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Softball Coaching Bible


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Top Performers for the week of March 8-14

Arizona State University freshman pitcher Kirsten Voak fired back-to-back no-hitters (first time in ASU's 33-year softball history). She was also just one walk away from perfect games in each. Voak, who was named to the NIST All-Tournament Team, no-hit Loyola Marymount University, striking out nine. In the very next game, which began fifteen minutes after the completion of the first contest, she no-hit Arkansas, striking out eight. Against Utah, Voak struckout a career-high 14 batters. Voak also picked up wins against Colorado State, allowing two hits and striking out six in three innings. She beat UC Santa Barbara in five innings with seven strikeouts. Overall, Voak notched four wins, pitched 27 and a third innings, allowed only 10 hits, one earned run, while striking out 44 batters. Her ERA for the tournament was 0.25. At the plate, Voak went 7-17 (.412) with five RBIs, four runs scored and was walked eight times.

University of Massachusetts senior pitcher Danielle Henderson from Commack NY.. In three apperances this weekend she earned three shutout wins, including throwing a 14 strikeout no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Georgia...Henderson posted a 3-0 record over the weekend earning 42 strikeouts, and did not allow an earned run in 23 innings of work. With her 16 strikeouts against Western Illinois she became only the seventh player in NCAA history to post over 1,000 career strikouts. She was named the MVP of the Florida State University Lady Seminole Invitational for her performance.

University of Tennessee senior second baseman Kelli Fitzgerald; Most Valuable Player of the University of Tennessee Lady Vol Spring Invitational after batting .538 (7-for-13) with eight RBI, five runs, two doubles and a grand slam as UT won the title with a perfect 4-0 record.

University of South Carolina's Joyce McMillin. She had a three-run homer in the seventh inning to tie score against Florida. Later, she pitched a no-hitter against Iona. Went 1-2 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored in no-hitter and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts. She went 4-7 in a doubleheader split against No. 17 University of Illinois-Chicago.

University of Southwestern Louisiana's Kelli Bruce. The senior from El, Toro, Calif., hit .571 for week with two home runs and 12 RBIs in Lady Cajuns' six games...Had seven RBIs in second game against La. Tech Sunday, hitting a grand slam and three-run bomb in only two at-bats during 10-0 five-inning win...Had two doubles and three RBIs in first game of week against Southeastern La...Finished week with three doubles and had slugging % of 1.214...Batting average rose 55 points during six-game stretch.

Coastal Carolina's Jessica Falca (Second base, senior from Phoenix, Arizona); batted .536 (15-28) with two triples, one home run and six RBIs in eight games this past week; also had seven stolen bases this past week; now batting .550 for the season with a .700 slugging percentage and a .565 on-base percentage; now has 17 stolen bases this season and 157 for her career. She needs 36 more stolen bases to tie the NCAA Division I All-Time career record for steals.

University of South Florida junior shortstop Lea Mishlan, Pearland, Tex./Pearland High School. Mishlan hit .650 for the week while hitting two home runs and driving in eight runs. Mishlan had an 18-game hitting streak and had multiple-hit games in five of the six games she played. Against Michigan State, she went 2-3 with two runs and two RBI with a home run. In a doubleheader against Temple, she went 6-7 with two runs and three RBI. Against Florida International, she went 3-4 with a run and three RBI including a home run.

University of Southern Mississippi Courtney Blades, Pitcher, Junior, Baton Rouge, LA. Courtney continued her monster season as she ran her overall record to 17-2 by going 7-0 this week. She was a perfect 4-0 in the Frost Cutlery Tournament as she worked 23 innings, struck out 48 batters and allowed just eight hits and one run with wins over Kentucky, Centenary, Mississippi State and UT-Chattanooga. She tossed a three-hit shutout in USM's 4-0 win over Mississippi State in which she also belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a scoreless contest. She struck out 13 in that game and followed that with a four-hit 14 strikeout performance agianst UT-Chattanooga as USM was the onlyteam in the tournament to post a 4-0 record. She also had nine RBI and a pair of wins in USM's doubleheader sweep of Georgia Tech. In game two of the sweep, Blades had a double, a three-run homer and six RBI. For the week, Blades worked 44.2 innings, allowed six earned runs, had an ERA of 0.95 with 85 strikeouts and allowed just 20 hits. She also tossed two shutouts and a pair of combined shutouts. At the plate, Blades was 15-for-35 (.429) with four doubles, three home runs, 11 runs scored and 23 RBI. Blades reached double-digit strikeouts in each of her wins this week.

Central Michigan's Eli Barnes, Senior, Centerfield, Montrose, CA. She hit .412 for the week (14-34) with 13 RBI, two doubles and three home runs. Named to all-tournament team at Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational. Went 13-25 with 13 RBI in the last eight games of the week. Central Michiganís Anne Foster, Senior, Pitcher, Monroe, MI. She posted a 5-0 record and three shutouts on the week. Pitched 19 straight scoreless innings. Carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning vs. Mississippi. Had a 1.09 ERA for the week in 38 1/3 innings of work. Struck out 21 while walking eight. Both athletes helped CMU to an 11-1 record for the week and to the championship game of the Gold Bracket at the FSU Invitational. CMU couldn't play in the game because of travel arrangements.

University of California freshman pitcher Jocelyn Forest . In four games, she was 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 25 innings. She allowed just one hit in four innings against Tulsa then tossed complete-game shutouts over Notre Dame, Texas Tech and Utah to earn all-tournament honors at the National Invitational Softball Tournament. Forest has not allowed a run in her last 47.0 innings, lowering her season ERA to 0.45. She has a 10-2 record overall.

Kelly Gentle, Hawai'i, Sr., RHP, (Toongabbie, Australia). Gentle was 2-0 with 16 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched, allowing seven hits and one run. Gentle won her fourth consecutive home game to improve her season record to 8-5. Already the school's all-time wins (70) and saves (six) leader, Gentle tied for the program games pitched record of 124 this weekend. Gentle's two wins helped the Wahine go 3-0 for the week and extend their win streak to seven games. In the series opener against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Gentle pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout, striking-out nine UNLV batters in the conference set. Game three saw Gentle record her second complete game effort of the series, limiting the Rebels to five hits, striking-out seven.