Bowling Green’s Hayley Wiemer Named MAC Female Scholar Athlete
CLEVELAND, OH? Bowling Green’s Hayley Wiemer (softball) was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week for the third time this year on April 30, 2009.
Wiemer (Sr., pitcher, 4.00, adolescent/young adult/secondary education, Sylvania, Ohio.) led the Falcons in both hitting and pitching last week. She threw every inning of the Falcons' five games, with a 1.52 ERA as BGSU went 2-3. Her ERA was just 0.50 in the Falcons' four MAC games on the week. Overall, she struck out 20 batters in 32 1/3 innings. At the plate, Wiemer hit .417, going 5-for-12 in the five games. She had two homers, six RBI and 12 total bases to lead the team in each of those categories as well. She drew five walks, also the most on the team, and had a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .588 on-base percentage. In the four MAC games on the week, Wiemer was 2-2 in the circle, with that 0.50 ERA. In Friday's opening game versus Buffalo, she threw a complete-game four-hitter, allowing no earned runs, and had two hits, including a homer, and three RBI at the plate in a 7-1 win. She allowed just five hits and one earned run in the nightcap, a 2-1 loss. At the plate in that game, Wiemer was 0-for-0, as UB walked her three times. On Saturday, she threw a complete-game four-hit shutout, tying her career high with 10 strikeouts, in an 8-0 win over division-leading Kent State. At the plate, she was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI. The shutout was the 51st of her career, tying her for third in BGSU history. Then, on Sunday, Wiemer allowed just one earned run in eight innings, in an extra-inning loss to the Golden Flashes. At the plate, she had a two-run homer, her eighth of the season and the school-record 31st of her career, and drove in two of BG's three runs.
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: Ali Bishel (track & field, distance runner, Jr., 3.72, landscape architecture, Chesterton, Ind.) placed second among 18 runners in the 10,000 meter Run Invite Race at the “GINA” Relays with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 35:51.83. The time is currently the second-fastest in the MAC this season.
Buffalo: Dana Carter (softball, first base, Sr., 3.757, school counseling, Williamsville, N.Y.) hit .462 (6-for-13) with her first two home runs of the season. Carter, a senior first baseman, finished the week with a .923 slugging percentage and two runs batted in on the solo shots. The two home runs doubled her previous career total of one, set last season. Carter also had 23 putouts on defense, including seven in Sunday's finale at Toledo.
Central Michigan: Brittany Dixon (track and field, So., 3.90, apparel merchandising and design, Rockford, Mich.) placed third in a field of 22 in the steeplechase with a personal-best time of 11:19.66 at the Hillsdale Relays last weekend.
Eastern Michigan: Stephany Fleet (golf, Sr., 3.84, marketing, Dewitt, Mich.) finished in third place at the Mid-American Conference Women's Golf Championship, April 24-26, at the par 72, 6,147-yard Longaberger Golf Club with a 306 (84-75-75-72). The third-place showing equals the best finish of any EMU student-athlete in the 11-year history of the event. After a slow start to the tournament, Fleet finished with back-to-back rounds of 75 and closed it out with a 72 during Sunday’s final round. The score of 72 was tied for the second lowest of the day and for the entire event. For her efforts, she earned both all-tournament and All-MAC first team accolades. As a team the Eagles equaled the school's best finish with a runner-up showing at the MAC Championship. The Eagles carded a three-day total of 1,256 (333-307-314-302) as Kent State rolled to its 11th consecutive championship with a 72-hole total of 1,217 (304-309-312-292).
Kent State: Maddi Swaney (golf, senior, 3.63, marketing & management, Marietta, Ohio) helped the Golden Flashes claim their 11th consecutive MAC championship with her fourth-place finish in the individual race. One of only two players in the field to shoot four rounds in the 70s, she finished seven strokes behind the leader at 307 (+19) to earn her third straight fourth-place finish at the MAC Championship.
Miami: Megan Martzolf (tennis, So., 3.25, undecided, Indianapolis, Ind.) was named to the MAC Tennis All-Tournament team after helping Miami to a complete sweep of the MAC Championship. The top-seeded RedHawks won all three matches by 4-0 scores with Martzolf accounting (or directly helping for doubles) for five of the points. She teamed with Stephanie Danesis for three No. 1 doubles wins (8-1 over Northern Illinois, 8-2 over Toledo and 8-4 over Western Michigan). Martzolf earned wins at No. 4 singles over Toledo (7-5, 6-1) and Western Michigan (6-2, 6-1) and was leading 6-4, 3-0 when Miami clinched the victory over Northern Illinois. Her season singles record is now 22-12 overall, including 9-1 against league opponents (7-1 regular season, 2-0 tournament). She has now won seven straight matches.
Northern Illinois: Meghan Ginter (track & field, Sr., 3.942, nutrition and dietetics, Aurora, Ill.) placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Marquette Twilight. Her 11:54.85 time is her second-best time in the event of the season.
Ohio: Emily Wethington (softball, So., 3.328, restaurant, hotel and tourism, New Palestine, Ind.) hit a pair of two-run homers to move into third place on Ohio’s career home run list and second place on the single-season list. She also added an RBI triple during the weekend to finish the ?Cats’ four games with a slugging percentage of 1.091 and a team-best five RBIs. Overall, she finished the weekend hitting .364 with an on-base percentage of .563. A dual threat, she also struck out 11 in 11 innings pitched in the circle.
Toledo: Brie Ford (softball, Sr., 3.438, health care administration, Bloomington, Ill.) posted a .583 batting average and a 1.000 slugging percentage for the Rockets last weekend. She was 7-for-12 at the plate and also had four RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and a home run. Ford went 6-for-6 with two doubles, two runs in Friday’s doubleheader against Kent State and followed that by hitting a game-winning three-run homer on Senior Day in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Buffalo.
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)
Week 31 (Apr. 16) Heather Han, EMU (softball)
Week 32 (Apr. 23) Kerstin Pahl, WMU (tennis)Week 33 (Apr. 30) Hayley Wiemer, BGSU (softball)