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Top Teams Struggle (#ncaasoftball)
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted April 7, 2014 at 9:50am

National No. 1 UCLA avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 3 Oregon today in Eugene, with a 6-1 win. The Ducks had taken the first two games of the series, 9-7 and 12-4 (run rule).No. 2 Tennessee likewise (and more unexpectedly) lost two of three ...more

Bruins-Ducks Battle; Vols and Tide on the Rise (NCAA Softball)
by Alan's College Softball Blog
posted April 5, 2014 at 10:27am

No. 1 UCLA plays a three-game series at No. 3 Oregon this weekend, in the nation's marquee match-up. According to the UCLA news release, "With a 33-2 record, the Bruins are off to their best start since the 2001 season when they began the year 39-2."Tenne...more

PA Rebellion Select Dallas Escobedo as #1 Pick in 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft
by anngaff
posted April 1, 2014 at 1:08pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 31, 2014 - Stuart Williams, owner of the Pennsylvania Rebellion, the newest franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League loved spending a weekend seeing the sights in the Music City. He is bringing home some souven...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

Michael Pine of Talon Partnerships & Events To Lead Sales, Sponsorship and Licensing Opportunities for NPF
by anngaff
posted February 25, 2014 at 6:13pm

Nashville, TN – February 25, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the signing of Michael Pine and his new agency Talon Partnerships & Events to lead Sales, Sponsorship and Licensing opportunities for the league. Pine is now the lead ex...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

NPF: Chicago Bandits Re-sign 2009 Defensive Player of the Year for Another Season
by anngaff
posted February 12, 2014 at 5:14pm

Tammy Williams (Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch ROSEMONT, Ill. – February 12, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore announced the re-signing of shortstop Tammy Williams for the 2014 season. This will be her fifth s...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

National Pro Fastpitch: 2011 Rookie of the Year Alisa Goler re-signs with Chicago Bandits
by anngaff
posted January 29, 2014 at 11:00pm

(Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch) ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 29, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today the re-signing of first baseman/designated player Alisa Goler for the 2014 season. “This is a...more

NPF: Amber Patton re-signs with Chicago Bandits for 6th season
by anngaff
posted January 28, 2014 at 12:38pm

Amber Patton - Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 27, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today the re-signing of Amber Patton for the 2014 season. This will be her 6th season in a Ba...more

2014 National Pro Fastpitch Schedule Released
by anngaff
posted January 23, 2014 at 4:09pm

Nashville, TN – January 23, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch released the 2014 regular season schedule today. The four affiliate teams - Akron Racers,Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion, andUSSSA Florida Pride - will battle each...more

2014 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft Set for Nashville
by anngaff
posted January 10, 2014 at 3:40pm

    Nashville, TN - January 10, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the 2014 College Draft will take place on March 31 in Nashville. For the second year in a row, the NPF College Draft will be held at the Ford Theatre ...more

NPF Announces New Team in Pennsylvania: The Rebellion!
by anngaff
posted November 20, 2013 at 10:51am

Nashville, TN – November 20, 2013 - National Pro Fastpitch announced a brand new market and team for the 2014 season. CONSOL Energy Park located in Washington, PA, will be the new home and venue for the latest addition to professional softball, th...more

2014 NPF Championship Series Awarded to Hoover, Alabama
by anngaff
posted November 19, 2013 at 11:20am

Keilani Ricketts, USSSA Pride - 2-time NCAA Player of the Year Birmingham, AL – November 19, 2013 The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league has awarded their Championship Series to Southern Sports Group, a Birmingham based event management and mar...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

The Power of 100%
by Marissa Kastanek
posted September 6, 2013 at 9:32am

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Kevin Durant. Giving 100% at every given moment will allow success at many levels. Coaches can see when an athlete leaves everything on the field of play and that is a key when recruiting....more

USSSA Pride Wins 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Championship
by anngaff
posted August 25, 2013 at 9:15am

USSSA Pride (Photo by Dina Kwit)   ROSEMONT, Illinois—August 24, 2013—After a long, hard battle of a best-of-three series, the USSSA Pride captured the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series Title over the regular season...more

NPF Championships: USSSA Pride Defeat Akron Racers to advance to Championship Series
by anngaff
posted August 24, 2013 at 5:40pm

Cat Osterman (Photo by Bill Diehm) ROSEMONT, IL — August 23, 2013 - The USSSA Pride defeated the Akron Racers 2-1 in the second round of the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Championship to advance to play the Chicago Bandits in the best of...more

NPF Championships: Akron Racers Come From Behind to Advance
by anngaff
posted August 23, 2013 at 9:10am

Sam Marder (Photo by Dina Kwit) Rosemont IL – August 22, 2013 - The Akron Racers (17-32) used a 4-run fifth inning rally to accelerate past the NY/NJ Comets (10-39) for good, in opening round action Thursday night of the 2013 NPF C...more

10 Commandments of Leadership
by Marissa Kastanek
posted August 12, 2013 at 9:33pm

Leadership is a quality that is important for all areas of life. Sports is a great arena for learning leadership but it must done in the correct way. Ryan Goodson has created 10 Commandments every person must do if they want to be a great leader.I recentl...more

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