MAC Announces Softball's Weekly Award Winners

Updated 4/22/2013


MAC East Player of the Week
Chelsea Hortman, Ohio, DP
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings
Chelsea was the driving offensive force behind a successful 4-2 week for the Ohio University softball team. The senior ranked second on the team in hits (7), tied for the team high in home runs (2), and led the Bobcats in both RBI (8) and slugging percentage (1.000). Recording at least one hit in three games and registering two multi-hit games, Chelsea delivered time and again in the designated player role for the Bobcats. She slugged at or above 2.000 on two occasions with her best game of the week coming in Ohio’s first doubleheader contest against Wright State. During this game, the senior went 3-3, hit one triple, clubbed one home run, drove in three runs, and slugged at a clip of 2.667. She nearly equaled this in Ohio’s crucial win at Akron on April 20, going 3-3 once more and hitting a home run again, this time slugging at a rate of 2.000. 
MAC East Pitcher of the Week
Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio, P
Freshman, Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing
Savannah Jo Dorsey had a tremendous week for the Ohio University softball team, playing a key role in the Bobcats’ 4-2 record and current four-game winning streak. After a loss to Marshall during which she only conceded one earned run, Dorsey was lights out inside the pitching circle. The freshman went 3-0 in her next three appearances of the week, picking up wins over Wright State and MAC-East rival Akron (twice). Dorsey never made an appearance which spanned less than 7.0 innings, and even in spite of this, never allowed more than two earned runs in a single contest. She finished the week with 28.2 innings pitched in four appearances, an ERA of 0.98, 43 strikeouts, 19 hits, 13 walks, and a very impressive WHIP of 1.12.  Dorsey’s best game of the week was a dominating effort at Akron on Saturday. During this game, the freshman threw a complete-game, three hit-shutout which keyed the ‘Cats to an important 6-0 victory over the Zips. Dorsey’s strikeout total (12) doubled her combined walk (3) and hit (3) totalsin the contest. She allowed a mere WHIP of 0.86 during this game against the Zips. Her strikeout total of 12 in this contest was also a career high. 
MAC West Player of the Week
Amanda Stanton, Eastern Michigan, IF
Junior, Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township
Junior second baseman, Amanda Stanton, posted a stellar performance offensively this week for the Green and White hitting at a .500 clip (7-for-14), while accounting for 32.1 percent of the run production in Eastern’s six games this week. The Homer Glen, Ill. native tied for the second-most home runs in a single game (2) in EMU history against Toledo, April 19, while her five RBI in that game tied her for third-most in a single game. On the week Stanton slugged at a 1.143 clip, while driving in nine runs and scoring six of her own. The junior hit three home runs and struck out just two times in 17 plate appearances. Coming into this week, Stanton was hitting a respectable .301, but her stellar performance from April 16-21 pushed her batting average up 24 points, as she is now hitting .325 on the season.
MAC West Pitcher of the Week
Emily Norton, Northern Illinois, P
Sophomore, Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest
Emily Norton posted a perfect 4-0 record in four appearances in MAC play this past weekend leading NIU to back-to-back doubleheader victories over Kent State and Buffalo. She pitched 23.2 innings, allowing six runs, two earned on 13 hits while striking out 17 and posting a 0.59 earned run average. Norton went the distance in Game One against Kent State, allowing one unearned run while striking out eight batters. She then came back to start Game Two, going 6.1 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, and striking out six more batters as the Huskies completed the sweep, winning 4-3. The Oak Forest, Ill. native came in to pitch in relief of NIU’s 6-4 extra-inning victory over Buffalo, pitching the final two innings to seal the win. Norton then pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, in NIU’s 6-0 win over the Bulls. She improved her record to 9-16 on the season with her performances this weekend.
Other Nominees:
Taylor Rager, Ball State, 1B
Junior, Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern
Led the Ball State offense with a .500 (3-for-6) batting average last week and reached bases in six of her nine plate appearances for a .667 on base percentage … Blasted her eighth home run of the season and added her 12th double of the year in Ball State’s 6-0 win over Miami in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Kelsey Schifferdecker, Ball State, P
Freshman, Belton, Mo./Belton
Kelsey Schifferdecker put together the best outing of her young career in guiding the Ball State softball team to a 6-0 win over Miami in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader … Inspired by her sister Tasha Rinehart, a 33 year old breast cancer survivor who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday’s doubleheader, Schifferdecker responded with her first career complete game shutout … Over seven innings, Schifferdecker limited the RedHawks to just two hits and one walk … After Miami tallied 12 hits in the opening game, Schifferdecker retired 21 of the 24 batters she faced, including a pair of strikeouts in the first inning. 
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green, IF
Senior, Joromesville, Ohio/Hillsdale
Senior Hannah Fulk led the Falcons with a .455 batting average over the weekend, helping Bowling Green a 2-2 record, including back-to-back wins against Eastern Michigan. Fulk also led the Falcons with a .909 slugging percentage and 10 total bases.  Fulk’s weekend was highlighted by a 3-for-3 performance in a 6-1 win against Eastern Michigan, Fulk hit her fourth home run of the season against the Eagles in the victory, also collecting two RBI. Fulk led the Falcons with a .606 on-base percentage, and also added a triple in Bowling Green’s game against Central Michigan on Friday. 
Katelyn Rentschler, Central Michigan, 1B
Freshman, Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda
Freshman Katelyn Rentschler found her power last weekend at NIU with two homeruns. She continued that power this weekend against Bowling Green on Friday, April 19. After being held to no hits in game one, Rentschler went 2-3 in game two with a three-run homer over the centerfield wall. On Sunday, April 21, she added two more hits against Toledo, including an RBI single to score junior Cory DeLamielleure. Rentschler led Central Michigan with four RBIs on the weekend. She finished the weekend with 29 putouts at first base and one assist, and a fielding percentage of 1.000. 
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan, P
Senior, Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian
Senior Kara Dornbos extended her win streak to seven consecutive starts. On Friday, April 19, she held Bowling Green to three hits and one gave up earned run. She struck out six batters on the way to her ninth victory of the season.  Dornbos continued her momentum against Toledo on Saturday, April 20, pitching back-to-back three-hit performances and tallying her fifth shutout of the season. Her tenth victory this season was her 62nd career complete game, 14th of the year, moving her into fourth in Chippewa history. She came in to close game two against the Rockets on Sunday, April 21, giving up two hits and a homerun in 2.0 innings. Dornbos finished the weekend with a 0.88 ERA, lowering her season average to 1.88. 
Lauren Grimes, Kent State, OF
Senior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge 
Senior center fielder Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio) batted .333 as Kent State split four league games this week to move to within a half game of first place in the MAC East division.  Grimes walked twice and scored the winning run in Kent State’s 2-1 (April 20) win over Western Michigan, then went 2 for 4 with two RBI as the Golden Flashes swept the Broncos, 8-2 (April 21), in a two-game series.  Grimes finished the week with three runs scored, one double, four walks and two RBI in four games.  She posted a .538 on-base percentage and a .444 slugging percentage.  Grimes also was superb with the glove, recording seven putouts and two assists in nine chances.
Emma Johnson, Kent State, P
Sophomore, Groveport, Ohio/Groveport Madison
Sophomore right-hander Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio) earned two wins in three appearances this week, including two starts, covering 20.2 innings to improve to 16-8 overall.  Johnson was the winning pitcher in both games as Kent State swept Western Michigan in a two-game series to move to within a half game of first place in the MAC East division.   In the opener against Western Michigan on April 20, Johnson allowed just three hits and one earned run over seven innings.  Johnson struck out eight and walked just one.  On April 21, Johnson inherited a 1-0 deficit when she appeared in relief with one out in the first inning and runners on second and third.  Johnson handled the pressure and shut down the Broncos the rest of the way, allowing no earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings.   She completed the week with a 2-1 record, 16 strikeouts, a 1.73 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
Tiyona Marshall, Miami, OF
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio/Gahanna-Lincoln
Marshall found her way on base in nearly every at bat she took this week, finishing with a .700 average (7-for-10). She drove in a pair of runs in the victory over Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, including the game-winner. She had five hits in the doubleheader against Ball State, four of which were of the infield variety. Marshall scored twice in Miami’s 3-1 victory in the opener, helping hand the Cardinals their first MAC loss of the season.
Paige Myers, Miami, P
Junior, Grove City, Ohio/Grove City
Myers earned a pair of victories this week with a couple of strong performances in relief. Against Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, she pitched the final three innings and allowed only one hit while striking out five. Facing the top hitting team in the MAC in Ball State on Saturday, she pitched the final 3.2 innings and held the Cardinals hitless to earn the victory. She struck out four. Myers finished with 10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings pitched last week.
Nicole Gremillion, Northern Illinois, OF
Junior, Missouri City, Texas/Elkins
Nicole Gremillion paced the Northern Illinois University offense as it swept a pair of doubleheaders in MAC play this past weekend batting .500, going 7-for-14 with two home runs, four RBIs and five runs scored. Gremillion went a perfect 3-for-3 including a home run and walk, while slugging 2.000 in NIU’s 5-1 victory over Kent State. She drove in a run while scoring two in the first game against the Golden Flashes. She scored a run and earned a walk in the Huskies’ 4-3 win over Kent State in the second game. With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Gremillion hit a two-run home run, her career-high fourth of the year,  to break the tie in NIU’s 6-4 extra inning victory over Buffalo. She went 2-for-4 in Game One with two RBIs and two runs scored. She went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Huskies’ 6-0 win over the Bulls in Game Two to complete the sweep and give NIU its first back-to-back sweep of a doubleheader since Mar 27-29, 2009.
Jessica Lemieux, Toledo, DP
Freshman, Tigard, Ore./Tigard
Torched opposing pitching with .625 (10-for-16) average and 1.063 slugging percentage…Four-consecutive multi-hit games…Launched a grand slam for first collegiate home run in first game vs. EMU…Recorded first collegiate triple on Sunday vs. CMU…Lead the team with 17 total bases and 7 RBI…Raised season average to team-best .400…Now hitting .480 (12-for25) since taking over starting DP lineup spot for injured teammate.
Jenny Rohn, Western Michigan, OF/IF
Sophomore, Rochester Hills, Mich./Ladywood
Sophomore Jenny Rohn came back offensively in the series finale against Kent State, going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate against the Golden Flashes on Sunday.  This was Rohn’s seventh multi-hit game of the season, a total that ranks second on the team.  It was also the third time in 2013 she had three hits in a game.
Allyson Kus, Western Michigan, P
Freshman, West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield
Allyson Kus stepped in in relief during WMU’s loss at Kent State on Sunday.  The true freshman worked 5.0 innings giving up just one earned run on five hits, keeping Kent State relatively silent to give the Broncos offense an opportunity for the comeback.