Softball Weekly Release (February 18)
Monday, February 18, 2013

MVC Player of the Week
Elizabeth Kay, Senior, Bartlett, Ill. - Illinois State
Kay went a combined 7-for-15 in the Redbirds’ five games at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz., with two home runs, six RBI, five runs scored and four walks. She extended her hitting streak to eight games, the longest on the Redbirds this season. Her best performance came in the finale against Illinois-Chicago, as she went 2-for-2 with two, two-run homers, four RBI, three runs scored and a career-high three walks. She also picked up one RBI in each victory over Minnesota, and stole her first base of the season against Michigan State. Defensively, Kay was perfect, starting four games at catcher and one at third, catching one runner stealing and committing no errors. She leads the team in average (.385), home runs (3), RBI (10), and slugging percentage (.710).

MVC Pitcher of the Week
Rebekah Schmidt, Sophomore, Cottage Grove, Minn. - Drake
Schmidt finished the Hillenbrand Invitational with a 1-2 record and a 0.76 earned run average in five appearances. In 18.1 innings pitched she allowed just two earned runs while striking out 17 and walking five. Her best performance was in relief against Southern Utah going six scoreless innings allowing just two hits and no runs while punching out five.

Other Notable Performances

Alyson Clemente, Bradley
Clemente hit .467, with an .800 slugging percentage and .529 on base percentage, while driving in a team-high five runs in five games last week at the Lobo Classic. She also scored three runs and had two doubles and a home, helping account for seven of BU’s 26 runs. She had hits in four of the five games. She opened the week with a 2-for-4 effort with a solo home run to help Bradley to an 8-6 win against IPFW. Clemente followed it up with a 1-for-3 game against Central Michigan. She committed just one error in 32 chances at first base and did not strike out in 17 plate appearances.

Hayley Nybo, Drake
Nybo finished the weekend 7-for-18 (.389) at the plate with two home runs, three doubles, three runs scored and eight runs batted in while slugging .889. Against No. 16 Arizona she went 1-for-4 with a two-run blast and against Purdue that same night went 2-for-4 with a double and home run and three runs batted in. For the season she is hitting .333 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in. Nybo has started 67-straight games for the Bulldogs dating back to her first game of her freshman campaign.

Halie Malone, Evansville
Malone went 4-8 at the plate with a .500 batting average. She scored one run and notched a double against Troy on Sunday while having a .625 slugging percentage with a .556 on-base percentage.

Megan Stone, Indiana State
Sophomore Megan Stone led Indiana State through five games in the Tiger Invitational in Auburn, Ala., finishing the week with a .615 batting average and 1.231 slugging percentage. Stone recorded eight hits, including two doubles and two home runs, one of which came in extra innings in the Sycamores win over Tennessee State on Sunday. Stone also recorded five RBI’s and four runs scored for the Sycamores while having an on base percentage of .688 with three walks and a stolen base. On the season Stone leads the Sycamores with a .488 batting average, six doubles and nine runs batted in.

Heather Duckworth, Missouri State
After an impressive opening weekend, Duckworth turned in an even better second weekend at the UTSA Classic in San Antonio, Texas. She hit .571 (8-for-14), scored five runs and drove in three others. Her .429 average on the season is fourth-best in the Valley. Duckworth tallied at least one hit in each of the weekend’s games running her team-high hitting streak to six. Duckworth had three hits on Friday, driving in a pair of runs against UTSA and scoring a run against Boise State. Then on Saturday, her 3-for-3 outing propelled MSU to an 8-6 triumph over Iowa State. 

Taylor Orsburn, Southern Illinois
Orsburn had a productive weekend at the plate for SIU compiling 12 total bases. The junior tallied seven hits including two doubles and a two-run home run during SIU’s five game slate at the Florida Gulf Coast University Tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla. Orsburn batted .368 and led the Salukis in RBI’s, knocking in eight runs as the team finished 1-4 over the weekend.

Hayley Temple, Wichita State
Wichita State second baseman Hayley Temple led the Shockers to a pair of wins over Appalachian State at the La Quinta Inn and Suites Tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla. this past weekend. The senior from Mesa, Ariz. hit .313 with a team-high six total bases and three RBI, including the go-ahead game winning sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning Sunday against the Mountaineers.

Taylor Perry, Evansville
Perry pitched 7.2 innings with five strikeouts. In the tournament she allowed three runs out of four appearances and tallied a 3.52 ERA.

Regan Romshek, Illinois State
Romshek went 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in three appearances (two starts) over the weekend at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The most impressive outing of her young career came Friday night against Minnesota, when she threw her first complete game and struck out 12 to earn her second win of the season. Romshek got better as the game went on, recording the final six outs of the contest via the strikeout. After getting roughed up a bit in a loss at No. 3 Arizona State, Romshek rebounded with 0.2 inning of perfect relief against Illinois-Chicago on Sunday.

Chelsea Jones, Missouri State
Jones firmly grabbed the role of staff ace over the weekend. She appeared in all five games and went 3-0 in her starts. She tossed her first career complete game shutout in a 6-0 blanking of Boise State on Friday. She had a 2.74 ERA over 23 innings pitched and struck out six batters in the process. Her four wins this season are tied for tops in the league and she leads all Valley hurlers by inducing 81 ground ball outs this season, 19 of which she has handled herself to 1.000 fielding percentage.

Katie Armagost, Wichita State
Wichita State senior Katie Armagost put together one of her finest performances as a Shocker at the La Quinta Inn and Suites Tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla. Armagost went 1-2 with a 1.45 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 19.1 innings. She was the hard-luck loser in two starts against 2012 NCAA Tournament participants Georgia Southern and defending national champion No. 1 Alabama. Against the Crimson Tide, Armagost scattered six hits and allowed only two earned runs in the complete game 2-0 defeat. However, Armagost’s finest work came in relief against Appalachian State on Saturday night. Facing a 2-0 defeat after one inning, Armagost was called on to return to the circle hours after the narrow loss to Alabama.