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INDIANAPOLIS --- Loyola University Chicago sophomore catcher Jenna Grim has been named the Horizon League Softball Player of the Week, while University of Wisconsin-Green Bay senior righthander Katie Cooney has earned Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades for the week ending May 3, the League office announced Tuesday (May 5).

Player of the Week
Jenna Grim, Loyola
So. * C
Beecher, Ill./Beecher

Grim batted .667 (6-for-9) with a pair of home runs, two doubles and five runs-batted-in in a three-game sweep of the University of Detroit Mercy over the weekend. She went 4-for-6 with two home runs in Saturday's doubleheader and then closed the series on Sunday by going 2-for-3 with the two doubles. In Loyola's last eight games, Grim is batting .500 (12-for-24) with four home runs, three doubles and eight RBI to raise her season average from .188 to .269. The weekly League honor is the first of her career.

Pitcher of the Week
Katie Cooney, Green Bay
Sr. * RHP
East Moline, Ill./United Township

Cooney did not allow a run in eight innings spanning two appearances as Green Bay swept a three-game series at Youngstown State University over the weekend. She fired a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and only one walk in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. On Sunday, Cooney recorded her second save of the season, tossing a scoreless frame with one strikeout in a 6-4 victory. Cooney's award is the first of her career and the first by a Green Bay softball player since the final week of the 2007 season.

The Horizon League Championship begins Thursday at Legends Field in Pendleton, Ind., with regular-season champion University of Illinois at Chicago as the number-one seed.

omprised of 10 public and private institutions of higher learning, the Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference that sponsors 19 intercollegiate championships and is headquartered in Indianapolis. The League and its member institutions aspire to teach young people, through athletic competition, the value of learning, service to others and personal responsibility.

Horizon League teams have enjoyed national success in a variety of sports in recent years, most notably in men's basketball, in which its teams have advanced to the Regional semi-finals of the NCAA Championship three times in the past seven seasons.

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