Here's our look at some the top single-performances in D1 college softball – the nominees for HERO of the Week!
The only way to vote is in the polls at the bottom of each section. Once you’ve made your voice heard, be sure to share with friends so they can vote as well, and check back next week to see who won. Polls close Monday at noon Pacific, so be sure to get your vote in on time!
If you know of a player you think we should include next week, let us know! Nominate a player by sending an email with “D1 softball HERO” in the subject line to email@example.com, or tweet us your nomination @HEROSportsNews with the hashtag #D1SBHERO. At the end of the year, we’ll compile all the HEROES of the Week from this season and let you vote on the D1 Softball Performance of the YEAR!
Unfortunately, there will be no D1 Softball Offensive HERO of the Week this week. The top two vote-getters combined for over 3.6 million votes, which seemed a little high to us, especially considering the two colleges in question boast a combined enrollment of 26,000. We're sorry to those of you who participated legitimately and especially sorry to the nominated athletes who missed out on the award.
As a result of this scandal (HERO of the Week-gate?) we beefed up the security on our poll system moving forward. But we don't have any illusions about this and neither should you — some people cheat because some people suck. Please don't suck.
Congrats to Nicole!
Now on to this week's nominees.[divider]
BR-46 OKLAHOMA STATE: Mikkelson had two doubles, a home run and six RBIs in a game last week against BR-47 Wichita State.
BR-92 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Heese had a grand slam and four RBIs in a 6-3 win last week against BR-164 Missouri State.
BR-113 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Dirks had two home runs and a double, along with five RBIs last week against BR-53 BYU.
BR-10 TENNESSEE: Gaffin was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate, with a grand slam and six RBIs against BR-14 Texas A&M.
BR-108 UNC GREENSBORO: Down to their last out, Thomas hit a walk-off grand slam to pick up a 6-3 win over BR-147 Mercer.
BR-139 DAYTON: Cash struck out 13 batters and gave up just two hits in a win over BR-225 George Mason.
BR-124 ST. JOHN'S: In six innings of work, Kramer allowed just one hit while striking out 12 in a start against BR-288 Saint Peter's.
BR-120 COASTAL CAROLINA: Guillette picked up a complete game win against BR-110 Charleston, striking out 11 batters.
SAVANNAH JO DORSEY
BR-76 OHIO: A routine nominee to this list, Dorsey struck out 13 batters in a complete game win last week against BR-84 Kent State. It was her second complete game of the day.
BR-90 WESTERN CAROLINA: Sigmon struck out 12 batters in a win over BR-72 South Carolina Upstate.