2-28-2013 The Softball Weekend and More

THE SOFTBALL WEEKEND AND MORE

February 28 2013

 

MARCH
1-2          Coll         Eller Media Stadium tournament, Las Vegas
1-2          Coll         Easton Classic, Tuscaloosa
1-2          Coll         Patriot Classic
1-3          Coll         USF Under Armour tournament, Clearwater
1-3          Coll         Spring Preview, Norman
1-3          Coll         Citrus Classic, Orlando
1-3          Coll         ESPN Sun Classic, Kissimmee
1-3          Coll         Wilson Demarini at ASU, Tempe
1-3          Coll         Demarini Invitational Fullerton
1-3          Coll         San Diego Classic (SDSU)
1-3          Coll         Wildcat Invitational, Tucson
1-3          Coll         Renegade Invitational, Tallahassee
1-3          Coll         Bulldog Invitational, Athens
1-3          Coll         Magic City Classic, Birmingham
1-3          Coll         FAU Invitational, Boca Raton

1-3          Coll         Lady Demon Invitational, Natchitoches LA
2-3          Coll         Charleston Southern Classic, North Charlotte SC

TENNESSEE HONORS ABBOTT, OTHER GREAT ATHLETES
From 2004-2007, Monica Abbott established herself as arguably the greatest pitcher in history of NCAA softball, all while proudly donning the Tennessee Orange and White. On March 23, the University of Tennessee will honor Abbott with a jersey retirement before UT’s game against Texas A&M at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Monica Abbott is one of a kind,” Co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. “She is the type of player and pitcher that comes along once every 15 years. She was instrumental in putting Tennessee on the map and establishing us as a credible, strong softball program. This honor is extremely deserving and we are very very happy for Monica and her family.”

Abbott will be the first Tennessee legend to be honored following the implementation of a new process for jersey retirement. Earlier today, UT announced that Abbott and fellow Tennessee greats Candace Parker (women’s basketball) and Dale Ellis (men’s basketball) will be honored with jersey retirements. For more information on the criteria and nomination process for jersey retirement, click HERE.

The March 23 game between UT and Texas A&M is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start and will be televised on ESPNU.

NFCA DII POLL

Valdosta State Remains On Top of the NFCA DII Top 25 Poll for the Second Straight Week
February 27, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After receiving 15 of 16 possible first-place votes, defending national champion Valdosta State (13-2) remains at the top of the NFCA Division II softball poll for a second consecutive week.  The Blazers picked up 399 total points, falling just a single tally shy of being the unanimous choice as the top-ranked squad in the country.  Second-ranked Southeastern Oklahoma State (15-4) cut into VSU’s advantage, however, trimming its deficit from 29 points to 23 in the latest rankings, while West Texas A&M (10-1) remained at No. 3, picking up the other remaining first-place nod from the voting committee. North Georgia (16-3) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (11-3) continued to hold down the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

No. 6 Indianapolis (10-2) and No. 7 Tampa (11-2) swapped positions in this week’s poll, as did eighth-rated Rollins (19-1) and ninth-ranked Central Oklahoma (9-3).  At 11-2-1 overall, Armstrong Atlantic is making its first appearance of the 2013 season in the national top 10, rising a single spot from last week to No. 10.

Colorado School of Mines received the largest boost in this week’s ranking, catapulting from the list of squads “receiving votes” all the way to No. 12.  At 13-2-1 the Orediggers have now won six straight games, coming off last weekend’s four-game sweep of Western New Mexico.

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 2013 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

NFCA Division II Softball Poll – February 27, 2013

Rank

Team

2013

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

Valdosta State (15)

13-2

399

1

2

SE Oklahoma State

15-4

376

2

3

West Texas A&M (1)

10-1

367

3

4

North Georgia

16-3

337

4

5

Cal St. Domin. Hills

11-3

328

5

6

Indianapolis

10-2

302

7

7

Tampa

11-2

301

6

8

Rollins

19-1

267

9

9

Central Oklahoma

9-3

260

8

10

Armstrong Atlantic

11-2-1

247

11

11

Dixie State

11-4

219

13

12

Co. School of Mines

13-2-1

217

RV

13

Emporia State

8-2

209

12

14

Southern Conn. State

0-0

198

10

15

Texas Woman’s Univ.

15-5

162

14

16

Flagler

12-5

137

15

17

West Va. Wesleyan

3-1

132

18

18

Sonoma State

10-5

121

19

19

Augustana (SD)

4-2

110

16

20

Molloy

4-2

74

21

21

St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

0-0

73

17

22

California (Pa.)

11-0

68

RV

23

Abilene Christian

10-6

54

22

24

Grand Canyon

12-5

52

RV

25

West Alabama

7-2

46

RV

Dropped Out of Poll:  No. 20 Kutztown (3-2), No. 23 Cal State Monterey Bay (10-7), No. 24 Alabama-Huntsville (7-7), No. 25 Columbus State (8-9)

 Others Receiving Votes: Kutztown (23), Grand Valley State (20), Francis Marion (20), Winona State (18), Cal State Monterey Bay (17), St. Mary’s (14), Midwestern State (11), West Virginia State (9), Notre Dame de Namur (7), Caldwell (3), North Alabama (2).

Rollins’ Alred and Southern Arkansas’ Gill Reap Louisville Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week Honors
February 27, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Veronica Alred of Rollins and Hanna Gill of Southern Arkansas have been chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for February 27, respectively.

In helping No. 8 Rollins to a perfect 8-0 week, Alred, a junior utility player and reigning Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week, hit .560 overall (14-for-25) with seven runs scored, three HR’s and 15 RBIs while slugging at a .960 clip.  She hit safely in six of the Tars’ eight contests with multiple base knocks in each of those match-ups.  During a 16-0 victory over Kentucky State, Alred had a career day, going 3-for-3 with two HR’s, including a grand slam, and seven RBIs.  A native of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., she currently owns a .410 season batting average with a team-best four HR’s to go along with 22 RBIs.

The current Great American Conference’s Pitcher of the Week, Southern Arkansas’ Gill played a major role in the Lady Muleriders’ perfect week.  She made five appearances in the circle while registering a 4-0 record with a miniscule 0.57 ERA, a save and 32 strikeouts over just 24 innings of work while allowing the opposition to hit at just a .134 clip.  A sophomore at SAU, Gill struck out 11 during a 9-1 (6 inn.) triumph over Arkansas Tech and eight in both a 4-3 win against Newman and a 4-0 shutout of Arkansas Tech.  Currently 8-3 on the season, Gill has fired nine complete games, tallied a 2.75 ERA and struck out 75 batters in a team-high 76.1 innings of work.

Other Selected Top Performances

Indianapolis’ Bailey Wittenauer batted .529 (9-for-17) with three HR’s, eight RBI and a 1.176 slugging percentage…Whitney Brown of West Alabama hit .755 (7-for-8) with two doubles, a triple, three HRs and 12 RBIs in just two games against Miles College…Kelly Unkrich of Colorado School of Mines was a perfect 2-0 from the circle with a 0.00 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and 13 K’s in 12 innings…Minnesota State Mankato’s Samantha Holien hit .417 (5-for-12) with a double, two HR’s and eight RBIs…Mackenzie Spanko of Southern Arkansas batted .500 (7-for-14) with a grand slam and five RBIs…Regis (Colo.) senior Bre Backlund was 4-for-6 (.667) with three doubles, a triple and two RBIs in a pair of contests, upping her season average to a remarkable .560…West Georgia’s Megan Roberts was 3-0 with a save, a 0.44 ERA and 20 strikeouts in just 16 frames…Vianna Gutierrez of St. Mary’s hit .588 with a pair of HR’s and 10 RBIs while also going 2-0 from the circle with a 0.84 ERA and 20 K’s…Lisa Ripperger of Northeastern State batted .769 (10-for-13) with a HR and four RBI…Lauren Smith of Angelo State posted an .833 (5-for-6) average with five RBIs during a pair of victories over Texas A&M International…Morgan Lintz of Winona State knocked in 11 runs while hitting .636 (7-for-11) at the dish…Minnesota Duluth’s Julia Nealer was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 25 K’s in 19 innings while tossing a pair of no-hitters…Rollins’ Niki Fogle was 4-0 with three complete-game blankings and 23 K’s in 22.2 frames of effort.

 

2013 Louisville Slugger Division iI National Player of the Week

Feb. 20 – Siarra Gomez – Arkansas Tech – So. – 1B/3B – Fort Worth, Texas

Feb. 27 – Veronica Alred – Rollins – Jr. – UTL – Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

 

2013 Louisville Slugger Division iI National Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 20 – Jacee Bennett – Southeastern Oklahoma State – So. – P – Colbert, Okla.

Feb. 27 – Hanna Gill – Southern Arkansas – So. – P – Albany, La.

 NPF Releases 2013 Regular Season Schedule

Nashville, TN – The National Pro Fastpitch League Office released the 2013 regular season schedule today. The four affiliate teams of the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, NY/NJ Comets, and USSSA Pride will battle each other through 96 total regular season. Each team will play every other team a total of 16 games – 2 Home series’ and 2 Away series’.  Akron and USSSA will both host a total of 7 home series’, Chicago will host 6, and NY/NJ will host 4.

The regular season will open on June 5 when Akron travels to Chicago for a 4 game series. A day later, all four teams will be in action as the series of NY/NJ Comets at USSSA kicks off. This will be inaugural action for the NY/NJ Comets as they enter into their first year of competition in the NPF.

A season ago, the USSSA Pride dominated regular season action with a 31-12 record to take home the Ringor Cup regular season title. The Chicago Bandits finished second overall in 2012 at 25-19, and the Carolina Diamonds brought home a third place overall finish at 17-26. Akron will be looking to recover from a 14-30 record and fourth place finish of a year ago.

The NPF celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013 as the four affiliate teams will square off in more than 13 different venues. The 2013 action will culminate with the NPF Championship Series to be held in August at the Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, IL. Details regarding the 2013 Championship will be forthcoming in the near future.

NPF 2013 Regular Season Schedule

June 5        Akron @ Chicago
June 6        Akron @ Chicago
June 6        NY/NJ @ USSSA
June 7        Akron @ Chicago
June 7         NY/NJ @ USSSA
June 8        Akron @ Chicago
June 8        NY/NJ @ USSSA
June 9        NY/NJ @ USSSA
June 13        Akron @ USSSA
June 13        Chicago @ NY/NJ
June 14         Akron @ USSSA
June 14        Chicago @ NY/NJ
June 15        Akron @ USSSA (DH)
June 15        Chicago @ NY/NJ
June 16        Chicago @ NY/NJ
June 19        Akron @ NY/NJ
June 20        Akron @ NY/NJ
June 20        USSSA @ Chicago
June 21        Akron @ NY/NJ
June 21        USSSA @ Chicago
June 22        Akron @ NY/NJ
June 22        USSSA @ Chicago
June 23        USSSA @ Chicago
June 27        Chicago @ Akron
June 27        NY/NJ @ USSSA
June 28        Chicago @ Akron
June 28         NY/NJ @ USSSA
June 29        Chicago @ Akron
June 29        NY/NJ @ USSSA (DH)
June 30        Chicago @ Akron

July 3        NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 4        NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 4        USSSA @ Akron
July 5        NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 5         USSSA @ Akron
July 6         NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 6         USSSA @ Akron
July 7        USSSA @ Akron
July 10        NY/NJ @ Akron
July 11        NY/NJ @ Akron
July 11        Chicago @ USSSA
July 12        NY/NJ @ Akron
July 12        Chicago @ USSSA
July 13        NY/NJ @ Akron
July 13        Chicago @ USSSA (DH)
July 14        NY/NJ @ Akron
July 18        Akron @ Chicago
July 19        Akron @ Chicago
July 19        USSSA @ NY/NJ
July 20        Akron @ Chicago
July 20        USSSA @ NY/NJ (DH)
July 21        Akron @ Chicago
July 21        USSSA @ NY/NJ
July 24        Akron @ USSSA
July 24        NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 25        Akron @ USSSA (DH)
July 25        NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 26        Akron @ USSSA
July 26        NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 27        NY/NJ @ Chicago
July 29        Chicago @ USSSA
July 29        NY/NJ @ Akron
July 30        Chicago @ USSSA (DH)
July 30        NY/NJ @ Akron
July 31        Chicago @ USSSA
July 31        NY/NJ @ Akron

August 1    Chicago @ NY/NJ
August 2    Chicago @ NY/NJ
August 2    USSSA @ Akron
August 3    Chicago @ NY/NJ (DH)
August 3    USSSA @ Akron
August 4    USSSA @ Akron
August 5    USSSA @ Akron
August 8    Chicago @ Akron
August 8     NY/NJ @ USSSA
August 9    Chicago @ Akron
August 9     NY/NJ @ USSSA
August 10    Chicago @ Akron
August 10    NY/NJ @ USSSA (DH)
August 11    Chicago @ Akron
August 14    USSSA @ Chicago
August 15    USSSA @ Chicago
August 15    NY/NJ @ Akron
August 16    USSSA @ Chicago
August 16    NY/NJ @ Akron
August 17    USSSA @ Chicago
August 17    NY/NJ @ Akron
August 18    NY/NJ @ Akron

 

 

 

 

 

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