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Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekend Roundup

NEWS:
  • Utah State head coach Steve Johnson received a contract extension. The new deal keeps him at USU through the 2019 season.
  • Dayton head coach Cara LaPlaca earned her 300th career win on Saturday.
  • Baylor retired the #4 jersey in honor of program legend & three-time all-American Brette Reagan.
  • Nevada's Karley Hopkins continues to set program records; this weekend, she set the program's career doubles mark.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express- 
    • Callee Guffey, Stephen F. Austin (5.0 IP, 4 SO, vs. Houston Baptist)
    • Kate Poppe, Villanova (7.0 IP, 11 SO, vs. Creighton)

LAUREN CHAMBERLAIN HOME RUN TRACKER:

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Check out three pretty impressive catches, including one by SFA's Lindsay Campbell's that made #3 on SportsCenter Top 10 and another by Kentucky's Christian Stokes that was #10.




WOW!  Christian Stokes made play #10 on ESPN SPORTS CENTER play of the day. Christian Stokes
Posted by Bill Rhonda Cassidy Stokes on Monday, April 6, 2015

PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK:
  • Caitlin Conrad, Ohio State - Conrad has put together an excellent senior season thus-far, but went undrafted to the NPF Wednesday night. The Buckeye outfielder then decided to show the league's five teams what they had missed, to the tune of a three home-run performance in a weekend series against B1G for Nebraska. Her first dinger of the weekend came against Husker ace Emily Lockman, while her two home-run performance came on Saturday against a pair of Huskers. The trio of long balls gave her nine on the year.
  • Erin Pronobis, Maryland - The Terps' senior outfielder started the weekend 1-4, but hit .750 with a walk in the weekend's final two games. Three home runs highlighted a perfect 4-4 showing in Saturday's late game, while she manufactured three RBI the "old-fashioned way" on Sunday.
  • Lexi Allen, Georgia Southern - Allen got off to a slow start in the Eagles' weekend series against Appalachian State, but that didn't last long. After gathering three RBI in the late game of Friday's doubleheader, she contributed two home runs and six RBI to her team's eventual 11-6 victory on Saturday.

MY TAKE:
St. John's catcher Erin Burner's name has appeared in this article several times as this season has gone on. Now hitting .449 on the year, she leads her team in nearly every major offensive category, including home runs (7); RBI (26); and slugging percentage (.821)

Asked about maintaining her consistent pace week-in and week-out, Burner said, “Taking it day by day is my main focus. You can’t get too high and you don’t want yourself to get too low either… maintaining consistency in every aspect is key.”

A career .338 hitter with thirty home runs coming into this season, Burner has impressed at nearly every turn. Having kept a close eye on her all season long, another first-team all-Big East honor is likely and do not be surprised if she gets some offers both here and overseas to continue playing after her St. John's career is done.

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