4-28-2011 April 28 Update

APRIL 28 2011 UPDATE

 Devastation in Alabama

Tommy Deas, writer for the Tuscaloosa News, reports:  The tornado damage path was perhaps a mile from the stadium, but no damage.  No players or coaches lost homes or apartments, or cars, although some softball players have not been able to get back to their apartments because of downed power lines and road closings.  There is minimal to non-existent cell phone coverage, and no power at UA.  The Kentucky vs Alabama games this coming weekend have been cancelled.

COMMITMENTS
AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas Softball program has signed Krissie Fountain and Marlee Gabaldon to  National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 academic year, head coach Connie Clark announced Friday. Fountain, a sophomore at Western Texas College and Gabaldon a senior at Odessa Permian High School will join the Longhorns on campus next fall.

 South Carolina head softball coach Beverly Smith added Olivia Lawrence to her first signing class, making the Woodstown, N.J., native the fourth signee for next year’s team.

PENNSBURY INVITATIONAL

Link to tournament web site:
Welcome to the Pennsbury Invitational Tournament Website

SO CAL ATHLETICS INVITATIONAL

The A’s have a top-drawer list of teams for their tournament, June 1-19.

1)      So Cal Athletics                1) Worth Firecrackers     1) OC Batbusters

2)      Tx Impact                          2) Corona Angels             2) Tx Glory

3)      Cal Cruisers                      3) Lady Magic                  3) Sorcerer

4)      So Cal Choppers               4) Az Hotshots                 4) Explosion

Bruce Richardson – 951-642-2260

ARIZONA’s Kenzie Fowler.  Readers have asked why Wildcat ace Fowler did not start or even pitch in the crucial weekend series against Arizona State.  Those emails peaked last night after ASU had scored 3 runs in the 6th off Shelby Babcock (and went on to win 13-10); why not, reader asked, pitch Kenzie in the 7th.  Respecting Kenzie’s privacy, Spy has not published news of her latest injury, but the injury has now affected the game.  The last statement by the University, dated April 18, said Kenzie suffered a concussion when she was hit by a foul ball last Sunday, and there is no timetable for Kenzie’s return.  The press office said Kenzie is undergoing daily medical evaluation.  Photos from the Friday game show Kenzie with her teammates. We all remember too well her life-threatening surgery.  Arizona’s situation is similar to Florida’s when Stephanie Brombacher was out and the Gators went into a tailspin.  It’s still a pitcher-dependent sport.  We all hope for Kenzie’s quick return.

 

HOME WINNING STREAKS

Steven Keers of Missouri is tracking home winning streaks – a number of such streaks have been broken this season.

1.         Missouri – 32

2.         Hofstra – 24

3.         Alabama – 20

4.         Texas A&M – 19

BOOMER SOONER

It’s 2016,and the United States has just elected the first woman, a

> University of Oklahoma graduate, as President of the United States, Susan

> Sooner.

>> 

> A few days after the election the president-elect calls her father and

> says,

> ‘So, Dad, I assume you will be coming to my inauguration?’

>> 

> ‘I don’t think so. It’s a 30-hour drive, your mother isn’t as young as she

> used to be, and my arthritis is acting up again.’

>> 

> ‘Don’t worry about it Dad, I’ll send Air Force One to pick you up and take

> you home. And a limousine will pick you up at your door.’

>> 

> ‘I don’t know. Everybody will be so fancy. What would your mother wear?’

>> 

> Oh Dad, replies Susan, ‘I’ll make sure she has a wonderful gown

> custom-made

> by the best designer in New York.

>> 

> ‘Honey,’ Dad complains, ‘you know I can’t eat those rich foods you and

> your

> friends like to eat.’

>> 

> The President-to-be responds, ‘Don’t worry Dad. The entire affair is going

> to be handled by the best caterer in New York, I’ll ensure your meals are

> salt free,Dad, I really want you to come.’

>> 

> So Dad reluctantly agrees and on January 20, 2017, Susan Sooner is being

> sworn in as President of the United States.

> In the front row sits the new president’s Dad and Mom. Dad noticing the

> senator sitting next to him leans over and whispers, ‘You see that woman

> over there with her hand on the Bible, becoming President of theUnited

> States.’

>> 

> The Senator whispers back, ‘Yes I do.’

>> 

> Dad says proudly, ‘Her brother played football at OU.’

 

Alabama-Huntsville Tops NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll for Sixth Straight Week
April 27, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Despite having its 25-game win streak snapped last week, Alabama-Huntsville topped the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll for the sixth straight edition of the rankings, the Association announced on Tuesday.

The Chargers (38-2-1) received all 16 first-place votes this week, marking only the second time this season that a team has accomplished the feat.  Alabama-Huntsville also became the first team of 2011 to be a unanimous No. 1 pick only two weeks ago. 

 In the rest of the top five, Peach Belt Conference champions North Georgia (47-9) held on to the second spot, while Midwestern State (43-7) stayed put at third.  The only change to the first five this week came in the final two positions where Rollins moved up to fourth and forced Valdosta down to fifth.

Last week’s No. 20 California (PA) and No. 25 Tiffin both fell out of the latest rankings, making room for Flagler and C.W. Post to re-enter the fray at 23rd and 24, respectively.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records as of Apr. 24, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Ala.-Huntsville (16) 38-2-1 400 1
2 North Georgia 47-9 376 2
3 Midwestern St. 43-7 359 3
4 Rollins 45-2 329 5
5 Valdosta St. 33-8 324 4
6 Lenoir-Rhyne 41-8 293 T8
7 Nebraska Omaha 36-6 268 11
8 UC San Diego 34-11 260 10
9 Dowling 35-3 248 T8
10 Augustana (SD) 37-5 243 T12
11 Bloomsburg 30-7 220 7
12 Winona St. 31-6 219 6
13 Angelo St. 39-8 198 17
14 Tampa 38-7 191 15
15 Hawai‘i Pacific 35-10 178 16
16 Minn. St. Mankato 36-9 176 T12
17 Indiana (PA) 30-6 165 24
18 Emporia St. 35-10 142 14
19 Indianapolis 29-10-1 129 T21
20 West Va. Wesleyan 42-5 104 19
21 Lewis 28-9 74 18
22 West Texas A&M 36-13 68 23
23 Flagler 40-16 40 RV
24 C.W. Post 32-9 37 RV
25 Western Wash. 31-12 29 T21

Dropped Out: No. 20 California (PA), No. 25 Tiffin
Others Receiving Votes: Sonoma St. 23, Kutztown 22, Tiffin 19, St. Mary’s (TX) 16, California (PA) 14, Barry 13, Colorado Mines 6, Armstrong Atlantic 4, Dixie St. 4, Molloy 4, Missouri Western 2, Grand Valley St. 1, Wayne St. (NE) 1, Southeastern Oklahoma St. 1

Wayne State’s Radley & Central Washington’s Hadenfeld Named NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week
April 27, 2011, STARKVILLE, Miss. – First baseman Jennifer Radley of Wayne State (NE) and Lauren Hadenfeld of Central Washington have been named as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played April 18-24, 2011.

 Radley was unstoppable last week as she helped pilot the Wildcats to six home wins in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.  For the week, she was 10-for-13 with two doubles, five home runs, nine RBIs, six runs and six walks.  She ended the week with a .769 batting average, a .850 on-base percentage and an unbelievable 2.077 slugging percentage. She was also perfect at first base over the six-game span, fielding the ball 32 times without committing an error.

 The native of Des Moines, Iowa was perfect at the plate in four of her six games last week and walked in every game but one.  Radley ended her week in style by going 2-for-2 in the final game against Minnesota-Crookston with a home run and a double.

For the year, Radley is hitting .419, but leads the NSIC in conference-only batting averages with .510.   Wayne State is now 29-12 overall and 17-3 in the conference, placing them second in the standings with just six games to play.  This week, the Wildcats will wrap-up their regular season by traveling to Winona State on Wednesday, Upper Iowa on Thursday and then return home to host Augustana (SD) in the on Saturday.

 Hadenfeld helped lead the Wildcats to three wins last week, including a sweep of then 21st-ranked Western Washington and a victory over defending NAIA national champion Simon Fraser, who is transitioning to Division II.  On the week, she allowed just four earned runs off of 10 hits with 15 strikeouts and five walks over 17.2 innings of work.  Hadenfeld finished the week with a 1.59 ERA, while limiting opponents to a .159 batting average.

In the doubleheader against Western Washington, the Vancouver, Wash., native limited the Vikings to just two hits and no runs over a complete game shutout and a 3.2 inning relief appearance.  In her relief win, Hadenfeld entered the game in the middle of the fourth inning and retired the final 12 batters of the game for the win. 

 Hadenfeld is currently 18-6 on the year with a team-low 2.01 ERA and a team-leading 171 strikeouts.  With four wins last week, the Wildcats have now won a school-record 15 games in a row and are in sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.  Since the streak began, Hadenfeld has been the pitcher of record in 10 of the 15 games.

This week, Central Washington will travel to Montana State-Billing for a doubleheader on Thursday before returning home for a doubleheader with Saint Martin’s on Friday.  On Saturday, the Wildcats will continue their suspended game against Simon Fraser from Monday at home and then play the second half of the schedule doubleheader.

 Other Top Performances
Nicole Reed of Missouri Southern State went 4-1 last week and allowed only two earned runs while striking out 38… Western New Mexico’s Sarah Byrne blasted five home runs and drove in 12 runs last week as the Mustangs went 4-0 … Becca Smith of Colorado-Colorado Springs led the Mountain Lions to three wins last week by giving up only four earned runs and fanning 22… Central Washington’s Samantha Petrich helped lead the Wildcats to a 4-0 week by hitting .667 with four homeruns, seven RBIs and a double.

2011 NFCA DII National Player of the Week

Apr. 27 – Jennifer Radley – Wayne State (NE) – Sr. – 1B – Des Moines, Iowa

Apr. 20 – Kayla Jackson – Arkansas-Monticello – Jr. – P/1B – Hallsville, Texas

Apr. 13 – Montana Lucas – Grand Canyon – Sr. – IF – Glendale, Ariz.

Apr. 6 – Kathy Crudo – Winona St. – Jr. – C – Stacy, Minn.

Mar. 30 – Katie Mazure – Massachusetts-Lowell – Burlington, Mass.
Mar. 23 – Jessica McFadden – Barton – Sr. – OF – Wilmington, N.C.

Mar. 16 – Katelyn Lovato – Adams St. – So. – OF – Northglenn, Colo.

Mar. 9 – Kimberly LeComte – West Texas A&M – Jr. – OF – Boerne, Texas

Mar. 2 – Toni Dance – Missouri Western – Sr. – CF – Brisbane, Australia
Feb. 22 – DeeshanaLynn Tafiti – Angelo St. – Jr. – 3B – Kalaheo, Hawai‘i

Feb. 16 – Jaycee Lovato – Adams St. – Sr. – 1B/C – Northglenn, Colo. 

 2011 NFCA DII National Pitcher of the Week

Apr. 27 – Lauren Hadenfeld – Central Washington – Sr. – Vancouver, Wash.

Apr. 20 – Diana Sansevera – Georgian Court – Sr. – P – Manalapan, N.J.

Apr. 13 – Allison Smith – Wingate – Sr. – P – Danville, Va.

Apr. 6 – Torie Bunzell – Quincy – Sr. – P – LaSalle, Ill.

Mar. 30 – Emily Estep – Shippensburg – P/DP – Chambersburg, Pa.
Mar. 23 – Jessie Stavola – Dowling – P – Montauk, N.Y.

Mar. 16 – Amber Waracka – Hawai‘i-Hilo – P – Kaneohe, Hawai‘i

Mar. 9 – Kirsten Linert – Grand Canyon – Jr. – P – Phoenix, Ariz.
Mar. 2 – Torie Bunzell – Quincy – Sr. – P – LaSalle, Ill.

Feb. 22 – Jennifer DeMotte – Indianapolis – So. – P/OF – Indianapolis, Ind.

Feb. 16 – Samantha Lipperd – Sonoma St. – So. – P – Boulder Creek, Calif.

 

 

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