MAC Announces Softball Players and Pitcher of the Week

Updated 3/10/2010
East Division Player of the Week
Lauren Grimes, Kent State, Outfield, Fr., Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge

Grimes helped the Golden Flashes to a 5-0 weekend at Marshall's Holiday Inn-Invitational, recording hits in all five games...In an 8-4 Sunday victory over host Marshall (12-6), Grimes went 3-for-4 and homered in her first two at bats...She is hitting .489 on the season with four home runs.

East Division Pitcher of the Week
Kylie Reynolds, Kent State, Sr., Greensboro, Ga./Morgan County

Reynolds had a hand in all five Kent State victories, going 3-0 with two saves during the Flashes' 5-0 weekend at the Holiday Inn-vitational...All three of her victories were complete games, two of which came against host Marshall, who fell to 12-6, while the other came against Cleveland State (8-6)... Reynolds allowed one run against the Vikings and totaled 13 strikeouts...With 82 strikeouts on the season and 961 for her career, she just 10 away from becoming the MAC's all-time strikeout leader.

West Division Player of the Week
Gracie Barstad, Western Michigan, 3B, So., Canby, Ore./Canby
Gracie Barstad recorded five multi-hit games over the past week, including four straight. She also had three multi-RBI games with three against Austin Peay and two against UAB and Quinnipiac. She had a pair of doubles, each coming in a win and a home run against Austin Peay. Barstad led the team with a .500 batting average and .708 slugging percentage along with a .556 on-base percentage. She added two stolen bases in two attempts. Defensively, she had five put outs and seven assists in 13 chances in the field.

West Division Pitcher of the Week
Diana Patterson, Western Michigan, Fr., La Puente, Calif./Los Altos
Freshman Diana Patterson made two starts and three appearances over the past week, picking up her first collegiate win over Quinnipiac. Patterson registered a one-hit, complete-game shut out against the Bobcats. Batters hit .075 when she was in the circle has she gave up just three hits in three appearances. Over 13 innings of work, Patterson gave up just one earned run as she struck out 14.




Additional Player of the Week Nominees
Heather Bauer, Akron, Utility, Jr., Medina, Ohio/Highland

Junior Heather Bauer led UA at the plate and on the bases at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic. Batting a team-leading .500, Bauer also grabbed a team-high six stolen bases on six attempts. Also driving in a run and scoring a run, Bauer's best offensive showing came against the University of Carolina Greensboro where she had two hits and two stolen bases in Akron's 4-0 win. Also seeing time on the mound, Bauer maintained a 2.33 ERA in 15.0 innings pitched. Her solid performance earned her Buzz Classic all-tournament nods.

Jessie Ware, Ball State, 3B, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State
Senior Jessie Ware finished the week with a .313 batting average with five hits, four runs and two triples.

Taylor Franich, Buffalo, LF, Fr., Enumclaw, WA/Enumclaw
Franich had two RBIs in Buffalo's win over Big Ten foe Wisconsin and went a perfect 3-3 in stolen bases as Buffalo went 2-2 on the weekend at the San Diego Classic I.

Paige Berger, Bowling Green, Fr., Infield, Rootstown, Ohio/ Rootstown
Paige Berger played in and started all five of the Falcon's games at first base at the 2010 Buzz Classic in Woodstock, Ga.; contributing to the Falcons 1-4 record on the weekend. Offensively, Berger had the most hits (five) of the Falcon squad that included two doubles and two homeruns-the fourth and fifth of her career-and three RBIs. She recorded two runs for the Falcons on the weekend. In total, Berger racked up a .357 batting average, a .929 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage. Defensively, she had 33 putouts and was almost perfect in the field, racking up a .944 fielding percentage. Berger was the sole Falcon player to be named to the Buzz Classic All-Tournament Team.


Molly Coldren, Central Michigan, SS, So., West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame
Coldren put together another dominant effort at the plate in CMU's first weekend in Florida. The sophomore shortstop batted .353 and led the team with three RBI and three runs scored. She also belted her second home run of the season, a walk-off shot in the eighth inning against Robert Morris. She recorded at least one hit in four of CMU's five games and did not commit a single error at shortstop.

Stacie Skodinski, Eastern Michigan, SS, Jr.,South Bend, Ind./Washington
Stacie Skodinski has been the Eagles most consistent hitter this season, hitting .360 (9-for-25) for the second straight week. She started all nine games for EMU last week, clubbing her first home run and driving in her first seven RBI this season. The junior emerged as the hero in the Eagles win over host Florida Atlantic in the FAU Classic when she came through with an opposite field two-run single to lift the Eagles to an extra-inning, 3-2, win March 5. Skodinski also turned in a 3-for-4 game against the Owls earlier in the week, driving in three runs and scoring twice while finishing just a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

Daniela Torres, Miami, 3B, So., Harwood Heights, Ill./Lane Tech College Prep
Had a great weekend at the plate, hitting .500 in 14 at bats. That included a double and two triples to give her a slugging percentage of .857. Also was very key in the field as the ball seemed to find her all weekend. She was responsible for eight putouts and 14 assists on the weekend and made only one error.

Shalene Petrich, Ohio, OF, Sr., Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West
Petrich led Ohio in hitting and RBI over its four games this past weekend, including three games against top-20 teams. She also tallied hits in each contest. In the Bobcats' game against Illinois State she finished 2-for-3 and drove in both Ohio runs. Against Texas, she singled and drove in a run. The senior leads Ohio in hitting this season.

Brooke Gates, Toledo, UT, So., Sylvania, OH/Southview
Sophomore Brooke Gates (Sylvania, OH) led the Rockets with a .357 average over the weekend, recording five hits in 14 at bats with two home runs and six RBI. She also had a double, walked twice, scored three runs and stole three bases over the weekend. She recorded at least one RBI in each of the team's final four games on the weekend. Her three-run blast in the seventh against Temple helped spark a Toledo rally from five runs down, as the Rockets tied the contest before falling in the bottom of the seventh. Earlier in the weekend, she blasted a solo shot in Toledo's setback against Robert Morris.

Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Andrea Arney, Akron, So. Dalton, Ohio/Dalton

In 15.0 innings pitched Akron sophomore Andrea Arney allowed only seven hits at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic. Grabbing a 4-0 win over the University of North Carolina Greensboro, the shutout was the first for Arney this season. As well she only gave up one hit in the performance. Also grabbing seven strikeouts, Arney posted a 2.33 earned run average on the weekend.

Elizabeth Milian, Ball State, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich.
Milian now has 540 career strikeouts making her the second best in this category in school history. Pitching a shutout against Penn State also marked her 18th career shutout, the third best in school history.

Terese Diaz, Buffalo, So.San Diego, CA/Helix
Finished the weekend with 1.56 ERA, striking out 15 batters in 17.1 innings pitched. Earned the win over San Diego, pitching 6 out of the 9 innings.

Jamie Melchert, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Scottville, Mich./Muskegon
Jamie Melchert was EMU's best pitcher last week, recorded a 2.24 ERA while striking out 22 batters over 25 innings pitched. She went the distance in each of her three starts including an eight-inning affair against Florida Atlantic, March 5, in which she got the win after giving up just two runs (none earned) while striking out eight batters.

Meredith Linch, Miami, Sr.,Eatonton, Ga./John Milledge Academy
Was top pitcher for Miami at Miken Classic with a 1-1 record in two starts. Pitched a shutout one-hitter against Florida A&M on Friday, coming within one out of her first career no-hitter.