Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Roundup: Grand Salamis and Strikeouts Abound


  • Columbia's Madison Gott set the program's new career home run record.
  • Utah State's Jazmin Clarke set the Aggies' single-season stolen base record.
  • Megan Litumbe of Georgia State passed teammate Ivie Drake for the program's career home run title - for the present.
  • Ole Miss head coach Mike Smith celebrated his 100th win with the Rebels.
  • Illinois State's Melinda Fischer celebrated her 1,000th career victory as head coach of the Redbirds.
  • Marshall ace hurler Jordan Dixon earned her 100th career victory in the circle.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette slugger DJ Sanders tied the NCAA record for career grand slams with her 6th.
  • Abilene Christian's Taylor Brown set the program's career record for runs scored.
  • Kaylin VanDomelen of North Dakota is now the winningest pitcher in program history.
  • Mercer's Meghan Rud set the program's single-season stolen base record.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express:
    • Alana Evans, Iona
    • Kelly Barnhill, Florida

(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.)

A great write-up on Ohio senior stud Savannah Jo Dorsey and her post-graduation plans. A talented athlete with a calling beyond the field. Read it here.

Each of the top five teams in the RPI rankings - Arizona, Florida State, Florida, Oregon, and Texas A&M - took at least one loss this weekend, while the two PAC-12 teams wound up on the losing side of the series, as well, losing two of their respective three-game sets. Arizona scored just six runs in a three-game series against Utah, but allowed ten runs over the three games. Florida State split a two-day, two-game set with South Carolina 50-50, while Florida and Texas A&M each won their respective conference series', but could not pull off the sweep. The five teams had a cumulative nine losses coming into the weekend, but exit it with seventeen in all.

---> Emily Watson, Tulsa The Tulsa ace continued to make her presence known on the national scene with another sparkling performance over the weekend. In a game that took two days to complete, thanks to a rain-induced suspension and a carryover, Watson recorded twenty-one strikeouts, averaging more than two KOs per inning in the ten-frame affair. Nineteen of the strikeouts came in the 8.2 innings of play that took place on Thursday, while the remaining 1.1 innings saw her send two more down. The twenty-one strikeouts are the second-most in a single game for a Division I pitcher this season. 

---> DJ Sanders, Louisiana-Lafayette - Year in and year out, there seems to be no shortage of power in Lafayette, and Sanders is a prime example of that. She's been featured in this section already this season, and earns inclusion here yet-again after another stellar week of play. The Cajuns slugger hit .400 on the week and hit a quartet of long balls over the fence, driving in an astounding fourteen runs. Her finest performance came in the middle game of the series against Texas State, when she hit two home runs and drove in eight runs in a .500 performance on the day.

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