Coan strikes out 19 batters in win
Notes: Michigan's Hutchins recorded her 1,200th career win
North Georgia junior Jessica Coan struck out 19 batters on Friday evening in a 2-0 victory against Lenoir-Rhyne at the Mid South Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. Coan’s strikeout total was the second-highest in Division II history for a seven-inning contest. The record of 20 strikeouts was set on March 14, 1987, by Florida Southern’s Dori Stankewitz. Friday night’s performance ties for second on the all-time list with Torie Bunzell of Quincy University who had 19 K’s in 2008 and 2010.
Coan struck out the first 10 batters she faced before yielding a single in the fourth inning, but came back with two more K’s to give her strikeouts for each of the first 12 outs. Coan added two more strikeouts in the fifth, struck out the side in the sixth, giving her 17 strikeouts headed to the seventh inning. The Bears leadoff hitter struck out before Lenoir-Rhyne’s Sarah Atkins flied out to shortstop, just the second out recorded in the field. Haily Jarman then went down swinging on three pitches, giving Coan (8-1) 19 K’s for the game.
North Georgia (20-2) stands at No. 2 in the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll, trailing Angelo State (20-1) for the poll’s top spot.
Need to Know
• LSU head coach Yvette Girouard has announced her retirement effective at the end of the 2011 season. Girouard is in her 11th season as the head coach at LSU after coaching for 20 years at her alma mater, Louisiana-Lafayette. She currently has 1,260 career victories, ranking second all-time in NCAA history.
• West Texas A&M junior Kimberly LeComte was selected as the NFCA Division II Player of the Week, going 7-for-12 with nine runs scored, 10 RBI, a double, a triple, a home run and five stolen bases on the week. She helped the Buffs extend their current winning streak to 14 games with her .533 batting average, 1.330 slugging percentage and .667 on-base percentage. LeComte went 4-for-4 with eight RBI against Eastern New Mexico, when she became the first player in program history to hit for the cycle in a single game.
• University of Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins recorded her 1,200th career victory on March 5, as her Wolverines posted a pair of victories against Arkansas (8-0, 5 inn) and Ball State (8-3) on the second day of competition at the USF Under Armour Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Hutchinson is just the sixth softball coach in NCAA history to reach 1,200 career wins and ranks fifth among the winningest active coaches.
• Concordia outfielder Jordan Berry earned NFCA Division III National Player of the Week honors. The freshman hit .636 with seven hits and three RBI, including a combined 5-for-5 against nationally-ranked Louisiana College and Texas-Tyler on the first day of the American Southwest Conference First-Pitch Tournament. Berry also drove in the eventual game-winning run in an 8-7 win against Texas-Dallas before adding another hit in the 4-0 win against Oarks. She also earned ASC West Division Hitter of the Week honors.
• Junior Kirsten Linert of Grand Canyon went 3-0 last week with three shutouts as the ‘Lopes played six games in Hawaii. She finished the week with a 0.00 ERA, 23 strikeouts and an opposing batting average of .127 while allowing nine hits, five walks and no runs. She tossed a one-hitter against BYU-Hawaii on Thursday, striking out 12 of the 22 batters she faced.
• Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas was selected the NFCA Division I and USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week after going 3-0 with two perfect games and a 0.00 ERA. Thomas missed the majority of the 2010 season with a medical hardship and earned her first win of the year against Drake. It was Missouri’s first perfect game since Feb. 17, 2002, and first seven-inning perfect game for the Tigers since April 26, 1991. She struck out 11 during the 5-0 win. Following a 7-0 win against Southeast Missouri State on Friday in which she struck out 10, she tossed a six-inning perfect game against Missouri State, 11-0, with Thomas striking out a school record 15 batters. She had 36 K’s and one walk over 20.0 innings in the circle.
• Kansas senior Brittany Hile and junior Marissa Ingle each hit a grand slam last weekend. The Jayhawks have hit five grand slams as a team so far this season.
• Georgia has now won 46 consecutive regular season home tournament games after going 3-0 as host to the Bulldog Invitational last weekend.
• Louisiana-Lafayette junior Christi Orgeron has hit safely in all 20 of her team’s games this season. She has also recorded at least one RBI in 17 of those 20 games and has 38 on the season, including a solo home run in the Cajuns’ 1-0 win against then-No. 1 Alabama last weekend.
• Amanda Sheppeck of Grove City earned Presidents Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week honors after hitting .360 (9-for-25) with a home run, three doubles and seven runs scored in Grove City’s eight-game Florida road trip.
• Nalani St. Germain of Long Beach State earned Big West Player of the Week honors, hitting .571 (8-for-14) for the week throughout five games, including three with multiple hits.
• Nebraska-Kearney’s Cassie Keck hit .643 with eight RBI and homered in each of her four games last week.
• Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts pitched the Sooners to four wins last week, striking out 32.
• Colorado Mines’ Libby Balogh pitched two complete-game shutouts, striking out 22.
• Hoku Nohara of New Mexico State hit .500 over five games last week including six home runs.
• Keri Lorbert of Missouri Western homered in every game she played in last week, finishing with a 1.786 slugging percentage.
• Carly Hummell of Memphis recorded 19 of her team’s 25 outs in a 1-0 loss against No. 22 Texas A&M.
• Cameron’s Carrie Harvey struck out 26 of 56 batters last week, allowing just eight hits.