AUGUST 8 SPY UPDATE
USA secures No. 1 seed in playoffs with 4-1 win over Cuba; Rain causes schedule changes for playoffs
(NOTE: Schedule change for playoffs – USA will face Cuba at 1 pm EST on Friday, August 9 for the Gold Medal Game of the Mayors Cup)
San Juan, Puerto Rico – The USA Softball Women’s National Team completed round robin action of the Mayor’s Cup Thursday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Cuba. With the win, USA secured the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, which were originally scheduled to start this evening but were postponed until Friday due to rain. In a turn of events due to the rain, No. 3 seed Canada will play No. 4 seed Puerto Rico for third place, while USA will face off against No. 2 seed Cuba at 1 pm EST Friday afternoon.
Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) got the start in the circle for USA and retired the first three batters faced with a strikeout, a pop out and a groundout to shortstop Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas). The U.S. would start things early in the bottom of the first as Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) got on base with a walk. Two batters later, Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) sent a single to right field to put runners on first and third. Chavanne would then score on a double steal to put the U.S. up 1-0 entering the second inning.
Another three batter inning for Moore brought the U.S. back to the plate in the bottom of the second with Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) leading off for the Red, White and Blue. With a 1-1 count, Hudson sent a shot over right field fence, recording her first home run of the 2013 season and putting the U.S. up 2-0.
Cuba would get two runners on base in the top of the third inning as back-to-back singles at the bottom of the lineup put runners on first and second with one out. The U.S. defense kept a run from scoring though, as Moore got the next two batters to groundout and bring USA back to the plate. Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Chavanne started off the top of the third with a pair of singles. Chidester then sent a deep ball to center field for a sac-fly to score Moultrie and extend the U.S. lead to 3-0.
Cuba would put a run on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Yanitza Aviles started off the inning with a double. A single by Maritza Toledo put runners on the corners, and Yarisleidis Casanova would hit into a fielder’s choice to plate Toledo and prevent the shutout. Moore would retire the next batter with a groundout before Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) entered for relief with two outs and one runner on base. Hawkins then retired her first batter faced with a strikeout to end Cuba’s rally.
No additional runs were scored until the bottom of the sixth inning when Thom hit a sac-fly to right field to score Rhea Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.), who pinch ran for Hudson who reached base on a single. With the Thom sac-fly, USA would close out the game after the top of the seventh with the 4-1 win.
“It’s great to play games against teams we haven’t faced yet this year,” said Chidester. “Everyone on the team has come together even more and it’s a lot of fun to get back out on the field with these girls. We’re hoping the weather holds up so we can get some more games in before the qualifier.”
From the circle, Moore earned the win with one strikeout, four hits and one run scored through three and two-third innings pitched. Hawkins completed the final three and a third innings, issuing eight strikeouts and allowing one hit.
USA will face Cuba again for the second time in as many days Friday at 1 pm EST for the Gold Medal Game. Due to the weather delays, the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds Canada and Puerto Rico will face off for third place, while the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded USA and Cuba move to the Championship Game. Live stats and online streaming is available during the Mayor’s Cup, and links can be found by visiting USASoftball.com.
Hoagland knocks in six runs against Puerto Rico; Helps USA move to 3-0 at Mayor’s Cup
San Juan, Puerto Rico – In front of stadium full of hometown fans, the USA Softball Women’s National team earned its third win at the Mayor’s Cup over host country Puerto Rico in a 10-1 (five inning) run-rule Wednesday evening. Originally slated to play a double header, rain in the San Juan area caused a rescheduling of games, pushing USA’s first matchup of the day against Cuba to Thursday at 1:30 pm EST.
The U.S. put runs on the board in three of four innings, as six players combined for eight hits with Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) leading the way, going 2-for-3 with two triples and six RBI.
Puerto Rico put two runners on base in the top of the first inning as Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) gave up a hit and a walk to the first two batters. USA’s defense kept the Puerto Rican bats at bay as Rhea Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.) made a diving catch in left field to make the first out. Taylor then tossed the ball to shortstop Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas), who picked off the runner at second base to record the double play. Thom then caught a popup for the third out . USA scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the first after Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) was put on base with a walk. Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) brought Gibson home with an RBI single to put the U.S. up 1-0.
Nevins retired Puerto Rico in order in the top of the second inning with three strikeouts. In the bottom half of the inning, Team USA picked up seven runs on five hits and three walks. Thom, who recorded two hits in the inning, started the U.S. rally with a double before scoring on a single by Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.). Taylor was issued a walk and Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) Chidester then hit a single to right field to score two runs and extend the U.S. lead to 4-0. A walk to Arioto would load the bases for the second time, brining Hoagland to the plate. A deep fly ball to the fence gave Hoagland a three-run triple and she would score on a bad throw from the center fielder to clear the bases. At the end of the inning, the U.S. led 8-0.
Puerto Rico would score a run in the top of the third inning after Nevins issued a walk to Monica Santos. Karla Claudio then sent a shot to right centerfield, recording a triple and plating Santos. The U.S. was retired in order in the bottom of the third, bringing Puerto Rico to bat trailing 8-1. Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla.) entered in relief for Nevins in the top of the fourth and recorded a three batter inning with two pop ups to Thom and a strikeout.
In their final at-bat of the game, the U.S. scored an additional two runs in the bottom of the fourth after Arioto was issued her second walk of the game. With the runner on first, Hoagland connected for another RBI triple and would score on another errant throw by the center fielder. With a 10-1 lead, USA’s defense continued to shine as a flyout to right field, a strikeout and a groundout to Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.), who entered the game for Thom in the bottom of the fourth inning, ended the game after five innings due to a run-rule.
From the circle, Nevins picked up the win, issuing four strikeouts and giving up two hits and one run through three complete innings. Creger pitched the final two innings of the game, striking out two with no hits.
With the win, USA moves to 3-0 in pool play at the Mayor’s Cup. The USA will play their rescheduled matchup against Cuba at 1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday before entering playoffs that evening. Live stats and online streaming is available during the Mayor’s Cup, and links can be found by visiting USASoftball.com.
Head Coach Kate Drohan’s Contact Extended Through 2018
13th-year Northwestern leader receives five-year extension
Aug. 8, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim
Phillips announced today (Aug. 8) the signing of NU head softball coach Kate
Drohan to a five-year contract extension. The extension ensures that Kate, who
along with her twin sister, associate head coach Caryl Drohan, has led the
Wildcats program since 2002, will continue the Drohan era in Evanston through
“Northwestern softball under Kate Drohan has separated itself as a model program
for combining on-field success with outstanding work in the classroom and the
community,” Phillips said. “Her student-athletes have achieved record-breaking
numbers of Academic All-Big Ten awards and community service activity in recent
years. Her program has won multiple Big Ten championships and has a tremendous
record of success in the NCAA Tournament and Women’s College World Series. We
could not be more excited about the Drohan era continuing in Evanston.”
“We are grateful for the support from Dr. Phillips, President Schapiro and the
University,” Drohan said. “Their investment in our program is remarkable and
allows us to create an environment of excellence every day in the classroom, at
practice and once the first pitch of the season is thrown. Our individual and
collective commitment to return to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World
Series is what it means to wear Purple.”
After 12 seasons at the helm of the ‘Cats, Drohan’s career record of 417-228-1
gives her a .646 winning percentage. NU has reached the Super Regional round of
the NCAA Tournament four times under the Drohans and became the first private
school in NCAA history to advance to the Women’s College World Series semifinals
in consecutive years (2006-07). That trademark postseason success has led to a
27-19 all-time record in eight appearances, including a winning 5-4 mark at the
Big Ten dominance also has become one of the Drohans’ hallmarks. The ‘Cats have
captured two Big Ten regular season titles while also winning a Big Ten
Tournament title in 2008, the last year for the event before it was brought back
in 2013. The Drohans’ career conference record is 152-81, buoyed by NU leading
the Big Ten in total league victories four times during their tenure.
Members of the 2006 Speedline/NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year, the
Drohans have coached individual Wildcats to 14 All-America and 65 All-Big Ten
honors since 2002. Eight former Wildcats have gone on to play in National
Professional Fastpitch, three have played a part in the U.S. National Team
program and countless others have gone on to diverse and impactful professional
careers in industries spanning the globe. Drohan herself was a member of the
U.S. National Team coaching pool from 2009-12.
In 2013, Northwestern earned a program-record 11 Academic All-Big Ten awards
while junior Marisa Bast won the eighth Capital One Academic All-America honor
in program history. NU also played a large role in community service initiatives
to benefit area organizations such as the Hunger Resource Network and NU women’s
swimming and diving’s “Breaststroke 4 Breast Cancer”.
A much respected and sought-after clinician, Drohan has delivered lectures to
players, coaches and students of the game across the country. Beyond the
softball arena, the business community has shown a strong interest in the
leadership tools Drohan has developed within the program, leading to speaking
engagements in the management world as well.