Valley City State freshman right-hander Morgan Nalley is the North Star Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week.
Nalley, of Pocatello, Idaho, tossed a pair of complete-game victories for Valley City in Tucson, Ariz., in which she limited Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) to one run on five hits in a 2-1 win on March 14 and added another triumph as she held Mount Marty (S.D.) to two runs â€” one unearned â€” on three hits in March 16â€™s 4-2 contest.
Southwestern (Kan.) softball scored two first-inning runs and never trailed in Tuesday morningâ€™s 5-3 victory that broke Valley City Stateâ€™s four-game win streak. In the afternoon game, British Columbiaâ€™s offense exploded for 13 runs in a 13-1 win.
Valley City State is now 8-11 on the season and 6-7 in Tucson, Ariz. Viking softball continues their Spring Trip against Avila (Mo.) at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Viking bats came alive Tuesday morning as Valley City State blasted 16 hits and scored runs in five of the first seven innings, including a four-run rally in the top of the first, in an 11-7 victory over Hastings College (Neb.)
Valley City State improves to 7-11 on the season and 3-4 in their current Tucson, Ariz. Spring Trip.
Next up is a Thursday doubleheader, the first game of which starts at 3:30 p.m. against Hastings, the second at 7:30 p.m. against Bethesda University (Calif.)
Valley City State senior forward Brittany Lehner, junior guards Stephanie Pedersen and Sierra Even and junior forward Megan Trautman were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA national office on Monday.
In order to qualify for the NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
Valley City State softball opened Friday with a 2-1 victory over Baldwin-Wallace, fell in a 10-0 shutout to Dordt College and led for most of the nightcap before losing a 6-3 contest to No. 10-ranked Olivet Nazarene.
The Vikings are now 4-9 on the season and 2-5 in their current Tucson, Ariz. Spring Trip.