Apr 15th, 2014 @ 8:27 am | Author: VCSU Sports Information
Valley City State senior Brittany Lehner has been named Softball Co-Player of the Week in the North Star Athletic Association.

Lehner earned the honor along with Samantha Mitchell of Dakota State. Emily Snow of Jamestown was named the Pitcher of the Week.

A native of Watertown, S.D., Lehner lit it up offensively last week as the Vikings posted a 6-2 record in conference play. Lehner recorded at least two hits in five of the eight games.

She hit three home runs in a span of three games against Presentation College, including two late-inning home runs that led VCSU to wins. On Saturday, Lehner's solo shot in the top of the seventh triggered a five-run inning as the Vikings rallied back from a 9-7 deficit to win 12-9. In the second game against Presentation on Saturday, her 3-run home run in the top of the sixth inning put the Vikings up 9-8 en route to a 10-8 win.

For the week, Lehner was 11-for-23 at the plate for a batting average of .478.  She it the three home runs and recorded a slugging percentage of .870.  Lehner scored four times and produced eight RBIs (all against Presentation).  She also had an on-base percentage of .520 last week.

Samantha Mitchell – Dakota State (S.D.) – 5'2" – Freshman – Shortstop – Buckley, Wash. – Mitchell was perfect at the plate (4-for-4) two times (versus Mayville State, N.D. and Mount Marty, S.D.) last week as the Trojans earned three victories for the week.  In a 13-10 thriller over Mayville State (N.D.) on April 7, she recorded a hit cycle (home run, triple, double and single) and produced four runs batted in (RBIs).  For the week, Mitchell was 12-for-27 at the plate (.444 batting average) with eight runs scored and produced nine RBIs.  She produced six extra-bases hits (two home runs, three triples and a double) and recorded a slugging percentage of .926.  Mitchell swiped five bases in five attempts.

North Star Athletic Association Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week
Emily Snow – Jamestown (N.D.) – 5'6" – Senior – Pitcher – Rio Linda, Calif. – Snow earned her second NSAA Pitcher-of-the-Week honor this season, helping the Jimmies go undefeated in six games last week.  She went 3-0 on the pitching mound as she tossed a pair of complete game victories (versus Valley City State, N.D. and Great Falls, Mont.).  Snow recorded two victories against VCSU, including a 4-1 complete game victory in the first game and UJ held on to win the second game 3-2 as Snow worked for two innings in relief.  For the week, Snow tossed 16 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits.  She recorded an earned run average of 2.19 and struck out a total of 17 batters.