March 30, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - The #15 Grand Valley State softball team continued its incredible offensive roll, as the Lakers notched 35 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Lake Erie on Saturday afternoon (Mar. 30). GVSU plated 15 first-inning runs in game one's 23-0 victory, while the Lakers completed the sweep with a 12-1 win in the nightcap.
Grand Valley State has played five doubleheaders this season and swept all five of those twinbills. The Lakers pushed their winning streak to 13 games, the longest at GVSU since the 2009 team won 16 consecutive games in March of that season. Overall, Grand Valley State is 20-2 on the year and a perfect 8-0 in GLIAC play. Lake Erie falls to 2-12 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
On Wednesday afternoon against Wisconsin-Parkside, the Lakers put 16 runners across home plate in the fourth inning of the 16-1 victory. GVSU tried to match that feat in the first inning of game one on Saturday, falling short by just one run. But that didn't lessen the excitement of another huge offensive inning for the Lakers.
It started in the bottom of the first inning with a double down the left field line from leadoff hitter Nellie Kosola. She would score on an RBI single from junior Brittany Taylor. Later in the inning, after an infield single from Tonya Calkins loaded the bases, senior Kayleigh Bertram unloaded the bases with a towering grand slam to left center field. That was the first homer of the season for Bertram and the 19th of her career, moving the second baseman into a tie for fifth place in the Laker record books - with Briauna Taylor.
The bases would again become loaded as Miranda Cleary (double), Emily Holt (single), and Briauna Taylor (infield single) would occupy the bases. Kosola delivered a two-run single to right field to up the lead to 7-0. After a walk to Brittany Taylor re-loaded the bases, senior Katie Martin matched Bertram's feat by smashing a grand slam to center field and putting the score at 11-0. It is believed to be the first time in GVSU history that there have been two grand slams in one inning.
Grand Valley State wasn't done yet. Senior Emily Jones was hit by a pitch during her at-bat, but she was able to walk around the bases, as Calkins provided the third homer of the inning, a shot to left center field that gave the Lakers a 13-0 cushion. After an RBI double to left center from Holt (scoring Cleary, who walked) and a Briauna Taylor triple to center field (scoring Holt), the lead was 15-0 after one inning of play. 15 runs on 12 hits, no Lake Erie errors, three home runs, two grand slams and a second 10+ run inning in four days.
Two bases loaded walks and a sacrifice fly in the second inning moved the advantage to 18-0. In the bottom of the third inning, pinch hitter Sarah Wyse singled sharply down the left field line. Martin came up and crushed her second home run of the game to right field, giving her seven roundtrippers on the season. With that blast, Martin - already the school's all-time leader in doubles and total bases - tied GVSU slugger Kim Biskup for the Grand Valley State record of 46 career home runs. What is even more impressive is Martin and Biskup's shared record is also the GLIAC all-time record.
Later in the third, freshman McKenze Supernaw hit the first home run of her Laker career on a blast to left center field, which was quickly followed by classmate Taylor Fris, who homered to right center field. It was the second home run of the season for Fris. Those are the first back-to-back home runs of the season for the Lakers, both of which came from the GVSU freshmen.
Meanwhile, senior pitcher Hannah Santora had no problem in the circle for the Lakers. The righthander pitched the first three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three batters. Santora moves to 11-0 on the season. Junior Kayla Hurd tossed the final two innings and gave up just one base hit.
For the game, Martin went 4-for-4 with a double, two homers, four runs scored, and six RBI. Her grand slam partner in the first inning, Bertram added five RBI. Calkins was 2-for-3 with the home run, three runs, and three runs driven in. Kosola tagged a double in her 3-for-4 effort, driving in two runs, and scoring twice. Holt and Briauna Taylor were both 2-for-2 with two RBI apiece.
The Lakers picked up in game two where they left off in game one. GVSU plated six runs in the first inning, as Martin started the scoring with a run-scoring single to right center. An RBI single from Cleary scored Calkins, which was followed by a two-run double from Holt. Cleary and Bertram scored on Holt's two-bagger. Briauna Taylor ripped a single off the Lake Erie pitcher's leg that scored the sixth and final run of the first inning.
After Lake Erie used a leadoff single and a GVSU error to score its first run of the day in the bottom of the first, Grand Valley State went back to work in its next at-bat. A two-run single up the middle from Cleary made the score, 8-1, and scored both Calkins and Bertram. Pinch hitter KC Christopher then ripped a double to right center field and pushed Cleary across the plate. Briauna Taylor and Kosola then notched back-to-back RBI singles to raise the lead to 11-1. A sacrifice fly from Jones gave the Lakers their last run of the game.
It was freshman pitcher Sara Andrasik who benefited from the run support in game two. Andrasik, however, was also very strong, giving up just one unearned run on two hits in three innings of work. Like Santora, she did not issue a walk, while striking out three batters and pushing her record to 9-1. Wyse relieved Andrasik and pitched two solid innings of one-hit ball.
After the 20 hits in game one, the Laker offense provided 14 safeties in the second game. Kosola went 3-for-4 and scored twice, while Cleary was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Briauna Taylor was 2-for-2 with two RBI, while Holt's pair of ribbies came in her only at-bat. For the day, both Taylor (4-for-4) and Holt (3-for-3) batted a perfect 1.000.
GVSU will be home again on Tuesday afternoon (April 2), continuing this current 12-game homestand. The Lakers will face Northwood in a conference twinbill starting at 3:30 p.m.