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TWIFP: Ohio Northern Hits Longball Cycle

Ohio Northern used the long ball effectively in its game with Muskingum, hitting the home run cycle to claim the opening game of the twin bill with the team that was ranked 10th nationally at the time. 

Sophomore Matti McFarlin hit a two-run home run in the first against the No. 10 Muskies. Freshman Cortney Cash followed with a grand slam in the third before junior Lynda Thomas hit a solo shot in the fifth. Freshman Tina Mangola capped the cycle with a three-run blast in the sixth. 

Wildcat Thievery 
It’s not unusual to look at a box score and see that Arizona’s Caitlin Lowe stole two bases in a game. 

Her two steals last week in a 9-1 win over Oregon proved to be significant as she tied Alison McCutcheon’s school record 148 career stolen bases. 

The mark rates 12th in NCAA history and second in Pac-10 annals, and Lowe, who is 41-for-41 so far this season, will look to claim the record out-right this weekend on a road swing to Cal and Stanford. 

The senior currently sits in a tie for third in NCAA history for consecutive stolen bases without being caught. 

Lady Eagles Clipped 
Lock Haven topped the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll each of the first eight weeks of the 2007 season and nine consecutive dating back to the final poll of 2006. 

That impressive run came to an end this week in one of the closest races for the top spot in poll history. Columbus State received five first-place votes to top the poll for the first time in the regular season since 1999. 

Winners of 35 straight games, CSU last week captured the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles. Lock Haven, who received the other three first-place nods, dropped to second after having a 32-game win streak halted. 

Going Deep 
Illinois State recently set the Missouri Valley Conference single season home run record with three long balls in a win over Illinois. 

The Redbirds, ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll, have hit 68 balls out of the park this season. It’s fitting that ISU, who entered the game second nationally with 1.44 homers per game, accomplished the feat against Illinois, who entered the game leading the nation at 1.73 home runs per game. 

Top Not Very Rocky for Lady Vols 
Tennessee has been stellar all season, and as a result of the 50-2 start for the Lady Vols, UT has maintained its place atop the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 for 11 straight weeks. 

The 11-week stint at No. 1 is the second-longest consecutive run in the top position for a team in the poll’s 13-year history. 

The longest tenure by a team is 12 weeks, an accolade shared by Arizona in 1998, UCLA in 1999 and Washington in 2000. 

Tommies Remain On Top 
St. Thomas continued its run atop the NFCA Division III Top 25 last week, extending its win streak to 18 straight games. 

Free Pass 
Massachusetts junior Stacey Cullington has become a feared hitter to opponents this season. 

Having hit three three-run home runs in UMass’ last four Atlantic-10 games, Temple chose to take a different approach to the slugger: intentionally walk her. 

The Owls intentionally walked Cullington in all four of her at-bats during Friday’s opening game of the set. They also issued her a free pass in her opening at-bat Saturday. 

The second at-bat of the series’ second game, Temple pitched to her and Cullington drove a home run out left center. After being intentionally walked again in the fourth, the Owls pitched to her again in the sixth, and she blasted a shot over the fence in right center with what proved to be the winning runs of the game. 

Coker No-No’s 

Ashley Coker hurled a no-hitter for Kansas Wesleyan last week, but little did she know, her sister Katie was busy hurling one at the same time for Sacred Heart High School. 

Too bad Ashley didn’t complete her no-no earlier, as she could have ventured just a few hundred yards to see her sister’s feat. The two sisters hurled the no-hitters playing simultaneous games at Bill Burke Park.