Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekend Roundup

  • Kentucky head coach Rachel Lawson became the winningest coach in program history this week. In her sixth season at the helm of the Wildcats program, Lawson recorded her 182nd victory over in-state rival Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday. Lawson was awarded a five-year contract extension after the 2011 season that will keep her in Lexington until at least 2016.
  • Another coaching milestone was reached over the state line, in Akron, Ohio, where Zips head coach Julie Jones celebrated her 400th win as a head coach. A doubleheader sweep over Cleveland State gave Jones the milestone victory, and another win over the weekend gave her win #401.
  • Penn State senior outfielder Cassidy Bell cemented her name in the Nittany Lion record books once again, as her leadoff home run in the first inning on Saturday tied the PSU career HR mark set by Shannon Salsburg back in the '90s. At the same time, Bell also set the single-season home run mark, as the roundtripper was her 17th of the season.
  • Texas A&M senior pitcher and National Pro Fastpitch draft selection Mel Dumezich celebrated her own milestone on Friday night, recording her 100th career win in the circle in a 6-2 victory over LSU. Dumezich recorded nine strikeouts in the victory, and is third on the A&M all-time wins list.
  • For those of you who don't know, Marshall senior pitcher and blog favorite Andi Williamson sustained a concussion after being hit in the head by a batted ball on Tuesday. From information I have gathered, the hit was hard enough to knock Williamson unconscious for a time, but she refused to come out of the game and finished the seventh inning. Doctors would not clear Williamson to pitch this weekend in a home series against East Carolina.
  • Kentucky freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley, one of the most talented players on a team full of spark plugs, became the first pitcher in school history to record twenty wins in a season. The Wildcats' 4-2 defeat of Florida on Saturday gave Nunley win #20 in dramatic fashion.

Photo of the Week:
John Cropp throws out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the first-ever
game at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo cred to
former Gators superstar Megan Bush via Facebook)

Player of the Week:
We're doing things a little weird this week for our Player of the Week voting. For the first time ever, instead of just a Division I POTW ballot, this week, you will be able to vote for players from Division II and Division III, as well! Two players from both Division 2 and Division 3 have been nominated for the honor, and it will be up to the fans to decide who takes home the title of Player of the Week. You can find the poll for D1 POTW here; D2 here; and D3 here.

Division 1 Player of the Week Nominees:

  • Carly Hummel, Ole Miss
  • Blaire Luna, Texas
  • Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia
  • Caitlin Dent, NC State
  • Lindsey Richardson, South Florida
  • Haley Outon, Houston
  • Stephanie Becker, Mississippi State
  • Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon
  • Jessica Moore, Oregon
  • Kaitlyn Medlam, Georgia State

Division 2 Player of the Week Nominees:

  • Sarah Debrow, St. Edward's
  • Maddie Holub, Fort Hays State

Division 3 Player of the Week Nominees

  • Brittany Castro, University of Dallas
  • Nicole Frazier, University of Dallas

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