Coast Guard's Feindel in the zone
Notes: Wright is winningest head coach in DI softball history
Coast Guard pitcher Hayley Feindel was named the NFCA Division II Player of the Week after helping the No. 12 Bears to a 10-0 start at the Rebel Spring Games last week. The junior All-America pitcher went 10-0 over those games, allowing one run in 65 innings for a 0.11 ERA.
Feindel threw 55 consecutive scoreless innings to start the season, pitching nine complete games, eight shutouts, a no-hitter, a combined no-hitter, a pair of one-hitters and four two-hitters during the week. She allowed 20 hits while walking 15 and striking out 118.
In the season opener, Feindel tossed a one-hitter with 14 K’s in a 2-0 win against Mount Union before combining for a no-hitter against Wesley of Delaware, 8-0 (5 inn). She struck out 12 while scattering four hits, topping Ursinus (2-0). On March 9, Feindel struck out 15 while walking two in a no-hitter against Albion in a 2-0 win. She followed with a 10-K no-hitter in a 1-0 win against Lake Forest. Feindel would run her scoreless innings streak to 55 IP to start the season before allowing her first run of the year in the fifth inning against Rowan on March 12. In that 2-1 win, she recorded nine strikeouts, scattering five hits. In the Bears tournament finale, a 5-0 win against Wisconsin-Platteville, Feindel allowed two hits, walked one and struck out 15.
She became the NEWMAC’s all-time strikeout leader, topping the previous league record of 850 career K’s, held by Nan Duga of Springfield (1998-2001), finishing the week with 867. That ranks 15th all-time and first among active pitchers in Division III.
Feindel also broke the school record for wins in a career, passing Katie Wunderlich (1998-2001) who won 68 games during her career. Feindel is now 76-16 in her career with 35 shutouts and seven no-hitters. She was also named the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week for her efforts.
Need to Know
• Pittsburgh junior Kelly Hmiel earned NFCA Division I Player of the Week honors after going 14-for-17 at the plate with 11 runs scored, 16 RBI, two doubles, six home runs, three stolen bases and a walk as the Panthers went 5-0 at East Tennessee’s Buccaneer Challenge. The Tournament MVP, Hmiel had three perfect-at-the-plate games against South Carolina State, St. Bonaventure and North Carolina A&T. On Friday against the Bonnies, Hmiel hit three home runs with six RBI in Pitt’s 10-1 win. She had another six RBI with two home runs in a 15-0 win against A&T on Saturday. For the week, Hmiel hit .824 with a .789 on-base percentage and a 2.000 slugging percentage.
• Fresno State head coach Margie Wright recorded her 1,400th career victory on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win versus Bradley. Wright is the winningest head coach in NCAA Division I softball history. The Bulldogs recorded the 1,500th win in program history on March 10, with a 1-0 win against Idaho State. This is the 34th season of softball at Fresno State.
• Adams State outfielder Katelyn Lovato earned NFCA Division II Player of the Week honors after going 14-for-19 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game last week, including a double, a triple a home run, seven RBI, nine runs and nine stolen bases. She had a batting average of .737 and a 1.053 slugging percentage. With those nine steals, Lovato has already set a new single-season school record with 26 and career record with 43 steals in just a season and a half.
• Now standing atop both the NFCA and USA Softball Division I polls, Georgia went 4-0 last week with a Thursday win against Penn State before a sweep of No. 21 LSU (6-3, 8-0/5 inn, 12-0/5 inn) to open Southeastern Conference play. Alissa Goler hit .556 with a 1.444 slugging percentage and nine RBI, drawing four walks to establish a new Georgia career walks record with 142. With two home runs on the weekend, Goler is now just one shy of the Bulldogs career record (47, Megan McAlister, 2004-07). Junior teammate Ashley Pauly hit .875 (7-for-8, 5 RBI) for the week, slugging 1.000, while senior Megan Wiggins hit .711 (7-for-10, 7 RBI).
• Amber Waracka of Hawaii-Hilo was selected as the NFCA Division II Pitcher of the Week with a 3-0 record, 0.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts last week. She allowed just five hits and threw two complete-game shutouts. One of her shutouts was against then-No. 5 Hawaii-Pacific in which she allowed just two hits and four walks. All three of Waracka’s wins came in a 24-hour window, as the Vulcans schedule had to be adjusted due to the tsunami generated by Friday’s earthquake in Japan.
• Kentucky senior Kelly Yocke earned SEC and USA Softball Player of the Week honors after leading the Wildcats to a pair of upsets against then-No. 8 Tennessee, the first time Kentucky has taken a series from the Lady Vols since 2000. With UK trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning in the final game of the series, Yocke hit a three-run home run with two outs to force extra innings. The Wildcats would eventually win in the bottom of the 10th inning. For the week, Yocke hit .556 with two multi-hit games. Her game-tying home run on Sunday gave her 102 career RBI, making her the ninth player in program history with more than 100 career RBI and became the third player in school history with 1,000 career putouts.
• Linfield remains atop the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll. The Wildcats (8-1) are followed by Emory (22-0), Eastern Connecticut (0-0), Luther (4-0) and Louisiana College (12-2).
• Bentley softball coach Michele DeGregorio joined the 500 career win club on Monday afternoon with a 3-0 win against Nyack College.
• Angelo State remains atop the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll, holding 15 of the 16 first-place votes and a 20-1 record.
• UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez recorded her 200th career victory last Friday as the Bruins defeated Sacramento State 5-3.
• Drury’s Andi Anti went 11-for-16 at the plate last week with three doubles and three home runs.
• Florida International junior Ashley McClain posted a grand slam as part of an 11-7 win over Boston College on Friday.
• Western Washington’s Erika Quint struck out 47 last week and set a new single-game school strikeout record with 16.
• Sara Plourde of UMass struck out 57 batters while allowing just two earned runs over a 4-0 week for the Minutewomen.
• Tricia Gorman of Chowan hit four doubles, four home runs and drove in 23 runs over eight games last week.
• Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts had a 0.00 ERA last week, striking out 35 while walking three.
• Rhi Kliesing of Texas A&M hit .667 with five home runs and eight RBI last week.
• Boise State is currently on a school-record 12-game winning streak and recently shut out five consecutive opponents. Junior pitcher Aubray Zell threw the first no-hitter in school history on March 4 against Southern Utah, followed by the second grand slam in school history on March 6 vs. Seattle.
• Sonoma State’s Samantha Lipperd tossed a no-hitter against Cal State Stanislaus and struck out 10 or more batters in each of three appearances.
• BYU freshman Tori Almond was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week with wins against Long Beach State and then-No. 9 UCLA, setting a new career-high with seven K’s against each school.
• Florida International junior Ashley McClain earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors after hitting .583 (7-for-12) including four home runs including her first career grand slam.
• Bethany sophomore Maria Vallone earned President’s Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week honors, hitting .539 (7-for-13) with four RBI and four runs scored as Bethany started the season with a 3-1 record.
• UC Davis senior Alex Holmes earned Big West Field Player of the Week honors after recording a hit in all six games she played in, including four multi-hit outings and five extra-base hits. She had a .611 batting average (11-for-18) with four runs scored, a home run, two doubles, two triples and four RBI. She was also named conference Pitcher of the Week, going 3-1 with 26.1 IP, allowing 20 hits, nine runs (five earned), six walks and 27 K’s.
• Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week honors went to Ashlyn Williams of Troy with a 3-2 record in the circle. In the two losses, she allowed just three runs off of four hits, including one hit to No. 11 Cal. She had a season-high 15 K’s against Bradley and 10 against Cal State Fullerton.
• Bethany sophomore Emily Jump earned President’s Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week with two wins and a save for the Bison on their opening weekend. She tossed a five-hitter in a 7-4 win against Manhattanville in the opener before earning the save against Oswego and a three-hit complete game in a win against RPI.
• Alabama’s Kelsi Dunne was named SEC Pitcher of the Week, tossing 12 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts.
• New Mexico’s Jessica Garcia hit .607 over seven games and is on a 14-game hitting streak. She finished the week with 12 RBI, eights runs scored, three doubles and three home runs en route to Mountain West Player of the Week honors.