She can hit the long ball 
Iowa freshman Emily Nichols had a breakout week at the Buzz Classic in Marietta, GA. Nichols, who played first base, right field and catcher for the Hawkeyes, hit a combined .455 (10-22) with seven home runs and 15 RBI in eight games at the Buzz Classic. She also recorded a slugging percentage of 1.455. Nichols hit two two-run home runs against Georgia Southern and her two-run home run against Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals provided the game-winning RBI. Against Auburn in the semifinals, Nichols set two school records by hitting three home runs and recording eight RBI. She also had a home run in the 
championship game against Ohio State. Nichols has eight home runs on the season. Iowa's school record for home runs in a season is 10. 

We’ll take ‘em! 
Martin Methodist participated in the Smash Hit softball tournament in Savannah, Ga., making the drive from its campus in Pulaski, Tenn. About an hour before their first scheduled game against Briarcliffe, coaches and players realized that they had left their bats back home. They rushed to a local sporting goods store, bought a couple of bats and borrowed one from the host school, and proceeded to defeat Briarcliffe 8-0 behind three home runs. They followed that win up with a 13-2 win over Ursuline, hitting two more home runs. 

Clean Sweep 
Cal State Fullerton players Marissa Marzan and Kiki Munoz won Big West Conference pitcher and player of the week awards. Marzan won her only start in the rain-soaked Worth Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton, earning her first collegiate solo shutout against Bowling Green. Marzan scattered just three hits and held the Falcons' hitters to a .125 average. Munoz hit .500 (5-for-10) for the weekend, leading the Titans in hitting at the Worth Invitational. She slugged .900 for the weekend and had an on base percentage of .500. Perfectly defensively in 14 chances behind the plate, Munoz hit her first collegiate home run in the Titans' 7-3 win over Illinois State. 

Oklahoma junior Kristin Vesely hit .667 last week while leading the Sooners to a 
perfect 6-0 weekly record and an extension of their winning streak to 
19 games. Vesely is in the midst of an 18-game hitting streak, which 
is tied for the longest stretch in OU history. In addition to getting 
a hit in two of every three at bats, Vesely had nine runs scored, 14 
hits, seven RBI, four doubles, six stolen bases, an .857 slugging 
percentage and a .696 on base percentage. 

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