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North Dakota State freshman infielder Amanda Grable was named Summit League Softball Player of the Week on Monday.
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NDSU Freshman Amanda Grable Named Summit League Softball Player of the Week

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: February 20, 2012

ELMHURST, Ill. - North Dakota State's Amanda Grable and UMKC's Deanna Friese were named The Summit League's Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week for their performances Feb. 13-19. Grable was also named the College Sports Madness.com Summit League Player of the Week

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Amanda Grable, North Dakota State, Fr., IF, Santee, Calif./Santana
Grable collects her first career Player of the Week award after leading the Bison offense to a 3-2 record at the Seminole Classic.  The freshman opened the weekend with back-to-back multi-hits games going 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored in a win over Coastal Carolina and 2-for-3 with one run scored in a victory over Mercer.  She came back the next day to help the Bison defeat Western Carolina as she hit her first collegiate home run.  For the weekend, Grable posted a .429 batting average (6-for-14) with a .786 slugging percentage, including three extra-base hits (2 2B, 1 HR), four runs scored, three RBI and one stolen base.

Also nominated: Kelsey Rupert, IUPUI; Alex Landon, South Dakota State; Kadi Henderson, Southern Utah; Emma Jarrell, Western Illinois.

Previous winners: Feb. 13 - Sammy Marshall, Western Illinois.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Deanna Friese, UMKC
Jr., RHP
Kennesaw, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain
Friese earns her sixth career Pitcher of the Week honor and first of the season after throwing a one-hitter against undefeated Hawai'i, in UMKC's lone game of the week.  In six innings of work, the right-handed hurler struck out nine batters, while yielding one hit, one earned run and three walks for an 1.0) ERA.

Also nominated: Nikki Thomas, IUPUI; Whitney Johnson, North Dakota State; Heather Black, Southern Utah; Kelsey Michelini, Western Illinois.

Previous winners: Feb. 13 - Whitney Johnson, North Dakota State.

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