Karnatz, Looker earn All-MWC honors

Lawrence's Amanda Karnatz was a first-team All-Midwest Conference softball selection.
Lawrence's Amanda Karnatz was a first-team All-Midwest Conference softball selection.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University softball standouts Amanda Karnatz and Kori Looker have both been chosen for the All-Midwest Conference team in a vote of league coaches.

Karnatz (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was a first-team selection and Looker (Weyauwega, Wis./Weyauwega-Fremont) made the second team.

Karnatz jump-started the Lawrence offense all season from her position as the lead-off hitter. The freshman started all 36 games in center field and hit a team-best .405 with a school-record 15 doubles, two triples, 35 runs scored and 15 runs batted in.

Karnatz broke the school record of 13 doubles that was held by three players. She swiped 36 bases, one shy of the school season record held by Hall of Famer Jenny Burris. Karnatz was just two runs away from tying the season record held by Burris and All-America shortstop Amanda Jaskolski. Karnatz finished the season with 47 hits and posted 13 multi-hit games.

Karnatz hit .367 in Midwest Conference play with eight doubles, 14 runs scored and three RBIs. Karnatz, who ranks in the top 10 in the nation in stolen bases per game, swiped 17 bases in 18 conference games. Karnatz is the first Lawrence freshman to be chosen for the all-conference team since third baseman Anna Wawiorka in 2013.

Looker, a junior third baseman, was chosen for the all-conference team for the first time. Looker hit .333 with 13 doubles, two homers and 17 RBIs. Looker put together an 11-game hit streak at the end of the season and hit safely in 13 of the team's final 16 games.

Looker was even better in conference play as she hit .373 with eight doubles, six runs scored and eight RBIs. Looker finished the conference season on a 10-game hit streak and batted .483 (14-29) over that stretch.