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Goerl Reaches 1,000 
UCLA pitcher Keira Goerl became the first Bruin and 25th player in NCAA Division I history to record 1,000 strikeouts in her career. Goerl struck out the final batter in UCLA's victory over Oregon State to reach the milestone. Although she is just the 25th player ever to accomplish the feat, six players have done so during the 2004 season. 

Union Coach Reaches Milestones 
Union University head coach Brian Dunn recorded his 400th career collegiate coaching win. He reached the milestone during Union's sweep through the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament. Dunn is now 401-86 in eight seasons at the Jackson, Tenn., school. Union pitcher Leah Gronberg recorded her 99th and 100th career wins to help the Bulldogs to the NCCAA national title. 

First Time For Everything 
Texas A&M Corpus Christi won the Big South Conference regular season title after finishing the season with a 36-19 record. The Islanders also recorded non-conference wins over Baylor, Texas State and Louisiana-Lafayette along the way. The squad became the first team in school history to receive votes in a national top 25 poll, as TAMU-CC received three points in last week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. 

Another First 
Texas-San Antonio won the Southland Conference tournament with an 11-3 win over Northwestern State to earn the school's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Roadrunners could be a dangerous team in regional play, as they lead the nation with 101 home runs. UTSA had five sluggers with double-digit home run totals, led by Christy Brownlee's 22. 

Regionals Underway 
Division II and Division III have embarked on their road to the championship. Regionals began in eight sites in both divisions today. Kennesaw State, ranked first in Division II is hosting the South Atlantic Regional while Division III's top team, East Texas Baptist, is the top seed in Orange, Calif. 

Conference USA Title On the Line in Hattiesburg 
The Conference USA regular season championship will be decided this weekend as Southern Miss hosts Louisville. The Eagles are 16-4 in league play, two and a half games behind first-place Louisville. The Cardinals can clinch the title with just one win in the three game series, while USM needs to sweep the three-game set to claim the title. South Florida will also be watching this series closely. The Bulls are a game behind USM and could grab the No. 2 seed in the C-USA tournament next week at Louisville. 

A Legend Retires 
Quincy head softball coach Sharlene Peter has announced her intentions to retire from coaching this summer after spending 23 years, and coaching four sports at the university/ Peter led the Hawks to the GLVC tournament for the first time in four seasons in 2004. She led Quincy to the 1985 NAIA National Championship and a runner-up finish in 1984. She also coached women's field hockey, volleyball and basketball in addition to softball during her career at Quincy.