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6-14-2017 Team USA Wins SoCal Exhibition

Team USA combines to defeat USA Softball of Southern California All-Stars in 10-0 shutout at Deanna Manning Stadium


IRVINE, Calif. — On a day where fans around the globe celebrated World Softball Day, Team USA kicked off the 2017 season with a 10-0 shutout over the USA Softball of Southern California All-Stars, USA Softball announced today. In front of a packed house at Deanna Manning Stadium, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) combined to plate 10 runs on 12 hits through six innings of work in their first exhibition game of the summer.


“I was pretty pleased with the mix of veterans and younger members of our team tonight,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “For not getting into the bulk of our training, the team showed an eagerness that bodes well for the summer.”


Both teams went down in order to start the game, but Team USA struck in the second inning after Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) blasted a lead-off home run over the centerfield fence. The Red, White and Blue carried their 1-0 lead to the third inning before adding on an additional four runs to extend their lead, 5-0. Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) led off the third frame by taking first base on a hit-by-pitch and a short time later in the same inning would cross home as Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) went yard to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) drew a walk but was later called out at second on a fielder’s choice after a single by Jackson. Jackson would advance to third as Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) reached first on a walk. With runners on both corners and two outs, Jenna Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) hit a straight shot into right field to record a two-RBI triple.


Backed by a strong pitching staff which continued to hold the Southern California All-Stars off the board, the U.S. tacked on another two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Back-to-back singles would plate Arioto and Jackson before Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) hit an RBI single to center field. With two outs and a 6-0 lead, Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) followed it up with an RBI single herself to plate Jackson and increase the lead before the inning’s end.


The score would remain through the fifth despite the Southern California All-Stars loading the bases, and both teams moved on to compete in the final and sixth inning of the evening.


Arioto doubled to lead off the sixth inning for the U.S. and would be brought home on a two-out RBI homer by Munro. Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) followed suit and hit a home run far over the right field fence, dipping into Team USA’s double-digit lead and ultimately sealing the deal for their first win of the season.


The USA Softball WNT looks ahead towards Thursday’s exhibition game in which they face world-ranked No. 10 Mexico at 7 p.m. PT at Deanna Manning Stadium inside Bill Barber Park. In addition to the exhibition games, members of the USA Softball WNT and coaching staff will also conduct a players camp tomorrow, June 14 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. PT.  Led by Team USA Head Coach Ken Eriksen, attendees will have the opportunity to get hands on training and instruction from the best softball players in the world.  Limited space is available, with the camp open to players age 8-18. 


Fans at home can follow along all summer long with the USA Softball National Teams at


6-12-2017 USA Softball Breakthrough Program

USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex to host 2nd Annual Softball Breakthrough Series June 12-14


OKLAHOMA CITY — The USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex is excited to welcome the 2nd annual Softball Breakthrough Series June 12-14.  Hosted by Major League Baseball and USA Softball, the Softball Breakthrough Series will host a diverse group of 60 high school softball players from across the nation in a special development camp atmosphere that will also serve as a showcase for collegiate recruiters. They will be coached by some of the nation’s top softball figures, including Olympic Gold Medalists Jennie Finch and Sheila Douty.  Also serving as an instructor is Sue Enquist, a member of the National Softball Hall of Fame who served as the Head Coach for UCLA Softball for 27 years. Coaches at the event include U.S Olympians, NCAA National Champions, and USA Softball and MLB Youth Academies Instructors.


Click here to see the complete schedule and links for live streaming during the Softball Breakthrough Series

An extension of the Baseball Breakthrough Series, which was established in 2008, the Softball Breakthrough Series is completely expense-free for participants.  Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their skills to college recruiters while receiving on-field instruction and presentations from experienced staff members, which includes Finch, Enquist and other former NCAA student-athletes.  Starting today, athletes will participate in defensive and offensive workouts and breakout sessions with instructors, including base running, situational offense and defense and hitting.  The workouts will continue through Tuesday morning before the participants play in exhibition games beginning at 4:15 p.m. CT.  The action concludes Wednesday with additional exhibition games.


Throughout the Softball Breakthrough Series, athletes will hear from instructors through Q&A sessions and presentations from Finch and Enquist.  Participants will also hear from Renée Tirado, Vice President of Talent and Diversity & Inclusion for Major League Baseball, and NCAA Compliance Officers from the University of Oklahoma. 


For more information on the Softball Breakthrough Series, please visit


MEDIA: Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, (347) 998-2049,


About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,

7-25-2015 USSSA Launches Elite Program



USA Elite Select Announces National Program Launch

“It’s time to give the game back to our athletes.”

In June 2013, the idea was presented to start a National Program for girls’ fastpitch softball that encompassed more than just competition for the elite level player. After an 18 month journey of strategizing and compiling feedback from travel ball coaches, college coaches, athletes and parents, it is time to announce the USA Elite Select National Program that will begin the Fall of 2015. USA Elite Select represents the elite division of USSSA fastpitch and is founded upon three pillars-competition, education and community.

Focusing on competition, USA Elite Select will feature one World Fastpitch Championship (WFC) for the top 64 teams in each age group (12U-18U). The Inaugural WFC will be played in Kansas City July 11-17, 2016. The WFC will encompass everything about USA Elite Select from competitive games that crown the top teams, All American Selection Camp which identifies the top athletes per class, educational seminars and community service projects that develop athletes off the field, and National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) games that bridge our fastpitch community together. By being housed in one location during one week, we are excited to bring the fastpitch community together for a truly memorable experience while featuring the game’s best in front of college coaches!


Win to get in! Our Regional Qualifying Process is designed to enhance competition and create an exclusive WFC that features the top 64 teams per age group. To earn a berth to the WFC, teams must finish first or second in our Regional Qualifiers. The remaining teams will be selected via at-large berths based on competitive play. Each of our eight Regions will have three Regional Qualifiers. For Fall Qualifiers, the top two performers in each Region for ages 14U-18U will earn $2000 in travel money and a free entry ($1000 value) to the WFC. The 12U qualifying teams in the Fall will earn a free entry to WFC ($1000 value). The first Regional Qualifier kicks off on September 24, 2015 in New Jersey. For a full list of our Fall Qualifiers in your region, visit our website

Where do you rank amongst the players in your Region? Our All American and Futures All American Programs will help answer this question. Competition helps fuel athlete development. Our All American Program is designed to identify the top athletes per age group, showcase individual’s talents to college coaches through our events and video analysis, and select teams to represent the US in international play. USA Elite Select will offer all-expense paid international travel and international competition to our high school aged athletes. These athletes will be evaluated by USSSA Pride players and the USA Elite Select Selection Committee. Selected athletes will have the opportunity to train with USSSA Pride players in preparation for international play. By utilizing our current professionals to work with and develop our future professionals, we can help grow this game and pass on the knowledge from generations of players.

Capitalizing off the excitement and success of our 2015 All American Games, we are excited to return the 2016 Futures All American Games that will feature the top 24 athletes from each Region in the 10-14 year old range. Futures are considered our next generation of great athletes. The 2016 Futures All American Games will be played August 1-6, 2016 in Kissimmee, FL. Tryouts will begin this September. Each region will have at least three tryouts per region. Stay updated with all tryout information on our website

While competition and exposing our elite athlete to college coaches is key, it is our responsibility as a National Program and sanctioning body to facilitate the exchange of information by connecting the fastpitch community. Through education, we can grow the sport of fastpitch softball. Whether that education is recruiting, drills and skills videos, testimonials from coaches and professionals, or topics beyond the lines that fully develop our athletes, we will strive to educate athletes, coaches, and parents through every event and program we offer.

As we continue our journey of enhancing elite fastpitch competition and educating the fastpitch community, we will continue to improve our program to service the needs of our sport. Athlete development on and off the field will serve as the forefront of our focus. USA Elite Select aspires to bring our athletes, coaches, parents and entire fastpitch community together to educate, inspire, and empower them to use sport as a vehicle to create positive change.

It takes a team to complete this journey and we are excited to announce our USA Elite Select team starting with the leader of USSSA Fastpitch, Jeremy McDowell. Former Texas A&M and NPF player Jami Lobpries has been named the Vice President of USA Elite Select and will oversee the entire program. Chris Florence, our National Championship Director, offers a wealth of experience hosting elite level tournaments. Our Regional Directors, the voices and faces of our organization in your area, bring an unprecedented package of knowledge, experience, and infectious passion for growing our game and our athletes. Jason Gusaeff, Cheri Naudin, Rick Phillips, Bart Day, Courtney Ceo, Danielle Lawrie, Robb Beheymer, Roger Herrold, and Rob Crews will represent USA Elite Select as Regional Directors.

Our team is committed to working alongside the elite teams and coaches to understand the needs of our game. To fulfill our mission, it is vital we have the support from the travel ball and college coaches. We value the insights from the coaches we are serving and will continue to reach out to our Travel Ball Council for continued guidance.

The idea of community entails bridging the fastpitch community together from the grassroots, elite, college, professional, and international levels. When McDowell took the role of USSSA Fastpitch VP in 2009, he committed to providing fastpitch families opportunities and growing our grassroots program. In 2009, USSSA continued their commitment towards the growth of fastpitch with the purchase of the USSSA Pride and belief in growing the NPF. Today, we complete the bridge with the launch of USA Elite Select and commitment to elite level fastpitch.

It’s time to give the game back to the athlete and create events that allow these young women opportunities to grow on and off the field. We will continue to educate and continue to seek insights from college coaches, travel ball coaches and our entire fastpitch community so we provide events and resources that meet their needs and continuously grow our sport.

You can find all information about USA Elite Select on our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


It is the mission of USA Elite Select to create opportunities for elite fastpitch players to showcase their skills in competitive settings; provide resources that educate and empower athletes, coaches, and parents; and to walk alongside our athletes in serving the community. USA Elite Select is committed to providing athletes the tools and the competitive platform by which they can accomplish their dreams in softball and in life.


USSSA is headquarted in Osceola County, Florida. USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grownto over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including baseball, fastpitch, slow pitch, karate, basketball, soccer and more!


7-24-2015 Friday July 24 Softball News



JT Gasso Named OU Softball Assistant Coach

July 22, 2015

NORMAN – Former Oklahoma softball graduate assistant JT Gasso is returning to the program as the team’s assistant coach, OU head coach Patty Gasso announced Thursday. His primary responsibilities will be focused on working with OU’s outfielders and the Sooner offense.

“I am excited to bring JT back to the program he has grown up with, and I know he is ready and qualified to accept this challenge,” Patty Gasso said. “He is considered one of the hot new coaches on the softball scene with creative ideas and has a background in a variety of areas that will help our team reach new heights.

“He is a relentless recruiter and has a deep love and respect for our program. He brings a fresh and youthful energy to this program, and I am looking forward to this new era in OU Softball history.”

JT Gasso joins Oklahoma after spending one season as an assistant at Michigan State. While working with the Spartans, his primary responsibilities were focused on defensive play in the infield and hitting, while being heavily involved in recruiting and overall player development.

“I’m extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said JT Gasso, who is Patty’s son. “I’ve grown up being a part of this program and have tremendous pride in it and in the direction it is going. I’m looking forward to contributing to the program’s history and its high level of success.

“I also want to thank Jacquie Joseph and Shelley Appelbaum for the opportunity at Michigan State. It was an experience I’m very proud of and moving on from that opportunity is hard, but I’m excited for what the future holds.”

While with the Spartans, he helped the program record its best offensive season since 2007. The team improved its win total by almost 60 percent from 2014 to 2015, while the offense improved greatly in nearly every offensive category.

Michigan State’s home run total grew by 90 percent, while the batting average jumped 60 points to represent the fifth best improvement in the country in that category. Additionally, the team’s slugging percentage went up over 100 points, while on-base percentage jumped almost 50 points.

Like the Spartans’ batting average growth, the team’s run production improved by over 90 percent from 2014 to 2015, and their amount of extra-base hits increased by over 70 percent.

Prior to Michigan State, Gasso was a part of a first-year coaching staff which helped guide Purdue to a spot in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in 2014. The program placed five players on the All-Big Ten postseason teams and a program-record six Boilers earned All-Region honors.

Gasso spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, where he was responsible for compiling scouting reports, game day and practice set up and assisting in hitting instruction and game planning for the team, including its 2013 national championship and 2012 national runner-up seasons. His coaching pedigree also includes time as a camp coach with national championship programs at LSU and UCLA, and at the IntenCity Sports Training Academy in Norman.

A collegiate baseball player at Eastern Oklahoma State and East Central University, Gasso has been a lead instructor for the Sooner Softball camps the last 10 years. He is certified as a level 1 coach in Crossfit and has trained various athletes, including those at IntenCity, for which he has been a hitting instructor and strength and conditioning coach since 2008. In his time as a private instructor, he has tutored five athletes who have gone on to play Division I softball.

In addition to his experience at Oklahoma and at IntenCity, the East Central University alum coached the Sulphur Orioles 18-and-under baseball team in 2010 and was the head instructor at the Chickasaw Nation softball camp in 2007.

Gasso holds an associate’s degree from Eastern Oklahoma State College, a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from East Central University and a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

MacKay Steps Down as OU Assistant Coach

July 16, 2015

 NORMAN – University of Oklahoma softball assistant coach Tripp MacKay has stepped down after eight years with the program, head coach Patty Gasso announced Thursday.

“Tripp has played a very important part to the success of our program, and we are so appreciative of his work ethic, commitment and loyalty to the program,” Gasso said. “We’ve shared some great memories, and I will always be indebted to him for his service.”

“Tripp has an incredible opportunity to work in a position that feeds his passion and his strengths. It’s a great situation for his family and it makes perfect sense for him to start this new career path. We are excited for the MacKay family and thank them for giving their hearts to the Sooner Softball program for the last 8 years. We wish the MacKay family all the best.”

In his new capacity, MacKay will work for Scrapyard Sports in The Woodlands, Texas, as its Director of Player Development.

“I very much appreciate the time I’ve spent here with Oklahoma Softball,” MacKay said. “It was a great experience to be a part of one of the top programs in the nation. I have been given a great opportunity as the Director of Player Development for Scrap Yard Sports in the Houston Area. This will allow me to spend more time with my family.

“I want to thank Coach Gasso for the opportunity and wish Oklahoma Softball the best of luck in the future.”

Responsible for working with OU’s outfielders and the Sooners offense, MacKay helped Oklahoma reach the postseason in all eight of his seasons on staff, including winning the 2013 National Championship. Along the way, the team captured five Big 12 regular season titles (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and two conference tournament championships (2007 and 2010).

Following the Sooners’ national title in 2013, MacKay and the OU coaches were named the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year. He has also been a part of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

Under his tutelage, Lauren Chamberlain set the all-time NCAA home run record with 95 career homers and also broke the NCAA’s career slugging percentage with a .960 mark.

In addition, OU set program single-season records for batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored, home runs and walks with MacKay as an assistant.


Megan Ciolli Bartlett (’05) To Lead Ball State SoftballTwo-time Notre Dame softball
All-American (’04-’05) earns first Division I head coaching opportunity NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American and 2005 University of Notre Dame softball team captain Megan Ciolli Bartlett (’05) was named head coach of the Ball State University softball program on Wednesday.
A veteran NCAA assistant coach with nine years of experience at four different institutions, Ciolli Bartlett replaces 2014 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year Tyra Perry. Perry recently accepted the head coaching position at the University of Illinois after leading Ball State to an NCAA South Bend Regional appearance at Melissa Cook Stadium in May.
Ciolli Bartlett is the latest former Notre Dame softball team captain to become a collegiate head coach, joining a list that includes Ruth Kmak (’92) at the University of Chicago and Christy Connoyer (’94) at Saint Louis University.   “I am incredibly honored to be named the next head coach at Ball State University,” Ciolli Bartlett said to “I would like to thank (director of athletics) Mark Sandy, (senior woman administrator) Dr. Karin Lee and (deputy director of athletics) Pat Quinn for this exciting opportunity.
The softball program at Ball State already has a winning culture in place. I look forward to adding to the tradition of Mid-American Conference championships, regional berths and, eventually, a trip to a super regional and the Women’s College World Series. Upon my arrival on campus I was blown away. Everything is first class; the education, the administration and the facilities. The expectation of excellence is second to none. I cannot wait to meet the current team and get started.”
Under her maiden name Megan Ciolli, she was a four-time monogram winner as an outfielder at Notre Dame from 2002-05, earning NFCA All-America third team accolades in both 2004 and 2005. Also selected as the 2004 BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, Ciolli Bartlett graduated as the sixth player in program history to be named a two-time NFCA All-American, a mark that has since been equaled and surpassed by three-time All-America selection Emilee Koerner (’15). Ciolli Bartlett remains Notre Dame’s all-time leader in overall hits (284) and stolen bases in an individual season (33), and is tied with Jenna Simon (’15) for the top spot with 76 career steals. Ciolli Bartlett (Terre Haute, 2005) and Simon (Granger, 2015) are two of only three Indiana natives (Jenny Kriech, Indianapolis, 2002) to serve as team captains in Notre Dame softball history. A 2005 Notre Dame graduate with a degree in business administration,
Ciolli Bartlett earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2007 and later a juris doctor from Northern Illinois University in 2012, and became a licensed attorney in Illinois.
“I’m so proud of Megan,” Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf, who began her tenure as Irish head coach during Ciolli Bartlett’s freshman season in 2002, said. “She has completely prepared herself in deciding what to do for her career. She got her MBA, she got a law degree, and she chose to get into coaching. The great thing about Megan is whatever she chooses to do she is always very good at it. “She is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in our profession, she’s a competitor, and she has great experience,” Gumpf added. “Megan has worked with some great coaches around the country and has impeccable character. She knows how to do things right, and she will do them well.”
Ciolli Bartlett takes over as head coach in Muncie after spending the 2015 season as a member of the coaching staff at Purdue University, helping guide the Boilermakers to a 31-25 record. Under Ciolli Bartlett’s tutelage, senior infielder Ashley Burkhardt earned NFCA Midwest all-region first team accolades after batting .393 with 11 home runs, 48 RBI, 28 stolen bases and 43 runs scored in her final season at Purdue. Prior to arriving in West Lafayette,
Ciolli Bartlett served as a volunteer assistant coach at DePaul University under NFCA Hall of Fame coach Eugene Lenti during the 2014 campaign. The Blue Demons logged a 44-11 record that season, capturing BIG EAST Conference regular-season and tournament championships before earning a berth to the 2014 NCAA Lexington (Kentucky) Regional.
Ciolli Bartlett broke into the softball coaching ranks full-time as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois from 2007-12, where she worked as recruiting, offensive and camp coordinator for the Huskies. She also instructed both the infielders and outfielders during her NIU tenure, which featured a variety of program records established along with numerous conference and all-region honors earned. After graduating from Notre Dame, Ciolli Bartlett spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Loyola University Chicago from 2005-07. The Ramblers captured the 2007 Horizon League regular-season championship with Ciolli Bartlett on staff, and the Loyola coaches earned Horizon League Coaching Staff of the Year accolades that season.

Following her playing career with the Irish, Ciolli Bartlett also spent two seasons with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league in 2005 and 2006. The Bandits claimed regular-season league championships in both years, and Ciolli Bartlett is believed to be the only professional championship-winning player with Notre Dame softball ties. “It really shows that hard work pays off,” Gumpf said. “When you make a decision to go for something and you go at it with everything you’ve got, you will make things happen. Megan is a perfect example of that. She decided she was going to stick with coaching and she gave it everything she had, and she has been successful with it. She’s a great decision maker, and if you can make good, strong decisions and go after things wholeheartedly, good things will happen.” The 2016 Ball State team is expected to return 13 players from last season’s roster that led the Cardinals to a 34-25 record, the 2015 MAC tournament championship and the third NCAA Regional berth (1998, 2010 and 2015) in program history. “How ironic that Ball State was just at our place for the regional tournament last season, and now Megan is going to be coaching that team,” Gumpf said. “With her as the coach, I wouldn’t be surprised if we begin seeing them all the time at NCAA Regionals. She knows how to win and there is no intimidation factor with her. Even though she is a young head coach, she will let nothing stop her.”




PITCHERS NEEDED From: Sandy Montgomery <>

Subject: available 2015 pitchers/transfer

Message Body:

Hi – Just wondering if you know of any pitchers

still out there for this fall. A Juco willing to leave, Division 1 transfer or

an incoming senior that is a qualifier.

Any help you have would be greatly

Sandy – SIU Edwardsville



4-13-2015 Spy Update

SPY April 13 Update


DI TOP 25 GAMES Florida def Kentucky 2-0

Louisville vs Florida State/ccd


Oklahoma v North Texas has been postponed.



On Apr 13, 2015, at 11:20 AM, “John A. Conway” <> wrote:

Hi Rayburn,


I am in desperate need of pitching here!! I am looking for a transfer for this fall and I have a full available. If you can post something that would be a big help for me.


I could also use a middle infielder.


I hope all is well with you. How are you feeling these days?




John Conway

Head Coach Softball

University of Detroit Mercy

cell 313-244-3786