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Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekend Roundup

NEWS:

  • Ole Miss' Hailey Lunderman set the program's single-season hits record.
  • McNeese State sophomore Erika Piancastelli set the program's career home run mark.
  • Central Arkansas hired Brandi Dannelly as an assistant coach.
  • Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans earned her 1,100th career win.
  • Auburn's Emily Carosone set the program's all-time hits record.
  • Saint Louis head coach Christy Connoyer earned her 200th career win.
  • North Carolina State's Tyler Ross set the program's single-season records for both runs scored and stolen bases.
  • Samford senior Callie Brister set the school's all-time home run mark.
  • Kent State junior Maddy Grimm set the program's single-season runs record, as well as the all-time RBI mark.
  • Kennesaw State's Taylor Denton set the program's new all-time stolen base record holder.
  • South Alabama senior (and NPF draftee) Emily Messer set the school's new single-season hits record.
  • North Carolina senior infielder Kristen Brown earned a share of the ACC all-time home run record.
  • Seton Hall's Valerie Suto earned a share of the Pirates' program record for hits in a single season.
  • Ohio State's Cammi Prantl became the program's all-time hits leader.
  • UCF senior star Shelby Turnier earned a share of the program's career pitching wins record.
  • On the final game of the season, Saint Peter's recorded their first victory of the year, a 3-2 upset win over Monmouth.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express:
    • Molly Flowers, Maine (7.0 IP, 12 SO, vs. UMBC) 
    • Holly Reinke, Colorado State (7.0 IP, 2 SO, vs. UNLV)
    • Kelly Barnhill, Florida (5.0 IP, 10 SO, vs. Arkansas)

KELSEY STEWART HIT TRACKER
The Florida Gators' second baseman comes into this season 113 hits away from the career NCAA record. We will track her progress weekly.
Original photo: Tim Casey/Florida Communications


WORTH WATCHING - After their teams' doubleheader matchup on Saturday, Western Kentucky head coach Amy Tudor and Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton had a 'battle' of their own.


UPSET ALERT - Top 25 teams that lost this week.
- #4 Alabama - Lost to #19 Georgia 9-5
- #5 Florida State - SWEPT by #1 Florida 1-0 (suspended game), 7-1; Lost to NR Louisville 
      4-0
- #6 Oregon - Lost to NR California 15-4 (5)
- #7 Auburn - Lost to #18 Texas A&M 6-5 (8); Lost to #18 Texas A&M 13-6
- #8 Washington - Lost to #16 LSU 6-0; Lost to #16 LSU 5-4 (9)
- #10 Missouri - Lost to NR South Carolina 3-1
- #13 Tennessee - Lost to NR Ole Miss 3-0
- #16 LSU - Lost to #8 Washington 9-4
- #18 Texas A&M - Lost to #7 Auburn 5-4
- #19 Georgia - Lost to #4 Alabama 7-2; Lost to #4 Alabama 9-7
- #20 South Florida - Lost to NR UCF 9-0; Lost to NR UCF 5-3
- #21 Arizona - Lost to #23 Oregon State 2-1
- #23 Oregon State - Lost to #21 Arizona 6-0; Lost to #21 Arizona 10-1 (5)
- #25 Utah - SWEPT by #15 UCLA 15-7 (5), 8-0 (6)


PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK
  • Kierra Willis, Fresno State - As her squad ran their win streak to twenty-one straight games with two wins over Nevada, Willis provided a serious power push. Hitting .625 on the weekend, the junior outfielder clobbered three home runs and drove in seven of her team's seventeen runs as the Bulldogs swept the doubleheader. 
  • Maddie Houlihan, Minnesota - The Gopher freshman got hot at just the right time, adding another stellar conference performance to her resume. Hitting at a .769 clip against the final B1G foe of the year, Iowa, notched out four extra base hits, including three doubles and a home run. She tallied four RBI along the way.
  • Kendra Lynch, North Carolina - With their backs against the wall and needing a solid showing in the final conference series of the year, the Tar Heels turned to Lynch to guide them to the conference tournament, and guide them she did. Throwing every inning of the three-game set against Georgia Tech, Lynch allowed just four runs and only fifteen hits. She struck out just seven, but added four hits, including two home runs, and 4 RBI from the offensive side, contributing to her team’s 22-run onslaught against the Yellow Jackets.
  • Alex Stewart, Louisiana-Lafayette - Pitching all but three innings of her team's dominant three-game sweep over in-state rival Louisiana-Monroe, Stewart showed out. In seventeen innings of work, she allowed just four hits, no runs, and struck out eighteen, earning the win in each of the three games to improve her season's record to 25-4.

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