The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Luther College junior pitcher Samantha Bratland (Spring Grove, Minn.) has been named the league's Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Bratland posted four wins this past week including two over nationally ranked Central College. The four victories gives her a season record of 21-4 with an ERA of 1.42.
Bratland started all three games of the Iowa Conference Tournament, allowing one earned run in 17 innings of work, en route to an ERA of 0.41. She helped lead the Norse to a third consecutive IIAC Tournament title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III National Tournament. Luther has now won the league's post season tournament seven of the past nine years.
With this honor, she now a five-time Pitcher of the Week honoree (5/6/18, 4/2/18, 5/7/17, 4/23/17, 3/21/16).