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Division II Top Player Performances

Jennifer Woodard, Hawaii Pacific, Sophomore, Pitcher (Wilmington, CA)

Jennifer Woodard allowed her first run since March 12th, a span of eight games and 48 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, in the seventh inning of HPU's 4-2 PacWest conference victory against BYU-Hawaii on Saturday (4/8/00). The mark ties her own school record set last year and also ties herself in the NCAA Division II record books as having the sixth best consecutive scoreless innings streak (Record of 64 innings held by Dori Stankewitz of Florida Southern, set in 1988). After yielding her first run in 26 days, Woodard pitched a perfect eighth inning for her second win of the day. Her two game totals were 10.2 innings pitched, six hits, one run, one earned run, two walks, and four strikeouts. She hurled a two-hit shutout, her sixth consecutive shutout and seventh straight win, in the first game. Woodard has now won eight straight to improve her record to 16-3 with a 0.72 ERA (19 walks - 119 strikeouts) and went 66 innings without allowing an earned run. Woodard is also the team's second leading hitter with a .314 batting average. She drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning in HPU's 3-0 win in the first game.

Marianna Higens, New York Tech, Sophomore, Pitcher (Long Island, NY)

Marianna Higens posted a 3-0 record last week, beating Northeast No. 2 ranked Adelphi 3-2 and pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to beat St. Rose. She also no-hit St. Rose 3-0 for her first career no-hitter. Higens batted .600 (3-for-)5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Vanessa Sterner, Bloomsburg, Junior, Outfielder (Bloomsburg, PA)

Vanessa Sterner hit .571 (8-for-14) in four games last week, while scoring four runs, knocking in 10 and hitting two homers (one a grand slam) and a triple. In a doubleheader sweep of Millersville, Sterner was 5-for-7 with four runs scored and eight RBI. She had a two-run homer in game one, then ended game two in the bottom of the sixth with a grand slam. Sterner is now one homer shy of the school single season record of 13 set by Marty Laudato in 1990. Her season total of 43 RBI equals what she had her first two years.

Erin Newman, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Sophomore, Third Base (Fairfield, CA)

Erin Newman hit .529 (9-for-17) with six doubles and two home runs. Newman scored nine runs in helping the No. 19 Cougars to a 6-0 week, including a doubleheader sweep over GLVC-leading Southern Indiana (breaking their 16-game win streak). Newman leads the GLVC in home runs with 10 and doubles with 22. Her .478 batting average also leads GLVC regulars. Newman also ranks among the NCAA Division II leaders in all three categories.

Kristi Bredbenner, Truman State, Junior, Catcher (OíFallon, MO)

Kristi Bredbenner hit .588 (10-for-17) with five home runs and 12 RBI in six games last week. She tied a pair of MIAA single-game records with three home runs and eight RBI in the Bulldogsí 10-3 victory over Emporia State. Bredbenner, last week's MIAA Hitter of the Week, went 4-for-5 in the game. She also homered against Washburn and Missouri Western to give her 10 home runs on the season ó four shy of the MIAA single-season record.

Kathy Mohler, Washburn, Senior, Pitcher (Silver Lake, KA)

Kathy Mohler posted a 3-1 record (five appearances/four starts) last week with a 1.50 ERA to earn MIAA Pitcher of the Week honors. Mohler recorded 21 strikeouts and eight walks in 32.2 innings pitched. She picked up two complete game victories in a doubleheader sweep over then No. 18 Truman State.

Cathy Jacobson, Texas Woman's, Senior, Centerfield, (Fridley, MN)

Cathy Jacobson hit .500 (9-for-18) last week as No. 25 Texas Woman's posted a 4-2 record. She hit two triples, one home run, drove in three RBI, was 4-for-4 on stolen bases and scored five runs. Against No. 20 Southeastern Oklahoma State, Jacobson hit her second career inside-the-park home run. Jacobson also scored the game-winning run against Texas A&M-Kingsville in dramatic fashion. She singled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, stole second and came all the way home when the throw to second went into centerfield.