MAC Announces Softball Players and Pitchers of the Week

Updated 3/19/2013


MAC East Player of the Week
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green, IF
Senior, Jeromesville, Ohio/Hillsdale
Senior Hannah Fulk led the Falcons with a .600 batting average over the weekend, helping Bowling Green earn back-to-back wins against Dayton. Fulk also led the Falcons with three runs scored and a 1.200 slugging percentage. Fulk added a home run and two RBI, while also drawing three walks. 
MAC East Pitcher of the Week
Paris Imholz, Bowling Green, P
Sophomore, Antioch, Calif./Antioch
Sophomore Paris Imholz continues to dominate on the mound for Bowling Green, helping the Falcons earn a sweep over Dayton this past weekend. Imholz pitched her fourth complete game of the season in game one, earning her third complete game shutout of the season. Imholz held the Flyers scoreless on five hits, striking out five to improve her record to 7-1 on the season. Imholz came in and earned the save in game two, holding Dayton to two hits and zero runs in the final 1.2 innings. Imholz’s save marked the ninth of her career, setting the Bowling Green all-time record. 
MAC West Player of the Week
Taylor Cox, Ball State, 2B
Sophomore, Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica
Taylor Cox continued to shine from the leadoff spot in the Ball State offense, going a combined 5-for-9 in the Cardinals two games last week versus top 30 opponents … In BSU’s opener versus Wisconsin, which received votes in the latest Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, Cox led the Cardinals with three hits (3-for-5), while scoring a pair of runs … She would go on to top that performance later in the day by driving in what proved to be the game-winning run in the Cardinals’ 3-1 victory over No. 24 North Carolina with a RBI double in the second inning … She also scored the first run of the contest after leading off the game with a single, and finished the outing 2-for-4.
MAC West Pitcher of the Week
Nicole Steinbach, Ball State, P
Freshman, Merrillville, Ind./Andrean
Turned in one of the best outings of her young career in picking up the win over No. 24 North Carolina … In leading the Cardinals to the victory, Steinbach limited the Tar Heels to just six hits and one earned run over 7.0 innings of work … She also struck out three batters while issuing just one walk … Earlier in the day, Steinbach threw two innings against Wisconsin, which moved to 21-3 with its win over BSU and also received votes in the latest national poll … She limited the Badgers to four hits and two earned runs, while recording a strikeout.
Other Nominees:
Shawna Hochstetler, Akron, 3B
Freshman, Camano Island, Wash./Stanwood HS
Shawna Hochstetler continues to be just what Akron is looking for in a leadoff hitter, as she carried a .615 batting average over the Zips’ four games in Washington D.C. last weekend. In UA’s first matchup with George Washington, Hochstetler was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. The second time around vs. GW, she was 4-for-4 with two doubles and another two runs scored. The freshman also tacked on two stolen bases in two attempts, and she only struck out once in 13 plate appearances. 
Alexis Curtiss, Buffalo, C
Sophomore, San Diego, Calif.
Sophomore Alexis Curtiss led Buffalo offensively this past week with a .409 batting average over seven games.  Curtiss helped lead UB to victory over Long Beach State with three runs batted in during a 10-3 victory.  Curtiss is UB’s top offensive threat and has currently hit in 15 straight games.
Tori Speckman, Buffalo, P
Junior, Alvin, Texas
Junior Tori Speckman led Buffalo in the circle this past week, picking up a pair of wins and pitching of the best games of her career in the win over Texas-Arlington.  Speckman pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out a career-high 12 batters in the process.  She retired 10 straight batters to begin the game and 10 straight to end the game, pitching to just two over the minimum.  In her four appearances this past week, Speckman struck out 25 batters, averaging just over six strikeouts per game.  He control was spot on as she walked just two batters in 22.1 innings worked.
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan, P
Senior, Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian
Kara Dornbos pitched 12.1 innings in two starts at the Hoosier Classic. She earned her third victory of the season in a shutout win over Michigan State. Dornbos’ performance against the Spartans on March 16 moved her into a tie for eighth all-time in career shutouts (17) in Central Michigan history.  In her two appearances, Dornbos had a team-best 1.14 ERA and struck out eight batters. Opponents over the weekend batted .265 against her. Dornbos has pitched seven complete games and two shutouts this season.
Carol Ann Sexauer, Central Michigan, SS
Sophomore, Canton, Mich./Canton
Carol Ann Sexauer led Central Michigan with three RBIs and a batting average of .417 at the Hoosier Classic. In four games, she had five hits, including her seventh double of the season against Michigan State on March 16, and her third homerun of the year against Wright State later in the day. In fourteen plate appearances, Sexauer struck out only one time. She currently is on a 10-game hitting streak, dating back to March 6 against South Florida. Sexauer leads the Chippewas with 17 RBIs on the season and 10 extra base hits. 
Ashley Kopp, Northern Illinois, IF
Junior, Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale South
Ashley Kopp batted .400, well above her season average of .216, in nine games for the Huskies. She went 8-for-20 from the plate on the weekend, hitting her first two home runs of the season. Her two home runs this season are a career-high. Kopp led the way for the Huskies offense at the Highlander Classic batting .500 going 7-for-14, tallied three multi-hit games and recorded an RBI in three games. Her best performance of the week came in NIU’s 7-0 victory over UC Riverside going 2-for-3 with an RBI, run scored and hit her second home run of the season and second of the weekend against UC Riverside. Kopp was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs in NIU’s 11-3 victory over Iona. She also contributed to Northern Illinois’ 2-1 win over Cal St. Northridge going 1-for-2. Kopp’s first multi-hit game of the week came in a losing effort when she went 2-for-3 with a double in a 3-2 extra inning setback to Notre Dame.
Jessica Sturm, Northern Illinois, P
Sophomore, Goddard, Kan./Goddard
Pitcher Jessica Sturm went 4-1 in five appearances this week for the Huskies. Sturm, who accounted for all four on NIU’s victories on the week, posted a 1.79 ERA in 31.1 innings. She allowed 11 runs, eight earned, on 26 hits and four base on balls. She saved her best for last in the finale of the Highlander Classic, throwing a complete game shutout in NIU’s 7-0 victory over host UC Riverside. She allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four in her second victory over the Highlanders on the weekend. She went the distance to pick up the victory in NIU’s 5-1 win over UC Riverside, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four in eight innings. Sturm was in the pitcher’s circle for Northern Illinois’ 2-1 victory over Cal St. Northridge allowing one run on six hits while striking out five. She scattered six hits allowing three runs in NIU’s 11-3 run-rule victory over Iona in the Highlander Classic. As effective as she was in the pitcher’s circle, she was equally impressive at the plate, batting .417 going 5-for-17 with a run scored and two runs batted in. Sturm helped her own cause in the 2-1 victory over Cal St. Northridge, going 2-for-3 and in the victory over Iona going 1-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and run scored.
Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio, P
Freshman, Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing
Savannah had two solid outings in Ohio’s Friday doubleheader against Dayton. The freshman pitched a total of 7.2 innings in the two games, allowing just five hits and three earned runs while striking out nine batters. Dorsey threw her third complete game of the season in the second game against Dayton, going the full seven innings and striking out nine hitters while allowing just three earned runs against the top home-run hitting team in the Atlantic 10 conference. The freshman recorded a 2.74 ERA throughout the course of the two games and a low WHIP of 1.30. 
Alyssa Wolfe, Ohio, OF
Junior, Junction City, Ohio/New Lexington
Alyssa had a strong week for the Bobcats, leading the team in hits (3) and batting average (.750) in a Friday doubleheader against Dayton. The junior recorded at least one hit in each game against the Flyers and got on base at a rate of .833. Wolfe registered two hits in the first game of the series, hitting a perfect 1.000 from the plate en route to scoring one run. She then hit .500 in the second game of the series against a strong Dayton pitching performance. Alyssa was also dependable in the outfield as well, recording three putouts and committing zero errors. 
Leigh Nebendahl, Toledo, 1B
Sophomore, Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley
Raised batting average 70 points; Leads team in hitting .339 BA...Leads team in doubles with seven...Has six multi-hit performances (tied for team lead) ...Active four-game hit streak (8-for-14, .571 BA)
Sabrina Gamboa, Western Michigan, SS
Freshman, Ontario, Calif.
Sabrina Gamboa led the Broncos in average (.500) and slugging percentage (.700) … she extended her team lead in RBIs (22) with two over the weekend, also hitting her sixth and seventh doubles of the year, which also leads the team … Gamboa’s two doubles was tied for the best in the field this weekend … Gamboa is 10 RBIs from breaking the freshman record set by Meredith Whitney (31) in 2009 … in 10 at bats Gamboa was struck out just once.
Colleen Lynch, Western Michigan, P
Senior, Paw Paw Mich./Paw Paw/Lake Michigan CC
Colleen Lynch came into the win against Loyola Chicago, marking her first appearance in the circle since March 8, with the Broncos holding a slight lead over the Ramblers … Lynch worked three scoreless innings as the Broncos built its lead and only gave up runs on one swing of the bat in the seventh … the runs she gave up against Loyola Chicago were the first runs of any kind she has given up in four appearances in 2013.