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Beavers Build Nation's Longest Streak

Oregon State University started the season off with a couple of losses to Nebraska and Northwestern, but since that time the Beavers have arguably been the hottest team in the nation, rattling off 27 straight wins. 

The 27-consecutive victories are five better than the previous school best and the longest streak in NCAA Division I history since Florida State’s 27 straight wins in 2003. 

The win streak will receive its next big test Friday as the seventh-ranked Beavers host third-rated Arizona. 

Another Streaking Team 
Rowan’s softball team is off to an 18-0 mark on the season in Division III action. The 18-game streak to begin the season is the best start for the Profs in school history. 

The perfect start took notice around the country as Rowan matched its highest ranking in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll, coming in at No. 2. 

Staying on Top 
While Rowan made history with its No. 2 ranking, the No. 1 team in the poll is a familiar face to the top spot. 

St. Thomas earned the top ranking with a 15-1 start to the 2006 campaign. It’s the third straight poll dating back to the final poll of the 2005 campaign that the Tommies have held the top spot. 

The two-time defending Division III national champions are aiming for a unprecedented third-straight national title. 

Top Tommie 
St. Thomas senior Janet Nagle has been a key ingredient in the back-to-back titles for St. Thomas. 

The Minnetonka, Minn., native earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week honors after going 6-0 last week at the Sun West Tournament. 

Nagle won her 27th consecutive decision in the circle with a two-hit shutout over Whitworth. She is 67-5 for her career, and she ranks first in Division III career annals with a .930 winning percentage. 

She brought her strikeout total to 545 for her tenure at St. Thomas, placing her first in conference history and 27th in Division III history. 

Nagle homered twice in the six games, including a three-run blast that provided the winning margin over Cal State East Bay. She’s hitting .405 on the year with 17 hits and 14 RBIs in 16 games. 

Longhorns On Top 
The University of Texas is the fourth team this season to hold the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Softball Poll. 
The top ranking is a first in the 10-year history of the Longhorn softball program. 

Tide’s Rising 
The Alabama softball teams has been on a roll lately, winning its first nine Southeastern Conference contests. 

A three-game sweep of previous No. 2 Tennessee moved the Crimson Tide to fourth in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll, the first time since 2001 UA has been in the top five nationally. 

The sweep of the second-ranked Lady Vols was the first win for Alabama against a team ranked No. 2 in the nation. 

Opening at Home 
This weekend UCLA hosts Stanford and California in the opening weekend of Pac-10 softball action. What’s so interesting about that fact, you ask? 

The Bruins will be opening the conference campaign for the first time since 1999. That same year UCLA finished the season 63-6 and went on to capture the conference title and the national championship. The opponents for that opening weekend? Cal and Stanford. 

Streaking Svoboda Has Nebraska-Omaha on a Roll 
The University of Nebraska-Omaha has been on a roll lately. The No. 14 team in the NFCA Division II Top 25 has jumped out to 23-3 on the season behind the strength of 18 consecutive victories. 

Reigning player of the week Leslie Svoboda has been a big reason for the Mavericks’ success. The sophomore from Lincoln hit .867 (13-for-15) last week with six home runs, 10 RBIs and 11 more runs scored. 

She hit for the cycle in a 7-0 victory over Lake Superior State, and she has gone yard at least once in each of the team’s last six games. 

Eagles Soaring High 
Florida Gulf Coast University is flying high this season in Division II play. 

The Eagles don’t return to the field until Apr. 5, and the break is well deserved after FGCU has won 24 consecutive games and tied the school record with 41 wins on the season. 

Florida Gulf Coast sits at 41-4 overall with 20 games to go, and part of the success can be attributed to Jessica Rouse who is hitting .396 on the year with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs, tying her for the single season school record. 

Garnett Golden in Circle 
San Francisco State all-American hurler Sonja Garnett notched a career first in her final collegiate campaign. 

The Chino, Calif., native tossed her first perfect game and second no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over Western Washington. 

New High School No. 1 
For the third straight week, the USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 Softball Poll has a new No. 1 team. 

El Dorado High School takes over the top spot after last week's top-ranked team, Cactus High School, dropped a game to Phoenix Sunnyslope. 

It was the second straight season Sunnyslope, who moved into the poll at No. 23, has knocked off Cactus by a 2-1 score. 

The game was a battle between two of the state's best pitchers, as Sunnyslope hurler Kayla Zinger allowed three hits and Cactus pitcher Katie Holverson just two.