April 15, 2013
Bay City, Mich. - Grand Valley State put together a 4-0 road trip over the weekend and two Lakers were rewarded, as freshman Sara Andrasik and senior Kayleigh Bertram were named GLIAC Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. GVSU won road doubleheaders at Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State last weekend, as the Lakers have now won 20 of their last 21 contests.
Ranked #12 in last week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll, Grand Valley State is now 27-3 on the season and 15-1 in conference play. GVSU is 17-1 since returning from the spring break trip to Florida in early March.
Andrasik went 2-0 over the weekend and earned the first save of her Laker career. She tallied a 0.95 earned run average while pushing her overall record to 12-2. In 14.2 innings pitched against Wayne State and Ferris State, she allowed just two runs on nine hits, while totaling 15 strikeouts. Opposing batters hit just .176 off of her, while Andrasik did not give up an extra base hit.
Her best outing was a complete game four-hit shutout in the 2-0 win over Saginaw Valley State on Sunday (Apr. 14). Earlier in the day, she threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, giving up just two hits and striking out five batters to record her first save.
Bertram hit .545 (6-for-11) and notched an RBI in all four games. She tallied a .643 on-base percentage and a .909 slugging percentage. Against Wayne State on Saturday (Apr. 13), Bertram went 5-for-7 with a double, a grand slam (the second of her career), and seven ribbies. Six of those RBI came in game two, when GVSU was victorious by a 17-2 count.
With her extra base hits, Bertram now ranks third in GVSU history with 40 career doubles and is tied for fifth place with 20 home runs. She also ranks seventh with 304 total bases and is 10th with 113 career RBI. This season, the second baseman is hitting .341 with seven doubles, a pair of homers, and 27 runs batted in.
This is the second time during the season that a pair of Lakers have swept the weekly awards, as Katie Martin (player) and Hannah Santora (pitcher) received the laurels on Apr. 1. Santora also won the GLIAC Pitcher of the Week award on Mar. 12, while outfielder Emily Jones was named GLIAC Player of the Week on Mar. 25.
GVSU returns to the field on Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 17), when it hosts Lake Superior State. The GLIAC twinbill is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start.