Record BreakerWednesday, 24 April 2013
Saturday was a good day for the Eastern Illinois University Women’s softball team. Not
just because they defeated their arch-rivals Jacksonville State, but also because their star pitcher
Hanna Mennenga finally broke the strike out record she and her coach had been vying for.
Mennenga only needed 13 more to break the previous single-season record held by
former Eastern record holder Zam Mogill. Mogill broke the last record back in 1986 meaning
that Mennenga had beaten a Two and a half decade old record.
Mennenga was allowed to pitch all the way through both games giving her the ability
to break the record. In most of the first innings she pitched three strike outs in a row.
Even before this game on Monday Mennenga was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s
pitcher of the week for the third straight week in a row, and the fifth time this season. She also
earned herself several top 25 national rankings with the second-best strike out average in the
Mennenga didn’t know the exact number or stats she had broken today but she was able
to say how good she felt about breaking it. “It’s nice to break a record always is nice to break
records it feels good,” said Mennega. She went on to say that even though she broke the record
for strike out today in no way did she think that was a key to their success on the field today,
saying that goes to most of her teammates. I thank the team as a whole they always have my
back on offense and I always have theirs on defense.
Head Coach Kim Schuette says that she’s proud of Mennenga, and as far as the record
she says she’s more relieved than anything “I’m glad it’s over I think it’s unbelievable, I think
it’s awesome for her, I think it’s awesome for the team, and I know that she wants to put the
focus on the team now especially,” Said Schuette.
Even Jacksonville State Universities Coach Jana McGinnis was giving praise to Mennega
for her performance. “I didn’t think our mentality was right at the plate, but you have to give her
credit, she’s the one who’s making us have to hit it. So you got to give her the credit, she’s the
one that made the difference in the game,” said McGinnis.
In the end Mennenga says even with this mile stone in her athletic career she’s not yet
thinking about what’s to come. “If I was to do this well next year, obviously I’m not thinking
about next year yet but it be nice to get the career record,” Said Mennenga.
Eastern won the first game with three runs over Jacksonville States Two.
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