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Outstanding Division I Player Performances

Jessica Chase, Pitcher, Southwest Texas State, soph.

Chase went 3-0 over the weekend in SWT's Southland Conference sweep of Stephen F. Austin. Chase allowed only two earned runs in 20.0 innings of work, en route to a 0.90 ERA while holding opponents to a .174 batting average. Chase allowed only 12 hits and three walks while striking out eight. For the season Chase's record is 23-12 with a 1.27 ERA.

Leslie Malerich, Pitcher, Florida State, soph., Merrillville, IN. 

For the week, she was 1-0 vs. Florida A&M (W7-0), 1-1 vs. Auburn (W 7-0, L 4-5), 2-0 vs. North Caorolina (W 10-9, W 5-4). She pitched 36.2 innings, allowed 27 hits, 10 runs (8 earned), walked four struck out 24 with an ERA of 1.53 and a record of 4-1. Came in to relieve in the 5th inning and completed the 13 inning game.

Courtney Blades, Pitcher, Southern Mississippi, Baton Rouge, LA

Courtney went 2-0 on the week in three games pitched against Saint Louis. Blades worked 19innings on the weekend, allowed just seven hits, no runs and struck out 22. She continued her dominance over Conference USA as she has now thrown 49.1 innings and given up just 15 hits, allowed just three runs and struck out 56 as opponents are batting just .091 against her in Conference play, as opposed to her .114 overall opponents batting average against her. She had a no-hitter in game one of the SLU series but was pulled with USM ahead 8-0 after three innings. In the second game of the afternoon, Blades worked seven innings, allowed four hits and struck out eight. She came back on Sunday to work eight innings, allowed no runs, three hits and struck out eight. Blades is now just 70 strikeouts away from breaking her own NCAA Division I single-season record for strikeouts (497) and is just 103 K's away from becoming the NCAA Division I Career strikeout leader. Blades currently has 1,538 career strikeouts, while Michelle Granger (California/1989-93) finished her career with 1,640. She is presently the nation's leader in victories (32-5) and sports a nifty ERA of 1.07 in 248.2 innings of work.

Karen Gulini, Outfield, Penn State, Sr., Easton, PA.

Karen Gulini paced Penn State to a 3-3 record last week by hitting a team-best .500 (11-for-22) over six games. The senior also extended her current season-long hitting streak to 14 consecutive games. Produced four multiple-hit performances over the six games, including a three hit performance in the Lions' 1-0 win over Michigan State. She currently leads Penn State and ranks among the Big Ten conference leaders with a .425 batting average. Gulini has stolen a total of 19 bases in 21 attempts and ranks second on the squad with a .463 on-base percentage.

Keri McCallum, Mississippi State

McCallum hit 13-22 (.591) in six games this week. Recorded one home run, two doubles, one triple, four RBI, one hit by pitch and finished 2-3 on stolen base attempts. Recorded 4-4 performance (2B, 3B, three runs, RBI) in opening game of doubleheader sweep of Tennessee. Recorded 3-for-3 performance (double, home run, stolen base, two RBI, two runs scored) in opener of twinbill with kentucky and turned in a 3-4 (one RBI, two runs scored) performance in second game with Wildcats. Currently on eight-game hitting streak - two games shy of her third double-digit hitting streak this season.

Shelly Prochaska, Pitcher, Oregon State, Fr.

Prochaska led OSU to a 5-1 record last week by batting a team-best .474, going 9-for-19 on the week. Of her nine hits, three were doubles and one was a home run for a .789 slugging percentage. She also scored four runs and had four RBI. She hit .600 (6-for-10) with runners on base. In OSU's 4-0 shutout over No. 8 Cal on Sunday, Prochaska was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two doubles. She was also 3-for-4 in OSU's game against No. 9 Stanford on Friday. In that game, the Beavers were down, 2-1, in the seventh inning when Prochaska hit a solo home run to tie things up late in the game before the Cardinal came up with the winning run in the bottom of the inning.

Ashlee Ducote, Third Base, LSU, Sr., Alexandria, LA.

Ducote bit .467 for the weekend against conference opponents #19 South Carolina and Georgia. Had seven hits, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, five RBI, a 1.133 slugging percentage and 10 assists. Went 4-for-4 against USC in game two, hitting a double, triple and two home runs. Drove in five of the Tigers six runs in a 6-0 win over USC. Overall, leads the Tigers with a .455 batting average, with 41 runs, 66 hits, 14 doubles, 4 triples, 8 home runs, and 48 RBI.

Jen Smith, Pitcher/DP, Hofstra, Sr., Gilbertsville, PA

Smith came back this week after missing 12 games with a sprained ankle. She showed no signs of rust, as she picked up a 3-0 record in the circle with a 0.33 earned run average, allowing just one earned run in 21 innings of work. She also struck out 17 and walked four on the week, while allowing only 10 hits. At the plate, she had hits in all six games and finished the week 8-13 (.615) with a homer, six RBI and six walks (for an on-base percetnage of .737). In addition, she threw the first five innings of a combined no-hitter against Iona on Thursday (April 13), while also going 2-2 at the plate with 3 RBI in a 6-0 win. She then threw a one-hitter in her next outing against Drexel on Saturday, April 15, as only an infield single to the leadoff batter of the game prevented Smith from being a part of back to-back no-hitters (she also went 2-2 at the plate again, giving her a combined four hits to her opponents' one in those two games). In her final outing of the week against Drexel on Sunday, she did give up six hits, but allowed no earned runs as Hofstra eked out a 2-1 win.

Lindsey Welch, Outfield, University of Oregon, Sr.

Welch hit .294 in Oregon's six games last week, going 5-for-17 with two home runs, two doubles, and eight RBIs. Her home run Friday against California ended the Ducks five-game Pac-10 losing skid and in a doubleheader against Portland State on Wednesday, she was four-for-six with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs, propelling Oregon to the sweep. In the field she was flawless, including her assist against Stanford on Saturday that nailed a Cardinal runner from third base trying to score on a sacrifice fly, helping the Ducks get out of a bases-loaded no-out jam.

Jennifer Sharron, Pitcher, Notre Dame, Agoura Hills, CA.

Went 3-1 this week, logging a 0.60 earned-run average and allowing just two runs in 23.1 innings, while striking out 34 for a 10.30 strikeout ratio. She carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, before allowing two hits in a win over Butler. She had 10 strikeouts against Butler and combined with her sister Jessica to record her 11th shutout of the year. Sharron helped the Irish defeat DePaul for the first time since 1995, striking out 10 for the second straight game after carrying a no-hitter into the top of the seventh inning. She struck out nine in a complete-game shutout win over Boston College and tallied five strikeouts in 3.1 innings in loss to BC.

Tiffany Clark, Outfield, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., San Barnardino, CA.

Continued torrid stretch that has lifted two-time All-American's average up over 50 points in the last three weeks. She hit three home runs in first three games of week to give her 12 for season, the most she has had in a year. She cranked out two blasts in first game of doubleheader with Nicholls State Tuesday and hit her 13th HR in Game Two of doubleheader Saturday against Northwestern State, a three-run shot that tied the game after NSU grabbed 3-0 lead. Three doubles for the week gave her 61 for career and tied her with Kathy Morton for most in Lady Cajun history. She is also only one hit shy of tying Morton for school lead. She was.5-for-6 in DH sweep over Centenary Sunday with four runs scored. Her slugging percentage of 1.320 lifted season mark to .762. She's now on pace to shatter the school single-season slugging percentage record of .739. Fourteen RBI for the week gives her 62 this season, putting her only six away from single-season school record of 68.

Amanda Scott, Pitcher, Fresno State, Sr., Clovis, CA.

Scott continued her prowess with a 3-0 record for the week, including a 2-0 mark in Western Athletic Conference play in Hawaii last weekend, to improve to 25-3 on the year with 20 shutouts, four saves and 233 strikeouts for a 0.40 ERA in 209.2 innings overall and 4-0 with three shutouts and 32 strikeouts for a 0.00 ERA in 28.0 innings in WAC playÖ Against Pacific, she tossed a four-hitter, walked three and recorded her 10th 10-strikeout performance on the year after fanning 10 Tigers while posting her 19th shutout victory Ö At the plate, she led the ëDogs with a .500 average after going 3-6 with a RBI and three total bases for a .500 slugging percentage Ö In the four-game league series in Honolulu, Scott had two starts and went 2-0 with one shutout, walked one and struck out 11 for a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings. In her second start vs. UH, Scott broke her own single season strikeout record she set a year ago and has a current mark of 233 (old record was 231 in 1999). On pace to shatter that strikeout mark, Scott also extended her unearned run streak to 78.2 innings after the second game while picking up her 20th shutout victory in 25 wins in game one against the Rainbow Wahine. In addition, a Bulldog fielding error in the second inning with two outs in third game (Scott's second start) halted her scoreless innings pitched streak at 43.2, her second longest scoreless streak on the year (season-high is 53.0). At the plate in the four-game series, Scott batted .357 after going 5-14 with four runs, home run, RBI, one walk and eight total bases for a .571 slugging percentage. A six-time WAC Pitcher of the Week selection, Scott has started 27 games, completed 25, and has recorded an astonishing 20 shutout victories in her 25 wins.

Kaila Holtz, Pitcher, Massachusetts, Fr., North Vancouver, BC.

Holtz pitched her first career no-hitter in UMass' 1-0 victory over conference foe Temple on April 16. She struck out five batters while allowing no hits and walking two in seven innings pitched. She fell short of the win on the mound in 5-4 loss to St. Joseph's on April 15, after striking out eight batters, walking two and allowing 11 hits. Holtz improves to 9-6 this season with the win. Posts a 2.11 ERA and leads the team in strikeouts with 91 this season. She has also played well offensively, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with two RBI, one run scored and two walks.

Desiree Duran, Pitcher, University of Hawai'i, Jr., San Bernardino, CA.

Wahine junior Desiree Duran had a fine week in HawaiIs series against No. 5 Fresno State. Despite going, 0-2, Duran pitched complete games in both of her appearances, and did not give up a single earned run against the Bulldogs. In her first appearance of the week, Duran lost a duel with Bulldog ace Amanda Scott, although she did not surrender an earned run. The lone FSU run resulted from an error in second inning. On the game Duran struck out five and walked one. Her second performance saw her go seven innings, allowing just four unearned runs, while giving up eight hits on two strikeouts. Duran leads the Wahine staff in ERA (1.99), shutouts (2) and opponents batting average (.220).

Ginger Jones, First Base, Alabama

Jones hit .500 during the week with two home runs and five RBI. Her slugging percentage was 1.100. She continues to lead the SEC in homeruns (13) and RBI (55), both career highs for her. She was perfect in the field, recording 13 putouts and no errors. She drove in the game tying run in the top of the seventh inning in Game 1 against Florida that sent the game into extra innings.

Michigan freshman Marissa Young, Pitcher/First Base, Michigan, Fr.

Young improved her season pitching record to 13-1 with three wins in her three appearances over the April 11-16 week. Young tossed a career-tying 12 strikeouts in a two-hit 1-0 shutout of Central Michigan (April 12). In three innings of relief work in game two of the Ohio State twinbill (April 14), Young held the Buckeyes to two hits and struck out six to earn the comeback win. At the plate, Young went 1-for-3 with two RBI in that same game. She recorded her second shutout of the week with a five-inning, seven strikeout win in the first game of the Penn State series (April 15). Young helped Michigan from the plate, with four hits and 3 RBI (.222) over the six games.