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This Week In Fastpitch

WILDCATS RALLY:Kentucky is over .500 (14-13) for the first time all season after Tuesday's come-from-behind 9-8 win over Indiana in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats spotted Indiana a 7-0 fourth-inning lead. Kentucky then rallied for three in the fourth and three more in the fifth before tying the game in the seventh on a single by Angie Dal Pozzo and an Indiana error. Neither team could score in the eighth or ninth but Indiana regained the lead in the top of the 10th on a run-scoring single by Katie Joy. Kentucky answered in the bottom of the tenth as Dal Pozzo singled in the tying run and Rachel Friberg singled in the winning run. Kentucky starting pitcher Morgan Marr survived the early Indiana onslaught and pitched a complete game to move her record to 9-4,

ANOTHER WILD ONE:Baylor and Northwestern State staged a game almost as wild as Kentucky Indiana. Northwestern State pushed the eventual game-winning run across with two out in the top of the seventh and then held on for an 8-7 win over the nationally-ranked Bears. The two teams combined for 28 hits and 15 runs and each team scored four runs in the second inning.

SUDDEN POWER: Monica Briggs of the University of Texas-San Antonio had only one career home run coming into the 2001 season. She has 11 now, including four in seven games last week. Briggs, who plays first base, hit .522 with four homers, five doubles and 11 RBI as UTSA posted a 5-2 record for the week. Briggs was named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week.

CHECK THOSE LOCAL LISTINGS: The doubleheader between the LSU Tigers, Ranked No. 8 in this week's USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 and Louisiana Tech will be televised by College Sports Southeast on Cox Communication, Channel 18 in Baton Rouge. Game one can be seen at 7 p.m. on Thursday with game two following at 10:30 p.m. Both games of the doubleheader will also air on Friday at 10 a.m.

NO-NO-NO:Florida's Renise Landry is coming off of her third career no-hitter, a 4-1 victory over LSU on March 10. Florida, under first-year head coach Karen Johns, has won six of its last 10 games.

TECH PITCHER DOMINATES SPEEDLINE FIELD: Texas Tech pitcher Amanda Renfro was 6-1 with an 0.15 ERA at last week's Speedline Classic, including a perfect game against Penn State in which she struck out 10. Renfro struck out 78 batters in 48 innings as Tech advanced to the championship game.

SAINTS PRESERVE US:The Maryville University (MO) Saints (NCAA Division III) have lost three of their first four games, but junior Missy Taylor has been a standout. Taylor has hit safely in each of the team's four games and is batting .700 (7-for-10) with two home runs.

WITT STEALS RECORD: Fresno State'sBecky Witt became the school's career stolen base leader with her 40th theft against New Mexico State last week. Witt had shared the school record with All-Americans Laura Berg and Robyn Yorke as well as Janee Silva. Witt's three steals against Colorado State tied a 20-year-old FSU single-game record.

OTHER OUTSTANDING DIVISION I PERFORMANCES LAST WEEK: Missouri pitcher Stephanie Falk gave up no earned runs in 17.2 innings last week. Falk struck out 12, allowed 13 hits, and batted .492 (3-for-7). Alabama's Kelly Kretschman became the eighth player in Crimson Tide softball history to record a multi-home run game when she hit two against Georgia in Alabama's 11-0, five-inning win. In three games against the Bulldogs, Kretschman batted .571 with three home runs, eight RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base. Her .465 batting average is tops among Crimson Tide regulars. Amanda Oleson of Washington was 4-for-5 (.800) in two Huskies wins over Texas, scoring four runs and accounting for seven RBI. Oleson had the game-winning RBI in each game. In those games, Oleson increased her season batting average from .333 to .363.

California's Jocelyn Forest pitched 39 scoreless innings last week, winning five games and saving two others. In one of her saves, against Arizona State, she struck out six in three innings. In the National Invitational Softball Tournament championship game against Iowa, Forest went the distance for a 1-0 Bears victory, putting up seven strikeouts and scattering seven hits. Forest is 15-0 with an 0.19 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 108 innings. Her consecutive scoreless innings streak has now reached 86, sixth-best in NCAA Division I history. Britni Sneed of LSU picked up four wins this week, striking out 41 in 23 innings and allowing only nine hits. She matched her LSU career strikeout high with 15 in a 1-0 win over Northwestern State and struck out 12 Florida Gators in a 3-1 LSU win in a Southeastern Conference matchup. Sneed's season ERA is 1.26 and she has 147 strikeouts in 89 innings. Theresa Hornick of Villanova was 3-0 without allowing an earned run on Villanova's spring trip. Hornick struck out 23 of the 74 batters she faced and gave up just seven hits and an .097 opponents' batting average.

Freshman pitcher Lindsey Graham of then-top ranked North Dakota State pitched in two games at the Columbus State Invitational over the weekend, earning the save against No. 11 California, PA (3-2) and picking up the shutout win over No. 2 Kennesaw State (8-0) in five innings (3 hits, 1 BB, 6 KÕs). Graham pitched 5.2 innings overall, allowed three hits, no runs, walked one and struck out seven. Graham is 2-1 with one save on the season with a 0.38 earned run average. Humboldt State senior pitcher Jessame Kendall picked up three more wins last week to help HSU extend its winning streak to 14 games. Kendall has won seven consecutive decisions. Last week, she pitched 18 innings and allowed just seven hits to pick up two complete game shutout victories. She struck out 17 batters and recorded her 600th career strikeout Saturday against Western Oregon. Amber Cowher, a freshman pitcher for Bloomsburg, pitched in five games last week for the Huskies at the Columbus State University Tournament, posting a record of 2-1. She started three games and had three complete games. After suffering a loss to Columbus State on the tie-breaker rule, she shutout Alabama-Huntsville Saturday morning, then cam back and beat Columbus State in the title game. In five games, Cowher had a 0.88 ERA in 23.2 innings of work, striking out six and walking two. Bloomsburg won the 16-team tournament and vaulted to the No. 1 spot in this week's NFCA Division II Top 25.