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This Week in Fastpitch: The Week of April 19-25.

Akron's Kelli Metzger hit her 14th home run of the season in a 3-2 win over Kent on April 20. It's the 52nd homer of her career, tying her with Leticia Pineda of Arizona (1995-98) for fifth on the all-time NCAA Division I career home run list.

Southern Illinois University sophomore Marta Viefhaus set two home run records in a doubleheader split against the University of Missouri on April 21. Viefhaus, the 1998 Missouri Valley Conference Rookie of the Year, hit her ninth home run of the season, a new school single-season mark. It was also the school record 17th homer of her career. Viefhaus set the record in her 98th collegiate game.

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga clinched its third consecutive Southern Conference regular season championship with a perfect 16-0 league record, the first time a team has ever gone unbeaten in Southern Conference play. UTC is 44-14 overall.

University of Massachusetts pitcher Danielle "Harry" Henderson extended her scoreless-inning streak to 85 last week. She has also moved into fourth place on the NCAA career strikeout list with 1,203 K's, 35 of which came in 18 innings last week.

Oregon freshman Missy Coe broke the school single-season doubles record when she hit her 15th two-bagger of the year in a 4-0 Ducks win against Portland State on April 22.

New Mexico's doubleheader sweep of Western Athletic Conference rival Nevada-Las Vegas on April 24 gave the Lobos a 37-10 overall record, breaking the school record for wins in a season by two. The 1991 and 1983 UNM squads each won 35 games. New Mexico won 23 games last season.

Minnesota senior shortstop Shannon Beeler hit her 10th home run of the season and the 40th of her career against Indiana on April 24. Beeler's 229 career RBI is fifth on the NCAA all-time list. Minnesota has hit a school single-season record 35 home runs as a team in 51 games this year.

Cornell's 11-0 and 8-0 sweep over Dartmouth gave the Big Red its first Ivy League championship in only the programís sixth season as a varsity sport.

Rutgers Coach Pat Willis turned in her 500th career win on April 22 as the Scarlet Knights swept Harvard, 8-1 and 8-7. In that same twin bill, Rutgers pitcher Juliette Brooks set a school single-season record for wins by picking up her 18th victory of the season. Brooks now has 62 career wins, which ties the school career record.

Michigan's 5-3 win over Iowa on April 24 extended the Wolverines' Big Ten winning streak to 26 games, a new conference record. The Hawkeyes snapped the streak in the second game of the doubleheader, 2-1, but Michigan came back to win the third game of the series, 7-0.

Virginia Tech (48-12) has won 22 straight games and 31 of its last 32. In all probability, this year's Atlantic 10 regular season championship will be decided when VPI and second-place Massachusetts meet in a doubleheader on May 2 in Amherst, MA.

A Lady Lion Field record crowd of 536 saw Penn State sweep Purdue 2-1 and 8-3 in a Big Ten doubleheader on April 24. Colleen Kersey's solo homer in the last of the seventh was the difference in the first game

Ball State freshman pitcher Marcy Mobley threw her first career no-hitter as Ball State edged Mid-America Conference rival Toledo, 1-0, on April 20.

Augustana College (SD) Coach Sandy Jerstad posted her 800th career win at the Morningside Invitational over the weekend. The Vikings defeated North Central Conference rival North Dakota State,3-2, in pool play on April 24. Augie beat NDSU for the tournament championship, 2-0, the next day. The Vikings have now won 21 in a row, 20 against NCC competition.

California State University-Bakersfield Coach Kathy Welter picked up her 700th career win as CSUB defeated UC Riverside 7-0 in the second game of a doubleheader on April 24. Among NCAA Division II coaches, only Jerstad, Welter and Bloomsburg's (PA) Jan Hutchinson have won 700 or more games.

With North Dakota State University's 3-0 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato on April 25, Bison Coach Mitch Hanson achieved career win No. 200, all with NDSU. He's the first North Dakota State softball coach to reach the 200-win mark.

Hawaii Pacific University finished the regular season with a 40-3-1 record, the best winning percentage in school history. HPU pitcher Jennifer Monzon tied the school single-season win record with her 21st victory.

Kennesaw State pitcher Christina Caldwell pitched her third no-hitter of the season, a 2-0 win over Francis Marion on April 25.

Truman State University (MO), 36-6 and leading the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with a 14-2 conference mark, set the school single-season record for wins with a 6-0, 5-1 sweep over Emporia State on April 25.

Longwood College's Libby Gough was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year at last weekís atheltic banquet. A business administration major, Gough led Longwood in 10 offensive statistical categories and established 11 school single-season and career records. This year, Gough batted .462 with nine home runs and 60 RBI.

American International College senior All-American third baseman Carolyn McGowan homered twice in an AIC doubleheader sweep against Pace on April 24, bringing her 1999 total to 10 and her career total to 43.

Simpson College (IA) pitcher Kelly Schade posted her 100th career victory, 1-0 in 10 innings over Coe College (IA) on April 24. Schade struck out 17 as the Storm extended its unbeaten streak to 30 games. Schade hasnít lost since May 17, 1998, when Chapman defeated Simpson, 2-1, in the NCAA Division III Championships.

Bethany College (WV) clinched its sixth Pennsylvania Athletic Conference title in the last nine years by sweeping Thiel (PA), 5-0 and 10-2 on April 22.

Anderson (IN) stretched its school-record winning streak to 15 with 4-0 and 4-3 wins over Bluffton (IN) on April 24. Anderson leads the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 12-0 record and is 28-6 overall. No team in Anderson history has won more games in a season than the 1999 squad.

It's scoreless in the top of the 14th between Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Oshkosh's Robin Schmidt is being intentionally walked with runners at second and third. But the pitch, intended to be well outside the strike zone, is close enough for Schmidt to swing at, and she does, driving an RBI single to center to give Oshkosh a 1-0 lead and eventually the win. Eau Claire came back to take the nightcap, 4-0.

North Laurel High School (KY) recorded its third tournament championship of the season with a 10-0 win over Lexington Catholic on April 24 in the finals of the Madison Southern Lady Eagle Classic. North Laurel is 20-1.

Northside High School (Roanoke, VA) pitcher Brandy Bailey pitched her third and fourth consecutive no-hitters of the season on April 20, beating Rockbridge (VA), 19-0 in six innings and Salem 6-0. Bailey, who has hurdled six no-hitters this season, has not been scored on in her last 68 innings and has already struck out 200. Her earned run average is now 0.07. Against Rockbridge and Salem, Bailey struck out 18 and 16 respectively.