Athlete of the week

Liz Vrabel was named Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row after helping the Falcons to three victories last week.

Vrabel had a 2-0 record and an earned-run average of just 0.47 on the week.

Vrabel threw a complete-game one-hitter Wednesday in a 5-0 win over Ohio, allowing only a one-out single in the seventh inning. In that contest, she struck out eight Bobcats and did not walk a batter.

Then, in the second game of the doubleheader, she pitched a scoreless first inning before giving way to junior Jody Johnson, and the two combined on a four-hit shutout in a 1-0 BG win. Vrabel threw hitless ball Sunday until giving up a single with one out in the sixth against arch-rival Toledo. She allowed one more hit, in the seventh, before getting the final out for a 2-1 win and her 10th complete game in 12 starts this year.

On the week, Vrabel allowed opponents to hit just .083 against her. On the season, she is now 8-6 with a 1.56 ERA.

She leads the Falcons in wins, ERA, appearances (18), starts, complete games, shutouts (5), innings (85.1) and strikeouts (84). Opponents are batting just .184 against her on the year.