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This Week in Fastpitch

Towson Hero: Towson University sophomore pitcher Jessica Wides had an amazing week for the Tigers. She pitched a total of 34 scoreless innings while going 3-0 and earning a save. She pitched three complete games ... a five inning 16-0 win over Howard, a seven-inning 1-0 win over Coppin State -- and a 20-inning complete game shutout against Drexel. On the season, Wildes leads the CAA with a 1.31 ERA.

A Bulldog's Bite: Fresno State junior Lori Hoffman had a tremendous four-game series at Nevada. In addition to hitting her first career grand slam, she tied the school's single-game record in total bases with nine. She also hit another round-tripper, making her the third Bulldog this season to have a multiple home run game. She had a career high six RBIs, one shy of the school's single-game record.

Seminoles Streaking Along: Florida State has now won 22 games in a row with double header sweeps of in-state rival Florida and Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia. Elisa Vasquez had a hand in three of the Noles four victories last week, as she had three game winning RBIs. The junior hit .538, slugged 1.231 and had an RBI in all four games.

First Time For Everything: Cat Osterman finally gave up an earned run to a Big 12 opponent, as Texas A&M recorded a home run against the Longhorns last week. Osterman ends the Big 12 season with an 0.10 ERA.

Seventh Heaven: Southeastern Oklahoma won its seventh consecutive Lone Star Conference North Division crown last week as the Lady Savages swept Southwestern Oklahoma behind the flawless pitching of Christina Cearley. She did not allow a run in 24 innings while scattering 11 hits and striking out 24 batters. She lowered her LSC-leading ERA to 0.38. On the season, Cearley has struck out 240 while walking nine. She was named the LSC North Division's pitcher of the week for the eighth time this season.

Record Setting Weekend: The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos had a record-setting series sweep against Utah State in Big West Conference play. Jamie Trinidad hit two grand slams in the series and recorded 11 RBIs to shatter the Gauchos' single-season RBI mark. Trinidad also tied the school record for total bases in a game, amassing nine against Utah State in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. UCSB recorded its 89th stolen base, breaking a team record that was set in 1982.

Another one for the Books: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point senior centerfielder Jill Van Wychen led off Sunday's game against UW-River Falls with a bunt single to extend her hitting streak to an NCAA Division III softball record 34 consecutive games. The Freedom, Wis. native finished the game three-for-four and followed that performance with hits in games against UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout to extend the streak to 36 straight games. Her current hitting streak surpasses the previous record of 33 games held by Angie Adams of Adrian (Mich.) during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

Home Runs in Ann Arbor: After a six-game drought in the home run department, sophomore shortstop Jessica Merchant drilled her third long ball of the season in Michigan's 9-1 win over Indiana on Sunday (April 27), giving Michigan its school-record 38th of the season, which breaks the previous mark (37) set last season.

Milestones: Augustana College head coach Sandy Jerstad became only the second coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 career fastpitch wins. Jerstad reached this milestone April 19, as Augustana defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 2-1 in nine innings at the Minnesota State/American Legion tournament. Jerstad now holds a 1000-354-2 record, good for a .738 winning percentage. The only other NCAA coach to have won 1000 fastpitch games in her career is Margie Wright of Fresno State with 1053 wins. JoAnne Graf of Florida State has 1,207 career wins, 990 coming on the fastpitch diamond. The nearest NCAA Division II coach to 1000 wins is Jan Hutchinson of Bloomsburg with 922 current wins.