NEWS AND NOTES
- North Carolina State set the program’s single-season record for stolen bases with the 61st swiped bag of the year.
- Oakland shortstop Jamie Squires set the program’s all-time record for RBIs by driving in the 98th run of her career.
- South Carolina’s Mackenzie Boesel tied the Gamecocks’ program record for career home runs.
- Indiana’s Gabbi Jenkins broke the Hoosier program record for career stolen bases with the 91st swiped bag of her career.
- Villanova’s Paige Rauch set the program’s career home run record with the 35th longball of her tenure with the Wildcats.
- Henderson State’s Kailey Reese set the Division II program’s all-time record for triples with the 9th three-bagger of her career.
- Arkansas’s hard-hitting offense set a new single-season record for team home runs with the 66th bomb of the year. The Hogs continued to add to that number in midweek play and this weekend.
- James Madison’s Kate Gordon set a new program and Colonial Athletic Association all-time record with the 170th run scored of her illustrious career as a Duke.
WE HAVE HOPE
North Texas’ Hope Trautwein is softball’s next viral star, following her immaculate performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff this weekend. Trautwein threw a perfect game against UAPB, the first of her career and in UNT program history. But that’s not all; all 21 outs were recorded via strikeout. Click here to read more about Trautwein’s perfection.
DUCKS AND BRUINS TRADE BLOWS
Entering this weekend’s games, UCLA had lost just once this season, in a non-conference matchup against Oregon. With a 4-game series in Eugene on tap between the two teams, fireworks were sure to be had. Oregon picked up where they left off, shutting out the Bruins in game 1 and earning a 3-0 victory, but it was all UCLA the rest of the way. Game 2 saw a similar 3-0 score go the other way, on the back of a Rachel Garcia home run and shutout from the circle. Game 3 saw a quality performance from Holly Azevedo while the Bruin batters put nine runs on the board against Oregon’s pitching staff. The Bruins secured the series win in game four, riding a joint performance from Megan Faraimo and Rachel Garcia to a 6-2 victory to close out the series.
THAT’S SO GROSS
No Austin Peay player had ever been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Pitcher and Player of the Week at the same time until Kelsey Gross earned both awards on Monday. The Govs’ dual-threat extraordinaire hit .462 at the plate last week, with a pair of home runs and ten RBIs to her credit. In the circle, Gross pitched in the three games and did not give up a run in eight innings of work.
GETTING ON BASE IS HER DESTINI
Campbell senior Destini England put together a stellar weekend at the plate for the Fighting Camels this week, going 12-14 at the dish with four extra base hits to her credit. The Camels’ veteran spark plug scored seven runs and recorded four RBIs in five games. In a conference series against Gardner-Webb, England batted a perfect 1.000 (9-9).
THE SUN (BELT) SHINES BRIGHT
Four teams have set themselves apart as a clear “upper tier” in the Sun Belt this season, and those four teams happened to be playing one another in Week 9, as South Alabama took on Texas State and Troy hosted Louisiana-Lafayette. South Alabama recorded an impressive series sweep against Texas State, outscoring the Bobcats 11-5 in the set. The Ragin’ Cajuns moved their winning streak to 17-straight as they swept the Trojans on the road; after back-and-forth affairs in the series’ first two games, the Cajuns finished the series with a run-rule, 10-2 victory.
LENOX HITS BOMBS
For the second week in a row, a member of the South Dakota State batting order was on fire at the plate. This time, it was catcher Kelsey Lenox. The junior backstop hit four home runs and drove in fourteen runs on the week, while also recording two doubles and a 1.750 slugging percentage. Lenox homered in both games of a doubleheader and added a grand slam in the Jackrabbits’ series finale against Omaha.
NEARLY PERFECT AT THE PLATE
Cal Poly’s Hailey Martin enjoyed quite the weekend at the plate. In a series against Hawaii, Martin recorded only one out in her entire week’s showing, posting an incredible .923 batting average at the plate. She hit 12-13 in the series, recording three doubles and and .933 on-base percentage. She was perfect in the batter’s box in three games, including a 4-4 performance in game two, and her only out came on a second-inning groundout in game three of the series. After her performance on the weekend, Martin is also currently riding a 10-game hitting streak.
KORIE KREPS KATCHING
Louisiana-Monroe outfielder Korie Kreps made a nice diving grab in her team’s series against Appalachian State.
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