Karnatz earns All-Great Lakes Region honor

Lawrence's Amanda Karnatz has been chosen for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team.
Lawrence's Amanda Karnatz has been chosen for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University softball standout Amanda Karnatz has been selected for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team.

A freshman center fielder, Karnatz (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was chosen for the third team.

Karnatz was the spark for the Lawrence offense all season from her position as the lead-off hitter. She 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 also swiped 36 bases, one shy of the school season record held by Hall of Famer Jenny Burris. Karnatz ranks ninth in NCAA Division III at 1.00 stolen bases per game.

Karnatz was just two runs away from tying the season record held by Burris and All-America shortstop Amanda Jaskolski. Karnatz, who was a first-team All-Midwest Conference selection as well, finished the season with 47 hits and posted 13 multi-hit games.

This marks the 21st consecutive season Lawrence has had a player chosen for the all-region team. This was the year of the rookie in the Great Lakes Region as 11 freshmen were chosen for the team.