5-24-2017 Wilson to Coach New Chinese Team in NPF

Beijing Shougang Eagles Announce 2017 Coaching Staff

Beijing Shougang Eagles 2017 Coaching Staff

BEIJING, China  (May 24, 2017)
– Beijing Shougang Eagles announced the appointment of Teresa Wilson as Head Coach for the 2017 season at a press conference held in Beijing on Wednesday. Wilson will be the first Head Coach for the Eagles and lead the team through its inaugural season of National Pro Fastpitch action.
Ms. Wilson’s resume as an NCAA Head coach is rich in success. Over a 24 year career, she was honored as national Coach of the Year once and conference Coach of the Year multiple times at 3 different universities (Oregon, Minnesota and Washington), in both the Pac 10 and Big 10 conferences.
Most recognized for her accomplishments as the first coach of the Washington Huskies, while there Wilson’s teams made 2 championship game appearances in the WCWS, 2 semifinalist finishes, 6 total WCWS appearances (totaling 13 WCWS wins), and 10 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Wilson is one of only six coaches to take 2 programs to the NCAA WCWS and the only individual to coach 3 programs in the WCWS. She is also the only individual to coach 4 programs in the NCAA post-season tournament. In addition, she was the first person to both play and coach in the WCWS.
“I am honored to be named the Head Coach for the Beijing Shougang Eagles as they begin their inaugural campaign as part of the NPF,” commented Wilson. “My assistant coaches and I just watched these athletes compete in their National Games and were very impressed with their skill level, their work ethic, and the way they represent the game of softball!  We are anxious to begin our work with them and look forward to the opportunity to grow our game at the highest level!.”
Joining Wilson on the coaching staff of Beijing Shougang are Assistants, Breanne Lewis and Thomas Hazelhurst, along with strength coach, Eric Bryant.
Lewis specializes in skill development in the specific position of catcher. She is recognized as an elite situational and game analyst who excels in dugout management which include pitcher tendencies, pitcher/hitter match-ups, charting, video, scouting applications and mental approaches.
Hazelhurst is a former Assistant Coach at the University of Illinois and the University of Georgia, who specializes in hitter development. Hazelhurst is experienced in analysis and video production software and skill development utilizing human kinetics breakdowns.
Bryant is a strength, conditioning, speed and agility coach, formerly of the University of Washington. Bryant also worked a brief stint with Wilson in 2012 as staff of the NPF team, Carolina Diamonds.
Beijing Shougang will make their debut in the NPF June 6th at The Ballpark at Rosemont as they take on the Chicago Bandits in a 4 game series.

5-23-2017 Broadcasting Super Regionals

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Tue, May 23, 2017 12:05 pm

NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN Televises All Eight Super Regionals

May 23, 2017


NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN Televises All Eight Super Regionals

  • Eight Best-of-Three Series from Campus Sites; Winners Advance to Women’s College World Series
  • Top 16 Seeds Advance; Top 8 Host Super Regionals
  • Jessica Mendoza Returns, Joins Michele Smith and Beth Mowins in Los Angeles; Amanda Scarborough and Eric Collins in Gainesville 


ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship continues with exclusive telecasts of the Super Regionals beginning Thursday, May 25, and continuing through Sunday, May 28, with up to 24 games from eight campus sites. The eight, best-of-three series will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with the victorious teams advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.


The top eight seeds advanced from the Regional round to host a Super Regional, highlighted by No. 1 seed Florida, which will host No. 16 Alabama (Gainesville Super Regional). There are four west coast Super Regionals sites: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor (Tucson), No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky (Eugene), No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah (Seattle) and No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (Los Angeles). Rounding out the sites: No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU (Tallahassee), No. 7 Auburn vs. defending national champion and No. 10 seed Oklahoma (Auburn) and No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M (Knoxville). A complete bracket is available here.


ESPN Commentators
ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, now a MLB analyst working Sunday Night Baseball, returns to ESPN’s softball coverage for the Super Regionals. Mendoza, who began her career with ESPN as a college softball analyst and has called the WCWS for a number of years, will work with fellow college softball analyst Michele Smith, play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins and reporter Holly Rowe in Los Angeles.


Softball analyst Amanda Scarborough along with commentator Eric Colllins will be in Gainesville, Fla., for the call of the SEC matchup between the Crimson Tide and the Gators. Mendoza, Smith, Rowe and Mowins will be paired for the Women’s College World Series, as well as Scarborough joining play-by-play commentator Adam Amin and reporter Laura Rutledge. The full schedule and production details will be announced next week.

  • Jessica Mendoza – Los Angeles Super Regional
  • College: Stanford
  • Honors: Four-time All-American (1999, 2000, ’01, ’02; member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver medal winning team at 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Michele Smith – Los Angeles Super Regional
  • College: Oklahoma State
  • Honors: Two-time All-American; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00); eight time Japan Pro League MVP


  • Amanda Scarborough – Gainesville Super Regional
  • College:  Texas A&M
  • Honors: Two-time All-American (2005, ’07); only player in Big 12 history to receive Freshman of the Year and Player of Year in same season (2005); played in two WCWS (2007, ’08)


ESPN’s additional six commentator teams are: Mark Neely and Jenny Dalton-Hill (Auburn), Jenn Hildreth and Carol Bruggeman (Tallahassee), Alex Loeb and Megan Willis (Knoxville), Trey Bender and Danielle Lawrie (Eugene), Pam Ward and Cheri Kempf (Tucson) and Courtney Lyle and Leigh Dakich (Seattle).

  •   Leigh Dakich – Seattle Regional
    • College: Toledo
    • Honors: Led the Rockets to the WCWS; holds the MAC record for batting average and hits; former head coach at Bowling Green and Syracuse


  • Carol BruggemanTallahassee Super Regional
    • College: Iowa
    • Honors:  As a Division I coach at Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville, achieved more than 700 combined wins; All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region as a player; inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame (1997); NFCA Executive Director
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill – Auburn Super Regional
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors: National Player of the Year (1996) and Women’s College World Series MVP (’96); four-time National Champion; winning three as a player (1993, ’94, and ’96) and one as an assistant coach, also with Arizona (1997)


  • Cheri KempfTucson Super Regional
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion; National MVP; played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992); NPF Commissioner


  • Danielle LawrieEugene Super Regional
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009); All-American; played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  •  Megan Willis – Norman Regional 
    • College: Texas
    • Honors:  Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006); played in National Fastpitch League

espnW will have wide-ranging coverage of the entire 2017 NCAA Softball Championship hosted on its softball index.  Highlights include:

  • Comprehensive Recaps: Graham Hays will provide daily recaps and analysis from the Regionals, Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
  • Behind the Scenes Coverage: From playlists to blogs, espnW will provide a unique look into the players’ lives off the field.  
  • The espnW Player of the Year:  The 2017 espnW Player of the Year will be revealed on the road to Oklahoma City.
  • Schedules and Results: All the scores and schedules can be found here.


Follow and Join the Social Media Conversation
A number of social handles — @ESPNU, @espnW, and @NCAASoftball — will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the championship. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #RoadToWCWS the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.


ESPN’s 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Television Schedule
Super Regionals (May 25 – 28)


Please Note: Networks are likely to change throughout the weekend. For the latest information, please check espnW’s schedule and results page. The higher seed in each Super Regional has home/away choice in a decisive, if necessary, Game 3.


Gainesville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 7 p.m. No. 16 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough
Fri, May 26 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Alabama  ESPN
Sat, May 27 5 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Los Angeles Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 9 p.m. No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 5 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
Fri, May 26 9 p.m. No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, May 27 7 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Auburn Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 4 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
Sat, May 27 1 p.m. No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Oklahoma ESPN
Sun, May 28 1 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Tallahassee Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 5 p.m. No. 13 LSU at No. 4 Florida State
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
Sat, May 27 3 p.m. No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU ESPN
Sun, May 28 1 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Knoxville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 8 Tennessee
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
Sat, May 27 5 p.m. No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M ESPN2
Sun, May 28 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Eugene Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 7 p.m. No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Oregon
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
Sat, May 27 7 p.m. No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky   ESPN2
Sun, May 28 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU


Tucson Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 9 p.m. No. 15 Baylor at No. 2 Arizona
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
Sat, May 27 9 p.m. No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor   ESPN
Sun, May 28 7 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Seattle Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 11 p.m. No. 11 Utah at No. 6 Washington
Courtney Lyle, Leigh Dakich
Sat, May 27 9 p.m. No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah   ESPN2
Sun, May 28 10 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Networks and schedule are subject to change




Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner


5-22-2017 Super Bracket; Baton Rouge & Norman Finals

Car;y Hoover completed her second game late Sunday, downing ULL 6-1, forcing a seventh game at 130pm today.  The Tiger offense was propelled by Griggs (4-4) andhomersby Jaquish and Serrett.  LSU racked three runs off Stewart and three more off Denham.

The Oklahoma Sooners and Tulsa Golden Hurricane will also face off Monday at 1 p.m. ET in an elimination game. The two teams also played Sunday, with Oklahoma edging out Tulsa 6-4 in 10 innings.

Here’s a look at the eight super regional matchups:

  • Florida vs. Alabama
  • Tennessee vs. Texas A&M
  • UCLA vs. Ole Miss
  • Florida State vs. LSU
  • Oregon vs. Kentucky
  • Washington vs. Utah
  • Auburn vs. Oklahoma
  • Arizona vs. Baylor

Winner plays Auburn in Super Regionals
— Sooners lead 3-0 T7; win 3-0/ WP Parker
— Mendes, Hatfield solo HRs; Romero rbi;

Winner plays Florida State in Super Regionals
— Ragin Cajuns lead 1-0 B4; Tigers up 2-1 in B4 on  Springfield HR;
— Stewart relieved; w/one out, two on; LSU up 3-1 on  Grigg’s single;
—  Loupe scored, 5-1; T6 ended on double play; Ellyson relieved Denham;
— T7 Grem singled, stranded.  LSU wins 5-1.  WP Carly Hoover



5-21-2017 Sunday NCAA Regionals

Note: Late night, California defeated Notre Dame 5-3


— Seminoles lead 8-3 B7/win 8-5/Morgan 3 rbi, Warren 2run HR, Burroughs winner
— Cowgirls lead 1-0, in progress/OSU upsets #1 Florida 1-0/play again 230pm
Game Two: Florida vs Oklahoma State:
Gators lead 2-0 B1; Dewitt 2run HR
— Florida 4-0 after 4/Gators 5-0 B6/Gators win
— Wildcats lead 4-1/Wildcats win 4-2
— Auburn leads 7-1 T6/Fagan HR/Auburn wins 8-2
— Cargill doubled and scored/WP Rodon, LP Good
— tied 2-2 in 5th/Ole Miss wins 7-2
–Aggies  win 3-1
— T5 tied 1-1/Minnesota 2-1 B7/Gophers win 5-2
— Sooners 4-0 in 1st; Knighten 3run HR/6-0 B4/wins 10-2
— Tulsa up 2-1 in 5th; Escodado solo chases Parker; Pendley HR
— tied 2-2 in 8th; down 4-2, Sooners win on 2-run HRs by Clifton and Romero
— Vols win 3-0
LSU vs MCNEESE STATE/Tigers up 8-1 B5/10-1 B6
— 0-0 B2/ULL vs LSU
— Washington leads 2-1 T3/tied 2-2 B5/UW 4-2
— UCLA up 7-1 T5
— Wildcats lead 2-0 T6/Wildcats 9-0 B7
— Ducks lead 4-0 T3/9-0 T5/win 9-0
–Bama leads 1-0 T6/wins 1-0
Utah wins regional


Florida State (LSUULL?)
Florida vs Alabama
Auburn vs Oklahoma
Kentucky vs Oregon
Baylor vs Arizona
Texas A&M vs Tennessee
Mississippi vs UCLA
Washington vs Utah





5-20-2017 Saturday NCAA D1 Schedule

note Friday”s report has been updated to include late scores
Note: ULL Alex Stewart pitched no hitter Friday against McNeese State

California vs Auburn
— tied 2-2; Cal leads 3-2/Auburn wins 4-3
Florida State vs Georgia
— Seminoles lead 3-0/win 7-1
Georgia leads Jacksonville State 7-2 T 6/wins 8-2
Florida vs Oklahoma State
— Gators lead 2-0/win 2-0
Kentucky vs Illinois
— Wildcats lead 1-0/win 1-0
USC Upstate vs Tennessee
— Upstate leads 2-0/Vols win 7-3
Minnesota vs Alabama
— underway no score T8/Bama wins 1-0
LSU vs Louisiana Lafayette
— LSU 2-0 delayed/ULL takes lead 4-2 B
James Madison vs Baylor
— JMU 2-1 B4/Baylor wins 4-2
James Madison vs Kent State/JMU up 2-0
Kent State 2, Oregon State 1
Princeton vs Jacksonville State JSU wins 10-2
Jacksonville State vs Georgia:  Georgia up 7-2
East Tennessee vs Notre Dame: Irish lead 6-3 in progress
Arizona State vs Mississippi/Ole Miss wins 2-0
Texas State vs Texas A&M/Aggies win 3-1
Florida A&M vs FIU
— FIU 1-0 B2/FIU wins 3-0
Oklahoma State 5, FIU 0
Ohio State vs Longwood/Longwood wins 3-1
Longwood leads SC Upstate 4-1 B5/wins 4-2
DePaul vs Marshall
— 0-0 after 2/Marshall wins 2-1
Illinois 10, Marshall 2 final
Albany vs Louisiana Tech 0-0 in progress
Fairfield vs McNeese State 0-0
Utah vs BYU: Utes lead 13-0 T6/win 14-0
Kent State vs Oregon State: tied 1-1 T6/Kent State wins 2-1
South Carolina 0, Arizona 5
UCLA vs San Jose State: Bruins lead 10-1 B6 /wins 10-2
S Illinois vs North Carolina 0-0 B2/Tar Heels win 4-0
Texas Southern vs Texas/Longhorns up 5-0 B4
Michigan def by Washington 12-4
Oregon vs Wisconsin: Wisconsin leads 3-2 T7
Missouri vs Illinois-Chicago/UIC wins 5-4
Montana vs Fresno State/ UM leads 4-0 B4
Cal State Fullerton def Lehigh 10-5
New Mexico St def by St Francis PA 8-4
North Dakota vs Oklahoma at 130pm
— Friday’s game was suspended with ND leading 2-0
— The winner will face Tulsa at 930.  The Loser will play Arkansas
— ay 8pm in an elimination game>
North Dakota State defeated defending national champion Oklahoma 3-2 (9).
North Dakota State vs Tulsa/tied 0-0 B3/Tulsa wins 2-1
Oklahoma leads Arkansas 5-3 B6/wins 5-3 in 7th with two on base
Notre Dame vs East Texas State: Irish lead 5-3 after 5
Notre Dame vs California
Arizona leads South Carolina 1-0 B4
McNeese leads Fairfield 6=2 T5