We at the Forgotten 5 have done a disservice to our readers. We haven’t done a decent job at all of covering women’s sports. From UConn’s historic winning streak of over 100 games to Rick Insell getting elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, we have struck out in coverage.
That changes today as we roll out our weekly look at softball and the many great teams that play at a high level.
First off, let’s give some love to the Marshall Thundering Herd. They won a total of 30 games last season and fell in the opening round of the CUSA tournament. This season, they are sitting at 33-7 and are beating down the door in the coaches poll. A ranked Marshall team could come as soon as today with the newest poll being released.
Current Top 25 Programs:
- James Madison (37-6, #15): Everything changes for JMU softball when Mickey Dean was brought in as head coach for the 2013 season. The Dukes had only made one NCAA tournament in school history before he took over. Since then, they have made the tournament four straight times and won 50 games last season. This team has a chance to surpass the team of 2016 due to star pitcher Megan Good. She is 88-7 as a starter and leads the nation with 27 wins this season. Not only is she a great pitcher, she is also batting .405 on the year with 42 run batted in.
- Louisiana (29-5, #17): If there is a softball version of baseball’s Cal State Fullerton, it would be the Ragin’ Cajuns. They are a softball dynasty with six trips the College World Series under their belt. They have been one of the most steady teams in the nation with trips to the NCAA Tournament in every season since 1990 except for 1998. This season, the Ragin’ Cajuns took two of three versus Alabama and are generally avoided by the elite of college softball. They are 14-1 in conference play and should host yet another Regional this year.
Others to watch:
- Marshall (33-7), Tulsa (29-13), Cal Poly (28-13), USC Upstate (36-10), Texas State (31-10), Lipscomb (31-13), Florida Atlantic (29-16), SIU Edwardsville (34-8), Florida International (34-11), Saint Francis (35-9), Utah State (27-10), UT Martin (31-13), Fordham (32-12), Kennesaw State (31-13).
- Lindsay Crowdus, Memphis: .496
- Shleby Maze, Samford: 71
- Navia Penrod, North Florida: 71
- DJ Sanders, Louisiana: 23
- Kayla McGory, North Florida: 7
- Haley Schrock, Bowling Green: 7
- Megan Good, James Madison: 12
- DJ Sanders, Louisiana: 1.070
- Jessi TenBroeck, Stetson: 43
- Shelby Williams, Prairie View: 43
- DJ Sanders, Louisiana: 123
Toughest To Strike Out:
- Lindsay Sokoloski, UTEP: 119.0 AB/K
- Megan Good, James Madison: 27