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Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekend Roundup

News & Notes

  • Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly reached his own coaching milestone this weekend, as the Lady Vols' victory over Georgia on Saturday was the legendary skipper's 1,100 coaching victory. Ralph was the 14th head softball coach in NCAA history to reach the milestone victory, and currently ranks eighth among active coaches in career victories. Additionally, the Lady Vols sweep-completing victory on Sunday also marked the Weekly's 600th victory at Tennessee.
  • The Marshall Thundering Herd saw their school-record 14-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, as they lost the second game of a doubleheader to conference rival Houston. The loss also ended their 10-game win streak against Conference USA opponents.
  • Four Texas Longhorn pitchers combined to throw a five-inning perfect game against Texas Southern on Thursday. Kim Bruins, Gabby Smith, Holly Kern, and Blaire Luna were all perfect in their appearances, and Kern and Bruins helped the Longhorn cause offensively in route to an 8-0 run rule win.
  • Georgetown's Alexandria Anttila had a day that only comes once in a career on Saturday. In the first game of a doubleheader against Rutgers, Anttila, a junior, went 4-4 at the plate, with 4 home runs and 10 RBI. She was also hit by a pitch.
  • Arkansas sophomore superstar Devon Wallace etched her name into the Razorback record books once again over the weekend, setting the school record for walks. Her mark of 104 passed the previous record, set by Sandra Smith (2006-2010).
  • Despite offensive onslaughts in some games, it was definitely a pitcher's weekend, as five different pitchers tossed no-hitters, and a sixth threw both a no-no and a perfect game in four days. Freshman Kelsey Kessler threw the first no-hitter for the Kansas Jayhawks since 2007; Northwestern's Amy Letourneau threw her second no-no in a week's time; Florida's Hannah Rogers threw her surprisingly-first career no-no; Wisconsin's Meghan McIntosh cemented her place in the Badger record books with her second career no-hitter; UCF ace Mackenzie Audas tossed her second career no-hitter while also recording 27 strikeouts on the weekend; and possibly the best player to ever come out of Hofstra, Olivia Galati no-hit Marist on Thursday and followed that effort up with a perfect game against Drexel Sunday afternoon.
  • Indiana State junior Morgan Allee raced her way to a tie for first place in the Sycamore record books, as she stole her twenty-eighth base of the season, good enough to tie Amy Vaira's mark set in 1994.

Photo of the Week:
Photo cred: Cary Frye

Player of the Week:
This week's POTW poll is found here, and this week's candidates are:

  • Alexandria Anttila, Georgetown
  • Amy Letourneau, Northwestern
  • Haley Fagan, South Alabama
  • Hannah Rogers, Florida
  • Jordan Wallace, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Kelsey Kessler, Kansas
  • Mackenzie Audas, UCF
  • Madison Shipman, Tennessee
  • Meghan McIntosh, Wisconsin
  • Olivia Galati, Hofstra

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