Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekend Roundup

News, Notes, and Milestones:

  • I was out of town from Thursday-Saturday of this week, so I missed most of the week's action! If there's a headline or noteworthy happening you believe should be mentioned here, let me know!
  • UCF head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie notched her 700th career win early last week, with a victory over FAU.
  • Former Cal softball great Jolene Henderson has headed off to Japan for her first season of professional softball; this will be Henderson's first live in-game action since surgery last year.
  • The Chicago Bandits announced a completely revamped coaching staff for next season. The new head coach is Shane Winkler, presently the head coach at Charleston-Southern University. He will be assisted by Roman Foore, formerly of Appalachian State.
  • All-time great Jessica Mendoza now has her own bat & glove line with Louisville Slugger. She posted this photo on Facebook earlier this week; you can order your equipment from her line at
  • Congrats to the pitchers on this week's edition of the No-No Express! (If I missed somebody that belongs on this list, please bring it to my attention so I can give them the recognition they deserve):
    • Sara Nevins, South Florida (7.0 IP, 1 BB, 12 SO)
    • Becca Changstrom, Creighton (7.0 IP, 1 BB, 11 SO)
    • Josi Summers, Utah Valley (7.0 IP, 2 BB, 8 SO)
    • Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina (7.0 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO)
    • Courtney Poole, North Georgia (5.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO)

Photo of the Week: 
Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer and Paige Wilson celebrate

Player of the Week: 
Photo cred: Sparks Photography
Doing something a little different this week with the Player of the Week award. Instead of having you vote on it, I've selected a young lady from Hoover, Alabama as this week's POTW.

Auburn's Marcy Harper has been named the Justin's World Player & Pitcher of the Week this week. Harper put together back-to-back no-hitters herself, which also sandwiched another no-no from fellow Tiger hurler Lexi Davis. Harper recorded sixteen strikeouts between the two games, and notched her first two career no-hitters into the record books. When I began to try to catch up on the week's action following my trip, Harper's feat was one that glaringly stood out to me.

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