JULY 22 2010 UPDATE
ISF President Don Porter informed USA officials that the 2010 University Games, scheduled for Italy, have been cancelled. Insufficient partcipation. The USA, which won in Taiwan in 2006, did not plan to send a team.
Sources confirm that Karen Johns resigned as assistant softball coach at Mississippi State before learning that she would not be given the head coaching job at South Carolina. Johns’ immediate plans revolve around coaching the USA Junior National Team at the ISF qualifier next month in Bogota.
TEXAS SOFTBALL tabs former USA standout McFalls as assistant coach
Former Olympian and All-American Jennifer McFalls will join head coach Connie Clark’s staff this fall.
AUSTIN, Texas – Former USA Softball standout and Olympian Jennifer McFalls has been named assistant softball coach at Texas, head coach Connie Clark announced Thursday.
McFalls joins the Texas staff after spending the last five seasons as the head coach and assistant athletics director at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Texas. During her tenure at MHS she posted a 139-48 record and led her team to five-straight playoff appearances. In addition to her duties at Midlothian, McFalls has been active with USA Softball, serving on the USA Softball selection committee from 2005-10 and recently serving as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2010 Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship where she coached current Longhorn Blaire Luna. Prior to her time at Midlothian, McFalls was head softball coach and assistant athletics director at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas from 2003-05. In 2002 and 2003, she was the fastpitch softball academy director at Power Alley in Grand Prairie, Texas.
McFalls has had two previous stints as a collegiate assistant coach, serving one season at the University of Oklahoma from 1997-98 and three seasons at Texas A&M University from 1995-97. Following her tenure at OU, she spent five years working in softball clinics, television, personal training and motivational speaking.“Jennifer is networked very well within the state of Texas as well as on the national scene,” Clark said. “We look forward to her sharing her energy, knowledge and love for the game, as well as helping us win championships.”
As a player, McFalls won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the 2000 Olympics where she scored the game-winning run in the gold medal game. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000, helping her teams to a gold medal in the 1999 Pan American Games and a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships. McFalls played collegiately for Texas A&M where she earned first-team All-America honors as a shortstop in 1993 and led the Aggies in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage in all four seasons of her career. In 1994 she was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year and in 2001 she was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame. McFalls graduated from A&M in 1997 with a degree in kinesiology.
USSSA Florida Pride Takes Game One against the Tennessee Diamonds
Kissimmee, Fla. – The Pride returned home tonight after an extended absence with three series played away in the past three weeks. In the team’s first game back in Orlando, they took on the Tennessee Diamonds, ending the game in a 5-4 victory.
Sarah Pauly secured the win for the Pride in the circle, allowing four runs on eight hits over seven innings and striking out eight.
The Pride started things off in the bottom of the first when Kelly Kretschman scored the first run of the game off of a triple from Tonya Callahan after reaching on a single. Callahan scored the second run for the Pride on a pass ball from Diamonds’ pitcher Kristin Erb. A fly ball to center from Megan Willis looked to score the next run for the Pride but the inning ended on a brilliant catch from the Diamonds’ Amanda Williams at the center field wall.
The Diamonds responded in the top of the second, scoring two runs off of a triple from Carly Wynn, driving in Dede Justice and Angeline Quiocho and tying the game in the middle of the inning.
The Diamonds followed with yet another run in the top of the third when a single from designated player Megan Gibson drove in Chelsie Mesa who led off the inning with a single to left field.
The Pride took the lead back in the bottom of the third. A walk issued to Kretschman followed by a single from Callahan put the home team in position to score. Charlotte Morgan followed at the plate, reaching on a fielder’s choice with Kretschman picked off at third. Roth came to the plate and allowed Callahan and Morgan to score, though she was retired on her way to third when she attempted to take the extra base.
Two singles and a stolen base allowed the Pride to score their fifth run in the bottom of the fourth. Enea reached with single number one, and Karli Hubbard stepped in at first to pinch run for her. A stolen base on Kristen Schnake’s at-bat put Hubbard in position to score and the second base hit of the inning from Jessica Williams drove Hubbard home.
The Diamonds attempted a rally in the top of the seventh, scoring a fourth run off of a triple from Carly Wynn who scored on a 4-3 put-out on Chelsie Mesa. The inning ended before the Diamonds could score the tying run and the Pride earned the win with the final score sitting at 5-4.
The USSSA Florida Pride will take on the Tennessee Diamonds for game two of the four game series tomorrow night, July 23, at 7:05 pm.