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GAYLE BLEVINS DAY: Sunday's Big 10 game between Iowa and Ohio State in Iowa City is not only "Senior Day" for the Hawkeyes, it's "Gayle Blevins Day." in honor of the Iowa head coach. Pre-game festivities, which include pony rides, face painting, clowns and interactive games for kids, start at 11:30 a.m. Fans attending will have the chance to win prizes and there will also be a post-game autograph session with Blevins and the Hawkeye players. Blevins was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame last December.
WPSL ANNOUNCES SIGNINGS: The Women's Pro Softball League has announced that the following players have signed to play in the league for the 2000 season: Jamie Foutch, first base, Oklahoma State (Ohio Pride); Stephanie Little, catcher, Cal State Fullerton (Ohio Pride); Priscilla Welch, outfield, Illinois State (Ohio Pride); Liza Brown, outfield/pitcher, DePaul (Akron Racers), Danielle Cox, outfield, Florida State (Akron Racers), Andrea D'Innocenzo, outfield, Connecticut (Akron Racers). The WPSL will begin its fourth season on June 1 with a game between Akron and the Tampa Bay FireStix in Akron, Ohio.
RAJUN HOMERS:The University of Louisiana-Lafayette pounded out five home runs in an 11-7, nine-inning win over McNeese State on April 26. Megan Fields hit two homers, while Jana Mower, Michell Hummel and Summar Lapeyrouse each hit one.
GAME-WINNING RECORD: Kerry Purvis of Colgate did more than win the game with an eighth-inning single that drove in the winning run against Marist on April 25. The hit was the 160th of her Colgate career, making her the schoolÃŒs all-time hit leader.
A LONG TIME COMING: When Fordham swept its doubleheader against Rhode Island 6-4 and 5-0 on April 24, it was the Rams' first sweep of an Atlantic 10 opponent since joining the conference in 1996. Junior pitcher Renee Little, a trasnfer from Phoenix College, tossed her first Fordham shutout in the opener.
YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN THEM: Notre Dame's 10-0 win over Big East rival Pittsburgh on April 22 extended the Irish consecutive game scoring streak to 49 games this year and 51 overall. Notre Dame, ranked first in the Northeast Region and No. 19 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25, has held its opponents scoreless 19 times this season.
IT'S OVER: Loyola Marymount's 1-0 win over Fresno State on April 22 halted the Bulldogs' 35-game Western Athletic Conference winning streak. FSU had not lost a conference game since the 1998 season.
THE BIG FIVE-OH: Alabama's 5-2 win in the first game of their Southeastern Conference twin bill on April 21 was its 50th of the season, a new school single-season record. The previous record, 49, was set two years ago by 'Bama's SEC championship team.
DOUBLE THE FUN: Bradley's Kim Suffield broke the school career doubles record with her 44th two-bagger in a 10-0 win over Drake on April 23 in the second game of a doubleheader. Suffield tied the record with her 43rd double in the first game.
BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS: April 22 was a record-setting day for Colgate, despite an 8-3 loss to Lafayette. Colgate's Laura Chaussee broke the Patriot League record for sacrifice bunts in a season with 21, while her teammate, Stephanie Scott, broke the school career mark for runs scored with 83.
ITÃŒS A HIT: With a bunt single in the seventh inning against North Dakota on April 22, Nikki-Flynn Gregg of North Dakota State became the all time hits leader at any Division (I, II or III) level. Flynn-Gregg has 406 career hits, breaking the previous record of 405 set by Arizona's Alison McCutcheon (1995-98).
FIRST TIME EVER: When Armstrong Atlantic State junior pitcher Maria Lopez defeated Augusta State, 3-1, in the second game of a doubleheader on April 26, the Pirates became the first NCAA Division II team in history to have three pitchers with at least 10 wins and 100 strikeouts in a season. Lopez is 13-1 with 106 whiffs, while sophomore Annie Sells is 20-2 with 238 strikeouts and junior Julie King is 15-1 with 112 K's.
STRIKE THREE 500 TIMES: Humboldt State junior pitcher Jessame Kendall notched her 500th career strikeout in a 1-0 win over Simon Fraser University. Humboldt was ranked No. 2 in the most recent NFCA Division II poll, while SFU held the No. 1 ranking in the last NAIA poll.
STILL UNBEATEN: Muskingum pitcher Jen Segner ran her record to 29-0, combining with reliever Dani Keiffer for an 8-0, six-inning win over Marietta on April 25. Segner pitched the first four innings, Kieffer the final two.
BIG DAY FOR THE ROOKIE: SUNY-Geneseo freshman pitcher Sarah Taub posted a pair of complete-game wins over SUNY-Brockport on April 26. She struck out nine in a 1-0 first-game triumph and fanned eight more while winning the nightcap, 6-2. Brockport entered the doubleheader as the first place team in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC).
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