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Cathi Aradi

This Week in Fastpitch: March 29-April 4.

UCLA's 35-game winning streak, ended by Washington and its junior pitcher Jamie Graves on Saturday, was the fourth-longest in the history of Division I, tied with Canisius and Cal State Fullerton. The longest winning streak in Division I history is 47, by Arizona (April 5, 1996 to March 30, 1997). Graves' win over UCLA marked her second career win over a number one team, as she handed then top-ranked Arizona a 9-0 defeat last season.

Michigan extended its current unbeaten streak to 26 games (25-0-1) and has won 13 straight Big Ten games after a three-game sweep at Ohio State on April 3-4. UM Coach Carol Hutchins is one win away from posting her 250th career Big Ten win. Hutchins is 249-103 in 15 seasons.

Michigan State ran its winning streak to nine with a 4-2, 3-2 Big Ten sweep of conference rival Wisconsin.

Oregon senior Pitcher Jennie Cook became the school's all-time leader in pitching appearances when she pitched her 134th career game for the Ducks in their 6-5 win over No. 12 Oregon State on April 3.

Included in Penn State's 5-0 week was a three-game sweep over Iowa, 3-1, 3-2 (12 innings) and 1-0. The 3-0 Big Ten start is the best ever for the Nittany Lions since the school joined the league in 1991 and is only PSU's second sweep of a conference opponent

Seton Hall hit seven home runs in its 9-1 and 10-0 sweep of Lafayette on March 30. The Pirates smashed four homers in the first game and three in the second.

West Florida pitcher Sandy Morgan picked up her fifth and sixth career saves last week, setting a Gulf South Conference record. Morgan was also 3-0 during the week, striking out 11 in a 7-5 win over Missouri Southern.

Western Illinois University coach Kathy Veroni, inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame last December, posted her 650th career win last week in a 7-4 and 10-2 sweep of Indiana State University.

Moravian's 5-2 win over Widener in the second game of a doubleheader on March 30th was the 150th for coach John Byrne. Byrne is 150-59 in his sixth season.

Cal State Fullerton Coach Judi Garman posted her 900th Division I win last week. All 900 of the wins have come at CSUF.

The University of Wisconsin saw its first action in its new Robert and Irwin Goodman Softball Complex last week, sweeping a doubleheader from Loyola (IL) 4-2 and 9-1. "This is a great day to break in a new facility," said Wisconsin coach Karen Gallagher. "It was such a special and emotional day and adding two wins to it was just icing on the cake."

The University of Southwestern Louisiana celebrated its 300th win at Lady Cajun Park with a 5-1 and 5-4 swep of Northwestern State. USL is now 300-59 in the park since it was constructed 15 years ago. "A lot of this has to do with our fans," said USL coach Yvette Girouard. "These people come out and support us day in and day our are one of the main reasons itís so tough to come in and win here."

Akronís Kelli Metzger smacked her ninth home run of the season in a 7-1 win over Pittsburg on March 31. The homer was the 47th of Metzger's career, giving her sole possession of sixth place on the NCAA career list. Metzger is the number one home run hitter among NCAA active players.

University of Massachusetts freshman Teri Rooney hit her first collegiate home run in an 8-0 UMass win over Vermont on April 1. Rooney also had a triple in the game. UMass Freshman Cherra Wheeler also homered in the second game

Baylor senior righthander Stacey Allison pitched two shutouts against Sam Houston State on March 31, her third and fourth of the season. Allison allowed only four hits in 12 innings of work. In the two games she allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out nine and giving up no earned runs.

Kennesaw State (GA), the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II, extended its winning streak to 25 with a sweep of Peach Belt Athletic Conference rival UNC-Pembroke on April 3.

St. Cloud State pitcher Karissa Hoehn pitched two no-hitters last week, one against against Winona State and the other against the University of North Dakota. Hoehn struck out out 27 in the two games.

Truman State (MO) has established itself as one of the teams to beat in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Bulldogs swept Central Missouri, 4-2 and 6-2 in Kirksville on April 2, breaking a 12-game losing streak against the Jennies and posting what is believed to be their first-ever doubleheader sweep against CMSU. The Bulldogs followed with a sweep of conference rival Southwest Baptist University the next day, bringing their overall record to 26-4 and their MIAA mark to 4-0. Truman (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) has stolen 69 bases so far this year (first baseman Stephanie Schlegel has 22) but TSU opponents have successful on only three of 16 attempts, thanks to sophomore catcher Kristi Bredbrennerís throwing arm. Bredbrenner also leads the team in batting with a .424 average.

Northwest Missouri State outfielder Kendra Smith raised her batting average to .571 with a 6-for-7 performance in a doubleheader split against Emporia State on March 31.

Jenny Hayes of Illinois Wesleyan threw her seventh shutout of the season in beating Benedictine University 2-0 on April 2. Her record is 8-0, Hayes is now 8-0.

Mt. Vernon Nazarene College (OH) freshman pitcher/designated player Amanda Schumm had a monster week as she batted a team-high .571 in eight games (12-for-21) with a double, triple, home run, eight runs scored, and six runs batted in with an .857 slugging percentage. She also went 2-1 on the mound with a 0.64 ERA. In 22 innings, she had 21 strikeouts including a career-high nine K's in two different games.

Bowie State University freshman Candace Ginsburg struck out 11 in a 4-1 win over Virginia State on April 3, lowering her ERA in 12 games to 1.42 while upping her record to 5-3. She is also batting .456 in 19 games.

Bath High School (OH) got its 1999 season off to a good start with wins over Indian Lake on March 29 and Sidney on March 31. Against, Indian Lake, senior second baseman Kim Lawson and junior catcher Jessica Fischer homered. Freshman pitcher Grace Luginbuhl struck out eight and walked one in the win over Sidney.

Scottsdale Horizon High School (AZ) sophomore Pitcher Bre DeSanta pitched her third no-hitter of the season, striking out 10 and walking one, while freshman shortstop Caitlin Benyi hit her sixth homerun in addition to two triples to lead the Huskies offense in a 13-0 win over Phoenix St. Maryís on April 1.

South Bend Clay HS (IN) junior pitcher Liz Simmons tossed a perfect game, striking out nine of the 15 batters that she faced. This is the second perfect game in a row for Simmons. In the last regular season game of 1998 She tossed a 2-0, seven-inning perfecto game against Boone Grove HS (IN).

Mary Louis High School (NY) all-New York City pitcher Courtney Fitzgerald pitched a ten-inning two hitter with 18 strikeouts,one earned run and four walks to lead her team to a 4-3 win over Holy Trinity.