MAC Announces Final Softball Players and Pitchers of the Week

Updated 5/11/2010
East Division Player of the Week
Sarah Billstrom, Miami, SS, Jr., Douglasville, Ga./Chapel Hill

Sarah had an incredible week in leading the RedHawks to six victories in six games. She hit .556 and showed her power with two home runs and a 1.000 slugging percentage. She had 10 hits and scored eight runs during the week. In last three games of week was 7-for-9. Hit game winning home run against Akron in the 4-2 victory on Saturday. Also hit a home run in 7-2 win over Ohio on Friday to put game away.

West Division Player of the Week
Sarah Gerber, Eastern Michigan, C, So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover

Sophomore catcher Sarah Gerber concluded the 2010 season on a very positive note by extending her season long hitting streak to 11 games. Last week alone, she hit .563 (9-for-16) with 11 RBIs (at least one in each of her team's five contests) and recorded a .750 slugging percentage with three extra-base hits. She drove in a season-high four runs in a 7-7 tie against Western Michigan before going 3-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored in the season finale against Northern Illinois.

West Divsion Pitcher of the Week
Elizabeth Milian, Ball State, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Elizabeth Milian posted one of her best conference performances of the season pitching two shutouts, including a one-hitter against Akron Friday. She also pitched in both games of the doubleheader against Ohio Sunday, was credited with a 4-0 win in game and allowed no runs in the second game after relieving Audra Sanders on the mound. The ace struck out 22 batters in 17.2 innings pitched and is 28-5 this season.

Co-East Divison Pitcher of the Week
Meredith Linch, Miami, Sr., Eatonton, Ga./John Milledge Academy
Meredith was nearly unhittable in her three outings this week, giving up only one earned run in 18 innings pitched. On Tuesday she threw her third shutout of the season against Wright State, giving up only five hits in the 2-0 win. Against Ohio on May 7, she earned the victory, giving up 4 hits and one earned run in the 7-2 win. On senior day May 9, she came in during the third inning with the score tied at one. She proceeded to throw five no-hit innings against Akron, holding the Zips in check as Miami came away with a 2-1 victory. She gave up only nine hits in her 18 innings of pitching.

Kylie Reynolds, Kent State, Sr., Greensboro, Ga/Morgan County
In 20 innings pitched on the week, Reynolds allowed just one run and five hits, while fanning 39 batters. She went 2-0 with a pair of complete games and one shutout in two starts. Reynolds also tossed five scoreless innings of relief against Bowling Green and carried a 0.35 ERA on the week. She finished 15-3 with a 1.68 ERA, three shutouts and 171 strikeouts in 22 MAC appearances.



Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Alex Feltes, Akron, 3B, Jr., Rocky River, Ohio (Magnificat)
Junior Alex Feltes had a team-high three hits in Akron's last weekend of play. Scoring two runs, Feltes batted a .250 and had a perfect fielding percentage.

Jessie Ware, Ball State, 3B, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton
Jessie Ware led the Ball State offense for the third week in a row with a .429 batting average and .857 slugging percentage in four conference games this weekend. The redshirt senior posted multi-hit performances in two of the four games. She also tallied three triples and three RBI in 14 at bats.

Alyssa Ward, Buffalo, 3B/C, Fr., Cameron Park, CA/Ponderosa
Alyssa Ward led the Bulls in their final regular season weekend, helping the Bulls go 3-1 to surge into the MAC Championship tournament for just the second time in school history. Ward finished the weekend with a .455 batting average and a 1.091 slugging percentage, collecting 5 hits, including two doubles, one triple, one home run and one RBI, while scoring seven runs. Defensively, Ward finished the weekend with 21 putouts and a 1.000 fielding percentage at the 3rd base and catcher position.

Molly Coldren, Central Michigan, SS, So., West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame
Molly Coldren scored four of the Chippewas' six runs in their doubleheader against Western Michigan to close out the season. In the game one victory, Coldren blasted her school-record 11th homer of the season, a two-run blast, while scoring twice in the win. The shortstop recorded two more hits and scored CMU's lone run in game two. The sophomore reached base five times for a .625 on-base percentage for the series.

Beth Cinadr, Kent State, RF, Jr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson/Purdue
Cinadr hit .500 on the week with a .571 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. She hit home runs in each of Kent State's victories over Toledo and went 3-for-4 in the Flashes' victory over Bowling Green. Her two-run blast against the Rockets in game one made the difference in a 2-1 victory. She totaled five RBIs and four runs scored in four weekend games. In her last seven games, Cinadr is hitting .550 with three home runs, nine RBIs, a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.050 slugging percentage.

Shalene Petrich, Ohio, OF, Sr., Chehalis, Wash./ WF West
Petrich paced Ohio in hitting with four hits on the week... She tied a career-best three hits while going 3-for-3 against Ball State Sunday... With her four hits on the week, she moved into second place on Ohio's all-time singles list.

Mica Sanchez, Toledo, C, Sr., Riverdale, CA/Riverdale
Sanchez homered and drove in five in her final weekend as a Rocket. She had hits and RBI in all four games, including a solo blast against Kent State in the first game and a 2-for-4 effort in game two. She closed the season with a team-high 13 multi-hit efforts and seven multi-RBI efforts, which was second on the team. Sanchez's eight home runs this year tie her for second with four other players for the most in a single season, and the senior catcher's nine career homers are tied for the fifth-most in UT annals as well. Her and teammate Jillian Spink are the first Rocket duo to record over 30 RBI in the same season as well.

Gracie Barstad, Western Michigan, 2B, So., Canby, Ore./Canby
Gracie Barstad finished the season reaching safely in 17 of 18 last games and had two streaks of 10 or more games this year. Hit .357 and a team-best .857 slugging percentage with two home runs. She finished the season with a team best five home runs. She drove in or scored each of the Broncos' runs in the series against Central Michigan. She also drove in a career high four RBIs in WMU's 7-5 win over EMU.

Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Alex Riedeman, Akron, Jr., Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish/Midland JC)
Junior Alex Riedeman pitched 14.1 innings for the Zips in their last weekend of play. Walking only one, striking out eight, Riedeman had a 5.37 earned run average.

Zada Lines, Bowling Green, Jr., Akron, Ohio/Revere
With Bowling Green needing a win in the final regular season game to qualify for the MAC Tournament at MAC Champion Kent State, Zada Lines threw a one-hit shutout as the Falcons beat the Golden Flashes 3-0. Lines struck out 10 batters in the contest, giving up just a sixth inning double. After working around three walks in the first inning, Lines retired 10 consecutive batters before a leadoff walk in the fifth. She forced a double play that inning and then struck out the side in the seventh to close the game. Lines also went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate to provide all the offensive punch the team would need. For the weekend, Lines struck out 21 batters in 16.2 innings and went 1-1 with a 1.26 ERA and a save.

Terese Diaz, Buffalo, So., San Diego, CA/Helix
Diaz went a perfect 2-0 on the weekend, and also picked up a save to have a hand in all three of Buffalo's wins as they made a last minute surge into post-season play. Diaz struck out 16 batters in 14 innings of work, while holding her opponents to 11 hits.

Bonner went 1-0 with seven strikeouts in 13 innings over three appearances on the weekend. She struck out five in 5.2 innings of relief against Miami Friday and followed it up by allowing Ball State just five hits in 7.1 total innings Sunday. Included in that was a complete-game effort for a win in game two.

Meghan Thomas, Western Michigan, Sr., Kalamazoo, Mich./Comstock
Meghan Thomas made two appearances with one start, recording a minuscule 0.50 ERA and racking up a 2-1 win in a nine-inning complete game effort at Central Michigan. She gave up only two runs over the 14.0 innings of work with only one of those runs being earned.