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Softball Standouts Plourde and Prezioso Represent Atlantic 10, Exemplify Mid-Major Potential at Next Level
by klombardo1
posted August 25, 2014 at 4:31pm

Former Atlantic 10 softball standouts Sara Plourde and Sarah Prezioso find themselves in the minority of players in the professional and international ranks. Following their stellar careers at UMass and Temple, respectively, it is not their skills that se...more

Lessons Learned in Softball Propel Broadcasting Success
by klombardo1
posted July 31, 2014 at 6:01pm

In a fast-moving sport like college softball, where nuances such as the grip of a pitch, path of a swing, or angle taken to a batted ball can determine a game’s outcome, it is easy for inexperienced eyes to miss the finer details of the game. For...more

Pitcher Gretchen Aucoin Transfers from Texas Tech to Tennessee
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted July 11, 2014 at 1:11pm

Here's an article about pitcher Gretchen Aucoin transferring from Texas Tech to Tennessee in the aftermath of the Red Raiders' coaching change. As the article notes, "Aucoin should be able to contribute immediately in Knoxville, as Tennessee’s top p...more

Father-Daughter Bond Ignites Winning Ways at Fordham
by klombardo1
posted July 7, 2014 at 2:13pm

For the past ten years, Bob Baxter has been a staple in the Fordham softball dugout and a constant on the summer recruiting trail. Baxter, who is always boasting a smile, a Fordham hat, and one of his colossal championship rings, announced his retiremen...more

Forgotten Females: Resurgence of Male Sports Overshadows Fordham’s Female Athletes
by klombardo1
posted July 3, 2014 at 7:44pm

The glory days are here again at Rose Hill. With the tremendous success of the football team this fall, and the men’s basketball team off to a hot start this season, Fordham Athletics is in the midst of a revival. The recent success of the Rams o...more

2014 WCWS Sunday Observations #NCAAsoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted June 1, 2014 at 4:09pm

As seen in the chart below, we're down to four teams. Florida and Baylor (both in red) have been paired up for the day, as have Alabama and Oregon (both in green).Florida currently leads Baylor 6-3 after five-and-one-half innings (and it could have been w...more

2014 WCWS Survival Saturday #NCAAsoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 31, 2014 at 9:51pm

All games today will eliminate someone, so I've got my handy chart ready below...Barring a major rally, Florida State will be the first team to be eliminated, as the Seminoles trail Baylor 7-2 in the bottom (FSU) half of the sixth. The Seminoles get runne...more

2014 WCWS Friday Observations #NCAASoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 31, 2014 at 9:13am

A solo shot by Bailey Castro in the top of the second inning has given Florida a 1-0 lead over Oregon... It's now 4-zip Florida, as the Ducks bat in the bottom of the third... That's how it ends: Florida 4, Oregon 0. The Gators have won seven games so far...more

2014 WCWS Underway #NCAAsoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 29, 2014 at 9:37pm

In the opening game, Florida has taken a 4-0 lead over Baylor and Bears pitcher Whitney Canion, as the Gators bat in the bottom of the fourth... A one-out Florida double in the fourth chases Canion... Gators add another, making it 5-0 after four... ...more

Hays Previews 2014 WCWS #NCAAsoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 28, 2014 at 8:44pm

ESPN.com's Graham Hays previews Thursday's four opening-day match-ups of the Women's College World Series. The article is available here. ...more

2014 Super-Regionals Sunday Update #NCAAsoftball14
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 25, 2014 at 5:54pm

Here is where things stand today. Four teams (Alabama, Baylor, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Florida State) have clinched slots in the Women's College World Series. The other four slots are at stake today (see chart below). Washington has evened up its seri...more

2014 Super-Regionals Friday Update #ncaasoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 24, 2014 at 10:14am

The chart below summarizes where things stand in all of the super-regional series after Friday's busy day.Alabama notched its second straight one-run victory over Nebraska -- today by a score of 2-1 -- to advance to the Women's College World Series.A day ...more

2014 NCAA Regionals -- Who's Advanced, Who's Still Alive, Who's Been Eliminated #NCAASoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 19, 2014 at 9:59pm

The following table shows the status of each regional. The "2-0" and "2-1" column headings reflect teams' records entering Sunday's play. Teams in bold (with game-article links if available) have advanced to the super-regionals.Region2-02-1EliminatedElimi...more

Saturday (5/17/14) Regional Observations #NCAASoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 18, 2014 at 11:04am

Most of the seeded teams are doing well, but one has lost and two four others have squeaked by...No. 4 Georgia has fallen to NC State, 5-4.No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette needed a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Texas, 3-2.No. 7 Oklahoma put a...more

2014 NCAA Tournament Geospatial Map #NCAAsoftball
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted May 12, 2014 at 7:41pm

Here is my annual geospatial map of NCAA tournament teams, based on the official bracket. As I did last year, I created two separate maps, one for what I call "relatively compact" regionals (i.e., in which all or most of the teams come from contiguous sta...more

PT Playbook: Softball 101
by Pretty Tough
posted May 4, 2014 at 12:28pm

Softball is a direct descendant of baseball (sometimes referred to as hardball to differentiate the two), but differs from it in several ways, of which the chief four are: The ball is always pitched (thrown to the opposing team’s batter) underar...more

Softball: Michigan Run-Ruled for First Time in 270 B1G Games
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted April 29, 2014 at 2:37pm

On April 22, 2000 (or April 23, according to some sources), B1G* softball power Michigan suffered a five-inning loss to Northwestern by a score of 12-0, via run-rule.From 2000-2013, Michigan's softball program won 10 regular-season B1G titles (n...more

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

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