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NCAA Releases National Stat Leaders

Top-ranked Arizona leads Division I with a .351 batting average, according to the NCAA's first release of the national statistics for the 2004 season. 

The Wildcats also lead the nation in scoring and win/loss percentage. Arizona scores 7.39 runs per game and is 40-1 on the season, a winning percentage of .976. 

Arizona is among the top ten teams in team ERA, a category led by second-ranked Florida State. The Seminoles have compiled an ERA of 0.48 this season. 

Tennessee's talented freshman, Monica Abbott, leads the nation with 34 victories. Abbott is second in strikeouts per seven innings, trailing only Arizona's Alicia Hollowell. The 11th-ranked Lady Vols are the best defensive team in the country, fielding at a .977 clip. 

St. Bonaventure's Kim Dodson leads the nation with a .500 batting average. Arizona's Autumn Champion and Caitlin Lowe are both among the top five. 

Texas-San Antonio's Christy Brownlee leads the nation with 20 home runs. Teammate Jessica Rogers is third with 15 for the powerful Roadrunners. 

In Division II, a pair of PSAC clubs lead the nation at the plate. California (PA) is hitting .389 on the season while second-ranked Shippensburg is batting .356. 

Northern Kentucky leads the nation with a 0.45 team ERA. Krystal Lewallen paces the Norse and is second in the nation with a 0.23 ERA. Shippensburg's Kelley Tiesi has given up just one earned run on the season, and leads all of college softball with a 0.06 ERA. 

East Texas Baptist leads Division III with a .967 winning percntage. ETBU's Tonya Minor is second in the nation, averaging 1.23 stolen bases per game. 

To check out the NCAA's entire statistics release for Divisions I, II and III, click here.