There may never be a better home run than that of the Wichita State softball team to carve its place in the record books on Friday.
The Shockers broke the NCAA softball record for home runs in one inning, hitting seven home runs in the second inning of Friday’s game against East Carolina. WSU also broke its single-game program record for homers (10), runs (24) and hits (23) in the 24-1 run-rule victory. The Shockers also tied the team’s single-season record for homers with 103 total.
During a second-inning streak, WSU hit back-to-back bombs with Lauren Mills, Lainee Brown and Wylie Glover all coming over the fence. The Shockers roster beat and Zoe Jones joined a long list of players in the NCAA record books with two home runs in the same inning.
Another notable achievement came from junior Sydney McKinney, who tallied two more hits and became the all-time leader in Wichita State history. McKinney did it in just 178 career games, 69 games shy of the time it took Britnee Barnett to reach the previous record.
But the most impressive performance came from sophomore Wichita State superstar Addison Barnard, who was 4-for-4 with three home runs, a double and seven RBIs. Barnard achieved the following:
- She now has 29 home runs, 74 RBIs and 154 total bases — all marks that currently lead the nation. His slugging percentage of 1.038 was second and could move up to first after Friday’s games.
- With 29 homers and 25 stolen bases, she is one homer and five stolen bases away from becoming the first player in NCAA history to reach the club 30-30.
- She’s hit home runs in six straight games and will have a shot at joining the NCAA record books in Saturday’s game if she can hit another home run.
- For program records in a single game, his 14 total goals set the new program record and his three home runs tied the best mark, while the seven RBIs were good for second-best in a game.
Even more perspective comes when you realize Barnard has hit 51 career home runs in 94 games, which is a faster pace per game than OU’s all-time home run leader Lauren Chamberlain. Barnard is also just seven homers off the WSU’s all-time lead set by Maddison Perrigan in 245 games — remember Barnard hasn’t even played his 100th game yet.
This story was originally published April 29, 2022 5:42 p.m.