MAC Announces Softball Players and Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/20/2010
West Division Player of the Week
Kate Wilczynski, Ball State, Jr., 1B, Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro
Kate Wilczynski led the Ball State offense with a .400 batting average throughout six games this week, including four conference games. The junior notched two multi-hit games and tallied five extra base hits in 15 at bats. In game two against Indiana Wednesday, Wilczynski placed a well executed sacrifice bunt that drove in a run for the Cardinals. Then in Buffalo on Friday, Wilczynski made a momentum changing play in each game. In the first game against the Bulls, her home run reclaimed Ball State's lead and clinched the win for the Cardinals. In game two she slugged her second home run of the day to earn two runs for Ball State in the first inning. Not done yet, Wilczynski hit a two RBI double in the top of the seventh to give the Cardinals a commanding lead that the Bulls would be unable to close.

East Division Player of the Week
Kristin Waldron, Buffalo, So., C, Windsor, NY/Windsor
Kristin Waldron finished the week with a .476 batting average and .810 slugging percentage, going 10 for 21, including six RBIs, two doubles, a triple and a home run. Four of Waldron's RBIs came in the wins over St. Bonavenutre. Defensively, Waldron finished the week with 44 putouts in the catcher's spot.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, So., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Meredith Whitney accounted for each of Western Michigan's three wins this past weekend, going 3-0 in three complete games in the circle. She amassed 22 strikeouts, fanning nine against Bowling Green, eight in the first game at Toledo and five more in the second game. Whitney now has 86 strikeouts this season, giving her 282 for her career. That total is eight Ks away from moving into fifth on the career list at WMU. Opposing batters managed just a .169 batting average with Whitney in the circle. With the three wins Whitney evened her season record at 7-7 and improved to 5-2 in conference games so far this season.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Kylie Reynolds, Kent State, Sr., Greensbor, Ga./Morgan County

Reynolds went 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in four weekend appearances against Miami and Ball State. Reynolds tossed 28.1 innings in three days and totaled 36 strikeouts. Friday, she earned a complete game victory in game one of a doubleheader against Miami and threw eight scoreless innings of relief later in the day. Reynolds allowed just two hits in game two and worked through the tiebreaker rule with runners placed on second base in the 10th through 12th innings. In three straight contests, she left go-ahead runners on base in opponents' final at bats.



Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Monica Shorter, Akron, Jr., 2B, Chardon, Ohio (Chardon)

Junior Monica Shorter led the Zips at the plate during their first weekend of MAC road play. Grabbing two doubles and her first career home run, Shorter also contributed three RBI and had a perfect fielding percentage. Shorter also posted a .889 slugging percentage.

Paige Berger, Bowling Green, Fr., IF Rootstown, Ohio (Rootstown)
Berger, a native of Rootstown, Ohio, continues to lead her Falcon squad for the second week in a row in batting averages and slugging percentages, tallying a team-high .333 batting average and a .803 slugging percentage. In BGSU's 2-2 weekend against Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, Berger played in and started four-of-four games. On the weekend she racked up a .500 batting average and posted five hits on eight at-bats that resulted in three runs, including her ninth home run of the season on Friday, and two RBI. Berger's Friday long ball tied the BGSU school record of homers by a freshman and is just two home runs short of breaking the school record of home runs on a season. She tallied a team-high 1.000 slugging percentage, a .667 on-base percentage and was perfect in the field. Berger was the most walked Falcon this weekend (being walked four times). Defensively, Berger's perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at first base improved her season fielding percentage to an almost perfect .965 fielding percentage. On the season, Berger has started 26-26 games, has run home for a team-high 15 runs, has the most hits (22), home runs (nine), RBI (20) and putouts (157). She also has the second most doubles (4) and is the second most walked Falcon (11).

Molly Coldren, Central Michigan, So., SS, West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame
Coldren was a catalyst for the CMU offense in its perfect 4-0 MAC weekend ... the sophomore finished second on the team with a .333 average and led the squad with a .385 on-base percentage and .583 slugging percentage in five games ... she also led the Chippewas with three RBI, three runs scored and two extra-base hits ... she went a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader against Akron ... in the opener against Ohio, Coldren accounted for all the Maroon and Gold scoring with a two-run double and a run scored ... she added one more RBI for the weekend with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt that provided the Chippewas breathing room in another win over the Bobcats on Sunday.

Jessica Patterson, Eastern Michigan, Sr., OF, Ionia, Mich./Ionia
Senior Jessica Patterson recorded a team-high batting average of .429 (9-for-21) and converted both of her stolen base attempts in helping the Eagles to three wins on the week. Her two triples contributed to a .619 slugging percentage and her two three-hit games were the first three-hit games of her career. Against Oakland April 14, she went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored and a triple to lead EMU to a 5-3 win. She recorded hits in five-of-the-seven games for EMU last week.

Jess Carmichael, Kent State, Jr., 3B, Dalton, Ohio/Dalton
Carmichael hit key home runs in victories over Ball State and Miami this past weekend. She carried a .769 slugging percentage and drove in five runs in four games. Carmichael hit a two-out, three-run homer Sunday in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie with Ball State. In a 2-1, 12-inning victory over Miami Friday, Carmichael's solo shot in the fourth was the Flashes' only hit in the first nine innings.

Emily Wethington, Ohio, Jr., Pitcher/Utility, New Palestine, Ind./Scecina Memorial
Wethington enjoyed a great week while leading Ohio in its six games. The junior hit .375 (6-of-16), doubled, homered and tallied a team-best 7 RBI on the week. She also tallied a .625 slugging percentage and a .412 on base percentage. Wethington especially caused problems for Eastern Michigan pitchers as she finished the series hitting .625 (5-of-8) with seven RBI and a 1.125 slugging percentage. A dual player, she also enjoyed a good week in the pitching circle, where she tallied a 1-1 record with a 2.15 ERA in 13 innings and 2 complete games.

Kate Ricchio, Toledo, Jr., CF, Racine, WI
Kate Ricchio was a one-girl wrecking crew at the top of Toledo's lineup. The junior centerfielder batted .385 (5-for-13), scored six of UT's 13 runs over the weekend, homered, tripled and drove in three. She stole five bases in five attempts, walked twice for a .467 on-base percentage, slugged .769 and did not record an error in 13 chances. Her home run against Western Michigan was her first in over a year, and with her five triples this season, she now moves into second on the school's all-time single season list in that category. She also has a career high with 13 steals.

Michelle Bendewald, Western Michigan, Jr., SS, St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Michelle Bendewald led the Bronco offense with a .400 batting average and two doubles as the Broncos went 3-1 in conference play this past weekend. She was one of three Broncos to hit a home run WMU's 4-1 win at Toledo. She was perfect defensively in 10 chances with seven put outs and three assists. Bendewald was the only Bronco to register a multi-hit game this weekend with two hits in WMU's win at Bowling Green.

Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Alex Riedeman, Akron, Jr., Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish/Midland JC)
Junior Alex Riedeman started three contests for the Zips during their first weekend of MAC road play. Pitching 15.2 innings grabbing 13 strikeouts, Riedeman got her first career shutout against Eastern Michigan in Akron's 1-0 victory.

Terese Diaz, Buffalo, So., San Diego, CA/Helix
Terese Diaz pitched her first career no-hitter in the Bulls' 7-0 win over St. Bonaventure, setting a new school record for strikeouts in a game, with 16. Diaz finished the week 1-1, and also recorded a save, striking out 35 batters in 20.1 innings pitched.

Kari Seddon, Central Michigan, Jr,. St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Kari Seddon led the Chippewa staff to a dominant performance in their perfect MAC weekend ... after taking the loss despite allowing only three hits against No. 2 Michigan, Seddon got the weekend started on the right foot by tossing a complete game, five-hit shutout against Akron ... the junior was dominant again in her next start against Ohio, coming within two outs of her first-career no-hitter, finishing the game allowing only two hits and one run ... in two MAC starts (14 innings), Seddon allowed only one run (0.50 ERA) on seven hits and three walks for a sparkling 0.71 WHIP.

Jenna Ignowski, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Niles, Mich./Niles
Jenna Ignowski went 1-0 last week with a 2.33 ERA in four appearances. She struck out 12 batters and held opponents to a .250 batting average. Her lone win on the week came against Akron when she relieved EMU's starter in the sixth inning and went on to retire four of the five batters she faced while striking out two in EMU's dramatic comeback victory.

Morgan Bittner, Northern Illinois, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly
Morgan Bittner grabbed three victories this week, one over every opponent NIU faced. Of the 21 innings she pitched, eight were in relief allowing only one earned run and grabbing two wins. In her complete game victory over Bowling Green, Bittner allowed only three hits and one earned run. She fanned 19 batters, had an ERA of 1.67 and held her opponents to a batting average of .209. Her 13 victories this season is one shy of her win total from 2009.

Hannah Rockhold, Toledo, Sr., Lima, OH/Bath
Hannah Rockhold made the most of her final four games at Scott Park. The senior started all four of Toledo's last home contests of 2010 and went the distance in three of them. She pitched 30 of a possible 31 innings and allowed just 23 hits, limiting the opposition to a .217 batting average. She struck out 15 and allowed 14 earned runs (3.27 ERA). In the Rockets' 3-2 win over Northern Illinois, she went the distance and held the Huskies to just three hits. She also worked all 10 innings of the second game of that doubleheader and yielded just four earned runs. Her efforts over the weekend also moved her into UT's top-five in career strikeouts and appearances.