May 23, 2013
Salem, Va. - One day after becoming the first GVSU softball player to ever earn NFCA First Team All-America honors twice, senior Katie Martin made even more history on Thursday (May 23). The slugger was named the Daktronics Inc. National Player of the Year, an award she also won in 2011. Martin becomes the first player in the award's history to be named the 'Ron Lenz' National Player of the Year twice.
She received her NFCA First Team All-America award at a banquet on Wednesday night in Salem, Va., the site for the Division II Softball Championship. Grand Valley State is making its second-ever appearance in the College World Series. The NFCA award is voted upon by Division II coaches. The Daktronics National Player of the Year award is voted on by sports information directors throughout the country.
Martin is also a member of the Daktronics All-America First Team for the second time, having done so in 2011. Last season, she was a Daktronics All-America Second Team choice. In addition, teammates Nellie Kosola (senior outfielder) and Sara Andrasik (freshman pitcher) earned Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention laurels.
Also the Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year (for the second time), Martin has put together another tremendous offensive season for the Lakers. She leads Grand Valley State in batting average (.461), doubles (20), home runs (19), RBI (80), and walks (33). Her 80 runs batted in are a new GVSU and GLIAC all-time record. For comparison's sake, the second-highest RBI total in the GLIAC this season was 41 runs batted in.
Martin joins some rare company with her latest award. Since Daktronics Inc. began the award/voting process in 2007, only two players have won more than one award. Lock Haven pitcher Kristen Erb was the 'Ron Lenz' National Pitcher of the Year three times (2007, 2008 2009) during the first three years the award was presented. Martin has been named National Player of the Year twice in three years and becomes the first two-time award recipient.
The 2013 GLIAC Player of the Year, Martin ranks first in Grand Valley State history in the following career marks: batting average (.438), hits (297), runs (184), doubles (70), home runs (58), and total bases (547). Her totals of 237 RBI and 109 walks are each one mark away from tying the GVSU career record. Martin's 70 doubles and 58 home runs are the most by any baseball or softball player in GLIAC history.
Among Division II competition this season, Martin is second in the country in RBI per game (1.57), fourth in slugging percentage (.974), sixth in home runs, eighth in home runs per game (0.37), 10th in doubles per game (0.39), 11th in on-base percentage (.553), 14th in batting average, and 26th in walks per game (0.65).
Her 58 home runs are the fifth-most in Division II history, while she also ranks eighth in career RBI, and tied for ninth in career doubles. Martin's 13 intentional walks are the third-highest figure ever in Division II, while her three career grand slams (all this season) are tied for the fourth-most.
Two other Lakers were also honored by Daktronics. Kosola, a Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team choice, has compiled arguably her best season in a Laker uniform. The senior speedster is hitting .437 and leads GVSU in runs (54), hits (76), triples (five), and owns a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Kosola is the Grand Valley State all-time leader in career triples (20), while ranking only behind Martin in career hits (267) and runs (169). Her 683 at-bats are third-most in GVSU history, while her 336 total bases are fourth-most, and her .391 batting average is the fifth-highest in school history.
In her rookie season, Andrasik has been terrific. Also a Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team selection, the freshman is 19-3 overall with a .154 earned run average. She has thrown 17 complete games in 22 starts, which features eight shutouts and a pair of no-hitters. The 2013 GLIAC Freshman of the Year, Andrasik has also recorded two saves this season. In 136.1 innings pitched, she has allowed just 86 hits and struck out 152 batters. Opponents are hitting just .184 against Andrasik this year.
#9 Grand Valley State takes on Kutztown at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday (May 23)in the Division II Softball Championship. The Lakers are 2-2 all-time against the Golden Bears.