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This Week in Fastpitch

Big Weekend in L.A. : The UCLA Bruins, ranked No. 1 in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll for the eighth consecutive week, hosts the Arizona schools at Easton Stadium. No. 12 Arizona State plays UCLA on Friday while the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats tangle with the Bruins on Saturday and Sunday.

23 K Club: Cat Osterman of Texas struck out 23 batters, tying a career high, against Nebraska to lead the Longhorns to a 1-0, 10 inning victory. Osterman also struck out 23 in a 14-inning victory against Mississippi State in 2002. Osterman was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Co-National Player of the Week with Mississippi State's Iyhia McMichael.

Freshman Phenom: Arizona State freshman Desiree Serrano had a hand in every Sun Devil win last weekend as she recorded a 0.00 ERA, going 2-0 with a shutout and a combined shutout, propelling ASU to its best ever start in Pac-10 play. Against Oregon, Serrano shutout the Ducks, allowing only four hits. Against Oregon State, Serrano allowed just two hits in relief to post her fifth save of the year. Serrano again came in relief, pitching 4 1/3 innings to pick up her 16th win of the season against the Beavers.

Moving on up: Central Michigan's Amber Puchalski went 2-0 and picked up a save in three appearances last week. She did not allow a single run and picked up shutouts in her two complete games. Puchalski struck out 17 batters and walked just four in 15.1 innings of work. She moved into fourth all-time on the Mid American Conference career strikeout chart as she picked up her 635th K. Just a junior, Puchalski picked up her 55th victory last week, tying her for third on the Chippewa's career chart.

Clutch Hitter: Michigan's Marissa Young enjoyed her best week of the season at the plate, hitting .471 for the week with a team-best two home runs and eight RBI. She delivred in the clutch, collecting game winning hits in Michigan's final at-bat of both games of a doubleheader sweep over Northwestern. Young delivered a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Wolverines a 6-5 win in the first game, then had a two-out, two-run single in the eight inning of game two.

Sensational Sophomore: Louisiana-Lafayette's Brooke Mitchell tossed her second straight one-hitter of a top 20 team with a one-hit shutout of then-No. 16 Alabama as the Ragin Cajuns topped the Tide 2-0. Mitchell went the distance, striking out seven.