Softball Weekly Release (March 31)
Monday, March 31, 2014
Softball Weekly Release (March 31)

MVC Player of the Week
Megan Stone, Junior, Sullivan, Ind. - Indiana State
Indiana State junior Megan Stone led the Sycamores over the weekend as she went 8-12 for a .667 batting average with three doubles and a home run for a team leading seven RBI’s and 14 total bases. Stone also added three runs scored and a .692 on base percentage with a whopping 1.167 slugging percentage. Now on the season, Stone is hitting .300 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in to lead the Sycamores.

MVC Pitcher of the Week
Megan Gurski, Junior, Dalmeny, Saskatchewan - Evansville
Gurski had a stellar week in the circle for the Purple Aces against Belmont and conference rival Northern Iowa. The junior from Saskatchewan pitched a team leading 13.0 innings, struck out 12, allowed only five runs on 11 hits and pitched a complete game against the Panthers on Sunday. Gurski had a 2.15 ERA on the weekend and a 2-1 record. In Gurski’s two wins, she threw 10.0 innings, striking out nine, allowed zero runs and had a 0.00 ERA, leading to the Aces victories in both games.

MVC Newcomer of the Week
Brooke Riemenschneider, Freshman, Chatham, Ill. - Indiana State
Freshman catcher Brooke Riemenschneider had a breakout weekend at the plate for Indiana State. In the first game of the series against Illinois State, Riemenschneider went 3-3 with two home runs, two walks and five runs scored. The freshman finished the week going 5-11 for a .455 average with a double, two home runs, four RBI’s, five runs scored and 12 total bases. Riemenschneider also held a .538 on base percentage and 1.091 slugging percentage.

Other notable performances:

PLAYERS
Alyson Clemente, Bradley
Clemente hit .500 (4-for-8) with a double, two homers, three RBI and a pair of runs scored in addition to boasting a 1.375 slugging percentage in Bradley’s three-game series at Wichita State. She was 4-for-6 in the final two games of the series, belting a pair of home runs in Saturday’s 6-5 setback against the Shockers. Clemente drove in three runs and scored a pair in the contest as she scored or drove in three of the team’s five runs in a 2-for-3 effort. In Sunday’s series finale, she went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.

Amy Pierce, Drake
Amy Pierce started all four games at shortstop for Drake last week. At the plate, she finished 4-for-9 (.444) with a double, a home run, three runs scored and three runs batted in. She added four walks and eight stolen bases. Pierce had four stolen bases in Drake’s 6-4 comeback win over Loyola and she blasted the deciding three-run home run in the sixth inning to help Drake complete the comeback. She also tallied a .667 on-base percentage and a .889 slugging percentage on the week.

Megan Gurski, Evansville
In a week that saw the Purple Aces go 2-2, the junior two-way player had a very solid week. On Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn., against Belmont, Gurski started the game in the circle for the Aces and Gurski would receive the win after throwing 3.0 innings, striking out two, allowing no hits and no runs. Megan was no scrub at the plate either; she had the Aces only homerun, a scored run and an RBI, to lead to the Aces 8-0 win (5 inn.). Against conference rival UNI, Gurski pitched two games, having a 1-1 record on the weekend. The junior threw 10.0 innings, struck out 10, had five runs against her and finished with a 2.80 ERA on the weekend. At the plate the junior hit .333 against the Panthers, having a homer and four RBI to go along with a walk.

Jordan de los Reyes, Illinois State
De los Reyes powered the Redbirds to a series win over Indiana State by hitting .400/.500/.700 with one home run, six RBI, two walks and two runs scored. In the series opener, de los Reyes went 2-for-4 with five RBI, including a game-tying grand slam in the sixth inning. She went 1-for-2 with a RBI in the game two victory, before going 1-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday’s rubber match win for the Redbirds.

Erica Nagel, Loyola
Loyola University Chicago freshman Erica Nagel could not be stopped at the plate this weekend versus Drake, collecting a hit in each contest during the three-game series for a whopping .571 (4-for-7) average with two stolen bases and four runs scored. The freshman’s leadoff single and subsequent run in the third inning of the first game of the series sparked a three-run inning for the Ramblers and was the difference maker in the 4-3 win. In the second game, the freshman was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, singling in the fourth inning and scoring the go-ahead run to put Loyola up 4-3. Nagel was just as clutch in the series finale, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored to propel the Ramblers to a 13-3 run-rule victory over the Bulldogs in five innings.

Ashley Brentz, Missouri State
Brentz had a phenomenal weekend propelling the Bears to a series win over Southern Illinois. She hit .600 against Saluki pitching going 6-for-10 at the plate and added two walks for a .667 on-base percentage. She also scored five runs, accounting for a third of the MSU total on the week. In Saturday’s opening game, Brentz had three hits including her first career game with two doubles. In the bottom of the seventh inning in a tie game, she hit a one-out double and moved to third on an infield single. Brentz then slid home safely with the winning run on a squeeze bunt by Chelsea Jones. In game two, Brentz reached base three more times, scoring two runs, driving in another and drawing two walks to increase her team-leading total to 17 bases on balls on the season. In the fifth inning, she had an RBI single, stole second and scored what would be the winning run. She kept up her hot weekend going by recording two more hits on Sunday, scoring both times.

Gina Brown, UNI
Gina Brown extended her on-base streak to 14 games after the Panthers three-game series with the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Brown went 5-for-9 at the plate while plating a trio of runs herself. Brown also worked the count in one of her appearances to reach base on balls lifting her on-base percentage throughout the week to .636% to go along with her .556 batting average. Brown was 1-for-1 in stolen bases and was errorless on the defensive end.

Kalyn Harker, Southern Illinois
Kalyn Harker hit .333 in five games last week and posted a team-high five RBIs. Harker went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs in Southern’s 11-3 rout of Saint Louis. The game sparked a mini three-game hitting streak that raised Harker’s average over .300. She was also a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases on the week while also hitting two doubles and playing errorless softball in center field.

Brittany Fortner, Wichita State
A sophomore outfielder, Brittany Fortner led the team with a .636 batting average, going 7-for-11 in the series against Bradley, March 29-30 to help lead the Shockers to a 2-1 record on the weekend. The Cedar Hill, Mo., native went 4-for-4 in game two, including a double, two RBIs and a game-tying single through the right side in the seventh inning. On the weekend, Fortner had two doubles, three RBIs andthree runs scored to go with her .818 slugging and .636 on-base percentages.

PITCHERS
Taylor Baxter, Illinois State
Baxter continued her resurgent second half of the season by leading the Redbirds to two wins in their series victory against Indiana State. She went 2-0 with a 3.77 ERA in 13.0 innings of work against the Sycamores. Baxter started game two of Saturday’s doubleheader and limited an offense that had scored 12 runs and hit five home runs the previous game to just two earned runs in a complete game effort. It was Baxter’s first complete game since Feb. 28. Then, in the series finale, Baxter threw 6.0 innings in the Redbirds’ 8-7 victory, including the final two innings, to earn her third win in as many decisions.

Brittany Gardner, Loyola
Senior Brittany Gardner powered Loyola to two complete-game wins over Drake University this past weekend, boasting a 2.92 ERA over 12 innings pitched. The senior gave up just six runs on eight hits for the weekend, striking out nine over two games. In the series opener, Gardner kept the Bulldogs to just five hits, striking out seven, in the complete game victory, and in the series finale, the senior limited Drake to just three hits in her five inning run-rule win. With 623.1 career innings pitched, Gardner now needs just 20. innings of work to tie Loyola’s all-time mark in that category.

Chelsea Ross, UNI
Chelsea Ross started all three games for UNI this week and played a key role in the Panthers success over the weekend both inside the circle and at the plate after going 2-for-5 with 5 RBI. Ross put together a .400 on-base percentage and a team-leading 1.000 slugging percentage for starters. In the circle Ross went 1-0 picking up a 10-2 win over the Evansville Aces. Ross went the distance tossing a complete 5.0 innings against the Purple Aces where she allowed just 2 earned runs off of 5 hits and fanned 7 opponents in the process. Ross held the Purple Aces to just a .263 batting average and surrendered just a single walk. Ross’ team-leading 2.80 ERA this week was enough to pick up the win over the Purple Aces this week and improve her season mark in the circle to 7-3 inside the circle.

NEWCOMERS
Megan Sowa, Drake
Megan Sowa started all four games in the outfield for Drake last week. At the plate, she went 5-for-13 (.385) with two walks, two runs batted in, three runs scored, a .385 slugging percentage and a .467 on-base percentage.

Jordan de los Reyes, Illinois State
De los Reyes powered the Redbirds to a series win over Indiana State by hitting .400/.500/.700 with one home run, six RBI, two walks and two runs scored. In the series opener, de los Reyes went 2-for-4 with five RBI, including a game-tying grand slam in the sixth inning. She went 1-for-2 with a RBI in the game two victory, before going 1-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday’s rubber match win for the Redbirds.

Erica Nagel, Loyola
Loyola University Chicago freshman Erica Nagel could not be stopped at the plate this weekend versus Drake, collecting a hit in each contest during the three-game series for a whopping .571 (4-for-7) average with two stolen bases and four runs scored. The freshman’s leadoff single and subsequent run in the third inning of the first game of the series sparked a three-run inning for the Ramblers and was the difference maker in the 4-3 win. In the second game, the freshman was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, singling in the fourth inning and scoring the go-ahead run to put Loyola up 4-3. Nagel was just as clutch in the series finale, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored to propel the Ramblers to a 13-3 run-rule victory over the Bulldogs in five innings.

Chelsea Ross, UNI
Chelsea Ross started all three games for UNI this week and played a key role in the Panthers success over the weekend both inside the circle and at the plate after going 2-for-5 with 5 RBI. Ross put together a .400 on-base percentage and a team-leading 1.000 slugging percentage for starters. In the circle Ross went 1-0 picking up a 10-2 win over the Evansville Aces. Ross went the distance tossing a complete 5.0 innings against the Purple Aces where she allowed just 2 earned runs off of 5 hits and fanned 7 opponents in the process. Ross held the Purple Aces to just a .263 batting average and surrendered just a single walk. Ross’ team-leading 2.80 ERA this week was enough to pick up the win over the Purple Aces this week and improve her season mark in the circle to 7-3 inside the circle.

Shaye Harre, Southern Illinois
Shaye Harre hit .400 for the second-straight week and posting five more RBIs to put her team-leading total to 31, which ranks second the Valley. Harre posting two doubles and walked four times to give her a .526 on-base percentage over the five-game stretch last week. Moreover, she started the second game against Missouri State and pitched 4.2 solid innings, allowing only three earned runs. Her week was highlighted by a 2-for-3, three RBI game against Saint Louis and a 3-for-4, two RBI day yesterday at Missouri State. Harre also played errorless softball in the circle and at first base.

Cacy Williams, Wichita State
Williams went 4-for-9(.444) on the weekend, including three doubles, a RBI and a team-high 18 putouts to help lead the Shockers to a 2-1 record over Bradley. The sophomore transfer hit a leadoff double to right center in the first inning to get things going for Wichita State, before hitting her second in the third to help lift the Shockers to a 13-3 victory.