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LEMKE TAKES OVER WILDCAT "K" LEAD:Becky Lemke of Arizona became the Wildcats* all-time strikeout leader over the weekend in a 6-1 UA win over Oregon. Click here for details.

CAL STATE FULLERTON REACHES 1,000 WIN PLATEAU:Cal State Fullerton, currently No. 9 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25, posted its one thousandth win over the weekend. See details here.

(We believe that UCLA is the only other NCAA Division I program to have 1,000 wins, including NCAA and AIAW competition. Anyone with evidence to the contrary, please contact Larry Cain at the NFCA.)

CMU FRESHMAN TAKES AIM AT RECORD BOOK: It is not that often that a career record is broken in a single season. More rare is a career record that is broken during a freshman season. Central Michigan University freshman softball pitcher Amber Puchalski is defying the odds and setting records at the same time. The right-handed pitcher threw her sixth no-hitter of the season last weekend, besting the CMU career record of five no-hitters set by All-American Linda Pagett. Puchalski, a native of Corona, Calif., has thrown no-hitters against Northwestern, Marshall, Oakland, Bowling Green (perfect game), Toledo and Northern Illinois. She is 19-7 this season with a 0.94 ERA. Of her 19 wins, 12 have been shutouts. Her 201 strikeouts rank second most in a season in CMU history and her 9.4 strikeouts per game rank among the national leaders. The Chippewas (28-18. 17-4) lead the Mid-American Conference heading into the final weekend of MAC play. Puchalski is 13-1 in MAC games with the lone loss coming in a relief appearance of an extra-inning game.

ONE STREAK CONTINUES:Sopohmore shortstop Natasha Watley of UCLAextended her personal Pac-10 record hitting streak to 32 games in Sunday*s 2-0 Bruin win over Stanford. The 32-game streak is tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA Division I history.

AND ANOTHER ONE ENDS:After running up what are believed to be the longest softball winning streaks in Nevada 4A high school history, the Wooster High School Colts (Reno, Nev.) surrendered a first inning unearned run to Nevada's No. 2 ranked team, the Reed Raiders (Sparks, Nev.) and lost 1-0. This defeat ended Wooster's 41-game winning streak againast Northern Nevada 4A teams and its 52-game string against Nevada 4A competition overall. Wooster*s last loss to a Nevada 4A team came in May, 1999.

HITS MILESTONE: Hofstra's Lisa Ciavardini became the fifth Hostra player to reach the 200-career hit mark in Hofstra's 8-0, five-inning win over Vermont on Sunday. Hit No. 200 was a first-inning, two-run double.

PERFECTION TIMES TWO:: For the first time in Augustana (S.D.) softball history, Viking pitchers tossed back-to-back perfect games. On April 28, Jenny Hill tossed a perfect game against Bemidji State. Amy Klyse then followed with a perfect game of her own, retiring all 21 batters against Moorhead State.

LOOK, I'M ON TV: The championship day of the Gulf South Conference softball tournament will be broadcast across the Region by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. The final game will be broadcast live on Sunday with the preceding games to be shown on tape delay. Bill Hazen will be handling the play-by-play, while West Alabama head coach Janet Montgomery will fill the color analyst position.

JUCO NO-HITTER BATTLE:Johnson County Community College (Kan.) sophomore pitcher Jamie Steeve tossed three no-hitters in the same week earlier this year. She started with a no-hitter against Labette CC, then followed with a no-hitter against Highland CC and wrapped up with a no-no against Neosho County CC. Meanwhile, Central Florida Communitiy College freshman Kristen Keyes managed to do that one better, recording four no-hitters -- including a perfect game -- during the same week. She started with a 16-strikeout performance in a no-hitter against Miami Dade CC, then followed with a perfect game against Florida Community College of Jacksonville. Next, she tossed a no-hitter against Lake Sumter CC and finished the week with a no-hitter against SUNY-Canton.