MAC East Player of the Week
Lauren Gellerman, Ohio, C
Senior, San Diego, Calif./Westview
Lauren Gellerman was the most productive player in Ohio Softball’s offense last week, hitting .571 in five games. The senior recorded eight hits, two of which were doubles and three were home runs. Gellerman drove in a team-high nine RBI, slugging at an incredible pace of 1.357 throughout the week. The senior also scored a team-high five runs in five games. Gellerman made Ohio Softball history on Thursday night, hitting her 28th career home run to become Ohio’s all-time home runs leader. The senior then added two more to her total throughout the weekend, bringing her current mark to 30. In Ohio’s most difficult game of the week, a contest at No. 18 Washington, Gellerman provided Ohio’s lone offensive spark against the 2009 national-champion Huskies, recording one hit and driving in one run.
MAC East Co-Pitcher of the Week
Erin Seiler, Akron, P
Freshman, Bowling Green, Ohio/Toledo Central Catholic
Erin Seiler had another solid showing for the Zips in the circle at the Rebel Spring Games, making seven appearances and picking up three victories. Against South Dakota and Lehigh, Seiler issued nine strikeouts in each contest, fanning 34 batters in all in her 38.1 innings pitched over the course of the tournament. She allowed seven earned runs and only three walks in seven games. Seiler currently ranks 14th in the country in walks per seven innings with 0.95.
Paris Imholz, Bowling Green, P
Sophomore, Antioch, Calif./Antioch
Sophomore Paris Imholz has been sensational for the Falcons, building on her MAC All-Freshman Team selection last season. Imholz appeared in nine games this past week, collecting four of the Falcons’ five wins. Imholz picked up a win for Bowling Green early in the week, pitching her second complete-game shutout of the season against ETSU. Imholz held East Tennessee State to just four hits, while also recording a season-best seven strikeouts. Imholz fell one strikeout short of her career-best, set last season against Detroit on April 11. Imholz pitched a second complete game against Southeast Missouri, allowing just one run on four hits in the victory. Imholz finished the week with a 4-1 record, striking out 23 batters in 43.0 innings of play. Imholz registered an ERA of 1.63 over nine games, while allowing just 12 walks.
MAC West Player of the Week
Hanne Stuedemann, Ball State, RF/DP
Sophomore, Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan
In helping guide the Cardinals to a 3-3 record last week, sophomore Hanne Stuedemann reached base safely in all six games, extending her current streak of reaching base safely to a team-best 16 games … She blasted her first home run of the season in BSU’s first game against Florida International and proceeded to hit three more to finish the week with four home runs … Her 1.111 slugging percentage was the best on the squad, while her .522 on-base percentage was third … In BSU’s 7-2 win over Michigan State, Stuedemann went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored … She also hit home runs against Florida A&M and Kansas.
MAC West Pitcher of the Week
Morgan Yuncker, Central Michigan, P
Junior, Beal City, Mich./Beal City
Morgan Yuncker pitched a total of 12 innings at the USF Tournament over the weekend. She pitched two complete games, earning victories in both appearances. She finished the weekend with an ERA of 1.50 and gave up a total of seven hits. Against Quinnipiac on March 10, she allowed for only one run in a 9-1 victory after 5.0 innings of play. She struck out four batters against Wagner, and only walked two batters during tournament play. She has a 2-0 record on the season, and a team-best 1.74 ERA in 20.2 innings this season.
Shawna Hochstetler, Akron, 3B
Freshman, Camano Island, Wash./Stanwood HS
Shawna Hochstetler’s big bat led Akron to a 5-3 record at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. over the weekend. The freshman started all eight games at third base and hit .389 in UA’s five victories. She belted her first career home run – a grand slam – in the top of the seventh to break a 1-all tie and lift Akron to a 5-1 victory over South Dakota. In the win over Holy Cross, Hochstetler was 3-for-4 with three RBI, driving two of those runs in on a double in the bottom of the third. She also scored four of Akron’s nine runs. Hochstetler only struck out twice in 30 appearances at the plate, grabbing 14 total bases.
Nicole Steinback, Ball State, P
Freshman, Merrillville, Ind./Andrean
Despite finishing the week with a 1-2 record, freshman pitcher Nicole Steinbach turned in a solid all-around week for the Cardinals, including earning a win against Stony Brook by allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work … In a relief appearance versus Michigan State, Steinbach limited the Spartans to just one hit, while striking out four batters in two innings of work to help secure the win … In another relief outing versus Kansas, Steinbach limited one of the nations’ top offenses (Kansas entered the game batting .400 as a team) to just seven hits and three earned runs over 4.2 innings of work … Overall, she held opposing batters to a .253 average for the week, while striking out 18 total batters
Carol Ann Sexauer, Central Michigan, SS
Sophomore, Canton, Mich./Canton
Carol Ann Sexauer led Central Michigan with six RBIs last week and finished the week with a .364 batting average. She hit two doubles, bringing her season total to six. Sexauer started all eight games for the Chippewas at shortstop, and had at least one hit in seven of the eight games. She is second on the team with 19 hits on the season, and has accumulated a team high 31 total bases, 10 of which came over this past week of play. Sexauer was walked twice and hit by a pitch once.
Emma Johnson, Kent State, P
Sophomore, Groveport, Ohio/Groveport Madison
Sophomore ace Emma Johnson helped Kent State register its second straight winning weekend by taking three of five games at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. Johnson went 2-2 with 24 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA in 21.2 innings of work for the Golden Flashes. Her best outing of the weekend came in the opener against Western Illinois when Johnson threw her second consecutive two-hitter and allowed just one earned run in a complete game victory. In Sunday’s finale, Johnson shut down Delaware State after entering the game in the third inning. She recorded six strikeouts and retired 13 batters in a row to end the game.
Kim Kirkpatrick, Kent State, OF
Sophomore, Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls
Sophomore Kim Kirkpatrick slugged .706 with two home runs and seven RBI to help Kent State go 3-2 at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational over the weekend. Kirkpatrick blasted a grand slam and a solo shot in consecutive at-bats in leading the Golden Flashes to a 9-5 victory over North Carolina A&T on Friday. Earlier in the day, she delivered an RBI double that gave the Flashes the lead for good in a 4-3 win over Western Illinois. Kirkpatrick capped off her weekend with an RBI single in the eighth inning that provided an insurance run as the Flashes topped Delaware State, 5-3.
Jennifer Barnett, Northern Illinois, 1B
Senior, Indianapolis, Ind./Roncali
NIU’s leading hitter, Jennifer Barnett averaged .400, 43 points above her season average, going 6-of-15 from the plate in five games at the Mustang Classic hosted by Cal Poly. She tallied seven of her team-leading 12 RBIs over the weekend, recording an RBI in four of five games and multiple RBIs in three games. Barnett began the weekend with a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance in NIU’s 8-3 loss to Nevada and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Huskies’ 6-3 setback to Cal Poly. On the second day, she went 1-for-3 against Rutgers and 1-for-3 with two runs batted in Northern Illinois’ 13-5 loss to Sacramento State. Barnett drove in two late runs on one hit in three at bats in NIU’s foiled comeback against Cal Poly on the final day of the tournament.
Lauren McClary, Ohio, P
Sophomore, Pasadena, Texas/Pasadena Memorial
Lauren had a strong week for the Bobcats, posting a 1-0 record in four games. The sophomore threw 11.1 innings in four appearances during the week, allowing just nine hits and seven earned runs in the process. Lauren’s ERA for the week was 4.33 and her WHIP was 1.94. Lauren had her best performance of the week on March 9 against Seattle, picking up a complete-game shutout win in Ohio’s 5-0 victory over the Redhawks. The sophomore struck out three batters and allowed just two hits in seven innings of pitching, registering an impressive WHIP of 1.14 in this contest. McClary also recorded one save on the week, closing the door on the Redhawks in Ohio’s 7-4 win at Seattle on Thursday night.
Sabrina Gamboa, Western Michigan, SS
Freshman, Ontario, Calif.
Sabrina Gamboa led the team in RBIs for the second week in a row with eight … Gamboa had the most extra base hits on the team (4) with one double, one triple and two home runs … she slugged .304 and scored six runs with just one strikeout in 20 at bats … Gamboa leads the team with four home runs through 22 games, she is three home runs from overtaking Meredith Whitney for the WMU freshman record … Gamboa is one of only seven freshmen to ever have 20 or more RBIs in their first season (and has accomplished the feat in less than half of the 2013 schedule).
Becca Shemberger, Western Michigan, P
Sophomore, Portage, Mich./Portage Central
Becca Shemberger picked two more wins this past week, including two complete game wins, one over Maine, a shutout win, and the other against Penn State. In the two complete game victories, Shemberger registered her first two career double-digit strikeout games with 10 against the Black Bears and a new career high 14 against the Nittany Lions. In a loss against Loyola-Chicago, she allowed no earned runs, despite working only 1.2 innings.