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National Champion Oklahoma schedule

NORMAN – Seventeen opponents that reached the 2016 NCAA Softball Tournament, including an early rematch against national runner-up Auburn, and the return of the Big 12 Softball Championship highlight the defending national champion University of Oklahoma softball team’s 2017 schedule.

It’ll be the 23rd season for the Sooners under the direction of head coach Patty Gasso. OU has reached the postseason in each of her previous 22 seasons, including seven straight trips to the Super Regionals, 10 appearances overall in the Women’s College World Series and three national titles.

The season starts for the Sooners Feb. 9-11 at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Playing outside the United States for the first time in program history, OU faces a loaded field with all four opponents reaching the postseason a year ago. The season begins against BYU, followed by a rematch against an Auburn team that OU beat in the Women’s College World Series Championship Series in 2016. The tournament then closes out with games against Nebraska and Washington, the latter of whom reached the Super Regionals a year ago.

From there, Oklahoma takes part in the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic, Feb. 17-18. In addition to two games against the host-Cougars, the Sooners are scheduled to face Incarnate Word and Ole Miss, who lost two games to OU during the 2016 Regionals.

OU then makes its annual trip to the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Feb. 23-25, where it will face a daunting field for the second time in the first three weeks of the year. After opening against Louisville, the Sooners match up against perennial powers Tennessee, Missouri and WCWS-participant UCLA before closing out against San Diego State.

After a road contest against another opponent from the 2016 Norman Regional, Wichita State, on March 1, the Sooners open their home schedule on March 3 with the Courtyard Marriott Tournament. Northwestern State, Evansville and Western Kentucky are all scheduled to visit Norman as part of the tournament schedule.

Intrastate foe Tulsa visits Norman March 8 to complete OU’s rematches against teams it hosted during last year’s Regionals, before Omaha and Illinois-Chicago come to town March 10-12 for another home tournament.

Spring break hits the week of March 13-19 and Oklahoma will be spending it in California with seven games on the docket. On March 14, OU will take part in a tournament on Long Beach State’s campus against the 49ers and Arizona. Both teams made the postseason a year ago with the Wildcats advancing to the Super Regionals.

From there, OU travels to Los Angeles for a tournament hosted by Loyola Marymount, March 16-18. The Sooners open against postseason participant Cal State Bakersfield before facing the host-Lions, Cal Poly and DePaul.

The Sooners then return home for their final tournament of the season, the College Preview Tournament, March 24-26. OU faces Mississippi State at home before venturing up the road to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City to meet Louisiana Tech and UAB. The weekend concludes with a second matchup against UAB at Marita Hynes Field.

Aside from a road game at North Texas on March 28 and a home game with Arkansas on April 5, the Sooners then spend the rest of the season after the Preview Tournament in conference play.

Oklahoma begins its quest for an unprecedented sixth straight Big 12 title as it opens league play with a three-game series in Norman against Iowa State on March 31.

The conference schedule also sees OU hosting Baylor (April 21-23) and a Bedlam matchup with Oklahoma State (May 5). OU will be on the road within the conference at Texas (April 7-9), Kansas (April 13-15) and Texas Tech (April 28-30). The other two Bedlam contests are set to take place in Stillwater on May 3 and 6.

For the first time since 2010, the Big 12 Softball Championship will be held May 12-13 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The championship will include pool play for the top six teams. Of the current league membership, OU and Texas have won the postseason title four times each, while Kansas won the championship in 2006.

OU won the very first Big 12 Softball Championship in 1996 and took home titles in 2001, 2007 and 2010, along with runner-up finishes in 1998, 2003, 2006 and 2009. All-time, Oklahoma holds a 39-18 record in the Big 12 Championship.

The 2016 NCAA Regionals are scheduled for May 19-21 at campus sites, while the Super Regionals are also scheduled to take place at campus sites from May 25-28. The 2017 Women’s College World Series will be held in Oklahoma City from June 1-7.

LSU Softball vs Pride

LSU Softball to Host NPF’s Pride During Fall Workouts 

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Coming off of its second-straight Women’s College World Series appearance in June, the LSU softball team got back to work last week with the beginning of fall workouts, as the Tigers will prepare for the 2017 season with a slate of scrimmages against local and regional collegiate teams and highlighted by a visit by the NPF’s USSSA Pride in October.

 

LSU, returning five positional starters and all three of its starting pitchers from the 2016 team that won 50-plus games for the second consecutive year, will have scrimmages for most of the month of October, with the key matchup against the Pride coming on October 16th at 4 p.m. at Tiger Park.

 

The Pride finished the National Pro Fastpitch season with a 40-14 record and earned the top seed for the league’s annual championship series for the third consecutive year and fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Pride will be on the second leg of their fall tour series which began in September in the northeast, before moving to the south for the month of October.

 

The contest between the Tigers and Pride will be free and open to fans, as will the rest of the contests.

 

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.

 

2016 LSU Softball Fall Schedule

Date                                      Team                                                                     Time

October 2                            Lamar, Chipola                                                  TBA

October 8                            Northwestern State, Belhaven                  TBA

October 11                          LSU-Eunice                                                         6 p.m.

October 16                          USSSA Pride                                                       4 p.m.

October 20                          McNeese State                                                 6 p.m.

 

9-9-2016 Girouard to Louisiana Hall of Fame

Girouard Selected For Enshrinement in Louisiana Softball Hall of Fame

 

HAMMOND, La. – Former LSU softball head coach Yvette Girouard was announced as one of the honorees for the 2016 Class of the Louisiana Softball Hall of Fame the ASA/USA Softball of Louisiana organization announced.

 

Girouard is one of 12 inductees that will be recognized and put into the hall on October 29 at 5 p.m. at the New Orleans Airport-Crowne Plaza Hotel. Tickets are available for purchase for the event for $35 at usasoftball.net or by calling (985) 507-0092.

 

With 1,285 career victories, Girouard has the fourth-most wins of any coach, retired or active, in NCAA softball history, earning 526 of them during her 11-year run at the helm of the LSU program. She earned two Women’s College World Series appearances, winning the SEC regular season and tournament title three times.

 

With 30-consecutive winning seasons under her belt, Girouard’s teams at UL-Lafayette, and LSU, won nine conference championships, racked up 10 national Top 10 finishes, earned 20 NCAA Regional appearances and are no strangers to Oklahoma City. She became just the third coach in NCAA history to steer two programs to the Women’s College World Series when she led LSU during the 2001 and 2004 seasons after taking UL-Lafayette to a trio of WCWS appearances in the 1990s.

 

The Broussard, Louisiana, can now add Louisiana Softball Hall of Fame member to her illustrious list of accomplishments including being recently inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, among others.

 

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

9-13-2016 Lotief Honored by NFCA

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Michael Lotief named 2016 Donna Newberry “Perseverance” award recipient

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is honored to announce Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Michael Lotief as the 2016 recipient of its Donna Newberry “Perseverance” Award.

The award, named for the longtime Muskingum College and 2008 NFCA Hall of Fame coach who died in November 2010 after amassing a 906-419-1 mark over 36 seasons, recognizes an NFCA member coach who has demonstrated extraordinary strength of will and character in the fight to overcome a physical, mental or social adversity that presented an additional challenge to the already demanding job of a coach.

Lotief joins Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf (2014) and the late John Keyes (2015), head coach at North Fort Myers (Fla.) High School as recipients of this prestigious award.

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7-30-2016 PGF Innovations Boost Fastpitch Softball

Two events hosted Friday night by Premier Girls Fastpitch significantly expanded horizons for18U girls while yielding a sharp focus on players who could be selected for the 2020 USA Olympic Team.

The PGF national championship matched two traditional Gold-level powerhouses: Firecrackers Rico and Cruisers. The Firecrackers, coached by Tony Rico, defeated the Cruisers coached by Mel Siever, 2-0.  Three hits each with a strong performance by Katherine Vestal who pitched out of two bases loaded jams.

Later, the PGF inaugural All American seniors game was won by the West squad 4-3 on a walkoff single bottom 7th.  The West squad was coached by Jennie Finch, with assistants Toni Mascarenas and Crystyl Bustos.  The East squad was coached by Jennie Ritter, with Garland Cooper and Suzy Brazney.

Significantly for the long term interests of the sport, ESPN broadcast both games live.

Equally significant, the stadium at Bill Barber Park in Irvine was full both games.

US international interests are in good hands.  The national team fielded by USA Softball won Gold at its most recent tournament and a relatively young squad will be in the mix for 2020 berths with the youngsters showcased tonight.

Virtually all players in the All American game are committed, with players entering this fall into several dominant college programs including national champion Oklahoma.

 

EAST vs. WEST TEAMS – FINAL HIGH SCHOOL ALL AMERICAN SELECTIONS

Garland Cooper Coached by Jennie Finch
Jennie Ritter Toni Mascarenas
Suzy Brazney Crystal Bustos
First Name Last Name State Position College First Name Last Name State Position College
Nicole Mendes TX P/1B Oklahoma Mia Camuso CA 1B/OF Oregon
Caroline Hedgcock IL P Arkansas Amanda Doyle CA Inf LSU
Kendyl Lindaman IA C Minnesota Dejah Mulipola CA C Arizona
Jordan Roberts FL C Florida Montana Dixon CA C Stanford
Kayla Konwent WI C/3B Wisconsin Tristen Edwards CA OF/C Nebraska
Shannon Rhodes TX 3B/2B Oregon Jessica Harper CA Inf Arizona
Morgan Mc Callum S Kentucky Bradie Fillmore ID SS/P Cal
Taylor Ellis TX MI Baylor Madilyn Nickles CA P/UT UCLA
Claire Jenkins AL MI Alabama Nicole Bates CA SS Washington
Madison Naujokas IL MI JMU Mackenzie Boesel CA SS S. Carolina
Alissa Dalton TX MI/3B Oklahoma Madison Uden AZ MI Michigan
Miranda Elish IN P Oregon Nerissa Eason CA P Oregon St.
Katie Chronister FL P Florida Mariah Lopez CA P Oklahoma
Maggie Balint PA P Oregon Alyssa Loza CA P/1B ASU
Jacquelyn Switzer GA OF Florida Aaliyah Jordan CA OF UCLA
Ciara Bryan GA OF/3B Georgia Jenna Holcomb CA OF Tennessee
Elissa Brown AL Inf/OF Alabama Kelsie Whitmore CA OF/MI Fullerton
Hannah Edwards PA OF Pitt Alyssa Barrera CA OF/2B Utah
Kelbi Fortenberry TX OF/MI TX A&M Unable to Attend
Jaime Hoover GA C/3B Florida Unable to Attend
Bailey Hemphill LA C Alabama Unable to Attend

Spy could not attend and did not have a lineup so more detail was not available.