Alex Riedeman, Akron, Sr., Snohomish, Wash./Midland JC Manhattan
Kelli Gleiser, Buffalo, Fr., Cheektowaga, NY
Gleiser provided a spark off the bench for the Bulls, cracking the starting lineup over the last five games of the weekend, hitting .429 in those five games. Gleiser had six hits, driving in three runs. Gleiser also scored three times herself as the Bulls combined for 22 runs over their last three games. Gleiser also worked out two walks for a .500 on base percentage.
Brittini Merchant, Central Michigan , Sr., 2B, Wayland, Mich/Wayland
Senior Brittini Merchant led the Chippewas in both their wins over the weekend at the Hoosier Classic, hitting a solo home run in their 5-1 win over Loyola-Chicago and driving in two runs in a 5-2 win over Wright State. In the opening game of the Classic, Merchant hit her first home run of the season in the bottom of the third, giving the Chippewas a 4-0 lead. The senior added two more RBI on Saturday versus Wright State, driving a two-out single to center field for CMU's first hit of the game and a 2-0 lead. Merchant finished the weekend 4-for-11 at the plate for a .364 average and three RBI. She added a double for two extra base hits and a slugging percentage of .727. The Wayland, Mich., native was also stellar in the field, handling all 21 chances in the field on the weekend for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Chelsea Sundberg, Central Michigan, Fr., Marshall, Mich./Olivet HS
Despite giving up two early runs in the first inning, freshman Chelsea Sundberg continued the stellar start to her collegiate career, giving up just two hits over her final six innings to earn her second complete-game of the season. In her only appearance of the weekend, Sundberg struck out four Raiders, each of which came after giving up the early two runs. She improved her record to 4-1 on the season and is now tied for the team lead in wins.
Jenna Ignowski, Eastern Michigan, So., Niles, Mich./Niles
Ignowski improved her overall record to 6-1, tying her win total from last season, after picking up both of EMU's victories this weekend at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. The sophomore has won five straight, and has not lost a contest since Feb. 25. Ignowski went 9.2 innings combined in the circle in her games against Wright State and Loyola-Chicago, holding opponents to just a .194 clip. She struck out seven while allowing only seven hits.
Stacie Skodinski, Eastern Michigan, Sr., SS, South Bend, Ind./Washington
Skodinski stepped up offensively for the Eagles at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. where the Green and White posted a 2-2 record over the weekend. The senior shortstop registered a 4-for-8 effort at the plate, cranking out two homeruns to move her into seventh place all-time for career round-trippers in EMU history. Skodinski also scored five times and knocked in three. She slugged 1.250 with an on-base percentage of .615 for an impressive 1.865 OPS.
Beth Cinadr, Kent State, Sr., RF, Hudson, Ohio/Hudson/Purdue
Cinadr hit .500 (9-for-18) over five games with four doubles and a .722 slugging percentage. In Kent State's 4-1 win over Rutgers, Cinadr went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Stephanie Tofft, Northern Illinois, Fr., U, Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln
Stephanie Tofft extended her hitting streak to 11 games with a hit in each of the Huskies' six games this past week. The freshman from Lincoln, Calif. had eight hits in 19 at bats for a .421 average on the week, just shy of her .431 season batting average. She also added three RBIs to her team-leading 20. She is hitting .543 during her current streak, going 19-of-35 with two home runs and five doubles.
Melissa Bonner, Ohio, Sr., P/RF, Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings Mills
Bonner led the Bobcats to a 4-3 record this week as the had team-highs in batting average (.435), hits (10), doubles (3), total bases (18) and on-base percentage (.480). She also slugged .783 for the week. She had four two-hit games this week and also picked up a save against Louisville on the pitching side.
Lexi Jager, Western Michigan, Sr., U, Kalamazoo, Mich./Comstock
Lexi Jager led WMU in batting with a .250 average and her third double of the season during the Wilson Classic hosted by Missouri this past weekend. Jager had two RBIs and a run scored for the Broncos.
Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Meredith Whitney led all Bronco pitchers by allowing just one hit in 4.1 innings and holding the opposition to a minuscule .067 batting average when she was in the circle during her two appearances at the Wilson Classic hosted by Missouri this past weekend.
At the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., the Zips went 6-2 due in large part to the pitching of senior Alex Riedeman. The Snohomish, Wash. native started three games and amassed a 3-0 record in the tournament, allowing just six earned runs in 14.2 innings pitched. She earned victories against Manhattan, Bucknell, and Houston Baptist and struck out a total of nine batters while walking only two and finished with a 2.96 ERA.