APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University softball standout Ceara Larson was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Year and was one of three Vikings chosen for the all-conference team.
A sophomore catcher, Larson put together a stellar season and hit .509 in conference play with a .982 slugging percentage. Larson smacked seven homers and six doubles and drove in 17 runs in 18 league contests.
Larson put together six multi-hit games during conference play, including a 5-for-5, two-homer, six-RBI game against Beloit. Larson also fared well against the league's top teams as she hit .545 (12-for-22) in the eight games against the four squads that made the conference tournament.
Larson becomes Lawrence's 11th Player of the Year selection since 1997. She joins Amanda Jaskolski (2014-15), Carli Gurholt (2009), Loni Philbrick-Linzmeyer (2006), Jenny Burris (2002-03), Mindy Rueden (2000) and Sara Schye (1997-99). This is Larson's second consecutive all-conference selection.
On the season, Larson hit .467 with nine doubles, 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 34 games. The 11 homers is the third-highest season total in school history, and the 34 RBI ranks fifth.
Jackson, a junior who was chosen as a utility player, had an impact as both a pitcher and in the field. Jackson, who made 15 appearances and started 10 games in league play, posted a 6-4 record with a 3.66 earned run average. Jackson struck out 32 and walked just 14 in 67 innings. A first-time all-conference pick, Jackson became a starter in the outfield or as the designated player when she wasn't pitching. She hit .244 in league play with three doubles and nine RBI.
On the season, Jackson posted a 10-10 pitching record while throwing 131 of the team's 212 innings this season. She struck out 66 while walking just 29. Jackson finished the season with a .259 batting average and collected three doubles, 11 runs scored and 12 RBI.
Karnatz, a junior center fielder, was chosen for the all-conference team for the third consecutive season. A first-team pick in 2017 and 2018, Karnatz hit .370 in league play and posted a .485 on-base percentage while batting in the lead-off spot. Karnatz scored 19 runs in 18 conference games while picking up five doubles, a triple and eight RBI.
On the season, Karnatz hit .425, scored 35 runs, smacked 10 doubles, one triple and finished with 12 RBI.