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This Week In Fastpitch

UNA'S BACH RESIGNS: University of North Alabama softball coach Blake Bach has announced his resignation, effective immediately. Click here for the complete story.

ON THE RUN: Loyola Marymount's Anna Trauernicht, a senior outfielder is continuing from where she left off last season in stolen bases. In 2000, Trauernicht led the Western Athletic Conference with 32 stolen bases on 36 attempts. In 44 games this season, she is 26-for-30 to lead the league. Fresno State's Becky Witt is also a perfect 13-for-13. Several teams have already surpassed last year's stolen base total, including San Jose State, Hawaii and Fresno State. San Jose State leads the WAC with 44 stolen bases on 60 attempts. Last season, the Spartans were 16-for-33. Hawaii has 32 this season compared to 22 last season, while Fresno State has 37 this season, compared to 26 last year.

SIX TOUCHDOWNS: Game two of a doubleheader between Indiana (Pa.) and Lock Haven may be the front-runner for "Wildest Game of the Millennium." Indiana rallied from a nine-run deficit to defeat Lock Haven 22-21 in nine innings in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference match-up. Lock Haven led 16-7 after three-and-a-half innings, but Indiana rallied for 12 runs in the next two innings to take a 19-16 lead. Lock Haven scored five unanswered runs to take a 21-19 lead with Indiana coming to bat in the bottom of the seventh. Jen Rape's RBI-double capped a two-run rally in the seventh to force extra innings, then she drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when she walked with the bases loaded. Indiana's Lauren Lyle was one of three players to record five hits in the game. Lyle went 5-for-5 with two home runs and nine runs batted, missing the NCAA II single-game RBI record by two. Lyle's performance overshadowed that of Lock Haven's Stacie Miller, who went 5-for-7 with a grand slam home run, four runs scored and eight RBI. Angela Hileman of Indiana also had five hits.

PASSING THE HITTING STREAK TORCH: Bloomsburg senior shortstop Erica Miller had a 29-game hitting streak snapped in game one against East Stroudsburg Saturday. Miller, a 2000 first team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American, went 0-for-1 with two walks in the game. The 29-game hitting streak is the fifth longest in Division II history. Miller's teammate Lisa Mull is currently on a 20-game hitting streak.

NO-HIT DROUGHT ENDS: Prior to last week, West Alabama had gone six years without pitching a no-hitter. Last week, West Alabama notched a pair of no-hitters in a doubleheader sweep over Stillman. Freshman Terra DaCorte and senior Keli Jo Lenz posted back-to-back no-hitters in 9-0 and 15-0 wins at Stillman. The last time a West Alabama pitcher had tossed a no-hitter was 1995.

RIGHT BACK AT YA: Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wisconsin-River Falls snapped each other's winning streaks in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at River Falls, Wisconsin, on April 17. UW-Eau Claire won the first game, 6-0, behind the two-hit pitching of Kim Czapla, that broke River Falls' seven-game winning streak. UW-River Falls came back to win the nightcap, 3-1, behind pitcher Devanie Bigalk, to end Eau Claire's six-game victory run.

MILESTONES: Notre Dame's Liz Miller recently posted her 900th career win. Virginia head coach Cheryl Spangel won her 600th career game. West Florida Head coach Tami Cyr became the second Gulf South Conference skipper this season to reach the 500 career-win plateau (Mississippi University for Women coach Rita Higginbotham accomplished the same feat earlier this season). At Florida Atlantic, Joan Joyce recorded win No. 300. Central Washington head coach Gary Frederick earned his 100th career victory in a 10-7 win over Eastern Oregon on April 8. With the win, he became the first coach in school history to reach the 100-win mark in three different sports. He also has 234 wins in baseball (1968-1978) and 164 victories in womenÃŒs basketball (1983-1993). Two days later, Central Washington swept a doubleheader to give Frederick 500 combined coaching victories.

POORE IS RICH AT OLE MISS: The Alabama pitching staff that shut down the OLE MISS' scoring was not able to quiet the bat of Jennifer Poore. The freshman hit .500 (6-for-12) for the three-game set, collecting six of Ole Miss' nine hits. She notched her third career three-hit performance in game two and broke up no-hitters in the other two games. Poore also caught a runner stealing from behind the plate and did not allow a stolen base. A native of San Diego, Poore is making her claim to All-SEC honors at catcher in only her first collegiate season. She is currently leading all starting conference backstops in batting average at .349 and stolen bases with five. In doubles, she is one short of the high with eight, and in RBI, she ranks third among catchers with 22. Defensively, Poore has picked off eight runners - twice as many as any opposing starting catcher. Only teammate Phyllis Manley rivals her with six. Poore is second in runners caught stealing with 16, and only two starters have allowed fewer passed balls than her three.

PROANO'S GEMS: Dominican University (San Rafael, Calif.) is in its first season of intercollegiate softball competition, but the NAIA program may have to go some to match the pitching feat accomplished by freshman Sofia Proano on April 11. Pitching both ends of a Cal Pac Conference twin bill against Bethany College (Scotts Valley, Calif.), Proano hurled consecutive no-hitters, the second of which was a perfect game. In the opener, a 9-0 Dominican win shortened to five inings by the eight-run rule, Proano allowed two walks and struck out nine. In the second contest, a 12-0 Dominican five-inning triumph, Proano whiffed eight. Domonican's defense was errorless in both games. Coach Erin Aradi has led Dominican to a 16-7 overall record (11-3 in conference) this year.

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