MAC East Player of the Week
Kayla Ledbetter, Miami, C
Junior, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna-Lincoln
Ledbetter had a fantastic week by going 10-for-15 with eight RBI and six runs scored in four games to open MAC play. Among her hits were two doubles, a triple and two home runs, giving her a slugging percentage of 1.333 for the week. She also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch for an on base percentage of .706. Ledbetter was perfect during the doubleheader sweep of Toledo on Friday, finishing 7-for-7 with six RBI and six runs scored. She hit a home run in each game, driving in two runs in the opener and four in the nightcap. Against Bowling Green on Saturday, she had another three hits, driving in a run in each game.
MAC East Pitcher of the Week
Emma Johnson, Kent State, P
Sophomore, Groveport, Ohio/Groveport Madison
Sophomore ace Emma Johnson earned a pair of complete game victories and recorded her first save of the season in helping Kent State take 3 of 4 games against Ohio and Akron to open conference play. Johnson struck out 17 batters with a 2.10 ERA in 16.2 innings on the mound. She threw her third two-hitter of the season against Ohio on Friday and followed with a three-hitter against Akron on Saturday, both 2-1 wins. After the Golden Flashes took the lead in Saturday’s finale, Johnson entered and shutdown the Zips to complete the sweep and earn a point in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge.
MAC West Player of the Week
Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State, LF
Junior, McKinney, Texas/McKinney
Jennifer Gilbert led the Ball State softball team to a 4-0 start to Mid-American Conference play by posting a team-best .600 (9-for-15) batting average and a 1.467 slugging percentage in the Cardinals four league games last weekend … Gilbert opened league play with a 3-for-4 effort in the first game of a doubleheader at Bowling Green, while also scoring a run … After seeing her 10-game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the DH at Bowling Green, Gilbert put together one of the most impressive days of her storied career at Toledo, combining for four home runs and a double in the twinbill sweep of the Rockets … In the first game at Toledo, Gilbert went 4-for-5 from the plate with two home runs, a double and a single … She added four RBI and three runs scored in the contest … In the second game, Gilbert went 2-for-3 with two home runs, an intentional walk, three RBI and three runs scored … Gilbert would eventually come around to score what proved to be the game-winning run on the intentional walk which loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh inning … With her four home runs, Gilbert raised her season total to 12 and her career total to 45 …. Her 45 career home runs rank are a Ball State career record and rank her third in Mid-American Conference history.
MAC West Pitcher of the Week
Nicole Steinbach, Ball State, P
Freshman, Merrillville, Ind. Andrean
Freshman pitcher Nicole Steinbach opened MAC play by outdueling one of the top pitchers in the league in BGSU’s Paris Imholz … In her MAC debut, Steinbach limited the Falcons to just one hit and an unearned run over seven innings of work … BGSU’s lone hit in the game was a meaningless two-out triple in the fifth inning … Steinbach also struck out six batters in the contest, while not issuing a single free pass … In some tough, blustery conditions at Toledo the following day, Steinbach picked up her second career MAC victory by limiting Toledo to eight hits and four earned runs in another complete game effort … She would strike out five more batters in the game, while issuing just one walk … Over the two games, Steinbach limited opposing batters to a .167 batting average.
Adrienne Dick, Bowling Green, C
Senior, Delta, Ohio/Delta
Senior Adrienne Dick brought a consistent bat to the plate for the Falcons during the week, collecting a hit in 4-of-5 games. Dick was the only Falcon to hit over .400 over the five-game span, while also leading the Orange and Brown with four RBI and six total bases.
Jamie Kertes, Bowling Green, P
Sophomore, Carnegie, Pa./Bishop Canevin
Sophomore Jamie Kertes had one of her better weeks of the season thus far, earning a 1-1 record including a complete game shutout victory over Miami. Kertes carried a 1.29 ERA over five games, allowing just three earned runs over 16.1 innings pitched. Kertes also struck out eight batters, while allowing just five walks.
Nicole Aviles, Buffalo, P
Freshman, Phoenix, Ariz.
Freshman Nicole Aviles threw the best game of her brief career on Saturday afternoon as she pitched a complete-game one-hitter in the victory over the Bobcats. Aviles struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed just one bloop single in right field in the fifth inning. Aviles would have pitched a shut out if not for five Buffalo errors in the fifth, which allowed the runs to score. Aviles saved her best for last as she struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to preserve the win.
Sammi Gallardo, Buffalo, OF/IF
Junior, Chula Vista, Calif.
Junior Sammi Gallardo led the Bulls in hitting this past weekend, recording three extra base hits in the four-game homestand. Gallardo’s biggest hit came in the final game as the Bulls came back to beat Ohio. Down 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Gallardo corked a home run into left field tying the game up, en route to a 4-3 victory. She also recorded two doubles on the weekend and slugged .909% in the four games.
Carol Ann Sexauer, Central Michigan, SS
Sophomore, Canton, Mich./Canton
CarolAnn Sexauer hit her fourth and fifth homeruns of the season at Eastern Michigan this weekend. On Friday, March 29, Sexauer went 2-4 with a double and a homerun. On Saturday, March 30, she extended her hit streak to 12 games, dating back to March 6 at South Florida. Sexauer has at least one extra base hit in each of the last four games, including a homerun in the previous three outings. Her double on Friday brings her season total to eight to lead the Chippewas. Sexauer had a .571 batting average against the Eagles and a slugging percentage of 1.571 percent to open Mid-American Conference play for Central Michigan.
Chelsea Sundberg, Central Michigan, P
Junior, Marshall, Mich./Olivet
Chelsea Sundberg pitched her third complete game of the season on Saturday, March 30, at Eastern Michigan, blanking the Eagles 3-0. It was Sundberg’s first shut out of the season, and third of her career. Her six strikeouts this weekend brings her total to a team-high 49, and she is averaging 1.01 strikeouts per inning. Sundberg leads the Chippewas with four wins in the circle this year, and has given up a total of four runs in her last three starts.
Nellie Coquillard, Eastern Michigan, IF
Senior, Niles, Mich./Niles
Senior infielder Nellie Coquillard led the Eagles to a 2-1-1 record this week against Oakland University and Central Michigan. The senior launched her 21st career round-tripper, giving her three of her five RBI this week with the homer. On the week, Coquillard hit .333 with a .667 slugging percentage, while owning a .429 on-base percentage.
Jenna Ignowski, Eastern Michigan, P
Senior, Niles, Mich./Niles
Senior pitcher Jenna Ignowski tossed two complete game victories this week, first topping Oakland University, 6-5, Wednesday, March 27, and Central Michigan, 8-4, March 29, in the Mid-American Conference opener. The Niles, Mich. native tossed 14 innings and allowed six earned runs, while punching out six throughout the course of the week. Ignowski owned a 1.14 WHIP against Eastern’s opponents this week.
Megan Mattera, Miami, P
Sophomore, Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich
Mattera earned a pair of wins on Friday against Toledo, while also helping the RedHawks earning the save in a 3-2 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday. In the opener against the Rockets, she came in relief and allowed no runs on only four hits in 5.1 innings to lead Miami to a 7-5 win. She struck out a career-high six in the contest. She also earned the victory in the nightcap. Against Bowling Green, Mattera earned her first career save, allowing two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.
Emily Norton, Northern Illinois, P
Sophomore, Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest
Emily Norton came in to pitch 4.1 innings of relief to pick up the win in NIU’s 12-5 victory over Western Michigan Saturday. With the Huskies trailing 4-0 in the top of the third, Norton came in to record the final out of the inning an limit the Broncos to one run, unearned, on three hits and walk while striking out six.
Erika Oswald, Northern Illinois, C
Junior, Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South
Erika Oswald hit well above her season average of .227 in the Huskies’ MAC opening series, batting at a .600 clip. She went 3-for-5 with two doubles and five RBIs on in 8 plate appearances. Norton drove in a career-high four runs in NIU’s 12-5 victory over Western Michigan.
Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio, P
Freshman, Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing
Savannah had a strong week for Ohio Softball, posting a perfect 1-0 record inside the pitching circle in two total appearances at Kent State and Buffalo. The freshman picked up a win in her first outing of the weekend, throwing a complete-game shutout of the Golden Flashes en route to helping Ohio pick up an 8-0 win. In this game, Dorsey allowed just two hits in seven innings of work and did not walk a single batter, recording a WHIP of 0.71. She followed this up with a four-inning no-decision outing at Buffalo on March 30, striking out two batters while allowing five hits and walking none. Dorsey’s ERA and WHIP for the week both came in at the impressively-low mark of 0.64.
Adrienne Gabele, Ohio, C
Sophomore, Annapolis, Md./Broadneck
Adrienne had a very strong week for Ohio Softball, recording team highs in hits (5), home runs (3), total bases (14), RBI (4), and slugging percentage (1.077). The sophomore had a terrific series against Kent State, hitting three home runs in two contests against the Golden Flashes. Two of these home runs came during one of Ohio’s two victories of the weekend, an 8-0 win over Kent State. In this game, Gebele went 3-4 from the plate, drove in two runs, and slugged at a rate of 2.250. Gebele recorded at least one hit in three of Ohio’s four games during the weekend and crossed the plate at least once in two of the four contests.
Christina Pigozzi, Western Michigan, IF
Junior, South Haven, Mich./South Haven
Christina Pigozzi collected the hit against NIU that resulted in the game-tying run en route to the Broncos coming from four runs down, scoring three in the seventh, this past Saturday … Pigozzi hit .625 with two multi-hit games over the weekend, giving her three on the season … Pigozzi also leads the team in hitting streak and reaching base safely … Pigozzi has hit safely in seven-straight games for the Broncos and has reached base safely in 15-straight games.
Becca Shemberger, Western Michigan, P
Sophomore, Portage, Mich./Portage Central
Becca Shemberger went 1-1 this week in the circle, helping to keep the Northern Illinois offense in check to allow the Bronco offense to mount a comeback in the later innings … Shemberger worked 5.0 innings in relief to earn her fifth win of the season, allowing just two runs … Shemberger registered seven strikeouts in each outing … in the loss, Shemberger gave up just one hit.