Softball Weekly Awards Announced For April 23-29

Courtney Grasz (l), Paige Rauhut (r)
Courtney Grasz (l), Paige Rauhut (r)

Benedictine University's Courtney Grasz and Marian University's Paige Rauhut have been named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Position Player and Pitching Softball Student-Athletes of the Week for events of April 23-29, as selected by the league's sports information directors.

Grasz (Chicago, Ill.) hit safely in every game on the week as Benedictine claimed a share of the conference title. The senior infielder totaled 18 hits while batting .514 with a homer and 15 RBIs. She homered and drove home four in a game-one win over Concordia University Chicago and ended the week with a three-hit, four-RBI performance against Lakeland University. Grasz posted multi-hit games in six of the nine played.

Rauhut (McKenry, Ill.) went 4-1 on the week tossing 32.2 innings as she led Marian to a share of their first NACC title. The sophomore right-hander closed out the week with a 2.57 earned run average, tossed four complete games and tied a single-season Sabres record with her third save on the year. She opened the week with her third shutout of the season and tossed a four-hitter against CUC only allowing one run. Rauhut also closed out the week with 20 punch outs, including nine against Aurora University.

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Other position player nominations: Sara Redlin, Alverno; Melissa Balkema, Concordia Chicago; Molly O'Connell, Concordia Wisconsin; Megan Hauge, Edgewood; Calie Delisi, Lakeland; Peyton Loesch, Marian; Amanda Manssen, MSOE; Gretchen Schrubbe, Rockford; Abby Mahsem, Wisconsin Lutheran;

Other pitching nominations: Kaitlynn Schmick, Alverno; Becky Karlinski, Benedictine; Marita Van dyke, Concordia Chicago; Molly O'Connell, Concordia Wisconsin; Maddy Coppens, Edgewood; Taylor Bush, Lakeland; Sara McConnell, MSOE; Abby Mahsem, Wisconsin Lutheran.