MAC Announces Softball Players and Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/27/2010
East Division Player of the Week
Jess Carmichael, Kent State, 3B, Jr., Dalton, Ohio/Dalton

Carmichael hit .500 on the week with two home runs and a .929 slugging percentage. She recorded hits in all four weekend games, while scoring and driving in at least one run in all three of Kent State's wins. Carmichael's solo home run against Akron Saturday broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. She went 3-for-3 in Kent State's 5-1 win at Ohio, including a key hit in the Flashes' four-run fourth. Carmichael leads the Flashes with nine home runs on the year, including five in MAC play.

West Division Player of the Week
Mica Sanchez, Toledo, C, Sr., Riverdale, CA/Riverdale

Mica Sanchez batted .455 (5-for-11) with a team-best five runs, three homers and six RBI over the weekend. She also doubled and had a remarkable 1.364 slugging percentage with a .500 on-base percentage. The senior homered in both ends of Friday's doubleheader against Miami and totaled four RBI, and went 2-for-4 on Sunday against Ball State with her third long ball of the weekend and two RBI. Sanchez only had one career homer and 23 career RBI entering the season, and she has blasted five home runs with 24 RBI in 2010 alone. She leads the team with 10 multi-hit games this year as well.


East Division Pitcher of the Week
Melissa Bonner, Ohio, Jr., Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings Mills, Ohio

Bonner pitched nearly lights out during the weekend, tallying a perfect 3-0 record with three complete games and a shutout against Kent State and Buffalo. The junior recorded 20 strikeouts to just two walks while scattering six hits and giving up only three earned runs in 21 innings. Opponents hit just 0.88 against her during the weekend. Bonner gave up just two hits while striking out eight on no walks in Ohio's 2-1 win over Kent Friday. She followed it Saturday by firing a one-hit shutout of Buffalo where she gave up just three baserunners and struck out four while facing just 24 batters. Sunday, Bonner allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight to pick up her third win of the weekend.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Kari Seddon, Central Michigan, Jr., St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair

Kari Seddon continued her resurgence in the circle with yet another dominant week ... the junior went the distance to win both of her starts with a 1.87 ERA ... Seddon struck out seven batters while allowing only one run on five hits and two walks against Big Ten foe Michigan State ... against Eastern Michigan, she pitched all eight innings and struck out a season-high 12 batters while walking only two in a victory over the Eagles.


 

Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Sarah Earley, Akron, SS/OF, Jr., Venetia, Penn. (Peters Township)
Junior Sarah Earley had a team high six hits in the last week of play adding three RBI scoring one run.

Lisa Rozanski, Ball State, Jr., CF, Tampa, Fla./Daytona Beach
Lisa Rozanski led the Ball State offense with a .500 batting average and .722 slugging percentage throughout six games this week, including four conference games. Notching four multi-hit games, Rozanski hit two triples in Saturday's 10-1 win against Toledo. She also recorded a perfect and team-leading six-for-six stolen bases and has a total of 28 this season.

Paige Berger, Bowling Green, IF, Fr., Rootstown, Ohio/Rootstown
Freshman Paige Berger tied Bowling Green's single season home run record by hitting her 10th and 11th of the season in a doubleheader at Ball State. She slugged 1.250 on the weekend and drove in five runs while being intentionally walked with runners in scoring position three times. In the opening game of the Ball State doubleheader, Berger went 1-for-2 with a homer and drove in two. In the nightcap, she went 2-for-3 with another home run and drove in two more. Against Miami on Saturday and Sunday, she had just three official at-bats and was walked three times. She was also perfect in 15 attempts in the field.

Molly Coldren, Central Michigan, SS, So., West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame
Molly Coldren etched her name in the Chippewa record book with a phenomenal performance last week. Coldren launched two home runs in three games, giving her a school-record 10 bombs this season. The sophomore shortstop posted a .727 on-base percentage, making only three outs in 11 plate appearances. Three of her five hits went for extra bases as she scored five of Central's 17 runs in a perfect 3-0 weekend that kept the Chippewas tied atop the MAC West Division and only a game behind Kent State for the outright MAC lead.

Nellie Coquillard, Eastern Michigan, 2B, Fr., Niles, Mich./Niles
Freshman Nellie Coquillard has come on strong of late, hitting five home runs on the year, all coming in the last 12 games. She hit her fifth long ball of the season in her best attempt to will the Eagles back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning, knocking a no doubt, two-shot to left-field. It was Coquillard's second straight game with a home run. She finished the series by going 3-for-7 at the plate while slugging over .800.


Meghan Mawn, Miami, 2B, Jr., Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos
Meghan was the top hitter for Miami this weekend recording seven hits in 12 at-bats. She was also perfect in the field with a 1.000 fielding percentage recording eight putouts and six assists. Against Toledo on Apr. 23, she went 3-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. She followed it up in the second game of the doubleheader by going 3-for-4. She also drove in a run with a double against Bowling Green on Apr. 24 and drew two walks on Apr. 25.

Michelle Williams, Northern Illinois, C, Sr., Fresno City, Calif./Fresno City College
Senior Michelle Williams led the way for the Huskie offense last week with a team-high four RBIs including the game winner in NIU's 5-4 extra-inning victory over Big Ten foe Wisconsin Tuesday. She was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored in Game One and had two more runs batted in on a 1-for-3 performance against the Badgers in Game Two. Williams went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in NIU's 8-4 win over conference foe Western Michigan Saturday.

Paige Kemezis, Ohio, OF, Jr., Hackensack, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy
Kemezis hit .333 with three doubles and four runs scored while slugging .583 on the weekend. The junior doubled in each of Ohio's last three games of the weekend. Kemezis had an RBI double in the second game against Kent State. She followed it up by hitting .500 (3-for-6) with two doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base in the series against Buffalo. Kemezis also had an on base percentage of .429 and a perfect fielding percentage over the weekend.


Gracie Barstad, Western Michigan, SS, So., Canby, Ore./Canby
Gracie Barstad led the team with a .667 batting average in a series split at Northern Illinois. She was the only Bronco to have multiple hits in each of the two games. She now leads the team with 10 multi-hit games for the season. She also has the team's longest hit streak (6) and current hit streak (2).


Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Alex Riedeman, Akron, Jr., Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish/Midland JC)
Junior Alex Riedeman went 2-2 for the Zips over the last week of play while holding a 2.92 ERA.


Kylie Reynolds, Kent State, Sr., Greensboro, Ga./Morgan County
Reynolds helped Kent State to three road victories this weekend, carrying a 0.90 ERA in four appearances. She allowed just three runs and 12 hits in 23.1 innings pitched on the week. Going 3-1 over three days, Reynolds became the Mid-American Conference's career leader in victories with 78. Saturday at Akron, she became Kent State's career leader in shutouts, tossing a three-hitter against the Zips. After tossing a complete game in the first half of a doubleheader Friday at Ohio, Reynolds threw 4.1 scoreless frames of relief and got the Flashes out of a bases loaded jam when she entered in the third. Sunday she did not surrender a run until the sixth, giving her 17.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run.


Meredith Linch, Miami, Sr., Eatonton, Ga./John Milledge Academy
Meredith earned victories in both of her starts this weekend. She gave up only four earned runs in 12.1 innings pitched. Threw a complete game of five innings giving up one run on five hits. Followed it up with a complete game victory against Bowling Green, giving up three runs on seven hits. She struck out six during the week.

Morgan Bittner, Northern Illinois, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly
Morgan Bittner went 2-1 in four appearances last week with her best performance coming in the Huskies' doubleheader against Western Michigan Saturday. She finished the day 1-1, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out 12 and walking none. In NIU's 1-0 loss in Game One, Bittner allowed one run on three hits and didn't walk a single Bronco batter, while striking out nine. She then came into pitch three scoreless innings of relief, allowing four hits, no walks and striking out three to notch her 15th victory of the season, already surpassing last year's total.


Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, So., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Meredith Whitney pitched a 1-hit complete-game shutout in the opener and hit her first home run of the season to give the Broncos a 1-0 win. She ended up pitching in both games, working four innings in the Broncos' 8-4 loss later in the afternoon. Her six strikeouts in game one and five punch outs in game two give her 293 for her career, moving her into fifth place on the WMU career list. She passed Krysten Shumaker (2005-06) who amassed 289 Ks in two seasons with the Broncos. Whitney led off the top of the second inning with her solo shot over the left field wall. It was her first home run of the year and seventh of her career. That surge of offense was all the Broncos needed with the sophomore in the circle. This was her ninth complete game of the 2010 season and first solo shutout, giving her seven in her young career.