April 15, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

The University of Missouri-St. Louis currently sits on top of the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings thanks to the stellar pitching of senior Allyson DeFosset, who did not allow a run in five appearances for the Tritons last week.

The native of O’Fallon, Ill., posted a 4-0 record and one save, striking out 41 batters and allowing only five hits in 24.2 innings pitched last week.  DeFosset’s week was highlighted by her first career no-hitter in a 6-0 victory against Missouri S&T as she fanned 14 batters. 

During the week, DeFosset became the school’s all-time strikeout leader with 433 with just in two seasons with the Tritons, and also eclipsed her own single-season strikeout mark with 217 on the year.

DeFossett garnered GLVC Pitcher of the Week for her accomplishments as she improved to 17-3 with a 0.47 ERA.  She has allowed just 10 earned runs in 148.2 innings pitched this season.

UMSL’s 12-game winning streak propelled the Tritons into the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 in the No. 15 spot – the highest ranking ever for the program.  It is only the second time in school history UMSL has been nationally ranked, and the first time since 1989 – the year the Tritons made their only NCAA Regional appearance.

TARRED AND FEATHERED:  Rollins College senior pitcher Nicole Anderson sparked the Tars to a series win over then-No. 23 Tampa, earning Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week for her outstanding efforts in the circle last week.

The native of Lithia, Fla., opened the series against Tampa with a 12-strikeout no-hitter in a 3-0 win, and then capped off the weekend with a 2-1 extra-inning victory as the Tars won their fifth SSC contest in the last seven games.  She notched 11 strikeouts while holding UT to one run on five hits.  For the week, the reigning SSC Pitcher of the Week compiled a 0.47 ERA and .104 opponent batting average.

CHARGING ON:  Alabama-Huntsville remained on top of the NFCA Division II Top 25 despite a pair of losses against Gulf South Conference opponents as first baseman Caitlin Lee picked up her second GSC East Division Player of the Week award.

Lee, native of Birmingham, Ala., drove in nine runs on five hits on the week, including a six-RBI, two-homer performance in a 9-4 victory over seventh-ranked Valdosta State.  The win kept the Chargers one game behind the first-place Blazers in the GSC East standings.

SHE’S A PEACH:  North Georgia moved to No. 2 in the national rankings after stretching its winning streak to 14 games as sophomore pitcher Sarah Phillips continued to rack up the victories last week.

Phillips posted a 4-0 record and 0.58 ERA last week, fanning 29 batters in 24.0 innings pitched against Lander and Georgia Southwestern.  She was named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week after claiming victory in 24 straight starts.  Phillips paces the PBC with a .169 opponent batting average.

North Georgia has won 29 of its last 30 games, and will be the top seed in the league tournament beginning April 17 after claiming its first PBC regular season title with a 15-1 mark.