May 14, 2013
Louisville, Ky - Four GVSU players were named to the Daktronics Inc. All-Midwest Region softball team on Monday (May 13), voted on by the region's sports information directors. Three Lakers were also recently named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region team, which is voted upon by Division II coaches across the country.
Senior Katie Martin (utility, non-pitcher) and Nellie Kosola (outfielder) were voted by the coaches to the All-Midwest Region First Team, while classmate Hannah Santora (pitcher) earned All-Midwest Region Second Team honors. All three players will be eligible for selection to the three NFCA Division II All-American squads, to be announced next week. Kosola, Martin, and Santora are three of just nine GLIAC players to earn all-region honors.
This is the third time that Martin has been named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team. In addition to being the Daktronics Midwest Regional Player of the Year, 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 career 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.
Also a First Team selection, Kosola was an NFCA All-Midwest Region Second Team choice last year. 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.
Santora earned all three regional tournament victories over the 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 also a Second Team choice last season.
#9 Grand Valley State opens the NCAA Midwest Super Regional on Friday afternoon (May 17, 3:00 p.m.) against #1 Indianapolis.