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Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekend Roundup: Murphy, Stuedeman hit 1000; Panthers Stay Hot

NEWS:

  • Alabama head coach and NFCA hall of famer Patrick Murphy earned his 1,000th career win.
  • Utah State's Victoria Saucedo set the program's new all-time record for runs scored.
  • Longwood pitcher Elizabeth McCarthy set the program's all-time strikeout record.
  • St. John's senior Tori Free set her program's all-time strikeout record.
  • Fresno State's Kierra Willis set the Bulldogs program's alll-time walks record.
  • Fordham head coach Bridget Orchard earned her 700th career win.
  • Cal Poly senior ace Sierra Hyland set the program's new saves mark, and continues her ascent toward having her name atop every program pitching record.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Cardinal Stritch head coach and Baylor alum Jenny Isham Fuller on the birth of her daughter, Emma.
  • D2: Alabama-Huntsville head coach Les Stuedeman earned her 1,000th career victory.
  • Marshall senior pitcher Jordan Dixon recorded the 1,000th strikeout of her career.
  • Memphis' Lindsay Crowdus is the Tigers program's new all-time hits record holder.
  • Utah senior slugger Hannah Flippen set the program's new record for runs scored.
  • Incarnate Word earned the program's 700th win in their history.
  • Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph earned the 650th victory of her Spartan tenure.
  • D2: Missouri-St. Louis' Alex Stupek set the program's new all-time hits record.
  • Congratulations to those on this week's edition of the No-No Express:
    • Jordan Dixon, Marshall
    • Lexie Handley, Akron
    • Kaysee Talcik, UMass Lowell

KATIYANA MAUGA HOME RUN TRACKER
(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.)


WORTH NOTING
The Georgia State Panthers took a series victory over Texas State to firmly entrench themselves as the #2 team in the Sun Belt conference, behind just Louisiana-Lafayette. After being on the outside of the NCAA tournament looking in for several seasons running, the Panthers at 24-12 are in a good position for an at-large bid to the field of sixty-four in 2017. Victories over Mississippi State, Kansas, and Illinois are high points on the Panthers' schedule, while Ivie Drake and Megan Litumbe have both performed to exceedingly-high levels at the plate. First-year junior transfer Kinsley Jennings has looked solid in the circle, as well.


NOTABLE PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK
Sommer Grzybek, Columbia --- The Ivy League freshman may have only had three hits in eight at-bats during her team's doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth this weekend, but they were a very important and timely trio. Giving the Lions a triumphant Saturday on two different occasions, Grzybek's bat was responsible for two walk-off hits for her team, including an extra-inning long ball in game two of the series. In the first game of the day, Grzybek's single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Columbia the "W", and it was her ninth-inning walk-off home run that provided the game-winner in the second and final game of the day. The walk-off was Grzybek's second home run of the weekend.

Peyton Grantham, Alabama --- The junior keeper of the hot corner got hot herself as the Tide took the middle game (of what would eventually be a series loss to Missouri) of the weekend series with a vengeance after having been shut out in game one. Grantham accounted for six of her team's nine runs, parking three home runs over the fence in quick succession. Knocking roundtrippers out in the first, third, and seventh, Grantham was just a grand slam away from hitting the "home run cycle". She is only the third Tide player to hit three home runs in a game, joining Jackie Traina and Marisa Runyon.

Ali Aguilar, Washington --- Despite her team's series loss at home to UCLA, the senior stud didn't let the final "L" in two of the week's trio of games stop her from putting on a power show. Aguilar hit a trio of home runs on the weekend, including a solo shot in the weekend's first game and a pair of roundtrippers during her team's series-ending victory on Sunday night. She ended the week hitting .455, with four of her hits going for extra bases. She was one of just three Huskies to get a hit in all three games of the series.

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