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Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekend Roundup

NEWS:
  • Arizona's Mike Candrea collected career win #1,400 in a mercy-rule victory over UTEP on Friday night. Candrea is the sport's active wins leader.
  • USC-Upstate's Shellie Robinson set the school's Division 1 hits record.
  • Team USA legend & Oregon State head coach Laura Berg had her #44 retired at Fresno State's Margie Wright Diamond on Saturday.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express- 
    • Breanna Macha, Arizona State (8.0 IP, 7 SO, vs. Binghamton)
    • Beverly Miller, Oregon State (5.0 IP, 2 SO, vs. UCSB)
    • Kristin Cochran, Washington (5.0 IP, 2 SO, vs. Howard)
    • Kelsey Stevens, Oklahoma (7.0 IP, 11 SO, vs. IPFW)
    • Chelsea Wilkinson, Georgia (5.0 IP, 7 SO, vs. Nebraska-Omaha)

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Another throwback this week. Check out this 2012 interview with softball legend Kristina Thorson.


PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK:
  • Sierra Lawrence, Michigan - The leadoff spot in the lineup is generally regarded as the "table set", with her main goal to get on base to give the middle of the lineup, the power hitters, the chance to knock in a run. Lawrence went completely against that stereotype this weekend. She clubbed five home runs from the leadoff spot, collecting eleven RBIs for herself along the way. She only got out three times in fourteen at bats, good enough for a .786 batting average over the five games. 
  • Breanna Macha, Arizona State - The true freshman became the first-ever Sun Devil to throw a no-hitter in extra innings, taking home the victory and no-hitter crown in eight innings in a win over Binghamton. It was her 6th win of the season and her first career no-hitter. Oh, and did I mention she happened to throw this gem of a game on her 19th birthday?
  • The rest of the Michigan offense - Behind Lawrence in the lineup, the rest of Carol Hutchins' offense wasn't too shabby in their own right. Sixteen home runs spread out between Sierra Romero, Taylor Swearingen, Lauren Sweet, and others led the Wolverines to outscore their opponents 57-12, including two victories over #21 Arizona State.
  • Emily Dabkowski, Ball State - Dabkowski raised her season's home run total by 150% over the weekend, clubbing three roundtrippers down in Baton Rouge. She spread the offensive love throughout the weekend, clubbing a home run in three of her team's five games and batting in at least two runs in four of the five matchups.


MY TAKE: Tune in tomorrow for a special, solo "My Take"!

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