1-30-2015 Moultrie Honored

Team USA veteran Michelle Moultrie named 2014 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Following her fourth season as a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team, Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) has been announced as the 2014 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year.  Announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., Moultrie has been a mainstay on the roster, collecting three World Cup of Softball titles, a Pan American Games Gold and two Silver International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship Medals.

 

“I praise God for the amazing opportunity to play for USA Softball,” said Moultrie.  “Representing my country continues to inspire me to grow in who I am as a player and in who I am as a person. It is an honor to be named the 2014 USA Softball Female Player of the Year. Thank you!”

 

In her fourth year with the USA Softball Women’s National Team, Moultrie continued to be a leader for the program both on and off the field.  Seeing action in 27 games last summer, Moultrie helped lead Team USA to a Gold Medal at the General Tire World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif., a Silver at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International in Surrey, B.C., Canada, the Gold at Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy and a runner-up finish at the ISF World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands.  A true threat at the plate as a slapper and power hitter, Moultrie showed her offensive power during Italian Softball Week, where she compiled a .643 tournament batting average to earn the Batting Champion award as well as the Tournament MVP.

 

“Michelle had an outstanding season for us in 2014,” said Women’s National Team Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “Her leadership and her passion for Team USA was put on full display time and again at every tournament we participated in. Her clutch hitting and her stellar defense were on display daily. Her ability to rise up to the clutch moment was habitual throughout the entire summer.”

 

For the summer, the Florida alum batted .378, knocking in 17 RBI with two home runs and 20 runs scored.  Even more astonishing was her .442 on-base percentage and .635 slugging percentage.  Her best outing of the summer came against Mexico during the General Tire World Cup of Softball.  Moultrie hit .579 (1-for-2) with one walk, one triple and two RBI to help push Team USA  to a 7-0 (five inning) win.

 

Since joining the U.S. roster in 2011, Moultrie has been a constant in the lineup whether in the outfield or at the plate.  Named to the 2015 roster following the Women’s National Team Selection Camp, Moultrie will compete in the World Cup of Softball X and the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

You can follow along with Moultrie and the rest of Team USA by visiting www.usasoftball.comthroughout the 2015 season.

1-28-2015 Triple Crown College Event in Mexico

Triple Crown College Event in Mexico

January 28 2015

 

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Triple Crown Sports announced Wednesday the four schools slated to play in the inaugural Triple Crown Puerto Vallarta College Challenge on February 26-28, 2015, held at the Nancy Almaraz Stadium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Brigham Young University, University of Nevada, University of Northern Colorado, and Southern Illinois University will compete in this first-year Division-I event.

Each school will play a four-or five-game schedule over three days on a beautiful stadium field built by event-producer Triple Crown Sports. The field sits a few blocks from a stunning beach and in the middle of a friendly, authentic Mexican community. Teams will stay at the all-inclusive Sheraton Hotel, which sits directly on the Pacific Ocean and is only a few blocks from both the practice and game fields. Almaraz Stadium seats approximately 500 spectators, and local vendors will be on hand selling food and drinks.

“Puerto Vallarta is one of the friendliest, community-based towns in Mexico. Locals love the game of softball and are excited to come out and support this great event,” said Tournament Director and President of Triple Crown Sports, David King. “We look forward to making this an annual tournament with the goal to give schools an opportunity to play competitive softball in a beautiful, tropical climate while experiencing the Mexican culture and giving back to the local community.”

This is Triple Crown’s 21st year producing tournaments in Mexico and the ninth year specifically for college events. TCS has funded the design and build-out of the Almaraz Stadium. Each year more than 80 local teams use the facility for various leagues and community gatherings. The event will kick off Wednesday, Feb. 25 with practice times slotted for each school and clinics with local children run by coaches and players. Games will begin Thursday, Feb. 26 and conclude Saturday, Feb. 28. TCS will host a special banquet dinner with all teams following games Saturday.

About Triple Crown Sports Triple Crown Sports has been producing collegiate and youth sporting events since 1982. TCS is one of the most recognized event brands in girls fastpitch and has been an ambassador for the sport for years. TCS produces many of the top youth softball events in the country including the Colorado Sparkler/Fireworks, a week-long event in Denver featuring nearly 1,000 club teams and 800 college coaches from across the country. Other TCS-produced events include the Florida Rising Stars, Texas Ronald McDonald, TC/USA Nationals, Zoom into June, and the TC World Series. TCS also runs the Cancun Challenge, a men’s and women’s D-I college basketball tournament played at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera south of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and the Preseason and Postseason WNIT played at host schools in the United States. For more information on TCS visit www.triplecrownsports.com. 2015 Schedule Date Time Venue Matchup

February 26 2:00 p.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium BYU vs Nevada

February 26 4:30 p.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium UNC vs SIU

February 27 9:00 a.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium BYU vs UNC

February 27 11:30 a.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium UNC vs Nevada

February 27 2:00 p.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium BYU vs SIU

February 27 4:30 p.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium Nevada vs SIU

February 28 11:00 a.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium BYU vs SIU

February 28 1:30 p.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium Nevada vs SIU

February 28 4:00 p.m. CT Nancy Almaraz Stadium UNC vs Nevada

1-28-2015 USA Softball Top 50 DI Watch List

TOP 50 WATCH LIST

January 28 2015

 

Top 50 “Watch List” for the 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year revealed

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — With less than 10 days until the start of the 2015 NCAA Softball season, 50 student-athletes from across the country have been selected for the “Watch List” for the 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. Now in its 14th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, given by the National Governing Body for softball in the United States, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female collegiate softball players across the country.

Previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the most prestigious individual honor in NCAA Division I Softball, 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) and Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop (2014).

 

The pre-season “Watch List” includes 26 seniors, 18 juniors and six sophomores, with freshman ineligible for consideration. (Freshman can be considered for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award once they have competed at the collegiate level.) Athletes named to the “Watch List” represent 32 NCAA Division I universities and 13 athletic conferences. Arizona leads the way among universities with four athlete representatives, while Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon have three athletes on the “Watch List” apiece.  The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is also well represented among the Top 50 “Watch List” with eight member-schools represented with the Pac-12 Conference represented by seven universities.  Eight athletes on the Top 50 “Watch List” will also compete as a member of the 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team this summer.

 

The Top 25 Finalists for the 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 8. While an athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 6 and the Top 3 announced May 20. The 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 26.

 

In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, ASA/USA Softball is now in its 13th 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. The pre-season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll was released Jan. 27 with Florida, Oregon, Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida State taking the Top 5 spots respectively.

 

Follow along with NCAA Softball all season long at USASoftball.com!

USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 “Watch List”

Alex Hugo Georgia IF – Jr. Ally Carda UCLA P/UT – Sr. Amber Freeman Arizona State C – Sr. Amy Letourneau Northwestern P – Jr. Annie Aldrete Tennessee C – Soph.
Bianka Bell LSU IF – Jr. Branndi Melero Auburn OF – Sr. Cacy Williams Wichita State IF – Jr. Chelsea Goodacre Arizona C – Sr. Chelsea Wilkinson Georgia P – Jr.
Cheridan Hawkins Oregon P – Jr. Cheyenne Cordes California IF – Sr. Dani Gilmore Oregon State OF – Sr. Emilee Koerner Notre Dame OF – Sr. Emily Crane Missouri OF – Jr.
Farish Beard South Alabama P – Sr. Hallie Wilson Arizona IF – Sr. Haylie McCleney Alabama OF – Jr. Haylie Wagner Michigan P – Sr. Jailyn Ford James Madison P – Jr.
Janelle Lindvall Oregon C – Jr. Janie Takeda Oregon OF – Sr. Kaitlyn Richardson Minnesota IF/OF – Sr. Karley Wester Notre Dame OF – Soph. Kasey Cooper Auburn IF – Soph.
Katiyana Mauga Arizona IF/OF – Soph. Kellie Fox Arizona IF – Sr. Kelsey Nunley Kentucky P – Jr. Kelsey Stevens Oklahoma P – Jr. Kelsey Stewart Florida IF – Jr.
Kylee Lahners Washington OF/IF – Sr. Lacey Waldrop Florida State P – Sr. Laura Messina Central Conn. State P – Sr. Lauren Chamberlain Oklahoma IF – Sr. Lauren Haegar Florida P/IF – Sr.
Lexie Elkins Louisiana-Lafayette C – Jr. Lindsey Stephens Texas OF – Jr. Maddie O’Brien Florida State IF – Sr. Megan Baltzell Longwood C – Sr. Missy Taukeiaho Cal State Fullerton IF – Jr.
Paige Wilson Georgia IF – Sr. Sammy Marshall Western Illinois IF – Sr. Sara Groenewegen Minnesota P – Soph. Shelby Pendley Oklahoma IF/P – Sr. Shellie Robinson SC Upstate OF – Sr.
Sierra Lawrence Michigan OF – Jr. Sierra Romero Michigan IF – Jr. Stephany LaRosa UCLA IF/C – Sr. Steph Pasquale Nebraska C – Sr. Tori Finucane Missouri P – Soph.

 

1-27-2015 ESPN DI Schedule

NCAA Division I Softball: ESPN Networks to Carry 400 Games More than 100 Games Televised; Additional 300 Games Available on ESPN3 and SEC Network +

 

ESPN will offer its most robust NCAA Division I Softball slate to date with more than 100 games televised across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network (schedule) and Longhorn Network (schedule) and at least 300 games carried on ESPN3 and SEC Network +, totaling more than 400 games available this spring. ESPN will also have extensive coverage of the 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Championship, including every game televised from the Super Regionals and Women’s College World Series.

 

ESPNU’s schedule begins with a top five matchup when the defending National Champions and preseason No. 1 Florida Gators take on No. 4 Alabama (Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22). More ESPNU television highlights, including games on ESPN and ESPN2:

 

  •          An additional 16 games featuring ranked teams going head-to-head, including four more top 10 matchups:

o    No. 4 Alabama at  No. 7 Kentucky

o    No. 2 Oregon at  No. 6 UCLA

o    No. 1 Florida at  No. 10 Georgia (twice)

 

  •          No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama, and No. 5 Florida State will make a combined 19 appearances, including the following matchups:

o    No. 2 Oregon at No. 6 UCLA

o    No. 2 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona

o    No. 11 Baylor at No. 3 Oklahoma

o    No. 4 Alabama at No. 19 Auburn

 

  •          Four conference tournament championship games:

o    ACC, American, SEC, and SWAC

 

All rankings are per ESPN.com/USA Softball (January 27)

 

2015 NCAA Division I Softball Television Schedule (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun, March 15 5:30 p.m. No. 19 Auburn at Ole Miss ESPNU
Fri, March 20 7 p.m. No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 18 LSU ESPNU
Sat, March 21 2 p.m. No. 1 Florida at  No. 4 Alabama ESPNU
Sun, March 22 5:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 4 Alabama ESPNU
Sat, April 4 12 p.m. No. 4 Alabama at No. 7 Kentucky ESPNU
Sun, April 5 3 p.m. No. 2 Oregon at No. 6 UCLA ESPN2
Sat, April 11 12 p.m. Radford at Coastal Carolina ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 19 Auburn at No. 24 Texas A&M ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 18 LSU at No. 14 Tennessee ESPN
Sun, April 12 7 p.m. No. 5 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
Mon, April 13 7 p.m. No. 5 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
Thu, April 16 9 p.m. No. 11 Baylor at No. 3 Oklahoma ESPN2
Fri, April 17 8:30 p.m. No. 4 Alabama at No. 19 Auburn ESPNU
Sat, April 18 4 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 10 Georgia ESPN2
6 p.m. No. 4 Alabama at No. 19 Auburn ESPNU
Sun, April 19 1 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 10 Georgia ESPNU
3 p.m. No. 2 Oregon at Stanford ESPN
Wed, April 22 4 p.m. Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State ESPNU
6:30 p.m. Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State ESPNU
Thu, April 23 8 p.m. No. 14 Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama ESPN
Sat, April 25 2 p.m. Houston at Tulsa ESPNU
Sun, April 26 3:30 p.m. North Carolina State at Virginia Tech ESPNU
Mon, April 27 7 p.m. North Carolina at Notre Dame ESPNU
Fri, May 1 3 p.m. Norfolk State at Hampton ESPNU
Sat, May 2 3 p.m. Long Beach State at  Cal Poly ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 12 Arizona at No. 6 UCLA ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 7 Kentucky at No. 14 Tennessee ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 4 Alabama at Arkansas ESPNU
Sun, May 3 1 p.m. No. 7 Kentucky at No. 14 Tennessee ESPN2
3 p.m. No. 19 Auburn at No. 18 LSU ESPN
Wed, May 6 8 p.m. No. 25 Texas at No. 11 Baylor ESPN2
Fri, May 8 3 p.m. SEC Tournament: Semifinal No. 1 ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament: Semifinal No. 2 ESPNU
Sat, May 9 1 p.m. ACC Tournament: Championship ESPN
  1 p.m. American Athletic Conference Tournament: Championship ESPN2
3 p.m. Oklahoma State at No. 3 Oklahoma ESPN2
  8 p.m. SEC Tournament: Championship ESPN2
11:30 p.m. No. 2 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona ESPNU
Sun, May 10 11 a.m. SWAC Tournament: Championship* ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-27-2015 Jolene Henderson Leads the Charge

The new Dallas Charge pro softball team announced Tuesday morning that right-handed pitcher Jolene Henderson is the first player signed in team history. The Charge starts its inaugural season in the National Pro Fastpitch league with a home game June 3 against the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

“To be the first player in Dallas Charge history is definitely an honor. Playing in the NPF is an experience that I am thrilled to be a part of, and I look forward to playing with — and competing against — many of the best players in the world, which is exactly what the NPF is all about.” Henderson said in a press release.

Henderson played at the University of California and was the school’s all-time winningest pitcher with a record of 130-35 and also a three-time NFCA All-American. She was a member of the U.S. national team last year and helped the United States win the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX, leading the pitching staff with a 0.51 ERA. She also played in a Japanese professional league.

”We are excited that Jolene has agreed to be part of the Dallas Charge. As the name of the game indicates, the contest starts in the circle, and to anchor our team with a person of Jolene’s caliber on and off the field gives the Charge a chance to be competitive in our inaugural season,” Charge general manager Kevin Shelton said in the press release.