GVSU takes two from Lake Superior, claims GLIAC regular-season crown
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Grand Valley State closed out the regular season in style on Sunday afternoon as the No. 9 Lakers defeated Lake Superior State 4-0 and 8-0. Freshman pitcher Sara Andrasik threw a no-hitter in Game 2, as the Lakers clinched back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships.
After finishing 2012 with a 24-8 GLIAC mark and winning the regular-season title, Grand Valley State was even better in 2013, closing out the regular season with a 24-2 conference tally. The 24 wins in each of the past two seasons are the most conference victories in school history. Overall, GVSU is 36-4 on the year and has won nine consecutive games. The Lakers head to the GLIAC tournament in Findlay, Ohio, on May 3-5. Lake Superior State's season ends with a 7-22 record and a 5-21 GLIAC mark.
In Game 1, GVSU got on the board with a run in the second inning. Maggie Kopas notched an infield single that scored Emily Jones, who started the inning by reaching on an error. The Lakers added two runs in the third inning to make the score 3-0. Brittany Taylor led off with a double to right field, which was followed by a single from Nellie Kosola. Taylor ended up coming home on an RBI groundout from sister Briauna Taylor and Kosola raced home later in the frame on a wild pitch.
Meanwhile, Lakers starter Hannah Santora was working through the LSSU lineup with ease, retiring nine consecutive batters from the first through fourth innings. She received a final run of support in the bottom of the fourth, as Jones scored on a sacrifice fly from Emily Holt. Jones led off the inning with a double to right field.
Santora finished the game off by striking out the final batter she faced and recording her third shutout of the season. She allowed just three hits; one in the first inning and two in the seventh. With the win, Santora improved to 19-1 on the year. She walked two batters and struck out a pair.
Kosola had half of Grand Valley State's base hits, as the senior went 3-for-3 with three singles. Jones and Brittany Taylor had the game's lone extra base hits (doubles), while Jones crossed home plate twice.
Grand Valley State used three consecutive two-out hits in the second inning of Game 2 to take a 1-0 lead. Tonya Calkins singled to left center, Kopas followed with a single, and Holt drove in Calkins with a base hit down the left-field line.
Leading off the third inning, Kosola took the first pitch of her at-bat and drilled a triple to left-center field, her fourth of the season and the 19th of her career. That breaks a three-way tie and gives Kosola sole possession of the GVSU all-time career triples record.
She scored just a few pitches later on a sacrifice fly from Briauna Taylor. Miranda Cleary (double to center field) and Jones (run-scoring single) brought home another run, with Cleary crossing the plate on Jones' base hit. It was 3-0 after three innings.
Kopas led off the fourth inning with a double to left-center and freshman Chelsea Horvath came into the game to pinch run. Horvath scored soon after on an RBI single from Holt to up the advantage to 4-0. Later in the frame, a two-run double to right-center field off the bat of Martin scored both Brittany Taylor (bunt single) and Briauna Taylor (infield single).
The scoring concluded in the sixth inning, as pinch-hitter Kayla Hurd recorded her first career base hit on a single down the left-field line. Kosola re-entered the game to run for Hurd and Kosola could walk home, as Martin came up two batters later and drilled a home run to center field. That was her 16th home run of the year and 55th of her career.
In the meantime, Andrasik was busy keeping Lake Superior State off the scoreboard and mostly off the bases, too. The right-hander walked a batter in each of the first two innings, but got in a groove and retired 14 consecutive batters before giving up a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Andrasik, however, induced an infield pop-up for the game's final out, giving her a second no-hitter during her first season. She also no-hit Ferris State by a 1-0 score on April 6. On Sunday, Andrasik allowed just three walks and recorded eight strikeouts. She is 17-2 on the season and has thrown eight shutouts.
GVSU's entire starting lineup had a base hit, with 10 players in total recording at least one hit. Martin went 2-for-4 with a double, homer and four RBIs, while Kopas (2-for-3, double) and Holt (2-for-2, two RBIs) also tallied a multi-hit game. Kosola was the lone Laker to score more than one run, as she scored twice.