First-Place GVSU Tops Dragons 6-3 and 3-1 for Fifth GLIAC Sweep
Head Softball Coach Currently in 24th Season at GVSU
Top-10 GVSU Highlights from 2012-13
Top-10 GVSU Highlights from 2012-13
Lakers Score Four Runs in Fifth Inning; Earn Sunday Rematch With Kutztown
With a home run against Northwood on Apr. 3, 2013, senior Katie Martin broke the GVSU career records for hits, runs, and home runs. She finishes as the all-time Grand Valley State leader in eight offensive categories
DJ Foster speaks with three GVSU softball student-athletes about the super regional win and moving on to the NCAA softball championship round.
After an exciting win over University of Missouri-St. Louis in the NCAA tournament, the #9 Lakers will move on to the NCAA Super Regional to face #1 Indianapolis.
Laker softball player Katie Martin joins the Laker Spotlight and talks about her knack for hitting home runs, being named the 2011 National Player of the Year, and her role as a designated hitter
2013: Became the first-ever two-time recipient of the Daktronics National Player of the Year award, also earning the honor in 2011...Also tabbed as a Daktronics First Team All-America selection, as well as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-America honoree...Became first GVSU player ever to be named an All-American three times, earning First Team All-America plaudits (from both Daktronics and the NFCA) in 2011 and 2013 and Daktronics Second Team All-America laurels in 2012...Awarded the Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year accolade, which she also achieved in 2011...Named to the All-Midwest Region First Team by both Daktronics and the NFCA...Became the fifth Laker to be voted GLIAC Player of the Year (and first since 2004)...Earned third consecutive All-GLIAC First Team award...Finished her career as the top offensive player in GVSU history...Ended her career as the Grand Valley State all-time leader in batting average (.438), hits (300), runs (188), doubles (72), home runs (59), RBI (240), total bases (555), walks (115), on-base percentage (.517), and slugging percentage (.810)...Set all 10 GVSU hitting records in 685 at-bats, fourth-most in school history...Ranks as the GLIAC career leader - in either baseball or softball - in career home runs (59) and doubles (72)...Also ranks first in conference history in walks (115), second in RBI (240), third in batting average (.438), hits (300), and runs (188), and tied for eighth in at-bats (685)...Entered name into NCAA record books in several career categories: second in Division II history in intentional walks (18), tied for fourth in grand slams (three), fifth in home runs (59), tied for sixth in RBI (240), tied for seventh in doubles (72), tied for 21st in slugging percentage (.810), and 23rd in hits (300)...Finished career with more home runs (59) than strikeouts (54), an extremely tough accomplishment...Led the GLIAC in 2013 in batting average (.460), doubles (22), home runs (20), RBI (83), total bases (158), walks (39), on-base percentage (.562), and slugging percentage (.981), while ranking second in the league in hits (74) and runs (50)...Set new school single-season records in doubles (22 - the new GLIAC record), RBI (83 - the new GLIAC record), on-base percentage (.562), and slugging percentage (.981)...39 walks and 158 total bases are second-most in a season in GVSU history, while .460 batting average and 20 home runs are third-most in Laker history...Her 83 RBI more than doubled the second-highest total (41) in the league, while her 20 homers easily outdistance the second-best total (12)...Tallied 20 home runs and only 14 strikeouts on the year...In 26 conference games, she led the league in doubles (13), home runs (13), RBI (51), total bases (93), on-base percentage (.574), and slugging percentage (1.120), while hitting .494 and walking 17 times...Named the GLIAC Player of the Week on April 1st and April 29th...Totaled 23 multi-hit games (seven games of three or more hits) and 24 multi-RBI contests (14 games with at least three RBI)...Reached base the final 16 games of the season...Intentionally walked nine times...Smacked two home runs and went 3-for-4 and drove in all four runs in 4-1 win over West Chester (3/7)...Followed that performance with a 3-for-4 outing, with one run and two RBI, in a 7-3 victory the same day over Winona State (3/7)...Put up a 3-for-4 figure with a double and four RBI in a 9-0 victory over Southern Connecticut State (3/9)...Went 3-for-4 with a run, three doubles, and three RBI in 4-0 win over Walsh (3/29)...Tallied two homers (including a first inning grand slam) in a 23-0 victory over Lake Erie (3/30), finishing 4-for-4 with four runs and six RBI...Became the GVSU career leader in hits, runs, and home runs on one swing; a seventh inning solo home run in game two of a doubleheader against Northwood (4/3) in Allendale...Again collected six RBI in a 17-2 win over Wayne State (4/13), going 2-for-3 with a grand slam and two runs scored...Hit another grand slam in a 6-1 victory at Ohio Dominican (4/21), her third in less than a month...Notched a pair of two-run homers in a 3-for-4, five-RBI effort of an 11-0 win over Findlay (4/27) on Senior Day...Went 6-for-8 with two doubles, two homers, three runs, and six RBI in Senior Day doubleheader sweep against Findlay (4/27)...Totaled a base hit in eight of 10 NCAA postseason games, scored a run in eight of those 10 contests, and drove in a run in seven of 10 games, all while being walked 10 times...Recorded 14 RBI and 12 hits in 10 postseason games, while hitting a home run in each NCAA postseason round: the Midwest Regional Tournament, the Midwest Super Regional Tournament, and the Division II College World Series...Collected three RBI in each of the first two Midwest Regional Tournament games in Allendale, using a triple and a home run to do so in the 4-0 win over Missouri-St. Louis (5/11) to move to the regional championship game...Picked up five hits and five RBI in the three-game Midwest Super Regional Tournament, including a game-tying fifth inning solo home run in the decisive third game against #1 Indianapolis (5/18), tying the score at 2-2...Homered in her first at-bat of the Division II College World Series, a solo blast against Kutztown (5/23) that would be the 59th - and final - roundtripper of her career...Walked six times in the remaining four games at the World Series...Notched a two-run double and scored twice in the 8-4 win over Texas Woman's (5/25).
2012: Earned Daktronics Second Team All-America honors...Tabbed as a Daktronics First Team All-Midwest Region selection for the second straight year...Honored on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region First Team for the second year in a row...Named to the All-GLIAC First Team for the second consecutive season and the third straight year she has been honored as an all-conference player...Also named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team...Finished the year ranked in the top-four in the GLIAC in 10 offensive categories, including leading the league in on-base percentage (.489) and tying for the conference-high in batting average (.426)...Also ranked second in the GLIAC in hits (83), doubles (18), total bases (133), slugging percentage (.682), third in runs (56), RBI (52), and walks (28), and fourth in home runs (10)...Led team in batting average, runs, doubles, walks, sacrifice flies (five), and on-base percentage and was second in hits, RBI, home runs, slugging percentage, and total bases...Single-season marks in GVSU history: tied for second in doubles and runs, third in hits, fifth in total bases, tied for sixth in home runs, seventh in batting average and walks, tied for seventh in RBI, and 10th in at-bats (195)...Ranks first all-time in GVSU career history in batting average (.431), second in home runs (39), doubles (50) and total bases (397), third in RBI (157) and walks (76), fifth in runs (138), and sixth in hits (226)...Recorded 21 multi-hit games (including eight games of three hits and one four-hit outing) and 16 multi-RBI efforts...Owned an 18-game hitting streak from Apr. 6 to Apr. 27 and hit safely in 31 of 32 straight games from Mar. 23 to Apr. 27...Reached base safely in all 32 games during that same timeframe...Recorded a hit in 52 of 60 games...Also was 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA in the circle, giving up just five runs in 22.2 innings pitched...Went 4-for-4 with an RBI and scored three times in 11-0 rout of Saginaw Valley State (4/6)...Combined to go 5-for-7 with a double, four RBI, and five runs in doubleheader sweep at Findlay (3/25)...Homered in seven consecutive doubleheaders from Apr. 7 to Apr. 21...Went 9-for-14 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, and five runs scored in four-game sweep at Lake Superior State (4/21-22)...Hit .417 (10-for-24) with four doubles, a homer, three walks, zero strikeouts, seven runs, and seven RBI in eight postseason games.
2011: Named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-American, becoming just third Laker ever to be named an NFCA First Team All-America selection...Also honored as the Daktronics National Player of the Year, while also being tabbed as a Daktronics First Team All-American...Garnered Daktronics Midwest Regional Player of the Year award and a Daktronics Midwest Region First Team choice...Tabbed as an NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team selection and earned All-GLIAC First Team honors...Team's top hitter for the top offensive team in all of Division II, as Lakers led country in batting average (.366), slugging percentage (.579), and home runs (76)...Martin led Grand Valley State in batting average (.468), doubles (18), home runs (20), RBI (65), at-bats (186), hits (87), runs (52), walks (30), total bases (167), slugging percentage (.898), and on-base percentage (.543)...Finished first in the GLIAC in batting average, homers, RBI, at-bats, hits, walks, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, while ranking second in doubles and runs...Placed second in the all of Division II in home runs, ninth in slugging percentage, 10th in batting average, on-base percentage, and home runs per game (0.35), and 15th in RBI per game (1.14)...One of just two players in GLIAC history - along with former Laker Kim Biskup, who hit 21 home runs in both 1999 and 2000 - to reach the 20-homer plateau in a single-season...Set new school single-season records with 87 base hits and 167 total bases, while her 18 doubles and .468 batting average are the second-most ever at GVSU...Also ranks third in Laker history in a single season with 20 homers and 65 RBI, while placing fifth in walks (30) and tied for sixth in runs scored (52)...Her home run and hit totals are tied for third-most ever in a single season in GLIAC history, while ranking in the single-season top-10 in five other categories...Already ranks first in Grand Valley State history in career batting average (.435), 30 points higher than the second-place figure, while also ranking second all-time in career homers (29), tied for seventh in doubles (32), and 10th in RBI (105) and total bases (264) after her first two seasons...Tallied 29 multi-hit games and 18 multi-RBI contests, while hitting a homer in 16 different games and homering twice in four games...Put together a 14-game hitting streak late in the year and reached base in all 49 regular season games.
2010: Named the 2010 GLIAC Freshman of the Year, becoming just the second player in GVSU history (and first since 1998) to win the award...Also earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention plaudits at third base...Ranked in the top eight in the GLIAC in seven different categories: fourth in homers (nine) and slugging percentage (.678), fifth in runs batted in (40) and on-base percentage (.466), sixth in batting average (.392) and total bases (97), and tied for eighth in the league with 10 wins on the mound...Led the Lakers offensively in batting average, at-bats (143), runs (30), hits (56), doubles (14), homers, RBI, total bases, walks (18), and on-base percentage, while being the team leader pitching-wise in ERA (1.66), wins (10), shutouts (three), fewest walks (18), and strikeouts (96)...Tallied 20 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI contests...Her nine homers are tied for fourth-most in a single season in Laker history, while her 14 doubles are tied for sixth-most in a season at GVSU...Went 2-for-4 with two homers, four RBI, and a pair of runs scored in a 7-2 victory over Lake Superior State (3/20), in which she picked up the win on the mound by throwing a complete game six-hitter with seven strikeouts...Totaled a season-high six RBI by smacking a three-run homer and a three-run double in an 8-0 win over nationally-ranked Saginaw Valley State (4/21)...Went 5-for-7 with a homer and three RBI in a doubleheader sweep over Olivet (3/22)...Notched back-to-back three-hit games twice, including on Mar. 5-6 in a pair of wins against Cedarville and Lycoming, going 6-for-7 with five RBI, three runs, two doubles, and a homer...Tossed a complete game two-hitter with a season-best 11 strikeouts in a 10-1 victory over Lake Superior State (4/1)...Did not allow a run in back-to-back pitching performances against Lycoming and West Liberty State (Mar. 6-7), giving up just four hits and striking out 10 batters in a pair of five-inning, 8-0 GVSU wins...Won five consecutive decisions from March 17 to April 3, allowing more than two runs just once and giving up just one earned run in six outings.
High School: Prepped at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School under head coach Elissa Brode...As a junior, hit .535 with six homers and 41 RBI, while striking out 242 batters in 164 innings on the mound...Named all-district, all-conference, and all-region, as well as team most valuable player and best offensive player in both sophomore and junior seasons...Won Southeast Conference Championship as a sophomore and a district title as a junior...Hit .411 with 11 doubles, six triples, three homers, and 34 RBI in sophomore season...Also played four years of field hockey, winning state championships her last three seasons...Participated in Trailblazer Mentoring Program.
Personal: Daughter of Randy and Elizabeth Martin...Enjoys training and showing her dogs...Majoring in biomedical engineering.