Quick hits: Lipovsky repeats as pitcher of the week
Lipovsky repeats as GLIAC Pitcher of the Week
After the Grand Valley State softball team won all four games of its weekend series, sophomore Allison Lipovsky earned GLIAC Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row. She pitched two shutouts and did not allow an extra base hit in either game.
After posting a 0.70 ERA in three games in the week of March 27, Lipovsky posted better statistics in the pair of home double headers Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9.
Against Findlay in the first doubleheader, Lipovsky issued struck out seven batters while only allowing four hits and three walks. She led the team to a 6-0 victory while throwing 115 pitches.
In her second game against Tiffin, Lipovsky threw an eight-inning shutout while allowing only three hits. She gave up no walks in the contest and struck out 11 batters. The Lakers went on to win the game 1-0 on a walk-off solo homerun by Jenna Lenza.
Lipovsky finished the weekend with a 2-0 record in 15 innings pitchers. She gave up seven singles to go along with three walks and 18 strikeouts. She dropped her season ERA to 1.45, the second best in the GLIAC. She leads the GLIAC with 7.72 strikeouts per game.
Men’s golf wins Midwest Regional
After only one round of play, the Grand Valley State men’s golf team finished in first place in the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana Sunday, April 9. The second round of the tournament was cancelled due to inclement weather.
In the first and only day of the tournament, the Lakers carded an overall score of three-under-285 between four scorers. The Lakers finished six strokes ahead of Saginaw Valley State at 291, followed by a three-way tie between Indianapolis, Lewis and Missouri-St. Louis at 294.
Sophomore Bryce Messner led the way for the Lakers with the second-lowest score in the tournament with a four-under-68. Alex Nannetti followed close behind and tied for third place with a two-under-70. Both Messner and Nannetti were named to the All-Tournament Team as top-five finishers.
Junior Domenic Mancinelli tied for seventh with an even par 72 while Alex Scott rounded out the scoring for the Lakers with a three-over-75. Owen Rush shot an eight-over-80 and did not factor into the team’s score.
Weeks named GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week
After competing in the Western Kentucky Hilltopper Relays in Bowling Green, Kentucky Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, high jumper for the Grand Valley State track and field team Hunter Weeks was named Men’s GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week.
Weeks is continuing his success into the outdoor season from the indoor season in the winter. He placed third at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the high jump and placed first at the GLIAC Indoor Championships.
The sophomore placed second in the high jump at the WKU Hilltopper Relays with an NCAA automatic qualifying height of 2.17 meters (7’1 1/2”). Not only did he record the top height in the GLIAC this season, Weeks claimed the top spot in all of Division II with his jump.