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Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekend Roundup

NEWS:
  • Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard earned her 500th career win on Sunday. She is the winningest coach in the school's softball history.
  • Akron head coach Julie Jones earned her 200th career win on Friday.
  • Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso earned her 1,000th career win on Sunday.
  • South Florida head coach Ken Eriksen earned his 800th career win on Tuesday.
  • UCF seniors Mackenzie Audas and Kahley Novak both set school records on Friday - Audas the all-time strikeout mark, Novak the school's stolen base record.
  • Nebraska alum Megan Southworth got married over the weekend.
  • BYU head coach Gordon Eakin earned his 500th career win on Saturday.
  • Oklahoma freshman Paige Parker threw her 3rd career perfect game on Saturday. She is one of only eleven players in Division 1 history to accomplish the feat and only the second freshman.
  • Cal head coach Diane Ninemire earned her 1,200th career win on Saturday.
  • Longwood's senior catcher Megan Baltzell set the school's career home run mark on Sunday with her 56th career roundtripper.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express- 
    • Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon (5.0 IP, 2 SO, vs. Oregon State)
    • Erin Gabriel, Tennessee (7.0 IP, 16 SO, vs. Illinois State)
    • Lexi Betancourt, Charlotte (7.0 IP, 10 SO, vs. UTSA)
    • Rachel Nasland, Notre Dame  (5.0 IP, 4 SO, vs. Florida State)
    • Jessi Haffner/Peyton Walker, Oklahoma State (5.0 IP, 7 SO, vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff)


LAUREN CHAMBERLAIN HOME RUN TRACKER:


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Seems to be a Golden Gopher-focus in this section the last couple of weeks... check out these tips on how to survive a Minnesota winter, brought to you by the Minnesota softball team.

Post by Minnesota Softball.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK, PART 2: The ladies of the Purdue softball team got to see their new stadium for the first time this week. Here are their reactions: 



PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK:
  • Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig, Oklahoma - It seems that every week, Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley receive praise on at least one softball site. They continue to put up huge numbers week-in and week-out and are more than deserving of the "Ruth and Gehrig of softball" moniker that was bestowed on them by ESPN's Graham Hays at the start of the season. The pair went a combined 15-23 through the course of the weekend with ten home runs between them. Pendley hit roundtrippers and drove in fourteen runs. She was walked four times. Chamberlain "only" hit three homers for her part, but recorded eight RBI and six walks on her own.
  • Ivie Drake, Georgia State - The freshman catcher began her conference playing career with a bang. Three bangs, actually - the trio of home runs she knocked over the fence in Saturday's conference opener against Texas State. She followed that up with another four-RBI performance and a home run in the second game of the doubleheader. Even though a move to the leadoff spot on Sunday counted her an 0-fer at the plate, she earned two free trips on the base paths thanks to a walk and being hit by a pitch.
  • Jailyn Ford, James Madison - Ford was named the MVP of the UCF Spring Fling Tournament, leading her team to a 5-0 record and helping close out the upset victory over ranked UCF. For the week, her statistics included a 2-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. She allowed just one hit in 12.1 innings, and struck out twenty-one. On the offensive side, she was 5-15 with a home run, two RBIs, and five runs.
  • Kelsey Vincent, Louisiana-Lafayette - In the category of single-game heroics, these next three ladies fall firmly into that category. The Cajuns' Vincent posted a perfect 1.000 average in the game against UT-Arlington on Friday; three hits, three home runs for the junior.
  • Maddy Grimm, Kent State - Grimm was the catalyst when her squad upset the apple cart and #3 Michigan with it on Saturday. The Wolverines were shut out by a final of 3-0, and Grimm accounted for all three runs. A perfect 3-3 against the Wolverines' ace Haylie Wagner, Grimm clubbed two home runs and added a double  to an already-impressive stat line for the day.
  • Jade Rhodes, Auburn - Facing conference foe Ole Miss, Rhodes was red-hot. 3-3 in Saturday's game with three home runs and seven RBIs to her credit, the junior added a fourth roundtripper in Sunday's game. In her three-homer game, Rhodes accounted for exactly 1/2 of her team's fourteen runs.
MY TAKE:
UMKC's Katie Kelley has been included in our Performances of the Week section twice so far this season, thanks to incredibly-impressive offensive numbers. In this excerpt & prelude to the full interview that you can read next week, enjoy this Q&A snippet with some great advice from Katie herself.

Q: As a true dual-threat player yourself, what would you say to players at lower levels that are being told to choose a single position and stay there?

A: Being a multi-position player has allowed me to use my athleticism to its full potential. In my opinion, I do not see why you would want to limit yourself to only one spot. The more positions you play, the more chances you have to win a spot on the field. My advice to players being recruited would be to keep searching because the right coach will see your dedication to the game and will allow you to work towards multiple positions. 

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