JUNE 21 UPDATE
NAVAS OUT AT NC STATE
RALEIGH — Lisa Navas will not return next season as head coach of N.C. State’s softball program, the university announced Wednesday.
Navas’ was 296-226 record at N.C. State, including a 72-91 record in ACC competition. The team qualified for NCAA postseason play twice during her nine year tenure. The last time the team qualified for NCAA tournament play was 2007.
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately, chaired by Doug Strom.
Jeanine Gunther and Lisa Norris will continue in their current roles as assistant coaches and manage the team in the interim period.
The University provided no further details.
OTHER COACHING NEW
Linda Garza is the new coach at UC Riverside
Caitlin de la Haba is the new assistant coach at Lehigh
USA Softball Hosts Canada in Title IX Game
American squad includes Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults.
NORMAN, Okla. — The USA Softball National Team, which includes Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults on its roster, opens official summer play Saturday in Oklahoma City as it takes on Canada at 6 p.m. in the 40th Anniversary Title IX Game. The game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, which will be aired live on ESPN, is the team’s final tune up before the World Cup of Softball, June 28 – July 2 in Oklahoma City.
Both Ricketts and Shults are on the squad for the second consecutive year and recently helped the team to two wins over the USA Elite Team that included Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez.
The two teams split a doubleheader in Summersville, W. Va., before the national team claimed a win in Ashland, Ohio. The Elite Team claimed the series’ first win, 5-2, as Martinez led all batters with three hits in five appearances at the plate. The team’s starting centerfielder, Martinez also stole one base while Chamberlain picked up a walk after starting the game at first base. Neither Ricketts or Shults played in the opening game.
The National Team rebounded with a 9-0 run-rule win in five innings as Ricketts and Shults entered the starting lineup. Ricketts began the game as USA’s designated player before pitching the final two innings as she joined Shults, the team’s starting catcher, in the battery. At the plate, the USA Softball Player of the Year collected a double, a run and a walk while striking out one without allowing a hit in two innings of action inside the circle. Shults picked up a hit up for the National Team while Martinez walked once as she and Chamberlain held their starting spots in the Elite Team’s lineup.
In the final meeting between the two teams, a 1-0 eight-inning win by the National Team, Ricketts got the start in the circle and responded with two innings of shutout action, striking out one while allowing just one hit. Chamberlain was responsible for one of the Elite Team’s four hits while Shults picked up a hit when she entered the game at catcher in the fifth inning.
Following Saturday’s North American battle, the American team will turn its attention to the World Cup of Softball and its opening game against Puerto Rico on Thursday, June 28 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
andits Hurlers Walk Nine and Drop Finale of Series to the Racers, 11-1
ROSEMONT – There’s an old adage in baseball and softball terms that says “walks kill” and that was clearly the story today in the Bandits 11-1 loss at the hands of the Akron Racers.
Chicago (7-3) sent rookie free agent pitcher Michelle Moses to the circle in the series finale and she made it through three innings without allowing any runs. Her luck would run out in the fourth inning as she surrendered five runs on just two hits.
Akron’s rally started with back-to-back one out walks issued to Brianna Hesson and Taylor Schlopy. After a strikeout by Moses off pinch hitter Lexy Bennett and another free walk, NPF veteran Sharonda McDonald hit the first pitch she saw in the at-bat to centerfield for the first run of the game. Lisa Modglin, another one of Akron’s veterans, came up next and delivered the big hit of the game. Her bases clearing double to left field made the score 4-0 and chased Moses from the game.
Moses (0-1), who was just signed on Tuesday, finished the game with 3 2/3 innings pitched and allowed five runs, five walks and four hits. She also recorded two strikeouts in the game.
Akron would add another run in the fourth off reliever Meagan Denny-White before she was able to retire the side.
Four runs was enough run support for Racers starter Kristina Thorson as she looked in control against her former team. The former NPF Rookie of the Year kept the Bandits at bay all day, as she surrendered just one run over six innings of work to improve her record to 3-2 on the season.
Akron (5-5) increased its lead in the fifth inning with two more runs and opened the game wide open with four additional runs in the sixth inning.
The Bandits would score their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Amber Patton. Patton finished the day perfect at the plate going 3-for-3 to improve her average to .333. Vangie Galindo and Adrienne Monka each picked up their first professional hit in the game for Chicago.
andits Defeat Racers 2-0 and Extend Winning Streak to 4 Games
ROSEMONT, Ill.—After winning the series against the Carolina Diamonds three games to one, the Bandits returned home Tuesday night looking to continue their success against the Akron Racers.
In the top of the first, Monica Abbott walked leadoff hitter Sharonda McDonald but was able to escape the inning without a run after striking out Sam Marder and Briana Hesson. In the bottom of the inning, Racers pitcher Jen Mineau walked Amber Patton, Alisa Goler, and Megan Wiggins, but quickly struck out the next two batters to end the inning without a run scored.
Amanda Williams started off the Bandits’ hitting in the bottom of the second with a single to right, and she moved to third on an infield single by Vicky Galindo. Tammy Williams stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run single up the middle, scoring Amanda Williams and Galindo. After a walk to Patton, Alisa Goler stepped up and hit a double to the left field gap, moving Patton to third. However, the Racers were able to get out of the inning, leaving the score at 2-0 Bandits.
Monica Abbott continued to hold the Racers scoreless in the third inning. In the bottom of the third, Whitney Larsen hit her first double of the season, but a double play on a weak line drive by Amanda Williams ended the inning.
After Alisa Goler was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, the Racers brought in pitcher Hillary Bach to relieve Jen Mineau. Bach and the Racers ended the inning with the Bandits still leading by a score of 2-0.
Monica Abbott held the Racers hitless until the sixth inning when Sharonda McDonald got on base with a bunt single. Sam Marder followed with a double down the left field line, moving McDonald to third. With the Racers threatening to score, Abbott struck out first baseman Briana Hesson to end the inning.
The Bandits maintained their lead to defeat the Akron Racers by a score of 2-0. After winning their previous three games against the Carolina Diamonds, the Bandits winning streak reached four games with their win against Akron.
USSSA To Present Two Regionally Aired Regular Season Match Ups on CSS
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) affiliate, USSSA Pride has struck a deal with Comcast Sports (CSS) to air two regional regular season games. The broadcasts will feature the USSSA Florida Pride and the Carolina Diamonds.
The first meeting between the two teams will be recorded on June 21st at Jackie Robinson Stadium, home of the Daytona Cubs in Daytona Beach, Florida and aired on Saturday, June 30th 12:00 p.m. EST on CSS. The second meeting will be recorded on July 6th and will air Sunday, July 15th 12:30 EST on CSS. The July 6th match-up between the two teams will take place at Tiger Park, home of the LSU Tigers.
Comcast Sports (CSS) is the face of college sports in the South and covers thirteen states across the Southeast. CSS reaches over 6 million subscribers and encompasses one of the most dedicated college fan bases in the country, the SEC. In 2012, 9 of its 11 SEC softball programs qualified for NCAA post season play.
CSS is also seen in over 40 designated marketing areas (DMA’s) and includes 4 top 20 markets: Atlanta, Houston, Tampa/St.Petersburg and Miami/Fort Lauderdale. Some of the other top DMA’s where CSS has a footprint is Birmingham, Greenville/Spartanburg, Jacksonville, Memphis, Nashville, and West Palm Beach.