5-25-2017 Super Regionals Day One

SUPER REGIONALS: Alabama 3, Florida 0

Both teams came to Gainesville as former WCWS champions, and having been top ranked in 2017.

An expected tight game, 0-0, until top 5th, when Bama scored three runs, two on a throwing error by Player of the Year candidate Kelly Barnhill, who overthrew 1st, allowing two runs to score.  A third run scored on an error.

Florida had three hits off Alexis Osorio but trailed 3-0.

A hbp and walk put two Gators on, B5, one out.  A walk loads the bases with twoout, but, at 3-2, Wheaton flies to left.  3-0 Crimson Tide after 5.
Runyon started T6, reaching on an error after striking out.  A walk and Barnhill was relieved by Aleshia Ocasio, one out, two on.  Double play ended that threat.

Gators went quickly bottom 6th.

Bama two on, top 7t.  Two out, Brown back to the pitcher.

Osorio had limited the Gators to three hits through six.  Two quick Ks but then a walk raised Gator hopes. but the game ended ona fly to short right.

Alabama was one-up in this best of three.


UCLA 8, OLE MISS 7 (11)

Kaitlin Lee vs Rachel Garcia.  Top 3, Bruins up 1-0 , Garcia homer in B2.

B3, Spaulding doubled.  Perez hbp.  Misplayed popup loaded the bases.  Jelenick sac fly, 2-0.  Garcia grounded to short. Maurice singled up themidde.  UCLA scored on a catcher error.  Popup ended the frame, 4-0.

Top 4, Rebels two on, two out.  Another walk loaded the bases.  Rebels hitless so far  stranded three when Mckinney hit back to Garcia,  UCLA down in order.  So too Ole Miss in T5.   Tautalafua opened B6 with a single, another single; now Maurice up, runners at the corners, two out, and a fly ball ends the inning.

T6.  Rebels first hit, a Strother single past 1st.  Finney homered, 4-2.  Lampton singled.  Garcia tagged for fourth hit by Horton,.  Two on, one out, Mckinney walked loading the bases. Alyssa Gonzalez a freshman  at bat, Rebels score on wild pitch.  Gonzalez stroked a 2-run ingle and Mississippi had a 5-4 lead.  Cox singled, tw on, one out.  Becker grounded out.  Strother hbp, loading the bases. Finney who homered earlier struck out.

B6.  Now trailing, Nickles popped to 2nd.   Halstead fouled out o left.  Shaw grounded to 2nd.

T7.  Ole Miss down in order, two on strikes.
B7. The Bruins are 32-0 when leading after five.  Spaulding singled, the ninth hit off Lee.  Perez  fly ball to center.  Tautalafua grounded to short.  Jelenicki  with tying run on 3rd , watched as Spaulding scored  tying run on another wild pitch.  Jelenicki popped.

T8.  Mckinney grounded to short. Gonzalez singled. Cox fly ball.  Becker at bat, Gonzalez to 2nd on a pssed ball. Becker struc out.

B8.  Garcia grounded to 3rd.  Maurice lined to short.  Nickles grounded to 3rd.

T9.  Strother fanned.  Finney walked. Back in the 4th, Garcia looked to be cruising for a no-hitter.  Now she looked tired.   Lampton flied to center.  Horton fanned.

B9.  Halstead flied out.  Shaw walked on Lee’s 145th pitch.  Spaulding lined out; Perez fly.
T10. Garcia had thrown 194 pitches.   Syrett singled.  Mckinney reached on a sac bunt.  Gonzalez ripped a 2-run single, but was out at 2nd.  7-5 Ole Miss.  Cox singled.  Garcia had thrown 207 pitches, hercareer high.  one out, Becker singled.  Strother fanned  Kinney struck out.  Kaitlin Lee was clearly the most animated player in either dugout, yet despite all that energy off the rubber, she came out to pitch B10.

Tautalafua singled.  Jelenicki hit into a double play.  Garcia singled.  Maurice singled to center.  Nickles ties the game with a 2-run double.  Winning run at 3rd, Halstead grounded out.

T11.  Garcia pitching the 10th.  Lampton flied to left, Horton fouled out.  Syrett fouled out.

B 11.  Garcia had thrown 232 pitches, Lee 189.  Shaw walked.  Spaulding sac bunt.  Shaw to 2nd.  Perez walks.  Tautalafua struck out on a pitch well off the plate.  Jelenicki singled home the winning run by Shaw.

5-25-2017 Player of the Year Finalists

USA Softball announces Top 3 Finalists for 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has announced the Top 3 Finalists for the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The winner will be announced at the opening of the 2017 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female players across the country.

Click here to see the Top 3 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award

Now in its 16th year, previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010), Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011), Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts (2012 and 2013), Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop (2014), Florida’s Lauren Haeger (2015) and Michigan’s Sierra Romero (2016).

The 2017 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Year, Kelly Barnhill leads the nation with a 0.35 ERA and ranks in the Top 10 in shutouts and strikeouts.  In just her sophomore season at the University of Florida, Barnhill has racked up First-Team All-SEC honors and boasts a 23-2 record with 310 strikeouts and only eight earned runs allowed through regional play.  Behind the arm of Barnhill, who was named an NFCA First Team All-Region honoree, Florida earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Softball Championship, and will look to lead the Gators in their Super Regional against Alabama.

A three-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Pitcher of the Year, Megan Good recently completed her junior season at James Madison University, where she amassed a 38-3 record and 0.63 ERA through regional play.  Ranked at No. 3 in the nation in ERA, Good leads the country in shutouts and wins, helping land her First Team All-CAA accolades for the third-straight season.  A dual-threat, Good finished her junior campaign with a .383 batting average, picking up 58 RBI and scoring 34 times.  Good, who made CAA history after being named the 2017 CAA Pitcher and Player of the Year, was recently tabbed an NFCA First-Team All-Region honoree.

The 2017 SEC Player of the Year, Meghan Gregg ranks in the Top 10 in the country with a .440 batting average, while accumulating a .555 on-base percentage, 77 RBI, and belting out 14 home runs.  Gregg, who is in her junior season at the University of Tennessee, leads the SEC in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, slugging percentage, RBI and total bases.  Recently named an NFCA First-Team All-Region honoree, Gregg will look to lead Tennessee back to the NCAA WCWS as the Vols host the Knoxville Super Regional against Texas A&M.

The winner of the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 30 at the team-only banquet just prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS.

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 10 USA Softball Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country as well as past winners of the award.

In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, USA Softball is now in its 15th season of presenting the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, which are announced Tuesdays during the regular season.  A complete history of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, past Top 25 Polls and Player of the Week honorees are available at Teamusa.org/USA-Softball/College-Corner.aspx.

5-24-2017 Wilson to Coach New Chinese Team in NPF

Beijing Shougang Eagles Announce 2017 Coaching Staff

Beijing Shougang Eagles 2017 Coaching Staff

BEIJING, China  (May 24, 2017)
– Beijing Shougang Eagles announced the appointment of Teresa Wilson as Head Coach for the 2017 season at a press conference held in Beijing on Wednesday. Wilson will be the first Head Coach for the Eagles and lead the team through its inaugural season of National Pro Fastpitch action.
Ms. Wilson’s resume as an NCAA Head coach is rich in success. Over a 24 year career, she was honored as national Coach of the Year once and conference Coach of the Year multiple times at 3 different universities (Oregon, Minnesota and Washington), in both the Pac 10 and Big 10 conferences.
Most recognized for her accomplishments as the first coach of the Washington Huskies, while there Wilson’s teams made 2 championship game appearances in the WCWS, 2 semifinalist finishes, 6 total WCWS appearances (totaling 13 WCWS wins), and 10 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Wilson is one of only six coaches to take 2 programs to the NCAA WCWS and the only individual to coach 3 programs in the WCWS. She is also the only individual to coach 4 programs in the NCAA post-season tournament. In addition, she was the first person to both play and coach in the WCWS.
“I am honored to be named the Head Coach for the Beijing Shougang Eagles as they begin their inaugural campaign as part of the NPF,” commented Wilson. “My assistant coaches and I just watched these athletes compete in their National Games and were very impressed with their skill level, their work ethic, and the way they represent the game of softball!  We are anxious to begin our work with them and look forward to the opportunity to grow our game at the highest level!.”
Joining Wilson on the coaching staff of Beijing Shougang are Assistants, Breanne Lewis and Thomas Hazelhurst, along with strength coach, Eric Bryant.
Lewis specializes in skill development in the specific position of catcher. She is recognized as an elite situational and game analyst who excels in dugout management which include pitcher tendencies, pitcher/hitter match-ups, charting, video, scouting applications and mental approaches.
Hazelhurst is a former Assistant Coach at the University of Illinois and the University of Georgia, who specializes in hitter development. Hazelhurst is experienced in analysis and video production software and skill development utilizing human kinetics breakdowns.
Bryant is a strength, conditioning, speed and agility coach, formerly of the University of Washington. Bryant also worked a brief stint with Wilson in 2012 as staff of the NPF team, Carolina Diamonds.
Beijing Shougang will make their debut in the NPF June 6th at The Ballpark at Rosemont as they take on the Chicago Bandits in a 4 game series.

5-23-2017 Broadcasting Super Regionals

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Tue, May 23, 2017 12:05 pm

NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN Televises All Eight Super Regionals

May 23, 2017


NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN Televises All Eight Super Regionals

  • Eight Best-of-Three Series from Campus Sites; Winners Advance to Women’s College World Series
  • Top 16 Seeds Advance; Top 8 Host Super Regionals
  • Jessica Mendoza Returns, Joins Michele Smith and Beth Mowins in Los Angeles; Amanda Scarborough and Eric Collins in Gainesville 


ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship continues with exclusive telecasts of the Super Regionals beginning Thursday, May 25, and continuing through Sunday, May 28, with up to 24 games from eight campus sites. The eight, best-of-three series will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with the victorious teams advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.


The top eight seeds advanced from the Regional round to host a Super Regional, highlighted by No. 1 seed Florida, which will host No. 16 Alabama (Gainesville Super Regional). There are four west coast Super Regionals sites: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor (Tucson), No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky (Eugene), No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah (Seattle) and No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (Los Angeles). Rounding out the sites: No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU (Tallahassee), No. 7 Auburn vs. defending national champion and No. 10 seed Oklahoma (Auburn) and No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M (Knoxville). A complete bracket is available here.


ESPN Commentators
ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, now a MLB analyst working Sunday Night Baseball, returns to ESPN’s softball coverage for the Super Regionals. Mendoza, who began her career with ESPN as a college softball analyst and has called the WCWS for a number of years, will work with fellow college softball analyst Michele Smith, play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins and reporter Holly Rowe in Los Angeles.


Softball analyst Amanda Scarborough along with commentator Eric Colllins will be in Gainesville, Fla., for the call of the SEC matchup between the Crimson Tide and the Gators. Mendoza, Smith, Rowe and Mowins will be paired for the Women’s College World Series, as well as Scarborough joining play-by-play commentator Adam Amin and reporter Laura Rutledge. The full schedule and production details will be announced next week.

  • Jessica Mendoza – Los Angeles Super Regional
  • College: Stanford
  • Honors: Four-time All-American (1999, 2000, ’01, ’02; member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver medal winning team at 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Michele Smith – Los Angeles Super Regional
  • College: Oklahoma State
  • Honors: Two-time All-American; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00); eight time Japan Pro League MVP


  • Amanda Scarborough – Gainesville Super Regional
  • College:  Texas A&M
  • Honors: Two-time All-American (2005, ’07); only player in Big 12 history to receive Freshman of the Year and Player of Year in same season (2005); played in two WCWS (2007, ’08)


ESPN’s additional six commentator teams are: Mark Neely and Jenny Dalton-Hill (Auburn), Jenn Hildreth and Carol Bruggeman (Tallahassee), Alex Loeb and Megan Willis (Knoxville), Trey Bender and Danielle Lawrie (Eugene), Pam Ward and Cheri Kempf (Tucson) and Courtney Lyle and Leigh Dakich (Seattle).

  •   Leigh Dakich – Seattle Regional
    • College: Toledo
    • Honors: Led the Rockets to the WCWS; holds the MAC record for batting average and hits; former head coach at Bowling Green and Syracuse


  • Carol BruggemanTallahassee Super Regional
    • College: Iowa
    • Honors:  As a Division I coach at Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville, achieved more than 700 combined wins; All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region as a player; inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame (1997); NFCA Executive Director
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill – Auburn Super Regional
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors: National Player of the Year (1996) and Women’s College World Series MVP (’96); four-time National Champion; winning three as a player (1993, ’94, and ’96) and one as an assistant coach, also with Arizona (1997)


  • Cheri KempfTucson Super Regional
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion; National MVP; played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992); NPF Commissioner


  • Danielle LawrieEugene Super Regional
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009); All-American; played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  •  Megan Willis – Norman Regional 
    • College: Texas
    • Honors:  Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006); played in National Fastpitch League

espnW will have wide-ranging coverage of the entire 2017 NCAA Softball Championship hosted on its softball index.  Highlights include:

  • Comprehensive Recaps: Graham Hays will provide daily recaps and analysis from the Regionals, Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
  • Behind the Scenes Coverage: From playlists to blogs, espnW will provide a unique look into the players’ lives off the field.  
  • The espnW Player of the Year:  The 2017 espnW Player of the Year will be revealed on the road to Oklahoma City.
  • Schedules and Results: All the scores and schedules can be found here.


Follow and Join the Social Media Conversation
A number of social handles — @ESPNU, @espnW, and @NCAASoftball — will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the championship. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #RoadToWCWS the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.


ESPN’s 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Television Schedule
Super Regionals (May 25 – 28)


Please Note: Networks are likely to change throughout the weekend. For the latest information, please check espnW’s schedule and results page. The higher seed in each Super Regional has home/away choice in a decisive, if necessary, Game 3.


Gainesville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 7 p.m. No. 16 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough
Fri, May 26 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Alabama  ESPN
Sat, May 27 5 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Los Angeles Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 9 p.m. No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 5 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
Fri, May 26 9 p.m. No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, May 27 7 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Auburn Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 4 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
Sat, May 27 1 p.m. No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Oklahoma ESPN
Sun, May 28 1 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Tallahassee Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 5 p.m. No. 13 LSU at No. 4 Florida State
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
Sat, May 27 3 p.m. No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU ESPN
Sun, May 28 1 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Knoxville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 8 Tennessee
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
Sat, May 27 5 p.m. No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M ESPN2
Sun, May 28 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Eugene Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 7 p.m. No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Oregon
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
Sat, May 27 7 p.m. No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky   ESPN2
Sun, May 28 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU


Tucson Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 9 p.m. No. 15 Baylor at No. 2 Arizona
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
Sat, May 27 9 p.m. No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor   ESPN
Sun, May 28 7 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Seattle Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 11 p.m. No. 11 Utah at No. 6 Washington
Courtney Lyle, Leigh Dakich
Sat, May 27 9 p.m. No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah   ESPN2
Sun, May 28 10 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Networks and schedule are subject to change




Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner