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This Week In Fastpitch, April 5-11, 1999

Baylor's Mary Hess has played four positions in the field so far this season in addition to serving as the designated player in one game. She has played eight games at first base, five at third, five in left field and 10 in right field. In previous years, she has also played catcher. The only positions Hess hasn't played at Baylor are pitcher, second base, center field and shortstop. Despite being switched around so much, she is maintaining a .962 fielding percentage, committing only three errors in 78 chances.

Michigan State's Becky Gray became the first Spartan freshman to toss a no-hitter since 1982 when she held Western Michigan hitless in a 12-0, five-inning MSU win.

The first career grand slam by Cornell's Jen Morrow was the margin of victory in the 5-1 Big Red win over Siena on April 8.

Fordham's 5-3 win over Rhode Island in the second game of a doubleheader on April 11 was the first for Fordham over
URI since joining the Atlantic 10 in 1996. Sophomore Beth Whitmarsh socked a three-run double in the top of the seventh to drive in the go-ahead runs.

Maryland's 2-1 (10 innings) and 8-0 (five innings) ACC sweep of Georgia Tech on April 9 gave the Terrapins their school-record 34th win of the season.

Michigan has pushed its unbeaten streak to 30 (29-0-1) with a Big Ten series sweep of Purdue over the weekend.

Boston College pitcher Mary Dietz struck out a school record 17 batters in a 6-0 win over Seton Hall on April 11. Dietz broke her own record of 15 K's in a game.

Oregon hit its 50th home run of the season in game two against California on April 10, setting a single-season team record, breaking last year's team record of 49 home runs over 71 games.

Yale Coach Andy Van Etten posted his 91st win at the school with a 9-1 victory over Dartmouth in the first game of a twin bill on April 11. The win makes Etten the winningest softball coach in Yale history, surpassing the previous high of 90 wins posted at the school by Kathy Arendsen from 1992-95.

Columbus State pitcher Angela Lancaster extended her scoreless innings streak to 49.2 with six innings of shutout relief in a 2-1 win over Alabama-Hutnsville on April 11. UAH broke Columbus' 30-game winning streak with a 4-0 win in the second game, led by Tracy Porter's two-run homer.

North Florida snapped Kennesaw State's 70-game unbeaten streak in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference with a 4-1 win in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. Kennesaw won the opener, 1-0.

Texas Woman's University junior pitcher Blaire Beaty (22-4) threw her first career no-hitter last week as the Pioneers defeated Northwood University, 9-0, in five innings. TWU's runs came on a two-run homer by Leslie Roddy, her first four-bagger of the season.Earlier this season, Beaty and sophomore Analisa Dominguez threw a combined no-hitter against Colorado College.

Longwood College concluded the regular season with a 37-13 overall record and 22 single-season school individual and team batting and pitching records.

Emporia State University senior shortstop Whitney Sims set the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) single-game record for runs scored when she crossed the plate five times in the Hornets 19-7 win over Lincoln. Central Missouri State's Jaime Carkin was the last player to score four times in a game, when she turned the trick almost a year ago to the day against Pittsburg State University.

St. Anselm posted a pair of wins over Division I Dartmouth on April 7, 6-2 and 7-5. At the plate, St. Anselm senior Lisa Petell was 4-for-7 with four RBI. In the circle, she pitched a complete-game victory in the first game and picked up the save in the second. Petell is 8-1 as a pitcher and is batting .511.

Simpson College (IA) extended its unbeaten streak to 24 games with a doubleheader sweep of Cornell College (IA), 8-0 and 6-3 on April 11. Simpson's only loss of the season came to Muhlenberg (PA), 5-4 at the Rebel Spring Games on March 9 in Ocoee, FL

Trisha Poling, who plays second base for the University of Southern Indiana broke the USI school record with her 95th career stolen base on April 10 in a doubleheader split against Indianapolis.

St. Anselm's 5-1 and 7-5 sweep of American International on April 11 broke AICís 16-game winning streak and gave AIC its first Northeast Region losses of the year.

Utah Valley State College strengthened its hold on first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference by winning all three games over conference rival Dixie College on April 9-10 by scores of 11-4, 12-0 and 3-2. The Wolverines are 7-1 in the converence, 29-7 overall.

Susquehanna Valley pitcher Barb Cook pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against Saratoga on April 10. Cook struck out 13 in the seven-inning contest.

Plattsburgh State University (NY) inaugurated its softball program with an 8-3 win over Middlebury College (VT) on April 6. PSU is a provisional NCAA Division III member until next season.

Caldwell College (NJ) is off to its best start in five years, winning 14 of its first 17 games.

John A. Logan pitcher Sheryn Queen threw a perfect game in winning a 10-0, five-inning decision over Olney Central on April 8. John A. Logan's Mindy Miller drove in six runs with four hits in the second game, an 11-2 win.

In a rematch of Ohio's top two high school teams from last year, North Canton Hoover defeated Massillon Jackson,
14-0, behind Katie Chain's no-hit pitching. Chain later pitched her second consecutive no-hitter, a 5-0 win over Canton South High School in April 10.

South Bend Clay High School (IN) pitcher Liz Simmons struck out 10 in a 3-0 one-hitter over Fort Wayne Northrop, ranked eighth in the state of Michigan, at the Dowagiac High School (MI) Tournament on April 10. South Bend won the tournament championship, allowing only one run in 28 innings.

Georgetown Visitation High School (DC) pitcher Mira-K Thompson pitched a no-hitter and center fielder Jamis Seals hit a grand slam home run to lead Visitation to wins over Andrews (SC), 7-4, and Pleasant Hill (SC), 20-0.