Entering the 2011-12 softball season, only 15 players had ever hit four home runs in a single game.
Now 16 have.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Hebron (Texas) High senior Heather Stearns became the first Texan ever to record four homers in a single softball game. The Baylor signee pulled off the feat during a game against Pilot Point (Texas) High in a game during the McKinney tournament earlier in March.
Stearns' sudden power surge tied for the second-most home runs in a single game all time, behind the five recorded by Green Island (N.Y.) Heatly High star Janet Weisenforth in 1977.
Incredibly, while Stearns has earned the most attention for this one big afternoon at the plate, analysts have always targeted her likely impact at the collegiate level on the pitching mound. The Hebron ace is a dominant hurler, and Baylor softball coach Glenn Moore has already marked the teen as a likely contributor as soon as she steps on campus in Waco next fall.
For now, Stearns seems content to keep pitching and refining her skills with the stick, an area which has suddenly morphed from a secondary marketable attribute to one which is earning her a spot in the national record books.
"I've never been a really big hitter," Stearns told the Morning News' Greg Riddle. "This year, my hitting has kind of stepped up. It's kind of taken me by surprise. I've been doing a lot in the weight room and getting stronger in my arms and legs. I feel like that's contributed to all the power."