MAC Announces Softball Pitchers and Players of the Week

Updated 3/16/2010
East Division Pitcher of the Week
Jessica Simpson, Miami, So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Gave up only four earned runs in 26 innings pitched last weekend. Went toe-to-toe with top ranked Washington for 10 innings last week (started 3-0 loss came in relief during 6-3 loss). Gave up only three earned runs total against nation's best team. Earned complete game victories against Seattle and Portland State, while also earning a victory against Seattle coming in relief. Struck out 26 during week while holding batters to .216 average.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Elizabeth Milian, Ball State, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc

Going 3-0 this week in Clearwater, Fla., Elizabeth Milian, now 11-1 this season, pitched 27 strikeouts in 20 innings and recorded a .70 ERA. She started the week on March 9 in a 7-1 victory over Radford, where she allowed just two hits and one run while throwing ten strikeouts. Next, she pitched an 8-0 shutout against Stony Brook on March 13. In this game against the Seawolves, Milian allowed zero hits, four runs, walked only one batter and recorded nine strikeouts. Her third win of the week came in an 8-2 defeat against the strong batting line-up of Middle Tennessee State. In this game, Milian gave up two runs in the first inning, but held the Blue Raiders at two runs for the remainder of the game and hurled eight strikeouts. Thanks to Milian's pitching prowess, the Cardinals are on an eight game winning streak and 15-5 this season.

East Division Player of the Week
Alicia Hogl, Miami, Sr., OF, Bellingham, Wash.

Playing in front of her hometown fans for the first time in her career, Alicia did not disappoint as she was the top hitter at .389. She also showed some power with a home run and three doubles. Her 13 total bases in six games gave her a slugging percentage of .722.

West Division Player of the Week
Amanda Carpenter, Ball State, Fr., OF, Santee, Calif. / Santana

Amanda Carpenter led the team by scoring in every game and recording six runs, six RBI and a slugging percentage of .824 this week. She was also two-for-two in stolen bases and posted a .412 ERA in 17 at bats. Facing Temple on March 13, Carpenter had two hits and two runs with three at bats. Her accuracy continued against Stony Brook that afternoon as she tallied a perfect 3 hits for each of her three at bats, notched two RBI and scored two runs for the Cardinals.

Additional Nominees for Pitchers of the Week
Heather Bauer, Akron, Jr., Medina, Ohio/Highland

Junior Zip Heather Bauer posted a career-high 11 strikeouts out of 25 batters faced in Akron's 6-1 win over Wagner at the Rebel Spring Games. Going 2-0 thus far at the Spring Games, Bauer picked up a second win over Manhattan. Helping herself at the plate she contributed two hits and drove in three runs. She has also added three stolen bases.

Sharon Barr, Buffalo, Sr., Coarsegold, CA/Yosemite
Barr earned both of Buffalo's wins on the week, striking out 12 batters in 35.2 innings pitched. Barr made a move in UB's all-time record book, as she earned the start on the mound for the 12th time this season, which puts her third on UB's all-time records list for games started on the mound, with 60 in her career. Barr is only four starts away from taking over the number one spot all-time.

Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan, Fr., Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian
Kara Dornbos was a rock in the circle for the Chippewas in their 4-1 week in Clearwater, Fla. The freshman made four appearances (two starts) and went 2-0 with a save and a 1.94 ERA in a team-high 18 innings. She allowed only 17 batters to reach base and fanned 17 batters while only walking four. She defeated Big Ten foe Penn State with a complete game effort in which she allowed two runs on only five hits while striking out eight hitters. She tossed another complete game in a win over Radford in which she walked only one batter. The freshman pitched two games in relief, saving a win over James Madison and holding Middle Tennesse scoreless for 2.2 innings. In four innings of relief, she allowed only one hit and a walk while striking out six.

Monica Segura, Northern Illinois, Fr., Santa Ana, Calif./Segerstrom Fundamental
Monica Segura picked up her first collegiate victory pitching a complete game shutout while driving in the winning run in NIU's 1-0 victory over Idaho State in the Amy S. Harrison Classic. In 14.1 innings, she allowed one run, unearned, on six hits and four base on balls for a 0.00 ERA. Opposing batters hit .130 in four appearances. She also belted her first career home run in the Huskies' 7-1 victory over San Diego and went 5-for-13 for a .385 batting average and drove in two runs and scored three runs.

Candace Saucedo, Ohio, Sr., Ontario, Calif./Chino
Saucedo gave up just one unearned run with no walks in 4.1 innings against Morehead State Saturday.

Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Alex Feltes, Akron, Jr., 3B, Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat
Junior Alex Feltes leads the Zips at the Rebel Spring Games posting a team-high .600 at the plate while owning a .700 slugging percentage. Grabbing six hits, two each in three of four games, Feltes also added two stolen bases and one RBI.

Kristin Waldron, Buffalo, So., 3B/Catcher, Windsor, NY/Windsor
Kristin Waldron went 7 for 27 at the plate, hitting .259 and leading the Bulls with two RBIs on the week. Waldron also tallied her third triple of the season last weekend, and eighth of her career, which breaks the all-time record for triples in a career. The previous record was seven, set in 2004.

Amanda Patrick, Central Michigan, Jr., 3B, Tampa, Fla./St. Leo University
Amanda Patrick closed out CMU's Florida trip with a breakout week near her hometown in Clearwater. Patrick led the Chippewas with a .500 batting average, .611 on-base percentage and .786 slugging percentage as CMU went 4-1. The Tampa, Fla., native drove in three runs on a three-run home run in a 7-0 win over Quinnipiac, the 1,000th victory in the history of the CMU softball program. She recorded at least one hit in every game as she reached base a team-high 11 times thanks to seven hits, three walks and getting hit by a pitch. She also played perfect defense, not committing an error in 17 chances at third base.

Monica Segura, Northern Illinois, Fr., P/IF, Santa Ana, Calif./Segerstrom Fundamental
Monica Segura picked up her first collegiate victory pitching a complete game shutout while driving in the winning run in NIU's 1-0 victory over Idaho State in the Amy S. Harrison Classic. She also belted her first career home run in the Huskies' 7-1 victory over San Diego.

Paige Kemezis, Ohio, Jr., OF, Hackensack, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy
Kemezis torched Morehead State pitching on the weekend, going a combined 3-for-5 with three doubles and a team-best 5 RBI on a 1.200 slugging percentage over two games. In the first game against the Eagles, she finished 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, three RBI, including a two-run double as part of a late Ohio surge, and a run scored. In the second game, Kemezis continued her affinity for two-baggers, with another two-run double. She also finished with a .600 on base percentage for the two games.

McKenna Smith, Toledo, Fr., 3B, Canyon Country, CA/Canyon
Smith led the Rockets to a pair of victories last week as she recorded eight hits in 17 at bats (.471) as the team wrapped up its spring trip. She went six-for-seven on March 13 against Fairfield and Kennesaw State, driving in five runs and scoring twice as Toledo split the doubleheader. Smith also walked three times for an on base percentage of .550 for the week.