OCTOBER 6 UPDATE
COMMITMENTS Samantha Vlot, 2012, 3B, Fresno Force 18 Gold verbal San Diego State
Candyce Carter – San Jacinto College – OF – Lamar University
Katie Pascuzzi, KC Zephyrs Gold 2012 OF – Creighton
OU Opens Fall with 27-0 Win over Seminole
Sooners end 10-inning contest with 30 hits.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma opened its fall slate of softball contests with a 27-0 win over Seminole State on Wednesday, collecting a total of 30 hits in the 10-inning affair. The Sooners were led by Keilani Ricketts who pounded out two three-run home runs in back-to-back at-bats in the bottom of the third and fourth innings. OU’s pitching battery gave up just four hits. The Sooners scored a run in each inning except for the sixth, the only inning they were held scoreless by Seminole State. Prior to that, OU hit the 20-run mark, finishing the first five innings of the contest up 20-0. The Sooners return to fall action next Wednesday at 6 p.m. as they host Western Oklahoma State at Marita Hynes Field. General admission for the contest is $6 with students K-12 $5 and senior citizens $4. Children under four will be admitted free of charge.
Tennessee Downs Western Kentucky and Chattanooga State
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A grand slam by UT freshman catcher Hannah Akamine and a two-run double off the bat of junior second baseman Lauren Gibson helped the Tennessee Lady Vol softball team rally from an early deficit to post a 7-4 victory over Western Kentucky on Thurs., Oct. 6, during a fall exhibition at the Lee Softball Stadium. With the Big Orange trailing 4-0 on the scoreboard, junior third baseman Raven Chavanne (3-for-4) got what proved to be the key offensive onslaught started with one down in the bottom of the third by recording one of her three hits in the contest. Senior center fielder Ashley Andrews (2-for-3) followed with an infield single and Gibson (1-for-2, walk, hit by pitch) walked to pack the bags full of Lady Vols. Senior right fielder Shelby Burchell delivered a sacrifice fly to get Tennessee on the scoreboard, and senior Cat Hosfield reached on a botched Hilltopper fielder’s choice to re-load the bases. Akamine stepped to the dish and quickly un-loaded them by blasting a shot off the Lee Stadium scoreboard for a grand slam, pushing UT to a 5-4 advantage. In the bottom of the fourth, Chavanne and Andrews again got the offense started with back-to-back infield singles. Gibson cashed them both in with a double off the very top of the wall, granting the Big Orange a 7-4 lead.
Tennessee sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe fired a one-hitter, rookie first baseman Cheyanne Tarango singled in a run via a second inning single and sophomore designated player Melissa Davin blasted a solo homer as the Lady Vol softball team swept its Thurs. night doubleheader at Lee Stadium with a 3-1 victory over Chattanooga State. Gibson helped the Lady Vol offense with a pair of doubles as part of a 2-for-3 effort at the dish, while junior shortstop Melissa Brown singled and later raced home on a wild pitch.
NPF Defeats Florida Gators
Daytona, Fla. – The Florida Gators and Team NPF, composed of players from the four National Pro Fastpitch organizations, met for the second consecutive year in fall ball play Wednesday as part of the NPF’s Back to School Tour, this time in Daytona, Fla., at Daytona State’s softball complex. In a back and forth battle between the two squads, the NPF All-Stars came out on top with a 6-4 victory, but not without a fight and rally from Florida.
The Gators scattered runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, while the NPF was powered by with a six-run third inning. Jamee Juarez went the distance for Team NPF, allowing all four of UF’s runs and 10 hits, while fanning eight Gators.
Florida picked the combination of sophomore Hannah Rogers and freshman Lauren Haeger, who both tossed three innings for the Orange and Blue. Rogers gave up eight hits and all six NPF runs, while fanning two and Haeger provided 3.0 innings of scoreless relief.
Haeger also led the Gators at the plate, going 3-for-4, while Andrea Duran went 3-for-4 and Roya St. Clair went 2-for-3 for Team NPF.
After a hitless and scoreless first inning, Haeger, a Phoenix, Ariz., native, connected for the first hit of the contest with one out. Haeger proceeded to swipe second, moving herself into scoring position, but Juarez fanned UF’s next two batters swinging to prevent any scoring opportunities.
After allowing a leadoff hit in the bottom of the second from Bianca Mejia, UF turned an impressive double play with Brittany McKinney at the plate from Rogers to short stop Cheyenne Coyle, who tagged second, to Haeger at first to put two immediate outs on the board and clear the bases. The NPF battled back, though, loading the bases on a Francesca Enea walk, followed by a Jenn Salling hit-by-pitch and a Brittany Schutte catcher’s interference. Rogers and the UF defense stayed calm, rallying for a St. Clair groundout to retire the side.
Florida put up the first run of the contest in the top of the third inning with bases loaded when Michelle Moultrie crossed home from third following a fielding error by Mejia at first, but Team NPF retired the side when Mejia connected for St. Clair to toss out Gator freshman Sami Fagan, who tried to follow in Moultrie’s stride, at home.
Team NPF made it a seven-hit, six-run third inning capitalizing on a Mejia two-run shot in the midst of a five-hit strand to take a 6-1 lead following three frames. Duran got the scoring started with a two-RBI stand-up double, scoring herself and leadoff hitter Caitlyn Lowe, and St. Clair put up the final two runs of the rally with a two-RBI single through the right side. Rogers forced a fly out to get out of the inning.
It wasn’t over for the Gators as the Orange and Blue battled back to narrow the margin, 6-3, on a Coyle two-run shot over the left-center fence with no outs on the board, but Team NPF’s defense held up to halt the scoring at two UF runs in the third.
The Gators went with Haeger in the circle in the fourth inning, proving to be the smart choice as Florida held Team NPF scoreless in the bottom of the frame. The NPF carried a 6-3 lead to the fifth, but UF continued to chip away at the lead, courtesy of a Schutte leadoff solo shot that brought UF within two, 6-4.
After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, UF had one last chance at the top of the seventh to tie or take the lead, when Schutte and freshman Bailey Castro connected for one-out singles to put runners on first and second. Juarez caught Haeger swinging for the second out, bringing up Coyle, who battled at the plate but eventually grounded out to third for the final out of the game, resulting in a 6-4 NPF victory.
South Carolina Plays NPF on Friday
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s softball team hosts the NPF All-Stars on
Friday night at Beckham Field, with fans wanting to get to the field before the
7 p.m. start to see baseball head coach Ray Tanner throw out the first pitch.
Also, fans have the chance to take pictures with baseball’s two NCAA
Championship trophies and get autographs of both the NPF All-Stars and the
Gamecock softball team after the game.
The All-Stars bring a roster with former All-Americans and All-SEC members,
including two former NCAA champions from the University of Washington. Jenn
Salling and Ashley Charters are the former Huskies who will take part, as well
as SEC standouts Francesca Enea (Florida), Megan Wiggins (Georgia) and Jessica
Bachkora (Arkansas). Salling also plays with the Canadian National Team and
participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, along with Caitlin Lever, a Georgia
The All-Stars are 5-0 on their tour and play Florida on Wednesday night before
coming to Columbia.
South Carolina enters Friday’s contest at 1-1 in the fall and fresh off a 5-4
win over Spartanburg Methodist. The 10 Gamecock seniors and 16 returners will
get a second shot at the All-Stars, who took a 10-0 win in five innings last
year at Beckham Field.
ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIES THREE
Last week (September 27th) the 10th Asian Women’s Softball Championship concluded in Nantou, Taiwan. A record high 13 countries played in the tournament, which also served as a qualifier for next year’s ISF XIII Women’s World Championship. Participating in the fast pitch event were China, Chinese Taipei, DPR Korea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. In the title game, Japan defeated Chinese Taipei, who had rallied from behind to post a 3-2 win over China and advance to the gold medal game. Those three countries have qualified for the ISF tournament that will take place next July in Canada.
UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIP IN 10 MONTHS
ISF Director of Competition Laurie Gouthro is heading to Colorado Springs, Colorado (USA), today for meetings regarding the III World University Softball Championship. The event will take place there from August 2-11, 2012. The logo (shown below) was recently finalized and a website has been set up at www.2012wuc.org. The tournament is under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation and will be played at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The second edition of the championship was played in Taiwan and the first-ever world university softball championship took place at the ISF’s world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida (USA)
James I. Moyer Sports Complex named ASA Complex of the Year
OKLAHOMA CITY — The James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va., has been selected as the 2011 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Complex of the Year presented by Stabilizer Solutions, Inc., the ASA announced today. In addition to receiving the award at ASA’s 80th National Council Meeting next month in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Moyer Complex (1000 Union Street) will also receive approximately $2,000 in field maintenance products from Stabilizer Solutions.
Previous award winners include Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, Texas, in 2010, Heritage Park Softball Complex in St. Joseph, Mo., in 2009, Twin Creeks Softball Complex in Woodstock, Ga., in 2008 and Freedom Ridge Park Complex in Ridgeland, Miss., in 2007. The Field of Dreams Complex in Las Cruces, N.M., won the inaugural 2006 award.
In June 2011, the Moyer Complex hosted training camps for the USA Softball Women’s National Team and the Junior Women’s National Team as they prepared for international play. Most recently, the Moyer Complex hosted the 2011 ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ Class A 10-Under, 12U and 16U Eastern National Championships and the ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Eastern National Championship. The 2012 ASA Girls’ Class A 14U and 18U Fast Pitch Eastern National Championships, ASA Men’s Class C Fast Pitch East National Championship and the ASA Men’s Eastern Class C Slow Pitch National Championship are slated to be held in Salem, Va.