4-29-2016 Friday DI games

FRIDAY APRIL 29 DI GAMES USA Softball rankings


  1. Florida vs Texas A&M
  2. Michigan vs Penn State
  3. Auburn
  4. Alabama vs South Carolina
  5. Oregon vs Arizona
  6. Florida State
  7. James Madison
  8. Oklahoma vs Iowa State
  9. Louisiana Lafayette
  10. Washington vs Utah
  11. Kentucky
  12. Tennessee
  13. UCLA vs Arizona State
  14. LSU vs Arkansas
  15. Georgia vs Mississippi
  16. Missouri vs Mississippi State
  17. Arizona vs Oregon
    18T. South Florida18T Notre Dame

    1. Baylor
    2. Fresno State
    3. Texas A&M
    4. Minnesota
    5. Florida Atlantic
    6. Ohio State


Utah vs Washington

Cal State Fullerton

Nebraska vs Purdue DH

Texas vs Kansas

USC Upstate


Florida International

Arizona State vs UCLA
Oregon State

Congratulations to Northwestern’s Kate Drohan on victory #500
Rutgers vs Michigan State
Northwestern vs Wisconsin
Iowa vs Illinois DH
Virginia vs Virginia Tech
California vs Stanford
Houston Baptist vs Central Arkansas DH
Hawaii vs UC Santa Barbara
Buffalo vs Ohio DH
Alcorn State vs Jackson State
SFA vs Northwestern State DH
Western Illinois vs IUPUI DH
Radford vs Longwood
BYU vs Pacific DH
Wright State vs Illinois Chicago
Southern Utah vs Northern Colorado DH
Oakland vs Valparaiso
Yale vs Brown DH
Alabama A&M vs Alabama State
Columbia vs Penn
Arkansas Pine Bluff vs Grambling
Sacramento State vs Weber State DH
Idaho State vs Portland State DH
Houston vs Connecticut
Utah State vs San Diego State
Nevada vs Colorado State
Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan
Kent State vs Bowling Green
Tulsa vs Memphis
Nicholls State vs Southeastern Louisiana
New Mexico vs Boise State
Western Michigan vs Ball State
McNeese State vs Lamar
Miami OH vs Akron
Prairie View vs Southern DH
Utah Valley vs Seattle DH
New Mexico State vs UMKC DH
Gardner Webb vs Liberty DH
North Dakota State vs South Dakota
Missouri State vs Evansville DH
Princeton vs Cornell
Incarnate Word vs Sam Houston State
Abilene Christian vs Texas A&M CC DH
Green Bay vs Northern Kentucky



4-28-2016 Thursday DI Games

USA Softball rankings

Wednesday’s Spy report has been updated for late scores etc


  1. Florida
  2. Michigan
  3. Auburn
  4. Alabama
  5. Oregon
  6. Florida State
  7. James Madison
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Louisiana Lafayette
  10. Washington
  11. Kentucky
  12. Tennessee
  13. UCLA
  14. LSU
  15. Georgia
  16. Missouri
  17. Arizona

18T. South Florida

18T Notre Dame

  1. Baylor
  2. Fresno State
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Minnesota
  5. Florida Atlantic
  6. Ohio State



Cal State Fullerton



USC Upstate


Florida International

Arizona State
Oregon State

Other games
Mississippi State no-hits Mississippi Valley State 6-0
— A combined no-hitter by freshman Regan Green and sophomore Holly Ward; MSU 11 hits Manhattan def Fairfield 3-0

Siena 6, Syracuse 8
Prairie View A&M vs Southern U
Seton Hall 4, Stony Brook 5
Army 4, Colgate 3
Boston College 8, UMass Lowell 0

4-27-2016 USA Softball P;ayer of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY — For the first time in her career, South Florida’s Astin Donovan (Guilford, Conn.) has landed the Week 11 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. The sophomore had her best weekends of the season, putting on three, multi-hit performances against Tulsa while helping lead her team to a 3-1 record on the week.

“I was not expecting to be recognized, so it is an honor to be selected as a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week,” said Donovan.  “I felt like I had some really good at-bats this weekend and I felt better than I have most of the season. I was really calm and confident at the plate and seeing the ball really well. I had a clear plan in mind as to what I wanted to do when I was at the plate but at the same time, I was just trying to get on base to help my team produce runs. We’re continuing to work hard to achieve our team goals.”

Donovan recorded multi-hit games over the weekend as then-No. 20 South Florida went 3-0 in an American Athletic Conference (AAC) series at Tulsa.  Donovan also recorded one of the Bulls’ four hits in a non-conference matchup against in-state rival No. 1 Florida.  Starting the week against the Gators, Donovan recorded a single in a closely-fought contest as South Florida fell 3-0.  In the series opener against Tulsa, Donovan recorded two hits as the Bulls walked away with a 2-0, shutout win.  She followed up with another strong performance in game two of the series, finishing the game 2-for-3, while acting as the spark for a one-out rally as the Bulls trailed 6-1 in the fifth inning.  Reaching base safely with a single, Donovan would come around to score to help fuel a five-run outing.  In their final game of the series, Donovan was once again 2-for-3 while picking up an RBI.  With the bases loaded, Donovan hit a double deep to right field to plate a run.

“Hard work pays off and no one exemplifies that better than Astin,” said South Florida Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “It’s nice to see that her team approach to playing the game is recognized.”

For the week, Donovan had a .636 batting average (7-for-11) and a .727 slugging percentage.  She recorded a double and had eight total bases on the week while scoring a run and adding an RBI.  This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors for Donovan and the first for an athlete from South Florida since Week 5 of the 2012 season when southpaw Sara Nevins received the award.

2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 11-14): Lexie Elkins – Louisiana-Lafayette – Senior – Catcher – Victoria, Texas

Week 2 (Feb. 15-21): Jailyn Ford – James Madison – Senior – Pitcher – Hot Springs, Va.

Week 3 (Feb. 22-28): Sierra Hyland – Cal Poly – Junior – Pitcher – Visalia, Calif.

Co-Week 4 (Feb. 29-March 6): Molly Hutchison – NC State – Junior – C/OF – San Diego, Calif.

Co-Week 4 (Feb. 29-March 6): Sierra Romero – Michigan – Senior – Infield – Murrieta, Calif.

Week 5 (March 7-13): Bianka Bell – LSU – Senior – Infield – Tampa, Fla.

Week 6 (March 14-20): Hannah Day – Troy – Senior – Outfield – Crestview, Fla.

Week 7 (March 21-27): Holly Speers – Kent State – Sophomore – Infield – Surrey, B.C.

Week 8 (March 28-April 3): Jessie Hufstetler – San José State – Senior – Infield – Atascadero, Calif.

Week 9 (April 4-10): Paige Parker – Oklahoma – Sophomore – Pitcher – Independence, Mo.

Week 10 (April 11-17): Delanie Gourley – Florida – Junior – Pitcher – Lakeside, Calif.

Week 11 (April 18-24): Astin Donovan – South Florida – Sophomore – Outfield – Guilford, Conn.

4-27-2016 NFCA DI Weekly Honors

Saint Francis’ Seneca, Boston University’s Russell, USC Upstate’s McKinnon earn Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I weekly honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Saint Francis’ Jordan Seneca was named Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division I Player of the Week, while Boston University’s Melanie Russell and USC Upstate’s Holly McKinnon were selected Co-Pitchers of the Week, announced the Association on Tuesday afternoon.

Seneca had a monster week at the plate for the Red Flash. Over a six-game stretch, Seneca hit .500 (8-for-16) with five home runs, 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, a 1.500 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage. The sophomore from Plum Pa. homered in the first five games of the week, which included a game-two grand slam versus Bucknell.


Seneca also contributed one of a NCAA-record (tie) five first-inning long balls for Saint Francis against Bryant. The shortstop and three-time Northeast Conference Player of the Week capped off her streak with her fifth and final dinger, along with four RBI in a win over Mount St. Mary’s.


Russell, a native of San Diego, Calif., registered a stellar week in the circle for the Terriers. The senior hurler tossed 22.2 scoreless innings over five appearances, fanning 32 batters and not issuing a free pass to post a 4-0 mark with a save. She tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout of Lafayette and closed out the weekend sweep with six scoreless frames and eight punchouts.


In the middle game against the Leopards, Russell earned a save with 2.1 innings of hitless ball and six strikeouts. Russell added 7.1 inning scoreless innings in BU’s mid-week non-conference action to earn two more wins against Bryant and UMass-Lowell. Allowing just 10 hits on the week, she limited her opponents to a .132 batting average.


McKinnon, a four-time Atlantic-Sun Pitcher of the Week, was nearly flawless in her four appearances, highlighted by a no-hitter. She finished 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA, two shutouts and 25 strikeouts over 25 innings of work. She limited her opposition to a mere six hits and a .074 batting average.


The Ocala, Fla. native won all three contests in a conference sweep of Kennesaw State, including an eight-inning no-hitter in the series finale. Her first career no-hitter was also the first eight-inning no-no in program history. McKinnon held a perfect game for 5.1 innings and finished the series with 19 scoreless innings and 19 punchouts.



Bannister and Poole Garner final Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II weekly honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A historical power surge and a conference tournament MVP performance led to University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Kaitlyn Bannister and North Georgia’s Courtney Poole garnering the final Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the 2016 season, announced the Association on Wednesday afternoon.

Bannister turned in a gigantic numbers over the weekend in a three-game sweep at Gulf South Conference foe Union. The junior from Albertville, Ala. recorded 20 RBI, four home runs, including two grand slams, eight runs scored and a 1.667 slugging percentage. In addition, she was flawless at third base, recording 12 assists without an error. Her performances were record-setting as she established UAH’s single-game record for RBI with 10 in the series opener, going 4-for-5 with a double and two home runs.


In the series finale, Bannister became only the sixth player in Division II history to hit two grand slams in a game, which aided her in a nine-RBI outing. Bannister doubled her season’s grand slam total and is just the third-ever DII player to log four in a season, while her 20 RBI brought her season total to a UAH single-season record 80.


Poole closed out the regular season helping the Nighthawks claim their third Peach Belt Conference title and a bid to the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament. Highlighted by a no-hitter in the tournament, the senior righty went 5-0 with a 0.48 ERA, four shutouts and 21 strikeouts, while holding her opposition to a .141 batting average. Follow her performance, Poole improves to 49-2 on the year with a 0.62 ERA and 406 strikeouts.


After twirling a pair of shutouts against Montevallo (11 IP, 6 K, 6 H) to close out the regular season, Poole silenced Francis Marion in the first round of the PBC tournament. The Watkinsville, Ga. native struck out two and walked one for her fourth no-hitter of the season and sixth of her career. On the final day of the tournament, the PBC tournament MVP tossed 13 innings, which included a two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout in the title-game victory against USC-Aiken.