April 14, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

UCLA junior pitcher Megan Langenfeld was practically flawless in a two-game series versus then-No. 3 Washington as she held the Huskies to just one hit in 16 innings pitched on the weekend.

The native of Bakersfield, Cailf., opened the series with an 11-inning one-hitter as the Bruins downed Washington, 2-0, April 10.  She struck out eight batters in the contest, and tossed eight hitless innings before Washington’s Alicia Blake singled in the ninth.  Langenfeld did not allow a runner to get past first base for the entire game.

Lagenfeld followed up Friday’s spectacular performance with a no-hitter and 10 strikeouts in five innings of a mercy-rule 10-0 victory.  It was her first career no-hitter, and 100th in UCLA program history.  She was selected Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for her outstanding play in the circle.

The Bruins climbed six spots to No. 3 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll after their successful weekend.

BLUE STREAK: Michigan stretched its winning streak nine games behind the hot hitting of junior right fielder Angela Findlay as the Wolverines picked up another three victories last week.

The native of Lockport, Ill., batted .667 for the week against Central Michigan and Minnesota to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors.  Findlay knocked in five runs, while slugging 1.111 with a home run as she raised her league-leading batting average to .560 against league foes.

PIRATE’S BOUNTY: East Carolina remained on top of the Conference USA standings – four games above second-place Tulsa in the wins column – as the Pirates swept UTEP in a three-game-series last weekend.

Sophomore Toni Paisley notched a pair of shutout victories, giving up only eight hits and two walks in the two appearances.  The native of Lakewood, Calif., combined for 23 strikeouts in the two outings, following a six-strikeout performance in a 2-1 loss to No. 14 North Carolina on April 8.

Paisley was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the third time in four weeks, and for the seventh time of her career.

GREEN MACHINE:  North Texas junior pitcher Ashley Lail had a stellar week in the circle against Troy – the first-place team in the Sun Belt Conference – as she picked up two wins in 14 scoreless innings pitched last weekend.

Lail began the series with a two-hit shutout, and followed it up with her second no-hitter of the season as the Mean Green moved up to third place in the SBC standings.  She combined for 11 strikeouts in the series, and lowered her season ERA to 1.22.  Lail was tabbed SBC Pitcher of the Week for her performance.

With the 10 conference wins, North Texas has tied the school record for most Sun Belt wins in a single season, while the Mean Green’s 24 victories are the second-most wins in school history and three shy of tying the school record.

STRIKEOUT QUEEN:  Indiana State’s Darcy Wood became the Missouri Valley Conference all-time leader in strikeouts after fanning 27 batters in two complete games against league-leading Creighton last weekend.

The senior from Greenwood, Ind., has struck out 933 batters in her career.  Wood’s 145 strikeouts this season rank second in the MVC this year, while she leads the league with 9.12 per seven innings.