Top-10 GVSU Highlights from 2012-13
Lakers Score Four Runs in Fifth Inning; Earn Sunday Rematch With Kutztown
Lakers End Historic 2013 Season With 46-9 Record and Final Four Berth
Lakers Jump to 5-0 Lead and Hold On; GVSU to Face Molloy on Saturday Night
Lakers Outhit KU, 6-5; Katie Martin Records 20th Home Run This Year
The Laker Spotlight with GVSU softball player Nellie Kosola
2013: Earned Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention plaudits after being named to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team...Also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region First Team...Voted to the All-GLIAC First Team for the second straight year...Started in center field in all 55 games, one of four Lakers (and all three outfielders) to start in every game...Tallied .426 average, 80 hits, 57 runs, and five triples...Led the GLIAC in hits (80), runs (57), and tallied a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage defensively, not committing an error in 58 total chances...Also ranked second in the league in triples (five), third in batting average (.426), fourth in total bases (95) and on-base percentage (.466), and 22nd in slugging percentage (.505)...Led all conference players in GLIAC games with a .511 average, while ranking second in on-base percentage (.556) and 12th in slugging percentage (.622)... Finished her career ranked in several GVSU all-time categories: first in triples (20), second in hits (271) and runs (172), third in batting average (.389) and at bats (697), fourth in total bases (340), and 10th in on-base percentage (.426)...Her 57 runs this year were tied for the most in a single season in GVSU history, while her 80 hits is fourth-most, and her .426 average is seventh-most in a Laker season...Ranks third in GLIAC career history in triples (20), fifth in runs scored (172), seventh in hits (271) and at bats (697), and ninth in batting average (.389)...57 runs scored this year are tied for ninth-most in a single season in GLIAC history...Increased her batting average all four years of her career: .344 in 2010, .358 in 2011, .411 in 2012, and .426 in 2013...Notched 25 multi-hit games (including 11 games of at least three hits) and a team-high 14 game-hitting streak...Recorded a pair of five-game streaks in which she tallied two or more hits in every game...Went 7-for-9 with six runs scored and three RBI in a sweep of Malone (3/23) to start the GLIAC season...Totaled season-best four hits in 8-0 win over Malone (3/23)...Notched three consecutive three-hit games against Walsh and Lake Erie (3/29-30)...Was 3-for-4 and scored season-high four runs in 17-2 victory at Wayne State (4/13)...Became GVSU's career leader in triples with her 19th three-bagger in an 8-0 over Lake Superior State (4/28)...Recorded a base hit in eight of the Lakers' 10 postseason games (and scored a run in seven games), including a 3-for-4 performance against #1 Indianapolis in the NCAA Midwest Super Regional Tournament (5/18)...Totaled four hits and scored three runs at the Division II College World Series in Salem, Virginia (5/23-26).
2012: Earned Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team plaudits...Honored on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region Second Team...Named to the All-GLIAC First Team, the first all-league honors of her career...Also named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team...Led GVSU in hits (85), triples (eight), stolen bases (nine), tied for the team lead in runs scored (56) and ranked second on the team in batting average (.411) and on-base percentage (.458), third in total bases (109), and fourth in slugging percentage (.527), sacrifice bunts (six), and walks (17)...Led the GLIAC in base hits and triples...Also ranked second in the league runs scored, third in batting average, and fifth in total bases and on-base percentage...Single-season ranks in GVSU history: second in hits, tied for second in runs, third in at-bats, tied for third in triples, and tied for 10th in total bases...Ranks fourth in GVSU career history in triples (15) and ninth in batting average (.375) after three seasons...Recorded 25 multi-hit games (including six games of three hits and three games of four hits) and four multi-RBI performances...Owned team-high 21-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 24 straight games...Started in centerfield and was team's leadoff hitter in all 59 games in which she played...Hit safely in 21 straight games from Mar. 5 to Mar. 24, which included 12 multi-hit games and a pair of four-hit outings...Went 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, and three RBI in 15-1 win over Minnesota-Crookston (3/9)...Notched another 4-for-4 effort with an RBI and two runs scored in 13-6 victory over Wilmington (3/6)...Began season with 3-for-4 effort, a triple, a stolen base, and three runs scored in 4-1 win over Assumption (3/4) in season opener...Tallied four triples in nine-game stretch from Apr. 21 to May 5...Went 5-for-8 with two doubles, a triple, and three runs scored in doubleheader sweep at Wayne State (3/24).
2011: Named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team...Appeared in 53 games and started 49 contests as team's primary centerfielder...Finished first on the team in triples (four), second in sacrifice bunts (six), third in stolen bases (eight), and tied for fourth in doubles (seven)...Hit .358, while also adding a home run, 18 RBI, 35 runs scored, and 54 base hits...Ranked tied for first in the GLIAC with four triples...Recorded 17 multi-hit games and four games of at least two RBI...Only homer of the year (and first of her two-year career) was a two-out, two-run, walk-off home run in the eighth inning of a 7-5 win over Urbana (3/20)...Went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and four RBI in 11-3 victory over Urbana (3/8)...Owned nine-game hitting streak from March 11-20...Notched a 3-for-3 performance with a double, run scored, and RBI in an 8-5 win over Northwood (4/2)...Totaled a 3-for-5 outing with two RBI as GVSU won 15-2 over Lake Superior State (4/9).
2010: Named to the All-GLIAC Second Team after a strong freshman season saw her play and start in all 46 contests (the only Laker to play in all 46 games)...Led GVSU in triples (three), stolen bases (six), and at-bats (151), while ranking third on the team in hits (52) and runs (24)...Finished fifth on the team with a .344 batting average and a .424 slugging percentage, while placing seventh with a .363 on-base percentage...Defensively, she recorded eight outfield assists and committed just three errors...Notched a hit in 35 games, including a tremendous 19-game hitting streak from March 5 to April 1...Scored a run in 18 different contests and had five multi-run games...Recorded a season-high four hits in a 4-for-4 performance, while adding three runs, two RBI, a double, and a stolen base in a 10-1 win at Lake Superior State (4/1)...Totaled a season-best three RBi in a10-1 victory against Olivet (3/22)...Went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBi in a 10-2 win over Lake Superior State (4/3)...Tallied four multi-hit games in a row on April 18-21, going 9-for-13 with five runs scored as Lakers went 2-2 in doubleheaders against Tiffin and Saginaw Valley State...Knocked her first career triple and added two defensive assists against nationally-ranked Winona State (3/6).
High School: Prepped at Lincoln-Way East High School under head coach Katie Meader...Earned All-Southwest Suburban Conference honors, all-area laurels, and was named team captain and team most valuable player at Lincoln-Way East...Won a Southwest Suburban Conference championship, as well as winning conference and regional titles in basketball...Captures NSA & ASA state championships in 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2006...Also played four years of basketball and competed in golf for one season...Participated in Pi Sigma Pi for three years and was on the school's Homecoming Court as a senior.
Personal: Daughter of Robert and Judy Kosola...Enjoys training and exercising...Majoring in education.