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-- The Mid-American Conference announced its 2013 award winners Tuesday afternoon, honoring four Falcons in the process. Sophomore Jamie Kertes was named to the All-MAC First Team for the second straight season, while Paris Imholz, Paige Berger and Hannah Fulk were named to the All-MAC Second Team. Imholz's selection comes a year after making the all-freshman team in 2012, while Berger and Fulk's selections mark their second go around on the All-MAC Second Team.

Jamie Kertes: All-MAC First Team

Sophomore Jamie Kertes, a Carnegie, Pa. native, picked up right where she left off last season, continuing strong play after being named the 2012 Freshman Of The Year. Kertes leads the Mid-American Conference with an incredible 1.49 earned run average, thanks to just 18 earned runs allowed in just over 84 innings pitched. In nine of her conference starts, Kertes has gone the distance an incredible 55 percent of the time, recording six complete games with two shut out victories. In 20 appearances, Kertes has held opponents to two runs or less 14 times, and has picked up a conference-best two saves.

Her 60 strikeouts put her in an elite class, as only three other MAC pitchers have reached the 50-strikeout plateau in conference play. Kertes also leads the MAC with 26 strikeouts looking. Kertes also ranks in the top seven in opposing batting average, holding hitters to a .233 average.

Paige Berger: All-MAC Second Team

Senior Paige 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 36 runs scored in 48 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 .545 slugging percentage, while also pacing Bowling Green with 84 total bases.

Hannah Fulk: All-MAC Second Team

Senior Hannah Fulk, a native of Jeromesville, Ohio, started every game for the Falcons at short stop. Fulk finished the season with an overall batting average of .295, while her .465 on-base percentage led the Orange and Brown. Fulk ranked second on the Falcons with 31 runs scored and 38 hits, while her seven doubles tied for first on the team. Fulk added one triple and four home runs, giving her 12 extra-base hits. Fulk was 12-for-13 on stolen base attempts this past season, while her 30 walks ranked among the best in the conference.

Paris Imholz: All-MAC Second Team

Sophomore Paris Imholz. an Antioch, Calif. native, also continued to dominate in her second season, building off of her All-MAC Freshman Team selection in 2012. Imholz paced Bowling Green with 16 wins, ranking among the best in the MAC with an impressive 1.76 ERA. Imholz's went the distance in eight games in 2013, with five of those games resulting in shutouts. Her 163.0 innings pitched led the Orange and Brown, allowing just 41 earned runs over that span. Imholz ranked second on the Falcons with 91 strikeouts, setting a new personal best for a single season.

2013 MAC Softball Player of the Year

Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State

2013 MAC Softball Pitcher of the Year

Emma Johnson, Kent State

2013 MAC Softball Freshman of the Year

Nicole Steinbach, Ball State

2013 MAC Softball Coach of the Year

Craig Nicholson, Ball State

2013 Nan Harvey Award Winner

Jessica Barnett, Northern Illinois

2013 All-MAC Softball First Team

P             Jamie Kertes, Bowling Green

P             Kara Dorbos, Central Michigan

P             Emma Johnson, Kent State

C             Kayla Ledbetter, Miami

C             Lauren Gellerman, Ohio

1B           Taylor Rager, Ball State

1B           Jennifer Barnett, Northern Illinois

2B           Amanda Stanton, Eastern Michigan

3B           Diana Patterson, Western Michigan

SS           Katy Blaharski, Eastern Michigan

OF          Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State

OF          Macy Merchant, Central Michigan

OF          Nicole Gremillion, Northern Illinois

UT(P)    Jenna Modic, Miami

UT          Hailey Reed, Miami

2013 All-MAC Softball Second Team

P             Nicole Steinbach, Ball State

P             Paris Imholz, Bowling Green

P             Tori Speckman, Buffalo

C             Cory DeLamielleure, Central Michigan

1B           Paige Berger, Bowling Green

1B           Loren Nagy, Western Michigan

2B           Courtney McCarthy, Toledo

3B           Trista Cox, Central Michigan

SS           Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green

SS           Carol Ann Sexauer, Central Michigan

OF          Amanda Carpenter, Ball State

OF          Kim Kirkpatrick, Kent State

OF          Lindsey Tobias, Toledo

UT(P)    Jessica Sturm, Northern Illinois

UT          Chelsea Hortman, Ohio

2013 MAC Softball All-Freshman Team

Erin Seiler, Akron, P

Selena Reyna, Ball State, SS

Nicole Steinbach, Ball State, P

Jenna Modic, Miami, P/IF

Hailey Reed, Miami, IF/OF

Taylor Shuey, Miami, OF

Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio, P

Jessica Lemieux, Toledo, OF

Loren Nagy, Western Michigan, IF

Melissa Palmer, Western Michigan, UT

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