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This Week In Fastpitch (March 15-21, 1999)

Mississippi's 5-4, 11-inning Southeastern Conference win over Mississippi State on March 19 marked the seventh time this season Ole Miss has won in its last at bat and the sixth time the game-winning run has scored with two outs. Mandy Shklar's three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh tied the game, 4-4 and Kara Chapman drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eleventh with two outs. Ole Miss went on to sweep the twin bill, winning a more sedate 4-1 decision in the nightcap.

Fresno State coach Margie Wright moved into sole possession of second place on the NCAA's all-time winningest coaches list with an 8-0 win over Oregon State at the KIA Classic in Fullerton on March 18. Two days later, she posted her 700th win at Fresno State, a 2-0 over San Diego State in the championship bracket finals. Overall, Wright is 850-287-3 in 20 seasons overall and 701-207-1 in 14 years at Fresno State and trails only Cal State Fullerton's Judi Garman on the all-time win list.

The news wasn't all good for Fresno on March 18. FSU pitcher Amanda Scott's streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run was stopped at 126 by Texas at the KIA Classic as the Longhorns beat the Bulldogs, 2-1. During the streak, which began with a win over Nebraska in the opening round of the 1998 Women's College World Series, Scott started 18 games and pitched in relief in four others.

Georgia may be a factor in this year's SEC race after the Bulldogs swept their SEC-season opening series against Tennessee, winning all four games by one run (3-2, 3-2, 5-4 and 9-8).

Ohio State's Cheryl Palaroan stole her 45th base against Long Beach State on March 21, setting a new OSU career record.

University of Massachusetts sophomore Carrie Jeffries pitched her first collegiate no-hitter against Western Illinois.

Jana Jenkins of Akron University has stolen 19 consecutive bases without being caught. Jenkins, a senior who plays second base, has 82 career steals. Akron senior catcher Kelli Metzger hit two home runs last week to bring her career total to 43.

Gulf South Conference teams may not want to play home run derby with the University of Arkansas-Monticello this year. UAM shortstop Julie Bowen homered three times and had seven RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Henderson State while teammate Amber Yadon, who plays first base, also smashed three round-trippers in the twin bill. Two of Yadon's homers came in the same inning.

Two Lone Star Conference teams, Texas Woman's University and Texas A&M-Kingsville, battled for the championship of the last week's Blue-Green Invitational hosted by the University of West Florida. Texas A&M-Kingsville defeated Texas Woman's in a thriller that went eight innings with no international tie-breaker. After each team scored a run in the sixth, TAMU-K scored the game-winner with bases loaded and two outs in the Javelinas' eighth. Tiffany Gates' fly ball came out of the glove of TWU's right fielder to score Amanda Sustaita from third. The loss left TWU with a 33-8 overall record, 9-1 in Pensacola, and 13-3 on the San Antonio/Pensacola spring break trip.

Prior to a 5-4 10-inning loss to Division I Wisconsin on March 16, Division II Hawaii Pacific had won seven straight games, all shutouts, and hadnít given up an earned run in 44 consecutive innings.

University of Southern Indiana pitcher Amy Stetler has not allowed a run in her last 29 innings.

Wilkes University (PA) won the third annual Salisbury State University Sea Gull Invitational tournament, going 5-0 for the weekend after an 11-5 win over Salisbury State (MA) in the championship game on March 20 that snapped SSU's school record 14-game winning streak. SSU finished second with a 4-1 tournament record and William Paterson (NJ) won the consolation bracket

Central College (IA) junior third baseman Donell Hotze batted .538 (7-for-13) in five games at the Emporia State tournament over the weekend, against NCAA Division II competition. Hotze's two-run home run against Regis (CO) accounted for the only runs Regis allowed in three games that day. Hotze also hit four doubles and posted a tournament slugging percentage of 1.076.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA) pitcher Kristine Zoch was 6-1 with an 0.64 ERA and six shutouts last week. Zoch struck out 86 batters in 54.2 innings.

Simpson's (IA) Kelly Schade tied the NCAA Division III record for most victories in a career Sunday afternoon as the Storm defeated St. Mary's (MN) 5-2 at the Simpson Classic in Indianola, Iowa. Schade (15-0) allowed three hits and struck out three as she recorded her 91st career victory. She is now tied with Janice Lemchak (1986-89) who went 91-41 for Kean College. Schade is 91-13 in 112 apperances.

Central Alabama Community College pitcher Jennifer Lofton threw two no-hitters last week, one of which was a perfect game. Lofton's 5-0 perfecto over Bevill State (AL) on March 16 was the first seven-inning no-hitter in CACC history. Three days later, Lofton held Gordon College (GA) without a hit in a 9-0, five-inning win. Central is 25-1 overall and Lofton is 12-1

Scottsdale Horizon High School (AZ) continued its winning ways with a 14-2, five-inning win over Scottsdale Desert Mountain. Horizon freshman Caitlin Benyi doubled and homered, driving in two runs and scoring three.