MAC Announces Softball Players and Pitchers of the Week

Updated 4/9/2013


MAC East Player of the Week
Paige Berger, Bowling Green, 1B
Senior, Rootstown, Ohio/Rootstown
Senior Paige Berger helped the Falcons to a 5-1 record this past week, including a record of 3-1 in MAC play. Berger led Bowling Green in nearly every offensive category, including hits (9), runs (9), total bases (20) and slugging percentage (1.111). Berger carried a team-best .500 batting average this past week, while also belting three home runs. Berger’s three home runs pushed her career total to 34, giving her the most in Bowling Green history. Berger earned a .571 on-base percentage over the six-game span, while also recording a stolen base and a fielding percentage of 1.000. 
MAC East Pitcher of the Week
Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio, P
Freshman, Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing
Savannah had an incredible week for Ohio Softball, pitching 10.2 nearly perfect innings while collecting one win and one save. The freshman did not allow a single run during her time on the mound, nor did she concede a single walk. Dorsey threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Toledo on Friday before throwing two scoreless innings at Bowing Green on Saturday, earning the first save of her career. She followed this up with 1.2 innings of excellent relief work at Bowling Green on Sunday, during which she allowed just one hit while striking out two...Dorsey’s command was impeccable, as she struck out 13 batters on the weekend while amassing a WHIP of 0.37. 
MAC West Co-Players of the Week
Taylor Rager, Ball State, 1B
Junior, Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern
Taylor Rager helped guide the Ball State softball team to a 5-1 record last weekend, including a 4-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play, by leading the team with a .526 batting average and a 1.053 slugging percentage … She belted three home runs over the six games, while adding seven RBI and scoring five runs … She drew four walks and striking out just once … She also led the Ball State defense with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, with 52 put outs and two assists in 54 changes … Rager drove in the game-winning run in Saturday’s victory over Western Michigan with a two-run single up the middle in the first inning … With her effort at the plate over the week, Rager raised her season batting average from .407 to .429.
Cory Delamielleure, Central Michigan, C
Junior, St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina
Junior Cory DeLamielleure hit .444 this week in six games. Six of DeLamielleure’s eight hits this week were for extra bases, including two homeruns. She had a team-high three triples, and completed a series-cycle against Detroit on Wednesday, April 3. DeLamielleure accounted for a single, a double, two triples, and a homerun in the double header against the Titans. Her second homerun of the week came against Kent State on Saturday, April 6, in a 0-0 ballgame. DeLamielleure went long over the left field fence to put Central Michigan up 2-0 over the Flashes in the third inning. The Chippewas would go on to win the game 3-0. At the end of the six games this week, she had six runs, seven RBIs and 21 total bases.
MAC West Pitcher of the Week
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan, P
Senior, Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville
Senior Kara Dornbos pitched three complete games this week and 7.1 innings of relief against Kent State on Sunday, April 7, giving up a total of three runs. She has moved into sixth all-time in Central Michigan history with 58 career compete games. After a shutout, three-hit performance against Kent State on Saturday, April 6, Dornbos is up to three shutouts in six wins this season. Her six strikeouts against the Flashes on Saturday was a new season-high, bringing her total to 39, 12 this week. Her only earned run allowed came against Buffalo on April 5. Dornbos had an ERA of .250 in 21.1 innings this week, brining her season ERA to 1.88.
Other Nominees:
Nicole Steinbach, Ball State, P
Freshman, Merrillville, Ind./Andrean
Posted a 2-0 record and earned a save in four appearances last week to help the Cardinals finish the week 5-1, including a perfect 4-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play … Allowed just four runs and 12 hits over 14.1 innings of work, including her fourth complete game shutout of the season in BSU’s 13-0 (5) win over Western Michigan … She also limited opposing batters to a .218 average over her four appearances  … In the game versus the Broncos, Steinbach surrendered just two hits and one walk over five innings, while striking out four batters … She opened the week by picking up the save in BSU’s 3-1 win over IPFW, as she did not allow a hit in the final inning of play … She picked up her first win of the week in the first game of a doubleheader versus Northern Illinois, allowing the Huskies to post just three runs and nine hits over 7.0 innings of work … With the two wins, Steinbach improves to 4-0 in Mid-American Conference action in her freshman campaign … In league action, Steinbach has a 1.88 ERA and is limiting opposing batters to a .198 average, allowing just seven earned runs and 20 hits over 26.0 innings of work. 
Jamie Kertes, Bowling Green, P
Sophomore, Carnegie, Pa./Bishop Canevin
Sophomore Jamie Kertes helped the Falcons a 5-1 record this past week, going 2-1 with a save. Kertes carried an impressive ERA of 1.17, allowing just three earned runs over 18.0 innings pitched. Kertes also held opponents to just 10 hits and two walks over that span, accounting for a .666 WHIP. Kertes’ week was highlighted by a complete game shutout of Akron on Friday, allowing just one Zip hit and striking out six in the victory. Kertes led the Falcons with 19 strikeouts in just 18.0 innings pitched. 
Alyssa Ward, Buffalo, IF
Senior, Cameron Park, Ca.
Senior Alyssa Ward led the Bulls in batting average during the week, hitting .462 over the four games.  She had her best game on Sunday as she led the Bulls to weekend sweep of Eastern Michigan, by going 3-for-4.  In the two games alone against the Eagles, Ward went 5-for-7 from the plate with a double.  She also had a perfect weekend in the field, not committing a single error in 19 chances at third base.
Tori Speckman, Buffalo, P
Junior, Alvin, Tex.
Junior Tori Speckman saw action in all four games this past weekend, picking up a win and her third save of the season.  Speckman allowed just two runs in 11.1 innings pitched, allowing just a single run in one game against Central Michigan and a single run in the final game over Eastern Michigan.  In 4.1 innings of relief against the Chippewas, Speckman struck out three batters and then the junior came back on in relief in the second game, pitching two innings, strking out two.  She tied the school record for saves in a season with her third in the Saturday win over Eastern Michigan and then picked up a win pitching 4.1 innings of relief on Sunday against EMU, striking out three and allowing just one run.
Kim Kirkpatrick, Kent State, OF
Sophomore, Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmested Falls
Sophomore Kim Kirkpatrick hit .400 and slugged .600 from her leadoff position in the lineup to help Kent State take three out of four games and remain tied for the top spot in the Mid-American Conference East Division. Kirkpatrick went 3-for-4 in the first game against Eastern Michigan on Friday, driving and scoring a run in the fifth inning, which was the only inning the Golden Flashes scored. She delivered a leadoff home run in Sunday’s dramatic 11-inning win at Central Michigan. In the third inning, her sac bunt advanced a runner into scoring position and eventually scored. She added a two-out single in the fourth, extending the inning and allowing the runner already on base to score two batters later.
Lauren McNeil, Kent State, P
Senior, Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban
Senior Lauren McNeil put together two of the best performances of her senior season over the weekend, recording a 1.62 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 13 innings of action. Throwing her fourth complete game of the season, McNeil allowed just four hits and two unearned runs in a victory against Eastern Michigan on Friday. She was en route to her second win of the weekend upon being replaced in the bottom of the seventh inning against Central Michigan on Sunday, but three runs by the Chippewas forced extra innings. An error on a sac fly allowed a second run to score and prevented McNeil from receiving the win. She held opposing batters to a .234 batting average in the two games.
Kylie McChesney, Miami, SS
Sophomore, Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup
McChesney was Miami’s best hitter this past week, finishing with a .471 batting average. She drove in three RBI and scored four runs. Her biggest moment came against Northern Illinois on Sunday when she hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth to give Miami a 5-4 victory. She had a .526 on-base percentage during the week and a .647 slugging percentage. McChesney recorded hits in five of the RedHawks’ six games this past week, and had two multi-hit games.
Paige Myers, Miami, P
Junior, Grove City, Ohio/Grove City
Paige Myers finished the week 2-1 with one save. She had a 2.47 ERA. Myers came into the game against Western Michigan on Friday and earned the win in relief. She allowed only one hit over the final 3.2 innings, while striking out five. She earned a save against Northern Illinois on Saturday by coming in during the top of the seventh with a runner on second and only one out. She struck out the last two batters to secure the 5-4 victory. With the ‘Hawks trailing 3-1 in the third inning against the Huskies on Sunday, Myers came in and allowed only one earned run over 5.1 innings as Miami rallied to win 5-4 in eight innings. She struck out seven in that game. For the week she struck out 20 in 17.0 innings of work while allowing only six earned runs.
Nicole Gremillion, Northern Illinois, OF
Junior, Missouri City, Tex./Elkins
Nicole Gremillion paced the Huskie offense, going 6-for-14 for a .429 average, well above her team-leading .343 season average in five games for the Huskies this week. Gremillion shined in the Miami series, going 4-for-7 with two home runs, her first of the season, her team-leading eighth double and four RBIs. She went 2-for-3 an RBI and run scored in NIU’s 5-2 setback to Miami Saturday. On Sunday, the junior outfielder went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, driving in three runs. Gremillion went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the second game of a doubleheader against Ball State and was 1-for-1 with a run scored in a midweek contest at Illinois State.
Lauren Gellerman, Ohio, C
Senior, San Diego, Calif./Westview
Lauren had a tremendous week for Ohio Softball, hitting .500 and slugging at a rate of 1.429 in four Mid-American Conference games at Toledo and Bowling Green. The senior recorded at least one hit in every game and even had two multi-hit games, one each coming against Toledo and Bowling Green. Four of Gellerman’s seven hits were home runs, as she also registered two multi-HR games. The native of San Diego, Calif., did not strike out once in her 15 plate appearances of the weekend and was smart on the base paths as well, scoring six of Ohio’s 16 runs...In two of Ohio’s four games during the week, Gellerman slugged at an outrageous clip of 2.000 or higher. Her best game of the weekend was the first game at Toledo, during which she went 3-4 (2 HR), scored twice, drove in two runs, and slugged at a rate of 2.250...With her four home runs on the weekend, Gellerman broke her prior record of 13 home runs in a single season and now has 14 in 2013. This is the second highest single-season total in program history. She also set the new program standard in career RBI, surpassing the prior program mark of 114 during Ohio’s second game at Toledo.
Morgan Smith, Toledo, C
Senior, Akron, Ohio
Recorded walk-off single in 4-3 win over Ohio (Game One)...Hit game-tying, two-run HR with two outs in bottom of 7th on Sunday vs. Akron – sent the game to extras and where UT won on a walk-off grand slam...Three of four hits for the week went for extra bases, while collecting 5 RBI