3-11-2014 March 11 Spy Update

SPY MARCH 11 UPDATE

NCAA STATISTICS
The latest NCAA individual and team statistics, through games of March 11, have been posted on our companion web site:  www.spysoftball.org.

AMBITIOUS NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM
USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp will be held June 9-12. Twenty-four Athletes will vie for 17 spots on the 2014 USA Softball Women’s World Championship team roster that will compete for the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands this August. In addition, Team USA will compete in the ninth World Cup of Softball which moves west to Irvine, Calif. in July, 2014.  (The invitees were listed in Spy February 7.)

Tickets are now on sale for the World Cup which will be held at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, coterminous with the annual Champions Cup for travel ball teams.

Once selected, the 17 athletes who make up the 2014 USA Softball Women’s World Championship team will compete in six different events throughout the United States, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands. Fans in the United States will get three opportunities to see Team USA with two exhibition stops, Morgantown, W.V on July 3 and Waldorf, Md. on July 29, as well as the World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif. July 7-12.

The World Cup, an ISF sanctioned event, will include some of the top teams in the world including Team USA, Japan, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chinese Taipei and Venezuela. The complete World Cup of Softball game schedule, including special promotions and autograph sessions will be announced at a later date. Ultimate Fan Zone tickets will go on sale March 1 and general admission tickets on March 21. Visit www.socalasa.org for more information or email WorldCupIX@aol.com with any questions.

Following the World Cup, Team USA will travel internationally to compete in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch InternationalChampionship July 14-21 in Surrey, B.C., Canada, Italian Softball Week August 6-10 in Azzano, Italy and the ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands August 12-24 where they’ll look to improve on a silver medal finish from the previous World Championship.

SPY Note:  health problems will probably prevent Spy from attending the ISF games in the Netherlands.  SPY had planned to meet with colleagues from a former career in London, Paris and Amsterdam.  Spy has spent considerable time in Holland, and had looked forward to revisitng the famed Herrengracht Museum sand the world-reknowned “Night Watch.”  Old friends still needle about one trip to Haarlem’ leaving at night, I made a wrong turn and drove out onto a dike.  Hell of a life.

DI SOFTBALL GAMES

Challenges to Florida’s dominance in the polls begin this week with the start of SEC conference play.  LSU’s Tigers take on the Gators March 14, and will be hungry after two losses to Auburn knocked the Tigers out of the Top 25.

#2/4 Tennessee plays Western Carolina today than travels to Arkansas this weekend.

Spy, as always, will publish a daily schedule.

Monday: Louisville, which began the season a Top 25 ranked team, lost Monday to Illinois State 5-2, snapping the Cardinals 7-game win streak.  WP Regan Romshek.  LP Rachel LeCoq,

Today, Louisville won 7-3, powered by two homers from Brittany Duncan, 4 rbi, Kelsi Jones hit a solo.  WP Caralisa Connell.  LP Taylor Baxter.

 

 

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