Local college notebook: Polytech product Mycek stars for East Carolina softball team

Former Polytech High softball standout Alex Mycek is putting up some big numbers at East Carolina this spring.

A junior catcher for the Pirates, she has 10 homeruns in 30 games so far.

That ties the Clayton resident for the league lead in the American Athletic Conference with teammate Meredith Burroughs.

Mycek also ranks first in the conference in slugging percentage (.800), total bases (60) and walks (22). She’s third in the AAC in RBI (26) and on-base percentage (.485).

Those kind of stats have earned Mycek some attention.

Alex Mycek

Earlier this month Mycek was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week. She was the first player in program history to win a national weekly honor.

In one six-game span, Mycek went 10-for-13 with six homers, two doubles, 14 RBI, seven runs scored and seven walks. She homered in four of the six contests, including a grand slam.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as National Player of the Week,” Mycek said at the time. “As a team, we brought a ton of energy and heart this weekend. I’m just glad I was able to contribute to our success. This is huge, not only for myself, but also for the future of our program.”

Mycek’s power surge comes after she totaled only three homeruns and 16 RBI in her first two seasons at ECU.

Notes

• Delaware State is hosting the United Equestrian Conference Tournament this weekend at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

The two-day event concludes today with competition beginning at 9 a.m. The Hornets are joined in the event by Fresno State, SMU and Tennessee-Martin.

DelState was ranked 10th in the NCEA preseason poll, the first preseason national ranking in team history.

• Former Delaware basketball standout Kory Holden has had a front-row seat to South Carolina’s improbable run to the NCAA men’s basketball Sweet 16.

The junior guard is red-shirting with the Gamecocks — which means he gets to practice and sit on the bench — after transferring from UD last spring.

• The Delaware men’s lacrosse team (6-3) hosts one of the best teams in the country on Saturday when Rutgers (8-0) comes to Newark for a 1 p.m. contest.

The Scarlet Knights are ranked No. 1 in Division I in one poll and No. 3 in another.

• DelState’s baseball team has a score to settle with Coppin State, which it hosts this weekend in a three-game MEAC North series. The Hornets went 5-1 against the Eagles in the regular season last year only to be eliminated by Coppin, 15-4, in the MEAC Tournament.

• Caesar Rodney High grad Quintin Ivy, a freshman outfielder on the George Washington baseball team, has started three games for the Colonials, scoring four runs.

• Several Polytech High student-athletes have announced their college choices recently: Marco Maddalena (soccer, Goldey-Beacom), Bryan Perry (cross country, track & field, East Stroudsburg), Tamia Mathias (basketball, North Country CC), Jamie Ryan (track & field, Shenandoah), Jake Davis (lacrosse, McDaniel) and Josh Davis (lacrosse, Messiah).

• Delaware State is going after its second straight MEAC bowling title this weekend at the eight-team conference tournament. The three-day event, which began on Friday, runs through Sunday at the AMF Chesapeake Lanes in Chesapeake, Va.

The Hornets are also trying to earn the program’s third bid to the eight-team NCAA Tournament.

• Former Woodbridge High softball pitcher Hailey Andrews is in her sophomore season at Indian River (Fla.) State College. She has 120 strikeouts in 123.1 innings with a 2.21 ERA and a record of 12-7. Andrews is also hitting .350 in 40 at-bats.

• Delaware field hockey player Kayla Devlin and former Blue Hen Alexis Esbitt will be taking part in the World Maccabiah games, held July 4-18, in Israel.

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