March 25, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Barry University has dominated its competition over the last week, posting six straight shutouts for a streak of 45.2 scoreless inning pitched, sparked by Amber Jack’s outstanding play.

Jack threw a pair of complete-game shutouts and notched a save over the weekend in a Sunshine State Conference sweep over Eckerd.  She opened the series with a perfect game and 11 strikeouts, and capped off the series with a no-hitter and nine strikeouts.

The reigning SSC Pitcher of the Week followed it up with a 1-0 win over Southern New Hampshire to help the Buccaneers to a sweep of the Penmen on March 23.  

SMASHING RECORDS: Top-ranked Angelo State set or tied eight school records, four Lone Star Conference marks and a NCAA Division II record as the Rambelles defeated then-No. 23 West Texas A&M, 19-9, March 22.

The Rambelles belted a Division II record nine home runs in the victory, led by senior catcher Laura Lopez, who ripped a school and league-record three round-trippers in the game. 

Lopez went 5-for-5 and also tied the ASU and LSC records for hits and runs (5) in a game and set the school mark for total bases in a contest with 14, adding a pair of singles. Junior Megan Pumphrey was 4-for-5 from the plate and set a new ASU record for runs batted in with seven, while ASU's 24 hits and 56 total bases also eclipsed school marks.

CRUISING ALONG: Missouri Western stretched its winning streak to 20 games with a perfect 8-0 record last week as the Griffons cruised through the MWSU Ramada Inn Classic.

Sophomore rightfielder Brittany Douglas batted .500 with six runs scored, and posted an on-base percentage of .583 for the week.  Douglas hit safely in the first six games of the week, extending her hitting streak to nine before a hitless outing against Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) on March 22.  The native of St. Louis, Mo., was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hitter of the Week for her contributions. 

The Griffons returned to action with a doubleheader sweep of Missouri S&T March 24, improving their winning streak to 22 games with a 25-4 overall record.

THE LONG BALL: Kutztown’s Steph Denlinger picked up her second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week award after a stellar week at the plate to lead the Golden Bears to an 8-1 record last week.

The senior first baseman batted .448 with four home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored, and registered five multi-RBI games and four multi-hit games on the week.  Denlinger became the all-time Division II leader in home runs earlier this season, and now has 67 for her career and 11 on the season.

The Golden Bears have won 21 of their last 23 games and open PSAC East play with a doubleheader at against Millersville on March 25.

RED HOT:  North Georgia has won 21 of its last 22 games as the third-ranked Saints remain on top of the Peach Belt Conference standings.

Leslee Smith has been a crucial part of the Saints’ offensive as she leads the PBC with a .429 batting average – the only player in the league hitting over .400.  She also paces the conference with 36 RBI. 

Smith, who was named PBC Player of the Week on March 23, followed it up with a home run and two runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Columbus State on Monday.