Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekend Roundup: Mauga Puts on a Power Show

  • Memphis' Kyler Trosclair set the program's all-time stolen base record.
  • Illinois senior Nicole Evans set the new all-time Illini RBI mark.
  • Sacramento State alum and former National Player of the Year Joanne English had her #21 jersey retired by the Hornets.
  • Lamar's Ciara Luna set a new program record for pitching shutouts.
  • Delaware sophomore Anna Steinmetz set the new career Blue Hen home run record with her 24th.
  • Congratulations to this week's members of the No-No Express:
    • Taylor West, Jacksonville State
    • Ashley Sharp, Wright State
    • Katie Beriont, Notre Dame
    • Elaine Heflin, UIC

(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 trip to Los Angeles to play UCLA provided the end to the Oregon Ducks' thirty-five game winning streak, a winning run that tied Mike White's squad for the most consecutive wins in NCAA history. The Ducks not only lost their first game of the year, but their first conference series thanks to back-to-back shutout losses at the hands of the Bruins, and did so despite outscoring their opponent 11-7 through the three-game set. 

--> Kelsey Horton, New Mexico State - The Aggie second baseman put together an impressive showing in her team's 14-6 mid-series win over Seattle in a conference matchup, going 3-5 at the plate and knocking a trio of long balls over the fence. She homered three times in four innings, including in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings. She hit .600 on the weekend as w hole, driving in six runs and scoring four of her own.

--> Katiyana Mauga, Arizona - The Wildcat senior continued her ascent up the all-time home run chart, knocking a quartet of home runs in her team’s three-game weekend series and driving in eight runs to help her team to a three-game sweep and becoming the first team this season to reach the forty-win plateau. Her final line for the weekend looked like this: .667/4/8, with five runs scored.

--> Molly Hutchison, North Carolina State - Though it was bookended by two 0-fer games for the Wolfpack slugger, the middle game of her team’s conference series against Georgia Tech, Hutchison had a career day in the weekend’s middle game, batting a perfect 1.000 (4-4) with three home runs and seven RBI. She knocked balls out of the park in the 1st, 4th, and 7th innings, adding a walk and a stolen base to an already-impressive offensive day.

--> Aleah Craighton, Louisiana-Lafayette - Nary a weekend goes by that somebody – or a bunch of somebodies – put on an offensive show at Lamson Park, and Craighton was the chosen tribute this weekend. She posted a batting average of .625 with three home runs, spacing them out evenly across her team’s three-game series. She drove in six runs and scored seven of her own.

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