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INDIANAPOLIS --- Valparaiso University senior outfielder Karen Korb has been named the Horizon League Softball Player of the Week, while Loyola University Chicago senior righthander Krista Crosson has earned Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades for the week ending March 8, the League office announced Friday (March 13).

Player of the Week
Karen Korb, Valparaiso
Sr. * OF
Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran

Korb sparked the Valparaiso offense from the leadoff spot in eight games a week ago, batting .452 (14-for-31) with two doubles, nine runs scored and two runs-batted-in as the Crusaders went 5-3 at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. She had five multi-hit games, including three with three hits, and scored two or more runs three times. In addition, Korb was 10-for-10 in stolen-base attempts to extend her school record to 75 for her career. She also moved into Valpo's all-time top five in runs scored with the 70th of her career.

Pitcher of the Week
Krista Crosson, Loyola
Sr. * RHP
Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens

Crosson was 2-1 with a 0.33 earned-run average in five appearances as Loyola went 5-2 on its spring break trip to Florida a week ago. She struck out 26 and walked three in 21.2 innings while allowing only one earned run. She struck out eight and gave up her only earned run of the week in a 4-2 victory over Western Michigan University on March 4 and then struck out 10 in a 5-4 win over the University of Evansville on March 6. Crosson finished the week with 4.2 innings of relief, striking out four with no earned runs in a 3-2 extra-inning loss to North Carolina State University on March 8.

Comprised 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 six seasons.

Tags: Loyola - Softball · Valparaiso - Softball
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