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5-9-2017 Florida Leads As Regular Season Ends

Florida leads the pack in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll as season enters the home stretch

OKLAHOMA CITY — After securing its third-straight Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular-season championship, Florida (50-5) remains the No. 1 team in the country in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll USA Softball announced today.  The Gators captured 12-of-20 first-place votes to maintain the top spot in the poll, while Oregon (44-6) and Minnesota (51-3) collected four first-place votes each.

Click here to see the complete ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

The Gators started their week with a Top 5 matchup, traveling to then-No. 2 Florida State (48-6-1) for the Florida Sunshine Showdown.  The contest lived up to expectations as the top ranked teams squared off for 11 innings with the Gators coming up short in a 3-1 (11 inning) decision.  The Gators would rebound in a three-game, non-conference series against North Texas and a solo contest against Florida A&M.  The Florida pitching staff gave strong performances in the circle, allowing just one run to cross the plate through the four contests as they outscored their opponents 32-1.  Florida will travel this week to Knoxville, Tenn. for the SEC Tournament, where the Gators enter as the No. 1 seed.

Jumping three spots to No. 2 this week is Oregon, who put on an impressive offensive performance against then-No. 2 Florida State.  The Ducks came out strong, sweeping a doubleheader against the Seminoles by scores of 11-0 (five inning) and 3-1.  Oregon would complete the series sweep in the finale in a closely-fought 2-1 (nine inning) decision.  The Ducks enter the final week of Pac-12 Conference regular season play as they head to Stanford.

Also rising in the poll this week is No. 3 Minnesota, who completed their seventh Big Ten Conference sweep on the road against Penn State.  Posting 11-1 (six inning), 14-1 (five inning) and 10-1 (five inning) wins over the Nittany Lions, Minnesota claimed the regular season Big Ten Conference title, their first since 1991.  The Gophers will now head to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the Big Ten Tournament where they have earned the No. 1 seed.

Falling two spots to No 4. this week is Florida State, who posted a 1-3 record against Top 5 ranked opponents.  Starting their week with a win over the top-ranked Gators, Florida State hit the road for a three-game series against Oregon where they suffered their first three-game series sweep since the 2011 season.  The Seminoles will look to bounce back as the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament.  Held in Chapel Hill, N.C., this marks the fifth-consecutive top-seed ranking for the Seminoles, who will open the tournament against Virginia.

After dropping a Pac-12 series on the road against then-No. 12 UCLA (39-13), the Arizona Wildcats (48-7) fell two spots to No. 5 this week.  Arizona suffered a two-hit, 8-0 (five inning) shutout at the hands of UCLA in the series opener before dropping a 6-0 decision to the Bruins in game two.  The Wildcats closed out the regular season with a 7-2 win against UCLA to clinch the program’s 11th Pac-12 Conference Championship and first since the 2007 season.  Arizona now awaits their fate in the NCAA tournament.

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Oklahoma (47-8) captured their sixth-straight Big 12 Conference regular season championship as the Sooners swept Bedlam rival Oklahoma State; No. 7 Tennessee (44-9) posted a 2-1 record on the road against then-No. 6 Texas A&M (42-9);  No. 8 Auburn (45-9) rose two spots this week after clinching their SEC series matchup on the road against then-No. 15 Alabama (40-15); Washington (40-11) fell one spot to No. 9 this week after suffering a loss to unranked Stanford; No. 10 UCLA rejoins the Top 10 after a strong showing against then-No. 3 Arizona.

New to the Top 25 this week is No. 23 South Carolina (32-22), who captured an SEC series win against then-No. 19 LSU (38-17) and T24 Ohio State (33-15), who picked up two wins over then-No. 22 Illinois (36-17).  Dropping out of the Top 25 is last week’s No. 22 Illinois, who posted a 1-5 record on the week.

The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 10 USA Softball Regions as well as members of the National and Local media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country.

5-9-2017 Good Chosen Player of the Week by USA Softball

Five home runs, eight RBI and a 2.200 slugging percentage highlight USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week and IUPUI slugger Maggie Good’s weekend

OKLAHOMA CITY — After guiding her team to the program’s first-ever Summit League regular season title, IUPUI’s Maggie Good (Rochester, Ind.) has been named the Week 13 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week USA Softball announced today.  This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for Good, who was also named the Summit League Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Posting multi-hit games in all three contests on the week, Good started off her juggernaut of a weekend with a 2-for-3 performance, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI against Fort Wayne in the series opener.  Good carried the momentum into the second game of the series, once again going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of solo home runs, two RBI and two runs scored.  With the series-win on the line in the finale, Good continued to wreak havoc at the plate as she sent two home runs out of the park on a 3-for-4 performance, scoring three times while adding four RBI onto her weekend total.

“What Maggie was able to do last week is a true testament to her hard work and dedication on and off the field,” said IUPUI Head Coach Heather Tarter. “She is a natural leader who led this team to their first conference title by producing unparalleled offensive numbers.  She is very deserving of this honor and we couldn’t be more proud.”

On the week, Good hit .700 (7-for-10) at the plate, posting an astounding 2.200 slugging percentage after hitting five home runs, collecting eight RBI while scoring five times.  After her offensive performance over the weekend, Good set an IUPUI program record for most home runs (16) and RBI (47) in a single season.  She also leads the Summit League in slugging percentage, runs scored, RBI, home runs and total bases this season.

This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Good and the first for an athlete from IUPUI.  The Jags will now focus on the Summit League Tournament, where they have earned the No. 1 seed.

2017 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 9-12): Sierra Hyland – Cal Poly – Senior – Pitcher – Visalia, Calif.

Week 2 (Feb. 13-19): Alyssa Denham – Louisiana – Freshman – Pitcher – Alvin, Texas

Week 3 (Feb. 20-26): Mo Mercado – Arizona – Senior – Infield – Temecula, Calif.

Week 4 (Feb. 27-March 5): Nicole Schroeder – Arkansas – Senior – Outfield – Yorba Linda, Calif.

Week 5 (March 6-12): Alexis Osorio – Alabama – Junior – Pitcher – Riverside, Calif.

Co-Week 6 (March 13-19): Braxton Burnside – Missouri – Freshman – Infield – Paragould, Ark.

Co-Week 6 (March 13-19): Sierra Hyland – Cal Poly – Senior – Pitcher – Visalia, Calif.

Week 7 (March 20-26): Danielle O’Toole – Arizona – Senior – Pitcher – Upland, Calif.

Week 8 (March 27 – April 2): Kaylan Jablonski – Nebraska – Junior – Pitcher – Omaha, Neb.

Week 9 (April 3-9): Rachel Garcia – UCLA – Freshman – Pitcher – Palmdale, Calif.

Co-Week 10 (April 10-16): Kelly Barnhill – Florida – Sophomore – Pitcher – Marietta, Ga.

Co-Week 10 (April 10-16): Caroline Seitz – Mississippi State – Senior – Infield – Birmingham, Ala.

Week 11 (April 17-23): DJ Sanders – Louisiana – Junior – Infield – Columbus, Miss.

Week 12 (April 24-30): Sara Hingsberger – Weber State – Senior – Infield – Eagle, Idaho

Week 13 (May 1-7): Maggie Good – IUPUI – Senior – Infield – Rochester, Ind.

1-6-2017 NEW ALL AMERICAN GAMES

USA Softball announces creation of USA Softball All-American Games to be held in August


OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the creation of the USA Softball All-American Games, a prestigious tournament to be held at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field August 18-20, 2017.  Held at the “Softball Capital of the World”™ in Oklahoma City, Okla., the USA Softball All-American Games provide national exposure to elite athletes in the 12-Under Junior Olympic (JO) fast pitch division and will highlight the top competitors from across the country.

 

“The USA Softball JO Commissioners are very excited to host an event that showcases 360 of the best 12-under players from around the country,” said USA Softball of Southern California JO Commissioner Kristi Allen. “We are excited to give these athletes the opportunity to play at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex representing USA Softball.”

 

With teams selected from the 10 USA Softball Regions, a total of 24 teams from across the U.S. will compete in the USA Softball All-American games.  Each region can select up to two teams to represent their region at the USA Softball All-American Games and each team will consist of 15 athletes and two coaches.  Athletes must be on a USA Softball registered team for the 2017 season and must be age eligible for the 12-Under JO division.  Each region is responsible for the selection process for their teams, and players must commit and be registered no later than July 1.

 

Teams competing in the USA Softball All-American Games will be invited to participate in an exposure camp to highlight their skills. The USA Softball All-American Games will also have an Opening Ceremony, free live streaming and live stats through USASoftball.com and a tournament “swag” bag, which will include their USA Softball All-American jerseys and other official USA Softball and sponsor merchandise.

 

“What a great opportunity for 12-under female athletes across the country to be identified by members of USA Softball’s local associations,” said Director of Championships Chris Sebren. “To have the opportunity to come together as individuals and compete as regional teams in this inaugural All-American Games will be such a great experience for them. These select individuals will join some of the best athletes across the world who will be competing in Oklahoma City this year as we host the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) and the World Cup of Softball. What a great way for USA Softball to finish off our fast pitch season in Oklahoma City with the inaugural All-American Games.”

 

Information on regional tryout and selection processes will be available the first week of February.  For more information on the USA Softball All-American Games, please visit www.usasoftballallamericangames.com or send an email to AllAmericanGames@usasoftball.com.

 

1-6-2017- USA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty athletes to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a four-day selection process, 20 athletes have been selected to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete at the World Cup of Softball XII this July in Oklahoma City, Okla. and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier.

“It is very obvious that the future talent pool of USA Softball players is very deep,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida).  “The high level of play and skill assessment displayed at the 2017 National Team trials, not only by the former players but also by the first time trial attendees, was fantastic.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

“After coming off the 2016 WBSC World Championship Gold Medal success, it is important for our program to keep moving forward,” Eriksen continued.  “The ‘prize fight’ mentality of all the players came out in the competition with the roster spots filled by those that excelled through the trials with their skill sets, their productive play at this event, their productive play through past history, and lastly by character assessment.  These factors make up a winning unit.  We will continue to assess those that were here that did not make the team.  For those who made the roster, the evidence of how close it was should be a motivating factor to continue to strive to be better physically and mentally as we race towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Representing the U.S. this summer will be 16 returning veterans from the 2016 roster which reclaimed the Gold Medal at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal Game.  Four rookies also join the squad, with three of those rookies having previously worn the Red, White and Blue either as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) or USA Softball Women’s Elite Team.

 

Led by Head Coach Ken Eriksen, a full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.

Womens National Team

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team



Ali Aguilar
Washington – Sr.
Infield

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Soph.
Pitcher

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015
Pitcher/Infield

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012
Catcher

Kasey Cooper
Auburn – Sr.
Infield

Hannah Flippen
Utah – Sr.
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Florida – Sr.
Pitcher

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Soph.
Catcher

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Jr.
Outfield

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Jr.
Infield

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016
Outfield

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013
Pitcher

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012
Outfield

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – Sr.
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – Sr.
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016
IF/OF

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015
Outfield

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – Sr.
Outfield

 Date Event Location Tickets  Media
June, 2017 Training Camp Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 4-9 World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request

*Additional events may be added. Schedule is subject to change*

Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.

 

12-8-2016 Yokohama Stadium Approved for 2020

WBSC WELCOMES IOC APPROVAL OF YOKOHAMA STADIUM FOR OLYMPIC BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AT TOKYO 2020 GAMES 

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today welcomed the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to approve the Tokyo 2020 venue proposal, which confirmed the 30,000-seat Yokohama Stadium as the main venue for baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games in 2020.

Approximately 40 km/25 miles south of Tokyo and located in the city centre, Yokohama Stadium is the home of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) club Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

In July, WBSC officials conducted inspections of Yokohama Stadium as a potential Olympic venue.

“WBSC is delighted with the decision of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to confirm Yokohama Stadium as a main venue,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Yokohama Stadium with its downtown skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop for Olympic baseball and softball — this is an exciting day that takes baseball and softball one step further on the historic road to Tokyo 2020.”

The ballpark in the city of 3.7 million features a “natural grass” look, but the entire field is fitted with a next generation artificial turf, with dirt cut-outs around the bases, pitcher’s mound and home plate circle.

Collaborations will continue between WBSC and Tokyo 2020 on the tournament format and the venue plan in the Tokyo Metropolitan area and how a game(s) in Fukushima could potentially be realised. Potential final proposals to the IOC are expected in 2017. The venue process for baseball and softball events has been generating a media buzz in Japan and internationally.

WBSC is also working to confirm the Olympic baseball and softball qualification method in early 2017.