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Outstanding Division I Player Performances

Jennifer Sharron, pitcher, Notre Dame

Sharron went 2-for-2 with a save in the team’s seven games . Only losses were to No. 2 Arizona and No. 3 Arizona State. She had a 1.31 ERA. The Agoura Hills, California (Thousand Oaks High School) standout pitched a complete-game shutout, 19 strikeouts in 26.2 innings pitched. She was second on the team in batting for the week with a .375 average (6-for-16) and, in the circle, posted her fifth straight shutout in the team’s 1-0 win over Cal State Northridge, allowing just four hits. She had not allowed a run in a career-best 37 consecutive innings until the Arizona State game. She also had pitched five consecutive shutouts until the ASU game (four solo, one combined). She earned her first collegiate save in the team’s win over Texas. Entering the game with the bases loaded, she pitched a seven-hitter with eight strikeouts against No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette. She was 2-for-2 at the plate in Notre Dame’s upset win over No. Oklahoma and tallied first career home run against #2 Arizona.

Angela Cervantez, first base, Fresno State

Cervantez batted a team-best .368 (7-for-19) in the Nos. 4-7 spots in the lineup in the seven games this past week which included five contests against the Top 25 in No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Arizona (twice), No. 14 Iowa and No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette. She had two HR, four RBI, four walks 14 total bases (.737 slugging pct. ).. At the Kia Klassic, Fresno State went 3-2 and Cervantez led the team in batting average at .462 (6-13) with two runs, double, two home runs, four RBI, three walks, 0 strikeouts, 13 total bases, and a 1.000 slugging and fielding percentage. She had four of the team’s 12 RBI in the five games at the Kia Klassic while hitting a home run in two consecutive days against Iowa (March 17) & UNLV (March 18) . Against Iowa, she had two of the team’s three RBI after going 1-2 with a run and her second home run on the year with a two-run shot in the sixth. In the loss against Cal State Northridge she posted an RBI double for the Bulldogs and also went 2-2 with a walk. She has four RBI in her last six games and two home runs in her last three. In the Kia Klassic finale against UNLV, she hit her third home run on the season with a leadoff shot in the sixth. She has a current six-game hit streak and is batting .412 (7-17) with two runs, double, two home runs, four RBI, three walks and 13 total bases for a .765 slugging percentage.

Jill Robinson, Oregon

Robinson hit .333 on the weekend with three home runs and 11 RBIs. She was also four-for-four in stolen base attempts and scored six times. In a homecoming of sorts, the Winton, California senior led the Ducks to a 6-2 mark and a second place finish at the Capital Classic in Sacramento.

Alicia Smith, pitcher/outfielder, Hofstra

Smith went 3-for-3 with both RBIs in Hofstra's 2-1 win over Boston College on Sunday, March 19. The second RBI came on a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. The senior from Katonah, New York, also picked up the pitching win, allowing six hits and no earned runs, while striking out 13 and walking one.

Erin Erickson, Missouri

In seven games (all starts), Erickson batted .450 (9-for-20) with five funs scored, two doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, .850 slugging pct., one walk, 2 strikeouts and one stolen base. She had the game winning hit in Missouri's 8-3 win over Drake on Friday and scored the game winning run in Missouri's 3-0 win over Drake on Sunday. She had one three-run homer against Western Michigan on Friday and a two-run homer against Illinois State on Saturday.

Shelley Laird, Alabama

For the week, was 4-0 with an ERA of 0.86 last week. In 24.3 innings, she gave up 15 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) and struck out 21 as Bama was 2-0 vs. Syracuse and 3-1 vs. Arkansas in the season-opening SEC series.

Rhonda Kesslar, pitcher, Stetson

Kesslar tossed three shutouts last week, including a perfect game (vs. Youngstown State) and two one-hitters (vs. Georgia Southern and Cornell). Opponents batted .048 against her (3-for-63). She has not allowed a run in her last 36 2/3 innings. Last week, in 20 1/3 innings she allowed three hits and one walk and struck out 27.

Courtney Collins, pitcher, Fordham University

Collins was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending March 19. She posted a 1-2 record on the week as the Rams competed at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, FL and the Clearwater Parks & Rec. Tournament in Clearwater, FL. The Madison, Connecticut native pitched a complete-game 3-0 shutout of New Mexico, a team which received votes this past week in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll. Her ERA on the week was 1.05, allowing just four earned runs in 26.2 innings pitched. She struck out six against New Mexico and six against Southern Illinois. Her shutout against New Mexico was the first thrown by a Fordham pitcher in exactly a year, the last coming against George Mason on March 17, 1999.

Andrea Kirchberg, pitcher, University of Wisconsin

Kirchberg was 6-1 with an ERA of 0.67 last week as the Badgers advanced their overall record to 18-9 and advanced to the semifinals of the KIA Classic. The freshman from Houston, Texas (Cy-Fair High School) was 1-1 against No. 5 California in the KIA and posted shutouts against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Louisville. She also defeated St. Mary’s (California) and Virginia. For the week, Kirchberg pitched 42 innings (five starts, one relief appearance) and gave up 24 hits, four earned runs, eight walks and struck out 40. For the season, Kirchberg is 126-5 with an 0.78 ERA and has struck out 142 batters in 116 innings. Her 16 wins and 142 strikeouts are second on the Wisconsin single-season list.