10-11-2011 October 11 Late Night


Arioto records two home runs and six RBI as USA Softball defeats Houston 8-0 to close out Pan American Games preparation

 HOUSTON, Texas — The USA Softball Women’s National team closed out its pre-Pan American Games exhibitions with an 8-0 victory on Tuesday evening over the University of Houston at Cougar Softball Stadium.  Thanks to the swing of Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) who recorded two home runs including a grand slam, the U.S. came out swinging and never looked back over powering the Cougars with the victory.

Three pitchers split time for the Red, White and Blue with Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) earning the start and victory tossing three complete innings with two strikeouts.  Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas) and Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif.) each contributed two innings with both retiring four batters via the strikeout.

The Red, White and Blue team jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning in exciting fashion.  With bases loaded, Arioto send a towering shot over the fences to quickly take command of the game. Silenced through the next four innings, the Cougars made back-to-back errors before Arioto struck again with a two-run blast for the solid 6-0 lead.

Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) knocked in the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double.  Arioto cluttered the stat sheet going 2-for-2 with six RBI while Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) recorded two hits and Moultrie knocked in the other two RBI in the contest.

Houston left four runners stranded who reached on base hits. Starting pitcher Diedre Outon earned the loss for the hometown team completing five innings and allowing four earned runs.

Up next the U.S. will become “official” members of the U.S. contingent of all athletes of all sports for the Pan American Games after completing processing on Wednesday, October 12 with the United States Olympic Committee.  On Thursday, they will depart to Guadalajara and get settled into village life.  The team will practice and participate in Opening Ceremonies before competition begins on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. with a match-up against Venezuela.  See below a complete schedule. USASoftball.com will host live stats for each game.  

Oct. 17- 6:30 p.m. United States vs. Venezuela

Oct. 18- 11 a.m.  United States vs. Dominican Republic

Oct. 18- 9 p.m.  United States vs. Mexico

Oct. 19- 1:30 p.m.  United States vs. Cuba

Oct. 19- 4 p.m.  United States vs. Puerto Rico

Oct. 20- 2 p.m.  United States vs. Canada

Oct. 21- 4:30 p.m.  United States vs. Argentina

Oct. 22- Playoffs

Oct. 23- FINALS

USA Softball enters the Pan American Games following a Gold Medal finish at World Cup of Softball VI in Oklahoma City, marking the fifth straight World Cup title for the Americans. Team USA has won seven Pan American Championships (1979, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007) including the last six. The program has a record of 78-3 since softball debuted in the 1979 Pan American Games.


Team NPF Tops LSU Softball, 4-1

BATON ROUGE  (PRESS RELEASE)– The LSU softball team carried a one-run lead into the seventh inning and had Team NPF down to its final strike before the Tigers dropped a 4-1 decision to the professional team Tuesday in-front of 1,234 fans at Tiger Park.

 “It was really important for me to let everyone have the experience,” Torina continued. “We got 21 out of the 22 players into the game in some way, shape or form tonight. That was really important for me too, to let them all feel like they have been a part of it.”

Brittany Mack was sensational in the circle for the Tigers and pitched 6.1 frames of two-hit ball. After getting out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning, Mack proceeded to retire 17 straight batters. The Round Rock, Texas, product finished with seven strikeouts against two walks.  

 “The off speed definitely kept them guessing. I don’t know if they have ever seen an off speed curve before. It was fun to throw that in there to some of them, but I definitely kept telling myself these are good hitters you can’t take it like you would some other teams. You have to take it like you would Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee but to the next level. You got to take them one at time, be focused and you got to make sure that you keep the pitches off the plate.”

 Ashley Langoni provided offensive fireworks at the plate and a defensive web gem in the field. With two outs during the sixth inning, Langoni broke the scoreless tie and belted a 3-2 offering over the right field scoreboard to vault LSU ahead, 1-0.

 “We went around the batting lineup twice,” Langoni said. “I laid off that outside pitch. She finally put it over the plate for me, and I went with it. Usually, I pull it over left field onto the berm and it felt good to go with it. I’ve been waiting for this game since they announced it last year. To play against a team like this is awesome, it was a great opportunity and I wouldn’t change anything about it.”

LSU recorded two outs in the seventh inning sandwiched between a walk and a hit batter. Rachele Fico relieved Mack, and had two strikes on Brittany McKinney before she drew a free pass to load the bases. Andrea Duran was hit-by-a-pitch and Caitlin Lowe coaxed a walk to put Team NPF up 2-1. Ashley Charters slapped a two-run single through the middle for the final margin of 4-1. 

 Lisa Norris carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Ashley Applegate singled to centerfield to open the fifth inning. Norris racked up 16 strikeouts and surrendered two hits in a 136-pitch effort. 

The Tigers return to action this weekend playing host to Chipola CC [Saturday 2:30 p.m], Nichols State [Saturday 5 p.m.] and McNeese State [Sunday 3 p.m.] as part of the LSU Collegiate Fall Classic. All of LSU’s fall softball games have free admission at Tiger Park.

2010-11 NFCA Division I
All-Academic Teams

Division I Teams

Rank School Head Coach GPA
1 Tennessee Tech Tory Acheson 3.619
2 Southern Illinois  Kerri Blaylock 3.611
3 Robert Morris Craig Coleman 3.553
4 Houston Baptist  Mary-Ellen Hall 3.551
5 Bowling Green St.  Shannon Salsburg 3.534
6 Youngstown St.  Brian Campbell 3.523
7 Troy  Melanie Davis 3.512
8 Alabama Patrick Murphy 3.510
9 East Tennessee St.  Brad Irwin 3.495
10 Eastern Michigan  Karen Baird 3.477
10 Stetson  Frank Griffin 3.477
12 Weber St.  Tina Johnson 3.470
13 South Dakota Amy Klyse 3.435
14 Manhattan  Thomas Pardalis 3.410
15 Yale  Barbara Reinalda 3.404
16 Eastern Illinois  Kim Schuette 3.400
16 Harvard  Jenny Allard 3.400
18 Drake  Rich Calvert 3.399
19 Indiana St.  Shane Bouman 3.380
20 Utah Valley  Todd Fairbourne 3.379
21 New Mexico St.  Kathy Rodolph 3.370
22 Belmont  Chris Kuhlmeyer 3.358
23 Bradley  Amy Hayes 3.356
24 Campbell  Drew Peterson 3.350
24 Detroit  Sunny Jones 3.350
26 Michigan St.  Jacquie Joseph 3.347
27 Binghamton  Michelle Burrell 3.345
28 Florida Tim Walton 3.340
29 Kent St.  Karen Linder 3.339
30 Indiana  Michelle Gardner 3.335
31 Arizona St.  Clint Myers 3.330
32 Iona  Roni Rivera 3.320
32 Mississippi St.  Vann Stuedeman 3.320
32 Monmouth  Louie Berndt 3.320
32 SIU Edwardsville Sandy Montgomery 3.320
32 Valparaiso  Jordan Stevens 3.320
37 Delaware St.  Jeff Savage 3.319
38 Bryant  Lisa-Ann Wallace 3.315
39 Georgia St.  Roger Kincaid 3.310
49 UMKC Meredith Smith 3.310
41 Butler  Scott Hall 3.306
42 Sacred Heart  Elizabeth Luckie 3.300
42 UTEP Kathleen Rodriguez 3.300
44 Penn St.  Robin Petrini 3.296
45 Missouri Ehren Earleywine 3.290
46 Saint Louis  Christy Connoyer 3.285
47 Louisiana-Monroe Rosemary Holloway-Hill 3.279
48 Tennessee Ralph & Karen Weekly 3.279
49 South Alabama Becky Clark 3.278
50 Radford  Mickey Dean 3.272
51 Lipscomb  Kristin Ryman 3.270
51 Houston Kyla Holas 3.270
51 Northern Iowa Ryan Jacobs 3.270
54 Murray St.  Jay Pyron 3.266
54 Drexel  Kim Camara 3.264
56 Gardner-Webb  Tom Cole 3.262
57 George Washington  Stacey Schramm 3.260
57 Western Kentucky  Tyra Perry 3.260
59 Cornell  Dick Blood 3.259
60 Marshall  Shonda Stanton 3.258
60 Mississippi Valley St.  Lee Smith 3.258
60 Seton Hall  Ray Vander May 3.258
63 Baylor  Glenn Moore 3.254
64 Marist College Joe Ausanio 3.252
64 Stanford  John Rittman 3.251
66 Illinois St.  Melinda Fischer 3.250
66 Dayton Cara LaPlaca 3.250
68 Washington Heather Tarr 3.240
69 Iowa St.  Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler 3.237
70 Connecticut Karen Mullins 3.233
71 East Carolina  Tracey Kee 3.232
72 Bucknell  Heather Rakosik 3.230
72 New Mexico Erica Beach 3.230
74 Western Illinois  Holly Van Vlymen 3.221
75 Fresno St. Margie Wright 3.215
76 Liberty  Paul Wetmore 3.210
76 Kentucky Rachel Lawson 3.210
78 Pacific Brian Kolze 3.209
79 Presbyterian Kama Tucker 3.208
80 Purdue  Kim Maher 3.200
80 Toledo Tarrah Beyster 3.200
82 Louisiana- Lafayette Stefni Lotief 3.198
83 Arkansas Mike Larabee 3.191
84 Southeast Missouri St.  Lana Richmond 3.190
84 Tennessee St.  Jeff Dabney 3.190
84 UNC Wilmington Kelly Van Houten 3.190
87 UT Martin Donley Canary 3.182
88 Miami  Kelly Kovach Schoenly 3.180
88 St. John’s (NY) Amy Kvilhaug 3.180
89 Rutgers  Jay Nelson 3.178
91 Oakland  LaDonia Hughes 3.170
91 Providence Kerri Jacklets 3.170
93 Canisius  Michael Rappl 3.165
94 South Florida Ken Eriksen 3.160
95 Nebraska Rhonda Revelle 3.151
96 Evansville Mark Redburn 3.149
97 Georgetown  Patricia Conlan 3.145
98 Jackson St.  Rick Fremin 3.144
98 Oklahoma St.  Rich Wieligman 3.144
100 Coastal Carolina  Kelley Green 3.135
101 Middle Tennessee St.  Sue Nevar 3.133
102 Delaware Jaime Wohlbach 3.130
103 Fairleigh Dickinson  Dale Martin 3.125
103 Rhode Island Erin Layton 3.125
105 Villanova  Maria Di Bernardi 3.122
106 Akron Julie Jones 3.119
107 Winthrop  Mark Cooke 3.114
108 Lehigh  Fran Troyan 3.110
108 Tulsa John  Bargfeldt 3.110
108 Western Michigan  Kathy Leitke 3.110
111 Long Island  Roy Kortmann 3.109
112 Austin Peay St.  Casey Dickson 3.102
113 Virginia Eileen Schmidt 3.100
114 Fairfield  Julie Brzezinski 3.092
114 Syracuse  Leigh Ross 3.092
116 Central Florida Renee Gillispie 3.080
116 Minnesota Jessica Allister 3.080
118 Missouri St.  Holly Hesse 3.070
118 UNC Greensboro Jennifer Herzig 3.070
120 UAB Marla Townsend 3.068
121 Saint Joseph’s  Terri Adams 3.060
122 Southern Mississippi Kirsten Voak & John Malgradi 3.058
123 Col. of Charleston Shelly Hoerner 3.048
124 North Carolina A&T Mamie Jones 3.030
125 North Carolina St.  Lisa  Navas 3.015
126 IUPUI Maggie Calcaterra 3.014
127 Eastern Kentucky  Jane Worthington 3.012
128 Northern Colorado Mark Montgomery 3.010
129 Utah St.  Carissa Kalaba 2.994
130 Florida St.  Lonni Alameda 2.983
131 Ohio St.  Linda Kalafatis 2.978
132 UCLA Kelly Inouye-Perez 2.970
133 Central Connecticut St.  Jeffrey Franquet 2.920




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