March 14, 2009

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Steph Denlinger (sr. Harleysville/Souderton) broke the NCAA Division II career home run record on Saturday morning. The three-run home run in the fourth inning of a 10-0 win over West Virginia State gave Denlinger the 63rd of her career, eclipsing Jackie Aiken's 62 set from 1994-97 while at Wisconsin-Parkside.

It took Denlinger only 186 games to break the record, compared to the 264 it took Aiken. She hit 16 home runs as a freshman and 24 home runs in her sophomore year. The 40 home run's after two seasons were already the KU career-home run record and the 24 in the sophomore year set the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record for single-season home runs.

Denlinger tacked on another 16 home runs in her junior season to give her 56 entering her senior season. She hit her sixth homer of the season and 62nd of her career last Saturday to tie Aiken for the record.

The Golden Bears, not even in PSAC Division play yet, have more than thirty games remaining for Denlinger to add to her record.

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.