Saturday, March 21
*Southern Miss 7, Marshall 2
*Marshall 8, Southern Miss 2
*East Carolina 3, UAB 1 (8 inn.)
*East Carolina 3, UAB 1
*Tulsa 9, Memphis 1 (6 inn.)
*Tulsa 10, Memphis 0 (5 inn.)
*UTEP 7, Houston 6 (8 inn.)
*Houston 17, UTEP 9
Thursday, March 19
Marshall 3, Cleveland State 2
Cleveland State 4, Marshall 3
Iowa 2, UCF 1 (11 inn.)
Tulsa 3, Louisiana-Monroe 0
Wednesday, March 18
Texas 2, Houston 1
Houston 5, Texas 0
Tulsa 6, Centenary 2
East Carolina 5, N.C. State 0 (10 inn.)
Tuesday, March 17
Florida International 8, UCF 6
(16) Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Tulsa 0
Monday, March 16
*Houston 4, Tulsa 0
*Houston 7, Tulsa 0
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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (3/23)
CO-HITTER OF THE WEEK
LAURIE WAGNER - Houston
RF, Sr., Houston, Texas (Stratford)
Wagner went 10-for-19 (.526) last week. In game one in the doubleheader against Texas, she went 1-for-3, including a walk. Wagner went 3-for-3 in game two, hitting a home run, a double and single, while knocking in one run and scoring two runs. She went 6-for-13 in the Cougars’ weekend series with UTEP (.461) hitting two doubles and now has six doubles this season. She also had four RBI in the three-game series. The weekly honor is the fourth of Wagner’s career and her first in 2009.
CO-HITTER OF THE WEEK
SKYLAR SWANSON - Tulsa
2B, Fr., Coweta, Okla. (Coweta)
Swanson went 9-for-17 in six games last week (.529) with nine RBI and four runs scored, plus two home runs and a double. She had three multi-hit games, and recorded a .941 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage. During Tulsa’s three-game C-USA series sweep at Memphis, Swanson was 6-for-8 (.750) with two homers, nine RBI and four runs. She also had 12 total bases, a 1.500 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base percentage during the weekend. This is the first career weekly honor for Swanson.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
TONI PAISLEY – East Carolina
P, So., Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood)
Paisley picked up three wins as East Carolina went 4-0 last week. Paisley started her week throwing 10 innings against N.C. State, allowing just three hits and striking out 11 in the shutout victory. She had a perfect game through seven innings before giving up a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth as her performance allowed the Pirates to record just their second-ever victory over the in-state rival Wolfpack. The shutout was the 15th of her career, moving her into a tie for sixth The weekly honor is the fifth of Paisley’s career and second consecutive. She has been honored four times in 2009 (Feb. 9, Feb. 23, Mar. 23).
Each week, teams have individuals who shine both at the plate and in the circle and this is where those efforts will be highlighted throughout the season.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE (3/16 - 3/23)
MELANIE STOEHR - Marshall
Stoehr went 8-for-15 (.533) last week with three multi-hit games. She hit her third home run of the season against Cleveland State and leads the Herd with a .419 batting average.
MEGAN HILL - Southern Miss
Hill batted .444 (4-for-9) last week and scored three runs. She had two home runs, to go along with a triple and three RBI. She finished with a 1.333 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage.
JENNIFER DAVIS - UTEP
Davis slugged a team-high 1.111 and went 6-for-9 (.667) in UTEP’s 2-1 series win over Houston last weekend. The senior hit her fifth home run and drove in a team-high four RBI, while adding three runs scored.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES IN THE CIRCLE (3/16 - 3/23)
BAILLIE LOTT - Houston
Lott went 2-0 last week and struck out 11 batters, with a season-high seven against UTEP. Lott also hit her first career grand slam against UTEP and have five RBI at the plate.
AUTUMN MITCHELL - Marshall
Mitchell struck out nine batters in 14.1 innings of work and gave up just three earned runs in three appearances. She lowered her ERA from 3.54 to 3.14.
SAMANTHA DAVIS - Southern Miss
Davis finished last week 2-0 and she recorded her first complete game shutout, giving up just six hits in the Golden Eagles’ 3-0 win over Marshall on Sunday. Davis worked 14.0 innings and struck out nine batters and allowed just two walks.
JACKIE LAWRENCE - Tulsa
Lawrence pitched a no-hitter and earned two of TU’s five wins last week. She made three appearances and allowed just three hits and two runs (one earned), walked five and struck out nine in 13.0 innings ot work. The no-hitter was the first for Lawrence since 2007 and the third of her career.
MAGON PAUL - UCF
Paul battled a tough-hitting Iowa team, tossing 11 innings, while giving up only two runs on six hits, while striking out three batters. She improved her ERA from 4.17 to 3.55.
AROUND THE HORN
EXTRA INNING MAGIC
East Carolina picked up a pair of extra-inning victories last week, bringing the Pirates to 4-0 this season when going past the seven scheduled innings. ECU’s last loss in extras was a 2-1 setback at Georgia on March 12, 2008. This season, the Pirates have outscored opponents 10-1 from the eighth inning on.
KEE GETS WIN NO. 550
In her 13th year as a head coach, Tracey Kee picked up win number 550 on Wednesday with the team’s 5-0 triumph over N.C. State. Kee’s teams have won 40 or more games nine of the past 12 seasons and have tallied at least 50 in four of her years as head coach. Since ECU began fastpitch softball in 1984, the Pirates have recorded 950 victories, with Kee being a part of 871 of those wins as a player, assistant coach or head coach.
LIFE IS GRAND TWICE
In the second game of the doubleheader against UTEP, Houston had a season-high 17 runs, 15 hits and grand slams hit by sophomore Baillie Lott and senior Elaina Nordstrom. Houston won the game 17-9.
In the first game of the Saturday doubleheader, Houston led the game from the third inning on, but a four-run seventh inning helped UTEP tie the score and force the game into extra innings. Sophomore pitcher Amanda Crabtree struck out a season-high 13 batters in the eight-inning game. Laurie Wagner went 6-for-13 in the series, extended her hitting streak to seven games.
MARSHALL SPLITS ON SATURDAY
After losing its first conference game of the season earlier in the day, Marshall picked up a game two victory against Southern Miss Saturday at Dot Hicks Field. The Thundering Herd fell behind early against the Golden Eagles in game one and eventually fell 72, but bounced back later in the afternoon with an 8-2 win to split Saturday’s action.
JACKSON ON A ROLL
Melanie Stoehr went 8-for-15 last week in five home games, with three multi-hit games. She registered her third home run of the season against Cleveland State and went 3-for-4 in the Herd’s win on Saturday against Southern Miss. She currently leads her team with a .419 batting average.
BEEN CAUGHT STEALING
At the beginning of the year, Memphis had a goal to be more aggressive on the base paths. That aggression has paid dividends for the Tigers who have stolen 40 bases in 29 games. Last season, Memphis finished with 51 steals in 55 games, an average of .927 swipes per game. This year, the Tigers are averaging 1.38 steals per game. Twelve different players have at least one steal on the year and four have at least five. Senior Brittany Gooch leads the team with seven.
TWICE AS NICE
Junior Leigh Rowan tied a Memphis record with two home runs in a single game against Tulsa. The feat has been accomplished 11 times. It is the second time Rowan has hit two homers in a game. She also hit two dingers against Florida Gulf Coast last season.
SOUTHERN MISS WINS SERIES
Southern Miss went 2-1 last week, taking a league series against Marshall. Senior Kristin Pilgrim hit two home runs in the same game with solo shots in the fifth and seventh innings. Pilgrim and junior Megan Hill hit back-to-back homers for the second time this season with solo bombs in the seventh innings in game one.
Megan Hill had a triple in game one to run her career total to 11. She hit two home runs on the week and now has 25 for her career, ranking third on the all-time USM list. Megan’s sister Courtney Hill finished last week with a .417 batting average.
TU SWEEPS MEMPHIS
Tulsa earned its second C-USA sweep in three series this season, and its first league sweep on the road since it won three at Memphis in 2007. The Golden Hurricane has swept Memphis each of the four series the two teams have played since TU joined the league in 2006. For the weekend, Tulsa hit .400 as a team (34-for-85) with 30 runs, 27 RBI, three doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 11 walks, with a team .706 slugging percentage and a .469 on-base percentage.
LINDSAY LEADS GOLDEN HURRICANE
Junior right fielder Lauren Lindsay batted .500 in the series against Memphis (5-for-10) with two home runs, a double, two walks, three RBI and four runs. She slugged 1.200 and had a .583 on-base percentage. In the six games last week, Lindsay went 8-for-21 with two homers, two doubles, four RBI and six runs.
BLAZERS TO HOST BULLDOGS
The Blazers enter their midweek contest with Mississippi State on a four-game losing skid, including a conference series sweep by East Carolina this past weekend. In its last outing, UAB came up short with a 2-1 loss to the Pirates on Sunday. Over the weekend UAB was led at the plate by Martina Landrum. The junior centerfielder hit .333 against East Carolina, including two doubles and a RBI. Freshman Catherine Douglass notched her fourth home run of the year with a solo shot in a 3-1 eight-inning loss on Saturday.
KNIGHTS LOSE HEARTBREAKER TO IOWA
Despite a solid performance by senior hurler Magon Paul and a home run from sophomore Tiffany Lane, UCF dropped an 11-inning heartbreaker to visiting Iowa, 2-1, Thursday at the UCF Softball Complex. The extra-inning contest was the second for the Knights in as many games. Paul threw all 11 innings for the Knights, allowing only two runs on six hits, while striking out three batters. The senior dropped to 2-5 on the season with the loss, but improved her ERA from a 4.17 entering the contest, to a 3.55. Coming into the match-up, eight batters in Iowa’s starting lineup were hitting .300 or better, and Paul did all that she could to keep their bats in check.
DAVIS HITS NUMBER FIVE
UTEP’s Jennifer Davis hit her fifth long ball of the season over the weekend to become the fifth Miner to hit over five in 2009. Over the weekend against Houston, Davis slugged a team-high 1.111 and went 6-for-9 (.667). She was one of four players to hit a home run in the series and drove in a team-high four RBI, while contributing three runs.
CARRERA WITH 12
Camilla Carrera has notched 12 doubles so far in 2009 to lead her team. Her total is second in C-USA behind Southern Miss junior Megan Hill’s 13. Carrera currently leads the league in league games in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.600) and slugging percentage (1.233).