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Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Report


  • Congratulations are in order for several Division I softball coaches who celebrated milestone victories this weekend. Northwestern’s Kate Drohan and Arizona State’s Clint Myers both celebrated win #400, while Kansas’ Megan Smith reached triple-digits as she reached victory #100.
  • Jenn Brown, former Florida Gators star & once thought to be the heir apparent to Erin Andrews at ESPN has left the “Worldwide Leader in Sports”. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I thought Brown did a great job in her debut as a color commentator for espn3.com’s softball coverage last Saturday, and I had high hopes for her future as a broadcaster in the sport. No word yet on what her next career move will be, although she did tweet that she has “exciting” things coming up.
  • California star Britt Vonk took a pitch to the face over the weekend, and teammate Jordan Wallace posted this photo to Instagram of Vonk’s swollen face from the hospital.
  • Former Arizona star pitcher & ESPY winner Taryne Mowatt has signed with the NPF’s new New York/New Jersey franchise, the Comets, it was announced this week. Mowatt played with the Chicago Bandits in 2011 before unofficially retiring before the 2012 season.
  • It was a weekend for upsets, as #1 Alabama & #9 UCLA both went down twice, while #4 Florida and #8 Oregon suffered defeats at the hands of Auburn and Iowa State, respectively.
  • The two longest softball games I’ve heard of took place this weekend. On Friday night, LSU and Mississippi State went to fourteen innings in Starkville. It was a true pitchers duel, as neither Alison Owen nor Rachele Fico gave up a single run until the eventual game winning home run by the Tigers’ AJ Andrews in the top of the 14th. Louisiana-Monroe & Florida A&M went to twelve innings on Saturday, an offensive battle that eventually ended in an 8-6 victory for the Warhawks.
  • The Boise State Broncos released the first lip-synching music video of the season, posting their cover of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together” on Youtube over the weekend. There are sure to be more to come, so I’ve started a tracker on the right sidebar. It also features some of my favorites from last season.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
UMaine star pitcher Beth Spoehr, from last weekend
Photo cred: UMaine Softball Facebook page

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Changing things up a bit for this week’s voting. As you’ll see in the new poll on the Justin’s World Facebook page, the list of pre-selected nominees is still there, but smaller. You also have the option to nominate a player of your own not already on the list. There was an awesome turnout on last week’s poll, and I’d love to see that feat duplicated this week. Be sure to get all of your friends to vote for your candidate!

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