OCTOBER 22 2012 UPDATE
UPCOMING ISF SPECIAL CONGRESS
Following a resolution at the XXV ISF Congress in Oklahoma City in 2011 that provided for the ISF to explore the possibility of a joint bid with Baseball for the 2020 Olympic Program, the ISF Board of Directors has voted to convene a Special Congress. This is per the ISF constitution, Article 7.15, to consider the merger of ISF and IBAF (International Baseball Federation) into one international federation recognized and required by the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
The Special Congress will be convened on October 30, 2012 in Houston, Texas, USA. Member national federations have been informed relative to attending the Special Congress. A quorum for the Congress requires at least 30 member federations in good standing be in attendance. Indications are that as of this date, a quorum will be reached.
Bulldogs Sweep Doubleheader To Close Out Fall Exhibition Season
Starkville, Miss. – A picture-perfect Sunday fall afternoon was the
backdrop at the Mississippi State Softball Stadium as the Bulldogs swept
Wallace State by scores of 3-0 and 6-4 to wrap up the fall exhibition
schedule. The senior southpaw duo of Stephanie Becker and Kylie Vry
picked up the wins in the circle for the Maroon and White.
“We were able to get everybody some great playing time this fall,”
Head Coach Vann Stuedeman said. “We want to give a big thank you to
all the Bulldog fans that came out to our only home game this fall.”
Becker was nearly unhittable in game one, striking out 10 batters in
5.2 scoreless innings pitched. The Chicago native allowed two hits and
at one point in the game retired 10-straight Lady Lions. Freshman
right-hander Jacey Punches made her Starkville debut by closing out the
game with two strikeouts and zero hits allowed.
“Sam Lenahan called some great pitches behind the plate and our
defense was phenomenal today,” Becker said.
The Bulldog bats scored all they needed to in the bottom of the first,
which started with a base on balls by senior left fielder Jessica
Cooley. Junior center fielder Jessica Offutt ripped a single to right
field to put two runners on, before both runners executed a double steal
to put two in scoring position for the junior catcher Sam Lenahan. The
catcher lined a single to left, knocking in Cooley. The Wallace State
left fielder mishandled the ball on the hop, allowing Offutt to also tap
the dish. Junior pinch runner Rachael Zdeb scored on an RBI single by
fellow junior Heidi Shape.
In game two, Vry picked up the win inside the circle, striking out six
batters and giving up two hits in four innings of work. Punches returned
again for a three-up, three-down fifth inning before junior Shana
Sherrod closed out the game to pick up the save.
Offensively, it was a pair of two-run home runs that gave the Maroon
and White the doubleheader sweep. After a triple to the gap in right by
Offutt in the bottom of the third, Lenahan hit a two-run homer to left
that tipped off the center fielder’s glove and went over the fence for
a 2-0 MSU lead.
One inning later, Cooley belted a no-doubter to the parking lot in
center for the second two-run round-tripper of the game. State added
another inning in the frame and one more in the sixth for its six-run
Wallace State’s Kori Benson put the visitors on the board for the
first time Sunday with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning,
with the Lady Lions adding their second run later in the inning. A
throwing error with two outs in the top of the seventh gave Wallace
State their final two runs.
With fall season done with, Stuedeman’s squad returns to the Dawg
Diamond Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, for the 2013 season opener against South
Alabama at 6 p.m. For more information the MSU softball program, follow
the team on Twitter at @MStateSB and like the team on Facebook at
LSU Softball Falls in Exhibition with NPF All-Stars
Written By Palmer Black, Student SID
BATON ROUGE – The NPF All-Stars defeated the LSU softball team by a 7-2 margin during an exhibition game Friday at Tiger Park which featured a pitching match-up between former NFCA All-American teammates Rachele Fico and Brittany Mack.
Mack faced her former team and looked sharp throughout. She allowed only two runs on five hits over 6.1 innings of work. The right-hander also recorded seven strikeouts on her way to the victory.
“It is definitely good for our team to face that kind of competition,” head coach Beth Torina said. “We were able to see what it takes to be at the top level at our sport. It was exciting. I was excited about the matchup all week. It was a lot of fun for the fans. Brittany has such a great following in Baton Rouge because of how much time she has put in in this community. It was nice for her to get to come back and play here.”
The 2012 All-American hurler Fico got into trouble early as she quickly loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam to Gionna DiSalvatore before recording her first out of the game. The NPF All-Stars took the early 4-0 lead and never looked back.
The Tigers responded during the home half of the frame after Sandra Simmons drew a leadoff walk and was moved to second on a Simone Heyward infield single. Bianka Bell followed with a RBI single to deep right centerfield.
The NPF All-Stars extended its lead with a single tally in the second inning. Ashley Charters and Jenn Salling connected a triple and single to make it 6-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Kailey McCasland connected for a solo home run off Mack to pull the Tigers back to 6-2. It was LSU’s eighth roundtripper of the fall season.
“I think we have a much better offensive mentality. I think we are swinging with a lot more confidence,” Torina said. “I think the addition of some of these freshmen really ups the level of the entire offense. Bianka just walks in and swings big. These kids that have been swinging with us for a year finally understand the system. They understand the offensive philosophy we are asking of them. They are really starting to feel their swings.”
The NPF’s added a run in the seventh inning off of reliever Meghan Patterson for the final margin of 7-2. With the victory, the NPF All-Stars improved to 56-2 during two-plus years on tour with their only losses coming from Oklahoma (2011) and Michigan (2012).