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#9 Lakers Capture GLIAC Title, Andrasik Tosses Second No-Hitter
 
Senior Nellie Kosola went 4-for-6 on Sunday, scored three runs, and became GVSU's all-time leader with 19 career triples
 
Senior Nellie Kosola went 4-for-6 on Sunday, scored three runs, and became GVSU's all-time leader with 19 career triples
 

April 28, 2013

Box Score - Game One (W, 4-0)

Box Score - Game Two (W, 8-0)

Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State closed out the regular season in style on Sunday afternoon (Apr. 28) in Allendale, as the #9 Lakers defeated Lake Superior State, 4-0 and 8-0. Freshman pitcher Sara Andrasik threw a no-hitter in game two, as the Lakers clinched back-to-back GLIAC regular season championships.

After finishing 2012 with a 24-8 GLIAC mark and winning the regular season title, Grand Valley State was even better in 2013, closing out the regular season with a 24-2 conference tally. The 24 wins in each of the past two season are the most conference victories in school history. Overall, GVSU is 36-4 on the year and has won nine straight games. The Lakers head to the GLIAC Tournament in Findlay, Ohio next weekend (May 3-5). Lake Superior State's season ends with a 7-22 record and a 5-21 GLIAC mark.

In game one, GVSU got on the board with a run in the second inning. Senior Maggie Kopas notched an infield single that scored classmate Emily Jones, who started the inning by reaching on an error. The Lakers added two runs in the third inning to make the score 3-0. Junior Brittany Taylor led off with a double to right field, which was followed by a single from center fielder Nellie Kosola. Brittany Taylor ended up coming home on an RBI groundout from sister Briauna Taylor and Kosola raced home later in the frame on a wild pitch.

Meanwhile, Laker starter Hannah Santora was working through the LSSU lineup with ease, retiring nine straight batters from the first through fourth innings. She received a final run of support in the bottom of the fourth, as Jones scored on a sacrifice fly from senior Emily Holt. Jones led off the inning with a double to right field.

 

 

Santora finished the game off by striking out the final batter she faced and recording her third shutout of the season. She allowed just three hits; one in the first inning and two in the seventh. With the win, Santora improves to 19-1 on the year. She walked two batters and struck out a pair.

Kosola had half of Grand Valley State's base hits, as the senior went 3-for-3 with three singles. Jones and Brittany Taylor had the game's lone extra base hits (doubles), while Jones crossed home plate twice.

Grand Valley State used three consecutive two-out hits in the second inning of game two to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Tonya Calkins singled to left center, Kopas followed with a single, and Holt drove in Calkins with a base hit down the left field line.

Leading off the third inning, Kosola took the first pitch of her at-bat and drilled a triple to left center field, cruising into third base with her fourth triple of the season and the 19th of her career. That breaks a three-way tie and gives Kosola sole possession of the GVSU all-time career triples record.

She scored just a few pitches later on a sacrifice fly from Briauna Taylor. Junior Miranda Cleary (double to center field) and Jones (run-scoring single) brought home another run, with Cleary crossing the plate on Jones' base hit. It was 3-0 after three innings.

Kopas led off the fourth inning with a double to left center and freshman Chelsea Horvath came into the game to pinch run. Horvath scored soon after on an RBI single from Holt to up the advantage to 4-0. Later in the frame, a two-run double to right center field off the bat of Martin scored both Brittany Taylor (bunt single) and Briauna Taylor (infield single).

The scoring concluded in the sixth inning, as pinch hitter Kayla Hurd - one of the team's pitchers - recorded her first career base hit on a single down the left field line. Kosola re-entered the game to run for Hurd and Kosola could walk home, as Martin came up two batters later and drilled a home run to center field. That is her 16th home run of the year and 55th of her career.

In the meantime, Andrasik was busy keeping Lake Superior State off the scoreboard and mostly off the bases too. The righthander walked a batter in each of the first two innings, but got in a groove and retired 14 consecutive batters before giving up a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Andrasik, however, induced an infield pop-up for the game's final out, giving her a second no-hitter during her rookie season. She also no-hit Ferris State by a 1-0 score on Apr. 6 in Allendale. On Sunday, Andrasik allowed just three walks and recorded eight strikeouts. She is 17-2 on the season and has thrown eight shutouts.

GVSU's entire starting lineup had a base hit, with 10 players in total recording at least one hit. Martin went 2-for-4 with a double, homer, and four RBI, while Kopas (2-for-3, double) and Holt (2-for-2, two RBI) also tallied a multi-hit game. Kosola was the lone Laker to score more than one run, as she scored twice.

The GLIAC champion Lakers will head to Findlay, Ohio for the eight-team, double-elimination conference tournament next weekend (May 3-5). Check back to gvsulakers.com throughout the week for more information on the league tournament.

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