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Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekend Report

  • The Gators/Lady Vols three-game series in Gainesville was one for the ages. All three games went to extra innings after some late-inning dramatics, including a two-out two-run home run in the 7th for UT's Lauren Gibson on Friday night, and a 3-run shot by UF's Lauren Haeger on Sunday afternoon that tied the game in the sixth. Florida took the series 2-1, winning the Sunday rubber match on another home run by Haeger in the 8th inning, this one a two-run shot. All three of the weekend's games were on TV (although Sunday's was blacked out for me), giving some great exposure to the sport.
  • Congratulations to Florida State's Monica Perry and Tulsa's Lacey Middlebrooks! On Wednesday, Perry completely dominated Tennessee State in route to her second-career no-hitter and her first in a Seminole uniform. Middlebrooks absolutely baffled the Memphis Tigers on Saturday in Game 2 of a doubleheader, earning her first career no-hitter.
  • Defending Sun Belt champions South Alabama took the weekend series from Louisiana-Lafayette, who are certainly not living up to expectations this season. The Jags took both games of the Saturday doubleheader, but gave up game three of the series on Sunday. Senior Brittany Fowler had three home runs over the course of the doubleheader on Saturday, while freshman Haley Fagan (one of the Justin's World Sun Belt Players to Watch) added two round-trippers of her own.
  • Many sports fans have heard about the tragic bus accident that took the life of Seton Hill's women's lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley. Apparently, there was some initial misreporting, as Jen Mineau, an assistant softball coach at the school, posted this update on Facebook Saturday: "For anyone who saw the news, yes, I'm okay. Our women's lax team got into a bad bus accident today and the coach and the bus driver have died. However, earlier reports were saying that it was the softball team (us) and that the "female coach" had died. Which...would have been me. Thanks to everyone who called to see if I was alive..sorry for the scare! & My heart goes out to the Quigley family and the girls that are in surgery. ❤❤❤"
  • In case you haven't noticed, Oklahoma sophomore Lauren Chamberlain pretty much epitomizes the term "superstar". Not even halfway through her second season, Chamberlain is already 50% of the way to breaking the NCAA home run record. She added another three more to her total this weekend, but that wasn't the craziest statistic: From the leadoff spot in the batting order, Chamberlain recorded just nine official plate appearances in five games this weekend. She also recorded NINE walks.
  • The ladies of Gulf Coast State University's softball squad have added their contribution to the music video list, posting their version of the Harlem Shake. Check it out here! Former professional player and GCSU assistant coach Charity Butler also contributed this video via Twitter, "Pre-Game Beats".

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Look at the intensity and determination on that face. That's Houston's
Bailey Watts.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
It was tough to narrow this week's list of Player of the Week candidates down to ten, but the Justin's World team finally got it done. The poll is here on the Justin's World Facebook page, and this week's candidates are:
  • Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
  • Brittany Fowler, South Alabama
  • Olivia Galati, Hofstra
  • Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa
  • Taylor Schoblocher, North Texas
  • Monica Perry, Florida State
  • Madison Shipman, Tennessee
  • Jessica Davis, Illinois
  • Rachele Fico, LSU
  • Lauren Haeger, Florida

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