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Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekend Roundup

NEWS:
  • Notre Dame's Emilee Koerner set the school's career runs record.
  • Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy earned his 900th career win.
  • Coastal Carolina's Kory Hayden set a new career home run record for the Big South Conference.
  • Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery earned his 400th career win.
  • Boise State's Jordan Krieger and Devon Bridges both set new school career offensive records, for doubles and hits, respectively.
  • Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain tied the Big 12 conference's career RBI record.
  • Former Missouri pitcher Lindsey Muller was married Friday night.
  • Division 2: West Texas A&M's Renee Erwin tied the Lone Star Conference's home run record.
  • Georgia State's Callie Alford set the program's career RBI record.
  • Chattanooga head coach Frank Reed earned his 1,000th career win.
  • Legendary former Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon.
  • Central Florida's Mackenzie Audas set a new program record for career wins.
  • USC-Upstate's Shellie Robinson set the school's all-time runs record.
  • Robert Morris' Nicole Sleith set the program's career pitching strikeouts record.
  • Georgia State's Megan Litumbe tied the team's single-season home run record with her 17th.
  • Florida's Lauren Haeger tied both the Gators' and SEC's career home run record.
  • Georgia College head coach Jamie Grodecki earned her 200th career win.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express- 
    • Mackenzie Audas, UCF (5.0 IP, 7 SO, vs. Houston)
    • D2: Morgan Foley, UIndy (5.0 IP, 8 SO, vs. McKendree)
    • Farish Beard, South Alabama (5.0 IP, 10 SO, vs. Georgia Southern)
    • Jessica Wireman, Eastern Illinois (7.0 IP, 4 SO, vs. UT-Martin)
    • Kylee Hanson, Florida Atlantic (7.0 IP, 18 SO, vs. Charlotte)
    • D3: Allyson Fournier, Tufts (5.0 IP, 13 SO, PERFECT GAME vs. Bates)

LAUREN CHAMBERLAIN HOME RUN TRACKER:


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: USC-Upstate's Dana Landers makes an incredible diving catch.


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze warms up before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.


PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK:
  • Kristen Turner, Iona - Turner went 3-5 with a walk on Wednesday against Wagner and hit one home run. On Saturday, she continued her hot streak with a 4-7 showing and another home run in a doubleheader. But Sunday was the real highlight - in the midst of an 18-0 shutout over Saint Peter's, the cleanup hitter went 4-5 with three home runs and five RBI. She followed that with yet another home run in game 2. Her final line on the week was .600/6/11 with four walks.
  • Missy McCormick, Towson - The Towson outfielder/pitcher put together a pretty impressive showing both at the plate and in the circle. She clubbed two home runs and recorded seven RBI on the offensive side, also scoring five runs. In the circle, she put together a perfect 3-0 showing, gathering twelve strikeouts and only allowing four hits in seventeen innings over those three games.
  • Kendall Settlemyre, USC-Upstate - The Upstate senior class is a talented, record-setting one and Settlemyre is one of the best of the best. She smashed six home runs this week alone, driving in nine runs and scoring eight herself. Her week's line was .526/6/9.
  • Alexis Walkden, Seton Hall - The Pirates freshman put together the finest showing of her career with five home runs and eight runs driven in; in the times she reached base without touching them all in one smooth jog, she stole three bases! Her final week's line was .389/5/8.
  • Maddy Grimm, Kent State - The Kent State sophomore infielder has lived up to the hype we gave her in the pre-season, and this week was one of her finest yet. Hitting .500 even, Grimm parked four home runs over the wall and drove in eight runs to go along with it. Proving her patience and dominance in the batter's box, she was walked six times in five games.
  • Megan Sweet, Nevada - In a bit of odd scheduling, the Wolfpack played two full three-game series' this week, and both were played against conference foes San Diego State and Boise State. Junior shortstop was by far the outstanding player of the week, showing out in both series with a pair of home runs in each. Her stat line for the full week was .652/4/10. She added seven runs of her own.

MY TAKE: Cross-posted from my Facebook page, I wrote this Saturday night after watching a lot of great softball all day long, followed by an episode of SportsCenter.

"Today in college softball, Lauren Chamberlain hit her 89th career home run, putting her just one away from sharing the all-time NCAA record. #1 LSU put together an exciting 7-4 victory over Tennessee. Auburn and Texas A&M, both ranked teams, split a doubleheader with identical 12-4 scores. Louisiana-Lafayette slaughtered Big 12 foe Baylor in an incredible showing. USC-Upstate put together a bomb show with five home runs in a doubleheader sweep over Stetson. Mississippi State upset Mizzou in CoMo and Ehren Earleywine was ejected after just the kind of "discussion" ESPN usually thrives on showing over and over again.

That's just a sampling of the action in college softball today, but each of those games I mentioned share one thing in common: They all aired on an ESPN-backed network or streaming service.

Now, I just finished watching an hour-long episode of SportsCenter... in the show's sixty-minute time span, they talked about and/or covered highlights of the NBA, NHL, NASCAR, PGA, MLS, European soccer, and college hockey. They featured interviews w/ Derrick Rose, Sidney Crosby, and Tiger Woods; showed the same college hockey highlight twice; dedicated two full segments to Masters coverage; spent several minutes discussing NASCAR penalties; and showed more European soccer than I've seen in my lifetime. Want to guess how many softball highlights they showed?

Even with the film of every one of those games at their very fingertips, not a single softball highlight nor even a mention of the sport graced the airwaves. Something simply does not compute."

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