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Central Athlete Named NFCA Division III Player Of The Week

Central College senior pitcher Kiley Lythberg is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III softball player of the week.

Lythberg posted a 4-0 mark with a 0.84 earned run average in five starts last week. She yielded just three runs in 25 innings, allowing 12 hits and five walks while striking out 23 batters. She also had a career-high 12 strikeouts against Schreiner and in three scoreless innings against then #18 Wis.-La Crosse surrendered two hits and no walks in a 10-1 victory. Lythberg also hit .440 for the week as the team’s designated player, with 7 RBIs.

Earlier Lythberg was tabbed as the Iowa Conference pitcher of the week.

It’s the first time that a Central player has received the national player of the week award since catcher Kelly Harris was cited May 5, 2005.

Ranked #10, Central is 14-2 overall and returns to action April 1 with non-conference games against Washington-St. Louis and Dubuque at Grinnell.