Monday, April 1, 2013

Weekend Roundup

News & Notes
  • Michigan's 7-4 victory over Penn State marked a milestone for head coach Carol Hutchins, as the W marked her 1,300 win as an NCAA softball head coach. She has a career record of 1,302-437-4, is third winningest coach in NCAA softball history, and the winningest in the history of Wolverine athletics.
  • UAB head coach Marla Townsend won her 400th game as an NCAA softball coach on Friday night. The milestone victory came in the coach's fourteenth season as HC.
  • Following up on a story posted last week, it was announced on Monday that Gionna DiSalvatore was signed to become a member of the Pride and "replace" Jessica Mendoza in the lineup. Apparently, the official NPF website had erred in listing DiSalvatore as a member of the Comets on their website, causing some confusion.There is no word yet where she will fit in on the Pride depth chart.
  • The roster of the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team, which will play in the Junior Women's World Championship in Ontario this summer, was announced this week. All participants must be 19 or younger; notables on the team include Alabama's Haylie McCleney; Tennessee's Erin Gabriel; and Oregon's Cheridan Hawkins. For the complete roster, click here.
  • Northwestern star Emily Allard will miss the rest of the 2013 softball season, head coach Kate Drohan announced this week. Allard continues to recover from off-season surgery, and will seek a medical hardship waiver to be able to play next season.
  • The Baylor's women's basketball team may have floundered on Sunday, but the softball team was all-smiles in Waco, as they not only completed a sweep of Iowa State, but both Kathy Shelton and Whitney Canion added their name as #1 on even more school records. Shelton broke the all-time stolen base record, previously 102. Canion became the all-time school wins leader, picking up a pair of victories on Friday to put her career total at eighty-three.
  • The 2013 NPF Draft is this evening, in Nashville, Tennessee. The draft will air live on at 7 p.m central time. The Akron Racers hold the #1 pick.
  • is airing several NCAA softball games next weekend, including games featuring Louisville, Florida State, and North Carolina. The Missouri-Alabama series will be aired on ESPNU, but, in classic ESPN stupidity, is blacked out online in every state but Alaska and Hawaii. The same is true for the Baylor-Oklahoma game on Sunday afternoon, which will air on ESPN at 2 p.m. Central time. Tennessee and Georgia is another online-exclusive game on Sunday, but is listed as being "Subject to Blackout". If you're anywhere in the south or eastern parts of the country, I'd suggest not getting your hopes of being able to watch it up too high.

Photo of the Week
Jacee Blades of LSU goes up to make the catch. Thanks to
a fan for sending me this photo, and pointing out Blades'
right hand.  Now that takes some skill!

Player of the Week
You can find this week's POTW poll on the Justin's World Facebook page here. The candidates are:

  • Amy Letourneau, Northwestern
  • Angela Randazzo, Missouri
  • Branndi Melero, Auburn
  • Devon Wallace, Arkansas
  • Kailee Cuico, Oregon
  • Kathy Shelton, Baylor
  • Kayla Holland, Houston
  • Laura Dukes, Middle Tennessee
  • Leigh Streetman, UAB
  • Sierra Romero, Michigan

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