March 7, 2009

Courtesy of Kutztown

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Kutztown's Steph Denlinger (sr. Harleysville/Souderton) blasted her way into a tie for first place on the all-time NCAA Division II home run record list Saturday.


Her two-run shot in a 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Armstrong Atlantic gave her 62 home runs for her career, tying Jackie Aiken’s mark. Aiken, of Wisconsin-Parkside, originally set the record, playing in 264 games from 1994 to 1997.


Denlinger, who has six home runs on the season, has reached the milestone mark in 184 games.


The left-handed slugger entered the season in third place on the all-time list and now will have the chance to break the record with five games at the Glenville Invitational. If she doesn’t manage to hit the historic home run then, she will have the opportunity to break it at North Campus Field when KU opens the home slate with a non-conference doubleheader against Georgian Court on March 17.


Denlinger, who plays first base, has earned several awards in her three years at KU, including the 2006 PSAC East Rookie of the Year and the 2007 PSAC East Player of the Year.


She entered the 2009 season batting .400, with 185 hits in 462 at-bats. She had 43 doubles, a triple and 170 RBIs. She also had 163 runs scored, while being issued 123 walks.


Her 24 home runs, 73 RBIs and 51 walks in 2007 set PSAC single-season records.