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Top Division I Player Performances from the week of April 12-18.

Erin Stremsterfer (So., P/DP, Manchester, Mo., Parkway South), Southern Illinois University. Stremsterfer was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in her only appearance of the week. She tossed a two-hit shutout, her sixth of the season and fourth in her last eight starts, and struck out five in an 8-0 win over Evansville. At the plate, she went a combined 4-for-7 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a home run, which was the game-winning hit in a 5-4 win in the second game. Stremsterfer extended her hitting streak to a career-long 13 games.

OF Tiffany Clark (Jr., San Bernardino, Calif.) University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL). Clark had incredible week in leading fifth-ranked Lady Cajuns to a perfect 6-0 record for week...Hit .684 with three home runs and nine RBIs...Collected 26 total bases for week...Had on-base percentage of .727...In doubleheader against Southeastern La., Thursday, Clark was 5-for-6 with home run and five RBIs...Hit two home runs in first game against Centenary Saturday and was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and four runs scored...Currently leads USL with .430 average and is tied for team lead with nine home runs...Has recorded at least two hits in 12 of last 13 games and has raised average 97 points during stretch.

Arizona State University freshman pitcher Erica Beach threw back-to-back shutouts, blanking 10th-ranked Stanford 1-0 and 13th-ranked California 1-0. Against Stanford she fired 7.2 innings, yielding only three hits, while fanning four. Against California, Beach went seven innings, allowing five hits, no walks and striking out two. At the plate she batted .385 (5-13), including a home run, three doubles, three runs and an RBI.

Shawnte Vallejo, University of Iowa, East Moline, Ill., United Township. Vallejo completed a 10-for-20 week by hitting safely in six of seven games...Batted .600 in the Hawkeyes' three-game sweep against Indiana this
weekend....currently third on the Hawkeyes with a .346 average...leads the Hawkeyes with a .500 batting average (14-28) in Big ten games and has a.679 slugging percentage in Big ten games.

Kristi Hanks, University of Iowa, freshman, Sante Fe, Texas
Hanks pitched three complete game victories, including a shutout against Northern Illinois (2-0)....She allowed only four earned runs in 23.1 innings this week while raising her record to 11-6 this season...Her ERA currently stands at 2.01....Also completed an impressive week at the plate,
where she went 7-for-15...Currently leads the team in strikeouts with 128....leads team in batting average at .368. Iowa completed a 5-2 weekwith a sweep of Indiana this weekend. The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last 10 games.

Samantha Iuli, Jr., P/IF, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chula Vista, Calif. Iuli went 3-0 last week allowing just one run in 19.0 innings of work (0.37 ERA), striking out 14. Iuli has won her last 12 decisions and has 31 victories this season which is one shy of her own UIC single-season record for wins. The right-hander was eqaully potent at the plate, batting .400 (6-for-15) with 8 RBI, four doubles, three runs scored and four walks. She threw 15 consecutive scoreless innings last week before surrendering a run to Butler. With four RBI in the Flames' doubleheader sweep of Butler on April 18, Iuli also set a UIC single-season record for RBI with 68, surpassing her old record of 64 set in 1997. UIC went 6-0 last week and has won 14 straight games.

Danielle Henderson, P, University of Massachusetts. Two appearances last week. In 2-0 UMass win over Harvard, Henderson allowed two hits and struck out 13. She pitched her second perfect game of the year and the third of her career against St. Bonaventure (8-0 win), striking out 14. Henderson has moved to fifth on the NCAA career strikeout list (1,168 K's).

Christa Williams, RHP, Jr., University of Texas, Houston, Texas. Williams was trouble for opponents from both sides of the plate last week, going 3-1 with two no-hitters and hitting .556 in 16 plate appearances. She started the week with a 10-strikeout, five-inning no-hitter of UT-San Antonio in Texas' 17-0 win. Williams was also 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. The 1996 Olympian then struck out 10 Oklahoma State batters in UT's 1-0, eight-inning win over the Cowgirls on Saturday. On Sunday, Williams was the loser in relief of Carmen Martinez in a 10-inning, 2-1 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma, then came back in the nightcap to strike out eight Sooners and no-hit OU in eight innings, 1-0. In her four games over the week, Williams posted a perfect 0.00 ERA with five hits over 25-2/3 innings and allowed opponent batters just a .063 average. For the season, Williams is 18-5 with a 0.78 ER

Julie Marshall, UCLA. Finished the week 10-18 (.555), with five home runs, 13 RBI, including a grandslam a triple and a double, helping the No. 1 Bruins to victories over Loyola Marymount, No. 14 Oregon and No. 12 Oregon State. Hit two home runs in UCLA's 16-1 game-two win over Oregon on Saturday and hit two more in UCLA's 10-1 game-one win over Oregon State the following day. Enjoyed one of her best
performances of the year in game two against the Ducks, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, seven RBI and two home runs (one grand slam).

Tarrah Beyster, Oregon State University. The junior All-American helped lead the Beavers to a 7-1 record last week by batting .375 and going 4-1 with two saves in the circle. Offensively, she was 6-16 with 11 walks (including six intentional walks). She hit four home runs, scored five times and drove in 10 runs on the week. One of her home runs was the game-winner in OSU's 1-0 win over No. 14 California.
She posted a 1.73 ERA with 36.1 innings of work on the week. She limited batters to a .150 average and collected 20 strikeouts. She pitched three complete games, including shutouts over No. 14 California and No. 4 Washington. Beyster also picked up saves over both Cal and Washington. Her only loss came against No. 1 UCLA.

Kellie Wilkerson of Mississippi State University: In six games, Wilkerson went 10-for-16 (.625) with seven runs scored, six RBI, one double and one triple. She drew seven walks, her slugging percentage was .813 and she had an on-base percentage of .739. Wilkerson also pitched in two games, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. She went 2-for-2 with a career-high three runs scored, one RBI and two walks in a loss to Tennessee on April 18. Wilkerson was 3-for-4 with three RBI and scored twice in a 12-0 defeat of Kentucky April 17.

Courtney Blades, University of Southern Mississippi, Junior,Pitcher, Baton Rouge, La. Courtney continued her incredible run as she became only the second junior to record 1,000 career strikeouts prior to the end of her junior season (the other was Cal's Michelle Granger). Blades is now 33-2 overall with an 0.88 ERA and 392 strikeouts in 230 innings pitched. This weekend, Blades pitched all five games in USM's 5-0 run through the Southern Miss Spring Classic. Blades tossed two no-hitters on the weekend, a pair of two-hitters and a one-hitter as she worked 31 innings, went 5-0, allowed five hits, and only two runs (onr earned), while striking out 50. She had an ERA of 0.23 this weekend. Blades also had four hits, including two doubles on the weekend in wins over Louisiana Tech (one), McNeese State (two) and Jacksonville State (two).

Denae Jones, Junior, Outfielder, Kent State University
Batted .558 (10-for-17) with four home runs, 11 runs-batted-in and nine runs scored in six games during the week ... Seven of her 10 hits were for extra bases (four HR, one 3B, two 2B) for a slugging percentage of 1.529 ... Also walked four times for an on-base percentage of .667 ... Broke the school single-season home run record with her ninth in the first game against Ball State (April 18) and extended her own Kent career record to 17 roundtrippers ... In doubleheader against Youngstown State (April 13), went 4-for-4 with three home runs, eight RBI, two walks and four runs scored ... Had an 11-game hitting streak ended in second game against Ball State (April 18) but walked once to increase her on-base streak to 12 games ... Helped Kent to a 5-1 record for the week.

Abbie Link, University of Connecticut, Sophomore, First Base
Set a BIG EAST and UConn record with three home runs in the Huskies 16-1 rout of Rutgers on Saturday. Went 4-for-4 in that game, with four runs scored and six RBI (tying BIG EAST record for RBI in one game). Hit .400 on the week (8-for-20), helping the Huskies to a 4-2 week (2-2 against league opponents).

Angela Cervantez (Madera, Calif.), Jr., 1B, Fresno State University. In the Bulldogs five wins played in last three days, Cervantez batted .529 (9-17) with four runs, three doubles, triple, two walks, seven RBI and 14 total bases for a .824 slug pct. as the No. 3 hitter. In WAC games (3), she hit .556 (5-9) with three runs, two doubles, three RBI, two walks and had seven total bases for a .778 slug pct. In the doubleheader vs. Loyola Marymount, she hit .500 (4-8) with a run, double, triple, four RBI, seven total bases and a .875 slug pct. Leading the nation in doubles, she added three more on the weekend to up her total to 23 (6 shy of NCAA record of 29 by FSU's Nina Lindenberg in 1996). In the month of April (11 games), Cervantez is batting .441 (15-34) with six runs, four doubles, two triples, five walks, 12 RBI and 23 total bases for a .676 slug pct and a .513 on base pct. She is perfect in the field in 42 total chances.

Troy State pitcher Allison Linderman. She appeared in five of Troy Stateís six games, was 2-0 with two saves. In 18.1 innings, she allowed no earned runs and struck out 13. She pitched two complete games, one shutout. over Samford (2-0) and Georgia Tech (5-2). For the season, her ERA is 0.91 and sheís 13-4 overall with seven straight wins. For the season, in 123 .1 innings, Linderman has retired 346 batters, 222 on groundouts, 39 on flyouts and 85 on strikeouts.

University of Washington junior pitcher Jennifer Spediacci went 3-1 over the weekend, including two wins over No. 14 Oregon and one over Portland State. In five innings of relief against Oregon, she struck out 11, allowed just one hit and walked none for the win. She then pitched the complete second game, striking out nine and walking one. Spediacci was 4-for-8 at the plate against the Ducks with four RBI. Against Portland State, Spediacci pitched a perfect game through six and two-thirds innings before giving up two doubles in the bottom of the seventh. She had 10 strikeouts that game and added her own home run.
For the weekend, Spediacci was 3-1 with a 1.12 ERA in 25.0 innings pitched in three complete games and four appearances. She had 36 strikeouts over the weekend against just three walks, with batters hitting .157 against her. At the plate, she hit .333 (6-for-18), including two doubles, one home run and five RBI.

Juliette Brooks, P/DP, Rutgers University. For the week, Brooks led the Scarlet Knights to three victories including a victory over BIG EAST rival the University of Connecticut. Brooks went 3-for-5 in the doubleheader vs. Connecticut with an RBI and a run scored. For the week, Brooks hit a team leading .429 with three runs scored, a .643 slugging pct., and a 1.000 fielding pct. As a pitcher, Brooks pitched the Scarlet Knights to all three of their wins this week, including against Delaware and Connecticut. Brooks had four streaks stopped in the last game of the week vs. UConn. She had thrown 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings, 39.1 consectuive innings without allowing an earned run, three consecutive shutouts (Delaware, Manhattan, UConn) and had a five-game winning streak. Brooks pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout vs. Connecticut in the Scarlet Knightsí 5-0 victory. For the week, Brooks appeared in five of Rutgersí six games, winning three with a 1.48 ERA and an opponents batting average of .190.

Dee Douglas, Louisiana State University's leadoff hitter and left fielder, bettered her school record in stolen bases with 36. For the week, Douglas stole six bases.