Harpst, Woodward make for sweep of GPAC weekly honors

By Jacob Knabel on Mar. 28, 2017 in Softball

GPAC release

SEWARD, Neb. – Two of the key figures behind Concordia’s active six-game win streak picked up recognition from the GPAC on Tuesday. The conference has named senior Kylie Harpst the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Player of the Week and Michaela Woodward the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Pitcher of the Week. Woodward has earned the conference’s pitching honor for the second time in three weeks.

A Lincoln North Star High School product, Harpst teed off over the past week, going 8-for-18 (.444) with 10 runs, 10 RBIs, three doubles, a triple and a home run. She drove in eight RBIs in the doubleheader sweep of Doane on March 21. In game 2 of that twin bill, the Lincoln native laced the game-winning two run double. She also threw 14.1 innings in the circle and earned two wins during last week’s action. On the season, Harpst is hitting .316 with eight doubles, four triples, a home run and 24 RBIs in 79 at bats. She owns a .368 on-base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage. She’s a career .367 hitter in 71 games as a Bulldog.

Woodward continues to be a reliable ace pitcher. During the six-game win streak, she has thrown 19 innings, allowing only six earned runs on 21 hits and four walks while collecting one win apiece over Doane, Nebraska Wesleyan and Briar Cliff. She added 13 strikeouts. On the season, Woodward is 8-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 80 innings. Over the same six-game stretch last week, Woodward went 8-for-20 (.400) with eight runs, four RBIs, two doubles and two home runs.

Head coach Todd LaVelle’s Bulldogs (19-7, 4-2 GPAC) are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday with a GPAC doubleheader at Hastings. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. CT.