Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Roundup: The Good, the Bruin, and the Record-Breaker

  • Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen recorded her 1,000th career strikeout.
  • Auburn's Kasey Cooper joined an exclusive club, becoming just the second player in SEC history to record 250 career hits and 250 career RBI.
  • Florida Atlantic legendary head coach Joan Joyce recorded her 900th career win.
  • Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins earned her 1,500th career win.
  • James Madison pitcher Megan Good set the program's single-season record for shutouts with her eleventh of the year.
  • The accolades keep piling up for Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland - the senior pitcher set the Big West conference's career strikeout mark.
  • WHAT WE MISSED: Florida A&M head coach Veronica Wiggins earned her 700th career win.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express:
    • Megan Betsa, Michigan
    • Delanie Gourley/Aleshia Ocasio, Florida
    • Kaylee Carlson, Auburn (perfect game)
    • Ethel Santai, Saint Francis (perfect game)

(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.)

Utah and UCLA opened PAC-12 conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles. The Utes swept the trio of games, taking the first three wins the program has ever experienced at Easton Stadium. It was the first time that UCLA has been swept at home since April 2-3, 2013, when the Bruins lost all three games of a weekend series to Washington.

Jess Andree, Belmont --- The Bruin junior put together an impressive showing that included a near-.500 batting average, a trio of home runs, and a single-game, record-setting showing. In her team’s game versus Mercer, Andree hit two grand slams, the second one coming in the top of tenth inning and providing what would be the game-winning runs for the Bruins, who held off a late Mercer charge in the bottom of the inning. Andree ended her weekend with a slash line of .444/3/10, with four runs scored in all.

Braxton Burnside, Missouri --- The Arkansas-native freshman enjoyed the best weekend performance of her young career during the Tigers' trip to Florida this week. Burnside hit a trio of home runs, including two against North Dakota State in a game that saw her gather three extra base hits and ten RBI in a record-setting performance. In all, the freshman ended her week's line at .545/3/18 with an unreal 1.611 OPS.

Megan Good, James Madison --- Good continued her impressive start to the season, with two victories to continue her undefeated streak in the circle in 2017. Good threw two shutouts and allowed just seven hits in all, striking out nineteen. One of the top “dual-threat” players in the nation, Good hit .444 at the plate, including seven RBIs, a mark that included the game-winning runs in her team’s games against Binghamton and Maryland.

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