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2007 ACCAC SOFTBALL NEWS

Former PC Star Hits Three-Run Homer to Help Arizona to Eighth National Championship — Former Phoenix College softball All-American Chelsie Mesa belted a three-run homer to help Arizona defeat Tennessee 5-0 to capture the 2007 NCAA Division I Softball National Champoionship.

Phoenix Captures Fourth Straight NJCAA Division II National Championship — The Phoenix College softball squad won the program's fourth straight NJCAA Division II National Championship with a 5-0 victory in the deciding game over Johnson County (KS). The Bears opened the tourney with an 11-1 victory over Mercer County (NJ), defeated Johnson County 7-5, and then Mississippi JC 5-1 to advance to the Championship round with no losses in the double elimination event. Johnson County scored a 3-0 win over Phoenix to force the deciding game that the Bears won in the shutout. PC Head Coach Heinz Mueller was selected the National Coach of the Year while the Bears' Patricia Moteno was named the Most Valuable Player. | NJCAA Division II National Championship Site |

Eastern Arizona Places Fourth at NJCAA Division I National Championships — Eastern fell 5-4 to North Idaho in the semifinal round for a fourth place finish in the NJCAA Division I National Championships.EAC's Melissa Baker was selected to the All-Tournament Team. | NJCAA Division I National Championship Site |

Eastern Arizona Sweeps for NJCAA Region 1 Division II Title — Eastern Arizona, the top-seed, edefeated Central Arizona 11-10 in the Championship game of the 2007 NJCAA Region 1 Division I Tournament. Eastern, ranked third in the nation, now advances to the Division I National Championships in Plant City, Florida, from May 17-19. | NJCAA Region I Division II Tournament | NJCAA Division I National Championship Site |

Top-Ranked Phoenix Wins Region, Looking for 4-Peat — The Phoenix College Bears' softball program won yet another NJCAA Region I Division II Championship and advances to the NJCAA National Tournament where the Bears will be looking for their fourth consecutive National Championship. The Bears, ranked #1 in the NJCAA Division II poll, defeated #2 seed Mesa 3-1 in the Region I finale. | NJCAA Region I Division II Tournament |

Region I Tournaments Set for First Pitch — Top seeds Eastern Arizona and Phoenix College will host the NJCAA Region I Division I and Division II Tournaments, respectively. Both tournaments begin on Friday, May 4th, and conclude with the title games on Saturday. | Division I Tournament | Division II Tournament |

Eastern's Brown, McCluskey Earn Top NJCAA Region I Honors — Eastern Arizona was rewarded with a great regular season as Marina Gusman Brown was named the NJCAA Region I Player of the Year and Head Coach Kate McCluskey was tabbed the NJCAA Region I Coach of the Year. The Gila Monsters, who completed the regular season ranked #5 in the nation with a 43-10-3 record, placed two players on the NJCAA's All-Region I Division I Team while four players earned All-ACCAC honors. Phoenix College (50-13-0) had six players selected to the NJCAA All-Region I Division II Team and five players to earn All-ACCAC honors. | All-Region Teams | All-ACCAC Honors |

Trio of Pitchers, Pima's Ralston Earn ACCAC Honors — While Pima's Amanda Duran seperated herself from the pack to earn ACCAC Batter of the Week honors, a trio of pitchers were selected ACCAC Co-Pitchers of the Week. Pima's Ashley Ralston, Phoenix College's Patricia Moreno, and Eastern Arizona's Tiffany Garofano each recorded a pair of wins to earn the weekly award. | More |

Wheeler, Nieman Lead Teams & ACCAC — The ACCAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 15th is Glendale's Stephanie Wheeler, who was 3-0 for the Gauchos on the week. Phoenix College's Emily Nieman led the Bears to a 3-1 record on the week by batting .600 to take the ACCAC Batter of the Week honor. | More |

ACCAC Honors Ralston & Bisgard — Pima's Ashley Ralston was a National Champion killer this past week with victories over the defending NJCAA Division I Champion Central Arizona and the NJCAA Division II Champion Phoenix. The victories led the ACCAC to honor Ralston as its Pitcher of the Week. Mesa's Stephanie Bisgard was perfect from the plate in eight at-bats this past week, belting two homers and driving in 10 runs, to earn the ACCAC Batter of the Week award.. | More |

EAC's Garofano, PC's Yarmer Garner ACCAC Awards — Tiffany Garofano went 4-0 this past week for Eastern Arizona to earn the ACCAC's Pitcher of the Week award. Phoenix College's Kailey Yarmer belted six homeruns on the week and drove in 14 runs to take the ACCAC Batter of the Week honor. | More

Hiley & Wilson Split Batting Honors, Crawford Tops ACCAC Pitchers — Phoenix' Tina Hiley and Chandler-Gilbert's Abby Wilson shared the ACCAC's Batter of the Week honor, while Courtney Crawford posted a 3-0 record for the Phoenix Bears to earn the Pitcher of the Week award. | More |

Welty, Young Earn First ACCAC Honors of 2007 Season — Renee Welty of Chandler-Gilbert is the ACCAC Batter of the Week after going 8-for-10 in two games. Arizona Western's Megan Young earned a pair of wins on the week to take the ACCAC's Pitcher of the Week award. | More |

ACCAC Again Sports Two Softball National Champions — If there was any question remaining, which there should not have been, the top softball programs in the NJCAA reside in Arizona. For the third year in a row, the NJCAA Division I and Division II Ntional Champions are programs in the ACCAC. Pima captured its second Division I crown in three years while Phoenix College won its third straight Division II Championship and fifth in the last seven years. | More on Division I | More on Division II |

 



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