MAC Announces Softball Players of the Week
February 17, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC East Pitcher of the Week
Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio University, Pitcher
So., Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing
Dorsey topped off a stellar weekend at the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., in which she did not allow a run and gave up just two hits and five walks over 16 innings by dealing her first career no hitter on Sunday (Feb. 16) against host North Florida, helping the Ohio University softball team (8-0) continue its perfect start to the 2014 season. She earned all four pitching victories for the Bobcats, putting an exclamation point on her weekend by baffling the Osprey hitters over seven frames. She struck out five while walking three to earn her second pitching triumph of the day and guide Ohio to a 1-0 victory. Dorsey set the tone for the weekend by striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday (Feb. 15) against Savannah State, helping the Bobcats pull out a 3-2 win in eight innings. Later that afternoon, she went the distance and fanned six while giving up just two hits and two walks for her first shutout of the weekend, propelling Ohio to a 2-0 triumph over Southern Illinois. Prior to tossing her no-hitter on Sunday afternoon, Dorsey picked up the win in relief over Troy that morning, fanning one in one scoreless frame of work. Dorsey has allowed just four earned runs on 14 hits and eight walks while fanning 41 over 35.0 innings en route to posting a 7-0 record in the circle to start 2014.
MAC East Player of the Week
Amanda Dalton, Ohio University, INF
So. Salem, Va./Salem
Dalton batted a team-best .455, drew a team-high five walks and scored a team-high four runs to help the Ohio University softball team (8-0) continue its perfect start to the 2014 season with a 4-0 sweep of the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla. She coaxed three walks and scored a run in Ohio’s 3-2 win in eight innings over Savannah State on Saturday (Feb. 15), then followed it up by collecting a hit, drawing a walk and scoring both runs as the Bobcats blanked Southern Illinois, 2-0, later that afternoon. Dalton went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as Ohio edged Troy, 5-4, on Sunday (Feb. 16) morning, then collected two more hits as the Bobcats shut down host North Florida, 1-0, later that afternoon. Dalton is hitting a team-best .474 through eight games and has scored a team-high eight runs. She ranks third on the team with nine hits – including a double.
MAC West Pitcher of the Week
Kelsey Schifferdecker, Ball State, Starting Pitcher
Sophomore, Belton, Mo./Belton
In her lone appearance last week, sophomore pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker threw the Cardinals’ first complete game shutout of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 2-0 win over George Mason Sunday … In seven innings of work, Schifferdecker limited the Patriots to just five hits and one walk … She also struck out two batters.
MAC West Player of the Week
Trista Cox, Central Michigan, 3B
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Louisville)
Cox picked up where she left off last week, hitting a two-run homer in the opening game of the UTA Maverick Invitational in Arlington, Texas Friday. The junior finished the weekend 8-for-15 (.571) with two home runs and six RBI as CMU picked up a pair of wins over South Dakota State.
Taylor Rager, Ball State, 1B
Senior, Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern
Senior first baseman Taylor Rager drove in the Cardinals’ game-winning run over George Mason with a clutch two-out triple in the top of the seventh inning Sunday … She would later come around to score on a single to help account for both of Ball State’s runs in the game … In Sunday’s opener versus Virginia Tech, Rager doubled in the third inning, while posting a RBI single in the fourth to five Ball State a 4-2 lead at the time.
Lani Ernst, Toledo, 3B/MI
Senior, Milan, MI/Milan
Lani Ernst began her final season in the Midnight Blue & Gold on a tear, going 5-for-10 on the weekend, including two home runs and five RBI. In the Rockets’ second game of the season against Utah, Ernst hit a solo home run to right center in the third inning. The following game, she hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning against Cal-State Northridge. She also racked up three stolen bases on the weekend and walked four times, including three in a game against Utah Valley.