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NFCA Leadoff Classic - Notes, Top Performers

Records By Conference
America East 1-3
Atlantic 10 2-2
Big East 3-5
Big Ten 5-7
Big 12 10-6
Big West 2-2
Conference USA 1-3
Horizon 2-2
Mountain West 2-6
* Pac-10 10-6
SEC 8-4
* WAC 3-1
*Includes contest between conference opponents


BIG 12 VS. SEC FOR CHAMPIONSHIP: No matter the outcome of Sunday's two Gold Bracket semifinal games, the championship game will pit a Big 12 team against a Southeastern Conference team. Big 12 members Texas A&M and Nebraska will face each other in one semifinal, while SEC members Alabama and LSU square off in the other semifinal. The two winners battle for the Leadoff Classic championship.

FIRST-TIME CHAMPION GUARANTEED: With former champions Michigan and Washington playing in the Silver Bracket, and Stanford losing in the first round of the Gold Bracket, the winner of this year's Leadoff Classic will be a first-time champion.

HUSKERS PITCHING UNTOUCHABLE: In its tournament opener against Illinois-Chicago, Nebraska allowed five runs -- four coming on a grand slam home run -- in the first inning. Since then, nobody has crossed the plate against the Huskers. Peaches James and Leigh Ann Walker have combined for 27 consecutive scoreless innings since that first inning. In addition, Nebraska has posted three consecutive one-hitters, two by James and one by Walker.

ONE-HIT SATURDAY: Including Nebraska's two one-hitters, there was a total of six one-hitters on Saturday:

Monica Hoffman and Crystal Draper, Oregon State (vs. Southern Mississippi)
Peaches James, Nebraska (vs. Stanford)
Gina Oaks, Cal State Fullerton (vs. Missouri)
Leslie Scott, Washington (vs. Boston University -- 6 innings)
Leigh Ann Walker, Nebraska (vs. New Mexico)
Erin Wright, Alabama (vs. Mississippi State)

AGGIES LONE UNBEATEN: Texas A&M may have come into the Leadoff Classic unranked, but the Aggies are the lone remaining unbeaten team at the tournament. Texas A&M, which received votes in this week's USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25, is 4-0 at the Leadoff Classic with wins over No. 11 Oregon State, No. 14 Cal State Fullerton and No. 19 Notre Dame.

EARLY WAKE-UP CALL: Sunday's consolation bracket games will come especially early for the three West Coast teams that lost in the first round of bracket play. Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State and Stanford will play at 8 a.m. Eastern -- that's 5 a.m. Pacific time.