Senior Alex Sorgi, junior Madi McCoy and freshman Madeline Dyer each won awards as the Bowling Green State University softball program recently held its 2019 banquet. McCoy was named the Falcons' Offensive Player of the Year, while Sorgi was voted the team's Defensive Player of the Year and Dyer took home the Meserve Award.
McCoy, a native of Washington, Ill. (Washington H.S.), led the Falcons in multiple offensive categories in her first year with the program, despite battling injuries that forced her to miss several weeks of the season. She hit a team-high .324 on the season, and paced the Brown and Orange with nine home runs and 31 runs batted in. McCoy had an on-base percentage of .372 and a team-high .610 slugging pct. on the year. She played in just 34 of BGSU's 51 games, starting 32, but still led the Falcons with nine multiple-RBI games, including a team-high five contests with three or more RBI. McCoy homered in her BG debut, with a solo shot in the season opener vs. Boston University, and she had her first two-homer game as a Falcon in the final home game of the season, a win over Cleveland State. The middle infielder hit .351 with runners on base, 415 with runners in scoring position and .349 with two outs.
Sorgi, a native of Shelby Township, Mich. (Henry Ford II), was named to the All-MAC Second Team in her final spring as a Falcon. She started all 51 games this season, and started all 159 of the Falcons' games over the last three years. She hit .322 this year, good for second on the team, and led the 2019 club in at-bats (174), runs (34), hits (56), triples (three), total bases (66), walks (21) and stolen bases. Sorgi led the MAC in the latter category with 30 stolen bases, the third-highest single-season total in school history. She also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 63 chances in the field, including seven outfield assists. In MAC games only, Sorgi batted .365 to lead the Falcons by a wide margin.
The Meserve Award is presented to the BGSU softball student-athlete who demonstrated the following qualities throughout the season: passion, leadership, competitive spirit, 'teamsmanship,' athletic and academic excellence, and resiliency. The award is named after Dr. Lee Meserve, BGSU's former Faculty Athletics Representative, and his wife, Marge. The Falcons' home field also bears their name.
Dyer, from Carey, Ohio (Pemberville Eastwood H.S.), played in 31 games, making 22 starts, in her first season as a Falcon. She started 14 of BG's 21 MAC games at third base. Dyer had just five at-bats as of late March, but was in the starting lineup for 21 of the season's final 25 games at third base, including each of the last 19. She scored 10 runs and drove in five, and provided a solid defensive presence on the left side of the infield, with numerous sparkling plays along with a contagious enthusiasm at the hot corner. She batted .429 (6-for-14) when leading off an inning, and made just three errors in 16 conference games.
In addition to announcing the team awards at the banquet, head coach Sarah Willis and her staff recognized the seven-member 2019 senior class, comprised of Kali Holcomb, Meredith Miller, Kellie Natham, Brooke Parker, Kathleen Shier, Alex Sorgi and Kiley Sosby. All seven student-athletes have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher.
The Falcons finished the 2019 campaign with an overall record of 22-29, and BGSU wrapped up MAC play with a league mark of 7-14. The Orange and Brown ended the season with five wins over the final seven games..
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