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This Week In Fastpitch

ANOTHER NEW PARK: Arizona State University dedicated its new home stadium, the Alberta B. Farrington Stadium, with a 1-0 Pac-10 win over California on April 8. Kara Brun's second-inning solo home run was the only run the Sun Devils needed. Kirsten Voak picked up the save in relief of starter Erica Beach.

PACKING 'EM IN: Fresno State drew its largest single-season attendance since 1999 while resetting its own NCAA record for the second time in three years. With the NCAA officially keeping total and average attendance since 1991, the Bulldogs have led the country in both categories in seven of the last nine seasons (unofficially in 12 of last 14). Fresno State, which holds four NCAA attendance records including total (55,746) and average (2,557), has drawn more than 207,000 fans to date. Having set a new season record in ticket sales for the fifth consecutive year, including sales surpassing the 1,000 plateau for the last four straight, the 'Dogs are 138-15 at Bulldog Diamond since 1996 while setting four Top 25 marks this season, including breaking their own NCAA single-date attendance mark of 5,719 vs. Arizona on March 14.

GATOR DUO ACHIEVES PR'S: University of Florida senior pitcher Beth Dieter set a personal-best, single-season mark for strikeouts Friday night. Dieter (16-6, 1.62 ERA) has 112 K's this year year, placing her fourth on the UF single-season charts. Junior infielder Emily Marino became the school's single-season RBI leader with 49. Marino, who splits time at catcher and first base, eclipsed classmate Ashley Boone's 1998 mark of 43 with five in the nightcap April 7. She had nine in four games last weekend.

LOBOS RULE THE MWC: New Mexico moved into sole possession of first place in the new Mountain West Conference standings after going 3-1 in conference action during the week. The Lobos swept a doubleheader from BYU by identical 7-2 scores, then split the twin bill with Utah (7-3, 3-9). The loss to Utah snapped a season-best nine-game win streak for UNM. Claiming her first MWC Player of the Week honor after nabbing three pitching awards this season, Danielle Cassara (pitcher/first base) hit .615 (8-for-13) with a .923 slugging percentage and .667 on-base average for the week. She has not struck out in 10 games. Cassara went 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in the circle and pitched 12 consecutive innings before allowing a run during the week. She moved into the top slot on the UNM career chart for shutouts with her 20th (against BYU). The Lobos lead the league with a team ERA of 2.44 and a batting average of .296.

SHE'S A WINNER: Melanie Newnum's RBI triple that boosted Indiana State to a 4-3, nine-inning Missouri Valley Conference win over Drake was her third game-wnning hit in MVC play this season.

ENDING THE STREAK: When Michigan pinch-runner Kim Bugel scored against Minnesota in the Wolverines' 1-0 win on April 9, it marked an end to Michigan's 31-inning home field scoring drought, dating back to last year's Big Ten Tournament Championship. Thus inspired, the Wolverines won the second game, 4-1, behind Stefanie Volpe's two RBI.

FRESHMAN SLAM: North Carolina freshman Quinn Porter's first-inning grand slam home run was the first of her UNC career and the team's record breaking 33rd of the season. The Tar Heels went on to beat Virginia 6-2 for the championship of the Tar Heel Invitational.

ANOTHER SLAM, ANOTHER RECORD: Patti Barnett's grand slam in Troy State's 16-0 win over Mercer on April 11 was the school-record 23rd homer of the year for the Trojans.

ON BRAVE OLD ARMY TEAM: Army senior Sarah Hatton struck out a team single-game record 14 batters in Wednedsay's 5-4 win over Iona.

ALL-TIME WINNER:Central Michigan pitcher Tina Kinney's 3-0 win over Michigan on April 12 was the 61st win of her career, a new Chippewa record. Kinney held the Wolverines to six hits.

PERFECTO: Simpson College (IA) freshman pitcher Amy Kulisky tossed her second perfect game in a week as the Storm swept an Iowa Conference doubleheader from Cornell College. Kulisky's bout with perfection came in game one as the Storm defeated the Rams 8-0. The 5-10 righthander struck out eight and allowed only one ball reach the outfield. Kulisky registered a perfect game Apr. 8 against Upper Iowa and it is only the fifth perfect game in the 28-year history of the Simpson program. She joins Storm All-American Kelly Schade as the only Simpson pitchers to have two perfect games in a career.

PERFECTO II: Erin Stremsterfer of Southern Illinois-Carbondale pitched her second no-hitter of the season on April 12, a 4-0 perfect game decision over Western Kentucky 4-0.

ON THE FARM: St. Cloud State's Mary Libbesmeier was named to the 2000 Successful Farming/Dodge Truck All-America Farm Softball Team. The award recognizes outstanding achievement among the nation's college athlete, who reside on a family farm.

SEGNER REACHES 100 W'S: Muskingum senior Jen Segner became just the second pitcher in Division III history to post 100 career victories when she threw all five innings of the Muskies' 22-1 win over Capitol on April 12. The only run against Segner came on Ann Dunmire's second-inning home run. Muskingum scored 17 runs on 13 hits in the sixth inning.

THE STREAK CONTINUES: Maryville University (MO) shortstop Olivia Reichert extended her hitting streak to 22 games in a 6-0 and 3-2 doubleheader sweep of Greenville on April 12.

MILESTONES: DePaul coach Eugene Lentiwon the 600th game of his career and the Blue Demons posted a pair of 1-0 wins in a sweep over Louisville in a Conference USA doubleheader on Sunday at Wish Field. The wins brought Lenti's overall record to 601-333-3 in 19 seasons with the Blue Demons. Muskingum'sDonna Newberry posted career win No. 500 on April 9 as the Muskies swept a doubleheader against Heidelberg. In her 26th season at the Muskingum helm, Newberry is 500-317-1 including 24-2 this year. The former women's basketball coach at Muskingum, Newberry is first Division III women's coach to win at least 400 games in two sports. Colby College (Maine) head coach Dick Bailey recorded his 300th win on March 20, a 10-0 victory over Plymouth State in Cape Coral, Florida. Mount Olive (N.C.) head coach Sharon Gregory picked up her 100th career coaching victory in the Trojans victory over Belmont Abbey (N.C.). Gregory is in her third year at Mount Olive and her fifth year of collegiate coaching overall.