1-31-2012 January 31 Update

JANUARY 31 UPDATE

 

2012 NPF College Draft to air March 7

AKRON, Ohio – National Pro Fastpitch announced final plans today for the 2012 NPF College Draft. The 2012 Draft which is presented by Miken, will take place at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. on March 7 at 6:00 EST.  The Memphis Sports Council is hosting the event in conjunction with the Peabody Hotel.

All four teams of the NPF will take part in the draft. The draft consists of twenty overall athlete selections that are divided into five rounds. Each round consists of four picks.

The first overall pick in the 2012 NPF College Draft belongs to the USSSA Florida Pride, a position that resulted from a mid-season trade in 2011 with the NPF Diamonds.  After finishing in second place during the 2011 regular season, the Akron Racers are scheduled to select third in each round of the draft this year.  

Can’t make the watch party? The 2012 NPF College Draft can be seen live through the internet broadcast hosted on the League’s website at www.profastpitch.com.  The internet broadcast will go on air at 5:45 EST with a preview and introductions, and the draft itself will begin at approximately 6:00 pm EST.

For the past two years, the University of Alabama has garnered the first overall draft choice in the NPF Draft. In 2010, the USSSA Florida Pride chose first baseman Charlotte Morgan of the Crimson Tide and in 2011, the NPF Diamonds made pitcher Kelsi Dunne the number one selection. National Pro Fastpitch has held a Draft every year since its inception in 2004.

Fresno State Softball Picked to Win the WAC

 

Fresno State voted as the preseason favorite to win the league; Michelle Moses, Andrea Ortega and Brooke Ortiz named to Preseason All-WAC Team

 

Jan. 31, 2012

 

DENVER, Colo. – The Fresno State softball team was selected by the coaches in the Western Athletic Conference to win the 2012 WAC regular-season crown, as the league announced the 2012 preseason poll and Preseason All-WAC Teams Tuesday.

 

This marks the 14th time in the last 17 years that the Bulldogs have been the preseason favorite to win the title.

 

In addition, the `Dogs landed three players on the 2012 Preseason All-WAC team. Seniors Michelle Moses and Andrea Ortega along with sophomore Brooke Ortiz made the list and Fresno State’s three selections tied with New Mexico State for the second-most in the conference. Hawai’i led the league with four.

 

“Anytime you are honored by your peers and your opponents before you even start the season is a very positive thing to happen when they have that much respect for you,” head coach Margie Wright said. “What we need to understand is if that’s how they feel about us, then we need to perform at that level and I know that this group is ready to do that.”

 

Fresno State edged out Hawai’i by two points as the preseason favorite. The Bulldogs collected a league-high three first-place votes and 44 points. New Mexico State, which matched UH with two first-place votes, was close behind in third with 37 points followed by Brigham Young (one first-place vote) in fourth with 35 points.

 

Nevada was picked to finish fifth with 20 points, followed by San Jose State and Louisiana Tech tied for sixth with 17 points apiece. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 12 points.

 

Fresno State is entering its final season in the WAC before moving to the Mountain West Conference in 2013. The Bulldogs have won 10 WAC regular season championships and three WAC Tournament Championships since joining the league in 1993 and the seven seniors on the 2012 roster look to capture another conference crown this year.

“Our goal every year is to win it,” said Wright, the winningest NCAA Division I softball coach. “We want to go out that way.”

Fresno State is the only program in the nation that has qualified for all 30 NCAA Tournaments and it returns 11 letterwinners off its 2011 team that went 35-17 and reached the NCAA Stanford Regional.

 

“We Are Your Team” – ESPN2 790 AM is your home for Fresno State Softball.

2010 WAC Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes), Points

1. Fresno State (3), 44
2. Hawai’i (2), 42
3. New Mexico State (2), 37
4. Brigham Young (1), 35
5. Nevada, 20
T6. Louisiana Tech, 17
T6. San Jose State, 17
8. Utah State, 12

2012 Preseason All-WAC Teams
Teresa Conrad (New Mexico State) • Jr. • SS/1B
Carly Duckworth (Brigham Young) • So. • OF
Jessica Dugas (Brigham Young) • Sr. • OF
Jessica Iwata (Hawai`i) • Jr. • SS
Tiare Jennings (New Mexico State) • Sr. • OF
Michelle Moses (Fresno State) • Sr. • P/1B
Andrea Ortega (Fresno State) • Sr. • OF

Stephanie Ricketts (Hawai`i) • Sr. • P
Valerie Swedberg (New Mexico State) • So. • OF
Alex Aguirre (Hawai`i) • Sr. • OF
Janna Frandrup (Louisiana Tech) • Jr. P/2B
Erin Jones (Nevada) • Jr. • 3B
Allison Lenzora (Utah State) • So. • IF
Kelly Majam (Hawai`i) • Jr. • OF
Brooke Ortiz (Fresno State) • So. • 2B
Kassy Uchida (Utah State) • So. • UT

 

Commitments

Tateum Valentine – 2013 – SS – Hudson Valley Hurricanes (NY) – Lamar University

 

NO. 9 UT SOFTBALL PICKED SECOND OVERALL IN BOTH THE SEC & EASTERN DIVISION

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 9 Tennessee Lady Vol softball squad received five of 11 possible first-place votes for overall champion and was picked second behind #2/4 Florida in the races for both the Southeastern Conference’s regular season and Eastern Division titles according to the 2012 preseason poll of the league’s 11 softball coaching staffs released on Monday.

 

With 15 accumulated points the Big Orange trailed the defending Eastern Division champion Gators (14 points) by only a single tally in the divisional ranking, while coming up just a single vote behind UF as the preseason pick for regular-season champion.  No. 13/18 Kentucky (32 points), No. 10/12 Georgia (35 points) and South Carolina (48 points) rounded out the five programs in the East.  The SEC Eastern Division currently boasts three of the top 12 squads in all of NCAA Division I according to the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and four of the top 14 in the initial USA Today/NFCA listing.

 

The two-time defending regular season champion Alabama Crimson Tide (10 points) was the unanimous choice by the coaches to secure the SEC Western Division crown.  The gap between No. 3/2 UA and No. 22/20 LSU (19 points) was nine points while Auburn ranked third with 28 tallies.  Mississippi State (40 points), Arkansas (46 points) and Ole Miss (54 points) completed the SEC West standings.

 

Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5 basis for the Eastern Division and on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Western Division.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

 

Tennessee will begin its 2012 campaign at 4:30 p.m. MT on Thurs., Feb. 9, against UCSB at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.  During its stay at the prestigious event, the Big Orange will also face No. 4/3 California, Texas Tech, San Diego State, defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Arizona State and Western Michigan.  Live stats will be available through Gametracker and live updates will be posted on Twitter (@LadyVol_Sftball).

 

 

2012 Preseason SEC Coaches Poll

 

Overall Conference Champion: Florida (6), TENNESSEE (5)

 

Eastern Division:

1. Florida (14 points)

2. TENNESSEE (15 points)

3. Kentucky (32 points)

4. Georgia (35 points)

5. South Carolina (48 points)

 

Western Division:

1. Alabama (10 points)

2. LSU (19 points)

3. Auburn (28 points)

4. Mississippi State (40 points)

5. Arkansas (46 points)

6. Ole Miss (54 points)

 

 

 

No. 22 LSU Softball Selected Second in SEC West

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 22 LSU softball team was tabbed to finish second in the Southeastern Conference Western Division Monday as chosen by the conference coaches in the league’s annual preseason poll.

Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5 basis for the Eastern Division and on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Western Division. Coaches weren’t allowed to vote for their own team.

The Tigers collected 19 points, nine points behind four-time defending division champion Alabama. Auburn was chosen to finish third with 28 points followed by Mississippi State at 40 points. Rounding out the SEC West was Arkansas and Ole Miss with 46 and 54 points, respectively.

 Florida was selected as not only the frontrunner for the SEC East but the overall crown. The Gators tallied six overall championship votes and 14 points, one point and one vote ahead of Tennessee. Predicted to finish third was Kentucky, who checked in 32 points. Georgia totaled 35 points, while South Carolina garnered 48 points to complete the eastern side.  

 

LSU is 11 days away from opening the 2012 campaign and playing host to the Tiger Classic. The Tigers usher in the next chapter of their storied history under first-year coach Beth Torina on February 10 versus Penn State. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. from Tiger Park. LSU also has match-ups slated against No. 15 Michigan and Louisiana Tech on opening weekend.

 

Fans can follow LSU softball using social media at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter. Season tickets can be purchased for $75 at www.LSUtix.net for an impressive home schedule that features 2011 NCAA Tournament participants Florida State, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Penn State along with electrifying SEC series versus Arkansas, Auburn, No. 10 Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

 

2012 SEC Softball Preseason Team Announced

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference unveiled its fifth annual Preseason All-SEC team to highlight the upcoming season of SEC softball.

 

Alabama and Tennessee led all schools with four selections, followed by Florida with three. Auburn and Kentucky had one selection each. Tennessee’s Raven Chavanne, Alabama’s Kayla Braud and Florida’s Brittany Schutte are making their second consecutive appearance to the team. 

 

The Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team consists of a minimum of 12 players.  Each SEC head softball coach voted for four infielders, four outfielders, two pitchers, one catcher and one utility/DP player. No ties were broken.

 

In a class-by-class breakdown, the 2012 team consists of four seniors, five juniors and four sophomores. A complete list of the 2012 SEC Softball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows:

 

Preseason All-SEC Team               Pos.       Ht.          Cl.           Hometown

Cassie Reilly-Boccia, Alabama     IF            5-6          Sr.           Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Cheyenne Coyle, Florida               IF            5-6          So.          West Hills, Calif.

Raven Chavanne, Tennessee     IF            5-8          Jr.           Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Lauren Gibson, Tennessee          IF            5-6          Jr.           Pasadena, Md.

Kayla Braud, Alabama                    OF          5-6          Jr.           Eugene, Ore.

Morgan Estell, Auburn                   OF          5-6          So.          Kimberly, Ala.

Michelle Moultrie, Florida            OF          5-4          Sr.           Jacksonville, Fla.

Kat Dotson, Tennessee                 OF          5-9          Jr.           Savannah, Ga.

Jaclyn Traina, Alabama                   P             5-10       So.          Naples, Fla.

Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee            P             6-0          So.          Jackson, Tenn.

Brittany Schutte, Florida               C             5-10       Jr.           Fountain Valley, Calif.

Amanda Locke, Alabama              UTL        5-10       Sr.           Mesquite, Texas

Rachel Riley, Kentucky                   UTL/DP 5-5          Sr.           Bowling Green, Ky.        

 

*Ties were not broken

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY

9-11       COL        Stacy Winsberg Memorial, UCLA

9-12       COL        Texas Classic, Austin

9-12       COL        Kajikawa Classic, Tempe

9-12       COL        Fresno State Kickoff      

10-11     COL        National Invitational Tournament, Clermont

10-12     COL        South Alabama Mardi Gras, Mobile

10-12     COL        Sportco Kickoff Classic, Las Vegas

10-12     COL        LSU Classic, Baton Rouge

10-12     COL        USF Fairfield Inn tournament

10-12     COL        Combat Classic, Miami

10-12     COL        Mardi Gras Invitational, Mobile

10-12     COL        UC Davis tournament

10-12     COL        Pirate Classic, Greenville

10-12     COL        Hotel Encanto    Las Cruces

10-12     COL        Kickin Chicken Classic, Conway SC

10-12     COL        Southern Miss Coca Cola Classic, Hattiesburg

10-12     COL        Hilton Classic, Houston

10-12     COL        ULM Mardi Gras tournament. Monroe

10-12     COL        ULL Classic, Lafayette

11-12     TVL         Surf City Valentine’s Day, Huntington Beach

16-19     COL        Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, Las Vegas

17-19     COL        FAU Kickoff Classic, Boca Raton

17-19     COL        Campbell Cartier, San Diego

17-19     COL        Pirate Classic, Greenville

17-19     COL        Jacksonville State Invitational

17-19     COL        College of Charleston classic

17-19     COL        Mardi Gras Classic, Lafayette

17-19     COL        SDSU Classic, San Diego-Campbell Cartier

17-19     COL        Hillenbrand Invitational, Tucson

17-19     COL        SEC/ACC/Big 12 challenge, Auburn

17-19     COL        Houston tournament

17-19     COL        Texas A&M Tournament

18-19     COL        Fresno State Round Robin

18-19     COL        DeMarini Classic, Hattiesburg

18-19     COL        Houston Hilton Classic

18-20     HS           Surf City Presidenr’s Day, Huntington Beach

18-20     COL        USF Tournament, Clearwater

23-25     COL        Cathedral City Classic, Palm Springs

24-25     COL        Texas Shootout, Waco

24-26     COL        NFCA Leadoff Classic, Clearwater

24-26     COL        Charleston SC Tournament

24-26     COL        Bama Bash, Tuscaloosa

24-26     dol          Georgia Southern Eagle Classic, Statesboro

24-26     COL        Citrus Classic, Orlando

24-26     COL        Blues City Classic, Memphis

24-26     COL        Southern Mississippi Invitational

24-26     COL        Marriott Invitational, Orlando

25-26     COL        Strike Out Cancer, Boca Raton

25-26     COL        Tiger Invitational, Baton Rouge

25-26     COL        Carolina Classic, Chapel Hill

A MORE DETAILED SCHEDULE, SHOWING WHICH TEAMS ARE AT EVERY TOURNAMENT APPEARS ON ULTIMATE COLLEGE SOFTBALL.

Incidentally, SPY shares the agony of UCS, trying to get their entire package online.  SPY went through two losses of service in disagreements with former web hosting services.  After the last interruption, daughter Allison redesigned the whole SPY service package.  Allison is not likely to disrupt the service.

 

 

 

 

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