NEWS AND NOTES
- Iowa State’s Sami Williams set the Cyclones single-season program record for home runs with her 18th longball of the year.
- Wichita State freshman Addison Barnard set the Shockers’ single-season program records for home runs and RBIs over the weekend.
- Buffalo set a single-season program record for team home runs, when a home run by Anna Aguon marked the 37th longball of the season for the Bulls.
- UCF also set a single-season program record with the 52nd home run of the year for the Knights; that one came off the bat of Jada Cody.
- Southern Illinois coach Kerri Blaylock earned the 739th win of her tenure at SIU. The victory gave her the title of winningest coach in Saluki history, regardless of sport.
- Auburn head coach Mickey Dean earned his 600th career win in a victory over Ole Miss. He received Silly String – a LOT of Silly String – as a gift.
- San Diego State head coach Kathy Van Wyk earned the 800th win of her head coaching career in a victory over Utah State.
- Stony Brook’s Jourdin Hering set the Seawolves’ career record for singles with the 151st one-base hit of her career.
- Stephen F. Austin’s Shaylon Govan set the Ladyjacks’ record for home runs in a single season with her 14th longball of the season.
- UT-Martin sophomore Kaitlyn Kelley set the Skyhawks’ single-season program record for home runs with her 15th roundtripper of the year.
- Central Arkansas speedster Jenna Wildeman stole her 41st base of the season this weekend, giving her the program’s single-season record for swiped bags.
- Montana pitcher Tristin Achenbach earned three wins this weekend, and set the Grizzlies’ program record for career wins. Achenbach now owns 31 pitching wins in her career.
- Prairie View A&M head coach Vernon Bland earned the 156th win of his head coaching career, tying him with A.D. James for the program’s all-time coaching wins record. Bland’s next victory will give him sole possession of first place in the category.
HARPER HOMER WATCH
Arizona super-senior Jessie Harper continued her ascent toward the top of the Division I all-time home run list. She hit her 87th career home run against Utah on Friday, and now stands just eight away from tying Lauren Chamberlain’s all-time record. Friday’s longball was just Harper’s third home run in the month of April.
MICHIGAN TAKES DOWN NORTHWESTERN
No fun title for this one; just straight dominance from the Michigan Wolverines, who took the 3-1 series win over Northwestern in Evanston. After losing the opening game of the series, the Wolverines won three in a row in convincing fashion, outscoring the Wildcats 15-5 in the final three games of the series. Taylor Bump hit a pair of home runs in the series, and Alex Storako earned a pair of wins in the decisive series win.
South Dakota State continued their torrid pace through Summit League play, taking down South Dakota in another series win and clinching the conference regular-season title. Krista Wood’s Jackrabbits took a loss in game one of the series – their first conference loss of the year – but came storming back with a trio of run-rule victories over USD to finish the weekend. Already holding the conference crown, the Jackrabbits have just one league series left, at home against North Dakota State to close the regular season.
CONFERENCE USA CHAOS
Don’t look now, but the Conference USA race has gotten very interesting down the stretch. Charlotte leads the East Division handily, with a 4-game lead in the win column over 2nd-place Marshall. The 49ers also have the second-most wins in the conference, second only to North Texas. The Mean Green lead the West Division at 10-2 on the season, while UAB has put together an impressive 12-4 run in league play and stand in second place in the West. Six teams have winning records in conference play – the afore-mentioned quartet, as well as MTSU and Louisiana Tech.
BAYOU BENGALS HIT BOMBS
LSU’s offense has seemingly been one conundrum after another, but when the Tiger bats are hot, they’re hot. Unfortunately for Kentucky, the Tiger bats caught on fire (figuratively speaking, of course) just in time for Sunday’s doubleheader that closed the teams’ series at John Cropp Stadium. LSU scored twenty runs on Sunday, in matching 10-run efforts as they swept the doubleheader and took the series win. As wishy-washy as the LSU bats have been all season long, there’s no denying the *potential* for absolute potency that is there.
THE CONE OF FAME
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Jenna Cone had another stellar weekend at the plate for George Washington in Week 11. Cone batted .467, with six of her seven hits going for extra bases. That number included a trio of home runs, and she added ten RBIs and scored six runs in her own right. She recorded a slugging percentage of 1.267 and an on-base percentage of .529.
Notre Dame went to Blacksburg, Virginia and put on a show. Deanna Gumpf and the Fighting Irish earned a 4-game series sweep over the ACC-leading Hokies, and made the conference race very, very interesting in the process. All four games were tight, including one-run differences in the first three matchups, and one game went to nine innings. The Irish pulled ahead in each, however, and now have a large proverbial feather in their proverbial cap.
A pair of well-written articles from Ryan Kelapire of the AZ Desert Swarm. In this piece, Kelapire discusses the Wildcats’ struggles against ranked teams and in this story, he names Hanah Bowen as the new ace of the Wildcats’ pitching staff.
North Carolina State infielder April Visser hit a home run in a game against Clemson. A young lady caught the home run ball, and later returned it to Visser. The young lady’s dad Tweeted about the encounter.
@visser_april my daughter Hope caught NCST 2nd basemans HR tonight and we gave it her between games. Thank you April for being so sweet to her! We will be cheering for you!! pic.twitter.com/jlFB3jarcg
— Phillip Hughes (@Phil_B_Hughes) April 24, 2021
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAMWORK
It's a highlight reel kinda day for @MSUEaglesSB. This time it's Peyton Slater johnny-on-the-spot to make the grab off the glove of Peyton Rose on the line drive by Jacksonville State. #SCTop10 @ESPNAssignDesk#EaglesAlwaysSoar pic.twitter.com/GoVQPIo0OI
— Morehead State Athletics (@MSUEagles) April 26, 2021