Kauppila enjoys big week at plate

Stanford freshman second baseman picks up a pair of prestigious accolades.

April 07, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk and Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Lonnie Kauppila (Glendale native, Burbank High, 2010) freshman infielder, Stanford University baseball: Known for his quick hands on the infield, Kauppila scooped up a couple of impressive awards over the past week, as Collegiate Baseball named the former Crescenta Valley and Burbank standout its National Player of the Week and the PAC-10 Conference named him Conference Player of the Week.

Kauppila's week, spanning March 27 through Sunday, saw the Cardinal second baseman go 15 for 20 with no strikeouts over a home game against Saint Mary's and a three-game PAC-10-opening series at Washington State.


Kaupplia went four for six with two doubles, two runs batted in and three runs scored in the team's 16-14 win over St. Mary's on March 29. In helping the Cardinal (14-7) take two out of three from the Cougars, Kauppila went three for four with a run in a 10-8 loss on Friday before collecting six hits in as many at bats and driving in four runs in a 22-3 landslide win Saturday night.

In Sunday's finale, Kauppila collected two more hits and scored a run in a close 4-3 win.

The torrid streak raised Kauppila's batting average from .196 to .364 and into sixth place on the PAC-10 hitting charts. He has 12 RBIs on the season and has scored 11 times.

Stanford begins a three-game PAC-10 set with USC on Friday.

Heather Brusokas (Glendale High, 2006) senior shortstop, Davenport University softball: Two big days at the plate propelled Brusokas to Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for the week spanning March 27 through Sunday.

In helping the Panthers sweep doubleheaders with Concordia University on Friday and Madonna University on Saturday, the former Nitro went eight for 13 with five RBIs over the four games.

Brusokas was particularly good in both games against Concordia, going three for four with two RBIs, a run and a stolen base in the opener, a 5-4 win, before going two for two with a triple, two RBIs and four runs in the nightcap, which saw Davenport post a 5-3 win.

Brusokas leads the Panthers (18-12, 6-0 in conference), who have won 10 straight, with a .429 batting average on the season, with team highs in home runs (eight), RBIs (31), runs (36) and stolen bases (10).

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