BLUFFTON — Bluffton University Junior shortstop Caylin Morstadt was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Hitter of the Week.
Morstadt led Bluffton with a .478 batting average as the Beavers went 2-6 over their final eight games in Florida last week. The junior finished with team highs of 11 hits, 10 runs, a .783 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.
Morstadt hit a solo shot to straightaway center which tied Heidelberg 2-2 in the sixth inning of Bluffton’s second game on Monday night. She finished the job an inning later, when her two-run bomb to left center capped off Bluffton’s 5-3 win over the Student Princes.
The Beavers (2-8) are slated to host doubleheaders against Kalamazoo and Albion this week.
ONU duo honored
ADA — A pair of Ohio Northern University athletes netted Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday.
Freshman Noah Elliott was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Last week, Elliott compiled a perfect 10-0 record in five dual matches, guiding the Polar Bears to a 3-2 mark over the program’s annual spring break trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
In singles play, the freshman posted four victories in the No. 2 slot and one at No. 3 singles. He also added five wins in doubles play.
With his performance, Elliott now leads the team with a 9-4 singles record, an 8-2 doubles mark, and a 17-6 overall record this season.
Ohio Northern (4-4 overall) will return to action against NAIA foe Spring Arbor (Mich.) Saturday at the Westwood Tennis Center in Lima.
Separately, Ashley Ochsenhirt was selected as the Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.
Ochsenhirt posted a perfect 9-0 record in five matches during the women’s tennis program’s spring break trip to Los Angeles. In addition, the senior registered her 100th career victory with an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles against El Camino (Calif.) CC.
In singles action, she went 4-0 at the No. 1 slot, including a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Rio Hondo’s (Calif.) Jane Quach. She went on to win two matches at No. 1 doubles and three contests at No. 2 doubles for a 5-0 mark.
With last week’s results, the senior currently stands at 21-8 overall on the season. She is tied for first on the team with a 13-3 doubles record and sits fourth in singles wins with an 8-5 mark.
The Polar Bears (8-2) will play Friday against Ohio Wesleyan.