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Speed Kills 
Baylor is having one of its best seasons in school history. Head coach Glenn Moore's Bears, ranked 21st in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25, is 42-12 on the seaon. Baylor stole eight bases in a recent game against North Texas, pushing its season total to a new Big XII record 128. The old record was 127 by Nebraska in 2002. Christen Vitek picked up her school record 26th win of the season in the 8-3 victory over the Mean Green. 

Kentucky Derby 
Kentucky recently ended its 2004 home schedule with a pair of games against Indiana. Between the games, members of the Wildcats' football and basketball teams squared off in a home run derby. The football team prevailed 4-3 in the annual event. 

Where there's smoke, there's fire 
Former Fresno State first baseman Kerri Donis will be the first woman in the city of Fresno's history to serve as Bureau Chief of the Fresno Fire Department. Donis was a member of two national runner-up teams in 1989 and 1990 and ranks as one of the school's top three fielders of all-time. 

Raising Arizona 
Raising the level of prep pitchers in Arizona is Katie Holverson. A sophomore for Cactus High School in Glendale, the No. 2 team in the latest USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25, Holverson is 30-0 this season. She went 10-0 during her freshman campaign for a 40-0 career mark. 

Explosion in Omaha 
The Creighton offense scored 27 runs on 26 hits, including seven home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Northern Colorado. The Blue Jays scored 17 of their runs in the first inning of the contests. In the second game, Creighton hit four home runs in the first inning to set a school record for homers in a game. 

Your Vote Counts! 
ESPN's Page 2, which regularly features polls and brackets, is once again featuring softball as Lisa Fernandez and Crystl Bustos are among 32 athletes vying for "World's Best Female Athlete." To vote, clickhere to visit ESPN's Page 2. Former Arizona pitcher Jennie Finch won ESPN's "Hottest Female Athlete" honors in 2003, and was a runner-up this year. 

Another Honor for Jennie 
Finch will be featured in the upcoming "50 Most Beautiful People In the World" issue of People Magazine. Finch joins New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and NASCAR drive Dale Earnhardt, Jr., as athletes featured in the annual tribute, which hits newsstands Friday. 

Hollowell Falls Short 
From a former Arizona pitcher to a current Wildcat star, Alicia Hollowell recently suffered her first defeat of the season, a 1-0, eight inning loss to Oregon. Hollowell's streak of 32 consecutive wins was broken, just one game shy of tying Kathy Van Wyk's record of 33 consecutive wins in a single season. 

Great Week for an Islander 
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Sarah Pauly won her 11th straight start and extended her record to 24-8 on the season. Pauly went 5-0 and collected a save for the Islanders last week, who swept a pair of games from then-No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette. She allowed just one earned run in 32 1/3 innings last week, and has paced TAMU-CC to a 14-game winning streak.