Strunk Named Final Regular Season Conference Player of the Week
Senior's Phenomenal Offensive Performance Blasts Her Way to First Career Weekly Award
Conference USA Release
Individual Week 13 Statistics
DENTON -- After putting on an offensive clinic throughout the final week of the 2015 regular season, North Texas' Kat Strunk has been recognized by the conference office as the Conference USA Player of the Week for May 4. This is the defending C-USA Newcomer of the Year's first weekly honor of her career.
Finding herself in the leadoff slot in the lineup for the first time all season, Strunk took advantage of the opportunity by torching the opposing pitching staffs of Oklahoma State, No. 4 Oklahoma and C-USA West Division rival UTEP. In six games in five days this week, the senior went 12 for 23 (.522) with 12 RBI and 10 runs scored, adding five home run blasts along the way.
The Grand Prairie-native's bat was especially present in the weekend series with UTEP, leading North Texas through a do-or-die situation with a three-game sweep to clinch a berth in the 2015 Conference USA Championship Tournament next week in Miami. On Senior Day, Strunk led off the game with a solo home run before batting all the way around and blasting a grand slam in her second at bat of the first inning, the first time such a feat has been accomplished in program history.
With four runs scored in game one against UTEP on Saturday, Strunk set a new program single-game high in the category, besting the previous mark by one. Her seven-RBI performance in game three on Sunday also broke a North Texas single-game record, which she previously was tied with eleven others for with five.
Strunk currently sits at fifth on the North Texas single-season batting average list, fourth in slugging percentage, fifth in home runs, sixth in runs scored, seventh in on-base percentage and seventh in RBI. The senior centerfielder will be graduating at the conclusion of this semester with a degree in integrative studies, leaving an accomplished Mean Green softball legacy behind her.