MAC East Player of the Week
Kayla Ledbetter, Miami, C
Junior, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna/Lincoln
Ledbetter had a fantastic week with a .500 batting average, including two home runs and a double. She drew an incredible 10 walks in 18 plate appearances to finish with an on base percentage of .778. Thanks to the power she showed, she had a 1.375 slugging percentage for the week. Ledbetter had two 2-run home runs against 24th-ranked Georgia Tech on Friday and finished with four RBIs. She drove in two more RBI on a double against Marshall on Saturday. She got her seventh RBI of the weekend against Marshall Sunday when she drew a bases loaded walk. Ledbetter was great defensively all weekend. She had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, finishing with 21 total putouts and five assists. She threw out five runners that attempted to steal on her this weekend.
MAC East Pitcher of the Week
Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio, P
Freshman, Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing
Savannah had an excellent weekend for Ohio Softball, posting a 2-0 record in three appearances at the 2013 Easton Desert Classic. The freshman posted a 3.97 ERA and a WHIP of 1.78 throughout the weekend, pitching 12.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs, and striking out 14 batters. Dorsey’s best appearance of the weekend was a dominating one against Louisiana-Monroe, one in which she pitched three innings and struck out five batters while allowing just one hit and one run. She followed this up with a solid performance against UCLA during which she gave up less than one run per inning in five innings of work against the No. 18 Bruins.
MAC West Player of the Week
Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State, LF
Junior, McKinney, Texas/McKinney
Reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Jennifer Gilbert continued where she left off last season, blasting three home runs and hitting .750 (9-for-12) to help guide Ball State to a 3-1 record at the KSU Classic hosted by Kennesaw State. In addition to hitting .750 over the team’s four games, Gilbert posted a 1.583 slugging percentage and a .800 on base percentage while accounting for 16 of Ball State’s 33 runs in the two-day tournament. She opened the season going a perfect 2-for-2 with three walks, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored versus IUPUI. She followed with a 1-for-3 effort against UT Martin, adding another run scored. Against Tennessee Tech, Gilbert collected an RBI in each at bat, with a two-run home run and a pair of RBI singles. She closed the tournament going 3-for-4 against Eastern Kentucky with another home run, a double, three RBI and three runs scored. With her three home runs on the weekend, Gilbert raised her career home run total to 36 which is three shy of breaking the Ball State career record of 38 set by Amanda Montalto (2009-12).
MAC West Pitcher of the Week
Nicole Steinbach, Ball State, P
In her first weekend of collegiate competition, freshman pitcher Nicole Steinbach recorded a pair of complete game shutout victories, including a 2-0 win over UT Martin (Feb. 16) and a 10-0 (5) victory over Tennessee Tech (Feb. 17). In seven innings of work in her collegiate debut versus UT Martin, Steinbach scattered three hits and struck out five batters, while issuing just one walk. She allowed just one base runner after the fourth inning, but was able to spark an inning-ending double play in the sixth to face the minimum nine batters over the final three frames. In her second career outing versus Tennessee Tech Steinbach limited the Golden Eagles to just one hit over five innings, while striking out six batters. After giving up an infield single in the first and a one out walk in the second, Steinbach retired the final 11 Golden Eagles she faced.
Alissa Birkhimer, Akron, 1B
Senior, Hebron, Ohio/Lakewood
Alissa Birkhimer played a solid all-around game for Akron in the College of Charleston Cougar Classic, leading the team with a .545 slugging percentage on the weekend. Birkhimer was everywhere in UA’s eight inning win over ETSU, delivering her first home run of the season in the form of a two-run shot in the bottom of the first. She moved from first base to the circle to throw last one and two-thirds innings in relief to get the win. The senior drew as many walks herself as all of Akron’s opponents combined (four) without striking out once in 11 at-bats, fueling a team-high .467 on-base percentage. She also recorded 31 putouts en route to a flawless fielding percentage.
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan, P
Senior, Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS
Dornbos has thrown 50 career complete games after this weekend.
Carol Ann Sexauer, Central Michigan, SS
Sophomore, Canton, Mich./Canton HS
Has two stolen bases during the weekend.
Caitlin Colvin, Ohio, IF
Senior, Bonney Lake, Wash./Bonney Lake
Caitlin had a great weekend for the Bobcats, hitting three home runs and driving in seven runs to pace the ‘Cats to a 3-1 mark at the 2013 Easton Desert Classic. Colvin slugged at an incredible mark of 1.167 throughout the weekend, achieving a slugging percentage of 1.333 or higher in two of the team’s four games during the weekend, one of which was against No. 18 UCLA. The senior hit two home runs in Ohio’s 15-6 destruction of Louisiana-Monroe in five innings on Sunday before hitting another home run against the No. 18 Bruins later in the afternoon. Not a single one of Colvin’s hits during the weekend was for less than two bases, as she hit a double in addition to her three long balls. Colvin was also perfect in the field throughout the weekend, successfully handling all 17 of her fielding attempts and making zero errors.