SoftballLauren Kost helped Lawrence University win its first Midwest Conference North
Division title since 1999 with a pair of wins this past week.
For her efforts, she was named the Midwest Conference North Division Player of the Week. The Vikings also earned a berth in the MWC Tournament, which begins Friday at Lake Forest College.
Kost, a freshman pitcher from Carol Stream, Ill., earned a 3-0 win over Ripon College and a 6-3 victory over Beloit College. For the week, Kost was 2-0 with a 1.29 earned run average. She pitched 14 innings, striking out 11 and walking one. Against Ripon, she allowed six hits, struck out five, and didn1t walk a batter. In the win over Beloit, she gave up seven hits, struck out six, and walked one.
For the season, the former standout at Glenbard North High School is 10-3 with a 1.84 ERA.
Jason Shanda was the force behind the Lawrence University offense this past week.
The senior catcher from Madison batted .571 (8-for-14) in four games with a double, a triple, three runs scored, and three runs batted in. He also was solid behind the plate, throwing out 4 of 8 runners attempting to steal.
A former standout at Madison East High School, Shanda improved his batting average for the season to a team-high .407. He also leads the club with seven doubles and 22 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with three triples, and two home runs.