Alex Jacobson breaks NCAA record for consecutive games with a homer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rockhurst's Alex Jacobson broke the NCAA softball record for all divisions for consecutive games with a home run. She hit a home run in eight consecutive games from March 22-29, 2014, for the Division II school.
Jacobson’s streak started in the first game of a doubleheader at Missouri S&T with a solo home run in the first inning on March 22. In game two at S&T, she hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to power the Hawks to a 4-3 win. Jacobson also hit home runs in road doubleheaders at Drury on March 23, William Jewell on March 26 and Maryville on March 29. Her streak ended at Missouri-St. Louis on March 30.
“I always hit well on the road. I didn’t think much about the streak until the sixth game. I am seeing the ball much better,” Jacobson, who leads the Hawks with 10 home runs this season and has hit 28 career home runs in the past four seasons, said.
During her eight-game home run streak, the right-handed hitting Jacobson batted .481 (13 of 27) with eight home runs, 17 RBI, 10 runs scored and a 1.222 slugging percentage. Rockhurst, which competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, posted a 6-2 record during Jacobson’s home run streak.
Jacobson’s record-setting streak broke the previous NCAA record of seven, which was set by Christie Softy of Division II’s Long Island-Post in April of 2010. The Division I record for consecutive games with a home run is six and the Division III record is five in a row.
“Alex made a small adjustment to her swing,” Rockhurst softball coach Galen Struve said. “She struggled last year [five home runs with a .207 batting average.] She has always been in great shape and takes care of herself.”
Jacobson is the first Rockhurst athlete to break an NCAA record. Rockhurst, which became an active NCAA Division II member in 1998, added softball in 2004.