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This Week In Fastpitch

Arizona Remains No. 1, UCLA in Last Place? 
The Wildcats won a pair of games from in-state rival Arizona State to improve to 40-1 and 4-0 in Pac 10 play. Washington took a pair from UCLA and the Bruins have dropped to 0-4 in conference action. Arizona travels to Stanford and California for games this weekend. UCLA hosts Oregon and Oregon State in its first home league games of the season. 

Two No-Hitters in One Game 
In a feat that is rarely seen, Alabama and Georgia Tech each fired no-hitters in a 1-0 Yellowjacket victory. Tech was able to cross the plate on a walk, stolen base, sacrifice and an advance home on a double steal attempt in the third inning, Stephanie VanBrakle tossed the no-hitter for Bama, while Jessica Sallinger struck out 10 and walked two for Georgia Tech. 

Two Home Runs in One Game 
Not as rare as two no-hitters, or is it? Carmela Liwag of South Florida hit a home run from each side of the plate in the Bulls 11-3 win over East Carolina. Liwag finished the game going 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs. 

Slugging Out West 
Fresno State's Christina Clark went 7-for-14 with five home runs and 22 total bases for a 1.571 slugging percentage in the Bulldog's series win at Hawaii. Long Beach State's Arleigh Thorp also had a great week, slugging 1.143 as she connected for a .714 batting average in the 49ers' sweep of Utah State. Washington's Kristen Rivera is having a great season. The junior catcher is slugging at an incredible 1.011 for the season.

How do you spell relief? C-E-L-E-N-A 
San Diego State's Celena Velasquez came in relief in all four of the Aztecs' games last week. The sophomore picked up two wins and her first two career saves. She entered game one against Colorado State with the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning and earned the victory when SDSU scored a run in the eighth. In game two, she came into the game in the fifth with a 3-2 lead, then quieted a Colorado State rally to earn the save. She preserved another 3-2 lead in the first game against New Mexico, then came into the second game in the fourth inning and earned the win. 

Seminole Uprising 
Florida State has won 27 of its last 28 games, and has climbed to No. 2 in the nation thanks in part to freshman Veronica Wootson. Wootson had a hand in the winning run in all four of the Seminole's wins last week. The speedy second baseman won both games against Central Florida with home runs, and scored the winning run in all four of FSU's victories including a win over Florida. Wootson recorded a hit and scored a run in every game last week. 

A Bulldog with some Bite 
Kate Jaspers turned in her second four-hit game of her career and first 4-for-4 performance by a Mississippi State player since 2002 in the Bulldogs' series win over then-No. 10 Alabama. The senior hit 2-for-2 with four RBIs in the sixth inning of game two to help MSU erase a 6-0 deficit by scoring eight runs in the frame. Jaspers was named the SEC's Player of the Week for her efforts. 

A Stern Approach 
Rachel Stern threw two complete games and went 3-0 last week, scattering seven hits and not giving up a run to lead College of Charleston to wins over Charlotte and Furman. Stern leads the Southern Conference with a 1.35 ERA and is on pace to set the school's single season record for lowest opponent batting average. Opponents are hitting just .193 against the junior this season. 

The Streak Is Over 
Hillcrest High School (Simpsonville, S.C.) had its winning streak stopped at 96 games with a 1-0 loss to rival Stratford last week. The Rams fell just 16 games short of the national record of 112, which they would have set if they would have finished the season unbeaten. Instead, the streak stands at third all-time behind Vandebilt Catholic's (La.) 112 consecutive wins from 1980-83 and Babre's (Lake Charles, La.) 107 straight which spanned the 1988 and 1989 seasons. 

Countdown to 1,000 
Minnesota's Piper Martin and Stanford's Dana Sorensen became the 19th and 20th players to register 1,000 strikeouts in a season earlier this year. Four other players are within 40 strikeouts of accomplishing that feat this season. LSU's Kristin Schmidt and Fresno State's Jamie Southern are tied for 21st all-time with 995 K's while Texas State's Nicole Neuerburg has 994. UCLA's Keira Goerl is 26th with 960, just two strikeouts shy of entering the top 25 all-time. Southern Mississippi's Courtney Blades is the all-time leader with 1,773 K's to her career. 

Well on her Way 
Tennessee freshman Monica Abbott has 451 strikeouts so far this season, almost twice as many as second place in the SEC and nearly 100 more than her closest national competition, Louisiana-Lafayette's Brooke Mitchell.