Quick hits: GVSU track and field, men's tennis

The Grand Valley State men's and women's track and field teams competed in the Hilltopper Relays hosted by Western Kentucky University on the afternoon of Friday, April 6. At the event, 10 different athletes hit NCAA provisional marks.  The Laker women currently sit at No. 7 in the national poll, while the men are No. 11.

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GVL/ Hannah Zajac-- Grand Valley State Universty wins against Bethel College on Saturday 14 Oct 2017.

GVSU rugby loses first home game 41-17 to Ferris

The Grand Valley State men’s rugby team hosted its first home game of the season against Ferris State, losing 41-17 on Saturday, April 7. GVSU could not contain FSU’s speedy offense. The Bulldogs looked relentless during the first half, delivering the first punch within just 10 minutes of play and imposing their will in offense against a young GVSU team.

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Bittersweet: Despite their season ending earlier than expected, the 2018 Grand Valley State softball squad had quite the season.

GVSU softball sweeps doubleheader over Purdue Northwest

After the doubleheader scheduled for Friday, April 6, with Davenport was cancelled due to inclement weather, the Grand Valley State softball team fought through frigid weather conditions and swept Purdue Northwest on the road in a doubleheader Saturday, April 7, winning the first game 8-0 and the second game 1-0. 

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GVSU's SAAC to host 2nd annual Anchor Awards

The Grand Valley State Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting the second annual Anchor Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 12, at 8:30 p.m.  The event is designed to recognize the achievements of GVSU student athletes while fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year, the Anchor Awards generated around $4,500, bumping the SAAC’s fundraising effort to $10,000 for the first time in over four years. 

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Softball vs SVSU on Sunday March 25, 2018.

Know your Lakers: GVSU softball pitcher Allie Grys

The Grand Valley State softball team continues to dominate this season behind excellent pitching, picking up two more wins against Wayne State on Monday, April 2. The Lakers held the Warriors to only two runs total in the doubleheader. The second game of the doubleheader was won by GVSU pitcher Allison Grys. She pitched another solid outing, giving up only one run, two walks and four hits to Wayne State.

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Ryan Blake-Jones keeps an eye on the pitch while holding down first base during the home opener game against Tiffin on Thursday March 29, 2018.

GVSU baseball's Ryan Blake-Jones dominating early at the plate

They say that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. It’s harder than throwing a spiral, swishing a jumper or stopping a slap shot. To a hit a round ball with a round bat squarely at upwards of 90 miles per hour with less than half a second to react should not even be possible, but it is. If hitting is an art, consider Grand Valley State’s Ryan Blake-Jones an artist. In 2018, the catcher-turned-first-baseman is tearing the cover off the ball through 24 games, as evidenced by his .414 batting average, 36 hits, four home runs and 29 RBI—all of which are team highs.

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