2010-11: In her very first collegiate game, Michalak delivered a five inning, 10 strikeout perfect game against C.C. of Beaver County. She didn’t lose a game until May 8 and finished the year 11-1 with a 2.59 ERA and one save in 15 appearances. Additionally, Michalak allowed more than two runs in a game only once while striking out 77 and allowing only 52 hits in 59 innings pitched. Other stats included 22 runs (17 earned), 10 walks, 10 doubles and three home runs allowed. She pitched the Express to the national championship game with a complete game victory in the national semifinal against Kankakee. Defensively, she made five assists and one putout for the season.
Prior to Owens: Michalak came to Owens after a decorated career at Springfield, where she helped lead Springfield to a Northern Lakes League title her sophomore and junior year, a district championship her sophomore and senior year, and a regional championship her senior year under coach Rob Gwozdz. Personal accolades followed as Michalak, who also participated in cheerleading, was named First Team All-District, First Team All-Northern Lakes League and team MVP her senior year. As a junior, she was named First Team All-Ohio, First Team All-District and was the team's Coaches Award recipient. As a sophomore, Michalak was named First Team All-District and First Team All-NLL. As a freshman, Michalak was named Second Team All-District and Second Team All-NLL. She lists winning regionals and pitching in the Ohio Div. I state final four as her greatest personal sports thrill.
Personal: Ashlyn is the daughter of James Michalak and Robin Deibis. Her mother was an athlete in softball and cheerleading at Eckerd College. She is a pre-business administration major at Owens.