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Robert Laberge/Getty ImagesCatcher Stacey Nuveman won gold medals with Team USA at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and a silver at the 2008 Games.Baseball's best sluggers will gather tonight at the Mets' Citi Field for Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby, but we’d like to tip our caps to some of the great softball sluggers in NCAA history. We start with former UCLA star Stacey Nuveman, who holds the Division I record for career home runs with 90. Former Arizona star Laura Espinoza set the single-season mark in 1995 by hitting 37 home runs in 1995. The most consecutive games with a home run is six, and that has been accomplished by three players—former Washington star Dena Tyson, former Nebraska star Taylor Edwards and Houston’s Haley Outon. Jill Iacono, a former Canisius standout, holds the record for most consecutive at-bats with a home run with four on April 5, 2002. Most recently, Megan Baltzell of Longwood and Lauren Chamberlain of Oklahoma led the way in 2013 with 30 home runs apiece.
On this date in 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first of 755 major-league home runs. Aaron’s career total is second to Barry Bonds’ 762. In NCAA softball, former UCLA star Stacey Nuveman holds the Division I home run record with 90 during her career, which spanned 264 games between 1997 and 2002. This season, a trio of sophomores is leading the home run race. Megan Baltzell of Longwood has 23 homers this season after hitting nine as a freshman, Lauren Chamberlain of Oklahoma has 21 after hitting 30 as a freshman and Renada Davis of NC State has 20 after hitting nine as a freshman.
AP Photo/Alonzo AdamsLauren Chamberlain set the single-season Big 12 home run record as a freshman with 30.
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