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Player of the Week: A week after leading DePaul to a 1-0 victory over top-ranked UCLA, Linday Chouinard earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week honors with her performance at the Kia Klassic. She went 3-0 against Fresno State, Nebraska and Notre Dame and helped her cause at the plate, where she went 5-for-10 with three home runs and a double. The Blue Demons are ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25.

Player of the Week, part II: The Division II National Player of the Week is also a pitcher who not only had a great week in the circle, but at the plate. Rollins' Tiffanie Toner went 2-0, including a win over 25th-ranked Wayne State and a no-hitter against Eckerd in her Sunshine State Conference debut. The sophomore went 10-for-14 at the plate in five games, hitting three home runs along the way.

Another Great Performance at the KIA: Arizona's Alicia Holowell went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and struck out 32 batters in four games for the second-ranked Wildcats. Against Nevada-las vegas, she struck out a season high 18 batters in a 3-0 win for her eighth double-digit strikeout performance of the year. On the season, Holowell is 17-2 with an amazing 0.23 ERA. 15 of her 17 wins have been shutouts.

A top Hilltopper: Renita Pennington recorded 16 hits in six games at the Hilltopper Classic for Western Kentucky. She also scored eight runs on the weekend. In a 14-4 win over Valparaiso, she set a school record with five hits, and tied a school record with four runs in a game.Not a bad weekend for a shortstop that was making her first collegiate starts.

A "shot clock" for softball?: With the NCAA Basketball tournament beginning, there will be eyes on the shot clock. Could softball have a "shot clock?" Not exactly, but the International Softball Federation has implemented a 20-second clock to enforce the delivery of pitches. The third-base umpire will be responsible for starting the clock, which is aimed to make games move faster. While it is not a rule change, it certainly will be visible to players, coaches and fans.