Quick hits: Lipovsky tabbed Pitcher of the Week three weeks in a row
Lipovsky earns third consecutive GLIAC Pitcher of the Week award
After winning both of her starts last week, Allison Lipovsky of the Grand Valley State softball team won her third consecutive GLIAC Pitcher of the Week award. Lipovsky allowed only one run in 14 innings in the Lakers four-win weekend.
In her first start of the week Tuesday, April 11 against St. Joseph’s, Lipovsky allowed one earned run on three hits in a 7-1 win. She recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts while walking only two batters, but her career-high mark lasted only three days.
On Friday, April 14, Lipovsky bested her previous career-high strikeout mark with a 15 strikeout performance against Northwood. She recorded the highest strikeout game for a GVSU pitcher since GVSU Hall of Famer Jen Rivera (formerly Jen Mackson) struck out 18 batters against Mercyhurst in 2004.
She allowed only three hits in the contest while again walking only two batters. The Lakers went on to win the game 3-0.
Lipovsky now leads the GLIAC with 58 strikeouts in conference games. She is second in the league with 124 total strikeouts, six shutouts and a 1.32 ERA.
GVSU outdoor track and field earn two GLIAC Field Athletes of the Week
After weekend meets, two Grand Valley State track and field athletes represented the Lakers as GLIAC Field Athletes of the week. Samora Nesbitt won Men’s Field Athlete of the Week while Dajsha Avery won Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.
At the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State, Avery placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 15.26 meters. The throw earned her the top distance in the GLIAC this season and the fourth-best mark in all of Division II.
At the Bryan Clay Invitation hosted by Azusa Pacific, Nesbitt placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 15.67 meters. The mark broke the GVSU record in the triple jump and set the top mark in the GLIAC this season. It was the third-best distance in all of Division II.
GVSU’s Guckian named GLIAC Golfer of the Week
For the first time in her four-year collegiate career, Julie Guckian of the Grand Valley State women’s golf team won the GLIAC Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week award. Guckian shot a one-over par 145 at the JBMF Cavalier Classic Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11.
In the first round, Guckian helped the Lakers to a spot in second place with a 73. GVSU trailed only Northern Michigan after the first day.
In the second day, Guckian improved her score by one stroke for an even-par 72 to finish four strokes ahead of the second place individual finisher in the tournament. Guckian finished with six birdies and 24 pars over the two-day tournament.
She propelled the Lakers to a 14 stroke-win over Northern Michigan and Ashland. The Lakers shot a collective 299 in the second round to finish with a total score of 608.