May 3, 2013
Findlay, Ohio - For the second straight season, #9 Grand Valley State won 24 conference games and were crowned GLIAC regular season champions. Also for the second consecutive year, GVSU had eight players named to the all-conference teams, as released during the GLIAC Tournament on Friday (May 3). Senior Katie Martin took home GLIAC Player of the Year honors, while pitcher Sara Andrasik earned the GLIAC Freshman of the Year award. Doug Woods also was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
In addition to those awards, GVSU had eight players named to the All-GLIAC Team, including five players earning First Team all-league honors. Martin was the First Team designated player and was joined by senior outfielder Nellie Kosola, senior pitcher Hannah Santora, junior third baseman Miranda Cleary, and junior shortstop Briauna Taylor, who was voted as an at-large selection.
Woods coached Grand Valley State to a 36-4 overall record, which included a 24-2 mark in conference games. The 24 league wins tie the 2012 team for the most conference victories in a single season in school history. GVSU has been ranked in the top-10 of the NFCA national poll each of the past three weeks. It is the seventh time that Woods has been named the GLIAC Coach of the Year, also earning the award in 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2012. Entering the weekend tournament, Woods has an all-time record of 849-378-3 in his 23 seasons at the helm of the Laker program.
It is the first time in GLIAC history that one team has won the GLIAC Player, Freshman, and Coach of the Year awards in the same season.
Martin becomes the first GVSU player to earn GLIAC Player of the Year honors since 2004, when former Laker great and current assistant coach Jen Mackson won the third of her three straight player of the year honors. Martin also was named to the All-GLIAC First Team for the third consecutive season, as she leads the conference in seven offensive categories. She is the league leader in home runs (16), doubles (17), RBI (66), total bases (122), extra base hits (33), on-base percentage (.540), and slugging percentage (.976). Martin is also second in the league with a .457 batting average, just one point behind Kosola and her .458 average. She also was third in the conference in runs (40) and walks (24), while her 57 hits are fifth-most.
The senior designated player, Martin had 18 multi-hit games and 18 games of two or more RBI. That includes seven games with three or more hits and seven games of at least four runs batted in. Martin is GVSU's career leader in batting average (.436), hits (283), runs (178), doubles (67), home runs (55), and total bases (519). Her 67 doubles and 55 homers are the most in GLIAC history. She also ranks second in Grand Valley State history in RBI (223) and walks (100).
Martin is one of five players in school history to be named GLIAC Player of the Year. Mackson earned the award three times (2002, 2003, 2004), the only three-time conference player of the year. Erin Burgess (2001) and Kim Biskup (2000) were also the league's top players, while Lisa Vawter was the co-GLIAC Player of the Year in 1987.
Kosola earned her second straight All-GLIAC First Team selection, the third all-league honors of her career (2010 Second Team). She is the GLIAC leader in batting average (.457) and runs scored (48), while ranking second in both hits (64) and triples (four). Her on-base percentage of .500 is third-highest, while her 77 total bases is seventh-most. As the team's leadoff hitter, she has an impressive .550 slugging percentage, 18th-best in the league. Kosola recorded 21 multi-hit games (including 10 games of at least three hits) and is currently riding a season-long 14-game hitting streak. She is the GVSU all-time leader with 19 career triples, while being tied for second in runs (163), fourth in hits (255), fifth in batting average (.393), and seventh in total bases (322).
One of three pitchers named to the All-GLIAC First Team, Santora was selected to the top team for the second straight year. Entering the GLIAC Tournament with a 19-1 overall record, Santora ranks second in the league with 19 wins and is third with 18 complete games. Her 1.86 earned run average and 135.1 innings pitched are fifth-most in the conference. She has made 20 starts, which is only the seventh-highest total in the league, but Santora is eighth with 90 strikeouts and ninth with three shutouts. Her 54 career wins are tied for the seventh-most in school history (her career record is 54-10), while her 315 career strikeouts are also seventh-best at GVSU.
Cleary also earned consecutive All-GLIAC First Team laurels after another strong season at third base. She ranks fifth in the GLIAC in home runs (eight), 14th in slugging percentage (.582), and 25th in RBI (21). The junior did all that despite recording 17 walks, 12th-most in the conference. She enters the tournament with a .296 batting average, 23 runs, four doubles, and more walks (17) than strikeouts (13). Cleary was also tremendous defensively, making only two errors in 115 total chances.
A three-time All-GLIAC First Team selection on the basketball court, Taylor picked up her second All-GLIAC First Team honor this season. She was an All-GLIAC Second Team choice last year. Despite playing in just 27 of the 40 games after joining the team upon the conclusion of basketball season, Taylor has been strong as usual. She is third in the GLIAC with three triples and ranks in the top-30 in five other categories. She is 18th in sacrifice bunts (seven), 21st in runs (26), 24th in home runs (three) and stolen bases (five), and 29th in RBI (20). Her batting average of .364 is third-highest on the team and would rank in the top-15 in the GLIAC if she had enough at-bats to qualify. Taylor is tied for the most hit by pitches (14) in GVSU career history, while ranking third in career batting average (.400) and fifth in career home runs (22). Her 12 career triples is tied for 10th-most and her 111 RBI are 12th-most ever at GVSU.
The 2013 GLIAC Freshman of the Year, Andrasik joins Martin (2010) and Cleary (2011) as the Lakers have picked up three of the last four conference rookies of the year. In total, GVSU has four GLIAC Freshman of the Year winners, including Erin Burgess in 1998. Having a tremendous freshman campaign, Andrasik leads the GLIAC with a .165 opponents batting average. She also ranks second in the league in earned run average (1.53), strikeouts (140), and shutouts (eight). Her 17 wins are third-most and she ranks sixth with 15 complete games. Andrasik has tossed a pair of no-hitters; a 1-0 victory over Ferris State on Apr. 6 and an 8-0 win against Lake Superior State on Apr. 28. Andrasik and Santora were the only pitching teammates to be named to the All-GLIAC First or Second Teams.
Bertram picked up her third All-GLIAC award, earning Honorable Mention status for the second time (2011). She was an All-GLIAC Second Team honoree in 2010. A starter at second base for the last four years, Bertram is fifth in the league in sacrifice flies (three), including the game-winning sacrifice fly in GVSU's 1-0 win over Ferris State during Andrasik's no-hitter. She is also 15th in the league in RBI (29) and 26th in doubles (seven). In GVSU career history, Bertram ranks fourth with 40 doubles, sixth with 20 home runs, eighth with 306 total bases, and tied for 10th with 125 runs scored and 115 RBI.
Holt, an All-GLIAC First Team selection as a utility player last year, has put together a .394 on-base percentage, fifth-best on the team. She has done so in a variety of ways, collecting 20 hits, 15 walks (17th-most in the GLIAC), and four hit by pitches (seventh-most in the league). She has 18 RBI and only seven strikeouts, while making just two errors as the team's everyday catcher. Holt has been terrific behind the plate, throwing out 10 of 23 potential base stealers, which is the best figure in the conference.