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This Week in Fastpitch - Week ending March 14, 1999

In one of the best pitching matchups of the DivisionI season, Massachusetts, behind Danielle Henderson, upset Fresno State and Amanda Scott, 1-0 in nine innings for the championship of the Florida State Tournament on March 14...Henderson struck out 12 and Scott fanned 13 while extending her streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 112...UMass' ninth tie-breaker run was the only score of the game.

LSU freshman Britni Sneed set a school single-game strikeout record with 12 against Bowling Green in a 1-0 LSU win on March 11...Sneed's performance broke Sophia Mount's record of nine, set last year against Southern University.

Nobody's crying "break up the Pirates" just yet, but Seton Hall (NJ) won its first five games of the season impressively, scoring 40 runs on 45 hits...sophomore Vickie Lamb was 8-for-12 (.667) with three home runs, two doubles and seven RBI...Natalie Denning was 11-for-17 (.647) at the plate and had four multiple-hit games for the 5-0 Pirates.

The Pacific 10 is again staking a claim as the nation's top Division I softball conference...research by Arizona State University softball SID Will Phillips reveals that as of late last week, this yearís Pac-10 teams were 154-22 (.875) against outside competition and had won 11 tounament championships...all eight conference teams were included in last week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25.

Kennesaw State (GA) snapped the University of Alabama-Huntsville's 20-game winning streak with an 8-1 win on March 13...Kennesaw was ranked third and UAH 14th in the NFCA Division II Preseason Poll.

Texas Woman's University has shattered the school single-season stolen base record..the Pioneers (20-5) have swiped 93 bases in their first 25 games, breaking the previous mark of 91 set two years ago...TWU's Cathy Jacobson is 32-of-33, exceeding her previous personal best of 27, also set in 1997.

St. Cloud State (MN), coached by ex-Augustana (SD) catcher Paula U'Ren, was 9-3 at the Rebel Spring games...junior pitcher Karissa Hoehn was 7-1 with 97 strikeouts and allowed just one earned run...Lisa Rosauer leads the team in batting with a .444 average...the Huskies were ranked 11th in the NFCA Division II Preseason Poll.

The men's and women's basketball teams from Truman State (MO) enjoyed their finest seasons in 20 years this year and the TSU softball team shows signs of doing the same...Kristy Schroeder's Bulldogs were 14-1 through March 14, the best start in TSU softball history.

Salisbury State University (MA) won the 16-team Lady Marlin Tournament with a 6-0 tournament mark and is 8-0 overall...SSU's Kelly Bradford pitched two no-hitters, one against Emory and Henry and the other against Virginia Wesleyan...Salisbury State shortstop Stephanie Bennett was named tourney MVP.

Simpson College's (IA) Kelly Schade hurled the 14th and 15th no-hitters of her college career last week, over Cortland State (NJ) on March 10 and and against College of New Jersey on March 13...Schade moved past the 850-career strikeout mark during the week...Simpson (13-1) has not allowed a run in its last 27 innings.

Butler County Community College (KS) is establishing itself as a challenger in the tough Jayhawk Conference...an 8-0 and 4-1 sweep of Cloud County on March 11 improved BCCC's record to 11-1, 9-1 in conference play...pitcher Renae Shaw is 6-1 with an 0.42 ERA and Renee Slatier is 6-0, 2.45 for Grizzlies' coach Brad Horky, former head coach at Pittsburg State and the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Florida's Okaloosa Walton Community College is off to a 22-3 start (2-0 in the Panhandle Conference) under Michelle Krassinger...OWCC's most impressive wins of the week came on March 12, against St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley (11-1) and Iowa Central Community College (14-1).

Scottsdale Horizon High School (AZ) sisters Carol and Lori Forbes both enjoyed big days in Horizonís 3-0 win over Mesa Red Mountain High School on March 12...Carol, a sophomore, pitched her first no-hitter of the season and the third of her high school career, while a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth by Lori, a senior, drove in the game's only runs.

El Campo High School (TX) has won 20 of its first 24 games, winning the Schulenburg Tournament and finishing second in the Austin Parks and Recreation Tourney.