DePaul senior Sarah Martz was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week after going 4-0 and hitting .600 for the Blue Demons last week. Martz threw her second perfect game of her career on April 13 against Valparaiso, and struck out a season high 12 against Saint Louis on April 17. She leads the team with 59 hits and a .440 batting average. Martz was named both the hitter and pitcher of the week in Conference USA for the second time in her career.
Martz's sister, Robin, a sophomore at Division II Lewis University, is currently on a 28-game hitting streak. During the streak, the younger Martz is hitting at a .461 clip with 26 runs, seven doubles, three triples and 16 RBIs. In addition, she has nine stolen bases and has only struck out once during the span. Her success has been matched by her team, as Lewis is 24-4 over the last 28 games.
Henderson State never won more than 17 games in its first five seasons. The Reddies currently find themselves on a 17-game winning streak in the Gulf South Conference. HSU has also won 13 conference games this season, more than it has won in the last five years combined.
History Repeats Itself
In 1988, the Long Beach State softball team started 36-8 thru 44 games, before losing game No. 45, 4-1 in extra innings, to Fresno State on Apr. 15. On Saturday versus Cal Poly, the 2004 LBSU club lost its 45th game of the season, in extra innings, to Cal Poly, 1-0 on Apr.17.
Iowa's Gayle Blevins became just the third Division I coach to win 1,000 fastpitch games in their career with a 9-1 victory over Coe College last weekend. Blevins joins Fresno State's Margie Wright and Florida State's JoAnne Graf as the only Division I coaches to accomplish the feat. Augustana's Sandy Jerstad won 1,000 games at the Division II level and Celeste Knierim won her 1000th game at the junior college level earlier this season.
Another Millennium Club
The 1,000-strikeout club is certainly open to membership this season. There are 23 Division I players who have struck out 1,000 batters in their careers. Five have joined the exclusive club this season, four of which did so last week. Minnesota's Piper Martin became the 19th player to accomplish the feat on April 2. Stanford's Dana Sorenson became No. 20 on April 13. A day later, Texas State's Nicole Neurburg notched strikeout No. 1000. Fresno State's Jamie Southern did so on April 15 and Kristin Schmidt became the latest to strikeout 1000 with her fifth strikeout of the game against Ole Miss on April 17. UCLA's Keira Goerl is just 26 shy of becoming the 24th member of the 1K-K club and sixth of the season.
A Jacket with Some Sting
Georgia Tech's Jessica Sallinger went 3-0 last week and posted a 0.00 ERA. Sallinger began the week with her third no-hitter of the season against then-No. 13 Alabama. She tossed a four-hit shutout in a win over North Carolina State. She then struck out nine to lead Tech to a 2-1 victory over North Carolina.
In two wins over East Carolina on Wednesday, North Carolina's Emily Price hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats. In the first game, she led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot to give UNC a 1-0 win. In the second game, she led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run, then hit a three-run homer in the third. On the day, she was 5-for-5 with the three home runs, a double, a single and two walks, and a remarkable slugging percentage of 3.000. Her home run total for the season stands at 14, one shy of tying the school single-season record, and she's batting .429 and slugging .767.
Streak Snapped at 44
Moravian junior Heather Bortz had her NCAA all-division record of 44 consecutive games with a hit snapped at 44 games last week in a 5-3 win over Susquehanna. The streak began on April 15, 2003 and ended on April 17, 2004, a span of 367 days. Robin Martz now holds the longest current streak at 28 games, seven shy of the Division II record of 35. The Division I record is 43 games.