Stefanie Christoferson, So., Catcher, University of Illinois-Chicago.
Christoferson batted .800 (8-for-10) with a triple, a home run, six RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base last week as Illinois-Chicago went 3-1. Christoferson had a pair of 3-for-3 games, one versus IUPUI and one versus Loyola. Christoferson is now batting .351 with seven home runs and 53 RBI this season for the No.12 Flames.
Chrystal Stevens, Outfield, University of Southern Mississippi, Freshman, Las Vegas, NV
She kept her incredible freshman season going by hitting .833 this weekend in the inaugural Conference USA Championship Series vs. Saint Louis. Stevens was 5-for-6 in the two games with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run and three RBI. She was also 2-for-2 as a base stealer with one putout. On the year, Stevens is one of the top freshmen in the country as she was 20th in the nation in batting average last week and has raised her average to .451 on the year, up 14 points from her average last week which was good enough for 20th. The lightning-quick freshman is hitting .451 (74-for-164) with 54 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, seven homers and 38 RBI. She has a .671 slugging percentage and a .500 on base percentage. She is also a perfect 24-for-24 as a base stealer
Anna Smith, Freshman, Outfielder, Ohio State University.
Walnut, Calif./Diamond Bar H.S
The Ohio State leadoff hitter erupted for a career week to lead OSU to three Big Ten wins. Smith batted a blistering .524 (11-for-21) with an RBI, five runs scored, a stolen base, a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and a five-game hitting streak. Also batted .625 with runners in scoring position. Against Penn State, she became the 16th woman in school history to record at least four hits in a single game. Two of her four hits were key two-out knocks in which she later scored in the 14-inning marathon win. Against PSU, she finished the series batting .455 (5-for-8). Got even hotter in the Northwestern series with a .600 BA (6-for-10), .600 slugging percentage, and a .600 on base percentage. Big Ten batting average jumped 111 points (from .280-.391) while her season batting average increased by 46 (from .260 to .306).
Rutgers University's Kelly Crosson (first base), Fairlawn, NJ, Fairlawn HS.
For the week, Crosson hit .524 (11-for-21) with two home runs and eleven runs batted in. In BIG EAST games, Crosson had an amazing .727 (8-for-11), a .786 on-base percentage and a 1.455 slugging pct. Along with her bat, Crosson's glove kept the Scarlet Knights in every game, recording 55 putouts and seven assists, while having a perfect fielding percentage.
Dana Bennett, Sr. 2B, Hofstra University, Wappinger Falls, NY
Hit .438 (7-16) with seven runs, a double, three home runs and 11 RBIs in six games. Against LaSalle, Bennett hit grand slam home runs in each game of a doubleheader and finished with nine RBIs on the afternoon. Was two-for-five in Towson DH and had a double and a home run in a 8-0 win over Delaware. She set Hofstra's single-season home run mark with nine and is HU's all-time leader with 22.
Jill Cameron , Senior, Righthanded Pitcher, University of Connecticut.
Posted a 4-0 record on the week, including a 4-0 shutout of Boston College to give the Huskies a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament. Allowed four earned runs in 22 innings for a 1.27 ERA, and hurling two complete games among her three starts on the week. Pitched two innings of relief against non-conference opponent Cornell, the Ivy League Champions, to earn the win in the 6-5 eight-inning contest. Improves her record to 11-9 on the season.
Kim Pietro, University of South Carolina.
Moved to .441 after 6-8 weekend with fifth homer against Auburn and Alabama. Tied a career high with 37th RBI, career high 79 hits and season high 12-game hitting streak
Danielle Henderson, pitcher, University of Massachusetts.
Senior from Commack, NY. In three outings this weekend Henderson earned 3 wins, extending her win streak to 22 straight games, she is now 25-2 on the season. She picked up a two-hit shuout win over Rutgers, with 15 strikeouts and then earned both wins in a key conference doubleheader against first place Virginia Tech to clinch the conference title for UMass. She pitched a one-hit, 3-0 shutout win with 16 strikeouts in the first game and then pitched a two-hitter in the second game with 17 strikeouts. With her 13 shutout innings on Sunday against Virginia Tech she broke the NCAA all-time record for consecutive scoreless innings with 105, breaking Debbie Doom's record of 102. Henderson allowed a run to score in the top of the seventh to halt the streak.
Fr. LHP Kristen Hunter, Fresno State University, Portland, Ore.
As a pitcher, Hunter went 3-0 in the Bulldogs' five wins last week. Hunter posted a 0.74 ERA and tossed one shutout while giving up five runs, two earned runs, no walks and 26 strikeouts in 19.0 IP. Opponents batted .222 against her. At the plate, she led the Bulldogs with a .444 BA in three games. She was 4-for-9 with two runs and had two RBI along with four total bases. She was perfect in the field. Against CS Fullerton on April 28, Hunter made school history. In the nightcap, she struck out 9 consecutive Titans, breaking a 14-year old school record of 8 by Lori Romeiro-Gardner on March 22, 1985 vs. Nebraska. She also tied her own school record in strikeouts with 15, a record she set earlier in the year against then No. 6 DePaul on March 6. She posted her 11th shutout on the year while scattering three hits. At the plate, she helped her own cause by going 1-for-3 with a run. In WAC play vs. Utah, she went 2-0 and struck out 11 while giving up five runs, two earned, in 12.0 IP for a 1.17 ERA. At the plate vs. Utah, she ht .500 (3-6) with a run, two RBI and three total bases. Hunter, who has recorded the most strikeouts (187) [to only seven walks] and the second most wins (23) by a freshman pitcher, is 23-5 on the year with 11 shutouts for a 0.63 ERA. Giving up 24 runs (15 earned) in 168.0 IP, opponents are batting .159 against her.
Sophomore RHP Stephanie Falk, University of Missouri.
0.00 ERA, 3 App, 3 GS, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 21 IP, 11 H, 2 R, O ER, 2 BB, 15 SO, 3 2B, 73 BF, .159 Opp. BA., 1 HBP. Stephanie was one of the keys to MIssouri's wins this week. In the two 1-0 Missouri wins vs. Nebraska, Falk allowed only six hits. She pitched her 12th and 13th shutouts of the season, and fourth and fifth vs. Big 12 Conference opponents. The 73 batters Falk faced only had an average of .159. She had fifteen strikouts in 21 innings.
Arizona State University Freshmam pitcher Erica Beach (Scottsdale, Arizona) fired a perfect game against 16th-ranked California in Berkeley, Calif. In winning the game 4-0, Beach faced the minimum 21 batters, striking out two and allowing only one ball out of the infield.
Alicia Gerlach, University of Iowa, East Moline, Ill./Moline H.S. Gerlach completed a 7-for-16 week by going 4-for-7 during a weekend sweep against Purdue...In Iowa's 4-2 victory in game two Saturday, Gerlach drove
in the winning runs with a two-run single in the fifth....Currently leads the Hawkeyes in doubles (14), RBI (24) and walks (23)....Currently batting .458 in conference games....Has a nine-game hitting streak that includes a
3-for-3 performance against Michigan last Sunday when she tied an NCAA record for doubles in a game with three
University of Washington senior right fielder Becky Newbry. She hit .579 for the week, helping UW to a 5-1 record with sweeps of No. 8 Oregon State and Portland State and a win over No. 18 Oregon. Newbry was 11-for-19 with eight runs and seven RBI. She went 3-for-3 in an 11-0 win over No. 18 Oregon, with two runs and three RBI. She also was 4-for-5 in stolen bases. Newbry moves to within 11 hits of breaking the UW single-season record, and her current averages of .485 batting and .534 on-base would break the school marks.
University of Oregon freshman Pitcher Connie McMurren from Oregon posted a 2-0 record with a 1.17 ERA and nine strikeouts in 18 innings of work this week, downing the No. 1 Bruins (5-2)from UCLA and the No. 5 Huskies of Washington (4-3) in back-to-back days. In Oregon's 5-3 win over the top-rated Bruins, McMurren allowed only one extra-base hit (double)to the nation's top-hitting team. In the Ducks' 4-3, 11-inning victory against No. 5 Washington, McMurren kept Oregon in the ballgame, shutting out the Huskies for the first nine innings of the game. She pitched all 11 innings, striking out seven batters and didn't allow an extra-base hit the whole game with all three runs scored coming when the international tie-breaker rule was in effect.
University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) outfielder Tiffany Clark (Jr., San Bernardino, Calif.)...In brief four-game week, Clark continued torrid hitting by belting two home runs and collecting nine RBIs in two wins over both Ole Miss and Mississippi State...Was 2-for-4 with home run and four RBIs in second game against Ole Miss Saturday...Hit three-run home run against Mississippi State Sunday to lift USL to win and helped give Lady Cajuns first 50-win season since 1994...Had 14 total bases in 13 ABs...On season, Clark is hitting .438 with 11 HRs, 56 RBIs and 19 doubles...Also has .741 slugging percentage and .521 On Base Percentage.
Kelly Shipman, University of Maryland. RHP, Huntingtown, MD
Shipman was 3-0 for the week. She defeated George Mason 5-0, South Florida 3-1 and 5-3. She pitched three complete games, two against No. 22 South Florida in back-to-back games of a doubleheader on May 2. ERA of 0.52 for the week int he three games, ERA of 0.70 in two games against South Florida. She has won a school record 27 games this season. Her personal best for wins in a season is now 27. She has 993 career strikeouts and needs only seven to become the eighth player in NCAA history to strikeout 1,000 or more batters in her career. She gained the win in a 13-inning battle at South Florida, striking out eight while facing 46 batters. She gained the last two outs of the game on infield popups with the bases loaded and tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the 13th inning. The 13-inning game was the longest in Maryland softball history. Maryland's doubleheader sweep of South Florida gave the Terps their first ever NCAA Tournament berth as the champion of the South Atlantic Softball Alliance Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland is also the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.