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Salute to softball's sluggers

7/15/2013
Catcher Stacey Nuveman won gold medals with Team USA at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and a silver at the 2008 Games. Robert Laberge/Getty Images

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.