Martin Breaks Three Career Records in Split Versus Northwood
Senior Katie Martin became the GVSU all-time leader in hits (259), runs (164), and home runs (47) with her seventh inning home run on Wednesday. She is also the school's career leader in batting average (.432), total bases (464), and doubles (60).
Senior Katie Martin became the GVSU all-time leader in hits (259), runs (164), and home runs (47) with her seventh inning home run on Wednesday. She is also the school's career leader in batting average (.432), total bases (464), and doubles (60).

April 3, 2013

Box Score - Game One (W, 4-2)

Box Score - Game Two (L, 9-5)

Allendale, Mich. - Some history was made on Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 3) at the GVSU Softball Field, as the #12 Lakers split a GLIAC doubleheader with Northwood. Grand Valley State took game one by a 4-2 count before the Timberwolves battled back and captured a 9-5 victory in the nightcap. The loss in game two snapped GVSU's 14-game win streak.

In the seventh inning of game two on Wednesday - after a two-run homer from junior Briauna Taylor - senior Katie Martin blasted a solo homer to right field to make the score 9-5. With one swing of the bat, Martin captured a trifecta of Grand Valley State career records. She is now GVSU's all-time leader in home runs (47), hits (259), and runs (164). The 47 roundtrippers are also the most in GLIAC history - baseball or softball - as she broke a tie with former Laker softball slugger Kim Biskup and current GVSU head baseball coach Jamie Detillion, who hit 46 home runs as a player at Ashland.

The Lakers had been on a roll heading into the doubleheader, winning their previous 13 contests. GVSU is now 21-3 on the season and 9-1 in conference play, while Northwood is 15-12 overall and 5-3 in league action.

In the opener, Grand Valley State received some solid pitching from senior Hannah Santora and timely hitting from the Laker offense. Northwood threatened in the first inning, loading the bases off Santora with just one out. The next batter was called out due to batter interference before Brittany Merner sent a bloop up the middle. The ball looked like it might fall for a one (or possibly two) run hit, but shortstop Briauna Taylor raced over to make the catch before colliding with second baseman Kayleigh Bertram, who was also tracking the play. Both players were fine and played the rest of the doubleheader.



The bottom of the inning saw Martin on second base with two outs. Senior Emily Jones drove a fly ball to center field where Northwood's Rachel Hammer went back and misplayed a catch that would have ended the inning. She ended up dropping the ball and Martin easily scored for the first run of the game.

NU answered in the second inning with a pair of singles, tying the game at 1-1. The score would stay that way until the fourth frame when GVSU would plate three runs on just one base hit. Junior Tonya Calkins led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Chelsea Horvath, who immediately stole second base. Horvath moved to third on a fly ball to right field, and then sprinted home on a wild pitch, giving the Lakers a run without the benefit of a hit.

With two outs, senior Emily Holt walked and junior Brittany Taylor was hit by a pitch. That brought up leadoff hitter Nellie Kosola. The speedster ripped a shot to center field and Hammer was playing shallow, allowing the ball to get over her head and roll to the wall. Kosola raced all the way to third while Holt and Taylor easily scored. The two-run three-bagger put the Lakers on top, 4-1. Kosola's triple was her second of the season and the 17th of her career, leaving her one triple shy of tying the GVSU career record.

Northwood struck in the fifth inning on a solo home run, but Santora faced little trouble after that. She stranded a pair of Timberwolves in the final two innings to close out the game and the 4-2 win. In seven innings, the righthander allowed just six hits, two runs, and walked three batters. She struck out five hitters in moving to 12-0 on the season.

GVSU had just four hits, with two coming off the bat of Kosola. She went 2-for-3 with the two-run triple. Briauna Taylor and Tonya Calkins added the other two base hits for the Lakers.

Grand Valley State scored the first run of game two in the third inning, when Briauna Taylor's single up the middle scored Horvath, who was pinch running for Holt (reached on a walk). The Lakers, however, stranded two other runners that inning. Northwood responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame off GVSU freshman starter Sara Andrasik, including a two-run homer. That was the first home run allowed by Andrasik during her career.

The Timberwolves added two more runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, extending out to a 9-2 advantage. Grand Valley State made things interesting in the top of the seventh, when Kosola bunted for a single to lead off the inning. Briauna Taylor followed with a massive home run to left field to bring the score to 9-4 with nobody out.

Following Taylor's blast, Martin made things for the Northwood bench a little more uneasy by smashing one over the right field fence to make it 9-5. The Lakers were able to put two more runners on base with two outs, but NU got out of the jam and earned a split of the doubleheader.

Andrasik suffered the loss, just her second of the season, as she is now 9-2. She gave up seven runs on eight hits, walking six in 4.1 innings.

Jones led the way with a 3-for-4 performance, singling in each of her first three at-bats. Kosola (two runs), Briauna Taylor (HR, three RBI), and Martin (HR, two RBI) all had two hits apiece.

In addition to the three records she set on Wednesday, Martin is also GVSU's career leader in batting average (.432), total bases (464), and doubles (60). Her 60 doubles are also the most in GLIAC history. She ranks second in Laker history in RBI (193) and walks (90). Her 47 home runs passed Biskup's previous record of 46, as Biskup starred for the Lakers from 1997 to 2000. Martin also broke ties with Brienne Rosenberg (1998-2001) in the hits category and Melissa Sager (1998-2001) in the runs category. She would need 46 RBI and 21 walks to become the GVSU career leader in those categories, as well.

Grand Valley State returns to the field on Saturday (Apr. 6) to continue the current 12-game homestand. The Lakers will face West Michigan rival Ferris State at 1:00 p.m.

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