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Sweeps Characterize Big 12 Opening Weekend #ncaasoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted March 31, 2014 at 10:07pm

I don't know how many fans took brooms out to Big 12 softball fields today, but it would have been appropriate, as all three of the conference's opening-weekend* series ended in three-game sweeps: Kansas over Oklahoma State (link); Oklahoma over Iowa St...more

SEC, Pac 12 Begin NCAA Softball Conference Play
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted March 15, 2014 at 9:52am

Among the major conferences, league play begins this weekend in the SEC and Pac 12. In the SEC, national No. 1 Florida headlines the schedule with a three-game series at LSU (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). In the Pac 12, the marquee match-up is a three-game s...more

Michigan Hands UCLA its First Loss of the Year, Gains Split in Series (NCAA Softball)
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted March 6, 2014 at 1:23pm

The following Twitter tweet says it all... Ground out to Ramirez ends the game! U-M wins 9-4, handing UCLA its first loss of the season #GoBlue— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) March 6, 2014 Shortstop Sierra Romero led the Wolverines, falling a...more

Mary Nutter/Cathedral City Tournament NCAA Softball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted February 21, 2014 at 8:42am

The 35-team Mary Nutter Classic (previously known as the Cathedral City Classsic) begins today in the Palm Springs area. As the tournament website states, "Five of the eight teams from the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series, including defending ...more

Arizona Shuts Out No. 4 Alabama -- Twice! NCAA Softball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted February 17, 2014 at 8:44am

The University of Arizona softball program has won eight NCAA championships, but has been down a little the last few seasons, not having made the Women's College World Series since 2010. It's still very early in the season, but the Wildcats may be back!Th...more

How Leading Teams Did -- Week 1 NCAA Softball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted February 10, 2014 at 9:12am

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has put out this document, showing how all of the nation's leading teams did in their games from February 3-9. Summaries are available for all teams in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25, plus all teams that receiv...more

2014 NCAA Softball Season Gets Underway
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted February 7, 2014 at 9:45pm

The 2014 college softball season is now underway, with a variety of weekend tournaments going on.  Most years, the Kajikawa Classic at Arizona State is the premier opening-weekend event. However, this year's field looks weaker than those of earlier y...more

USSSA Florida Pride Defeated the LSU Softball team by a score of 11-0 during an Exhibition Game
by anngaff
posted October 1, 2013 at 12:03pm

Photo by: Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer BATON ROUGE, LA – October 1, 2013 – The USSSA Florida Pride defeated the LSU softball team by a score of 11-0 during an exhibition game Monday at Tiger Park which featured a pitching ma...more

Who wants a full-ride? A few tips on what college coaches look for during recruiting
by Marissa Kastanek
posted August 6, 2013 at 1:04pm

A few tips on what college coaches look for during recruiting and how to improve your chances of getting a full-ride scholarship....more

Sooners Pitcher Keilani Ricketts Wins 2013 Honda Cup
by Pretty Tough
posted June 27, 2013 at 10:19am

Sooners softball fans were hardly surprised when Keilani Ricketts, who dominated collegiate softball all season, was named the 2013 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and recipient of The Honda Cup. Ricketts, who has been called “her s...more

NCAA Sotball: Oklahoma Has Something to Celebrate
by Draft Day Suit
posted June 6, 2013 at 8:50pm

Yes, Oklahoma, celebrate. The Oklahoma Sooners softball team defeated Tennessee, 4-0, on Tuesday night to win the national championship at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Yes, in Oklahoma City. A metro area that has experienced two rounds of d...more

NCAA Softball: Game 1 Tennessee vs. Oklahoma Final Series
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted June 4, 2013 at 9:09am

Game 1 of the two-out-of-three championship series is underway. OU's Keilani Ricketts has struck out the side in top of the first... Ellen Renfroe is starting in the circle for Tennessee. Ellen pitched the final 2 1/3 innings yesterday in the Vols' win ov...more

Sunday at the WCWS (2013)
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted June 2, 2013 at 10:07pm

Sunday's action is underway, with Texas leading Florida 3-0 after five innings. The loser is eliminated. The Gators have been getting runners on base, but haven't been able to get the key hit against Blaire Luna... Texas completes the 3-0 victory, elimina...more

New Feature! Softball Sabermetrics of WCWS Teams
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 30, 2013 at 9:01am

As many readers are probably aware, the term "sabermetrics" refers to advanced statistical analysis of baseball, deriving from the initials of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Statistical analyses of other sports such as basketball and f...more

NCAA Softball Sunday Update (2013 Super-Regionals)
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 27, 2013 at 10:17am

Florida has qualified for the Women's College World Series with its second straight one-run victory over Alabama-Birmingham (1-0 today, 4-3 yesterday).  You can scroll down to Thursday's entry on this blog to see my game-by-game super-regional chart....more

NCAA Softball Saturday Update (2013 Super-Regionals)
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 26, 2013 at 10:04am

Seven of the eight super-regional series are active today, all except the Washington-Missouri series that was captured by the Huskies last night. To see game-by-game results at a glance, scroll down to Thursday's entry for my super-regional chart.Oklahoma...more

NCAA Softball Friday Update (2013 Super-Regionals)
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 24, 2013 at 7:01pm

Washington beat Missouri, 2-1, in extra innings, in what turned out to be the only action Thursday night. That's because the Texas A&M at Oklahoma game was rained out; the Aggies and Sooners will begin their series tonight, weather permitting.Three ot...more

Saturday Results -- 2013 NCAA Softball Regionals
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 18, 2013 at 8:20pm

With the exception of the Eugene, Oregon region, which is one day ahead, today's action will result in one team per region with a 2-0 record, one with a 2-1 record, and two teams eliminated. The team with the 2-0 record needs only one win on Sunday to adv...more

NCAA Softball's Scoreboard Page to Follow Regionals
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 17, 2013 at 8:44pm

The NCAA website has a softball scoreboard page to follow the regionals. The bulk of the action gets underway today. The only exception is the Oregon regional, which began yesterday with the host Ducks beating BYU and North Carolina edging Wisconsin. All ...more

NCAA Softball: 2013 Geospatial NCAA Tournament Map
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 13, 2013 at 8:46am

My annual maps of the NCAA regional groupings are shown below, based on the official tournament bracket. In all cases, the four teams sharing the same color and style (based on the host team's school colors) are in the same regional; the seeded team (with...more

NCAA Softball: Texas Tech Ends Scoring Drought, But Still Loses Sunday Finale to Oklahoma
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted April 15, 2013 at 9:10am

A quick follow-up to yesterday's posting:Texas Tech scored today with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, ending the Red Raiders' offensive scoreless streak at 32 innings. Tech's batters actually went wild for 7 runs on the day; the only problem i...more

NCAA Softball: Oklahoma Continues to Roll, Texas Tech Still Can't Score
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted April 14, 2013 at 9:00am

No. 1 Oklahoma is visiting Texas Tech this weekend, so I took in this afternoon's contest. The Red Raiders, who have made the NCAA tournament the past three years, are looking like they won't make it this year. The Sooners, on the other hand, continue to ...more

Softball: Big 12 Conference Play Really Gets Going This Weekend
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted March 29, 2013 at 4:02pm

The Big 12 is the last of the four major conferences to get going this season. Baylor and Texas played a two-game series last weekend -- swept by the Longhorns -- with the bulk of the teams beginning league play this weekend.The reason for the late start ...more

Garman Classic, Florida-Tennessee Softball Series Top Weekend's Play
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted March 18, 2013 at 12:07pm

The annual Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California, and the Tennessee-Florida SEC series topped this weekend's play.First, here are the highlights from the Garman. Led by Keilani Ricketts, top-ranked Oklahoma didn't allow a run all tournament in five...more

Citrus Classic Tops This Weekend's Softball Action
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted March 1, 2013 at 8:24pm

This week's top destination appears to be the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida. The 26-team field includes six ranked squads: Texas A&M, Texas, LSU, Oregon, Michigan, and Louisville. Spy Softball provides a more detailed preview. ...more

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