May 13, 2013
Evansville, Ind. - One day after winning the Midwest Regional #2 Tournament, four Grand Valley State players were named to the Daktronics Inc. All-Midwest Region teams, as voted on by the region's sports information directors. Senior Katie Martin was named the 2013 Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year for the second time, as she also captured the honor in 2011.
In addition, Martin was named to the All-Midwest Region First Team along with senior outfielder Nellie Kosola and freshman pitcher Sara Andrasik. Senior Hannah Santora was voted to the All-Midwest Region Second Team.
The Lakers, with a 42-6 overall record, defeated Missouri-St. Louis by a 2-1 score in the regional tournament championship on Sunday in Allendale. Grand Valley State will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend (May 17-18) to face top-seeded Indianapolis in the NCAA Super Regional.
Martin was named the 2013 GLIAC Player of the Year after compiling another tremendous offensive season for GVSU. The senior is hitting .462 with 66 hits, 44 runs, 19 doubles, 18 home runs, and 75 RBI. Her slugging percentage is .986 and, due in part to her 32 walks, she owns a .557 on-base percentage. Martin is the Grand Valley State career leader in batting average (.438), hits (292), runs (182), doubles (68), home runs (57), and total bases (538). She is second in Laker history in RBI (232) and walks (108).
The GLIAC career leader in doubles and home runs, Martin ranks second in conference history in walks, third in batting average, runs, and RBI, and fourth in hits. On a national scale, she is tied for fifth in NCAA Division II history with 57 home runs, tied for 10th with 232 runs batted in, and tied for 11th in doubles. Her .807 slugging percentage is 22nd-best. She also has been intentionally walked 13 times in her career, which is the third-most ever in Division II. Her three grand slams (all this season) are tied for the fourth-most in NCAA Division II history.
In 2011, Martin also earned the Midwest Regional Player of the Year award from Daktronics, on her way to being named the National Player of the Year. She is a three-time All-GLIAC First Team selection and has been named an All-American (by either the NFCA or Daktronics) each of the past two years. Martin is now a three-time member of the Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team (2011, 2012, 2013).
If it was not for Martin, Kosola would be the GVSU career leader in both hits and runs, as the lefty speedster has 262 hits and 166 runs, both second-most in Grand Valley State history (behind Martin). She is the Laker all-time leader with 20 triples, while ranking fourth in total bases (331) and fifth in batting average (.389).
This season, Kosola is hitting .433 with 71 hits, 51 runs, and five triples. She owns a .475 on-base percentage and has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 51 total chances. A two-time member of the All-GLIAC First Team, Kosola is third in GLIAC history with 20 triples, while ranking fourth in conference history in runs, seventh in hits, and eighth in batting average. Kosola was a Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team selection last season.
The 2013 GLIAC Freshman of the Year, Andrasik tossed the final two innings and earned her second save in the regional championship victory on Sunday. She is 18-3 on the season with a 1.52 earned run average. In 21 games started, Andrasik has tossed 16 complete games, eight of which were shutouts. The righthander tallied 146 strikeouts and just 79 hits in 129.1 innings pitched.
Andrasik is first in the GLIAC in both strikeouts per game (7.90) and opponents batting average (.178), while ranking second in earned run average, strikeouts, and shutouts. Her 18 wins are third-most in the league, while her 16 complete games are sixth-most. She was an All-GLIAC Second Team choice this year.
Santora earned all three victories this weekend and improved her record to 24-2 this season. She owns a 1.58 earned run average and has thrown 23 complete games in 26 starts, tallying 176.2 innings in the circle. She is the GLIAC leader in wins, third in shutouts (six), earned run average, and complete games, fourth in innings pitched, and fifth in strikeouts (116).
A back-to-back All-GLIAC First Team honoree, Santora ranks seventh in GVSU history in both wins (59) and strikeouts (339). She is also 10th in Laker career history in complete games (55) and shutouts (13). Santora was a Daktronics First Team All-Midwest Region selection last season.