LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When Salisbury University softball catcher Michelle Gravdahl finished her career she was certainly considered one of the best at her position in the nation, having batted .430 for her career and helping the Sea Gulls' pitching staff to a 1.28 ERA in the past four years. The moniker of best catcher was confirmed when the National Fastpitch Coaching Association recently named Gravdahl the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year for Division III.
She becomes the first Sea Gull in program history to earn the prestigious award.
During her senior season, Gravdahl batted .442 with a team-best 11 home runs and 50 runs driven in. She ranked 29th in the nation in walks, many of which were intentional, leading to a .568 on-base percentage, ranking 12th in all of Division III softball in that category.
Along with her abilities at the plate, Gravdahl was just as good behind it during her final year of eligibility, where she called her own pitches for a staff that finished the season fourth in the country with a 1.13 earned-run average.
Gravdahl led the program to its 18th NCAA tournament appearance and seventh World Series. The Sea Gulls advanced to the penultimate game in the World Series.