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IPFW players honored

Kramer, Kuchar excel on softball diamond

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

IPFW outfielder Brittany Kachur and pitcher Miranda Kramer have been named the Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

IPFW, which is 7-4 on the season, swept the Lipscomb Purple and Gold Challenge, beating Tennessee Tech 8-0 in five innings, before coming back to take the afternoon finale 5-1 over Lipscomb.

Kachur, a 2012 Summit League Second Team honoree, earns her first career Player of the Week honor after batting .833 on the weekend (5-of-6) with a 1.000 slugging percentage, five RBI, a double, a run scored, and a stolen base. She went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the team’s win over Tennessee Tech, before sporting a perfect 3-for-3 effort with two RBI and a run scored against tournament host Lipscomb.

This season Kachur is tied for the Summit League lead with a .500 batting average (13-of-26) with 11 runs scored, four doubles, eight RBI and three stolen bases. She has an on-base percentage of .519, and a slugging percentage of .654.Kramer, a 2012 First Team All-Summit League selection, earns her second career Player of the Week honor in going 2-0 and giving up five hits over 12 innings, and setting the IPFW single-game strikeout record. Kramer opened the weekend behind five innings of two-hit softball, striking out nine for her fifth career shutout. Later that day Kramer struck out 16 Lipscomb batters, giving up three hits with no walks and one earned run. For the weekend she struck out 25 in 12 innings of work.

On the season, Kramer is 5-3 in the circle with a 2.21 ERA, and 64 strikeouts in 44.1 innings of work, allowing just seven walks and 14 earned runs, as opponents bat .228 against her.

Kachur and Kramer each share their honor with North Dakota State’s Maritza Lopez-Portillo and Whitney Johnson.

The Mastodons return to action on Friday, when the squad faces off against Texas Tech in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic hosted in Lubbock, Texas.