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Outstanding Players from the week of April 5-11 04/12/99 - NFCA Release

Kelly Gentle/SR/RHP/Toongabbie, Australia, University of Hawai'i. Last week, Gentle went 2-0, pitching back-to-back one-hit shutouts on consecutive days to help Hawai'i take two-of-three from WAC rival San Diego State. In 14 innings, the native of Toongabbie, Australia struck-out 14, while walking just two batters, in upping her season record to 12-7. The series opener saw Gentle face the minimum, as she allowed just one single, while striking out 10. The very next day the senior right hander twirled another one-hitter, and doubled at the plate to spearhead the Wahine.

Tarrah Beyster, Oregon State University. The junior All-American hit .714 and posted a 0.00 ERA in three appearances. Beyster went 2-0 with a save on the week, pitching complete game shutouts against No. eight Stanford and Portland State while picking up a save in OSU's other win over Stanford. She limited batters to just five hits (including a one-hitter against PSU) for a .111 average on the week. She struck out 15 batters in 12.1 innings of work. Offensively, Beyster went 5-7 with two walks to lead the Beavers with a .714 average. She added a double, a run and an RBI as well.

University of Massachusetts senior pitcher Danielle Henderson from Commack, NY, went 3-0 on the week with 43 strikeouts. Henderson struck out 17 Central Connecticut batters en route to her second collegiate perfect game. Over the weekend she picked up a 12-0 one hit shutout mercy rule win over Fordham...She struck out 14 of 15 batters faced against Fordham. On Sunday she allowed only two hits in an 8-0 mercy rule win over LaSalle, striking out 12 on the afternoon She allowed only three hits all week.

UCLA sophomore pitcher Courtney Dale. Remained perfect on the year, improving to 19-0 on the season Saturday, pitching No. 1 UCLA to two victories over No. 2 Arizona. Dale, UCLA's game-one starter, held the Wildcats to just six hits and two earned runs while striking out three in the Bruins' 6-2 victory. With the score tied at two in the fifth inning of game two, Dale came in to relieve Bruin starter Amanda Freed, giving up no hits, while striking out three, in two-and-a-third innings of work. With UCLA's 3-2 game-two win, Dale notched her second victory of the afternoon. In addition, she was 2-for-6 at the plate on the day, including an RBI-single in game two. After posting a 7-1 pitching record during her 1997 freshman campaign, Dale now owns a 26-1 overall collegiate record in only her sophomore season.

Julie Westbrock, Cornell (Sr., P, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Julie was 3-1 on the week with a 0.54 ERA. She allowed 19 hits in 26.0 innings, walking four and striking out 16. Opposing hitters batted just .200 against her. Cornell opened its Ivy League season this weekend and Westbrock was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

Autumn Eastes, So. CF, Lake Isabella, Calif., University of Texas. In four games this past week, Eastes batted .700 (7-for-10) with a triple, four RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases. Eastes was 4-for-4 in a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southern on Sunday. For the week, Eastes had a .900 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base mark. For the season, Eastes leads Texas with a .444 average with one homer, 18 RBI and 22 runs scored.

Fr. LHP Kristen Hunter (Portland, Ore.), Fresno State University. Hunter started one game and made a relief appearance in another in a Western Athletic Conference series vs. Tulsa University. She went 2-0 in the series, with a 2-0 complete game win, a one-hit shutout (her 10th shutout of the season) in which she struck out 11 batters. In the two appearances, she pitched 8.2 innings, giving up one hit, walked one and struck out 16. She faced 28 batters and opponents batted .038 against her. Against Tulsa on April 10, she got credit for both wins. This is the eighth time this year Hunter has struck out 10 or more batters in a game and itís her fifth one-hitter of the season. In the nightcap, she came in in relief in the seventh inning with the game tied 3-3 and pitched 1.2 innings, striking out all five batters she faced. Fresno rallied for an 8-3 win in eight innings. In her last three starts, all WAC games, she has thrown three shutouts and has allowed only six hits, one walk and has struck out 27 in her last 21 innings. In her last four starts (since March 21), she has a streak of 29.2 innings without an earned run. In her last five appearances (four starts, one relief apperarance), she has struck out 36 in 29.2 innings.

LSU freshman outfielder Trena Peel hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out against Mississippi State to give the Tigers a 5-4 win and a four-game sweep over the Bulldogs. Peel hit .462 for the week, including a solo home run on Friday and a grand slam home run on Saturday. She also had two doubles and six RBI.

Arizona State University freshman pitcher Kirsten Voak (18-5) fired a one-hitter, striking out 12 batters as ASU defeated #4 Washington 1-0 in eight innings. Voak nearly no-hit the Huskies as their lone hit, a single, came in the seventh inning. At one point, Voak struck out seven consecutive batters (from the last batter in the bottom of the first to the last batter in the third). The 12 strikeouts marks a career second-best, and is Voak's sixth career double-digit strikeout performance. Voak has amassed 192 strikeouts to this point, good for fifth all-time in a single-season at ASU and is 54 K's away from the all-time mark.

Monica Triner, University of South Florida. This week Monica Triner has been the catalyst for the Bulls as they extended their winning streak to 13 games. Triner hit .583 for the week (7-12) with four doubles and a three-run home run that sealed a USF win over UNC Charlotte in a crucial conference game. Triner scored two runs while driving in six RBI. Most importantly, Triner pitched 14 innings without giving up an earned run. She still has a 0.00 ERA in conference games and 0.60 overall. Batters only hit .137 against her this week as she picked up three of USF's four wins. Triner struck out 13 batters in 14 innings. Her most impressive appearance came in game two of a conference doubleheader against UNC Charlotte. With the bases loaded, Triner came in and retired the next three batters to preserve the Bulls' lead. She went on to pick up her second win in the conference doubleheader and improving her to 19-5 for the season.

Caryn Haskins, Freshman, Righthanded Pitcher, University of Connecticut. Haskins posted a 3-0 record and collected two saves on the week through her seven appearances, all in relief. The rookie had an 0.42 ERA for the week, allowing just two runs, only one of them earned, in 16.2 innings of work. Two of Haskins' wins came against non-conference opponent Long Island University, and she added another against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall. The first of her saves came against non-conference opponenent Yale Univerity, while the second came in game two against BIG EAST opponent St. John's. In game one against St. John's, Haskins combined for a 11-0 shutout of the Red Storm.

Kelli Bruce (Senior catcher, El Toro, Calif.), University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL). Bruce had a home run and eight RBIs and posted a batting average of .474 to help the fifth-ranked Lady Cajuns go 6-0 this week...Bruce also increased her hitting streak to a career-high 17 games (two short of the school record)...Against Nicholls State, she was 4-for-8 with five RBIs in the doubleheader sweep (both games called after five innings)...On March 6, Bruce was hitting .222...she's currently hitting .364 (raising average 142 points in 24 games since March 6) with four home runs and 29 RBIs.

Denae Jones, Kent University, Jr., CF, Sparks, Nev. (Sparks HS). Batted .667 (10 for 15) with two home runs and nine runs-batted-in in six games ... Six of her 10 hits were for extra bases (4 triples plus the 2 home runs) ... Had a hit in all six games during the week, including four consecutive two-hit contests ... Also had eight runs scored ... Had two RBI four times and two runs scored on three occasions ... Her four triples for the week ranks eighth on Kent's all-time SINGLE-SEASON list ... Only a junior, broke the school record for career home runs with her 13th at Ohio (April 11) ... Led Kent to a 4-2 record for the week. Only halfway through the season, Jones ranks third on Kent's single-season list with five home runs (record is eight) and second with six triples (record also is eight).

Edel Leyden, University of Illinois-Chicago, Fr., 3B, Irvine, CA. Leyden batted .667 (14-for-21) last week with eight runs scored, three doubles, two RBI and a stolen base, batting out of the leadoff slot. She extended her hitting streak to 14 games and is batting .446 in 62 games this season. She enjoyed a pair of 3-for-3 games last week, going 3-for-3 with four runs scored and an RBI in a 12-0 win over Northwestern then went 3-for-3 with an RBI in a 2-0 win at Detroit. With two hits in a 3-2 win at Cleveland State, Leyden tied the UIC single-season record for hits with 83. She already holds the single-season marks for walks (41) and runs (63) and is aiming for the school record in batting average (.420).

Traci Conrad (1B/Sr./Frankfort, Ill.), University of Michigan. A fifth-inning single up the middle in the April 10 nightcap vs. No. 22 Minnesota not only put Wolverine Traci Conrad (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way HS) on base, but it also gave the two-time All-American the Big Ten career hits record. Conrad tied and passed former Minnesota standout Rachel Nelson (313 hits/1994-97) during the game with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Conrad also moved past Nelson into the top 10 on the NCAA Div. I all-time hits list. Conrad heads into the April 12 week with 314 hits as a Wolverine and holds both the U-M and Big Ten career runs records. . . . In the first game of the April 10 Minnesota twin bill, Conrad scored her 200th career run. . . . For the week of April 5-11, Conrad was 9-for-17 (.529) with two RBIs, four walks and one sacrifice.

Courtney Blades, Junior, Pitcher, University of Southern Mississippi, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Courtney needs just 47 K's to become the second junior in Division I history to break the career 1,000 strikeout mark. This weekend Courtney whiffed 13 Florida State batters, tossed a two hitter and had the game winning hit (a RBI double in the first inning) in USM's 1-0 win over Florida State. She also tripled, struck out nine and tossed a one hitter in Southern Miss' 5-0 win over Florida International, both games were at the Tar Heel Invitational. For the week, she was 2-0 with 22 K's and no runs allowed in 14 innings pitched and hit .333 with a double and triple.Blades is now 28-2 on the year and sports a 0.98 ERA with 342 strikeouts in 199 innings pitched. At the plate she is hitting .347 with seven homers and 46 RBI. She now has 13 shutous on the season and five combined.

Kim Slover, University of Missouri. She had a .444 batting average in six games this week. She had 3 runs on 8 hits with 4 RBI. She hit two doubles and one home run against Big 12 conference opponents this weekend. Kim has a .722 slugging percentage and a .474 on base percentage. Kim has steadily fought her way out of a slump and is once again one of the most consistent batters in the MIssouri lineup. Each of her hits this week came at crucial times when the Tigers needed runners on base. Missouri came back to sweep Baylor in Waco after losing a doubleheader to Texas Tech the day before. The Tigers now stand at 31-14 over all and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

Jessica Falca, Coastal Carolina. (shortstop; senior; Phoenix, Arizona), batted .542 this past week to help the Lady Chanticleers to a 5-1 record on the week...now batting .516 on the season...went 7-for-8 at the plate with five stolen bases in a doubleheader sweep of George Mason...swiped two bases in the opener against the Patriots and three in game two...also had two steals against the College of Charleston...had three hits against UNC Wilmington, including her 300th career hit to make her just one of 17 players in NCAA history to amass 300 or more career hits...now has 307 career hits and needs just two more to break CCU's career record of 308 held by Michelle Minton...now has 176 career steals and needs 17 more to tie the NCAA record of 193.

Junior outfielder Amanda Michalsky, University of Texas-San Antonio. (Spring, Texas) went 14-20 in five games over the past week. She had a 7-8 performance with a home run in a doubleheader against Texas Tech. In a three-game series with Texas-Arlington, she was 7-12 with two doubles and a home run. Michalsky now has 16 home runs on the year and 15 doubles on the year.

Holly Mantooth, Troy State University. Senior outfielder.
Holly was 13-for-25 (.520) in eight games, including 6-for-7 in the doubleheader vs. vs. Centenary, six runs scored, seven RBIs, two triples, double (her 19th double of the season). She leads Troy in RBIs with 39 and is tied for team home run lead with three.

Julie Borchard, University of Wisconsin, senior, Camarillo, California. Borchard batted .429 for the week (9-for-21) with two HRs, five RBI and six runs scored. Her two-run, seventh-inning home run against Indiana gave Wisconsin a 7-6 win in the final game of the three-game Big Ten series

Juliette Brooks, Rutgers University, pitcher/designated player, Ontario, Canada. For the week, Brooks led the Scarlet Knights to six wins including sweeps of St. Peterís and BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh. Brooks hit .875 in BIG EAST play this week, going 2-for-3 with a double, home run, a run scored and an RBI against Notre Dame and 5-for-5 with three home runs, four RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base against Pittsburgh. All three home runs for Brooks vs. Pittsburgh came in one game, where she was 3-for-3, all home runs. Also inlcuded in her BIG EAST statistics this week was a 2.500 slugging pct., a .900 on-base percentage, 20 total bases, and a 1.000 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, Brooks pitched the Scarlet Knights to all six victories last week including both victories vs. BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh. She finished with a 2-1 record and an 0.75 ERA in BIG EAST games this week. Brooks appeared in all four BIG EAST games, only allowing two earned runs in 28.2 innings vs. Notre Dame and Pittsburgh while not walking any batters. She pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout vs. Monmouth in the Scarlet Knights 2-0 win.