Larson's hot bat earns MWC Player of the Week honor

Lawrence's Ceara Larson has been named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week.
Lawrence's Ceara Larson has been named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week.

APPLETON, Wis. -- It was nearly impossible to get Ceara Larson out during the past week, and that earned the Lawrence University softball standout Midwest Conference Player of the Week honors.

Larson (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf), a rookie catcher, hit .900 in Lawrence's four games during the week. Larson went 9-for-10, hit her first two career homers, added a pair of doubles and drove in seven runs.

Larson, who led Lawrence to a split of the four games, posted an astounding 1.700 slugging percentage and a huge 2.629 on-base plus slugging percentage. Larson also picked up four walks to post a .929 on-base percentage.

In the first game of a doubleheader against Alverno College, Larson went 3-for-3 and hit a pair of two-run homers to finish with four runs batted in. In the second game, Larson walked in all three plate appearances, and the Inferno did not throw a called strike to Larson.

In the first game of a doubleheader at Rockford University, Larson went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs to lead Lawrence to an 8-3 victory. She went 3-for-3 with a double and drove in a run as Lawrence topped the Regents 15-0 in the second game.

On the season, Larson is batting a team-high .478 with six doubles, two homers and 13 RBI. This is Larson's first MWC Player of the Week honor, and it's the second time this season a Lawrence player has been chosen. Amanda Karnatz picked up the conference's weekly award on March 19.

Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when the Vikings host Beloit College at Whiting Field to open Midwest Conference play.