4-17-2015 Weekly Conference Honors


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AMERICA EAST Player of the Week Bria Green, Stony Brook – Sr., OF, Wheatley Heights, N.Y.

Pitcher of the Week Alexis Bogdanovich, Maine – Sr., P, South Portland, Maine

Rookie of the Week Eryyn Sobieski, Albany – Fr., P, Logan Township, N.J.




ATLANTIC 10 La Salle sophomore Christina Bascara was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Player of the Week while Dayton senior Kayla English and  Fordham junior Rachel Gillen earned Co-Pitcher of the Week honors. Dayton freshman Manda Cash also was named A-10 Rookie of the Week. The awards were for games played from the April 6 – 12. ATLANTIC COAST Pitt shortstop McKayla Taylor has been named this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while Louisville’s Maryssa Becker earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors. ATLANTIC SUN After posting a conference series sweep and clinching a berth in the Atlantic Sun Softball Championship, USC Upstate swept this week’s weekly honors as Kendall Settlemyre and Lexi Shubert won, the league office announced on Monday. BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, Sr., Rio Rancho, N.M. /University of Arizona .PITCHER OF THE WEEKPaige Parker, Oklahoma, Fr., Independence, Mo. /Truman BIG EAST ?

BIG SKY Sacramento State swept the Big Sky Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week awards after posting a perfect 4-0 record last week with a three-game sweep of Big Sky foe, North Dakota. Junior first baseman Sasha Margulies was named this week’s Player of the Week while freshman Celina Matthias earned this week’s Pitcher of the Week.

BIG SOUTH Longwood catcher Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Softball Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina’s Kiana Quolas (Oxnard, Calif.) has been named The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played April 6-12, it was announced today by the Conference office. BIG TEN Co-Players of the Week Michelle Huber, Indiana Jr., UT, Carmel, Ind./Carmel ·     Abby Ramirez, Michigan So., SS, Chicago, Ill./Trinity ·     Pitcher of the Week Megan Betsa, Michigan So., RHP, McDonough, Ga./Union Grove Freshman of the Week Danielle Parlich, Minnesota INF, Queen Creek, Ariz./Basha

BIG WEST Power hitting propelled CSUN sophomore Katie Hooper (Sun Valley, Calif./Burbank HS) to Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades as she spearheaded the offensive effort in a series sweep of UC Santa Barbara. Long Beach State sophomore Christina Clermont (Carlsbad, Calif./Syracuse) tied a school record for strikeouts in earning the Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week honor.

Holiday Cahill • Towson

So. | 1B | Cypress, Calif./Cypress


Missy McCormick • Towson

Sr. | P/OF | Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde


Taylor Pirone • Hofstra

Sr. | P | New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School (Fordham) ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:

Brook Miko • Towson

Fr. | SS | Ladera Ranch, Calif./San Juan Hills


CONFERENCE USA CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK KYLEE HANSON, FLORIDA ATLANTIC | SO., JUPITER, FLORIDA Hanson led Florida Atlantic in the circle last week, making three appearances. The sophomore pitched 10 innings, dealing out two strikeouts, three walks and no earned runs. Hanson held Kentucky scoreless in three innings pitched while making appearances in both games of the doubleheader. She capped the week by throwing the 24th no-hitter in program history on Saturday night. It was the first of her career as she fanned a career-high 18 batters in the process. It is the first C-USA weekly honor for Hanson and the second of her career (April 14, 2014).

CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK MIRANDA KRAMER, WKU | SR., WEST BURLINGTON, IOWA Kramer made history over the week, as her 36 strikeouts led her to become WKU’s single-season strikeout leader with 271 this year. Kramer recorded double-digit strikeouts in each of her three wins, even in WKU’s five-inning win in the series finale versus Southern Miss. The senior now has double-figure strikeouts in 19 games this season, including her last 17 starts. Kramer held last week’s opponents to a .138 batting average with nine hits and one earned run for a 0.37 ERA, sending her season ERA to 0.91. It is the sixth C-USA Pitcher of the Week award for Kramer in 2015.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK KAWEHIOKALANI NETANE, UTEP | JR., ORLANDO, FLORIDA Netane batted .385 (5-for-13) with two home runs, eight RBI, and five runs scored during UTEP’s five games this past week. Against No. 19 Arizona State, Netane blasted a three-run jack to help the Miners rally late to get within a few runs of the Sun Devils. Over the weekend against a streaking FIU squad, the junior hit .444 (4-for-9) with a long ball and five RBI. The Florida native accounted for all of UTEP’s runs during the 3-2 game one win over FIU – going 1-for-3 with a two-run shot and a sac fly. Netane chipped in during the series finale with a pair of RBI during the Miners’ eight-run fourth inning to help put the Panthers away 9-1 in five frames to complete the weekend sweep. Netane’s .405 average is ranked seventh in C-USA, while her .500 batting average in league games is ranked third in conference. It is the first C-USA weekly award in Netane’s career.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK F9 Taylor Schoblocher, North Texas F16 Morgan Zerkle, Marshall F23 Megan Low, UTSA | Krysta Tutsch, LA Tech M2 Sara Beth Williamson, UAB M9 Ashley Eldridge, UTEP | Morgan Zerkle, Marshall M16 Pauline Tufi, LA Tech M23 Shaelynn Braxton, Marshall M30 Ashley Eldridge, UTEP A6 Elicia D’Orazio A13 Kawehiokalani Netane, UTEP

PITCHERS OF THE WEEK F9 Miranda Kramer, WKU | Jordan Dixon, Marshall F16 Amanda Wilson, Florida Atlantic F23 Madison Thompson, North Texas M3 Cara Goodwin, UAB M9 Amanda Wilson, Florida Atlantic M16 Lexi Betancourt, Charlotte | Miranda Kramer, WKU M23 Miranda Kramer, WKU M30 Miranda Kramer, WKU A6 Miranda Kramer, WKU A13 Kylee Hanson, Florida Atlantic | Miranda Kramer, WKU


HORIZON Wright State junior Hanna Floyd (Minster, Ohio) is the Horizon League softball Player of the Week while freshman teammate Ashley Sharp (West Chester, Ohio) is the Horizon League softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 6-12.


PITCHER OF THE WEEKPrinceton junior Shanna Christian

ROOKIES OF THE WEEKPenn freshman Jurie Joyner

MAAC Player of the Week

Pitcher of the Week

Amy Bright, Manhattan

Rookie of the Week

Briana Matazinsky, Manhattan

MID AMERICA East Player of the WeekMaddy Grimm, Kent State, Sophomore, IFEast Pitcher of the WeekErin Seiler, Akron, JuniorWest Player of the WeekSelena Reyna, Ball State, Junior, SSWest Pitcher of the WeekNicole Steinbach, Ball State, Junior
MEAC Delaware State’s Jordan Stamps was selected the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Bethune-Cookman’s Sabrina Anguiano and Hampton’s Allyson Babinsack earned the Co-Pitcher’s of the Week honors, while Delaware State’s Vanessa Washington earned Rookie of the Week accolades.


MISSOURI VALLEY Jordan Knutson and Chelsea Jones of Missouri State have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Knutson and Jones were honored for their performances during the period of April 6 – April 12.

MOUNTAIN WEST San Diego State’s Jordan and Fresno State’s Compton Named MW Player And Pitcher Of The Week

San Diego State’s Kayla Jordan has been named Mountain West Softball Player of the Week, while Fresno State’s Jill Compton earned the MW Pitcher of Week honors for games held April 7-12. It is the third MW weekly accolade this season (and third career) for Jordan, while Compton earns her fourth weekly honor this season and seventh of her career.

NORTHEAST Player of the Week Alexis Bower, Saint Francis U First Base, Sophomore, Cogan Station, PA/Williamsport Area    NEC Pitcher of the Week Laura Messina, Central Connecticut Pitcher, Senior, Marlton, NJ/Camden Catholic    NEC Rookie of the Week Tori Constantin, Central Connecticut First Base, Freshman, Norfolk, MA/King Philip Regional

OHIO VALLEY  PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Katie Tackett, 1B, Sr., 5-6, Murrieta, Calif. – Eastern Kentucky PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Mackenzie Grossmann, P, Fr., 5-10, Perry, Mo. – Morehead State
PACIFIC 12 After helping Oregon sweep No. 19 Arizona State at home, the Pac-12 named Janelle Lindvall its player of the week and Cheridan Hawkins its pitcher of the week.

This the fifth time this season the Ducks have claimed each award. Hawkins has been named pitcher of the week three times prior while this is Lindvall’s first time earning player of the week this season.



SOUTHERN Chattanooga’s Sarah Beth Roberts and Western Carolina’s Jordan Garrett have been named the Southern Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday.


SOUTHLAND Stephen F. Austin senior first baseman Shalie Day was selected Southland Conference Softball Hitter of the Week while Lamar freshman right-hander Laura Napoli was named pitcher of the week, the league office announced Monday.

Alabama State University’s Chelsea King and Jackson State University’s Amy Lara have been recognized by the Southwestern Athletic Conference as softball players of the week for their exceptional performance in competition, April 6-12.

Hitter of the Week – Lara Pitcher of the Week – King


SUMMIT PLAYER OF THE WEEK           Yvon Minogue, South Dakota Jr. // 1B // Corona, Calif.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK Krista Menke, North Dakota State Sr. // RHP // Friend, Neb.

Brigham Young University first baseman/pitcher Ashley Thompson and teammate McKenna Bull have been respectively named the West Coast Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week in the sport of softball, the conference


WESTERN ATHLETIC Bakersfield’s Madison Bundy and New Mexico State’s Dallas McBride have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and P Bakersfield’s Madison Bundy and New Mexico State’s Dallas McBride have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 6-12. >More itcher of the Bakersfield’s Madison Bundy and New Mexico State’s Dallas McBride have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 6-12. This is the first-ever honor for both.6-12. >More




4-17-2015 Friday April 17 DI Scoreboard



1. Oregon

2. Florida vs Georgia//ppd

3. LSU

4. Michigan vs Indiana/Betsa has 19k/UM up 10-2 after 3/wins 11-2

5. Oklahoma def Baylor 5-2/Sooners up 5-0 in 3rd
*S Pendley 82nd HR (2run); Casey 3-run double;
* 5-2 Friudenberg homer/Sooners win 5-2

6. Alabama vs Auburn/Tide leads 4-0 in 3rd

7. Auburn vs Alabama/Auburn trails 4-0 in 3rd

8. UCLA def California 8-0

9. Louisiana Lafayette

10. Florida State

11. Georgia vs Florida/ppd

12. Tennessee vs MississippiState/Vols up 1-0 after 3
* Vols up 4-3 in 7th

13. Minnesota def Michigan State 8-4

14. Kentucky upset by South Carolina 6-4

15. UCF def Memphis 8-3/9-0

16. Arizona upset by  Utah/Utes lead 5-4 in 5th/tied 7-7 in 6th
* Utes win 10-7

17. Baylor vs Oklahoma/Bears trail 5-2 in 6th

18. California vs UCLA/Bruins win 8-0

19. Washington

20. Missouri def Arkansas 9-0

21. Arizona State vs Oregon State

22. South Alabama

23. James Madison

24. Texas A&M

25. Notre Dame


Others Receiving Votes:
Mississippi State vs Tennessee
USC Upstate
Texas vs Iowa State//ppd
North Dakota State
Western Kentucky
Cal State Northridge
South Carolina
North Carolina vs NC State/State wins 6-2

Iowa def Purdue 2-0
Penn State vs Maryland/Terps up 8-3 after 5/Terps win 8-6
Rutgers vs Ohio State/Buckeyes win 4-3
Northwestern vs Nebraska/Huskers win 10-2
Wisconsin vs Illinois/Wisconsin up 11-7 in 7th/final 11-7
Louisville vs Mississippi//ccd

4-16-2015 NFCA Freshman of the Year Award

Top 25 Finalists Announced for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Award April 16, 2015


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is proud to announce the top 25 finalists for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, which will be presented prior to the start of the 2015 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.


This year’s 25 finalists hail from 23 different universities, while the group represents 12 Division I leagues across the nation, ranging coast-to-coast, from New York to California. Alabama and LSU out of the Southeastern Conference each boast two finalists.


The SEC led the way with eight overall selections. The Pac-12 and the Southland Conference each had three representatives, while the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Sun Belt garnered two honorees apiece. The BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big West, Colonial Athletic Association and Ohio Valley all had one selection.


On Thurs., May 7, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists, while the top 3 finalists will be selected and released on Thurs., May 21. In its second year, the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony on May 26 prior to the opening of the annual Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.


About the NFCA

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches for all competitive levels of play. Founded in the early 1980s by collegiate softball coaches, today the organization also includes high school coaches, travel ball/club coaches and individuals who support the sport. Founded by coaches for coaches, the Association is built on strong values and continually instills within its members a deep sense of responsibility for developing programs that enrich the lives of all those involved.


In addition, the Association provides educational training; encourages sportsmanship and high standards of competition; promotes the sport both nationally and internationally; identifies and pursues issues relevant to the fastpitch coaching profession and provides a forum to discuss those issues; honors excellence through awards programs for coaches and players, and keeps members informed of current coaching techniques, equipment innovations and fastpitch news.


NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year – Top 25 Finalists

Sydney Booker – SS/3B – Southeastern Louisiana

Daniella Chavez – DP – Kansas

Zoe Conley – RHP – CSUN

Baylee Douglass – RHP – SIUE

Ivie Drake – C – Georgia State

Cortni Emanuel – OF/IF – Georgia

Megan Good – RHP/IF – James Madison

Meghan Gregg – SS – Tennessee

Peyton Hedrick – SS – Abilene Christian

Carley Hoover – RHP – LSU

Jazmyn Jackson – CF – California

Jenna Lilley – 3B – Oregon

Aleshia Ocasio – RHP/UT – Florida

Ariel Ortiz – SS – Texas State

Alexis Osorio – RHP – Alabama

Paige Parker – LHP – Oklahoma

Danielle Parlich – IF – Minnesota

Erika Piancastelli – C – McNeese State

Krystal Puga – 1B – St. John’s

Demi Turner – 2B – Alabama

Taylor Van Zee – LF/3B – Washington

Tori Vidales – 3B – Texas A&M

Allie Walljasper – RHP – LSU

Jessica Warren – 3B – Florida State

Taylor Wike – 2B – North Carolina

4-16-2015 Thursday April 16 DI Scoreboard



1. Oregon

2. Florida

3. LSU

4. Michigan

5. Oklahoma upset by Baylor 8-0 (6)
* Top 3rd: three singles and Hawkins’ 2-run double= Baylor 3-0.  With the Sooner crowd anticipating her record-tying 90th home run, Chamberlain struck out her first two at-bats; so did Shelby Pendley.  Heather Stearns held OZU to two hits thru 4 innings. In the 5th, Landrith hit a solo.  Top 6th seldom used Leslie Miller relieved Parker and walked the first two batters. Rrunners on 2nd and 3rd after a sacrifice, one out, Strickland singles, 5-0. Runners at the corners, one out. pinch hitter Lisenby jacks a 3-run home run, her first dinger.,  8-0. Kelsey Stevens relieves Miller, and walks the first batter on an illegal pitch. B6:  Sooners must score to avoid a run-rule defeat. Two down, Chamberlain strikes out for the third time.  9 ks for Stearns who mixed off-speed drops to stifle the Sooners on two hits.

6. Alabama

7. Auburn


9. Louisiana Lafayette

10. Florida State

11. Georgia

12. Tennessee

13. Minnesota

14. Kentucky

15. UCF

16. Arizona

17. Baylor def Oklahoma 8-0 (6)

18. California

19. Washington

20. Missouri

21. Arizona State

22. South Alabama

23. James Madison

24. Texas A&M

25. Notre Dame




Others Receiving Votes: 


Mississippi State



North DakotaState


CalState Northridge

South Carolina

North Carolina

Virginia Tech vs Liberty DH/Hokies 10-1/DH Liberty 1-0.
Harvard 4, Boston College 5
Tulsa def Oklahoma State 2-1

4-15-2015 Lowe’s Senior Class Finalists

Softball finalists announced for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award

April 07, 2015

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (April 7, 2015) – Ten NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists today for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in March. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 11. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipient for softball will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Women’s College World Series®, which runs May 28 through June 3 in Oklahoma City.

Softball 2015 Finalists

Name Position School
Callie Alford 3rd Base/Catcher Georgia State University
Farish Beard Pitcher University of South Alabama
Ally Carda Pitcher/Utility UCLA
Cheyenne Cordes Infield/Shortstop California
Griffin Joiner Catcher University of Kentucky
Kathlyn Medina Shortstop Florida
Shelby Pendley Infield/Pitcher University of Oklahoma
Kaitlyn Richardson Utility University of Minnesota
Kaitlyn Thumann Right Field Baylor
Lacey Waldrop Pitcher Florida State University