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Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Roundup

News, Notes, and Milestones:
  • Plenty of school records were broken and re-set this week. Houston slugging catcher Haley Outon set the school's career RBI record over the weekend, driving in her 179th career run and Long Beach State pitching ace Erin Jones-Wesley set her school's career wins record in the first game of a weekend series against UC-Riverside.
  • Several coaches earned milestone victories as well, including Jenny Allard of Harvard (#500); Dick Blood of Cornell (#600); and Stetson's Frank Griffin (#600).
  • Florida State superstar shortstop Maddie O'Brien broke the Seminoles single-season home run record and was rewarded with a pie to the face (much to the delight of teammate Courtney Senas). The hilarious GIF is here: OBrienGIF
  • WATCH: Former Georgia Tech star & ex-NPF'er Kelsi Weseman took part in a home run derby for charity. She's still got that smooth swing - the Vine video is here.
  • READ: This GoGamecocks.com article on softball-playing sisters Ashlyn & Lauren Masters is definitely worth a read.
  • 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):
    • Megan Betsa, Michigan - (5.0 IP, 2 BB, 8 SO)
    • Kirsten Verdun, DePaul - (6.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO)
    • Tori Speckman, Buffalo - (7.0 IP, 3 BB, 10 SO)


Photo of the Week: 
L-R: Akron Racers OF, ex-Georgia star, and Ohio assistant coach
Taylor Schlopy; Akron Racers owner & GM Joey Arrietta;
ex-LSU & Racers star and Buffalo head coach Trena Peel.
*--- Photo courtesy: Akron Racers Facebook page ---*


Player of the Week: 
We have eight players up for the Justin's World National Player of the Week honor this week. Representing eight different schools and five different conference, they all appear on a poll at the top of the right sidebar on this page. You can cast your vote and encourage others to do so until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The candidates for the award are:
  • Kailee Cuico, Oregon - .462, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
  • Lexie Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette - .500, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB
  • Taylor Hasselbach, Michigan - .400, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R
  • Katiyana Mauga, Arizona - .625, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 5 H, 4 BB
  • Haley Outon, Houston - .556, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 1 SB
  • Shellie Robinson, USC-Upstate - .467, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB
  • Haley Steele, Arizona State - .600, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 2B, 3 R, 1 BB
  • Taylor Thom, Texas - .727, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 2 SB

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