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Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Seniors Kara Dornbos and Macy Merchant, junior Cory DeLamielleure and sophomores Trista Cox and CarolAnn Sexauer were named Academic All-MAC by the league office on June 7. Central Michigan garnered the most honorees in the MAC this year and set a new program high.
Softball's Five Academic All-MAC Selections Set Pace

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Central Michigan claimed a program best five Academic All-MAC Selections. The Mid-American Conference announced the 2013 Academic All-MAC team on Friday, June 7, recognizing seniors Kara Dornbos and Macy Merchant, junior Cory DeLamielleure and sophomores Trista Cox and CarolAnn Sexauer as Academic All-MAC honorees.

This marks the third consecutive season Dornbos has been selected to the Academic All-MAC team. Dornbos was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and was recognized on the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District First Team. Dornbos was voted First Team All-MAC, MAC All-Tournament Team, and MAC Tournament MVP. The health fitness major earned a cumulative GPA of 3.98 and graduated summa cum laude.

Dornbos made her mark in the Chippewa record book for several career statistics. After her senior season, she moved into third in career innings pitched (630.2), third in complete games (68), tied for fifth in saves (5), fifth in appearances (121), sixth in shutouts (21) and sixth in strikeouts (354). Dornbos finished the season with a team high 15 wins and pitched eight shutouts, three coming against conference opponents. At the MAC Tournament, she pitched 24.1 innings, earning three shutouts and a .29 ERA. Dornbos was named MAC West Pitcher of the week on April 9 and 15.

Merchant, a special education major, has tallied a 3.76 cumulative GPA through her four years in the maroon and gold. This is the second time Merchant has been named to the Academic All-MAC team, with the first coming in 2011.

Merchant was voted to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Great Lakes All-Region Second Team. She was also named First Team All-MAC and to the MAC All-Tournament team. Merchant finished third in program history for single-season batting average (.408), tied for third in single-season hits (73) and tied for fifth in single-season runs (39). Merchant tied the single-game record on April 7 with five hits against Kent State and has moved into the top 10 in several categories, including claiming second in career batting average (.363), tied for third in stolen bases (72) and sixth in runs (116). She led the MAC with a .474 batting average and 36 hits in league play. Merchant’s .363 career average moves her into 10th in MAC history, becoming the second Chippewa to do so.

DeLamielleure garnered Academic All-MAC honors for the first time in her career. DeLamielleure was the softball team’s nominee for the Dick Enberg Individual Leadership Award, and earned a spring GPA of 3.87 as a health fitness major.

DeLamielleure was voted Second Team All-MAC and named to the MAC All-Tournament Team. She received MAC West Player of the Week honors on April 9. DeLamielleure moved into a tie for sixth in program history with seven home runs this season and started all 53 games for the maroon and gold, hitting .262 in conference play. She led the team with four triples and four of her seven homers came against MAC opponents. DeLamielleure recorded seven extra base hits in conference play and 14 on the season.

As a marketing major, Cox has recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.83. A transfer from the University of Louisville, this is the first time Cox has been named to an academic all-conference team.

Starting at third base, Cox was named to the All-MAC Second Team. She hit .298 on the season with five home runs, including a two-run walk-off to win the MAC Tournament. Cox followed the performance with two doubles and a home run against Valparaiso in the NCAA Tournament on May 18. She finished the season with 17 extra base hits, six coming against MAC opponents.

Sexauer has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.85 as a dietetics major. This is the first time Sexauer has received Academic All-MAC accolades.

Sexauer received All-MAC Second Team honors and was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team. She hit seven home runs this season to move into a tie for sixth in program history with fellow teammate Cory DeLamielleure. Sexauer started every game and hit .323 over the season. She hit 12 doubles this year, five in conference play, to lead the team. Sexauer also led the team with 34 RBIs this season.

Fifty-three Chippewas have been named Academic All-MAC since 1984. Before this season, three honorees in one season marked the program high, occurring on five different occasions (1984, 1987, 2007, 2009 and 2011). As a team, the softball program received Central Michigan’s 2013 Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award for its commitment to academic excellence and leadership in the community.