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KATIE KRAAI GARNERS GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION

Conference Honors Ferris State Senior For This Past Week's Performance

Ferris State University third baseman Katie Kraai (Zeeland) was chosen as this week's (April 28) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Softball Player of the Week after helping lead the Bulldogs to a 4-2 mark this past week while driving in a team-high eight runs.

Katie Kraai
Katie Kraai earns GLIAC weekly honors after batting .400 with a team-best eight RBIs in last week's action.

A senior, Kraai played an integral role in leading Ferris State to a share of the 2008 GLIAC Regular Season title and earning the number two seed in this weekend's (May 2-4) double-elimination GLIAC Softball Championship Tournament at Midland, Mich. The Bulldogs, who presently are 27-14 overall and 16-4 in the GLIAC, square off against Mercyhurst this Friday (May 2) morning in their conference tourney opener.

Kraai accounted for the game-winning base hit in Ferris State's 1-0 extra-inning conference home win over nationally 19th-ranked Wayne State last Friday (April 25) with a 10th-inning RBI single. She then drove in four runs in the Bulldogs' 5-0 league home victory versus Hillsdale on Saturday (April 26) and was 3-for-3 at the plate in game one of the doubleheader. In FSU's regular-season finale 8-6 win over Hillsdale in game two last Saturday (April 26), she produced two hits in three at bats to go with two RBIs.

Kraai hit safely in five of the team's final six regular-season contests, which included a pair of multiple-hit game performances against the Chargers, and registered a .400 batting average with eight hits in 20 at bats for the week. The Bulldog infielder concluded the week's play with a .550 slugging percentage, a .478 on-base percentage, and a .970 fielding percentage as a starter in all six outings.

A starter in all of FSU's 41 games this season, Kraai is batting a career season-best .311 with 42 hits in 135 at bats. The two-time (2005 and 2007) National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete has scored 29 runs to go with a career single-season high tying 14 doubles, two home runs, 28 RBIs, six stolen bases, a .459 slugging percentage, a .365 slugging percentage, and a .963 fielding percentage. She also has produced a squad second-best 13 multiple-hit games and a team-high 10 multi-RBI outings this spring.

In 190 career contests to date, Kraai is hitting for a .268 average with 160 hits in 597 official plate appearances. A two-time (2006-07) GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree, Kraai is the school's all-time record holder with 46 doubles while presently ranking fifth in RBIs (101), tied for fifth in both at bats (597) and home runs (11), ninth in games played (190), and is 10th in base hits (160). She has currently accumulated 40 multi-hit and 30 multiple-RBI game efforts during her four-year career.



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