Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Roundup: Candrea Makes History, Marshall Goes Streaking

  • Arizona head coach Mike Candrea earned his 1,500th career win.
  • Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly earned her 1,000th career win.
  • D2: UIndy head coach Melissa Frost earned her 500th career win.
  • D2: West Texas A&M head coach Kevin Blaskowski earned his 800th career win.
  • Notre Dame senior Karley Wester set the program's record for career hits.
  • Colorado State's Haley Hutton set a new program career record with the 167th run scored of her career.
  • Cal Poly ace Sierra Hyland set yet another record this weekend, this time the Big West Conference's all-time strikeout mark.
  • Boston College's Tatiana Cortez set the program's new all-time home run record.
  • Congratulations to those on this week's edition of the No-No Express:
    • Arizona Pilgrim, Charleston Southern
    • Haley Chambers-Book, SIU-Edwardsville
    • Breanna Wonderly, Illinois
    • Danielle O'Toole, Arizona
    • Tori Free, St. John's
    • Megan Betsa, Michigan
    • Jessica Burroughs, Florida State
    • Peyton Jordan, UNC-Wilmington

(The Arizona Wildcats' senior comes into this season 28 home runs away from the NCAA career record. We will track her progress weekly towards the all-time mark.)

With their victory over Western Kentucky on Sunday, the Marshall Thundering Herd marked their 15th straight victory, a streak that dates back to to a March 3 victory over South Carolina State that began the streak. The victory punctuated the third consecutive conference series sweep for the Herd. Over her team's past four games, senior Morgan Zerkle has hit .615. The fifteen-game winning streak is the longest in Thundering Herd program history.

Notable Performances of the Week
South Carolina Gamecocks --- Beverly Smith's Gamecocks headed to Tuscalooa to take on perennial powerhouse Alabama in a road series. Though they lost the series, it was the Gamecocks' performance in the weekend's game two that earned them a mention here. Senior ace in the circle Nickie Blue threw a two-hit shutout of the Tide offense, while her teammates put up fourteen runs on two Tide pitchers, including ten runs, five unearned, on sophomore Madi Moore. Eleven Gamecocks scored at least one run, while six accounted for at least one RBI a piece.

Molly Oretsky, Penn --- The Quaker junior picked about as much of a storybook setting as possible to hit her first career home run. In a game that went more than three hours and into extras as a bonafide pitcher's duel, Oretsky was called upon to pinch-hit to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Her bomb over the wall gave the Quakers the win and was not just the first career roundtripper for the spot-starting underclassman, but was just her second extra-base hit of the entire season.

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