7-18-2017 Stanford Hires Jessica Allister

College softball: Stanford hires alumna Jessica Allister as new head coach

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Last Updated – Jul 18, 2017 16:41 EDT
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STANFORD, Calif. – Jessica Allister has been named the head coach of Stanford softball, as announced Tuesday by director of athletics Bernard Muir.

Allister, the fourth head coach in program history, joins the Cardinal after leading Minnesota the past seven seasons. She led the Gophers to unprecedented heights in 2017, registering a program-best 56-5 record and earning the first No. 1 national ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll in program history. She has accumulated a 290-107 (.730) overall record during her career.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jessica back to Stanford to lead the program she helped build,” said Muir. “She was an elite competitor during her time on The Farm and has continued to excel in her coaching career. Jessica has established herself as an excellent coach and I believe she will push our student-athletes to be their best on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”


It will be familiar territory for Allister who returns to Stanford where she was a second-team All-American as a catcher in 2004 and helped lead the Cardinal to Women’s College World Series appearances in 2001 and 2004. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in economics.

“Stanford is home,” said Allister. “Stanford has always been home. I had an amazing experience as an athlete and have always been a proud member of the Stanford community. To be able to come back and lead my alma mater is a dream come true.”

7-14-2017 Henderson Excels as Pride Defeats Racers

Viera, FL (July 14, 2017) – Returning on home territory at the Space Coast Stadium, the USSSA Pride (21-6) rolled past the Ohio-based Akron Racers (15-14) in a long seven-inning duel. An early lead locked the win for the Pride, securing its spot on top of the NPF standings for the sixth consecutive week.

Jolene Henderson (6-1) brought home her sixth seasonal win. With the victory, Henderson earned her second seasonal complete game. During the outing, she collected five strikeouts, two walks and allowed three hits for no runs to seize her second shutout for the 2017 Season. After tonight, Henderson jumped to the fifth spot for most strikeouts in the NPF standings, with a total of 44. The Pride pitcher also sits in seventh for ERA (1.46) and is tied at fourth for most wins (6). In addition to raking fifth for wins within the 2017 NPF leaderboard, Henderson is currently the all-time winningest pitcher in the Cal Bears softball program, with a record of 130-35 in four seasons at Cal Berkley.

In the box, USSSA recorded five hits for a game batting average of .250. Outfielder Kirsti Merritt shined at the plate after a 1-for-3 performance that drove in all three USSSA runs. The former Gator currently holds a batting average of .308 with a slugging percentage of .385. Due to her six seasonal RBI, Merritt takes sixth place in the Pride leaderboard for most RBI, while ranking third for most hits (21). The back-to-back 2014 & 2015 WCWS champion also ranks second for stolen bases (10) within the 2017 NPF standings.

In the first inning of the game, both dugouts kept the score still, 0-0. The initial inning also saw Shelby Pendley and Kelly Kretschman as protagonists in the Pride defensive halves, as the USSSA shortstop and right fielder performed two outstanding diving catches to secure two outs for the Pride.

Entering the second with a bare scoreboard, USSSA took the lead clawing one run, as Merritt drove Chelsea Goodacre home with a ground ball to the Akron second baseman. As the third went blank, in the bottom of the fourth the Pride overlapped the Racers once again, with Merritt flaring a single to right center to put USSSA ahead, 3-0.

The remainder of the game persisted with an unchanged score, and in the seventh Henderson shut down the Akron lineup with a quick 1-2-3 frame to fasten the victory for USSSA, 3-0.

Next up, the Pride will face the Beijing Eagles tomorrow night at 8:05 p.m. EST at the Space Coast Stadium. Quick Facts:

Attendance: 559

Duration: 1:28


7-11-2017 Charge Defeats Pride

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 11, 2017) — A two-out single in the bottom of the sixth by Renada Davis helped the Charge record their second win in a row against the league-leading USSSA Pride Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Missouri.

Davis’ clutch piece of hitting plated teammate Nadia Taylor from second and helped Texas (14-15) post a 4-3 victory in a back-and-forth affair.

The Charge vaulted ahead 3-1 in the contest, but USSSA tallied a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to knot the score.

But thanks to Davis and the steady pitching of Dallas Escobedo, Texas was able to become the first National Pro Fastpitch team this season to send the Pride (20-5) to consecutive defeats.

“They’re a very competitive team, and every hitter is a great hitter, so I know I can’t take a hitter off,” Escobedo said afterward. “Staying within ourselves is what’s getting us by — doing what we know we can do without trying to do too much.”

For the second straight outing, it was the offense of the Charge that drew first blood. Lauren Haeger put her team on the board with an RBI single in her first at-bat of the evening.

The Pride answered with a run in the top of the third, but Texas’ Bailey Landry provided an RBI triple in the bottom half of the frame.

Missy Taukeiaho increased the Charge’s lead to 3-1 one inning later by poking an RBI single through the right side.

And while USSSA eventually tied the game in the fifth, Escobedo and Davis ensured that their team didn’t let a golden opportunity slip through its fingers.

Escobedo tossed a complete game and allowed one earned run on eight hits.

The Pride’s Kelsey Nunley took the loss in relief of starter Hannah Rogers.

Taylor, Haeger and Taylor Gadbois each collected two hits to lead the Charge’s effort from the batter’s box.

Texas and USSSA are set to cap their series today with a 7:05 p.m CT/ 8:05 pm ET game in Kansas City.


Quick Facts

Attendance: 1,663

Game Time: 1 hr 56 min

7-11-2017 USA Roster for Pan Am Qualifier

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier roster named


OKLAHOMA CITY – The final 15-player roster for the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) Pan American Championship was announced today by USA Softball. Athletes selected will compete in the Pan American Championship August 4-13 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in which the top five finishing countries will qualify for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship and the 2019 Pan American Games.


While the complete game schedule for the Pan American Championship will be announced at a later date, competing countries include: Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Curacao, El Salvador, Guatemala, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Pero, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.  The United States will need to finish in the top five in order to qualify for both the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship, which will be held in Chiba, Japan, and the 2019 Pan American Games, which will be held in Lima, Peru.


2017 Pan American Championship Roster

Ali Aguilar
Washington – 2017

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Jr.

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012

Hannah Flippen
Utah – 2017

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Sr.

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – 2017

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – 2017

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015


Kasey Cooper
Auburn – 2017

Delanie Gourley
Florida – 2017

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Jr.

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Sr.

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – 2017

Coaching Staff

Ken Eriksen
Head Coach

Howard Dobson
Assistant Coach

Tairia Flowers
Assistant Coach

John Rittman
Assistant Coach

Heather Tarr
Assistant Coach

 Date Event Location Tickets   Media
June 12-18 Training Camp Irvine, Calif. N/A Credential request
June 13  Exhibition Games Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here  Credential request
June 14  Youth Clinic Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here 
June 15  Exhibition Games Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here  Credential request
June 23-25 USA vs. Japan All-Star Series Sendai/Yokohama, Japan N/A Live Stats
July 5-9  World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla.  Click here  Credential request 
July 12-14 Training Camp Sacramento, Calif. N/A Credential request
July 12  VIP Meet & Greet Sacramento, Calif. Click here  
July 13  Youth Clinic Sacramento, Calif. Click here  
July 13  Exhibition Games  Sacramento, Calif./Raley Field  Click here  Credential request 
July 19-23 Training Camp Tuscaloosa/Auburn, Ala. N/A Credential request
July 20 Exhibition Games Tuscaloosa, Ala./Rhoads Stadium  Click here Credential request  
July 22  Exhibition Games Auburn, Ala./Jane B. Moore Field  Click here  Credential request  
August 4-13 Pan Am/World Qualifier Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic N/A Live Stats
August 25-27 Japan Cup Takasaki City, Japan N/A Live Stats

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

7-9-2017 Japan Edges USA 2-1 in World Cup


Team USA drops 2-1 decision to Japan in Championship Game at World Cup of Softball XII; USA Softball JWNT defeat Puerto Rico 7-0 (five innings) to finish in 5th place


OKLAHOMA CITY –   Despite outhitting their opponents in the Championship finale at the World Cup of Softball XII, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) dropped a 2-1 decision to Japan to finish as runner-up.  USA’s Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) recorded Team USA’s lone RBI of the game after singling in the bottom of the fourth to plate Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.).  Also seeing action on Championship Sunday at the World Cup of Softball was the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), who shutout Puerto Rico in a 7-0 (five innings) run rule to finish in fifth place as the team preps for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship.


“I’m happy with where we’re at right now,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “We’ve got some players who now have five or six years of experience under their belt.  Our approaches at the plate are pretty darn good, it was just one of those days where their bloop fell in today and ours didn’t.  The way we’re playing defensively and offensively is pretty flawless.”


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USA 1, Japan 2

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It was a typical high-level, competitive match between the top two ranked teams in the world in the World Cup of Softball XII Championship Game, and despite outhitting Japan, the USA Softball WNT finished as runner-up after a 2-1 loss.  The Eagles looked to create a seventh-inning rally, but ultimately fell one run short, finishing the annual event with a 7-1 record.


Japan struck first in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.  Eri Yamada led off with a single but USA’s Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) got Yamada out at second on a groundball from Mana Atsumi.  A single to Michelle Moultrie in right field advanced Atsumi to third to put runners on the corners before a walk to Yu Yamamoto loaded the bases.  With just one out, Minami Sato singled to centerfield to push across two Japan runs.


The U.S. struck back in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to just one run.  A leadoff walk to Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) followed by a single to right field by Moultrie put two on quickly.  A groundout put runners on the corners for Team USA to bring Munro to the plate, who on a 1-1 pitch drove a ball up the middle to bring Arioto home and make it a 2-1 ballgame.  Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) followed with another single to prompt a pitching change for Japan as Yukiko Ueno entered for Yamato Fugita.  Ueno was able to retire the next two batters to prevent the U.S. from adding further damage.


Both sides would be kept silent through the next few innings of play to bring Team USA back to the plate for their final at-bat trailing by one.  Ueno was able to get two quick outs, but the U.S. proved to be resilient as Stewart doubled on a hard hit ball to the left center gap.  With a runner in scoring position, Team USA looked to keep the game going, but a strikeout ended the game with the U.S. falling to Japan 2-1.


Up next for the USA Softball WNT is a doubleheader exhibition tour stop in Sacramento, Calif. July 12-13.  The team will take a brief break before heading to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier August 4-13.  The team will conclude their 2017 season in Takasaki City, Japan for the 2017 Japan Cup August 25-27.


USA JWNT 7, Puerto Rico 0 (five innings)

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Just three days after dropping an opening-game 3-1 decision to Puerto Rico, the USA Softball JWNT found their rhythm as the team walked away with the 7-0 (five innings) shutout victory.  The JWNT pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back as Holly Azevedo (San Jose, Calif.) gave up just three hits in a strong performance in the circle for the Red, White and Blue. 


Azevedo retired her first three batters faced with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.  Hannah Adams then led off the U.S. at-bat with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a grounder from Sis Bates (Ceres, Calif.).  Bubba Nickles (Merced, Calif.) demonstrated her veteran experience in the bottom of the first inning for the JWNT as she blasted a home run over the centerfield fence to give the U.S. the early 2-0 edge.


Another one, two, three inning for Azevedo brought the potent U.S. lineup back to the plate, and the team delivered with another five runs.  Dejah Mulipola (Garden Grove, Calif.) got the offense rolling with a leadoff single but was thrown out advancing to second on a groundball from Alyssa Rivera (Eagle Lake, Fla.)  Rivera would then move to second on a single from Elissa Brown (Eclectic, Ala.) and both moved up a base on an error by the Puerto Rico defense.  With the bases loaded, Bates singled on a hard hit ground ball back up the middle to plate two.  Nickles came up big again in her next at-bat, doubling on a line drive to left field to bring Adams and Bates home and make it 6-0, USA.  The final run of the inning would come after Lou Allan (Hesperia, Calif.) brought Nickles home on a ground ball to left field.


Puerto Rico would manage to get three base runners on through the remaining three innings of play, but were unable to figure out Azevedo in the circle as the JWNT claimed the run-rule victory to finish the World Cup of Softball XII with a 4-4 record. 


Azevedo earned the win for the JWNT, going the full five innings with four strikeouts and three hits allowed.  At the plate, Nickles drove in four of the U.S. runs while Bates picked up two RBI and Allan collected one RBI.


“The team is starting to get used to each other and starting to know each other’s abilities,“ said Head Coach Laura Berg.  “Today it showed.  They were flawless on defense.  I’m so proud of this team.  They played against teams who have ten-plus years of international experience and they did not back down.  They went toe-to-toe with them and they’re just going to continue to get better.”


Up next, the USA Softball JWNT will now set its sights on the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship in Clearwater, Fla. July 24-30.  After that, they will regroup in Cincinnati, Ohio where they will compete at the Major League Baseball (MLB) RBI World Series.


Canada 3, Australia 0

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Canada shutout Australia 3-0 in the Bronze Medal Game at the World Cup of Softball, capitalizing on a three-run first inning.  Two Canadian pitchers combined for the win as Karissa Hovinga pitched the first six and one-third innings with six strikeouts and five hits allowed.  Sara Plourde earned the save after entering in the bottom of the seventh to keep the Australian offense from rallying.


Philippines 8, Mexico 7 (eight innings)

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The Philippines earned a walk-off, extra-inning thriller over Mexico after trailing through the first six innings of play. Down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Philippines drove in four runs to push the game into extra innings.  Mexico would score the international tie-break runner to take a one-run lead in the top of the eight, but a single from Francesca Altomonte in the bottom of the eighth drove in two runs to give Philippines the 8-7 win.