If you have read the Enterprise sports (print or online) on a regular basis over the past six years, you already know Chelsea Fagan can hit. Her batting exploits have been well-documented.
Good pitching, bad pitching, fast pitching, slow pitching ... it doesn't matter. Typically, the better hitters struggle against weaker pitching. Not Chelsea. Throw the ball to plate, and chances are she's going to smash it. Regardless of who's in the circle.
Though a long-time admirer of Chelsea's ability to punish a softball, I was taken aback while researching her stats for the past week.
Let's just skip all the clichés (amazing, insane, ridiculous, etc.) and go straight to the numbers: 6 games, .571 batting average (12-for-21), 8 (yes, eight) home runs, 19 RBIs and 37 total bases.
A catcher by trade, the Bossier Parish Community College sophomore spent the entire week as a corner infielder, playing four games at third base and two at first. If anything, the position changes appear to have helped her hitting as she led the Lady Cavaliers to a 5-1 record for the week.
Fagan started her personal onslaught by going 3-for-5 with three home runs and five RBIs in a 12-1 victory over Paris (Texas) Monday afternoon, March 19.
Completing the sweep, the Lady Cavs took Game 2, 13-4. Fagan went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Shortstop Shelrika Bryant, Fagan's Bastrop High classmate, was 1-for-3 with a two-run double.
BPCC dropped Wednesday's opener to Tyler (Texas) 3-2. Fagan was 0-for-3, though she and Bryant scored both of the Lady Cavs' runs.
Bouncing back in Game 2, Fagan went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in an 11-4 victory. Bryant went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
Putting an exclamation point on her surreal week, Fagan swatted four homes — two in both games — as BPCC swept Northeast Texas 9-3, 7-4 on Saturday.
In Game 1, she was 2-for-4 with five RBIs, followed by a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort in Game 2. Bryant went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the opener and 1-for-5 with a run in the finale.
Besides padding her national-best home run total to 25, Fagan now ranks No. 1 in the NJCAA in RBIs (62), total bases (121) and slugging percentage (1.287).
Fagan won an NJCAA Division I National Player of the Week award last season. Don't be surprised if there is a follow-up story about her winning another one later this week.
TIA COLEMAN hit a three-run home run and scored two runs in the first game of Saturday's double header against Alabama A&M.
Coleman's second home run of the season was one of the Lady Tigers' few bright spots over the weekend as AAMU swept the three-game SWAC series 20-2, 16-5 and 12-0.
CH'KILAS CALHOUN helped the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans' 4 x 100-meter relay team to the third-best time in program history Saturday in Houston at the Victor Lopez Classic, hosted by Rice University.
Travion Clark, Charles Okeze, Calhoun and Keshawn Andrews finished second in the event with a time of 40.53. The foursome shaved .19 seconds off their time from the previous week.
Calhoun also placed 17th out of 30 competitors in the 100m dash with an 11.07 readout, just .02 seconds off of his personal best.
CHASE COCKRELL went 5-for-8 in two starts as Ole Miss won two-of-three from Texas A&M in College Station.
However, it was the Rebels' batting practice display that generated most of the attention on social media Friday night. Cockrell damaged the X and teammate Grae Kessinger rocked the E on the Texas A&M lettering atop the Olsen Field scoreboard during warmups.
When it counted, Cockrell went 3-for-3 and scored two runs in Friday's 7-6 loss before going 2-for-5 with an RBI in Saturday's series-clinching 7-6 victory.
Ole Miss (22-3, 4-2) hosts Southern Miss on Tuesday night, before welcoming Arkansas to Swayze Field for a three-game set Thursday-Saturday.