Florida Tech knocked off Saint Leo 1-0 in 12 innings on Mar. 17. The Panthers were glad to take the run as pitchers Amber West and Katie Heintz combined to strikeout 42 batters, 21 each, in the marathon.
The deciding run came as the runner at second under the international tiebreaker advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Kelly Darden’s sacrifice fly.
The 21 K’s were a career best for Florida Tech’s West, but for Heintz, it was not as she holds the NCAA record for single-game strikeouts with 23 last April against Lynn.
SEC’s New Strikeout Leader
Last Tuesday Monica Abbott reached a milestone in her three-year collegiate career.
With 16 strikeouts against Belmont, Abbott passed former LSU hurler Britni Sneed to become the SEC’s all-time career strikeout leader.
The Salinas, Calif., native has 1,401 strikeouts for her career, moving her into the No. 5 position on the NCAA’s all-time strikeouts list in Division I.
Can’t Hit Her
Tennessee junior hurler Monica Abbott a week ago was part of UT’s three straight no-hitters at the USF-adidas Invitational.
She continued the no-no trend again last weekend as she tossed consecutive hitless games in SEC play versus No. 18 Auburn.
The two no-hitters brought her total to five on the campaign and 15 for her career. She hasn’t allowed a run in 50 and two-thirds innings, and a hit in the last 18 frames.
Undefeated No More
Tennessee and Louisiana-Lafayette were the only teams in the top 25 still undefeated heading into last week. Both saw the quick starts come to an end last weekend.
The Lady Vols dropped their first game of the season to Auburn on Mar. 18, a day after Louisiana-Lafayette fell from the ranks of the undefeated with a 6-5 loss to fourth-ranked Texas.
Cat on the Prowl
Speaking of Texas, the Longhorns moved to third in the nation this week after capturing the Judi Garman Classic.
Cat Osterman was a big reason for the Longhorns taking the tournament title. The senior took Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors for the fifth time in six weeks after picking up three wins and a save against five ranked teams at the tournament.
Osterman tossed two one-hitters and a pair of two-hitters. She picked up a win in relief and earned her first save since 2002 against nationally-ranked squads Washington, Louisiana-Lafayette, Michigan, Arizona and Texas A&M.
Mowatt Mows ‘Em Down
Arizona’s Taryne Mowatt claimed two pool play victories for Arizona at the Judi Garman Classic with a no-hitter against UNLV and a perfect game versus Cal State Northridge.
Mowatt struck out 28 of the 37 hitters she faced, and only one runner reached base.
Three-Peat for Bears
Seventh-ranked Washington-St. Louis has started the 2006 season a perfect 12-0, including a third consecutive University Athletic Association Championship. The perfect start, which has included three wins over top 25 teams, has pushed the program’s regular season win streak to 39 games.
Hornets Stinging Competition
Emporia State held its No. 1 position in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Softball Poll. The Hornets have won a school-record 20 consecutive games, with 12 coming by shutout and 10 by five or more runs.
Trevecca Nazarene Provides Smash at SCAD Smash Tournament
Trevecca Nazarene took the SCAD Smash Tournament name literally as it tied the NAIA record for home runs in a single game with seven in a victory over Walsh University. The team went back-to-back in the fourth and again in the fifth.
The mark tied the previous record set by Dana College in 2005.
The last edition mentioned Missouri-Rolla standout Holly Weinberg hitting the home run cycle in a doubleheader sweep of Lincoln University.
Weinberg continued to swing her hot stick again last week as she hit .800 (12-for-15) in four games wwith 13 RBIs, eight runs scored, four home runs and four doubles.
Over the past two weeks she is 24-for-37 (.649) with eight round-trippers and 25 RBIs.
Record-Setting Game for Grizzlies
Adams State College recently set a number of school records in its series finale with New Mexico Highlands.
In the 22-1 victory, the Grizzlies set school marks for runs (21), margin of victory (20), hits (23), RBIs (18), total bases (35), at-bats (41) and doubles (seven, all by different players).
100 Most Influential Student-Athletes
The NCAA, in conjunction with it’s centennial celebration in 2006, has named the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes.
The list will air on ESPN Classic and then again on ESPNU, and features a pair of names associated with softball.
Donna Lopiano, executive director of the Women’s Sports Foundation, was an All-American at Southern Connecticut State University while playing four sports at the school.
Dr. Dot Richardson was also named to the list after a stellar career that helped solidify UCLA among the nation’s premier programs. She went on to win two gold medals in the sport’s first two Olympic appearances.