MAC Announces Softball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/2/2010
East Division Co-Players of the Week
Kristin Waldron, Buffalo, So., C/3B, Windsor, NY/Windsor

Kristin Waldron led the team for the weekend, with a batting average of .636 and a slugging percentage of .909. Waldron earned her first triple of the season in Buffalo's win over Louisiana tech and also had an RBI in the 10-7 win.

Jordan Paden, Ohio, Jr., Catcher, Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla
Paden scorched opposing pitchers during the weekend, hitting at a team-best .600 clip (6-for-10) and slugging 1.000 in Ohio's four games against Lehigh and Longwood. She also hit her first career home run, drove in two runs and picked up hits in each of Ohio's games during the weekend. In the Bobcats' first game against Lehigh, she singled and drove in a run. She followed it up with a pinch-hit single against Longwood. Paden really shined in Ohio's last two games of the weekend, as she went a combined 4-for-6 with a double, homer and RBI. Overall, the junior raised her season average an astonishing 171 points over the weekend.

West Division Player of the Week
Jessie Ware, Ball State, Sr., 3B, Phoenix, Ariz. (Hamilton H.S./Arizona State)
Jessie Ware led Ball State to a 4-1 record at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a .500 batting average and a 1.111 slugging percentage...Ware tallied nine hits, including two doubles, three triples and one HR....She tallied nine RBI, while starting all five games for the Cardinals.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Meredith Linch, Miami, Sr., Eatonton, Ga./John Milledge Academy

Had great week pitching in four games while allowing only two earned runs and seven base hits in 10.2 innings pitched. Pitched a complete game against Central Connecticut State Saturday for first victory of the season. Earned saves against Rutgers and Oakland after entering into both games in the bottom of the seventh with two runners on base and a one run lead.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Elizabeth Milian, Ball State, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Elizabeth Milian led Ball State to a 4-1 record at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., with her 3-0 mark and one save on the mound, including a no-hitter against Wright State . Milian pitched 16 and two thirds innings, allowing only two hits and one walk, while tallying a 0.00 earned-run average. She struck out 25 batters, while pitching two complete games and two shutouts. Milian, a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, is 5-1 with one save on the season with a 0.19 ERA.

Player of the Week Nominees
Jenny Scherer, Eastern Michigan, Sr., OF, Stow, Mich./Stow-Munroe

Eastern Michigan's career home run leader lived up to the billing this weekend as senior Jenny Scherer clubbed three long balls in five games. Two of those home runs came in an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Georgia Southern, helping bring the Eagles back from a 7-2 deficit in the second inning. She finished the game 2-for-2 with four RBI, a walk and a stolen base in celebrating her second career multi-homer game. The Eagles won their final two games of the FGCU Invitational to finish 3-2 for the tournament.

Lauren Grimes, Kent State, Fr., OF, Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge
Grimes is batting a team-high .500 (14-for-28) on the season with two doubles and one home run.

Kathryn Russette, Miami, Jr., OF, Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central
Led team in hitting and RBIs at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga over weekend. Set career-high with three RBI against Tennessee Tech on Friday. Also had a strong defensive weekend with two outfield assists. That included throwing a runner that was at third base out at home on a single to leftfield to preserve a 2-1 win over Oakland.

Zoe Sinner, Northern Illinois, Jr., OF, Downers Grove, Ill./Lakeland
Zoe Sinner was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored in NIU's 12-5 victory over Saint Louis Saturday.

Pitcher of the Week Nominees
Terese Diaz, Buffalo, So., San Diego, CA/Helix
Diaz pitched 5.2 innings this weekend striking out three batters.

Jamie Melchert, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Scottville, Mich./Muskegon CC
Melchert went 1-0 with a save in her two appearances for the Eagles last weekend. The junior through the final three innings in a 13-5 win over Villanova in the season opener for the save, then went 6.2 innings in relief to get the 8-7 win over Georgia Southern. When Melchert entered the game against GSU, it was 4-0 with one out in the first. She threw five shutout innings to close the game and preserved a come-from-behind win for the Eagles.

Kylie Reynolds, Kent State, Sr., Greensbor, Ga./Morgan County
Reynolds threw an eight-inning no-hitter against Auburn on Friday, helping the Golden Flashes to a 1-0 victory. She also pitched two innings of relief against Radford Friday, without allowing an earned run. Reynolds totaled 15 strikeouts in 10 innings on the day without permitting an earned run. Saturday Reynolds threw a complete game against Hofstra, allowing just one run on two hits, while fanning nine.

Morgan Bittner, Northern Illinois, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly
Morgan Bittner recorded her first victory of the season as she the Huskies defeated Saint Louis, 12-6. She was also pitched well against in NIU's 2-1 loss to Purdue, allowing two unearned runs in six inning pitched.

Emily Wethington, Ohio, Jr., New Palestine, Ind./Scecina Memorial
Wethington stymied opposing pitchers during Ohio's four games in Virginia, going a perfect 2-0 with two complete games, a 0.54 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13 innings against Lehigh and Longwood. She also gave up just one earned run in this span. In her first outing against Lehigh, a postseason qualifier last season, she tossed all six innings of the run-shortened contest, giving up her one earned run while striking out six. In the 'Cats' final game of the weekend against Longwood, Wethington struck out seven without giving up a walk in another complete-game effort. She currently leads all Ohio pitchers with a 1.41 ERA and 27 strikeouts.