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 free pass.
- Northwestern head coach Kate Drohan became the all-time winningest coach in Northwestern program history with the 641st win of her tenure with the Wildcats. Her sister and associate head coach, Caryl, has also been part of the full tenure and was recognized for her contributions at the milestone win, as well.
- Iowa State’s Sami Williams set the Iowa State career hits record with the 298th base hit of her tenure with the Cyclones.
- Minnesota’s Makenna Partain set the Gophers’ program record for runs scored by crossing home plate for the 198th time in her career.
- Stanford head coach Jessica Allister earned the 100th victory of her tenure as the Cardinal leader.
Siena head coach Casey Bump and North Carolina Central interim head coach Cat Tarvin are the final pair of first-year head coaches to earn their inaugural wins. Bump’s Siena squad lost the first series of the year to Iona, but posted a win in the series finale, while Tarvin’s Eagles won three out of four in a series against Florida A&M after getting Tarvin her first win in last week’s finale against East Tennessee State.
ADD THEM TO THE LIST
Ten teams had to pull out of their Week 7 games due to reasons related to COVID-19. After our article discussing the week’s outbreak in softball, two more series’ were cancelled that took the number of infected teams from eight to ten. Lipscomb had to pull out of their ASUN series against Liberty, while San Jose State’s protocols cancelled their own series vs. Nevada.
JESSIE HARPER HOME RUN TRACKER
Arizona’s slugging super senior had her best weekend of the year to this point, hitting a total of four home runs during the Cats’ weekend series against Oregon State. May 2019 was the last time that Harper homered in three consecutive games prior to this week. She now stands at 84 career home runs, eleven shy of Lauren Chamberlain’s all-time record.
The weekend matchup of Duke and Clemson had many tiers to its storylines. It pitted the top two teams in the ACC standings against one another, and it was a showdown between the two youngest programs in Division 1, two programs that have been red-hot out of the gate. The series did not disappoint, with Duke pulling out the first two games and Clemson gaining a pair of wins in the latter part of the series. Young, budding superstars like Payton St. George and Valerie Cagle got an opportunity to shine, and the big winner in all might be the ACC as a whole; the conference is positioned to make a sizable splash on the NCAA tournament field this year.
HINTON, THE HOME RUN HERO
It took Samford slugger Whitney Hinton a bit to heat up at the plate, but since she did, she hasn’t cooled off. Hinton hit another four home runs this weekend in a conference series against Mercer, going deep in all three games against the Bears. Hinton led off the weekend with a 2-3 performance with two home runs, added a solo shot in game two and a grand slam in game three.
THE MAN, THE LEGEND
Wayne State head coach Gary Bryce, who plans to retire at the end of the 2021 season after forty years leading the program, moved into 6th place all-time on the NCAA’s career wins list. Bryce earned his 1,328th career win in a victory over Davenport on Sunday, and passed former DePaul coach Eugene Lenti on the career wins list. Bryce took sole possession of sixth place on what happened to be his 80th birthday.
SUMMIT LEAGUE HIGHS AND LOWS
South Dakota State has quietly started the season on a red-hot tear, now 19-4 on the year and 4-0 in conference play after sweeping the opening series against Kansas City. Krista Wood’s Jackrabbits have played well, and did so again vs. KC, outscoring the Roos 23-8 in the four-game set. The young pitching duo of Grace Glanzer and Tori Kniesche has been a stellar combo in the circle for SDSU.
Elsewhere in the Summit League, Western Illinois and rookie head coach Alisa Goler pulled off a topsy-turvy series split over perennial conference favorite North Dakota State. The two teams were picked on opposite ends of the conference preseason poll, and the series ultimately reflected similarly. After Western Illinois took game one of the series by a respectable 6-2 score, NDSU pulled off two straight wins with double-digit runs including a 16-0 victory in game two. For the series finale, Western Illinois had their own fun, recording an 11-3 run-rule victory of their own.
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