Record-Courier staff report
Kent State sophomore pitcher Emma Johnson was recognized on Tuesday as the best pitcher inside the Mid-American Conference. The right-hander was named the Pitcher of the Year and also was selected to the All-MAC's First Team in a release made by the league office.
Johnson finished the 2013 regular season with a 20-10 record. She had two saves and a 1.67 earned-run average in 34 appearances -- 24 of which were starts. She struck out 196 over the course of 197 innings, while opponents batted just .191 against her.
Johnson's best came during MAC play, where she was 12-3 and had a 1.58 ERA in 18 games.
Johnson was excellent during the final week of the regular season as Kent State clinched the MAC East Division title and the No. 2 seed in this week's MAC Tournament. Johnson went 2-1, including starting and winning both games on May 3 as the Golden Flashes swept Miami (Ohio) in a doubleheader in Oxford, 2-0 and 3-2, to clinch their first division crown since 2010. Johnson allowed no earned runs on 10 hits with 10 strikeouts in 14 innings over two games against the RedHawks.
Additionally on Tuesday, Golden Flashes sophomore right fielder Kim Kirkpatrick was named to the All-MAC Second Team.
Kirkpatrick has started all 47 games for the Flashes this season. She leads the team in batting average (.347), runs scored (28), hits (50), doubles (11), slugging percentage (.486) and on-base percentage (.454), while tied for the lead in home runs (3). Kirkpatrick's 18 RBI are third-best on the club.
Here's the complete 2013 All-MAC rosters and award winners:
Player of the Year: Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State
Pitcher of the Year: Emma Johnson, Kent State
Freshman of the Year: Nicole Steinbach, Ball State
Coach of the Year: Craig Nicholson, Ball State
Nan Harvey Award: Jessica Barnett, Northern Illinois
All-MAC First Team
Jamie Kertes, Bowling Green, pitcher
Kara Dorbos, Central Michigan, pitcher
Emma Johnson, Kent State, pitcher
Lauren Gellerman, Ohio, catcher
Kayla Ledbetter, Miami, catcher
Jennifer Barnett, Northern Illinois, first base
Amanda Stanton, Eastern Michigan, second base
Diana Patterson, Western Michigan, third base
Katy Blaharski, Eastern Michigan, shortstop
Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State, outfield
Macy Merchant, Central Michigan, outfield
Nicole Gremillion, Northern Illinois, outfield
Jenna Modic, Miami, utility
Hailey Reed, Miami, utility