekend against Toledo. In the run-rule shortened contest against Bowling Green, she tossed all five innings, scattering just two hits and giving up one run with no walks while striking out five.
West Division Pitcher of the Week
Elizabeth Milian, Ball State, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Elizabeth Milian maintained a perfect 3-0 record against Mid-American Conference opponents, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, on the road this weekend. The ace also struck out 21 batters in 22 innings pitched and is 26-5 this season. With Saturday's 13-0 five-inning shutout against the Broncos, Milian became the winningest pitcher in Ball State history with 78 career wins.
Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green, Fr., SS, Jeromesville, Ohio/Hillsdale
Hannah Fulk hit .500 in six games this week, slugging .611 and posting an on-base percentage of .591. The freshman from Jeromesville, Ohio went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the team's 9-7 win over Akron and followed that up by going 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI in the opening game of a doubleheader the next day at Ohio. Fulk also went 1-for-2 with a double against the nation's wins leader, Jody Valdivia of Notre Dame, earlier in the week. She was walked four times and added a fielding percentage of .960 with just one error on the week at shortstop.
Ashley Bertot, Buffalo, Fr., 2B, League City, TX/Clear Creek
Freshman Ashley Bertot led the team offensively as the Bulls went 3-2 on the week. Bertot batted .316, collecting three RBIs. Bertot also went a perfect 3-3 in stolen bases, setting a new single season record for stolen bases, with 20 on the season.
Amanda Patrick, Central Michigan, Jr., 3B, Tampa, Fla./St. Leo University
Patrick led the CMU offense last week with a .417 average, .563 on-base percentage and .583 slugging percentage in four contests. The junior third baseman began the weekend with a 3-for-4 effort at Buffalo in which she drilled two doubles, drove in a run and scored a run. She reached base two more times in the second game against Buffalo via a single and being hit by a pitch. Patrick concluded the weekend by reaching base three times and driving in a run in the series finale at Kent State.
Jenny Scherer, Eastern Michigan, Sr., OF, Stow, Ohio
The senior, Jenny Scherer, led EMU with a .600 batting average, .667 on base percentage and a 1.150 slugging percentage, scoring eight runs while driving in 10. Scherer recorded five extra base hits, three of which went for home runs, giving her 12 for the season and 48 for her career while doubling the previous school record she surpassed last season. She is currently second on the team in batting average after going 12-for-20 on the week and bumping her season clip 49 points to bring it to .319. On the road against MAC East leader Kent State last Friday, she went 2-for-2 with a home run and two walks to lead EMU to a 12-6 win. Her 4-for-4 effort in game one against Buffalo Saturday, led the Eagles to a 13-5 run-rule victory. She added a two-run homer in her final at bat for good measure, giving her home runs in three straight games.
Lauren Grimes, Kent State, Fr., OF, Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge
Grimes homered three times in a doubleheader sweep of Central Michigan Saturday and drew four walks...she hit .455 on the week with six runs scored, a 1.273 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage...Grimes also stole a base, converted a sacrifice bunt and did not commit an error in four games in left field...she is hitting .404 on the season with a team-high 11 home runs.
Adriana Sanchez, Northern Illinois, Catcher/Infielder, Fr., San Fernando, Calif./Alemany
Freshman Adriana Sanchez, who has moved from third base to catcher in recent weeks, has continued to excel at the plate. She batted .444, going 8-for-18 with three doubles, two home runs, four RBIs and four runs scored in six games last week. Her two home runs on the week came in Game Two of NIU's 7-6 setback to Ball State. It was the second multi home run game of her career. Sanchez went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in that game as well. She scored the game-winning run in the Huskies' 3-2 extra-inning victory over Miami Saturday on a squeeze play and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and to help NIU snap a six-game losing streak to the RedHawks. She finished the weekend with 1-for-2 performance from the plate and a run scored in the Huskies' 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Miami on Sunday.Mica Sanchez, Toledo, Sr., C, Riverdale, CA/Riverdale
Mica Sanchez continued her hot streak at the plate for a second week, hitting a team-best .368 with two home runs, a double and a triple last week as the Rockets went 3-3. Sanchez had a 1.242 OPS as well as two multi-hit games last week. In UT's doubleheader against Cleveland State, the senior finished 4-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored against Viking ace Amanda Macenko, who entered the week leading the country with 30 victories this year. Sanchez also homered against Ohio and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Toledo's 7-5 win over Akron.
Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, P/1B, So., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Meredith Whitney hit .300 this past weekend, registering her team best eighth double of the season. In the circle, she became only the fifth Bronco in program history to reach 300 strikeouts in a career.
Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Heather Bauer, Akron, Jr., Medina, Ohio/Highland
Going 2-0 last week for the Zips, junior Heather Bauer pitched 18.2 innings for the Zips giving up just nine earned runs while walking only three. Pitching two complete games, Bauer also saw time in the outfield and at the plate. Starting in all six games, Bauer had four hits scoring four runs while driving in three.
Terese Diaz, Buffalo, So., San Diego, CA/Helix
Terese Diaz went a perfect 2-0 on the mound for the Bulls, making four appearances for the week. Diaz finished the week with 23 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched. She collected wins over Canisius, and Central Michigan, both of which she pitched the complete game. Diaz pitched all 12 innings in the extra innings win over Central Michigan, striking out 10 batters and allowing only one earned run.
Morgan Bittner, Northern Illinois, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly
Bittner improved her record to 17-13 after earning the victories in NIU's weekend sweep over Miami and her 17 wins is a career-high, surpassing last year's win total of 14. She went the distance in both NIU's eight-inning loss to Ball State Friday and the Huskies' 3-2 10-inning win over Miami on Saturday. Bittner came on to pitch in the third inning of NIU's 4-2 victory over the RedHawks on Sunday, allowing three hits and striking out eight in five scoreless innings of work to pick up the win. She tied her career high in strikeouts with 12 against Ball State.
Hannah Rockhold, Toledo, Sr., Lima, OH/Bath
Hannah Rockhold twirled a complete game shutout against defending Horizon League champ Cleveland State on Wednesday, striking out six without issuing a walk in Toledo's 4-0 win. She also worked all eight innings as the Rockets defeated Akron 7-5 on Saturday. The Lima, OH native continues climbing up UT's record list as she has appeared in 41 games this spring, just one shy of matching the school record. She's appeared in 129 games, which is third all-time and just three away from matching the record. Her 348 strikeouts rank her fifth on the all-time list as well.
Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, So., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
In the circle, Meredith Whitney became only the fifth Bronco in program history to reach 300 strikeouts in a career. She hit .300 this past weekend, registering her team best eighth double of the season.