Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekend Roundup: Arizona's Mercado Named JWOS Player of the Week


  • Syracuse pitcher Sydney O'Hara set a new program career record for saves.
  • Texas Charge & former Concordia pitcher Katie Cotta was inducted into her alma mater's Hall of Fame.
  • Baylor head coach Glenn Moore earned his 800th career win.
  • Texas A&M coach Jo Evans earned her 800th win as head coach of the Aggies.
  • With a victory over Nebraska, Tennessee earned the 1,000th victory in program history.
  • Georgia State's Ivie Drake set the program's career home run record.
  • Weber State's Mary Kay Amicone earned her 100th career win as head coach of the Wildcats.
  • D2: Southern Arkansas' Jason Anderson earned the 400th win of his career.
  • Mississippi State senior pitcher Alexis Silkwood set the program's career strikeout mark.
  • Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer earned the 1,000th victory of her career.
  • D2: Ashland head coach Sheilah Gulas earned the 900th victory of her career.
  • Florida International's Stephanie Texeira set the program's career home run record.
  • Northwestern State's Kellye Kincannon tied the program career record for total bases.
  • Former Florida catcher Aubree Munro had her #1 jersey retired at her alma mater of Brea Olinda High School in California.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Minnesota assistant coach Piper Ritter on the birth of her daughter, Maren Lori Ritter.
  • Congratulations to the ladies on this week's edition of the No-No Express:
    • Megan Kleist, Oregon
    • Renee Poirier, Army
    • Emily Goodin, Indiana
    • Kayla Harris, Pittsburgh (perfect game)
    • Christina Washington, Boise State (perfect game)


Performances of the Week:
Brittney Jones, Northwestern State - The Lady Demon senior went from having zero home runs on the still-young season to being tied for the team lead in the category, thanks to a quartet of long balls over the weekend. Jones ended the weekend with “just” a .353 batting average, but knocked in ten runs to go with the four home runs and earned four free passes, to boot.

Rebecca Freeman, Marist - As the Red Foxes still await the arrival of Claire Oberdorf from the Marist basketball team, Freeman was the latest to step up as a team leader on the offensive side of the ball. The Red Foxes’ starting catcher, Freeman ended her weekend with a .611 batting average and a trio of home runs. She scored seven runs and knocked in fourteen to go along, also earning two walks. Freeman’s trio of home runs all came in a perfect 4-4 outing against Savannah State.

Kendra Lynch, North Carolina - Lynch was a sleeper pick in both the ACC and on our Top 50 preseason Watch-List to kick off the year, and has continually played at a high level of play. A dual-threat player - the best kind - Lynch took home a .588 batting average on the weekend, scoring five runs while hitting two long balls over the fence. In addition to her adventures at the plate, Lynch went 2-0 in the circle, allowing just three runs in nearly fifteen innings of work and striking out four.

Player of the Week: Mo Mercado, Arizona

The Wildcat senior put together an impressive performance in her team's 4-1 showing at the Mary Nutter Classic. Mercado posted a perfect 1.000 batting average through the tournament's first three games and only recorded two outs throughout the weekend's quintet of games. Ending the weekend with an .846 batting average, Mercado recorded four extra base hits, drove in eleven runs, and scored six runs in her own right. She also earned three walks.

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