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2000 MIAC Fastpitch Softball Players of the Week
May 10, 2000

Player

Kathryn Miles, Macalester, Sr., Surrey, British Columbia / Lord Tweedsmuir

Miles hit .722 last week as the Scots went 1-5 in MIAC play. Miles went 13-for-18 against Hamline, Bethel and Gustavus, with six runs and three RBI. She had three doubles, two walks and four stolen bases.

Pitcher

Casey Curson, St. Thomas, Jr., Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka

Curson pitched two games and no-hit both Gustavus and Concordia in a pair of 1-0 victories last week. She fanned six and walked none versus third-place finisher Concordia and fanned nine and walked three versus fourth-place Gustavus. Those wins helped the Toms claim the school's first MIAC outright softball championship since 1991 as they finished 21-1.
 
 

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2000 MIAC Fastpitch Softball Players of the Week
May 1, 2000

Player of the week
Sarah Grudnowski, St. Thomas, LF, Junior, Deephaven, Minn./Blake HS

Grudnowski helped the Toms to a 6-0 week as she batted .429 (9-of-21) with six runs scored. She had a triple, a double, an RBI, a walk, was 7-for-7 in stolen bases and made eight putouts with no errors in the field. The Tommies have won 16 games in a row.
 

Pitcher of the week
Hope Grover, Gustavus Adolphus, Junior, Pitcher, LeSueur,
Minn./Minnesota New Country School

Grover compiled a record of 4-0 on the week including a 4-1 win over Concordia, a 2-1 win over St. Catherine's, a 3-1 win over Augsburg and an 8-2 win over Bethel. She struck out 21 batters in 27 innings of work and allowed just three earned runs. Grover limited Concordia to four hits and one earned run in seven innings, St. Catherine's to two hits and one earned run in seven innings, Augsburg to six hits and one earned run in eight innings and Bethel to four hits and no earned runs in five innings. The Gusties are currently 16-13 overall and 11-7 in the MIAC.
 
 

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2000 MIAC Fastpitch Softball Players of the Week
April 25, 2000

Jill Hocking, St. Mary's, Jr./1B/P, Apple Valley, Minn.

Hocking, last week's pitcher of the week, batted .480 in leading the Cardinals to a 7-1 record last week. The junior collected 12 hits in 25 at-bats, while driving in 15 runs. She scored six runs, banged out six doubles and two home runs and boasted a whopping .960 slugging percentage.

Pitcher

Teisha Smith, St. Mary's, Sr./P, Elma, Iowa

Smith tossed a no-hitter in the Cardinals' 7-0 victory over Concordia last Saturday, one of her four wins for the week. Against Concordia, the senior righthander was one batter away (a sixth-inning walk) from her first collegiate perfect game. The no-hitter was the fourth appearance of the week for Smith, who also picked up pitching wins against Bethel (a 10-0, five-inning three-hitter), Carleton (a 9-0, five-inning two-hitter) and Gustavus (a 4-1, seven-inning, seven-hitter). All told, Smith did not allow an earned run in 22 innings, while going a perfect 4-0. She walked just three batters, while striking out 17.

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2000 MIAC Fastpitch Softball Players of the Week
April 17, 2000

Player of the Week
Shannon Moore, St. Thomas (SS, Freshman, Kenilworth, Ill./New Trier HS)

Moore batted .600 and hit safely in all four games last week to help the Tommies  to sweeps over Macalester and Carleton in a 4-0 week. Moore was 6-for-10 with five RBI and four runs scored, including a three-run triple for the game's only runs in a 3-0 win over Carleton. She also had two doubles, was 5-for-5 in stolen bases, added a walk and two sacrifices and had just one error in 14 plays in the  field. UST is 7-1 in the MIAC and 19-8 overall.
 

Pitcher of the Week
Jill Hocking, St. Mary's (JR., P/1B, Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.)

Hocking hit .750 in the Cardinals' four games last week, collecting six hits - including three doubles and a pair of home runs, as Saint Mary's swept conference doubleheaders from St. Olaf and Augsburg to run their record to 7-1 in the MIAC and 18-5 overall. Hocking also scored eight times, drove in five runs and was 2-for-2 in stolen bases. The junior also posted a 0.76 ERA in her two starts on the mound, allowing just seven hits and one earned run in 9.0 innings. She walked two and struck out eight.
 
 

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2000 MIAC Fastpitch Softball Players of the Week
April 10, 2000

Pitcher:
Casey Curson, St. Thomas, Junior RHP, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka

Curson allowed just one run on the mound in 13 innings against No. 2-rated St. Mary's in Wednesday's doubleheader split in Winona (1-0 loss, 1-0 win), then added a 5-1 complete-game victory Saturday vs. Hamline. St. Mary's -- which had won 64 of its previous 66 MIAC games -- scored the game's only run in the first inning of game one as Curson allowed four hits, four walks and struck out five. In game two, Curson threw a one-hit shutout with no walks and six Ks and shutout the Cardinals for the first time in MIAC play since April 1997, covering 52 conference games. Curson lost 2-0 Thursday at UW-Eau Claire (the fourth-place team in the nation in 1999) despite fanning eight and allowing no earned runs, one walk and four hits in six innings.

Player:
Rachael Ekholm, Augsburg, So./Pitcher, Richfield, Minn.

Ekholm led the team in both pitching and hitting as the Auggies jumped out to a 3-1 mark with a doubleheader sweep of Concordia-Moorhead on Tuesday and a split with St. Benedict on Saturday. Ekholm went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored for the doubleheader against the Cobbers, and the second-game pitching victory, striking out seven while walking just one and allowing six hits. At the plate in the doubleheader, Ekholm went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI  and three runs scored; she was 4-for-6 in the doubleheader split against the Blazers, with one RBI on a solo home run. She thus batted .636 (7 of 11) for the week), with three RBI. She also went 2-0 on the mound with a 2.00 ERA during that span, striking out nine while walking three and allowing 10 hits.
 

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