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Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Roundup

NEWS:
  • Florida All-American pitcher/designated player Lauren Haeger set the SEC all-time home run record. She bested the previous record set by another Gator, Megan Bush.
  • Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly recorded his 1,200th career win on Sunday.
  • Missouri State head coach Holly Hesse recorded her 700th career win.
  • Missouri head coach Ehren Earleywine recorded his 400th career win on Sunday.
  • UCF legend Stephanie Best (now of ProSwings.com) was officially inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Friday night.
  • Former Purdue infielder Andrea Hillsey was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on Saturday.
  • Reigning National Player of the Year Lacey Waldrop recorded her first career hit & RBI; Florida State's Senior Day was the first-ever time the Seminoles' ace had stepped up to plate collegiately.
  • James Madison’s Jailyn Ford set the team’s all-time strikeout record & tied the all-time wins record.
  • Villanova’s Kate Poppe set the team’s all-time strikeout record.
  • Southeastern Louisiana’s Katie LaCour tied the team’s all-time runs record.
  • McNeese State’s Erika Piancastelli set the program’s single-season home run record.
  • Buffalo’s Alexis Curtiss set the program’s single-season doubles record.
  • San Diego’s Kailey Hill set the program’s single-season home run record.
  • James Madison’s Erica field set the program’s single-season doubles record.
  • San Jose State’s Allison Lang tied the program’s single-season saves record.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express- 
      • Krista Menke, North Dakota State - Perfect Game - (5.0 IP, 12 SO, vs. Fort Wayne)
      • Lauren Duggan, UConn (7.0 IP, 5 SO, vs. Hartford)
      • Caroline Raymond, UMass (5.0 IP, 2 SO, vs. Rhode Island)
      • Katie Sutherland-Finch, Cal (5.0 IP, 9 SO, vs. Santa Clara)
      • Megan Betsa, Michigan (5.0 IP, 6 SO, vs. Michigan State)
      • Jailyn Ford, James Madison - Perfect Game - (7.0 IP, 13 SO, vs. East Carolina)

LAUREN CHAMBERLAIN HOME RUN TRACKER: 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
Lauren Chamberlain's 90th home run, tying the all-time record. What more need be said? Watch it here.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK:
Lexie Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette - The Ragin' Cajuns can hit, to say the very, very least, and Elkins is the shining star atop the pile of offensive stars in Lafayette. As they put up forty-four runs on conference foe Appalachian State, Elkins' bat was directly responsible for thirteen of those runs. She hit five home runs, continuing her hot streak that hasn't cooled off since the season began. The quintet of bombs gave her twenty-five on the year.
Sara Borders, Jacksonville State - Despite facing three different teams in five days, Borders' hot streak didn't even come close to wearing off. She officially posted a .688 batting average, including three three-hit games. She parked five home runs over the outfield fence, gathering thirteen RBI in the process. She knocked in at least one run in four of her team's five games. Her season's average now checks in just below the .400 mark, at .391. She has already matched her previous career-best single-season home run total and is slugging .805. NPF teams can only sit, watch what they missed out on, and hope they might be able to pick her up as an undrafted free agent.
Krista Menke, North Dakota State - Another mid-major gem that was passed over by NPF teams three weeks ago, Menke put together a mighty-impressive stat line of her own this week. Pitching two complete, albeit run-rule-shortened, games, she gave up just a lone hit in eleven innings and KO'ed twenty-six hitters. She gave up no free passes, and only that single hit and a defensive error kept her from back-to-back perfect games.
Sami Fagan, Missouri - Thanks to the talent in the Tigers' lineup, it's seemingly always a different 'star of the week'. Well, this week belongs to the middle Fagan sister. Sami posted a .647 batting average on the week, absolutely raking against the Western Illinois and Arkansas pitching staffs in the process. She knocked in at least a single run in all five games, including three times where she drove in three or more. She didn't rely on the long ball until the weekend, when she "just" landed three over the fence.
Alex Hugo, Georgia - There's not a whole lot left unsaid about Alex Hugo. She is one of *the* very best in the nation, and she continues to show herself deserving of that label week-in and week-out. After being held surprisingly hitless in a midweek matchup against USC-Upstate, the Dawgs' second baseman combined with Tina Iosefa to provide their team's only offense as they suffered on the losing end of a doubleheader sweep by the #1 Florida Gators. Hugo hit .800 in the two-game set (shortened thanks to weather) with three home runs and a walk.
Marisa Runyon, Alabama - In the Iron Bowl series that saw the Tide take two of three from the bitter-rival Tigers, Runyon's star shined. On Saturday, in game one of a doubleheader, the Crimson Tide's third baseman knocked two home runs over the fence and gathered five RBI. In the four-hour marathon that was game two, she parked another one over the wall to give her a three-home run day. She picked up another three RBI, ending the series with a stat line of .417/3/8.

MY TAKE… can be summed up in one tweet. It’s a subject I’ve harped on for a couple of weeks, but I keep holding out hope progress is being made. Lauren Chamberlain, Kelsey Stewart, Andrea Filler, and the SEC teams in the state of Alabama sure provided the entertainment factor, so it was nice to see the sport get a bit of recognition, albeit a small one, on the biggest sports-highlight platform available.


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