WSU's Foreman and GVSU's Nicholson Chosen As GLIAC Softball "Player of the Week" and "Pitcher of the Week", respectively

WSU's Foreman and GVSU's Nicholson Chosen As GLIAC Softball "Player of the Week" and  "Pitcher of the Week", respectively

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Wayne State University junior outfielder Stephanie Foreman (Cambridge, Ont./Preston) and Grand Valley State University senior pitcher Andrea Nicholson (Avon Lake, Ohio) have been chosen as the GLIAC Softball  "Player of the Week" and  "Pitcher of the Week", respectively.


GLIAC Softball Player of the Week:

Stephanie Foreman
Wayne State  
5-9, Junior, Outfielder
Cambridge, Ont./Preston

 Junior Stephanie Foreman had at least one hit in eight of the nine games in Florida including five multiple-hit affairs. Foreman batted .519 (14-27) with five RBI including two doubles. She walked twice for a .533 on-base percentage and contributed two stolen bases. Foreman currently ranks second in the GLIAC with six doubles, and eighth in the conference with a batting average of .447 and slugging percentage of .638.




Softball Player Weekly Honor Roll:  Taylor Menhart - AU; Tori Allen - UF; Briauna Taylor - GV; Jessica Guertin - HC; Kylee Crislip - OD.

2012 "Players of the Week":  (3/13) Briauna Taylor - GV; (3/19) Stephanie Foreman - WS.


GLIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week:

Andrea Nicholson
Grand Valley State
5-3, Senior, Pitcher
Avon Lake, Ohio

Senior Andrea Nicholson was 2-1 with a 0.46 ERA for the #15 Lakers last week, as GVSU went 4-2 in three doubleheaders. Against Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, Nicholson tossed a complete-game six-hitter, allowing two runs (one earned) in a 3-2 Laker victory. She also earned a combined shutout by giving up just three hits in four innings, while striking out seven Urbana hitters in a 9-0 win on Sunday.



Softball Pitcher Weekly Honor Roll:  Emlyn Knerem - AU, Grace Ammons - UF; Katie Ardrey - HC.

2012 "Pitchers of the Week":  (3/13) Emlyn Knerem - AU; (3/19) Andrea Nicholson - GV.



Ashland Eagles

The Eagles swept a road doubleheader from Urbana on Thursday afternoon in their only games of the week. AU’s scheduled Saturday twinbill at Notre Dame was wiped out due to wet field conditions. On Thursday, the Eagles won by final scores of 9-0 and 9-1 over the Blue Knights. The Eagles have now won seven straight games and are 14-4 on the season. Freshman outfielder Taylor Menhart was 4-for-7 at Urbana with two triples and four RBI in the doubleheader. She also walked once, stole a base and scored three runs. Senior Alyssa Kelley was 5-for-7 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored. Senior right-hander Emlyn Knerem tossed her fourth shutout of the season, striking out 14 and allowing just two hits. Knerem was the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week last week. She has 104 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched this season and has an unblemished 11-0 record with a 0.53 ERA. Freshman righty Amber McDermott allowed just one run in a complete game in Game 2 of the doubleheader. She struck out nine and allowed just four hits to earn her second career win. The Eagles host four doubleheaders this week, including six games against GLIAC schools.



Ferris State Bulldogs

The 2012 Ferris State University softball team will get their first opportunity to play at home on Monday (March 19) when the Bulldogs host the Aquinas Saints in a non-conference doubleheader at the FSU Varsity Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich. Opening pitch for game one is at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) with the second game to follow about 20 minutes following the conclusion of the opener. Ferris State, which is coached by first-year interim head coach Dawn Thompson, is scheduled to play a total of 18 home contests this spring with 16 of those outings being Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games over the course of nine doubleheaders. The Bulldogs presently own a 6-8 overall mark this campaign following their annual appearance in the Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament (March 3-10) at Kissimmee, Fla. Following Monday’s home opener, the Bulldogs are next slated to open GLIAC action on the road this coming weekend as the Bulldogs visit Findlay on Friday, March 23, for a twinbill beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET).  FSU then visits Tiffin on Saturday (March 24) before taking on Wayne State in Detroit on Sunday (March 25). The Bulldogs were picked to finish third in this year’s GLIAC North Division Coaches Poll.



Findlay Oilers

The Oilers split their two series against Urbana and Cedarville this past week. UF will play Monday at Concordia (Mich.) before hosting three weekend series against GLIAC foes.


Grand Valley State Lakers

#15 Grand Valley State went 4-2 in three non-conference twinbills, pushing its record to 15-3 this season. The Lakers outhit their opponents (53-33) and tallied a better batting average (.323 to .224), but GVSU’s strong point last week was its pitching. Senior Andrea Nicholson (Avon Lake, Ohio) was 2-1 with a 0.46 earned run average, giving up just one earned run in 15.1 innings of work. Junior Hannah Santora (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North) was also 2-1 with a 1.07 ERA, striking out 16 batters in 19.2 innings…senior Maggie Kerrigan (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) hit a team-high .467, as she went 7-of-15 at the plate. She also did not commit an error in six games in left field…sophomore Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Franklin) hit .421 with a homer, three RBI, and four runs scored. Junior Nellie Kosola (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) also hit .421 with a triple and three RBI. Kosola leads the GLIAC with a .492 batting average, while Taylor is third with a .482 mark. The Lakers have the top three players in the conference in terms of hits, as Kosola (30), Taylor (27), and junior Katie Martin (23) rank 1-2-3 in the league in that category.



Hillsdale Chargers

The Hillsdale College softball team put together its longest winning streak since March 26-27, 2011, with its four straight wins in Florida last week…Senior Jessica Guertin hit two more home runs last week, increasing her school-record career total to 36, which doubles the old record of 18…Junior Kate Hoop is leading the team with a .478 batting average and has gotten on base in eight of the team’s nine games…She already has four multi-hit games in 2012 compared to seven in all of 2011…Freshman Katie Ardrey earned her first two collegiate wins on the mound during the team’s current winning streak…The team already has 29 stolen bases this season compared to 23 all of last season…Hoop had four steals against Merrimack and leads the team with six on the season.



Lake Erie Storm

Lake Erie College competed at the Rebel Spring Games last week, going 1-8 to start its season.  The Storm won their final game, 4-2, over St. Francis (Ind.).  Sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) worked a complete game in that contest for the win.  She has a 3.82 ERA in six appearances with four starts so far this season.  Redshirt freshman shortstop Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) leads the team with a .344 batting average while senior first baseman Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) is also over .300 batting .316.






Lake Superior State Lakers

Lake Superior State was idle this past week, and will begin GLIAC this coming weekend. LSSU will play weekends series at Ohio Dominican Friday, at Lake Erie Saturday, and at Ashland Sunday.







Northwood Timberwolves

The Northwood softball team opened its 2012 season by going 3-9 at the Rebel Spring Games … Northwood was led offensively by Stacey Klonowski (Canton, Mich./Plymouth), who hit .351 and had all four of the Timberwolves home runs … she finished the week with 29 total bases, 12 more than any other player on the team … freshman Maddison Sebald (Bay City, Mich./Western) had two of Northwood’s three wins for the week … Northwood will travel to Ashland, Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie this week.






Ohio Dominican Panthers

Despite the warmer temperatures of the Texas sun, ODU’s bats were cold as the Panthers dropped seven of eight contests on the Spring Break trip. ODU struggled to gain any footing at the plate, recording only 12 runs, while hitting .168 (31-of-185) as St. Edward’s (2-1, 2-0), Texas A&M Kingsville (9-1, 6-1) and Incarnate Word (8-2, 4-3) all collected the home doubleheader sweeps. The Panthers snapped their seven-game skid on Thursday’s finale at NAIA power Houston-Victoria with a 1-0 decision in game one of the twinbill. Senior Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) recorded nine of ODU’s 31 hits for the week, going 9-of-21 (.429) with five RBI, two walks and a pair of multi-hit efforts. She also smacked her first homerun of the year, a one-out, solo shot to left in the fourth inning of Monday’s opener at St. Edward’s. With three hits by pitch in Wednesday’s game one at Incarnate Word, freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH), one of the Division II leaders in the category, tied the ODU single-game record for the second time already this season and is now just two away from matching the single-season mark of nine realized by Kelly Simms in 2002. With the Spring Break trip over, ODU returns home for an eight-game, five-day homestand, beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 as Notre Dame (Ohio) visits Panther Field for the home opener.


Saginaw Valley State Cardinals

The Saginaw Valley State University softball did not play this past week. The Cardinals start GLIAC play this coming weekend with a road trip to Ohio to take on Lake Erie, Ashland, and Ohio Dominican Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively.


Tiffin Dragons

Tiffin University looks ahead to GLIAC play this weekend. Seven players are currently batting over .300, with Amanda Temple leading the pack with a .412 average. Meagan Baird is at .370 while Payton Denman is at .353. Emily Shaw (.333), Torrie Terry (.323), Caitlin Houk (.313), and Lauren Mazzuca (.302) also are hitting well early in the season.







Wayne State Warriors

Wayne State begins league competition with an 8-10 overall record after compiling a 4-5 mark at the Rebel Spring Games … junior outfielder Stephanie Foreman (Cambridge, Ont. / Preston) hit a team-best .519 (14-27) in Florida with five RBI and two stolen bases … she has a six-game hitting streak entering “northern” play … sophomore outfielder Logan White (Brantford, Ont. / Johnson C.V.I.) scored four times in the win over Minnesota State-Moorhead, the most by a WSU player since Sue Verbeem crossed the plate four times on March 12, 2005, against C. W. Post … freshman outfielder Shannon Hilton (Gilford, Ont. / Bradford) had a WSU season-best four RBI in the March 17th victory over Slippery Rock … senior first baseman Rebecca Ryan (Westland, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) has moved into second place on the GLIAC all-time list for career putouts with 1,399 … she trails Grand Valley’s Kimberly Biskup who totaled 1,666 putouts from 1997-2000 … freshman pitcher Briana Lee (Canton, Mich. / Salem) recorded 20 strikeouts in 25.2 innings during the spring break trip … the Warriors are scheduled to play their first 10 league games at home.

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