It was announced today that Luther sophomore pitcher Samantha Bratland has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week.
Last week, Bratland picked up two wins to help lead No. 3 Luther to the Iowa Conference Tournament championship. She struck out a season high 12 and allowed one unearned run and three hits in a 5-1 victory over Wartburg in the semifinals. In the championship game, she pitched the final two innings in relief and allowed one run on three hits of a 4-3 nine-inning win over No. 9-ranked Central.
Luther (39-3) will host the Decorah, Iowa Regional May 12-14. Bratland has been a major contributor to Luther's success thus far. She has posted a record of 21-2, struck out 127 in 135 2/3 innings of work and has an ERA of 1.24.