AMES, Iowa – Senior Emma Hylen has been named the Player of the Week in the Big 12 by College Sports Madness. The native of Roseville, Minn., helped lead Iowa State to its first series sweep vs. Baylor since 2003. It was also the first three-game, road conference series sweep in program history.
Hylen went 2-0 on the week with a 0.60 ERA, tallying a pair of wins vs. the Lady Bears in 11.2 innings of action. She opened the series with by picking up a complete game victory, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts in 7.0 innings of action.
The series finale was another dominant outing for the 6-3 hurler, who allowed just one hit in 4.2 innings of relief work, as she helped seal Iowa State's sweep in Waco. With the win, Hylen improved to 13-7 on the season.
Hylen, a senior, now ranks No. 9 on Iowa State's career strikeouts list with 285. She is already Iowa State's all-time lead in career saves with nine. Hylen's 2.78 ERA is on pace to be the best single-season mark by a Cyclone pitcher since 2010 (Rachel Zabriskie).
Hylen and the Cyclones are back in action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. when they take on Omaha in Omaha, Neb.
While Wednesday's contest between Park of Cottage Grove and Stillwater may have been a rematch of last year's Class 4A State title game, there were a number of unfamiliar faces in both lineups.
But one familiar face, Wolfpack starting pitcher Sam Fohrman, took center stage in leading Park to a 4-2 road win.
Fohrman allowed just four hits and two runs, only one of which was earned, to help the Wolfpack, ranked No. 1 in the Class 4A coaches’ poll, earn the Suburban East Conference win.
The junior righthander pitched in relief in last year's state title game, but this year she said she is trying to accept a greater leadership role for the Wolfpack (7-1, 4-1).
"I need to be more aware of what my defense is doing," Fohrman said. "I need to be aware of what the batters are doing so I can warn the defense. For example, for one batter I told our third baseman, Emma [Ambroz], that the batter pulls off the ball, so she would pull the ball if I threw inside. I want to make sure the defense is prepared."
Fohrman walked the first batter she faced and had to pitch out of a two-on, one-out jam in that opening inning. Then in the third inning, Stillwater loaded the bases with two outs, then scored two runs on an infield hit and an error.
"I couldn't figure out what was going on with my grip — my hands were super waxy from using a new ball," Fohrman said. "But I settled in enough, and then I figured out I needed to use some chalk to improve my grip."
Fohrman got the final out in the third and did not allow another baserunner, retiring the final 13 batters she faced.
"She started figuring things out and doing better things with her riseball and curveball," Park coach Bob Loshek said of Fohrman. "She's such a competitor; when she competes, everyone follows suit."
Photo Gallery: Park of Cottage Grove vs. Stillwater
Fohrman finished with 10 strikeouts and two walks — one intentional — in the complete-game win. Seven of those whiffs came against the final 13 batters she faced.
"I figured out I needed to be less passive," Fohrman said. "I needed to be aggressive and just 'deal.' I couldn't let them score any more runs any more."
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A combined twenty-two runs were scored by the St. Catherine University Wildcat softball team on Wednesday in the sweep of conference foe Macalester College. The Wildcats allowed just one run on the day winning game one 10-1 and game two 12-0. St. Kate's improves their record to 26-10 overall and 16-4 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). With just two games remaining in the regular season, St. Kate's is sitting in second place in the MIAC standings, just one game out of first place.
Game 1 | St. Catherine 10, Macalester 1 (6 innings)
Rookie Olivia Beaulieu brought in the first two runs of the day in the top of the second inning with a single to left field driving in seniors Jenna George and Trish Sherman.
Macalester scored their only run of the day in the bottom of the second inning off a double to left field and score of 2-1.
St. Kate's scored three more runs in the top of the fourth to take the 4-1 lead. A big sixth inning brought in the final five runs score of 10-1.
First-year Alex Ehde was 2-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI in the first game. George was also 2-4 with one double and scoring one. Junior Amber Montero had two RBI in the first game tallying one run in one hit.
In the circle for in the first game was rookie Annabelle Schutte collecting her 13th win of the season. Schutte tallied 6 strikeouts in 6 innings allowing 1 run off of 6 hits.
Game 2 | St. Catherine 12, Macalester 0
St. Kate's extended the runs streak in game two crossing the plate a total of 12 times.
George scored the first run for St. Kate's in the top of the second as the Scots walked junior Autumn Mortenson with bases loaded.
In the top of the third inning, Montero hit a solo home run, her third of the season and second in the last week for the 2-0 lead.
The fourth inning proved to be successful again in the second game as the Wildcats scored 4 runs off of 4 hits. Senior Trish Sherman was the leadoff in the inning scoring first off of Beaulieu's single to center field. Senior Anna Hinderakerwas responsible for the next two RBI with a hit to left field to drive in Beaulieu and Mortenson's pinch runner, first-year Jasmine Ziegler. The Wildcats 6th run was a result of a Scots error and Hinderaker crossing the plate as Montero tallied the RBI.
The sixth inning was just as successful for St. Kate's collecting a total of six runs on 3 hits. Montero posted two more RBI in the inning as Hinderaker and pinch hitter Alyssa Wicks scored. Mortenson collected the final RBI of the game with a single to left field as Schutte scored her first career run as a pinch-runner for George.
Montero was 2-4 in game two with 4 RBI, 2 runs, plus the home run. Mortenson was 2-3 with 1 RBI and 1 walk.
Sophomore Kathryn Proper pitched the completed game for the Wildcats collecting her 13th win of the season in the circle. Proper and Schutte are tied for 5th in the MIAC for wins this season. Proper allowed just 3 hits in 6 innings with 4 strikeouts and walking 1 player.
In 2 victories last week, the senior catcher had 3 hits in 5 at bats, walked twice, homered twice and drove in 7 runs as the Crimson defeated Coon Rapids 8-1 and Spring Lake Park 22-5. Culhane has signed to play at St. Cloud State.
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MFA Camp Staff,
I also wanted to thank all of you for an amazing experience!! Jordyn had
a blast at camp and literally could not wait to come each day. :-) She
loved the coaches and learned a lot, is excited to apply it all to her
game. She is so disappointed that she'll miss out on the last day.
Thanks again for such a great experience!
I hope all is going well with you & you are enjoying your spring! I just had to drop you a quick note. Allie had her first games, and first playing with a new team. She got up to bat 4 times and hit EVERY SINGLE TIME!!! She got a triple and 3 doubles and two of them hit the grass on first bounce! She really took what you all taught her to heart and it showed. When we got in the car to come home, she goes "Mom, those hits felt really good! And I know I was running faster and I know that is from being at MFA." She also got the "most supportive teammate" award from her coach for cheering on her teammates - pretty cool to watch:)
Thank you again for all your encouragement to Allie and all she's learned. She'll carry it forever.
Hi Coach B, I just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to you and all of the MFA staff!! Since joining your group, the improvement in Julia's hitting has been amazing. She hit back to back homeruns followed by a triple in the championship game and went 9 for 11 total in her high school tournament today. It's great to see the progress. You guys are amazing!!
I am a Mom that has coached both of her daughters for the last 3 years and both are now 6 & 9 years old. I knew my oldest was ready for the next level and needed a new experience. My youngest, who picked up the sport early on, lacked the confidence to play if Mom wasn’t nearby coaching and a fear of being outside her comfort zone to learn new things. My oldest daughter loved the experience she had at one of MFA’s pitching clinics, and how much fun they made everything. I knew they were the right team to help me with both my daughter’s needs. The first day of their Instructional Clinic, both girls fearlessly learned new drills and left with soaring confidence due to the team’s ability to make them feel good about what they were learning. MFA kept both young girls 100% engaged the entire time, and they loved every minute of it. Only disappointment the girls had was the follow day when it wasn’t Clinic Day! Kudos to MFA for giving my girls a great experience and making them love softball even more. One satisfied Mom, and two very excited and happy girls. Thank you MFA!
Bella had try-outs for both her in-house team and the travel team and she received rave reviews from all of the coaches. She made the top travel team and the coach sent me a note commenting on her amazing improvement and confidence. He was in awe of her hitting, and all of her skills really. He's not overly known for his praise so I know if he says it, he really means it!!
MFA is a big part of that improvement so I wanted to thank you and Julie for the great work you do. We'll be back for more training for sure. We've had tons of parents ask us what she did to improve so much in the off season and we're spreading the word about the great work you do. She was good before but now she's at another level of play, which is exciting to see. You make it so fun that she never feels like it's a chore to go and it's clearly paid off in her skills and confidence. She can't wait for the season to start. Thanks again -
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Fun in the sun!!! Syd enjoyed a 3 game sweep of the U of A Wildcats over the University of Texas
Thank you for your love of teaching softball to the crazy girls who love learning from you! The picture of all the girls is awesome, thank yoy taking the time to take it (no small task getting them to assemble in any manner with all that energy) and then taking the time to send share it.
You are a blessing to my daughter Paige she thinks the world of you and Julie.
Julie's personal commitment to excellence is amazing! She has a great understanding of the mental approach needed to excel at the next level! Head Coaching Legend University of Arizona