Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend Roundup

Photo cred: rachel_roberts on Instagram
  • Oklahoma's star pitcher Keilani Ricketts already has more no-hitters this season than the San Diego Padres have in their history. Ricketts threw two no-no's on opening weekend, both against ranked opponents. In the second game, she shutout and run-ruled the #5-ranked Oregon Ducks. As far as Keilani's dominance is concerned, it's like the off-season never happened.
  • According to a tweet from ESPN's Graham Hays, if Lauren Chamberlain of Oklahoma keeps up her torrid home-run-hitting pace, she will eclipse the record very quickly. The current record is ninety (90) home runs in 264 games. To date, Chamberlain has thirty-four (34) home runs in 67 games.
  • Oregon's Pac-12 "teammates", the Cal Golden Bears, also struggled on opening weekend, losing to Kentucky in their opening game. Lauren Cumbess pulled double duty, both at the plate and in the circle, in the nine-inning, 3-2 victory. The Bears also lost to Florida. (For the record, the ladies from Berkeley didn't lose a single game until March 15 of last year, and it took them until April 14 to lose a second.)
  • The Alabama Crimson Tide, also on the road in Northern Iowa, drew a crowd close to five thousand people who almost got to see the Tide upset. They ended up winning the game by three runs, but it definitely showed the Tide's need for development.
  • The Mardi Gras Classic, a yearly tournament that takes place in my hometown of Monroe, Louisiana, again provided some excellent softball to start the season off. Besides the host ULM Warhawks, six other teams took part in the tournament: UC-Santa Barbara; Southeast Missouri; Wichita State; Northwestern State; Mississippi Valley State; and Grambling State. UCSB's Shelby Wisdom was named tournament MVP - I got to see her pitch Saturday morning against Northwestern State, and the honor was well-deserved!
  • The Florida Gators, yes, the team I picked to be the SEC's most disappointing, are undefeated to start the season, notching wins over Oregon; Cal; & Arizona, all top-15 teams. 
  • Illinois' Pepper Gay had quite the weekend - on Saturday, she broke the Illini all-time career strikeouts record, and on Sunday, she threw her first career no-hitter. The Fighting Illini left Iowa with a 3-2 record.
  • Four members of the Delaware ladies basketball squad made a pretty impressive trick shot look super easy in this 12-second video. That's superstar Elena Delle Donne in the back.
  • In the third game of an originally-unscheduled triple header, Baylor Bears freshman Heather Stearns outshined Whitney Canion's 12-strikeout performance & Courtney Repka's one-hitter by throwing a complete game, no-hitter in only her second collegiate start.
  • The Florida State softball team annihilated Bethune-Cookman in a game yesterday, scoring fifteen runs in the first inning en route to a 20-0 victory in five innings. Bethune's starting pitcher Shanel Tolbert took the loss after giving up eleven hits and fourteen runs in an official 0.2 innings pitched.


MAIL CALL:
Came home Saturday to several packages waiting for me. The 1st season of Duck Dynasty was on sale on amazon.com for $10 last week, so I jumped on it and the DVD arrived this weekend. :D


2013 team photo... anyone care to play Name That Lady Vol?
Also, I received a package from the Lady Vols athletic department. I had exchanged emails with a few people, and the end result was my acquisition of this:









and this:
Poster featuring 2013 Schedule
and Lauren Gibson! New favorite
piece in my softball collection!
            

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