Twins fuel Nebraska's grand start
Notes: Tafiti went 10-for-19 with a triple and two home runs
Nebraska is off to a hot start and the team’s success is powered by freshmen twin sisters. Tatum Edwards tossed a two-hit shutout while her sister Taylor set an NCAA record as No. 21 Nebraska posted its eighth consecutive victory with a 6-0 shutout of Tennessee Tech on Sunday. Each sister homered in the game. For Taylor, that was an NCAA-record sixth consecutive game with a home run.
After getting one hit in her first three trips to the plate against Tennessee Tech, Taylor blasted a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. She broke the previous NCAA record of five consecutive games with a home run, set by Northwestern’s Tammy Williams in 2009.
The Cornhuskers travel to the Cathedral City Classic this weekend.
Need to Know
• Angelo State junior DeeshanaLynn Tafiti went 10-for-19 with five runs, 10 RBIs, a double, a triple and two home runs last week for the Rambelles en route to NFCA Division II National Player of the Week honors. She finished the week with a .526 batting average, a .571 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. She had two games with three or more RBIs on the weekend and led the team in both slugging and on-base percentage for the week.
• Linfield remains atop the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll, released Wednesday. Only five of the Top 25 teams have opened play with Linfield set to begin Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Concordia.
• Houston’s Regina Gaber was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week after making two pinch-hit performances to lead Houston to a pair of wins against then-No. 16 LSU. On Saturday, Gaber pinch-hit in the bottom of the sixth and came up with a game-tying sacrifice fly en route to an eventual 5-4 win in eight innings. In the final game of the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational on Sunday, Gaber had the Cougars first hit of the game in the bottom of the eighth to give Houston the 1-0 (8 inn) victory. She also went 20-for-2 against Southern with an RBI and a walk, bringing her weekend total to 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
• NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week honors went to Indianapolis sophomore Jennifer DeMotte. She helped the Greyhounds to a 6-0 start at last week’s Charger Chillout in Decatur, Ala., earning five of her team’s six wins in the circle. She had a 0.35 ERA on the week, allowing just one run off of 14 hits, striking out 25 and walking six. She had two complete-game shutouts on the week and a season-high nine strikeouts against West Alabama. At the plate, DeMotte went 14-for-21 for a .667 batting average.
• Florida’s Stephanie Brombacher earned NFCA Division I National Player of the Week notice going 3-0 on the week with a 0.00 ERA and allowing just 10 hits with three walks and 16 strikeouts over 17 innings of work. She tossed two complete-game shutouts, both against then-No. 22 North Carolina. In her other appearance last week, Brombacher allowed just one hit in five innings during a mid-week game against Jacksonville.
• Kentucky’s Brittany Cervantes earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors. Cervantes helped Kentucky to its best start in school history with an 8-2 record through 10 games of action following a 4-1 weekend at the Garnet and Gold Tournament hosted by Florida State. Cervantes put on an offensive show in leading UK to the tournament crown where she batted with a blistering .625 average on a 10-for-16 weekend while also reaching base four more times by way of a walk.
• Kansas is off to its best start in program history with a 10-0 record. In those 10 games, the Jayhawks have cranked out 20 home runs including three grand slams and have outscored opponents 85-28.
• Troy’s Nikki Hollett earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors, hitting .500 in five games, going 9-for-18 at the plate and earning MVP honors at the Quality Inn Classic.
• Hawaii’s Jessica Iwata hit .526 on the week with three home runs against Stanford.
• Blaire Luna of Texas went 3-0 on the week with two shutouts and 32 strikeouts.
• Arizona State’s Katelyn Boyd went 9-for-10 on the week and was perfect at the plate in three of four games at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
• Valdosta State remains atop the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll. No. 2 Angelo State is closing the gap on the top spot while North Georgia fell to third this week after dropping two games last weekend.
• Emily Kennemer of East Central went .500 against Pittsburg State last week including hitting for the cycle on Saturday.
• Midwestern State’s Kristina Guiterrez threw a no-hitter against Eastern New Mexico.
• Jamie Keitz of Indianapolis drove in nine runs, hit three home runs and stole five bases at the Charger Chillout.