April 28, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

UCLA junior Megan Langenfeld got it done at the plate and in the circle as she propelled the Bruins to a 3-0 record against No. 7 Arizona and No. 5 Arizona State in Pac-10 action last week.

Langenfeld batted .600 with two home runs and three RBI, while posting a 3-0 mark and 1.65 ERA for the week to garner Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week honors.  She began the week with eight strikeouts in a complete-game four-hitter against the Wildcats.  The next day, Langenfeld sparked the offense with a two-run homer before completing the five-inning 9-1 victory in the circle against the Sun Devils.

The native of Bakersfield, Calif., capped off the weekend with a win in relief against ASU, while reaching base in all five appearances at the plate.  Langenfeld once again got the offense rolling with a home run in the first inning, and added two more hits in the victory.

The Bruins retained their No. 2 spot in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25, and moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-10 standings with the weekend sweep.

POWER AID: Florida State pulled within one game of first-place Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings after notching a three-game sweep of Virginia last weekend.

Senior catcher Kaleigh Rafter played a key role in the No. 17 Seminoles’ success, highlighted by a grand slam in a 12-4 victory against the Cavaliers April 25.  She knocked in seven runs and collected three hits, including a home run and a double, in the series to earn ACC Player of the Week honors.

Rafter ranks fifth in the league with 10 home runs, and sixth in the ACC with 40 RBI.  She moved up to fourth on the school’s all-time home run list over the weekend.

DUNNE IT AGAIN:  Alabama sophomore Kelsi Dunne picked up her second Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week award after a stellar week in the circle as the Crimson Tide turned in a perfect 5-0 record.

The native of Port Orange, Fla., was credited with four of the Tide’s five victories, which included a no-hitter against Auburn in the series finale.  Dunne notched a season-high 14 strikeouts in her fourth career no-hitter.

For the week, Dunne fanned 32 batters in 19 scoreless innings, while posting a .109 opponent batting average. She began the week with seven strikeouts in an 8-0 victory over nationally-ranked Georgia Tech, and came back in the Auburn series opener with 11 strikeouts.
BACK ON TOP: DePaul’s Becca Heteniak tossed a trio of complete-game victories as she helped the Blue Demons regain sole possession of first place in the Big East standings last week.

The junior from Simi Valley, Calif., compiled a 1.11 ERA and a .164 opponent batting average, allowing just three runs and striking out 18 batters in 19 innings pitched.  Heteniak hurled a one-hit shutout for a 4-0 victory against Syracuse April 25 as she improved to 12-2 against league opponents this season. Heteniak was tabbed Big East Pitcher of the Week for her efforts.

The Blue Demons moved up one spot to No. 19 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 after taking three of four games from conference foes last week.