March 18, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

SPARKPLUG:  Lincoln University of Pennsylvania’s Charisse Colston not only led the Lady Lions to their first softball victory as an NCAA-sponsored sport last week, but helped the squad to a 2-4 week in some record-setting performances.

The native of Oakwood Village, Ohio, batted .722 with 16 RBI, five doubles, two triples and two home runs as she became the first softball player in program history to garner ECAC Player of the Week honors.  Colston’s week was highlighted by hitting for the cycle in a 5-for-5 outing with seven RBI against Gallaudet as the Lady Lions tallied a program-record 23 wins in the game.

Colston reached base in 15 of her 20 plate appearances during her first six games of her collegiate career.  She is slugging 1.556, and is perfect in four stolen base attempts.

Lincoln scored just 25 total runs last season in finishing with a 0-20 record in its first year as an NCAA program.

JUST PEACHY: North Georgia continued to roll last week eventually stretching its winning streak to 15 games before falling in the second game of a doubleheader against USC Aiken on March 16.

Sophomore Sarah Phillips turned in a 3-0 record for the No. 5 Saints last week, fanning 19 batters and allowing just one earned run in 22.0 innings pitched.  She posted a 0.32 ERA and walked only one batter on the week to earn Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.

Phillips returned to the circle against USC Aiken on March 16 for a 9-1 victory as she improved to 13-1 on the year.  She struck out eight batters and did not allow an earned run in the six-inning, complete-game outing.  Phillips lowered her ERA to 1.04 with the appearance, which ranks second in the PBC.

CHARGING ON: In her only start of the season, Alabama-Huntsville reliever Alex Lewis threw the first perfect game of her career as the Chargers downed Miles, 12-0, in a five-inning victory on March 10.

Lewis struck out all but two batters she faced for 13 strikeouts in the victory.  The native of Huntsville, Ala., then returned to action against No. 25 West Florida on March 16, picking up her fifth save of the season in a 2-0 win.  Lewis was back to finish the second game of the doubleheader with a scoreless inning of work as the Chargers completed the sweep, 10-5.  She was named Gulf South Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week for her efforts.

The No. 2 Chargers are off to their best start in program history at 16-0.

NOTABLE:  Humboldt State remained one of the teams to watch in the California Collegiate Athletic Association race as the Lumberjacks won six of eight games against league foes last week.  Senior catcher Marissa Slattery of Walnut, Calif., batted .438 with four doubles, two homers and 13 RBI on the week as Humboldt State swept Chico State and spilt a series against Cal State Dominguez Hills.  She was named Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week for her contributions.  HSU is currently in second place in the league standings behind Cal State Monterey Bay … Adams State senior Courtney Davis hit a blistering .733 as the Grizzles won three of four games against UC-Colorado last week, and was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.  The native of Stockton, Calif., belted home runs in each of ASU’s wins, and posted a 4-for-4 outing with a career-best five RBI in the second game of a doubleheader on March 14.