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Moravian Wins Division III Leadoff Classic 
Meagan Hennessy led Moravian to the title at the 2004 NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic, shutting down the powerful lineup from East Texas Baptist in the championship game. Hennessy was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and was named the season’s first recipient of the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week Award. 

van der Linden,. Mamer also claim honors 
Jessica van der Linden swept both the USA Softball and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week awards. The Florida State senior pitcher/outfielder led the Seminoles to an 8-0 mark last week. Minnesota State-Mankato pitcher Lindsay Mamer went 3-0 last week to claim Division II honors. 

Down Goes No. 1 
UCLA, who began the season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25, was upset by Oregon State 3-2 at Fresno State’s Clovis Auto Row Tournament. The Beavers scored two runs with two outs in the seventh inning after falling behind 2-1 in the top half of the seventh. 

And then there was one … 
With UCLA’s loss, Arizona is now the lone unbeaten in Division I softball. The Wildcats moved up to the top spot in this week’s release of the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. 

On a Roll … 
Alabama has now won 14 games in a row after a sweep of then-No. 13 Tennessee over the weekend. The Tide is now 23-3 and ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. 

Best of the Best 
Ragan Blake went 6-0 to earn MVP honors and lead Fort Bend Elkins High School (Missouri City, Texas) to the title at the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Ariz., last weekend. The annual tournament features some of the top teams from across the nation. The Knights remained atop the USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 after defeating four teams among the nation’s top ten. 

Action at the KIA 
Cal State Fullerton hosts the annual KIA Klassic Wednesday-Sunday. The field featured 15 top teams and the USA Olympic Team in exhibition play. The collegiate team includes nine Top 25 teams and three others that have been ranked this season.