(Source: BG Sports Information)
The Mid-American Conference released its 2013 Softball Academic Team Friday, honoring Falcons Paige Berger, Hannah Fulk and Paris Imholz.
Berger, a native of Rootstown, Ohio, concluded her phenomenal collegiate career with one of her strongest seasons for Bowling Green. Berger led the Falcons with an impressive .348 batting average in 22 conference games, collecting 24 hits in 69 at bats. Berger tied for the team lead with three doubles, while her 15 runs scored accounted for more than any other Falcon. Along with her strong offensive game, Berger consistently made phenomenal plays at first base, accounting for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Berger led the conference in chances and putouts in 2013, recording 205 and 207, respectively.
Berger's numbers were even better overall, including a team-best .364 batting average and 37 runs scored in 51 games played. She recorded 14 extra-base hits over the course of the season, including six doubles, two triples and six home runs. Berger led the Orange and Brown with an overall .537 slugging percentage, while also pacing Bowling Green with 87 total bases.
Berger completed her senior season with an impressive 3.87 GPA, majoring in early childhood education.
Fulk, a native of Jeromesville, Ohio, started every game for the Falcons at shortstop. Fulk finished the season with an overall batting average of .292, while her .461 on-base percentage led the Orange and Brown. Fulk ranked second on the Falcons with 32 runs scored and 40 hits, while her seven doubles tied for first on the team. Fulk added two triples and four home runs, giving her 13 extra-base hits. Fulk was 12-for-13 on stolen base attempts this past season, while her 32 walks ranked among the best in the conference.
Fulk earned a GPA of 3.812 in four years at Bowling Green, majoring in mathematics
Imholz was also named to the Mid-American Conference All-Second Team, appearing in 42 games, making 24 starts in the circle for the Orange and Brown. Imholz led the Falcons with 16 wins, compiling a record of 16-8 on the season. She pitched eight complete games, including five shutout victories while allowing just 47 earned runs over 172.1 innings pitched. Imholz ended the year with a team-best 1.91 ERA, striking out a career-best 97 batters and holding opponents to just a .244 batting average. She also picked up four saves on he season.
Imholz, a sophomore from Antioch, Calif., earned a 3.66 GPA in broadcast journalism.
Sophomore Erika Stratton also earned honorable mention, making the list for the second-straight season.