CLEVELAND, OH? Eastern Michigans Jenny Scherer (softball) was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on May 7, 2009.
Scherer (Jr., 3.60, accounting, Stow, Ohio) helped the Eagles to a 5-1 record this past week, including a 3-1 MAC mark. The junior outfielder hit .450 (9-for-20) with five home runs and 10 RBI during the six-game stretch. The five home runs pushed her season total to 14, establishing a new single season mark for EMU softball. In addition, she scored nine runs, hit two doubles, stole a base and was intentionally walked to keep the Eagles in contention for a MAC Tournament berth until the final game of the season. In the second contest against Detroit, she hit two home runs to help the Eagles to a 12-2 win. Her home run in the sixth inning against Bowling Green helped the Eagles rally from 7-1 down to an eventual 8-7 win.
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:
Bowling Green: Missy Bowman (softball, first base, So., 3.76, health science, Massillon, Ohio) hit .444 last week, including .538 in the Falcons' four MAC games. She takes a five-game hitting streak into the MAC Tournament. She was 8-for-18 with two homers on the week. With BGSU fighting for (and ultimately earning) the final spot in the conference tournament, Bowman was 7-of-13 in the four MAC games over the weekend as BG went 2-2. She hit her first two homers of the season during those four games, and also had a double, for a slugging percentage of 1.077. She was 5-for-6 in a Friday doubleheader at Central Michigan, including a homer in a 3-0 win. Bowman went 3-of-3 in that win, just a triple shy of the cycle. In the nightcap, she was 2-of-3. On Saturday at EMU, Bowman was 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Falcons put up seven runs. She was 1-for-3 with a walk, a homer and two runs scored on Sunday, as the Falcons downed EMU by a 6-3 score to clinch a tournament berth. BGSU is 13-31 overall and finished 8-14 in the MAC.
Buffalo: Fatimah Hill (track & field, jumps, Sr., 3.054, management, Waterport, N.Y.) set two personal bests with her victories in the long jump and triple jump at the Cornell Outdoor Invitational. Hill broke her own school record to win the long jump at 20-3 (6.17 meter), earning an NCAA regional qualifying mark and posting the top leap in the Mid-American Conference this season. She also won the triple jump at 41-2.25 (12.55 meter), earning a regional qualification in the event.
Central Michigan: Katie Greenman (softball, Jr., 3.25, chemistry, Shelbyville, Mich.) batted .571 (8-for-14), scored four runs and drove in four runs as the Chippewas won three of four games on the regular season's final weekend. Greenman walked once and had a pair of extra base hits during the weekend. In a 4-3 win over Bowling Green on Friday, Greenman was 3-for-4 with a double and scored the game-winning run in a three-run bottom of the seventh inning. On Saturday, Greenman hit a two-run home run in the third inning that put the Chippewas in front for good in a 5-3 win over Toledo. On Sunday, Greenman was 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs in a 12-8 win over Toledo.
Kent State: Jessica Lhotsky (track & field, Jr., 3.52, health & physical education, Medina, Ohio) ran away from the field in the 800 at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, last Saturday (May 2), timing in at 2:06.78 to win the event and set a new lifetime personal record. Lhotsky also beat the NCAA regional qualifying mark in the 800 for the third time this season.
Northern Illinois: Katie Colby (softball, outfield, Sr., 3.298, political science, Waukesha, Wis.) batted .364, going 4-for-11, and slugged .909 in five games last week for the Huskies, starting three. The senior hit two home runs on the week, hitting her first career round tripper on Friday against Kent State and her on second Sunday against Buffalo. Colby drove in four runs and scored three.
Western Michigan: Lexi Jager (softball, outfield, So., 3.28, occupational therapy, Kalamazoo, Mich.) broke the WMU single-season (8) and career (13) home run records with one swing of the bat in the top of the eighth inning at Kent State on May 3 to give the Broncos a 7-4 win on Sunday. Her three-run shot broke a four-all tie to give WMU the No. 3 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament. Jager ended the regular season with hits in her final five games of the year and hit .308 in six games this week, including two multi-hit games and a double in four-straight games. Jager leads the Broncos in every offensive category this season and has been named MAC West Player of the Week twice in 2009. She also holds the team's longest hit streak with 10 games. She is currently riding a five-game hit streak heading into the tournament.
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)
Week 34 (May 7) Jenny Scherer, EMU (softball)