Softball's Schoblocher Named Season's First C-USA Player of the Week
#SCHOtime Scorches into Household Name Use
At first glance, Taylor Schoblocher’s opening weekend stat line looks so ludicrous it just must be a mistake. On second glance, the junior outfielder is actually just that good. In the North Texas Invitational, she forced pitchers to treat her as a serious home run threat each and every plate appearance.
After crushing six home runs in 10 at bats, Schoblocher nearly broke the internet as #SCHOtime flooded the Twitter feeds of softball fans across the nation. As her name spread like wildfire, the Conference USA office took notice and awarded her the 2015 season’s first player of the week honor.
In the first two days of play, she had already surpassed her home run total for the entire 2014 season (five). Schoblocher also added two more hits for 26 total bases on the weekend, of which 10 were in one game, a feat that ties a program record. Her five RBI (12 total on the weekend) against Texas Southern, and four hits and three runs against Boise State also tie single-game program records that she previously held.
Schoblocher also made a splash on the defensive side of things with five putouts in left field, including one in which she reached over the fence to bring back an opponent's home run to end the top half of the inning. In ensuing bottom half of the inning, she led off with a home run of her own.
Opponents seemed to be the last to take notice, as Boise State was the only team to honor the scouting report, in the tournament's finale. After being walked on four straight pitches her first plate appearance, she was plunked on the first pitch of her next. When the game’s outcome was all but decided, Schoblocher finally saw a pitch over the plate and took it deep to the warning track in right field before it was caught for a sacrifice fly.
Now with the second most multi-homer games in program history, Schoblocher looks to build off of this weekend’s performance and continue rewriting the record books. She currently sits at No. 2 on the North Texas career all-time list for slugging percentage, No. 5 for on-base percentage, No. 7 for batting average, and No. 7 for total home runs.
This is the first Conference USA award in Schoblocher’s career.
— MeanGreenSoftball (@MeanGreenSB) February 9, 2015