Barstad, Whitney, Tschetter Make MAC All-Tournament Team
AKRON, Ohio - Gracie Barstad, Jennifer Tschetter and Meredith Whitney individually left their own respective marks for WMU softball in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament, making up 33 percent of the MAC All-Tournament Team.
Barstad led the Broncos offensively with a .462 batting average over five games. She went 6-for-13 at the plate with a tournament-best three doubles and six RBis to go along with three runs scored. She is the first Bronco to make the MAC All-Tournament team three times in her career (2009, 2011, 2012).
Tschetter went 5-for-15 at the plate for WMU (.333), one of four Broncos to hit over .300 for the tournament. She had a pair of RBIs and a run scored but she made her mark in the outfield, hauling in eight put outs on as many chances to help WMU finish with a tournament best 1.000 fielding percentage, and her catch in center field in the consolation final was possibly the defensive play of the tournament.
Whitney amassed a tournament best 46 strikeouts in throwing every pitch for Western Michigan over its five games of this year's tournament. She had a tournament ERA of 1.70 and opposing batters hit a minuscule .178 against her. Three of her five starts resulted in double-digit strikeout performances, including a tournament best 13 against top-seeded Ball State. Whitney earned a spot on the MAC All-Tournament team for the second time in her career after being named Tournament MVP in 2011.
Western Michigan softball joined only tournament champion Miami to have three student-athletes earn a spot on this year's team.
2012 MAC All-Tournament Team
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green
Lauren Grimes, Kent State
Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan
Gracie Barstad, Western Michigan
Jennifer Tschetter, Western Michigan
Molly Coldren, Central Michigan
Kara Dormbos, Central Michigan
Shanyn McIntyre, Miami
Kayla Ledbetter, Miami
Jessica Simpson, Miami - MVP