MAC Announces Softball Players and Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/30/2010
East Division Player of the Week
Lauren Grimes, Kent State, OF, Fr., Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge

Grimes hit .545 on the week (12-for-22) with four walks and a .615 on-base percentage, helping the Flashes go 5-1 at Coastal Carolina. In a 5-4 win over Longwood, Grimes threw out three runners from left field and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run and three RBI. In an 11-7 win over St. John's, she went 3-for-3 with two walks, a home run, a double and a stolen base. Grimes scored 10 runs on the weekend and carried an .864 slugging percentage.

West Division Player of the Week
Jessie Ware, Ball State, 3B, R-Sr., Phoenix, Ariz. / Hamilton

Jessie Ware, hitting at a team-leading .750 clip and stealing a perfect four-for-four bases, helped Ball State sweep Dayton 7-2 and 5-0 in Wednesday's doubleheader. Amassing three runs-batted-in in two games, Ware also led the team in total bases and drilled two doubles, each resulting in an RBI. Ware's batting average has improved steadily over the last three weekends and is now .424 this season.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Kylie Reynolds, Kent State, Sr., Greensboro, Ga./Morgan County
Reynolds made key contributions in all five of Kent State's wins over the weekend, totaling two wins and two saves. In a pair of KSU victories on Sunday, Reynolds struck out 20 batters in 10.2 innings, allowing just one run, four hits and one walk. On the week, she carried a 1.25 ERA and fanned 41 batters. In her last 14 appearances, Reynolds is 7-2 with four saves and a 1.33 ERA.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Sarah Patterson, Central Michigan, R-Fr.,Lansing, Mich./Okemos

Sarah Patterson picked up her first collegiate win and tossed five scoreless innings in a pair of victories at Detroit last week. After missing the entire 2009 campaign due to injury, Patterson fanned eight batters and walked only one while giving up two hits in her five innings. She got the final three outs of a 9-0 CMU win in the first game against the Titans and struck out six batters in four scoreless innings to pick up the win in the nightcap.

Additional Nominees
Heather Bauer, Akron, OF, Jr., Medina, Ohio/Highland
Junior Heather Bauer finished the WInthrop Eagle Bash with a .444 batting average and .778 slugging percentage. Posting four hits including her first career home run, Bauer had two RBI and scored one run. Her home run proved to be the difference maker as down 3-2, Bauer belted one over the fence which allowed the Zips to come up with another run in the 4-3 win over NC A&T.

Christina Novak, Central Michigan, CF, Sr., Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Christina Novak was the catalyst of the Chippewas' two victories at Detroit last week. Novak scored three runs, drove in four and stole four bases in the doubleheader. In the opener, she finished with three steals and scored two runs, one of which came on a grand slam, the first of her career to put the opener out of reach. The senior outfielder went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a steal in the nightcap.

Stacie Skodinski, Eastern Michigan, IF, Jr., South Bend, Ind./Washington
Stacie Skodinski went 3-for-5 in two games against Notre Dame last Wednesday. It was the first time back home for the South Bend, Ind. native who is now leading the Eagles and ranks sixth in the MAC in batting average at a .408-clip.

Adriana Sanchez, Northern Illinois, 3B, Fr., San Fernando, Calif./Alemany
Adriana Sanchez produced on several RBI chances in her five games this past week. She added an insurance run with a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth of NIU's 2-0 win over Western Illinois in Game Two of a doubleheader sweep of the Leathernecks. She had an RBI in NIU's loss to the Wildcats. In NIU's 7-6 come-from-behind victory over South Dakota State, she drove in the tying and go ahead runs on a single up the middle. In the Huskies' 11-0 win over SIUE, Sanchez went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Shalene Petrich, Ohio, OF, Sr., Chehalis, Wash./WF West
Petrich tallied team highs with three hits and two RBI to lead Ohio in two games against Wright State last weekend. The senior finished 3-for-7 for a .429 clip, her two RBI and a run scored. She leads the ‘Cats with a .325 average on the season.

Lexi Jager, Western Michigan, OF, Jr., Kalamazoo, Mich./Comstock
Lexi Jager hit her team-leading third triple of the season, scoring the Broncos' final run in a 5-3 loss against Michigan State last week. Jager is the only Bronco to record a triple this season and is a third of the way to matching the WMU single season record of nine set by Kelly Thayer in 1990. Jager leads WMU in every offensive category except doubles, RBIs and on-base percentage.

Additional Nominees
Alex Riedeman, Akron, Jr., Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish/Midland

Junior Alex Riedeman pitched 12.2 innings at the Winthrop Eagle Bash seeing time in relief as well as getting her first two starts as a Zip. Riedeman got her first start on the mound against Winthrop giving up two earned runs. Relying on her change-up, Riedeman struck out and walked no one in the close 2-1 loss.

Kim Mazzapica, Ball State, So., Palm Harbor, Fla. / East Lake
Kim Mazzapica pitched her first shut-out of the season against the Dayton Flyers Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. She struck out two batters and allowed just three hits throughout six innings in the circle. Mazzapica's success gave the Cardinals their ninth shut-out this year and improved her record on the mound to 2-1.

Morgan Bittner, Northern Illinois, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly
Morgan Bittner pitched two complete game shutouts, defeating Western Illinois, 2-0, allowing three hits while striking out six and blanking SIUE, 11-0, allowing five hits, while striking out five in five innings. She leads the Huskie pitching staff in several categories including wins with six, ERA (2.77), complete games (eight) and shutouts with two.

Emily Wethington, Ohio, Jr., New Palestine, Ind./Scecina Memorial
Wethington tallied a 1.91 ERA over 7.1 innings, including a a complete game, in her lone outing of the week. Opponents hit .160 against the junior.

Kayla Houston, Western Michigan, So., San Diego, Calif./Valhalla
Kayla Houston earned her second start of the season in the loss to Michigan State. It the first complete game performance of her career and resulted in a career high in strikeouts with six. Her previous career high was three against Ball State (4/18/09).