MAC Announces Softball Players & Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/15/2011

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan, So., Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian
Kara Dornbos pitched in three of Central Michigan's six win last week, going 2-1 in 18 1/3 innings while posting an ERA of just 0.76. Dornbos struck out 20 batters on the week and gave up just two earned runs. The sophomore got her week started by coming in relief and pitching the final 2 2/3 innings to preserve a win for the Chippewas, striking out four Maine Blackbears and giving up just one hit. In the opening game of the USF Under Armour Showcase, Dornbos pitched her second one-hitter of the season, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball while striking out eight with zero walks to give CMU a 1-0 victory over Central Connecticut State. The Hudsonville, Mich., native earned her second complete-game victory of the week in the Showcase finale on Sunday, leading the Chippewas to a 2-1 victory over Boston University. Dornbos pitched seven innings, giving up four hits and one walk, one earned run and one walk while striking out six.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Jessica Simpson, Miami, Jr., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Simpson continued her record setting campaign with three more shutouts at the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Hawaii this weekend. She started the event with a 4-0 shutout of South Dakota State. In that contest she struck out a career-high 15 batters while allowing only two hits. She shutout Longwood, a team that is 15-5 on the season, two consecutive days, allowing only three hits on Saturday and seven hits on Sunday. Simpson increased her scoreless streak to 25.2 innings (including one inning from last week), by shutting out 14th-ranked Hawaii (the nation's top home run hitting team) for the first 3.2 innings before they were able to hit a couple of home runs. She was hurt by an error that kept the inning going, and only five of the runs were earned. Simpson struck out 31 in 27 innings, giving up only those five earned runs on 19 hits for a 1.30 ERA. Opponents only hit .190 against her for the week.

West Division Player of the Week
Molly Coldren, Central Michigan, SS, Jr., West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame HS
Junior Molly Coldren put together her second consecutive solid week at the plate, which included tying Central Michigan's career home run mark with 19. The junior started all seven games, leading CMU to a 5-2 record. On Monday, Coldren went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a solo HR to lead the Chippewas to a 9-4 win. On Saturday of the USF Under Amour Showcase, Coldren provided the Chippewas with their only runs of the game, blasting her fifth home run of the season and 19th of her career in the fourth inning, hitting a three-run shot that put the Chippewas ahead 3-1. She finished the day going 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Coldren also drew four walks on the week, including two in a 8-0 win over Colorado State and finished the week with a .400 batting average and .800 slugging percentage. Coldren also struck out just once during the seven games and is striking out just once every 8.4 at bats on the season.

East Division Player of the Week
Kayla Ledbetter, Miami, Fr.,. SS, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna-Lincoln

Kayla was Miami's top hitter at the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. She hit .364 with three RBIs. She had a slugging percentage of .636 thanks to two doubles and her first career triple. With two walks and two hit-by-pitches, she had an on base percentage of .533.

Additional Nominees
Zada Lines, Bowling Green, Sr., Akron, Ohio/Revere
Zada Lines went 2-0 on the week with a 3.05 ERA, pitching the team's first complete game of the season in her only start of the week. Lines pitched in all six Falcon games, pitching a strong outing in a 4-2 win over Belmont. She threw all seven innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out five batters. She also picked up a victory in a 6-3 win at Western Kentucky, throwing 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs, and striking out eight batters. Lines also pitched 2.1 shutout innings at Middle Tennessee State and 0.2 shutout innings in a 9-3 win over Georgia State to round out the week. On top of that, Lines went 2-for-4 at the plate in the win over Georgia State, scoring a run.

Alyssa Collins, Ball State, RF, Sr., Fortville, Ind/Mt. Vernon
Senior right fielder Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) had a standout week for the Cardinals, batting .409 in seven contests, in addition to scoring two runs and tallying two stolen bases. Against St. Joseph's in the final day of the Under Armour Showcase, Collins recorded two hits in four appearances and joined senior Alicia Barkley and freshman Jennifer Gilbert with one stolen base apiece.