Author: jmcleod

Abilene Christian spent the last four years in proverbial postseason purgatory; reclassified from Division 2 into the Division I ranks, the Wildcats were ineligible for the postseason for four years following the move. As his team sought to make their mark at the Division I level, ACU head coach Bobby Reeves quickly learned that he could count on his pitching being some of the best in the Southland Conference. Redshirt senior Hannah Null joined the Wildcats in 2014, without a hope of postseason in her career trajectory. It was a process that she calls “frustrating… it was tough to place…

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Nebraska legendary pitcher Peaches James will be one of seven individuals inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame later this fall. James, a Nebraska native, enjoyed one of the finest careers in Husker softball history. Playing for the Huskers from 2001-2004, James earned a nomination to the all-Big 12 conference first team in each of her four seasons in Lincoln. During her career, James led the Huskers to 149 victories, earning ninety-eight of them for her own personal record. She ended her  career with a 1.19 ERA and 945 strikeouts. Her forty-four career shutouts remain a school record. James’ quartet…

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Former Valdosta State star Marti Littlefield has been announced as a member of the Gulf South Conference’s induction class of 2018. A former starting shortstop for the Blazers from 2009-2012, Littlefield was three times named an all-American during her career at Valdosta State. She earned the Gulf South’s Freshman of the Year honor in 2009 and earned first-team all-conference honors in each of her four years as a Blazer. Littlefield owns the VSU single-season RBI record with an incredible 103 runs batted in as a freshman in ’09. She ranks in the all-time top five in four different statistical categories…

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Georgia and Florida jockeyed back and forth for the SEC’s top spot after week nine, while LSU and Ole Miss combined for a tight-knit series in Baton Rouge. Oregon showed out against the Wildcats of Arizona on the West coast, outscoring UA 23-2 on the weekend. Oklahoma remained undefeated in Big 12 games; Florida State saw their undefeated conference streak come to an end against Pittsburgh; and Fresno State jumped back into the heavy heat of the Mountain West fray. Now, for the headlines and highlights of the week… NEWS Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery earned the 500th win…

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Texas Arlington catcher Reagan Wright has been named the JWOS Player of the Week. Wright enjoyed an offensive outburst in the first game of her team’s three-game set against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. The sophomore backstop hit three home runs in the game, going 3-4 and driving in eight runs. Wright’s performance was only the third time in UTA program history that a player hit three home runs in a single game. Later in the series, Wright added her fourth home run of the weekend and drove in two runs. All told, the Maverick catcher finished the weekend with a .385 average…

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Georgia senior pitcher Brittany Gray will miss the remainder of the 2018 season and postseason with a right biceps injury, according to a team release. Gray had only lost a single game in the 2018 season, boasting a 16-1 record that included twelve complete games. She leads the SEC with a 0.48 ERA in just over 100 innings pitched this season and boasts 134 strikeouts on the year. A senior, Gray will not be eligible for a redshirt and thus will end her career following the 2018 season. She finishes her time as a Bulldog with sixty career victories in…

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Oregon catcher Gwen Svekis is committed to going bald for a good cause. But first, she has to reach her fundraising goal of $10,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s supports pediatric cancer research, and the cause is one that is very close to Svekis’ heart, as her mother recently battled and beat cancer. The UO fundraising event is being put on by the Ducks’ women’s soccer team, and, in an effort to raise awareness and funds on campus, started a competition to see who could be the top fundraising team amongst their athletic peers at Oregon. “They told…

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Fans watching the NCAA Women’s Basketball national championship on Sunday night were treated to not only a great basketball game, but an excellent broadcast and a call of the game-winning shot that will go down as famously as the basket itself. “Ogunbowale, for the win! GOOD!” was the call from ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Adam Amin, standing to watch the shot before falling back into his seat, speechless, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrated their newfound national title. The game was just the latest high-profile assignment for Amin, who has covered basketball; football, both college and the NFL; baseball; and…

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Oklahoma ran their winning streak to twenty-two consecutive games after a three-game sweep over Baylor in the second weekend of Big 12 conference play. The Sooners sport the longest active winning streak in the nation and made it through their toughest conference opponent with flying colors, including a run-rule victory in game two of the series. ​In the Big 10, Indiana enjoyed their second consecutive Big 10 conference sweep and sit atop the conference standings with a perfect record, the only B1G team who can boast such. A week after breezing by Ohio State, the Hoosiers made ​played it close with…

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Chad Schatz, most recently an assistant coach at Detroit Mercy, died on March 29th following a battle with cancer. Schatz was 58 years old. A graduation of Truman State University, Schatz spent a majority of his career coaching in his home state of Missouri. In addition to stints as an assistant coach at Missouri S&T and Columbia College, Schatz also spent a decade as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri. During his tenure, Schatz was part of a Big 12 championship-winning team and helped guide the Tigers to the Women’s College World Series. Most recently, Schatz had been…

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