Horizon League Athletes of the Week

For the week of April 9, 2012

Dara Toman Cleveland State Softball

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Hometown: Westerville, Ohio Going 6-for-9 on the week, Toman posted a .842 on-base percentage, walking 10 times to give her 32 on the year. The junior clubbed three home runs, giving her a League-leading 18 and matching the Cleveland State single-season record. After homering in both game of the Vikings’ doubleheader split with St. Francis (Pa.), Toman’s third homer of the week helped CSU come back to post a 5-3 win at Loyola, giving the Vikings the sweep of the doubleheader and series win.

Sam McGee Valparaiso Softball

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Hometown: Bloomington, Minn. McGee toed the rubber twice for Valparaiso last week, not allowing a run over 13.0 innings of work. In the second game of the Crusaders’ series at Wright State, McGee tossed six shutout innings, scattering five hits while striking out four Raiders. McGee closed Valparaiso’s series sweep of Youngstown State by hurling seven innings of shutout softball, again walking none and giving up six hits. The victory on Sunday was the 51st of McGee’s career, setting a new Valparaiso career record.

Jordan Marker Wright State Baseball

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Hometown: Greenville, Ohio Marker recorded one win and one save last week for Wright State. In the Raiders’ 2-1 win over Miami on Wednesday, Marker pitched 2.2 innings of one-hit ball, striking out five, including the final two Miami batters of the game, to earn the win. On Sunday, Marker pitched 4.0 innings of hit-one baseball, striking out five to get the save in Wright State’s 8-3 win over Milwaukee. Overall, Marker pitched 6.2 innings last week, as he allowed no runs and just two hits while striking out 10.

Sam Koenig Milwaukee Baseball

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Hometown: Prairie du Sac, Wis. Koenig batted .579 in four games last week with seven of his 11 hits going for extra bases. In UWM’s 13-2 win over Wisconsin Lutheran, he was 2-for-4 as he hit his first double and first triple of the season. In UWM’s 10-9 loss to WSU, Koenig was 3-for-6 with two doubles and one RBI. On Sunday, Koenig was 3-for-4 with one double in the Panthers’ 8-3 loss and was 3-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI in the second game of the doubleheader, a 9-7 Milwaukee win.

Shelbi Burnett Butler Track and Field

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Hometown: Greenwood, Ind. Burnett had one of Butler’s four individual wins over the weekend at the Pacesetter Invitational with a win in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Her time of 10:47.92 beat out seven other competitors and is one of the top-95 times in the country right now in the event. The junior also competed in the 1500-meter run and was Butler’s top finisher. She finished in third place with a time of 4:40.79.

Kelly Egan Loyola Track and Field

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Hometown: Marlborough, Mass. Egan competed at the Tom Botts Invite in the javelin. The junior threw for a distance of 126-11 (38.69m) for seventh place out of 14 competitors. In the process, she smashed her own school record by over three feet. Her throw is currently the longest in the Horizon League this season.

Nick Hughes Milwaukee Track and Field

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Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. Hughes, a sophomore for the Panthers, competed in the high jump at the Pacesetter Quadrangular. His jump of 6-10.75 (2.10m) earned him first place in the competition and the height is now second in school history. It is also the 56th-best jump in the country.

Erik Hoops Loyola Golf

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Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio Hoops finished tied for second out of 72 golfers at the Detroit Titans Invitational last weekend to help Loyola win the 13-team event. He opened the three-round event with a 75, but rebounded in the second round with a 67 before finishing the tournament with a final round of 70 to finish with a three-round score of 212, four-under-par.

Alex Cusumano Loyola Golf

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Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. Cusumano both finished tied for second out of 72 golfers at the Detroit Titans Invitational last weekend to help Loyola win the 13-team event. He fired an opening round 69, one of just two players in the tournament to break 70 in the first round, and followed up with a 70 in the second round to lead the Invitational after two rounds. He rounded out his tournament with a third round score of 73 to finish tied in second with Hoops.

Collette Hansen Detroit Golf

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Hometown: West Olive, Mich. Hansen won the Women’s Golfer of the Week award after finishing in a tie for ninth-place out of 75 competitors at the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational. Hansen opened the tournament with a round of 77 and finished the two-round event with a score of 81. She was the top finisher for the Titans who finished fourth in the 12-team event.