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She's Just a Sophomore: Cat Osterman tied a school record last week. The sophomore picked up her 56th career victorie with a 7-0 shutout of Kansas. Charla Moore, who played in Austin from 1998-2001, registered 56 victories in four seasons at Texas.

Milestones: A number of coaches have reached milestone victory totals this season. Louisiana State's Yvette Girouard picked up career victory No. 900 and Margie Wright won her 900th game at Fresno State. Last week, Wright picked up her 450th victory at Fresno's Bulldog Diamond. Michigan's Carol Hutchins picked up her 800th career win last weekend. Augustana's Sandy Jerstad reached the 1,000 win plateau with a 2-1 win over Minnesota State-Mankato on April 18.

A Champion Is Crowned: In the first collegiate conference tournament of 2003, North Florida won the Peach Belt Conference tournament in Aiken, S.C. The regular season champion Ospreys defeated Augusta State, Columbus State, Kennesaw State, Georgia College and State and then took a dramatic 5-4 extra inning decision against Kennesaw State in the championship game. UNF is ranked No. 2 in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25.

Down in Tucson: Top-ranked Arizona is 41-4 on the season, and the Wildcats sport a 10-1 mark in Pac-10 play. Freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell has been key to Arizona's success this season. Last week against in-state rival and No. 12 Arizona State, Hollowell went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. She pitched a complete game one-hitter against the Sun Devils to pick up her 26th victory on the season, a new school record for freshmen. On the season, Hollowell is 27-3 with a 0.63 ERA.

Another Great Week for Chouinard: DePaul's Lindsay Chouinard had yet another great week as the Blue Demons climed to No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25. She went 3-0 with three complete game shutouts, including a perfect game against Conference USA foe Charlotte. In her other two wins, she tossed a pair of one-hitters. In three games, she issued just one walk, while striking out 25. She also hit back-to-back home runs against Loyola.

Tarheel Blue: North Carolina's Crystal Cox led the Tarheels to a 6-1-1 mark last week, which included an upset at then-No. 9 Georgia. Against the Bulldogs, Cox threw seven shutout innings before surrendering a run due to the international tiebreaker rule in the eighth. In the championship game against Georgia, Cox shut them down for six more innings, giving up only an unearned run in the seventh. Cox also faced the top hitting team in the nation last week, holding Bethune-Cookman to just three hits and no earned runs.

An Automatic Win?: Cal State Fullerton may have something going, as the Titans have won 19 consecutive Big West games with Jodie Cox in the circle. Cox also extended her scoreless innings streak to 36, notching her eighth shutout of the season in a key Big West showdown with Long Beach State. She has not lost a conference game since April 21, 2001.

Quinnipiac?: It's a small college in Hamden, Conn., and it was once known as the Connecticut College of Commerce. The Bobacts are a member of the Northeast Conference, and they have a pretty good softball team. Shortstop Sarah Collins hit seven home runs last week, to go with her four doubles and three singles.

Now, that's Impressive: St. Mary's Kym Kling became the first player ever to sweep the Heartland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week honors - in the same week! Kling ht .467 last week as the Rattlers went 6-0. On the mound, she went 4-0 with three complete games, including a no-hitter against then No. 2 Angelo State.

This and That: Florida State currently is on an 18-game winning streak - the longest in Division I and second longest all season ... Fresno State has won 18 of their last 24 games, and freshman shortstopChristina Clark has reached base in 23 of the last 24 games... LSU  junior third baseman Julie Wiese tied a school record with two home runs against Southeastern Louisiana last week ... Pacific  outfielder Estee Okumura went 7-for-9 in the Tigers' three-game sweep of Utah State, including two 3-for-3 perormances at the plate ... Cal State Northridge's sophomore pitcher/designated player Kia Fennell went 6-for-11 at the plate and picked up three victories in three games against California-Riverside ... Illinois is on an 11-game winning streak, including eight in a row in Big Ten play ... Delta State's Lauren LaSuzzo went 8-for-13 last week as the Lady Statesmen improved to 35-12 ... Jess Shndyer hit four home runs and drove in 13 RBIs for Bloomsburg last week, including a two home run performance against West Chester ... St. Cloud Statepitcher  Nicole Webb posted a 6-0 record in games last week. She gave up just three earned runs for a 0.56 ERA.

Finally, Some Stats: Below is a portion of the latest NCAA stats. For the complete statistics, including individual stats, click here.

Through Games of April 20; numbers in brackets [] indicate NFCA national ranking.

Batting Average
Division I
Division II
Division III
Arizona  [1] .337 Kentucky State .425 John Jay .392
UCLA [2] .337 Fort Valley State .406 St. Thomas (Minn.)  [15] .391
DePaul [6] .328 St. Augustine's .403 Staten Island .391
Bethune-Cookman .327 Longwood .371 Gettysburg .377
Lehigh .315 LeMoyne-Owen .365 Emory [1] .377


Earned Run Average
Division I
Division II
Division III
Texas [3] 0.58 LeMoyne  [9] 0.59 Muskingum  [3] 0.65
UCLA [2] 0.68 Long Island-C.W. Post [20] 0.71 Central (Iowa) [10] 0.67
DePaul [6] 0.76 Southeastern Oklahoma 0.90 Ursinus 0.69
Georgia [10] 0.81 New Haven 0.90 Simpson [2] 0.69
Florida State [13] 0.82 West Florida [7] 0.91 Christopher Newport 0.73


Fielding Percentage
Division I
Division II
Division III
Arizona  [1] .979 Grand Valley State [6] .978 Salisbury  [t-7] .978
UCLA [2] .977 Humboldt State .975 Ramapo .977
Tennessee Tech .977 Augustana (S.D.) [25] .973 Central (Iowa) [10] .976
Boston University .976 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville [18] .971 La Verne .975
Texas [3] .976 Southern Indiana .971 Pacific Lutheran[5] .974


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