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Softball Coaching Bible


Cathi Aradi

This Week in Fastpitch

On the Tube: Oklahoma travels to Austin to face Texas as two of the nation's best teams square off this weekend. Friday's game will be shown live on ESPN. Coverage begins nationally at 3 p.m. EST. Click here  for ESPN's listings.

Fantastic Freshman: Arizona's freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell continues to amaze the college softball world, as well as her coach. "Her movement it outstanding," Wildcat head coach Mike Candrea said. "She shows great maturity on the mound." Hollowell was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week after leading her team to a 3-0 record last week that included a pair of victories over previous-No. 1 ranked UCLA.

Home Run Hanson: Indiana catcher Stormy Hanson has been outstanding at the plate lately. The senior has recorded four home runs in the past six games. She has eight long balls on the season and is batting a solid .402 clip. She has helped the Hoosiers surpass their win total from the 2002 season just halfway through the Big Ten schedule.

Pitcher Perfect: Lauren McCoy threw a perfect game for Bethune-Cookman in a recent win over in-state rival Florida A&M. It was only the second perfect game in school history. McCoy struck out seven as the Wildcats improved to 10-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

A New D-III Record: Muskingum first baseman Mandy Carnes broke the NCAA Division III home run record April 1 when she belted her 50th career homer against Capital University. Carnes now has 52 career home runs. Previously, the record was held by Laura Remia, who played at Ithaca (N.Y.) from 1998 to 2001. Remia had 49 homers in 172 games. Carnes was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week.

A Blossom in Monticello: Lindsey Kight, a junior pitcher from Arkansas-Monticello, has been outstanding this season for the Blossoms, who are 31-5 on the season. Last week, she fired six complete games, going 5-1 and registering her Gulf South Conference record fourth perfect game against Valdosta State.