April 26, 2011

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly softball awards on Tuesday. For the sixth time this season, junior Kathryn Russette (Walled Lake, Mich.), who was named MAC East Division Player of the Week. It is the first weekly MAC honor of her career.

Simpson continued her dominant season with another three shutout wins last week. She threw her third career one-hitter against Butler in a 3-0 win on Tuesday, missing a no-hitter on only one slow rolling infield hit in the fifth inning that was just barely beaten out. She struck out 14 in that game. Simpson also threw two shutouts over the weekend against Kent State, a team that came in batting .292 overall, allowing only five hits on Saturday and seven hits on Sunday. Her three victories gave her 63 for her career, which ties the Miami school record. Simpson struck out a total of 27 on the week and held opponents to a .188 batting average.

Russette had one of the best weeks of her career with 11 hits in 18 at-bats in six games. She had at least two hits in five out of the six games. Russette was 2-for-2 with two RBI, one run scored and a sacrifice fly in the 7-1 win over Butler on Tuesday. She went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored and two doubles against Buffalo in the first game of the doubleheader on Friday. Against Kent State on Sunday, she was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. She also stole a base in that game.

Miami returns to action on Friday when it travels to Bowling Green for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.