A special countdown edition of This Week In Fastpitch.
Home runs hit this season by Stacie Chambers, a sophomore at Cactus High School in Glendale, Ariz. Chambers set a new Arizona high school record with her tenth home run, the last of six that she hit in a recent tournament. Cactus is 22-0 on the season and ranked No. 4 in the latest USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25.
Consecutive wins by LSU, who is ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. Since dropping two games to fifth-ranked Georgia, the Tigers have defeated Alabama A&M, rolled off a three-game sweep of then-No. 7 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, swept a doubleheader from Nicholls State by a combined score of 23-0 and most recently, swept three games by a combined score of 25-1 at Arkansas. LSU travels to Kentucky for three games this weekend.
Runs scored in the seventh inning by Arizona in its two wins over UCLA last weekend. Down 5-0 in Saturday's game, the Wildcats scored seven runs on UCLA's Keira Goerl, who suffered her first loss off the season. Alicia Hollowell retired the last 13 batters of the game and improved her record to 24-0. Goerl had a no-hitter through five innings in Sunday's contest, but gave up four runs in the sixth and a Shelley Schultz RBI single in the seventh as Arizona took the second game 5-4.
Shutouts in the last ten starts for Hannah Roberts, who plays at the University of Chicago. The reigning Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week, Roberts went 5-0 last week with four shutouts. She compiled a 0.23 ERA in 34 innings of work.
First-place votes received by Thomas University (Thomasville, Ga., coached by Thomas Macera) in this week's NAIA Softball Rating. The Night Hawks are the new No. 1 team in the NAIA, as they passed defending national champion Simon Fraser (B.C.) in this week's rating.
New teams in this week's NJCAA Division II Poll. Jefferson State (Ala.), Iowa Lakes, Northeast Mississippi, John Wood (Ill.) and Glendale (Ariz.) entered this week's poll after No. 2 Lansing, Macomb (Mich.), Delaware Technical, CCBC Catonsville (Md.) and Hinds (Miss.) dropped out of the poll.
Complete game shutouts thrown by Western Michigan pitcher Laura Stewart last week. The senior from Plymouth, Mich., also threw a no-hitter and a pair of one-hitter in wins over Oakland, Notre Dame and Northern Illinois. Opponents hit just .057 off of her last week, as she improved to 11-7 on the season.
Hits given up by Missouri's Erin Kalka in Missouri's 20-inning win over Oklahoma State last week. The junior struck out 25 batters, 21 swinging, in her 14 innings in the circle to tie for third on the all-time NCAA single game strikeout chart. She came back and pitched six innings to pick up a win over OSU, striking out 10.
Wins over teams ranked in the nation's top four by Armstrong Atlantic's Katya Eronina last week. She outdueled previously unbeaten Janet Kearns to knock off top-ranked Kennesaw State, and scattered eight hits and gave up one run two days later in a 3-1 win over then-No. 4 North Florida. She has won 26 consecutive games, the sixth-best win streak in Division II history. On the season, Eronina 23-0 with an 0.30 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .132 against her and she has 244 strikeouts in 138.1 innings pitched (12.3 k/7 ip).
As in first-year program Midwestern State, who entered this week's Division II Top 25 poll with a 28-7 record. The Indians are 15-1 in the Lone Star Conference, and sit comfortably in first place in the North Division. Brady Tigert's club faces No. 5 Angelo State in this weekend's action.
ERA of Shippensburg pitcher Kelley Tiesi. She has pitched 97 1/3 innings for the second-ranked Raiders this season, compiling a 15-1 record, eight shutouts, nine complete games and 169 strikeouts. Her only loss was a 1-0 setback to No. 8 Northern Kentucky, who plated an unearned run in the third inning on March 6.