JUNE 23 2012 UPDATE
USA Softball downs Canada 9-1 in five innings in Title IX Celebration Game
OKLAHOMA CITY – In its first television debut for the 2012 season, the USA Softball Women’s National Team defeated Canada 9-1 in five innings during the Title IX Celebration Game at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The action started in the bottom of the first as Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) hit an infield single and later scored on an RBI by Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.). Four innings later, the game ended in similar fashion as Christi Orgeron (New Orleans, La.) collected a walk-off double that scored Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif.) and Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) to close the run-run victory.
“It was nice getting some competition under our belts tonight after playing our USA Elite team and scrimmaging ourselves,” said USA head coach Ken Eriksen. “Anytime you go against someone in a different uniform and get that camaraderie going it lends itself to more success. We have some things to work on this week, like some execution plays and defensive and offensive situations but by and large I am pretty excited about the enthusiasm and pitching tonight and just overall performance.”
Scoring in three of the five innings, it was a team effort as eight players inked hits in the contest with Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) leading the way going 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Collecting 10 hits throughout the game, the Americans set the tone early in the bottom of the first as R. Taylor scored the game’s first run. Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) continued the U.S. offense with a single to right field. Arioto moved to second on a Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif.) walk and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. That brought Gibson to the plate, who singled to right field to score Arioto.
The U.S. would score three more runs in the bottom of the second before Canada answered in the top of the third with a run scored by Victoria Hayward. The U.S. threatened to score again in the third and fourth inning but were unable to collect as five runners were left on base. The U.S. offense exploded again in the bottom of the fifth as Team USA rookie Samantha Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) started the inning with her second home run of the season, which put the U.S. one run away from a run-rule win.
“Well when I walked up there and saw my picture on the big screen I was like ‘well Sam this is real, this is USA Softball,” smiled USA rookie Samantha Fischer. “And then of course I had to calm myself down because it was so big and huge. Then I saw some pitches and found one I could drive and it was very cool and a great moment.”
Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif.), who entered the game in the top of the fourth inning, walked to continue the U.S. rally. Moultrie laid down a single, advancing Shults to second, bringing up Orgeron to the plate. With a 2-2 count, Orgeron sent a rocket to right field, scoring Shults and Moultrie and ending the game.
From the circle, Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif.) collected the win allowing three hits with six strikeouts in three innings of work. Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) entered in the fourth inning for the USA and collected two strikeouts in seven batters faced.
Next up for the USA Softball Women’s National Team is the World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators, June 27- July 2, also in Oklahoma City. Following the World Cup, the USA Women’s National Team is slated to compete July 4-9 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch 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.
GAME DATE: 06/23/2012
Canadian National Team 1 AT USA National Team 9
Canada AB R H BI AVG USA AB R H BI AVG
V.Hayward RF 2 1 1 0 .500 M.Moultrie CF,LF 3 2 1 0 .333
C.Lever CF 3 0 1 0 .333 R.Taylor CF 2 1 2 0 1.000
J.Yee 2B 2 0 1 1 .500 C.Orgeron RF 2 0 1 2 .500
K.Rafter C,DH 2 0 0 0 .000 S.May-Johnson 3B 2 0 1 1 .500
S.Lawrick 1B 2 0 0 0 .000 K.Cochran LF,RF 2 0 1 0 .500
H.Ebert LF 1 0 0 0 .000 V.Arioto 1B 1 1 1 0 1.000
M.Matthews LF 1 0 0 0 .000 A.Chidester 1B 0 0 0 0 .000
E.Cumpstone C,DH 1 0 0 0 .000 J.Leles DH 2 0 0 0 .000
K.Haberl PH 1 0 0 0 .000 M.Johnson SS 2 1 0 0 .000
J.Lye SS 2 0 0 0 .000 S.Fischer SS 1 1 1 1 1.000
M.Timpf 3B 1 0 0 0 .000 L.Gibson 2B 3 1 2 1 .667
C.Thomas 3B 1 0 1 0 1.000 A.Holcombe C 1 1 0 0 .000
J.Shults C 0 1 0 0 .000
19 1 4 1 21 9 10 5
Canada 0 0 1 0 0 – 1 4 0
USA 1 5 0 0 3 – 9 10 0
2B–S.May-Johnson (1), L.Gibson (1). 3B–C.Orgeron (1). HR–S.Fischer (1).
RBI–J.Yee (1), C.Orgeron 2 (2), S.May-Johnson (1), S.Fischer (1),
L.Gibson (1). HP–K.Cochran (1), A.Holcombe (1). SF–S.May-Johnson (1).
SB–R.Taylor 2 (2), L.Gibson (1).
LOB–Canada 5, USA 7.
IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
J.Caira (L,0-1) 1.1 5 6 6 2 0 0 31.51
J.Cater 2.2 2 0 0 2 3 0 0.00
K.Hovinga 0.1 3 3 3 1 0 1 63.06
4.1 10 9 9 5 3 1
J.Taylor (W,1-0) 3.0 3 1 1 2 6 0 2.33
C.Thomas 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
5 4 1 1 2 8 0
WP–J.Caira 2 (2), J.Cater 2 (2). PB–E.Cumpstone 4, J.Shults. HB–J.Caira
(1), J.Cater (1). SO–V.Hayward, K.Rafter, S.Lawrick, H.Ebert, E.Cumpstone,
J.Lye 2, M.Timpf, C.Orgeron, K.Cochran, A.Holcombe. BB–V.Hayward, J.Yee,
M.Moultrie, V.Arioto 2, J.Leles, J.Shults. BF–J.Caira 11 (11), J.Cater 13
(13), K.Hovinga 5 (5), J.Taylor 14 (14), C.Thomas 7 (7). P-S–J.Caira
39-19, J.Cater 52-32, K.Hovinga 16-8, J.Taylor 59-38, C.Thomas 24-17.
Weather: Fair, 93, Winds: S17
Umpires: Plate Ump – Chris Drumm, Field Ump #1 – Steve McCown, Field Ump #2 – Bonnie Heldman, Field Ump #3 – Cody Little
Taylor Schlopy followed her up with a fielder’s choice single to second base, earning an RBI on the play to give the Racers two runs.
The Racers scored three more, but it would not be enough as the Bandits (9-3) rallied behind two Kristen Butler home runs to defeat the Racers, 8-5, sweeping the weekend series.
In the top of the first inning Kristen Butler blasted a three-run home run, putting the Bandits on the board with an early 3-0 lead. She then had a two-run home run in the second inning and an RBI single in the third. Butler assisted in scoring six of the eight runs from the Bandits in today’s ball game.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Racers slugger Nicole Pauly blasted a solo home run to close the scoring gap to 7-4. Herron pinch ran for Trimboli and scored in the sixth inning but the Racers couldn’t come back to beat the Bandits in the seventh.
Hillary Bach (1-2) started the game off in the pitching circle for Akron, pitching 1.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits and now has an ERA of 3.39. Lisa Norris (1-2) pitched five innings for the Racers; she had eight strikeouts, one walk, and allowed two runs on 10 hits. Thorson finished the game pitching 0.1 innings and has an ERA of 3.70 after today’s game. Nikki Nemitz (3-1) started in the pitching circle for the Bandits, tossing 5.1 innings with nine strikeouts, one walk, and five runs on seven hits.
Racers rally late, fall to Bandits 9-7
AKRON, OH – June 23, 2012 – Racers rookie Lexy Bennett hit her first home run, a solo blast, in her professional career with the Akron Racers (5-6) tonight putting the Racers up early in the ball game.
The Racers were the first team this season to crack Bandits’ pitcher Monica Abbott (4-1), putting up seven runs (the first earned runs all season) against the left-hander. It would not be enough however as the Bandits (8-3) rallied behind a Kristen Butler grand slam to win the game, 9-7.
Lisa Norris (1-2) started the night off in the pitching circle for the Racers, going 4.1 innings while allowing five hits and seven runs. Mineau stepped in after Norris loaded the bases in the fifth, pitching for 1.2 innings while allowing two hits and two runs.
The Bandits (8-3) really picked up the speed in the top of the fifth inning with Nikki Nemitz hitting a two-RBI home run, Amber Patton gaining one RBI and Kristin Butler with her grand slam, giving the Bandits eight runs in one inning. Chicago was able to bat around against Norris and Mineau in the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Taylor Schlopy attempted to bring the Racers back after the Bandits’ eight run half with a three RBI home run of her own.
The Racers added another come-back run in the bottom of the sixth when Nicole Pauly stepped in to face off against Abbott as a pinch hitter for Brianna Hesson. Pauly blasted the first pitch out of the park for a solo home run of her own, bringing the score to 9-7 in favor of the Bandits.
Monica Abbott (5-0) pitched seven innings tonight with six strikeouts, nine hits and seven runs. She has an ERA of 1.26 after tonight’s game.
Hillary Bach pitched one inning to close out the game for the Racers, allowing a fast turnover in an effort to come back in the bottom of the seventh. However, the Racers failed to pull through in the seventh leaving the score 9-7, Bandits.
Clermont, Fla. — The USSSA Pride dominated a cloudy afternoon doubleheader Saturday at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL winning both games and completing a sweep of the series against the Carolina Diamonds. The teams and fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the legislation that opened the door for women to play sports at publically funded schools, with an appearance from softball legend Dot Richardson.
Pride Pitcher Cat Osterman (2-1) delivered a dominating performance in the first game, allowing only 3 hits and 2 runs, while striking out 12 batters. The Pride offense heated up late, scoring 8 runs in the last 3 innings of the game. Kelsey Bruder and Andrea Duran each scored two runs, and six other Pride players scored in the blowout victory.
Diamonds Pitcher Katie Burkhar (2-4) allowed 6 of the Pride’s runs, as well as 9 hits, in just over four innings pitched. She was relieved by Sharon Palma who allowed four additional runs and 6 more hits.
Jamee Juarez sealed the second game for the Pride with a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth. Kelsey Bruder, who had a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Kristyn Sandberg, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, also helped the Pride to a 11-1 victory in game two. Pride Pitcher Danielle Lawrie (3-0) recorded 11 strikeouts and the win.
Nikia Williams got her first hit as a professional player during the sixth inning with a RBI single.
The day wasn’t all celebration for the Pride, though. Charlotte Morgan was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and left the game with an apparent wrist injury.
FAGAN SISTERS STAY IN SEC
By Andy Marks
Staff writer, Gainesville Sun
DUNNELLON — As elite softball players, sisters Kasey and Sami Fagan have competed against the highest level of competition for as long as they can remember.
They routinely faced the best players and best teams from all corners of the country. There is, however, one opponent neither of them ever had to contend with before.
They never had to play against each other.
That’s going to change when the Dunnellon natives resume their college softball careers in the spring of 2014. After their verbal commitments this week, it’s a safe bet that the date will be circled each time Kasey’s Arkansas Razorbacks face off against Sami’s Missouri Tigers in Southeastern Conference play.
It’s also a safe bet that the date will be circled whenever Arkansas or Missouri faces Florida. The Fagan sisters spoke publicly Friday for the first time since being kicked out of the UF softball program along with starting shortstop Cheyenne Coyle suddenly and under a cloud of controversy on May 18. (See separate article on Coyle below)
The turn of events left the Fagans unexpectedly scrambling for a new college home during a time of year when most major programs have already issued all their available scholarships.
“A lot of the schools that were interested in us didn’t have any money available,” Kasey said. “That was probably one of the most difficult things. The schools that showed interest in us, we were just lucky that they wanted us and they were willing to give us the scholarships to go play there.”
Kasey and Sami visited Baylor together, while each also had individual options. Kasey weighed an offer from Florida Gulf Coast, where high school classmate Tori Williams currently plays, while Sami considered both Oregon and South Florida.
When the dust settled, the longtime teammates chose separate locations within the SEC, meaning they’ll both have to sit out a year according to NCAA transfer rules. It also means they’ll have to contend with each other as opponents for the first time.
COYLE to Arizona State
Unofficially, Spy has been told by usually reliable sources that Cheyenne Coyle has committed to play this coming season for Arizona State. Makes sense. Cheyenne is a California girl. Can play shortstop or 2nd, and the Sun Devils All American shortstop Katelyn Boyd has graduated, after anchoring two national championship teams. Coyle has a full release, and can play immediately in any conference except the SEC. Coyle starred on the USA Junior World championship team.
Contract of UNCG softball coach Jennifer Herzig not being renewed
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG softball coach Jennifer Herzig’s contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of June, Director of Athletics Kim Record announced Friday.
Herzig went 173-241 in her seven-year tenure. This season, UNCG went 22-34 overall and 10-13 in the Southern Conference. A national search for Herzig’s replacement will begin immediately.