West Division Pitcher of the Week
Lauren Wells, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Lowell, Ind./Lowell
Wells went 2-0 last week after picking up wins over Buffalo and Kent State to improve her overall record to 9-4 on the season. The lefty hurler went 19.1 innings in five appearances, striking out 22 batters while holding opposing hitters to just a .220 clip. Against Buffalo, Wells picked up her fifth complete game in the Eagles 2-1 win over the Bulls, striking out seven without giving up a single walk. The freshman also threw three impressive innings against the No. 2-ranked Michigan squad on May 3, holding the Wolverines offense to just one hit and struck out four in three innings of work.
East Division Pitcher of the Week
Zada Lines, Bowling Green, Sr., Akron, Ohio/Revere
Zada Lines went 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA as the Bowling Green softball team went 3-1 in four MAC games to conclude the 2011 season. Lines had two complete game victories, striking out a season-high nine batters in a 4-1 win over Ohio Friday, allowing just seven hits and two walks to go with one unearned run. She came back the next day against Akron with another complete game performance, allowing one earned run over seven innings, giving up seven hits while striking out four without a walk. On Sunday, she entered a game against Akron with Bowling Green trailing 3-2. She allowed just one hit over the final 2.1 innings as the Falcons rallied for a 7-3 win. After starting the year with a 4-8 record, Lines earned wins in her final four decisions to end the year at 8-8.
West Division Player of the Week
Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State, Fr., DP/LF, McKinney, Texas/McKinney
Freshman Jennifer Gilbert (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) had an outstanding week for Ball State as she went 7-for-15 with four home runs, 12 RBI and five runs scored for a 1.267 slugging percentage. In Ball State's 12-4 victory versus Western Michigan Friday afternoon in six-innings, Gilbert hit a two-run blast to center field to drive in classmate Taylor Rager. The home run marked Gilbert's second on the day and 13th on the season, breaking Ball State's single season home run record, previously held by Jen Reifschneider in 2009 (11). Heading into tournament play, Gilbert is continuing the phenomenal start to her collegiate career, as she is batting 66-for-185, including 15 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, including a grand slam, and 61 RBI.
East Division Player of the Week
Paige Berger, Bowling Green, So., 1B, Rootstown, Ohio/Rootstown
Paige Berger hit .600 and slugged 1.333 as the Bowling Green softball team closed out the season by going 3-1 against Ohio and Akron in MAC play over the weekend. Berger had five extra base hits (two doubles and three homers), including a walk-off three-run home run in a 4-1 win over Ohio in the bottom of the seventh inning. She came up just a triple-shy of a cycle twice in the four games this weekend, beginning with a 4-for-4 performance against Ohio with two singles, a double and a home run. She followed that up by going 1-for-3 in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against Ohio with the three-run walk-off homer and then went 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 3-2 win over Akron. In the final game of the weekend, Berger went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a two-run double in a 7-3 win over the Zips. She had eight RBI on the week, five runs scored, a stolen base, and was perfect in 31 chances in the field.
Alex Feltes, Akron, Sr., 3B, Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat
Akron senior Alex Feltes ended her stellar career on a high note, going 7-for-11 over the Zips' last four games. In a game one win at Toledo, the Rocky River, Ohio, native was a perfect 4-for-4 with 2 home runs, a double, and a triple. She also drove in a career-high 5 runs while scoring 4 herself. In game two, she did not have an official at bat, as she drew three walks and was hit by a pitch, but she did manage to score a run in the comeback extra inning victory. At Bowling Green, she finished 3-for-7, including 2-for-3 with a run scored in her final career game. Her 201 career hits and 219 games played both rank fourth on the program's all-time lists.
Kristin Waldron, Buffalo, Jr., C, Windsor, NY/Windsor Central
Waldron led the way for the Bulls with a .364 average this past weekend. Waldron scored the game-winning run against Central Michigan, coming in from first base on a one-out double. Waldron also had a double on the weekend, while also being solid in the field as the team's catcher. Waldron leads the team in batting average, hits, and runs batted in.
Kari Seddon, Central Michigan, Sr., P/1B, St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Senior Kari Seddon came up with one of the biggest hits in her career on Friday, driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 victory over Kent State and a series sweep. The senior, playing her final games at Margo Jonker Stadium, went 4-for-11 for a .364 batting average on the week, hitting two doubles for a slugging percentage of .545. Seddon came to the plate with the bases loaded in a 3-3 tied game on Friday, only to bloop a single to centerfield to score Macy Merchant from third and give the Chippewas the 4-3 victory. Seddon added a key RBI double in Saturday's win versus Buffalo, a game in which she pitched a two-hit shutout to earn her 44th career win, the ninth most in CMU program history.
Kari Seddon, Central Michigan, Sr., St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Senior Kari Seddon wrapped up her illustrious career at Margo Jonker Stadium with two wins over the weekend, moving into ninth place all-time in CMU program history. Seddon got things rolling on Friday with a 10-2 win over Kent State in six innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, while striking out three. The St. Clair, Mich., native also went 2-for-4 at the plate in the game, scoring two runs. On Saturday, Seddon pitched her final game at home, tossing a two-hit shutout versus Buffalo to earn her 44th career win and tie her with former Chippewa Ali Pettit for the ninth most wins as a Chippewa. Seddon also went 1-for-2 in the game, driving in a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to add an insurance run. Her two appearances on the weekend also moved Seddon into sole possession of seventh place for career appearances with 94.
Sarah Gerber, Eastern Michigan, Jr., C, North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Gerber is currently riding a five-game hit streak with a .500 on base percentage after tallying hits in all put one of the Eagles' contests last week. The North Canton, Ohio native collected eight hits in 17 at bats, five of which were for extra-bases. In game one of the Green and White's doubleheader against Buffalo, Gerber was 2-for-3 with a double and a homerun, and in game two she drove in all of the Eagles' runs in a perfect 3-for-3 effort at the plate. She posted an impressive .882 slugging percentage and drove in five RBI for her squad while scoring two times. Defensively, she was perfect behind the plate for a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage.
Jess Carmichael, Kent State, Sr., 3B, Dalton, Ohio/Dalton
With two home runs on the weekend, Carmichael tied Kent State's career record for home runs with 36. She carried a .571 on-base percentage over the weekend with five hits and three walks in 14 plate appearances. Carmichael hit .455 in four games and led the Flashes with three runs scored and a 1.091 slugging percentage. She did not commit an error in four games and third base and turned a key 5-3 double play Saturday in Kent State's 4-2 win over Eastern Michigan. Carmichael also hit a two-run homer in KSU's win over the Eagles. She leads the team with 11 home runs on the year. In conference play, she is hitting .367 with eight doubles and 14 runs batted in.
Kirstie Fehrenbach, Miami, Fr., OF, Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty
Kirstie showed her speed during the week, recording seven hits, four of which were infield hits. She was a perfect 3-for-3 against Northern Illinois in a 1-0 win on Friday, including two infield hits. She was 2-for-4 with one run scored in the nightcap. Fehrenbach finished the week 2-for-3 with yet another infield hit in the 2-1 win over Western Michigan on Sunday.
Jessica Simpson, Miami, Jr., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Jessica pitched her first career no-hitter against Northern Illinois on Friday. She allowed only two walks in the performance and neither base runner reached past first base. She struck out seven against a team that came into the game hitting over .300 collectively. She allowed only one earned run against Western Michigan in her other win over the week on Sunday, allowing only seven hits. She struck out 19 on the week.
Alexis Joseph, Ohio, Jr., SS, Alvin, Texas/Alvin
Joseph started the weekend 4-for-4 during a doubleheader with Bowling Green, including a perfect 3-for-3 game at the plate during game one. She also tallied a run scored and a walk. She was plated on a two-RBI single by Chelsea Hortman on the game-winning hit in the top of the seventh. Joseph finished the weekend with a 2-for-3 performance at Toledo to conclude the regular season. She contributed to the Bobcats' six-run fifth inning with a two-RBI single and a run scored. Joseph was one of six straight Ohio batters to reach base.
Emily Wethington, Ohio, Sr., New Palestine, Ind./Scecina Memorial
Wethington tossed a pair of shutouts to power Ohio to the MAC East Division Title during a 3-1 weekend at Bowling Green and Toledo. She opened the weekend with a two-hit shutout of Toledo in an 8-0 win in five innings. Wethington completed the sweep by throwing no-hit ball for the first 5.2 innings of a 7-0 victory on Sunday. In her last 12 innings pitched she has only surrendered three hits and has not given up a run. For the week she totaled 16 strikeouts against the Falcons and Rockets.
Jillian Spink, Toledo, Jr., 1B, El Dorado Hills, CA / Oak Ridge
Jillian Spink powered the Rocket offense during an eight-game week, batting a staggering .444 (8-for-18) with three home runs, five RBI and five runs scored. She slugged an even 1.000, while collecting 18 total bases, twice as much as the rest of the team. Against Wright State, Spink batted 5-for-6 in the mid-week doubleheader, including her first career multiple-home run game in game two as she blasted two solo shots to account for the two Rocket runs.
Gracie Barstad, Western MichiganJr., 3B, Canby, Ore./Canby
Gracie Barstad led the Broncos this past weekend with a .538 batting average, including three doubles. She became the 36th Bronco in program history to have two doubles in a game in the series-opening win at Ball State. Barstad had at least one hit in all four games this weekend with three hits and two hits, respectively, in the Ball State series. She either scored a run or drove in a run in three of the four games as well. Barstad also had nine defensive chances without an error against Ball State and Miami.
Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Meredith Whitney kept her personal win streak in the circle alive with another 2-0 weekend to close out the regular season. Whitney struck out 11 batters and held the opposition to a .244 batting average. She now has 85 strikeouts in MAC play and 147 overall, which ranks sixth in a season at Western Michigan. Whitney's last conference loss came against Buffalo on April 9.