CLEVELAND, OH? Eastern Michigan’s Heather Han (softball) was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on April 16, 2009.
Han (Sr., 3.61, elementary education, Lafayette, Ind.) hit .429 (3-for-7) with four RBI and one home run in helping the Eagles sweep the regular-season series from Central Michigan for the first time in school history. In the first game against CMU, Han accounted for all three runs, hitting a three-run home run to center, helping the Eagles to a 3-2 win. In Sunday's come-from-behind win, Han went 2-for-3 with an RBI. When she reached base on an error, it allowed the Eagles to score the winning run in the sixth inning.
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: Brittany Kelly (golf, So., 3.47, sports administration, Fishers, Ind.) placed sixth at the Purdue Ladies Midwest Shootout and helped the Cardinals to a third-place finish in the event. She shot a 79-73 in the 36-hole event and leads Ball State with a 77.68 average.
Bowling Green: Kara Butler (track, distance, Sr., 3.73, biology, Okemos, Mich.) set a personal record in the 5,000 meters at the Sun Angel Classic, hosted by Arizona State. She had a time of 17:28.24 to place 15th in the event.
Buffalo: Denise Harijanto (tennis, 1S/1D, Jr., 3.671, management, Jakarta, Indonesia) went 3-1 in her matches for the week as the Bulls split their home contests against Western Michigan and Bowling Green. Against Western Michigan, Harijanto defeated Kerstin Pahl, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first singles match as the Bulls handed the Broncos their first regular-season MAC loss since 2004. Against Bowling Green, she rolled past Kelsey Jakupcin, 6-0, 6-1, in singles and combined with Diana Popescu for an 8-1 first doubles win over Jakupcin and Christine Chiricosta.
Central Michigan: Kelly McClure (track and field, Sr., 3.94, health fitness, Iron Mountain, Mich.) ran a personal-best 10:48.92 to finish second in the steeplechase at the Sea Ray Relays over the weekend. Her time was more than a second faster than the regional qualifying standard. McClure was CMU's highest individual place finisher at the event.
Kent State: Kylie Reynolds (softball, pitcher, Jr., 3.17, communications studies, Greensboro, Ga.) went 3-0 with a save in four weekend appearances against conference opponents. She tossed 23.0 innings in three days and carried a 1.22 earned run average. All three of her victories were complete games. Reynolds struck out 14 in her win over Ohio and held Akron to just one earned run on back-to-back days.
Miami: Sarah Billstrom (softball, Jr., 3.06, physical education, Douglasville, Ga.) was Miami’s top hitter in leading the RedHawks to a perfect 4-0 weekend. She hit .455 on the weekend (5-for-11) with four doubles, one home run, four RBI, two walks and four runs scored.
Northern Illinois: Bailey Ouellette (softball, first baseman, Sr., 3.56, pre-physical therapy, Beaverton, Ore.) played in all five games for NIU this week, starting four. She batted .182, going 2-for-11 with a double, a run scored and two RBI, and had a slugging percentage of .273. Her best game of the week came in NIU's first game with UIC where she went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. She had 20 put outs with an assist for a fielding percentage of .955.
Toledo: Michelle Hui (golf, So., 3.376, exercise science, Mt. Eliza, Australia) helped the Rockets come from eight strokes down to win the EKU Spring Invitational on Sunday. The tournament crown was UT's second of the season and was keyed by a season-best round of 295. Hui tied her career low with an even-par 72 and also registered a career-best finish by tying for third place with a 14-over par 230 (81-77-72).
Western Michigan: Lexi Jager (softball, OF, So., 3.26, occupational therapy, Kalamazoo, Mich.) continued her clutch 2009 performance. Her home run on Saturday plated what proved to be the winning run in WMU's 4-0 win. She led off the sixth inning on Sunday with a base hit and scored WMU's only run of the game. Her home run on Saturday was the 11th of her young career, which ties her for second all time at Western Michigan. She continues to lead the team in multiple hit games (11) and multiple RBI games (5). Her current six-game hit streak is the second longest on the team this season. Her triple and home run were her 11th and 12th extra base hits of the season to lead the team.
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