May 26 Day One of Super Regionals

MAY 29 SUPER REGIONALS

GEORGIA 3, FLORIDA 0

Chelsea Wilkinson held the #1 Gators, the defending national champions, to 3 hits. At the same time, time, the Bulldogs became the first team to score on Florida during the post season.

The game was scoreless until the 4th. One out, DiCarlo singled; Iosefa walked on four pitches; with two out, Maeve McGuire’s rbi single put Georgia up 1-0. Di Carlo opened the 6th with a single, Iosefa walked, again on four pitches. And McGuire knocked in another run w2ith a single up the middle.

In the Florida 7th, Ocasio hit a pinch hit single; but the next three batters – Fuller, Stewart, And Lorenz – were out, Gourley took the loss.

Game Two is scheduled for 5pm Friday, a what if game would be played at 8pm.

 

OKLAHOMA 8, Louisiana Lafayette 2

The Cajuns led Division I in home runs, and were 31-0 when scoring first.

ULL scored top 1st with a homer by Hayden but the Sooners came back with 3 runs on the bottom. OU launched the first of 14 hits. Miller singled; Clifton reached on an error; Knighten singled, loading the bases. One out, Aviu singled, Miller scored. Two out, Kady singled, Clifton scored. Wodach singled, rbi.

Two runs scored in the 2nd on Aviu’s double. The Sooners left bases loaded in the 3rd.

The Cajuns got back on the board in the 6th when Elkins hit a one-out homer. Bottom 6th, Miller doubled, and Clifton homered. One out, Romero homered. 8-2. Game Two is scheduled for 7pm. What-if game would be played at 10pm.

 

 

 

5-25-2016 Schutt Freshman of Year Awards

Barnhill, Knighten, Lorenz finalists for Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Florida teammates Kelly Barnhill and Amanda Lorenz, along with Oklahoma’s Shay Knighten were selected the three finalists for the 2016 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, announced the Association on Wednesday morning.

 

On Tuesday, May 31, the award will be presented to the winner at the 2016 NCAA Women’s College World Series banquet at the Petroleum Club in downtown Oklahoma City.

 

With the selections of Barnhill and Lorenz, the Southeastern Conference has been represented in the top-three by five players in the first three years of the award. It marks the first two from the two-time defending WCWS champions. Barnhill or Lorenz would join inaugural co-winners Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete and Auburn’s Kasey Cooper as recipients from the SEC. Knighten is the second straight finalist from Norman and will be looking to join teammate Paige Parker as the second consecutive Sooner to win the award.

 

Hailing from Marietta, Ga., Barnhill was named to the NFCA’s Southeast Region third team and to the SEC’s all-freshman squad. She holds a 15-1 record with a 1.36 ERA with 167 strikeouts in 108.1 innings pitch. The right-handed hurler has held her opposition to an SEC-best .135 batting average, while her ERA and strikeouts rank her sixth and ninth overall in the league. Barnhill is already in the UF record books, recording a single-game program-record 18 strikeouts against Winthrop on March 16. She also twirled her first collegiate no-hitter in the regular season final versus Arkansas.

 

A first-team NFCA All-Southeast region selection, Lorenz ranks among the SEC leaders in hitting (.406-9th), hits (71-7th), runs scored (56-t11th), doubles (14-t9th), walks (47-4th) and on-base percentage (.531-6th). The left-handed power hitting outfielder has started all 61 games for the No. 1 Gators during her rookie campaign. Lorenz, a Moorpark, Calif. native, was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors. She is climbing up the UF rookie record books ranking first in walks, tied for second in doubles, fourth in runs and fifth in hits.

 

The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Knighten has been Oklahoma’s biggest power threat this year, leading the team with 11 long balls and 52 RBI, ranking fourth and tied for fourth in the Big 12. The Buena Park, Calif. native has posted a .395 batting average with a .678 slugging percentage and .450 on-base percentage. A versatile player, Knighten, who was selected to the NFCA’s All-Central Region first team, started the last 27 games at first base, but also made starts at second base, designated player, right and left field.

 

With the Association always searching for innovative ways to promote the sport of softball, the award was created in 2014 from an idea to honor outstanding athletic achievement among freshmen softball student-athletes throughout Division I.

5-25-2016 Final DII coaches Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2016

First-time national champions North Alabama, unanimous No. 1 in final NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – First-time national champion University of North Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 team in the final 2016 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Completing a historical campaign with a 60-7 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship, the Lions, under the guidance of head coach Ashley Cozart, defeated Humboldt State in the three-game Championship series. UNA rebounded from a 5-0 game-one loss with 10-1 and 4-1 victories. The Lions went 11-2 in the postseason, suffering its first loss on the second day of regionals to UAH, which forced them to battle from the losers bracket. North Alabama reeled off three straight shutout wins over Saint Leo (1-0) and UAH (7-0 & 7-0) to advance to Super Regionals where it swept Rollins (9-0, 6-5).

National runner-up Humboldt State finished just short of it third national championship falling to North Alabama. The Jacks (54-8-1) posted a 9-3 mark in the postseason and was one of two programs to have an undefeated run to the National Championships. HSU won five games during regionals and super regionals and continued its run with victories over Armstrong State (3-2) and West Texas A&M (8-5) before dropping one game to Armstrong in the semifinals. The Jacks rebounded with a 6-2 win over the Pirates, advancing them to the Championship series.

National semifinalists Armstrong State and Southern Arkansas come in at three and four. The Pirates (43-15) put forth an 8-3 record in postseason, sweeping the Southeast Regional and going on the road a knocking off the defending national champion North Georgia Nighthawks in three games (0-4, 4-2, 5-3 in 8 inn.). After dropping its opener at the Championships, Armstrong State won three straight and forced an “if-necessary” game with Humboldt State in the semifinals.

Making their first National Championships appearance, Southern Arkansas enjoyed its most successful season in program history. The Muleriders (53-11) won their first regional and super regional, while setting a program-record for wins. SAU also enjoyed an undefeated postseason run into the Championships. They to rebounded from an opening day loss to North Alabama with triumphs over Charleston (7-0) and West Texas A&M (7-4) before falling to the Lions in the semifinals.

The final four Championship participants, West Texas A&M, Adelphi, Grand Valley State and University of Charleston fill in your No.5 to No. 8 rankings. The Lady Buffs (59-5) and Panthers (35-22) each went 1-2 at the Championships with WT recording a 7-3 postseason mark and AU finishing 6-2. The Lakers (43-13) and the Golden Eagles. (50-12) finished 6-2 and 5-3, respectively in the postseason, both winning their super regionals on the road. UC made its first National Championships appearance.

Rounding out the top-10 are Super Regional participants North Georgia and Arkansas Tech. The Nighthawks (54-8) swept through their regional and won game one against Armstrong State, but dropped two games to the Pirates on the second day. The Golden Suns (49-11) posted three shutouts to win their regional, but were swept by Southern Arkansas at home to close out the season.

Along with Adelphi, Grand Valley State and Charleston, Rollins, Colorado Mesa and Georgia College all return to the top-25 at the end of the season.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll Final | May 25, 2016

Rank Team Totals 2016 Record Last Poll
1 North Alabama (16) 400 60-7 3
2 Humboldt State 384 54-8-1 5
3 Armstrong State 366 43-15 16
4 Southern Arkansas 353 53-11 15
5 West Texas A&M 336 59-5 1
6 Adelphi 320 35-22 RV
7 Grand Valley State 303 43-13 RV
8 Charleston 290 50-12 RV
9 North Georgia 264 54-8 4
10 Arkansas Tech 227 49-11 7
11 Wayne State (Mich.) 211 50-10 10
12 St. Mary’s 209 47-14 9
13 Indianapolis 174 51-6 2
14 Central Washington 160 41-14-2 17
15 West Virginia Wesleyan 150 54-11 12
16 Saint Leo 132 39-8 8
17 UAH 126 40-17 RV
18 Missouri-St. Louis 119 53-9 6
19 Southern New Hampshire 103 40-12-2 14
20 Missouri Western 84 45-13 11
21 California (Pa.) 78 38-6 20
22 Rollins 76 40-16-1
23 Azusa Pacific 69 40-12 21
24 Colorado Mesa 62 40-13
25 Georgia College 55 41-18

Dropped Out: No. 13 Caldwell, No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 19 Bloomsburg, No. 22 West Florida, No. 23 LIU Post, No. 24 Chico State, No. 25 (tie) Texas Woman’s, No. 25 (tie) Catawba.

New to Poll: No. 6 Adelphi, No. 7 Grand Valley State, No. 8 Charleston, No. 17 UAH, No. 22 Rollins, No. 24 Colorado Mesa, No. 25 Georgia College.

Receiving Votes: Caldwell (37), Trevecca Nazarene (15), Bloomsburg (14), West Florida (14), Chico State (12), Lenoir-Rhyne (10), Texas Woman’s (8), UC San Diego (7) Valdosta State (7), Pfeiffer (6), California Baptist (5), LIU Post (5), Upper Iowa (4), West Chester (3), Catawba (2).

5-25-2016 World Championship Schedule

World Championshjp Schedule

 

Game schedule released for the Surrey, B.C. 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship; tickets available for purchase

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has released the full competition schedule for the 2016 Women’s World Championship (WWC), the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. The USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) will travel to Surrey, B.C., Canada and compete in the 15th WBSC Women’s World Championship from July 15-24, 2016, where they will look to improve upon a Silver Medal finish at the 2014 World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands.

 

Click here to view the complete schedule for the USA Softball WNT at the WBSC Women’s World Championship

 

Competing in Pool B, Team USA will take the field against Israel in its opening match at 3:30 p.m. PT.  The Red, White and Blue are also scheduled to play Austria and Brazil as part of preliminary round-robin action before heading into the playoff rounds. Teams will be allocated to one-of-eight sections of four in a second round-robin playoff based of their finish in the preliminary round-robin.  The top two teams from each section will then advance to the Championship double page system. Teams finishing third and fourth in pool play will be placed in a placement pool and play in a double page systems to determine position 9-16. Remaining teams in each pool advance to a Double page placement pool for position 17-31.

 

Led by Head Coach Ken Eriksen, the roster for the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team was announced in January following a Women’s National Team Selection Camp in Irvine, Calif. The WNT heads north having won silver in their last two appearances (2012, 2014) and accumulated nine total Women’s World Championship wins. Boasting with Championship experience as part of previous WNT are Valerie Arioto, Amanda Chidester, Michelle Moultrie and Jaclyn Traina who were a part of the 2012 and 2014 teams, as well as Raven Chavanne, Haylie McCleney, Jessica Moore, Sara Nevins and Kelsey Stewart who competed in 2014.

 

Click here to see the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster that will be competing in Surrey this summer.

 

Tickets for the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship are now available online.  General seating tournament and day passes can be purchased by visiting Surrey2016.com/tickets.

 

5-25-2016 Finalists for Player of the Year

ASA/USA Softball announces Top 3 Finalists for 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today the Top 3 Finalists for the 2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement by female players across the country.  Auburn’s Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.), Florida’s Aleshia Ocasio (St. Cloud, Fla.) and Michigan’s Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif.) are the three remaining athletes in the running.

 

Past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner from Texas Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher, two-time winner Washington’s Danielle Lawrie, Stanford’s Ashley Hansen, back-to-back winner Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts, Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop and last year’s winner Lauren Haeger from Florida.

 

The 2015 Southeastern Conference (SEC) and espnW Player of the Year, Kasey Cooper ranks in the Top 10 in the nation with a .609 on-base percentage, a .906 slugging percentage, 19 home runs, 75 RBI and 63 walks.  A three-time All-SEC First Team honoree, Cooper is a staple in the powerful Tigers lineup, providing strong offensive numbers while acting as a cornerstone of the Auburn defense.  In addition to her outstanding performance on the field, Cooper also maintains a 4.0 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.  Behind the bat of Cooper, Auburn earned the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Softball Championship, and will look to lead the Tigers in their Super Regional against Arizona.

 

In just her sophomore season, Florida’s Aleshia Ocasio boasts a 22-1 record and a 0.65 ERA through regional play.  Ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in saves, Ocasio leads the country in ERA, helping to land her First Team All-SEC accolades.  Ocasio also leads the SEC in ERA, and is ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in opposing batting average, strikeouts, wins and saves.  The No. 1 overall seed, Florida will face off against the No. 16 overall seed Georgia this weekend in the Gainesville Super Regional as they look to defend their back-to-back NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) titles.

 

A three-time Big 10 Player of the Year, Sierra Romero ranks in the Top 10 in the country with a .470 batting average, a .588 on-base percentage, 76 RBI and a .934 slugging percentage while belting out 19 home runs.  Earning a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team each year in her career, Romero became just the second player in conference history to garner three Big Ten Conference Player of the Year honors. Behind their senior slugger, the No. 2 Wolverines will look to punch their ticket to the NCAA WCWS in this week’s Ann Arbor Super Regional, where they will face the No. 15 overall seed Missouri.

 

The winner of the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 31 at the team only banquet just prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS.

 

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country as well as past winners of the award.

 

In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, ASA/USA Softball is now in its 13th season of presenting the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, which are announced Tuesdays during the regular season.  A complete history of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, past Top 25 Polls and Player of the Week honorees are available at ASAUSASoftball.com.