Blinn 14th In Softball Poll

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COLORADO SPRINGS (April 9, 2008) - After taking over the number one ranking last week Santa Fe Community College remains in the top spot of the in the RINGOR™ NJCAA Division I Softball Poll, Blinn College is 14th.

Eastern Arizona, Chattanooga State Community & Tech College and Indian River Community College (Fla.) hold steady at second, third and fourth, respectively; and Salt Lake Community College (Utah) moves up one into fifth place this week.held

Santa Fe improves to 44-2 with a sweeps of St. John's River and Central Florida. In the first game of the St. John's River sweep Katelyn Murphee (22-1) threw her 11th shutout of the season, allowing four hits, no walks and registering three strikeouts. Hayley O'Mara was 3-for-3 in the game while Kristina Cruz was 2-for-2, Mallory Borden 2-for-3 and Jessica Bohn 2-for-4. In the nightcap freshman Montanna McKibbin (12-0) tossed her third shutout of the season, limiting St. John's River to four hits and a walk while striking out three.

Against Central Florida Murphree added a 12th shutout of the year in the opener and worked 3 2/3 innings in the nightcap to earn the win in both games. Cannon was 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored while O,Mara was 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Saints offensive attack in the 5-0 game one win. McKibbin started and pitched 3 1/3 strong innings in the second game before giving way to Murphree. McKibbin gave up one run on one hit, two walks with four strikeouts. O'Mara was 2-for-3 in the nightcap with two runs scored and an RBI while Brittany Holick was 1-for-2 with a runs scored and Cannon 1-for-3 with a double. Information obtained from Santa Fe Community College website. SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STATISTICS

Eastern Arizona improves to 44-8 with a split with 10th-ranked Yavapai and a sweep of 15th-ranked Central Arizona. Noe Esperas continues to dominate from the mound with a 0.92 ERA and 232 strikeouts in 168 innings. She ranks 17th nationally in ERA and leads the nation in total strikeouts. Sara Hopwood has also been a key contributor on the mound for the Gila Monsters. Hopwood has thrown 107 innings and posted a 1.70 ERA with a 17-2 record. She is also batting .516 and has driven in 41 runs.

Offensively, EAC is led by Marina Busman-Brown, with a .516 batting average, 13 doubles, 16 triples, 16 home runs and 67 runs scored; Jackie Tema with a .500 average and 59 RBI and Joyce Delp with a .512 average. EASTERN ARIZONA COLLEGE STATISTICS

Chattanooga State improves to 39-7 with a sweep of Volunteer State. In Game 1, Brittany Fox won her 19th game of the season giving up five hits and striking out five while allowing two earned runs. Among the nine Tiger hits, Casey Saunders and Kaiti Kelley combined for a total of six hits with Meagan Masingale chipping in with two. In the second game of the day Courtney Alvarez limited the Volunteer State to one hit in her 16th win of the season while being supported by 13 Chattanooga State hits. Masingale, Britni Pearce, Saunders and Kim Patterson each had two hits in the Tigers’ 13 hit attack. Information obtained from Chattanooga State website. CHATTANOOGA STATE STATISTICS

DIVISION I SOFTBALL NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS

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Place College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
1 Santa Fe Community College Gainesville, FL 44-2-1 80 4 1
2 Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ 44-8 76 0 2
3 Chattanooga State Technical Community College Chattanooga, TN 39-7 72 0 3
4 Indian River Community College Ft. Pierce, FL 37-9 68 0 4
5 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 30-6 64 0 6
6 Galveston College Galveston, TX 38-4 60 0 8
7 Manatee Community College Bradenton, FL 33-6 56 0 9
8 Crowder College Neosho, MO 32-4 52 0 7
9 Butler Community College - Kansas El Dorado, KS 31-4 48 0 11
10 Yavapai College Prescott, AZ 39-12 44 0 10
11 Chipola College Marianna, FL 32-8 40 0 14
12 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA 27-6 36 0 16
13 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID 35-14 32 0 13
14 Blinn College Brenham, TX 30-11 28 0 12
15 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ 46-9 24 0 15
16 Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville, AL 39-8 20 0 NR
17 Gulf Coast Community College Panama City, FL 30-9 16 0 5
18 McLennan Community College Waco, TX 27-12 12 0 17
19 Midland College Midland, TX 28-13 8 0 18
20 Central Alabama Community College Alexander City, AL 29-6 4 0 NR

Other schools receiving votes
College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
Columbia State Community College Columbia, TN 22-10 0 0 NR
Florida Community College Jacksonville, FL 37-14 0 0 NR
Georgia Perimeter College Decatur, GA 17-14 0 0 NR
Lake Land College (Illinois) Mattoon, IL 23-3 0 0 NR
Miami-Dade College Miami, FL 29-13 0 0 19
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Miami, OK 16-7 0 0 NR
Otero Junior College La Junta, CO 34-7 0 0 20
Otero Junior College La Junta, CO 35-9 0 0 NR
Seward County Community College Liberal, KS 27-14 0 0 NR
Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL 27-6 0 0 NR
Spartanburg Methodist College Spartanburg, SC 21-10 0 0 NR
Texarkana College Texarkana, TX 24-15 0 0 NR
Wabash Valley College Mt. Carmel, IL 19-1 0 0 NR



 
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