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Duncan Claims Final HL Player of the Week Honor
Brittany Duncan earns her second Player of the Week honor. (Ray Acevedo)
Brittany Duncan earns her second Player of the Week honor. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, May 07, 2012

For the second time this season, Valparaiso freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week.  Duncan bookends the regular season with league weekly honors, as she was previously named Player of the Week after the first week of play.

Duncan went 9-for-14 (.643) at the plate for the Crusaders last week with nine RBIs, helping guide Valpo to a 5-0 record, including a three-game Horizon League sweep at Cleveland State.  The freshman also drew five walks, good for a .737 on-base percentage, and slugged 1.071 thanks to a pair of home runs.  Her first round-tripper was a game-winning two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth in the opener of a doubleheader against Western Michigan, breaking a scoreless tie.

After going 2-for-2 with two walks in the nightcap victory over the Broncos, Duncan helped Valpo secure the outright regular season title in the series-opening win at Cleveland State, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  The freshman then went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, a home run and three walks in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of the Vikings.

Duncan’s performance against the Vikings helped her close the regular season as the Horizon League leader in league-only play in both batting average (.471) and RBIs (31).  Duncan and the rest of the Crusaders will host the 2012 Horizon League Championship at the Valparaiso University Softball Field this week, beginning with a pair of games on Wednesday.  Valpo’s first game will take place Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler