#9 Lakers Take Pair of GLIAC Games From Hillsdale
Senior Nellie Kosola went 4-for-6 on Friday and scored three of GVSU's nine runs in the doubleheader
Senior Nellie Kosola went 4-for-6 on Friday and scored three of GVSU's nine runs in the doubleheader

April 26, 2013

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

Box Score - Game Two (W, 5-1)

Allendale, Mich. - In its first home doubleheader since Apr. 6, #9 Grand Valley State softball team captured two conference victories over Hillsdale on Friday (Apr. 26). GVSU took down the Chargers by scores of 4-2 and 5-1 to start off its six-game, three-doubleheader weekend set in Allendale.

With the victories, Grand Valley State improves to 32-4 on the season and 20-2 in conference play. The Chargers are 11-18 overall and 10-12 in GLIAC action. GVSU, ranked second in this week's NCAA Midwest Regional rankings, have now won five games in a row.

The Lakers found themselves trailing early in game one, as Hillsdale took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an unearned run. In the third inning, GVSU tied the score on a run-scoring single from first baseman Katie Martin that scored Nellie Kosola, who led off the frame with a walk.

Hillsdale re-gained a one-run lead, 2-1, in the fifth inning on another unearned run after a Laker error. In the bottom half of the inning, Grand Valley State struck for three runs on just two hits and took advantage of a Hillsdale error. Junior Miranda Cleary delivered an RBI double to right center field to knot the game at 2-2, scoring Martin, who walked with one out.

GVSU had Cleary on second base and Kayleigh Bertram on third with two outs when senior Emily Jones stepped to the plate. She hit a soft liner at the Hillsdale shortstop, who misjudged and misplayed the ball, allowing it to get into the outfield. Bertram and Cleary both scored on the error, putting the Lakers on top, 4-2.



At that point, senior righthander Hannah Santora took over. She did not give up a hit in the sixth or seventh innings, although Hillsdale left a runner on base in each frame. Santora pushed her record to 17-1 on the season, allowing two unearned runs on just four hits. She walked four batters and struck out four.

With five base hits as a team, no GVSU player had more than one hit, as Cleary's double was the lone extra base hit for either squad. The Lakers did collect eight walks, including two from Kosola.

Game two started off better for Grand Valley State. Kosola led off by ripping a single down the left field line, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double, despite appearing to get under the tag. It was no matter though, as just one pitch later, junior Briauna Taylor crushed a home run to left field that hit squarely off the scoreboard beyond the fence.

On the very next pitch, Martin hit a line drive to dead center field that ended up clearing the fence for back-to-back solo home runs. It is the second time this season that Taylor and Martin have hit consecutive homers and the third time for GVSU as a team. The roundtripper was Martin's 13th this season and 52nd of her career.

Grand Valley State added a run in the second inning, as Kosola scampered home on a passed ball. She had reached on a two-out single earlier in the frame.

The lead was extended to 5-0 in the fourth inning, as the Lakers loaded the bases with one out. Martin hit a one-hop groundball up the middle off the pitcher's glove and made it safely for the RBI single, keeping the bases loaded. Bertram then delivered a sacrifice fly to drive in another run.

In the circle for GVSU was freshman Sara Andrasik, who struck out the side in the first inning, but finally ran into some trouble in the fifth. Hillsdale had runners on second and third base with nobody out. Andrasik, however, battled back and struck out the next three batters - all on swinging strikeouts - to end the threat. Hillsdale left 10 runners on base in game two.

Andrasik fanned two more batters in the sixth inning, taking the five-run lead into the seventh. Hillsdale scratched together a run in the final frame, but Andrasik upped her record to 15-2 on the year. She scattered seven hits and one run, walking two batters and striking out 11 Chargers.

Kosola went 3-for-4 with three singles and scored twice, while Martin was 2-for-4 with the homer and two RBI. Jones recorded a double in the nightcap.

The Lakers welcome Findlay on Saturday (Apr. 27) for a twinbill starting at 2:00 p.m. GVSU's eight-member senior class will be honored between games of the doubleheader.

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