Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekend Roundup

  • Missouri State alum Diedre Shores ('98) will be inducted into the school's hall of fame next Sunday, February 15.
  • Creighton alum Tammy Nielsen Winkler ('05) will be inducted into the school's hall of fame on April 30.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Michael Lotief celebrated his 600th career win in a victory over Eastern Illinois on Sunday.
  • Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf celebrated her 550th career win in a victory over Utah on Friday.
  • North Georgia head coach Mike Davenport celebrated his 600th career win in a victory over Miles College on Saturday. Davenport is also on the coaching staff for the USSSA Pride.
  • George Washington head coach Stacey Schramm celebrated her 200th career win in a victory over Evansville on Friday.
  • Lipscomb head coach Kristin Ryman celebrated her 300th career win in a victory over IUPUI on Saturday.
  • Among those celebrating their first career wins as head coaches this weekend were Adrian Gregory (Texas Tech); Beth Mullins (Troy); Joanna Hardin (McNeese State); Beth Spoehr (Green Bay); Jen Steele (Jacksonville); Kate Stake (Valparaiso); & Courtney Scott Deifel (Maryland).
  • Villanova alum Tina Sabunas ('96) was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Friday.
  • Fordham alum Erin Brooks ('04) was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Saturday.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express- 
    • Micaela Whitney, Creighton (7.0 IP, 11 SO)
    • Krista Menke, North Dakota State (5.0 IP, 10 SO)
    • Erica Nunn, South Florida (7.0 IP, 10 SO)
    • Mackenzie Audas, UCF (7.0 IP, 10 SO)
    • Shayla Starkenburg, Iowa (7.0 IP, 8 SO)
    • Alicia Pille, Kansas (5.0 IP, 6 SO)
    • Miranda Kramer, Western Kentucky (7.0 IP, 19 SO)
    • Kelly Young, Lipscomb (5.0 IP, 8 SO)
    • Sydney Littlejohn, Alabama (PERFET GAME, 5.0 IP, 8 SO)
    • Paige Parker, Oklahoma (PERFECT GAME, 5.0 IP, 9 SO)
    • Brittany Gray/Rebekah Farris, Georgia (5.0 IP, 9 SO)
    • Carolina Sanchez/Pauline Tufi, Louisiana Tech (7.0 IP, 10 SO)
    • Lacey Waldrop/Bailey Schinella, Florida State (7.0 IP, 13 SO)


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Mississippi State head coach Vann Stuedeman filmed a promo video for her team's season opener. Safe to say, it solidified her status as one the sport's biggest personalities (a good thing).

  • Miranda Kramer, Western Kentucky - The IPFW transfer was brilliant in her second appearance as a Hilltopper. Following up a debut two-hit, eleven-strikeout performance, Kramer dominated the Trojans of Troy on Saturday. Allowing just four base runners (3 via walk, 1 via HBP), she did not allow a single hit and struck out nineteen. The only Troy hitter that did not record at least one strikeout at the dish was Kate Benton, who was hit by a pitch in her only plate appearance. Kramer finished the weekend with eight strikeouts in a run-rule victory over Alabama State, starting her season at 3-0 with thirty-eight "Ks".
  • Taylor Schoblocher, North Texas - Schoblocher started the season with a walk in her only plate appearance in the Mean Green's first game. Between the following three games, she parked six home runs over the fence and drove in eleven runs. For reference, she hit five home runs all of last season.
  • Alex Hugo, Georgia - Georgia's star second baseman didn't do too much this weekend... she 'only' hit .471 with two doubles, three triples, three home runs, and fifteen RBI. If Hugo wasn't on the radar for Player of the Year before this weekend, she most certainly is now.
  • Gianetta France, Santa Clara - France, the sophomore who hit .191 all of last season, came out of the gate red-hot. She hit .421 over the weekend, with five home runs and eleven RBI. Though her team went 1-5 in their games, France provided an incredibly bright spot at an otherwise-dim tournament for the Broncos.

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