FEBRUARY 22 2012 UPDATE
Three states, Canada to host 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team will participate in exhibition doubleheaders June 14 in Summersville, W.Va., and June 18 in Ashland, Ohio, before beginning international play in Oklahoma City and continuing on to Canada. Oklahoma City will host the team June 23 for a special exhibition Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada and June 27-July 2 for the World Cup of Softball.
Later this month, tickets to the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game and all-session tickets for the World Cup of Softball will go on sale through SoftballOutlet.com. Tickets for the doubleheader exhibitions against the USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team, which serve as preparation for the team’s three international competitions, will be on sale this spring.
The Women’s National Team is slated to compete June 27-July 2 at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, July 4-9 at the Canadian Open FastPitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The 2012 USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team was also scheduled to compete at the World University Softball Championship, Aug. 4-10, in Colorado Springs, Colo., but the tournament was canceled earlier this month.
In 2010, the United States won a seventh consecutive World title, bringing the program to nine overall Gold Medals at the Women’s World Championship. USA Softball comes into the 2012 event having won the recent World Cup of Softball, the fifth consecutive time Team USA has won that tournament, and the Pan American Games. The 2011 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team closed out the year for USA Softball, winning the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship.
2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team Schedule
June 10-12, 2012
Women’s National Team Selection Camp
June 14, 2012
Exhibition doubleheader at 6 p.m.
Women’s National Team vs. Women’s Elite National Team
June 18, 2012
Exhibition doubleheader at 6:30 p.m.
Women’s National Team vs. Women’s Elite National Team
June 23, 2012
Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game
Women’s National Team vs. Canada
June 27-July 2, 2012
World Cup of Softball
July 4-9, 2012
Canadian Open FastPitch Championship
Surrey, B.C., Canada
July 13-22, 2012
ISF Women’s World Championship
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Schedule subject to change
In January, 12 athletes were named to the 17-member USA Softball Women’s National Team roster by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). Athletes already on the team are Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./Cal senior), Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State 2009), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee junior), Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009), Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010), Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006), Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida senior), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma junior), Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011) and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri junior). All were members of the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team.
Athletes who have accepted an invitation to try-out for one of the five remaining spots on the Women’s National Team and the 2012 USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team are Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma freshman), Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas/Baylor junior), Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee junior), Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona State sophomore), Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona junior), Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas junior), Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M junior), Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif./UCLA 2010), Christi Orgeron (New Orleans, La./ULL senior), Ellen Renfroe (Jackson, Tenn./Tennessee sophomore) and Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif./Oklahoma junior). Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan senior) also recently accepted an invitation for Selection Camp. With the exception of Chidester and Renfroe, all athletes have played USA Softball previously on a Women’s National Team, Women’s Futures National Team or Junior Women’s National Team.
Throughout the spring, additional athletes will be invited to the June Selection Camp in Ashland, where the five remaining members of the Women’s National Team and the 17-athlete roster for the Women’s Elite National Team will be decided. Following the Selection Camp, members of both teams will play each other in exhibition games and then the Women’s National Team will move on to competition.
Big First Inning Powers Softball Past Southeastern Louisiana
BATON ROUGE – Allison Falcon, Ashley Langoni and Morgan Russell each collected a pair of RBIs as the LSU softball team used a five-run first inning and never looked back during a 7-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Tuesday at Tiger Park.
“The offense was great. I was proud of the way we came out and put five quick runs on the board,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I thought we hit some balls really well and used all parts of the field. A lot of credit goes to the Southeastern pitcher [Kenna Terry] because she made an adjustment after the first inning, and it really kept us off balance for five innings.”
LSU (5-4) won back-to-back games for the second time during the 2012 campaign and notched its fifth shutout on the young season. Russell along with Tammy Wray collected multi-hit performances to fuel a nine-hit attack for the Tigers.
LSU raced out of the gates with a five-run first inning. Ashley Applegate drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third base on an Allison Falcon sacrifice bunt aided by a throwing error by SLU first baseman Ariell Van Hook.
On a 3-2 offering, Langoni cleared the bases and belted a two-run double down the right field line for the game’s first runs. A Lady Lion fielding error on second baseman Megan McCollum allowed Langoni to cross the plate and push the Tiger advantage to 3-0.
With two outs and runners in scoring position, Russell ended a 1-for-15 stretch as she deposited a two-run single to right field to make it 5-0.
That would be more than enough run support for Brittany Mack. She bounced back after allowing six runs during her last outing Sunday against No. 3 California and twirled a three-hit shutout. The senior right-hander notched six strikeouts against one walk and moved to 2-3 for the season.
Southeastern Louisiana’s (1-8) Kenna Terry was tagged with the loss and has dropped all four of her decisions in 2012. She surrendered seven runs, four earned, on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Tigers added two more runs in the sixth inning for the final margin of 7-0. With two on and two out, Falcon smoked a single up-the-middle to extend her career-long hitting streak to six games.
“It is a process, and it is continuing to get better each day,” Russell said. “Extra work, extra hitting and extra fielding; everything we do we need to keep doing. I think we are doing a good job right now, and I think that if we can just continue getting better each game and progress, there is no doubt that we will be in the College World Series come June.”
LSU continues its five-game homestand Saturday and squares off with South Alabama at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. tilt with McNeese State to open the Tiger Invitational.
“It is definitely a big week for us,” Torina said. “Put us on the positive because the following week [in Oklahoma] we have a really challenging schedule again. Not an easy weekend this weekend either. South Alabama and McNeese State are very quality opponents. They have played a good schedule, both have done some good things. It is a really big week for us so I feel like tonight was a big win to get us to the positive side.”
Follow every pitch of the Tiger Invitational via live stats on www.LSUsports.net/livestats. Fans also can receive live in-game updates on LSU softball’s social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
LSU softball will be collecting new packs of pencils all weekend long at the fan zone on the concourse. The Tigers will donate the items gathered to USA Softball’s Pencil Drive when the team travels to the Preview Tournament in early March.
The Tiger Park Ticket Booth will open 60 minutes prior to the first pitch of the first game each day. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission and $3 for youth ages 3-12. Season tickets are on-sale for $75 and additional ticket information is available at www.LSUtix.net.
Season ticket holders will have their tickets scanned upon entrance to Tiger Park. The LSU Athletics Ticket Office urges season ticket holders to be cautious when separating their bar-coded tickets. The barcode must be attached to the ticket when arriving at the gate. If the barcode detaches, season ticket holders must stop by the LSU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Administration Building for a reprint of their tickets.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A second-straight offensive onslaught sent South Carolina (7-3)
to a 9-1 win in five innings over in-state rival Winthrop (4-4) on Wednesday
afternoon at Beckham Field.
Sophomore second baseman Dana Hathorn led the Gamecocks with a 2-for-3 day,
posting a pair of doubles and a career-high four RBI. Junior shortstop Samie
Garcia went 2-for-3, extending her hitting streak to nine games, with two runs
scored and a stolen base. Junior rightfielder Hannah Milks and sophomore
designated player Chelsea Hawkins both went 2-for-3 as well, with Hawkins
driving in two with her first-inning double.
Hathorn and Hawkins both drove in two in the first on doubles to make it 4-0
Gamecocks. That grew to 7-0 in the second after senior third baseman Evan Childs
drove home Garcia with a bloop single and Hathorn followed with her second
double, plating senior centerfielder Lauren Lackey and Childs.
NFCA DII POLL
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After starting the season 8-0, Alabama-Huntsville has
been tabbed as the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the latest NFCA
Division II Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Wednesday.
The Chargers received 14 of 16 first-place votes in the poll and finished
18 points ahead of North Georgia. The Saints (9-1) also received a
first-place vote and, like Alabama-Huntsville, moved up one spot in the
first regular-season poll from its position in the preseason rankings.
West Texas A&M used an 8-1 start to jump up two spots to third, while Cal
State Chico, which also received a first-place vote, (9-2) shot up 11
spots, from 15th to fourth. Valdosta State (7-2) also moved up one spot
this week to round out the top five in fifth.
Six teams fell out of favor with the voters this week, leaving six spots
open for teams to make their 2012 debut in the rankings. No. 12 Arkansas
Monticello (2-3), No. 13 Minnesota St. Mankato (2-3), No. 20 Midwestern
State (7-4), No. 22 West Virginia Wesleyan (0-0), No. 24 Colorado Mines
(3-8) and No. 25 Merrimack (0-0) all exited the poll this week after the
first three weeks of play.
Leading the way for teams new to the rankings were Cal State Monterey Bay
(11-3) and Indianapolis (4-0) who soared to the middle of the pack and tied
at No. 13. Also making their debuts this week were Barry (11-2) at No. 15,
Cal State Dominguez Hills (13-2) at No. 20, Winona State (4-1) at No. 23
and Flagler (11-2) at No. 25.
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head
coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Current 2012
records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.
*Dropped Out: *No. 12 Arkansas-Monticello, No. 13 Minnesota St. Mankato,
No. 20 Midwestern St., No. 22 West Virginia Wesleyan, No. 24 Colorado
Mines, No. 25 Merrimack
*Others Receiving Votes: *Midwestern St. 45, West Virginia Wesleyan 45,
Abilene Christian 40, Merrimack 33, Arkansas-Monticello 27, Minnesota St.
Mankato 25, Kutztown 12, Minnesota Duluth 11, Dowling 8, Northern Kentucky
6, Sonoma St. 6, Francis Marion 5, Tiffin 5, Colorado Mines 4, Emporia St. 1