The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Luther sophomore pitcher Samantha Bratland has been named the league's Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, May 7.
Bratland recorded two wins while helping Luther capture a second consecutive Iowa Conference Tournament championship. She went the distance in the circle allowing one run on three hits, walked two and struck out a season high 12 in Luther's 5-1 semifinal victory over Wartburg College.
In the championship game, Bratland pitched the final two innings and allowed one run on three hits, as Luther defeated Central 4-3 in nine innings.
The two wins gives her a record of 21-2 and an ERA of 1.24. In 135 2/3 innings she has struck out 127 batters, walked 39 and allowed 24 earned runs.
Luther (39-3) will host the NCAA III Decorah, Iowa Regional May 12-14.