Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend Roundup

  • The Tennessee Lady Vols floundered a bit this week, taking two losses on Friday. The first was  3-2 defeat at the hands of Northwestern, which was followed up by a 2-0 loss to the UCLA Bruins. The Lady Vols rebounded on Saturday night, though, claiming a 5-0 victory over UCSB. They are now 13-2 on the season, and have their home opener @ Sherri Parker Lee Stadium tomorrow night vs. Lipscomb.
  • The ULM Warhawks also had an interesting weekend at the Arkansas Invitational up in Fayetteville. They went 1-2, with losses to Murray State & the Razorbacks and a win over St. Louis before a surprise come-from-behind victory over Arkansas on Sunday propelled them into the tournament championship game. A home run in extras from Alexis Cacioppo proved to be the deciding blow that gave the Warhawks the W.
  • Despite the surprise loss to ULM, the Arkansas team is proving critics wrong this season. Anybody who still thinks the SEC is not a softball conference, show them this: The Razorbacks, who finished ninth in the conference last year, are 12-5, having swept the first seven games of the season and, before this weekend, losing only to two teams who won their conference championship last year and #23 Florida State.
  • By all accounts, it was a pitcher’s weekend, as three no-hitters were recorded by pitchers in two different conferences. Sara Driesenga threw her first career no-no as a Michigan Wolverine against Hofstra, while Mel Dumezich of Texas A&M recorded her second hitless effort of the WEEK (and her career) against Southeastern Louisiana. Rachele Fico, widely regarded as the top choice to be taken #1 in the NPF draft in April, hurled a beautiful game against Ohio State as she recorded her second career no-hitter.
  • The UCLA Bruins, a team I picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12, have done nothing but impress so far this season. 13-1 on the year, they've recorded victories Hawaii, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and LSU, and their only loss came at the hands of then-#17 Texas A&M. They still have some work to do to convince me they belong back in conference title discussions, but if what they've shown so far is any indication, that's a very plausible outcome.
  • Mississippi State’s Alison Owen continues to impress in her first season playing for the maroon & white. On Saturday, she set the school record for most strikeouts in a game, and followed that effort up by breaking her own record on Sunday. Check out these stats, courtesy of
"The crazy part? Owen struck out the first nine batters in a row to start the game. SIU-E’s entire lineup struck out, start-to-finish.
On the season, Owen is 5-1 with a 0.52 ERA, a 65:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and an SEC-best .076 opponent batting average."
  • Don't forget about MSU's Stephanie Becker either. The senior recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts on Sunday morning, a dominant effort that was overshadowed by Owen's performances. Things are looking good for Vann Stuedeman's team in Starkville.

"@mstateSB: '13 games in, we are third in the SEC with 39 stolen bases. In 2012, we didn't steal our 39th base until 28th game of the season.'"

Kansas' Alex Hugo. (Via @JayhawkSoftball)

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