A New Record In D-II
Northern Kentucky set a new NCAA Division II record for longest winning streak by posting a 2-1 victory over Ashland to improve to 41-0 on the season. The Norse went on to win the second game of the doubleheader to pick up win No. 42 on the season. Rain washed away a doubleheader last weekend, denying NKU a chance to break the record at home. Kennesaw State won 40 consecutive games in 1995.
Longrove (Okla.) High School sophomore Misty Flesher tossed 35 shutouts this season, breaking the previous season record of 34 set by Jenny Mackson (Pinconning, Mich,) in 2000. With 55 shutouts in two seasons, Flesher is well on her way to breaking Candice Carnahan's career record of 85 shutouts set in 1991.
The Price Is Right
While at a recent tournament in Southern California, the Eastern Oregon softball team had a chance to see a live taping of the daytime game show, The Price Is Right. Little did they know that one of their own would walk away the biggest winner in the show's 33-year history. Freshman infielder Sheena Lindhorn won $220,000 worth of prizes, including an $85,000 RV, a $77,000 Cadillac convertible, a $44,000 sailboat and an $8,000 flat screen TV - to watch game films on, of course.
Winthrop head coach Mark Cooke picked up his 500th career victory with a 4-1 victory over Furman last Thursday ... Barry coach Shelly Lis won her 200th career game with an 11-3 victory over Eckerd.
Simpson extended its winning streak over Dubuque to 38 games with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
Cats Claw Back
Down to its final out and trailing 1-0 against Penn State, freshman Stephanie Churchwell lined the first pitch she saw over the left field wall to give Northwestern a 2-1 victory, and remain unbeaten at 14-0 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats host Michigan State this weekend before closing out league play at top-ranked Michigan on May 7-8.
Below is a breakdown of teams currently ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and their records vs. Top 25 competition this season, ranked by wins (games as of Sunday).
Oregon State (13-5)
Southern Illinois (5-4)
Texas A&M (6-3)
Georgia Tech (4-2)
Long Beach State (4-7)
Fresno State (3-5)