MAC Announces Softball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 2/22/2011
East Division Player of the Week
Olivia Hegedus, Akron, Sr., OF, Perrysburg, Ohio (Perrysburg)
At the College of Charleston Cougar Classic, Akron senior Olivia Hegedus hit three home runs and a double on her way to driving in six runs and scoring five. For the weekend, she totaled seven hits and went .412 at the plate while helping the Zips go 3-2. In the win over Canisius (Feb. 19), Hegedus went 3-for-4 with four RBI, a double, and a home run. She is currently riding a four-game hitting streak, is third on the team with three multi-hit performances, and is tied for a team-high three multi-RBI games.

West Division Player of the Week
Kari Seddon, Central Michigan, Sr., P/1B, St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Senior Kari Seddon led Central Michigan at the plate over the weekend, helping the Chippewas start the season 3-3 at the JU Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. The senior batted .438, going 7-of-16 from the plate, driving in two runs and leading the team with two doubles. Seddon recorded an RBI in each of CMU's two wins over Florida A&M on Sunday to secure a sweep. The senior also played flawlessly at first base, recording 20 putouts on the weekend with just one error for a .955 fielding percentage. The St. Clair, Mich., native also recorded 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings for the Chippewas over the weekend.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Jessica Simpson, Miami, Jr., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Jessica pitched in all five games during the UCF Tournament, going 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA. She struck out 31 and allowed only 22 hits in 26 innings pitched. She threw a complete game shutout against UIC, tying her career-high with 14 strikeouts. While unable to secure a victory, she pitched well in two games against Notre Dame (a team receiving votes in the coaches poll), allowing seven runs in 13 innings. She only allowed one earned run in her other 13 innings pitched. She earned the save in the win over UCF.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Chelsea Sundberg, Central Michigan, Fr., Olivet, Mich./Olivet
Central Michigan freshman Chelsea Sundberg shined in the opening weekend of her collegiate debut, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings pitched for the Chippewas, striking out 11 batters. In her first career start, Sundberg pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout to defeat the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State. Sundberg struck out six batters in the debut, while not allowing a single walk. On Sunday, Sundberg came in relief and pitched the final six innings of CMU's 8-7 eight-inning win over Florida A&M to give the Chippewas a sweep of the Rattlers. Michigan's 2011 Miss Michigan Player of the Year struck out another five batters while giving up four runs, three earned on five hits.



Additional Nominees
Heather Bauer, Akron, Sr., Medina, Ohio (Highland/Wright State)
In three starts at the College of Charleston Cougar Classic, Akron senior Heather Bauer went 2-1, allowing just one earned run and striking out 13 batters while walking five. Against the host Cougars, she pitched a complete game and gave up her only earned run of the tournament in a 6-3 victory, allowing four hits and striking out eight. She went four innings in a win over Canisius and gave up four hits and just one extra-base hit. In a loss to Morehead State, she went 4.2 innings, allowed four hits, and struck out three, again without allowing an earned run. At the plate, she had seven hits and three RBI, including a home run. Against Canisius, she went 4-for-4 with three RBI, a double, and a home run.

Alicia Barkley, Ball State, Sr., SS, Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City
Senior shortstop Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City Okla./Putnam City) had a standout weekend for for Ball State in the Cardinals' season opening appearances at the Austin Peay Spring Tournament. She led the squad at the plate with a phenomenal .429 batting average, .571 slugging percentage and six hits.

Audra Sanders, Ball State, So., Lynnville, Ind./Tecumseh
Versus the Roos, sophomore pitcher Audra Sanders (Lynnville, Ind./Tecumseh) allowed ten hits and three runs and fanned seven Roos in six innings. In Ball State's victory against Austin Peay, Sanders earned the save with two strikeouts in the final innings. Versus the Vikings, sophomore Audra Sanders (Lynnville, Ind./Tecumseh) took a no-hitter until the fourth inning. Sanders allowed for five hits, a run and two walks, in addition to recording a career-high 12 strikeouts on the day.

Holly Johnson, Buffalo, Jr., Cheektowaga, NY/Rutgers
Johnson picked up her first win as a Bulls with a complete game shutout over Winthrop on Saturday evening. Johnson struck out seven batters in the win for the Bulls.

Kayla Ledbetter, Miami, Fr., SS, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna-Lincoln
Kayla had one of the best debut weeks in Miami history. She had hits in nine of her 14 official at bats, and also drew three walks for an on base percentage of .706. She had her first career game winning RBI with a hit against UIC to lead Miami to a 1-0 victory. In two games against Notre Dame, a team receiving votes in the coaches poll, she went a combined 3-for-4 with two walks. She was also 3-for-4 against UCF and 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored against Delaware.

Alexis Joseph, Ohio, SS, Alvin, Tx.
Joseph hit .364 last week with two runs scored, one RBI and four total bases. She slugged .364 and .417. She also stole one base and had a fielding percentage of 1.000 in 13 chances. She went 3-for-3 against the Virginia Tech Hokies and drew a bases-loaded walk for the only run the Bobcats would need in a 1-0 over Charleston Southern.

Emily Wethington, Ohio, Sr., New Palestine, Ind./Scecina Memorial
Wethington was dominant last weekend, amassing a 2-0 record in four appearances with two complete games. She allowed just one run and 11 hits in 19 and one-third innings with 22 strikeouts and just three walks. She also allowed just a .164 batting average against. She also got it done at the plate, hitting .462 with two doubles and a run scored with an RBI and eight total bases. She slugged .615 with an on-base percentage of .533.