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Oklahoma State head coach Kenny Gajewski earned his 200th career win on Thursday night in a 3-1 walk-off win against conference opponent Iowa State. As the Cowgirls’ head coach celebrates his milestone victory, here are Five Fast Facts about him and his career. 1. He is in his 6th season at Oklahoma State. Hired in the summer of 2015, Gajewski is in his sixth season at the helm of the program, but reached the 200-win milestone in just five years’ worth of games. 2. He’s tied for the most wins through five seasons by an OSU head coach. Despite the…

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A native of Monticello, Florida, Elizabeth Hightower grew up roughly forty minutes from Tallahassee. For the native of the panhandle, though, she knew she wanted to be a Florida Gator from the moment she set foot on the Gainesville campus. “As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew I wanted to be here,” Hightower said in a recent phone interview. “The culture of Florida softball was always the best, and you knew that if you played for Tim Walton, he was going to get and expect the best out of you. I knew if I came here [that] I…

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North Georgia head coach Mike Davenport earned his 900th career win in a 12-1 victory over Newberry on Wednesday. As the Nighthawks’ veteran coach celebrates his milestone victory, here are Five Fast Facts that you should know about him and his career. 1. He is in his 21st season as the UNG head coach. Davenport took over the North Georgia softball program in 2000 and has won nearly 80% of his team’s games since that time. In 2010, Davenport’s squad recorded a 51-game winning streak, the 2nd-longest such streak in NCAA history. 2. In 2015, he became a National Champion.…

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Many teams are playing a short week due to the Easter holiday, so Thursday and Friday will see more softball than in a normal week during the regular season. Conference play continues across the country, and there are some intriguing matchups coast to coast in the Power Five and amongst the mid-majors. Here are our picks for who and what to watch in Week 8. 1. Arkansas @ Auburn Thu: SEC Network Plus, 5 pm CT; Fri: SEC Network, 12 pm CT; Sat: SEC Network, 1 pm CT The Hogs are undefeated in conference play, and Auburn is floundering after…

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NEWS AND NOTES Stony Brook head coach Megan Bryant recorded her 900th career win in a 10-0 victory over Binghamton on Saturday. Arkansas head coach Courtney Deifel recorded her 200th career win in a 2-0 win over Mississippi State on Friday. South Florida’s AnaMarie Bruni set the American Conference record for career stolen bases with the 82nd swiped bag of her career. Southeast Missouri star Rachel Anderson set the Redhawks program career record for total bases in a win against Morehead State on Friday. Seattle slugger Madison Cathcart set the Western Athletic Conference career record for walks with her 139th…

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Oklahoma slugger Jocelyn Alo has been named the JWOS Player of the Week for her performance during Week 7 of the 2021 season. Alo batted .800 (4-5) with seven walks in a conference series against Iowa State. All of her hits went for extra bases, as she helped lead her team to a series sweep. In game one of the series, Alo went 2-3 at the plate and hit two home runs in the game. She recorded five RBIs in the game, scored three runs, and earned her first walk of the weekend. Despite batting second in the lineup in…

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Who is she? Caitlin Blanchard, a former infielder and catcher for the Michigan Wolverines. What is she known for? Blanchard was a mainstay in the early-2010s Michigan batting order, appearing in more than 200 games during her 4-year career in Ann Arbor. After beginning her career as an all-conference catcher, Blanchard was a 2-time All-Region selection as a first baseman in her junior and senior years. Here’s something interesting… In addition to her previous and continued skills on a softball diamond, Blanchard also has a musical gift and plays the alto and tenor saxophone. She was even a member of the…

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The JWOS Top 25 poll for Week 7 will be released early Tuesday morning. Here’s how the teams who were ranked in last week’s poll fared in this week’s games. (Editor’s note: The series finale of Alabama/Kentucky will be played on Monday night in Lexington.) #1 Oklahoma W 9-7 vs. Iowa State W 10-2 vs. Iowa State W 22-2 vs. Iowa State #2 UCLA DNP #3 Alabama W 5-0 vs. North Alabama W 11-6 vs. Kentucky L 4-2 vs. Kentucky MON vs. Kentucky #4 Florida L 8-6 vs. UCF W 5-0 vs. LSU W 7-4 vs. LSU W 9-3 vs.…

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Stony Brook head coach Megan Bryant earned her 900th career win in her team’s 10-0 victory over Binghamton on Saturday afternoon. While the veteran coach celebrates her milestone win, here are Five Fast Facts about the Seawolves leader. 1. She has coached the Seawolves for two decades. Hired to take over the Stony Brook program in 2001, Bryant has spent the last two decades as the program’s head coach. 2. She is a 5-time conference Coach of the Year. Bryant has been named the America East Coach of the Year three times while at Stony Brook, in 2009, ’12, and…

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