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Outstanding Division I Performances for the week of May 3-9

Kirsten Voak, pitcher, Arizona State University: Voak led ASU to the championship of the NIST, winning both semifinal (6-5 over Long Beach State) and championship (6-2 over Nebraska) games. In the tourney, she was 5-0 with an ERA of 0.63. In 33 innings, the Fremont, California sophomore allowed three earned runs, walked four and struck out 42.

Jaci Kalp, pitcher, Penn State University: Penn State's pitching staff rang up five shutouts in six wins during the trip to Tampa, Fla., for an overall team ERA of 0.68 over nine games. Kalp finished the week with a 3-2 record, an ERA of 0.41 in 34.0 IP, and tossed a team-best three shutouts, including the second no-hitter of her career in the opening game of the trip against Temple.

Angela Manzo, first base, East Carolina: Manzo went 5-for-13 over the weekend with a 3-for-3 performance against Eastern Kentucky including two doubles and two RBI in the Tennessee Lady Vols Invitational. She went 1-for-3 with one run scored in the championship game against Tennessee and 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI against Kansas. For her efforts, she was named the tournament MVP.

Stephanie Falk, pitcher, University of Missouri: For the week, Falk was 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA. In 27 innings, she struck out 52 and walked only one. She pitched three consecutive games with double-figure strikeouts, fanning 19 against Southern Illinois, 13 vs. Northern Iowa and 14 in a second game against SIU. Eighteen of Falk's 19 K's against SIU came in the first seven innings of the eight-inning game, won by the Salukis, 2-1.

Shelley Laird, pitcher, Alabama: Laird threw the first no-hitter in Alabama history on March 9, 10-0 over Long Island University. She also set the school record for strikeouts in a game with 18 against Western Illinois. She was 5-0 this week with wins over Western Illinois (three times), Long Island and Syracuse. During the five game span, Laird allowed only 11 hits and three earned runs while striking out 47 batters.

Courtney Blades, pitcher, Southern Mississippi: Blades was 4-0 this weekend, leading Southern Miss to an undefeated record in the OU/Worth Invitational, hosted by No. 5 Oklahoma. Blades picked up wins over Colorado State (7-4), Texas-San Antonio (5-3); No. 8 LSU (2-1); and No. 5 Oklahoma (5-4 in 10 innings). She worked 31 innings over the weekend and allowed 18 hits, and 10 earned runs. She struck out 47 batters, moving her to No. two on the NCAA Division I Career Strikeout List ahead of Danielle Henderson. Blades needs just 279 more K's to pass Michelle Granger (1,640 careeer K’s) and become the all-time NCAA strikeout leader.