Pratt earns PSAC Central Player of the Week for the third time this season
Mansfield University standout Kate Pratt was selected the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending April 21.
It marks the third time this season the junior has received Player of the Week honors.
Pratt led Mansfield to a 4-0 week and the Mountaineers first PSAC playoff berth since 2009 with an extraordinary performance at the plate and on the mound.
Pratt's clutch hitting was a difference maker for the Mountaineers in an undefeated week that included road sweeps over IUP and Clarion.
In the opener at IUP, Pratt's three-run home run keyed an improbable rally from a 6-4 deficit to give Mansfield a 7-6 victory. In the nightcap at IUP, Pratt's grand-slam broke a 2-2 tie and she also picked up the win by pitching four innings of scoreless relief, striking out four and walking one.
It was the first time Mansfield won the season series against IUP since the PSAC Central was formed in 2009.
Pratt was even more effective on the mound the following day at Clarion throwing a complete game two-hitter while striking out four and walking one over six innings. The win clinched MU's first PSAC playoff appearance since 2009.
Pratt's bat was big in the nightcap helping Mansfield break open a 2-2 tie with a three-run double in the fourth inning. Pratt batted .313 and drove in 10 of MU's 35 RBIs during the week. She went 2-0 on the mound with a .70 ERA while striking out eight and walking two over 10 innings of work.
For the season, Pratt ranks second in the PSAC in home runs (13), runs batted in (40) and slugging percentage (.897). She also ranks fourth in the conference in doubles (11), seventh in runs scored (31) and ninth in batting average (.411).
Pratt also ranks in the top ten in the PSAC in numerous categories including opposing batting average (8th - .215) and earned run average (10th - 1.72).