7-25-2017 Minnesota Hires Trachsel

Gophers hire Jamie Trachsel to coach softball, replacing Stanford-bound Jessica Allister

Duluth native and former St. Cloud State standout coached Iowa State to strong season.

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Jamie Trachsel, former Iowa State softball coach, has been hired by the Gophers. (Iowa State University photo)

Trachsel comes to Minnesota from Iowa State, where she led the Cyclones for one season following six as co-head coach at North Dakota State. Jessica Allister, who coached the Gophers to its most successful season in program history this past school year, announced earlier this month she was accepting the Stanford job.

Trachsel’s hiring will be official after a standard university background check is completed, the school announced Monday in its news release.

“Jamie is one of the country’s premier young softball coaches and we’re excited to bring her to Minnesota to lead our program and build on the success we’ve had in recent years,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in the statement. “Jamie’s leadership has consistently produced winning results. That track record, paired with her Midwestern roots and proven ability to develop the skills of her student-athletes throughout their collegiate careers, makes her the perfect fit for the Gophers.”

Trachsel was a multisport athlete at Duluth Central — the U’s release said she earned 17 varsity letters in high school, in four different sports — and played softball at St. Cloud State, earning all-region and all-academic honors.

Trachsel guided the Cyclones to a fifth-place finish in the Big 12 last season, one of their best finishes in years. NDSU had a 221-109 record, won its conference regular-season and tournament championship five times each and advanced to NCAA Regional play five times in the six years Trachsel was co-head coach.

“I could not be more humbled and honored to lead the Gophers softball program, and I want to thank Mark Coyle and search committee for this tremendous opportunity,” Trachsel said. “While the decision to leave Iowa State was challenging, the opportunity that lies ahead at Minnesota to continue building a national powerhouse while returning to my home state is one that I could not pass up. The foundation that is in place is truly remarkable, and I look forward to meeting the team and helping these young women thrive as student-athletes. As a native of this great state, I have always admired how the University of Minnesota offers an athletic and academic experience that is second-to-none in the nation, and I am eager to work with our team and the University community to begin the next chapter of Gopher softball.”


7-23-2017 Chargers Defeat Beijing on Saturday

SAN MARCOS, TX (July 22, 2017) — After two tough losses, the Texas Charge got back into the win column with a 6-0 victory over Beijing Saturday night at Bobcat Softball Field.

The Charge got the clutch hits to build an early lead and rode two-hit pitching of Dallas Escobedo. The Charge starter, who carried a no-hitter through six innings in last Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Akron, was even stronger, striking out 13 and allowing three baserunners.

The Charge gave her a cushion, building an early 3-0 lead and adding insurance in the sixth.

Bailey Landry started the scoring with a one-out single in the second. She stole second and raced home when Kristyn Sandberg laced a single to left.

Nadia Taylor zapped a solo home run in the third. In the fourth, Sandberg singled. Haley Outon took over the base-running chores and moved to third on Renada Davis’ double before crossing the plate on a wild pitch.

Sandberg played a part in the Charge’s run in the sixth when she walked and scored on Mysha Sataraka’s double. New Braunfels’ products Brittany Gomez and Mandy Ogle followed with singled that led to runs.

During Escobedo’s last outing, the Charge collapsed in the seventh as Akron tied the score with a three-run home before scoring the winning runs in the eighth.

The Charge had a little tension again as a single and error enabled Beijing to stage a potential rally. Escobedo got through the ordeal, wrapping up the game with a strikeout.
Quick Facts

Attendance: 134

Game Time: 7:05 PM CT

Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Dallas Escobedo (Texas Charge)

 

7-23-2017 Dawgs, Abbott Defeat Racers on Saturday

Vonk, Cervantes Pace Dawgs in Win against Racers

 

Conroe, TX (July 22, 2017) – Britt Vonk kept her hot streak alive at the plate for the Scrap Yard Dawgs on Saturday, driving in a pair of runs to help the Dawgs grab the 3-1 victory against the Akron Racers. The Dawgs have won nine of their last ten games.

 

The former Cal-Berkeley standout has been on a tear offensively of late for the Dawgs, going 4-for-7 yesterday in Sugarland against the Beijing-Shougang Eagles – and in the last three games has four RBIs.

 

Monica Abbott was stellar in the circle once again for the Dawgs, striking out 12 in getting win number 12 on the year. The lefty hurler allowed one run on four hits while walking three in the complete-game victory.

 

For the Racers, AJ Andrews started the game with a leadoff bunt single, but her attempt to steal second was thwarted by Dawgs catcher Taylor Edwards, whose perfect throw got Andrews out at second.

 

The Dawgs jumped on top right away in the bottom of the first inning after Nerissa Myers was hit by a Jailyn Ford offering to get on board. Brittany Cervantes then ripped a ball into the gap in left center just beyond a diving Andrews for the double. Myers was able to score all the way from first base for the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead. The Cervantes RBI is her tenth as a Dawg. Myers continues to find a way to get on base – the Petal Miss. native has reached base in 11 straight games.

 

Dawgs coach Joe Guthrie said the Dawgs’ approach at the plate has been a huge factor in its winning ways of late.

 

“I think offensively, we are doing a better job of putting the ball in play and our strikeout numbers have been lower than they were, say, at the beginning of the year. Usually a team that wins the strikeout battle is the team who is in a good spot to win the game,” Guthrie said. “We still have some spots to improve overall, but that has been something that has been better.”

 

In the top of the fourth, it was Andrews again who tried to provide the spark offensively for the Racers. The former LSU standout drew a leadoff walk and moved over to second base on the sacrifice by Ashley Thomas. Andrews advanced to third base on a wild pitch. After Shellie Robinson reached first on the free pass, the Racers had runners on the corners for Nicole Schroeder. Abbott was able to get Schroeder out swinging to get out of the inning unscathed.

 

Vonk, who played hero in last night’s game against the Beijing Eagles, came through in a big way again for the Dawgs in the bottom of the fourth. Cervantes got things going with a single to left center. The University of Kentucky product went 2-for-2 on the day for the Dawgs. After a deep fly ball by Katiyana Mauga let pinch runner Olivia Watkins reach second base, Kayla Winkfield drew a walk to put two runners aboard. A double steal moved Watkins and Winkfield over 60 feet to set the table for Vonk, who ripped a ball up the gut for the two-RBI single and a 3-0 Dawg lead. The Enschede, Holland native went 2-for-3 on the night and has racked up 14 RBIs on the year for the Dawgs.

 

For the Racers, Ford took the loss in the circle, allowing two runs on three hits, walking one in 3.1 innings of work. Emily Weiman tossed 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one run on two hits. Weiman struck out four.

 

Andrews helped the Racers get on the board in the top of the sixth inning. She took the first pitch from Abbott over the right field wall for a home run to cut the lead to 3-1. It was the Oldsmar, Fla. native’s second homer of the year.

 

The win puts the Dawgs at 19-11 on the year and gives them a bit more breathing room in the standings from the Racers, who drop to 19-17.

 

The Dawgs and Racers square off once against tomorrow at the Dawg Pound in Conroe with the first pitch slated for 1:05 pm CT.

 

Quick Facts

Attendance: 183

Duration: 1:55

Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Brittany Cervantes (Scrap Yard Dawgs)

7-19-2017 Akron 5, Charge 3

SAN MARCOS, TX (July 19, 2017) — For six innings, it appeared the Texas Charge was on the verge of doing something special Wednesday night.

Not only did the Charge have a three-run lead, pitcher Dallas Escobedo carried a no-hitter against Akron into the final inning. Then it all came crashing down.

Sam Fischer delivered a game-tying three-run home run in the seventh and followed with a two-run single in the eighth to rally Akron to a 5-3 win at Bobcat Softball Stadium.

The Charge (16-17), coming off a 4-1 win over Akron Tuesday, had everything under control so it seemed. Escobedo allowed one baserunner through six innings and struck out 11.

In addition, Nadia Taylor ripped a three-run home run in the sixth to put the Charge in front.

Akron (18-16) delivered the spoiler.

A.J. Andrews broke up the no-hitter with a lead-off single. After a walk to Jennifer Gilbert, Fischer tied things up with her bases-clearing blast.

In the eighth, Kristen Wyckoff struck out, but reached first on a passed ball. A bunt moved her to second and Andrews drew a walk.

Fischer followed through with her two-run single.

The Charge attempted a rally in the bottom of the inning when Bailey Landry singled and Alisa Goler was safe on an error.

However, Akron pitcher Rachel Fico came in relief to end the game with a strikeout.

The Charge and Racers play Friday in Sugar Land.

Quick Facts

Attendance: 113

Game Time: 7:05 PM CT

Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Sam Fischer (Akron Racers)

 

7-21-2017 Team USA Wins Two in Tuscaloosa

USA Softball Women’s National Team earns 9-1, 7-0 run-rule victories at Tuscaloosa doubleheader

July 20, 2017, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In front of approximately 2,000 fans at Rhoads Stadium sporting their Red, White and Blue, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed back-to-back victories over the Alabama All-Stars in their doubleheader Thursday, USA Softball announced.

“Tonight was a real good indication of how good our pitching staff can be,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “They’re very efficient, effective and economical, and our catchers did a great job with controlling that tempo and giving our team a chance to score first by keeping the Alabama All-Stars at zero. We also had some timely hitting and everybody looked comfortable at the plate.”

Game One: USA 9, Alabama All-Stars 1 (six innings)

Box Score

It didn’t take long for the Red, White and Blue to get on the board Thursday evening after jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning. Leading off the bottom of the first frame with a single was Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) who stole second and quickly advanced to third on a single by Michelle Moutlrie (Jacksonville, Fla.). An RBI single by Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) brought McCleney home to score Team USA’s first run of the night.  Following a few errors by the Alabama All-Star defense and a fly out to center field, Moultrie and Chidester extended the lead, 3-0. Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) capped off the inning and added to the lead with a solo shot sent over the left field fence.

A home run by Moultrie in the bottom of the second stretched the lead to 5-0 before the Alabama All-Stars answered back with a run of their own in the top half of the third inning. Back-to-back singles by Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) and Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) led off the bottom of the third before McCleney grounded into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners for Team USA. Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) entered as a pinch runner for Cooper and was then brought home on a groundout by Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.).

Ahead 6-1, the U.S. wrapped up their run-rule victory in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run blast from Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), handing the USA Softball WNT a 9-1 win over the Alabama All-Stars.

Moultrie went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Arioto recorded four RBI. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) got the win in the circle for Team USA, pitching three and two-third innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) pitched the fourth inning, striking out one with no hits while Barnhill picked up three strikeouts in her one and one-third innings pitched.

Game Two: USA 7, Alabama All-Stars 0 (five innings)

Box Score

The U.S. continued their momentum into Game Two of the doubleheader exhibition series, capitalizing on a five-run second inning to take a sizeable lead early on and earn the 7-0 shutout win over the Alabama All-Stars.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the second when the U.S. once again found their rhythm. A pair of walks issued to Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) and Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) and a single by Jenna Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) loaded the bases for the Red, White and Blue. Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W. Va.) then drew a walk to plate Flippen before a grand slam by Aguilar stretched the score to a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The score remained 5-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Paige Halstead (Alta Loma, Calif.) hit a two-out single before coming around to score off a double by Cooper. With the 6-0 advantage, Lilley sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth frame with a solo shot to right field to finish the 7-0 (five innings) shutout.

Both Cooper and Lilley went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Aguilar posted four RBI. Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) got the win in the circle for Team USA, pitching four scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one hit allowed, while Danielle O’Toole (Upland, Calif.) induced three groundouts in her one inning pitched.

The USA Softball WNT is back in action Saturday, July 22 to play an exhibition doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field against a team comprised of additional Alabama All-Stars. The Red, White and Blue continue their preparation for the Pan American Championship, which will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 4-13, where the top five finishing countries will qualify for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship and the 2019 Pan American Games.

Fans can follow along with the National Team program by visiting USASoftball.com.