Storm damage changes schedule
Notes: Hofstra’s Edwards earns 800th career victory
The massive tornado that ripped through the Southeast last week disrupted the schedules for softball programs across the southeast.
Alabama lost its midweek game against in-state rival UAB and a three-game weekend series against Kentucky that included UA’s senior day festivities. Tuscaloosa was one of the worst-hit cities along the tornado’s path.
The Blazers played two of the three-game weekend series at Memphis. Across the state, Auburn was able to play its weekend series against Georgia, winning two games in the Tigers’ final home weekend of the season.
At the Division II level, Alabama-Huntsville’s final baseball and softball weekends of the season were wiped out by the tornado, as all of Madison County was without electric service following the storm.
Most of the other schools in the state were either scheduled to play out of state last weekend or had concluded their regular season schedules.
Need to Know
• Transylvania sophomore infielder Megan Mitchell earned NFCA Division III National Player-of-the-Week honors, having helped the Pioneers extend a 15-game winning streak en route to a third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. Mitchell was 8 for 10 in four wins last week with four home runs, 12 RBIs and seven runs scored. She had a 2.000 slugging percentage for the week with an .833 on-base percentage. In a 7-0 win against Defiance, Mitchell hit a solo home run and a grand slam, giving her 16 homers on the year, just one short of her single-season school record.
• Hofstra hall of fame coach Bill Edwards earned his 800th career victory on Saturday as his Pride swept a doubleheader against UNC-Wilmington. Edwards (800-374-3, 22nd year) is one of 20 active Division I head coaches with 800 career wins. Hofstra senior first baseman Sara Michalowski had two home runs, including a grand slam, in an 11-0 opening-game win and had a tie-breaking two-run home run in the 3-1 nightcap win. The Pride is now 34-11 on the year and 15-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
• Fordham junior pitcher Jen Mineau earned USA Softball Collegiate Player-of-the-Week honors and shared NFCA Division I Player-of-the-Week after leading the Rams to a 7-0 week, clinching the 2011 regular-season Atlantic 10 title. She started and completed five of seven games, posting a 0.00 ERA, allowing 10 hits, striking out 49 batters and walking just four. Her week included the fourth perfect game of her career, a 9-0 five-inning win against St. Peter’s in the second game of a doubleheader when she struck out 12.
• Metro State outfielder Jennessa Tesone earned NFCA Division II Player-of-the-Week honors as she helped the Roadrunners win their final regular-season series of the year against Nebraska-Kearney and a share of a third consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season title. Tesone was 11 for 16 on the week with 11 runs scored, 12 RBIs and six home runs. She posted a .688 batting average, .706 on-base percentage and 1.875 slugging percentage with at least two hits in four games, including tying a school record with three home runs in a single game.
• Georgia senior Alisa Goler drew five walks last week to establish a single-season UGA record with 57 walks, surpassing her previous school record of 55 set last year. She has walked in 16 consecutive games.
• Waynesburg senior Amanda Baughman went .555 (15 for 27) at the plate with a home run, two doubles, seven walks and nine RBIs. She is on a 12-game hitting streak.
Katie Goetzinger of Wayne State (Neb.) helped the Wildcats to three wins against ranked teams last week as she went 5-0 with 32 strikeouts.
• Cal State Northridge senior Kristen Mihm went 8 for 8 at the late in a sweep of Cal Poly to earn Big West Field Player-of-the-Week honors. It was the Matadors first conference series win of the season.
• Arkansas Tech’s Hayley Hudson went 8 for 12 at the plate with four home runs last week to help the Golden Suns to a four-game sweep of Christian Brothers and the Gulf South West Division crown.
• Emily Jump of Bethany went 4-0 in the circle last week with three complete games, 20 strikeouts and a 1.44 ERA in 34.0 IP including all 14 innings in a 7-6 win against Waynesburg.
• Erin Jones-Wesley of Long Beach State picked up all three wins in LBSU’s sweep of UC Santa Barbara.
• Louisiana-Lafayette swept Sun Belt honors with Gabriele Bridges and Ashley Brignac. Bridges, a senior, hit .600 in her final home weekend at ULL and posted her third grand slam of the season. Brignac got two wins including a complete-game victory in the Cajuns only seven-inning game of the week.
• Bobbie Lee of Montana State-Billings hit .714 last week with six RBIs to finish the regular season on a 15-game hitting streak.