|Akron Game Notes
Akron will open up the Mid-American Conference season, April 3-4, at home against the Ohio Bobcats. Akron's pitching staff remains solid in the circle holding the fourth lowest earned run average in the Mid-American Conference at 2.53. Alex Riedeman and Andrea Arney rank fifth and tenth in the league with earned run averages of 1.79 and 2.66. Akron leads the league at the plate posting a .286 batting average. Junior Alex Feltes is second in the league in batting average and 33rd in the nation hitting a .433 at the plate. Holding a .500 on base percentage, Feltes ranks fifth in the MAC.
||Ball State Game Notes
The Cardinals were the preseason pick to repeat as MAC West Division Champions in 2010. They have had the best start of any team this year with a 20-6 record. That includes a 2-1 upset victory over then third-ranked Missouri on Mar. 19. On Tuesday, Ball State defeated IUPUI, 11-4, for its 13th win in their past 14 games. Its top player is pitcher Elizabeth Milian. The senior is 14-1 with a 0.70 ERA in 18 appearances (14 starts). Before giving up three runs on Tuesday, her 0.51 ERA led the entire country. Senior infielder Jesse Ware has been the team's top hitter with a .427 batting average with four home runs and 19 RBI.
||Bowling Green Game Notes
Bowling Green State University softball head coach Shannon Salsburg and the Falcons swing into Mid-American Conference competition as they prepare for a weekend full of softball action, including a doubleheader against CMU and back-to-back games against EMU. In addition to opening MAC play, this weekend will commence home action for the Falcons. Bowling Green enters the first weekend of MAC play with a 4-10 overall record. Hannah Fulk tops the Falcons with a .323 average while Paige Berger has a team-high five home runs. In the circle, Melissa Bott sports a 4.75 ERA to lead the squad.
||Buffalo Game Notes
Buffalo enters the weekend looking to snap a six-game losing streak. The Bulls are lead by the bat of Kristen Waldron who has a .321 batting average. Waldron has 27 hits on the year and 12 RBI's. On the mound the Bull are lead by Sharon Barr with a 7-10 record, 4.93 ERA and 73 strike outs.
| Central Michigan
||Central Michigan Game Notes
The Chippewas are currently on a five-game winning streak in non-conference play, and have racked up an overall record of 12-7 so far this season. Central Michigan ranks third in hitting with a .278 average, third in pitching with a 2.48 ERA, and fourth with a .968 fielding percentage. Molly Coldren leads the squad with a .379 average, five HR and 19 RBI. Sarah Patterson was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week after striking out eight hitters in five innings of work against Detroit last week.
| Eastern Michigan
||Eastern Michigan Game Notes
Entering the week, Eastern Michigan ranks 11th in the MAC with a .214 team average, ninth with a 4.47 ERA and 10th with a .948 fielding percentage...Stacie Skodinski leads the team with a .408 batting average, which is fourth in the conference, but no other hitter is batting over .250...Jamie Melchert (3.32 ERA) and Jenna Ignowski (3.99) split the duties on the mound.
||Kent State Game Notes
The one through five hitters in the KSU lineup (Leah Archual, Lauren Grimes, Beth Cinadr, Jess Carmichael, Ashlee Hein) have been rock solid over the past eight games, hitting a combined .382 (50-for-131) during that span. Batting in the two-spot, Grimes is hitting .500 (14-for-28) over her last eight games with three home runs, a double, seven RBI, 12 runs scored and three stolen bases. Cinadr has been equally effective, with three home runs, three doubles, eight runs scored and a .529 on-base percentage in her last eight games. Hein carries a .516 on-base percentage in her last eight games with eight hits and eight walks. In her last five contests, Hein is hitting .467 with a home run and six RBI. Hitting in the cleanup spot, Carmichael has belted four home runs in her last six games. In the eight-game span she is batting .360 with 12 RBI and a double. Archual is batting .310 over the last week in the leadoff spot. She has tripled and scored eight runs.
||Miami Game Notes
Miami only played one game last week, a 6-4 defeat at Purdue on Mar. 24. Daniela Torres led off the game with a home run, and Miami eventually increased its lead to 3-1, but a four-run fifth inning by the Boilermakers proved to be the difference. The latest NCAA rankings were released on Mar. 29. Miami ranks 14th in the nation in triples per game at 0.32. It is also 34th in fielding percentage at .969 and 50th in earned run average at 2.28. Individually, Meghan Mawn is 21st toughest player to strikeout in the country, fanning an average of once every 26 at-bats. She is tied with Daniela Torres for 24th in the nation with three triples. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Simpson is 44th in the nation with a 1.51 ERA and 63rd with three shutouts. Senior pitcher Meredith Linch is 19th in the country with two saves.
| Northern Illinois
||Northern Illinois Game Notes
NIU enters the weekend looking to rebound from a doubleheader loss to Valparaiso Wednesday evening and returning home should help in that effort. NIU played well in its first three home games of the season, going 2-1, sweeping a doubleheader from Western Illinois in the home opener.
||Ohio Game Notes
Jillian Van Wagnen tallied five total hits, and Ohio's offense exploded with a combined 19 hits on the evening, but it was No. 21/22 Ohio State that took advantage of timely hits in sweeping the twinbill, 9-4 and 9-3, Thursday night at Buckeye Field. The Green and White (5-20) outhit the Buckeyes (20-10) on the evening, but OSU managed to take advantage of timely hits and a couple big innings to take the doubleheader in a pair of contests that were tightly contested.
||Toledo Game Notes
The Rockets (6-21) will look to snap a four-game losing skid. UT enters the weekend ranked among the MAC's best in several offensive categories. Toledo has tallied the most hits (188) and scored the second-most runs (113) in the league, while the team's .254 batting average is fourth-best. The Rockets are also on pace to score more than 200 runs in a season for just the third-time since 2000. Brooke Gates finds her name littered across the top-10 in MAC hitting categories. The sophomore sits tied for second in the MAC with seven doubles, tied for fourth in the MAC with 26 hits and 17 RBI and sixth with 11 steals. Her 39 total bases are also the seventh-most in the conference.
| Western Michigan
||Western Michigan Game Notes
WMU opens the Mid-American Conference season on Friday against Buffalo, looking to stop a five-game skid, the teams second losing streak of at least four games this season. Western Michigan's string of bringing in pitchers and having them find success early in their careers seems to be continuing with Diana Patterson. The freshman right hander currently ranks second in the MAC in ERA (1.47) and opposing batting average (.171).