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This Week In Fastpitch

LAST WEEK'S TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: Washington (Kia Classic), Southern Mississippi (Ringor/Winthrop), California (Sacramento State), Michigan (Lady Seminole), Minnesota (Clearwater Parks & Rec) and Missouri (Missouri Invitational).

YET MORE HONORS FOR THE HUSKIES: The honors keep rolling in for Washington players. This week, seniors Jamie Graves and Jennifer Spediacci were named Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week. Graves led Washington at the plate en route to the championship of the 2000 Kia Klassic. Graves, a Pitcher/DP, hit .400 (4-10) over the weekend, including her first career home run to help the Huskies down No. 12 Oregon State in the semifinals. Spediacci went 5-0, including four wins against top-25 opponents, four complete games and two shutouts, to lead Washington to the Kia Klassic championship.

BAMA'S ROHRET IS FARM ALL-AMERICAN: Alabama junior Kim Rohret was named an Honorable Mention to the All-American Farm Team for softball The All-American Farm Team is a scholastic program sponsored by Dodge Truck and Successful Farming magazine, honoring outstanding collegiate athletes who call a farm or ranch home. The program honors outstanding men and women athletes from the sports of softball, baseball and men and women's track. Similar teams are selected from the sports of football, volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Rohret, a native of Oxford, Iowa, has a .277 career batting average with 14 homeruns and 49 RBI.

NOTRE DAME DUO EARNS BIG EAST HONORS: Notre Dame pitcher Michelle Mosche and first baseman Andrea Loman both earned conference honors Monday for their play last week. Moschel was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week for the first time in her career, while Loman earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors. In three appearances last week, Moschel went 2-0 with a save, compiling 17 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched. Against Loyola Marymount, she threw her fourth complete game and second shutout, allowing just five hits. Loman batted .316 in Notre Dame's seven games last week with five runs scored, four stolen bases and three RBI. Loman tied a school-record in Notre Dame's win over Texas with two home runs in consecutive at-bats and recorded the winning run versus Cal State Northridge and No. 6 Oklahoma.

MARGIE WRIGHT UPDATE: Fresno State Coach Margie Wright has tied Judi Garman of Cal State Fullerton as the NCAA's all-time career win leader. The Bulldogs' doubleheader sweep of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last night (March 21) in Fresno gave Wright career wins No. 912 and 913. Entering the season as the NCAA's all-time active winningest coach by victories, Wright got career win No. 900 against Texas on March 4 (2-0) and became only the second coach on the Division 1 level to amass 900 or more career wins. Wright will have the chance to surpass Garman*s record in a home twin bill on Thursday, March 23, against Cal State Northridge. Retiring from her coaching duties last December, Garman claimed the title for all time wins on the NCAA Division 1 level on Feb. 15, 1998 with a 2-1 win over Oregon. She surpassed former UCLA head coach Sharron Backus (840-167-3/21 years). In her 15th season at Fresno State, Wright has led the university to its only national team championship (1998) and owns a school record of 764 219-1.

BAKERSFIELD'S WOOD STAYS HOT: Cal State Bakersfield pitcher Melanie Wood allowed four or fewer hits for the ninth time in a dozen starts this year in beating defending NCAA Division III runnerup Chapman 3-0 in Orange, California, on March 18. At the plate, Wood scored the game's first run, reaching base on a single and scoring on Emily Torres' triple.

DEFENDING D-III CHAMPS STILL TOUGH: Simpson, defending Division III champion, is off to a 12-0 start this year after sweeping its schedule at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Florida. The Storm pitching staff tossed eight shutouts in 12 games and has allowed just five runs all season. Simpson's Anna Sims pitched the third perfect game in SC softball history, 11-0 over Defiance (Ohio) on March 17. Sims is 19-0 in her career at Simpson.

MILESTONES: New Mexico's Susan Craig won her 600th career game, beating Tennessee Tech 4-0 in the consolation bracket of the USF Clearwater Parks and Rec Tournament. Donna Papa of North Carolina picked up her 500th win when the Tar Heels defeated East Carolina 5-2 on Sunday at the Ringor/Winthrop Invitational. Rhesa Sumrell of Central Missouri State (NCAA Division II) racked up a pair of milestones last week. Sumrell posted her 600th career win overall with a 3-0 win over Delta State in the Division II Leadoff Classic and two weeks later posted CMSU win No. 400 with a 12-0 victory over Kansas Wesleyan. Sumrell, in her 25th season as a head softball coach overall, has also posted 494 wins as a head volleyball coach (Missouri Western) and 51 wins as a head basketball coach (also at Western), giving her 1,115 wins as a college coach in those three sports. Wendy Spratt of Missouri's Columbia College (NAIA) posted win No. 200 on March 21 with a home doubleheader sweep of McKendree College. Fifth-year Alabama-Huntsville head coach Les Stuedeman reached the 200-win mark faster than any coach in Gulf South Conference history. UAH swept West Georgia, 8-0 and 4-1, and Valdosta State, 1-0 and 4-2 last week to get Stuedeman to the milestone.

Upcoming Tournaments  Buzz Classic March 24-26 Atlanta, Georgia Host: Georgia Tech Teams: Georgia Tech, Maryland, Harvard, Southwest Missouri, Mercer, Coastal Carolina, Illinois-Chicago. Connecticut, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia State, Evansville, Marshall, College of Charleston, Florida A&M, Tennessee Tech, Brown, Samford, Florida International, Campbell, Middle Tennessee, Rhode Island, Florida Atlantic, Ohio University.  Saluki Invitational March 24-25 Carbondale, Illinois Host: Southern Illinois University Teams: Southern Illinois, Syracuse, Southeast Missouri, Northern Iowa,Western Kentucky  Frost Cutlery Classic March 24-26 Chattanooga, Tennessee Host: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Teams: Tennessee-Chattanooga, Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida State,Louisiana-Monroe, Wisconsin.  Bank of Hawai'i Invitational March 23-26 Honolulu, Hawai'i Host: University of Hawai'i Teams: Hawai'i, Oregon State, Loyola Marymount, Nicholls State.  Boilermaker Invitational March 25-26 West Lafayette, Indiana Host: Purdue University Teams: Purdue, Kent State, Michigan, Toledo, Notre Dame.  Hawkeye Classic March 25-26 Iowa City, Iowa Host: University of Iowa Teams: Iowa, UW-Green Bay, Eastern Illinois, Creighton.  Blue Tiger Classic March 24-25 Jefferson City, Missouri Host: Lincoln University Teams: Lincoln, Ottawa, Truman State, Evangel, William Woods, Missouri Valley, Missouri-Rolla.  Trusler Classic II March 25 Emporia, Kansas Host: Emporia State University Teams: Emporia State, St. Gregory's, Fort Hays State. Simpson Classic No. 1 March 24-25 Indianola, Iowa Host: Simpson College Teams: Simpson, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, St. Ambrose,St. Mary's (Minnesota).  Alma College Invitational March 24-25 Alma, Michigan Host: Alma College Teams: Alma, Capitol, Aquinas, Lake Superior St.