Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekend Roundup

News, Notes, and Milestones:

  • The Michigan Wolverines earned $118,283 for cancer research & support through their Wolverine Softball Academy last week!
  • WORTH WATCHING: Western Michigan's Alyssa Prokos talks about her career & her future plans to (spoiler) enter the US Navy.
  • Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame last week. He was a Class of 2009 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee.
  • With a victory on Saturday, Kaitlyn Medlam became the all-time winningest pitcher in Georgia State history.
  • Fresno State's "Margie Wright Diamond", named after the team's most legendary coach, was dedicated on Saturday afternoon. Wright coached the Bulldogs from 1986-2012; led the team to the 1998 championship; and is the all-time winningest Division 1 softball coach.
  • UAB head coach Marla Townsend earned her 450th career win in a Blazer victory over UTSA on Saturday.
  • With her 21st stolen bag of the season, Samford's Megan Dowdy took sole possession of the school's single-season record.
  • Washington legendary pitcher Danielle Lawrie had her jersey retired on Saturday night. Lawrie is the first Husky softball player to have her jersey retired by the program.
  • Maryland head coach Laura Watten earned her 600th career victory in the middle of a doubleheader sweep over Pitt on Saturday.
  • Division 2 UIndy Pitcher Morgan Foley set a new NCAA all-divisions record on Friday when she struck out an astounding THIRTY batters in a thirteen-inning game!
  • Former USC-Upstate great & NPF pitcher Morgan Childers Caddell, along with several of her former high school teammates, was inducted into the Kings Mountain (NC) Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
  • Former Christopher Newport pitcher Whitney Haller married Connor Madden on Saturday.
  • The honors keep adding up for Elana Meyers - she became the first George Washington softball player to have her jersey retired.
  • Ex-UMaine hurler Beth Spoehr has joined the UW-Green Bay coaching staff.
  • 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):
    • Katie Marks, Texas A&M - 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 4 SO
    • Jessica Holte, UMBC - 5.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO
    • Jill Compton, Fresno State (4/23) - 7.0 IP, 5 BB, 7 SO
    • Rachel Gillen, Fordham (4/22) - 5.0 IP, 3 BB, 7 SO
    • Tori Speckman, Buffalo - 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 4 SO
    • Shelby Graves, FIU - 5.0 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO
    • Morgan Lashley, Hofstra - 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 5 SO
    • Whitney Canion, Baylor - 7.0 IP, 1 BB, 14 SO
    • Melanie Russell, Boston - 7.0 IP, 0 BB, 4 SO (Perfect Game)
    • Sara Nevins, South Florida - 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 9 SO (Perfect Game)
    • Brittany MacFawn, Albany (4/27) - 5.0 IP, 3 BB, 6 SO
    • Brittany MacFawn, Albany - 5.0 IP, 2 BB, 6 SO

Photo of the Week: 
Former playing great & Buffalo first-year head coach Trena Peel gets a
Gatorade bath after her squad clinched their division championship.

Tennessee Softball's underclassmen give a fond farewell to Ellen Renfroe, Madison Shipman, and Melissa Davin, the program's seniors. Watch it until the end.

Tweet of the Week: 

Player of the Week:
The final Player of the Week of the 2014 softball season will not be decided by the fans. Instead, we are glad to announce that Linsey Hays of the Baylor Bears has been named Justin's World Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season.

Hays put together a stellar week offensively, registering a .563 batting average; clubbing four home runs and driving in eleven runs. She also scored six runs herself. 

This is the second time Hays has been honored with the weekly award; she also won it during the 2013 season.

Hays and the Baylor Bears will continue their quest for the Women's College World Series as they conclude their regular season with two games against the Texas Longhorns, the first on May 6th at home and the final game on May 11th in Austin.

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