Monday, March 9, 2015

Weekend Roundup

  • St. John's head coach Amy Kvilhaug earned her 300th career victory in a win over Stony Brook on Saturday.
  • Florida Gulf Coast head coach David Deiros earned his 500th career win in a victory over LIU-Brooklyn on Friday.
  • UCF all-time pitching wins leader Allison Kime got married this weekend.
  • Rutgers' P Alyssa Landrith became the program's all-time record holder in strikeouts with her 520th.
  • East Texas Baptist's Shelby Parker became the program's all-time wins leader with fifty-seven.
  • LSU's Bianka Bell set the program's all-time home run record with her 34th career roundtripper.
  • Former NPF standout & current Georgia Tech assistant coach Charlotte Morgan was injured in a game over the weekend. She posted this update on social media yesterday:
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express- 
    • Krista Menke, North Dakota State - (8 IP, 12 SO, vs. Purdue)
    • Lacey Waldrop, Florida State - (5.0 IP, 4 SO, vs. Coastal Carolina)
    • Jill Compton, Fresno State - PERFECT GAME - (5.0 IP, 9 SO, vs. Iowa)
    • Ally Carda, UCLA - (5.0 IP, 9 SO, vs. Illinois)
    • Brianna Lore, St. Louis - (7.0 IP, 2 SO, vs. Kennesaw State)
    • Emma Johnson, Kent State - (5.0 IP, 9 SO, vs. Michigan State)
    • Lindsey Bert, Furman - (7.0 IP, 6 SO, vs. Winthrop)
    • Paige Parker, Oklahoma - PERFECT GAME - (5.0 IP, 3 SO, vs. Missouri State)
    • Katie Worley, Georgia State - (7.0 IP, 14 SO, vs. Troy)
    • Kirsten Wood, Northwestern - (5.0 IP, 9 SO, vs. Ball State)
    • Jessica Burroughs, Florida State - (5.0 IP, 7 SO, vs. Coastal Carolina)
    • Sydney Littlejohn, Alabama - PERFECT GAME - (5.0 IP, 6 SO, vs. Ole Miss)


SMALL WORLD REMINDER OF THE WEEK: In the center of this pic is a young Sydney Dwyer, now a freshman infielder for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Behind the plate catching for the Stanford Cardinal is current Minnesota head coach Jessica Allister, and calling balls and strikes is Calvin Walker, the father of Golden Gophers senior infielder Tyler Walker.

  • Meghan Gregg, Tennessee - The freshman infielder was among many offensive stars for the Lady Vols this weekend, and she sat at the top of the pile. Registering a .688 batting average, Gregg bettered her career home run total by 400% in just one weekend. With just one long ball to her credit before coming home to Lee Stadium, Gregg clubbed four long balls and drove in thirteen runs through the course of the weekend.
  • Katie Kelley, UMKC - Just two weeks removed from an appearance in this section, Kelley is back after another stellar weekend performance at the plate . She hit an even .500 this weekend, clubbed four home runs and drove in sixteen runs. She also appeared in the circle in each of her team's five games, collecting an even twenty strikeouts and earning the win against UConn and the save in the 2nd game against the Huskies.
  • Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma - The home run tracker above should serve as all of the necessary proof for Chamberlain's inclusion here. Coming off a concussion-like injury that saw her sit out last weekend's rain-shortened games, the slugging infielder knocked four home runs over the fence to take her career total to eighty-three, seven short of the all-time record and eight shy of holding it all by her lonesome.
  • North Carolina State - Coming off a midweek loss to Elon that saw ace Emily Weiman get knocked out of the game in the 3rd inning & the Wolfpack bats limited to just six hits, the weekend series against #23 Notre Dame looked a bit lopsided. The old phrase "never say never" rings true yet again, though, as the Pack took all three games from the Fighting Irish. Renada Davis and Molly Hutchison each enjoyed multi-home run games while sophomore Tyler Ross clubbed three roundtrippers of her own. Senior Emily Weiman recovered nicely, going the full distance for a 2-0 weekend record and collecting 15 strikeouts along the way.
  • Ericka Piancastelli, McNeese State - The freshman hit .750 on the weekend, reaching base nine times and touching 'em all four times. She drove in ten runs along the way and was walked twice. Tripling her career home run total, Piancastelli parked a long ball over the fence in three of her team's four games on the weekend.

If the season ended now and I was tasked with naming the player of the year, I'd have no doubt in my mind when I selected UDub's Courtney Gano. The term "game-changer" comes to mind when I think of Gano's already-incredible 2015 campaign.

After a diagnosis of CIDP, a neurological disorder, ended her 2014 campaign prematurely, Gano started 2015 red-hot and hasn't cooled down since, with double-digit home run totals and a developing reputation as a budding superstar at the plate.

A broken thumb ended her sophomore campaign and handed her a redshirt in 2014, and after the shortened 2015, Gano hadn't seen a full season of action since her freshman season. Granted, she still has not, but her 2015 is without a doubt already her finest yet.

Overcoming what she has, it would be the easy way out to call Gano a feel-good story. She fits that description with no doubt, but that's just scratching the surface if you want to talk adjectives that describe this young lady.

Looking for inspiration, look to the bespectacled first baseman in Seattle. Looking for a great softball player, you need turn no where else. Don't be surprised if Gano's trophy case grows significantly in volume at season's end.

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