USSSA FLORIDA PRIDE DEFEATED THE LSU SOFTBALL TEAM BY A SCORE OF 11-0 DURING AN EXHIBITION GAME
Photo by: Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
BATON ROUGE, LA andndash; October 1, 2013 andndash; 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 match-up between former LSU teammates Ashley Czechner and Rachele Fico.
During her senior season, Fico received NFCA All-America First-Team honors for the second straight season to become only the third player in program history joining Ashlee Ducote and#40;1998 andamp; 2000and#41; and Britni Sneed and#40;2001 andamp; 2002and#41; to accomplish that feat. She also received NFCA All-South First-Team, All-SEC Second-Team and All-Louisiana First-Team Accolades.
andldquo;I think facing Fico was just fun for everybody,andrdquo; said LSU head coach Beth Torina. andldquo;It was just nice to have this opportunity for our fans to let them see this caliber of softball on our field. So just having her here and having her back is fun. It was exciting.andrdquo;
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published October 1, 2013 at 12:03pm EDT
WHO WANTS A FULL-RIDE? A FEW TIPS ON WHAT COLLEGE COACHES LOOK FOR DURING RECRUITING
The main question that young women have for college athletes is,
andnbsp;andldquo;How did you get a full-ride scholarship?andrdquo;
The easy answer is get good grades and work really hard. Unfortunately, that is a vague answer and it does not help young women prepare the way that is necessary to receive the great reward of a full-ride scholarship. A full-ride scholarship is a reward given to athletes that pays full tuition, room and board, textbooks, athletic gear and meals. As awesome as a full-ride scholarship sounds it is not easily earned. Here are some tips for how to receive one:
Grades: Student-athlete NOT athlete-student! A school cannot play an athlete that has not done the proper work in the classroom due to NCAA rules. Many athletes do not make it into college because they do not have the acceptable GPA and SAT or ACT scores after high school. A coach will sometimes overlook an athlete with low grades because when season comes around they need eligible players. IF yo [Read More
published August 6, 2013 at 1:04pm EDT
SOONERS PITCHER KEILANI RICKETTS WINS 2013 HONDA CUP
Sooners softball fans were hardly surprised when Keilani Ricketts, who dominated collegiate softball all season, was named the 2013 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Yearandnbsp;and recipient of The Honda Cup. Ricketts, whoandnbsp;has been called andldquo;her sportandrsquo;s Babe Ruth,andrdquo; was presented the prestigious award tonight in a live telecast from USCandrsquo;s Galen Center Founders Club in downtown Los Angeles. Softball legend andnbsp;Lisa Fernandez,andnbsp;the first softball player to win the Honda Cup in 1993, immediately jumped up from her seat for a standing ovation.
andldquo;Keilani is a great person to represent collegiate womenandrsquo;s sports, and softball in particular as it looks to re-enter the Olympic programme. When we showcase the nationandrsquo;s best of the best in collegiate athletics live on ESPNU, we are delighted to honor an athlete like Keilani,andrdquo; said Jean Lenti Ponsetto, CWSA Chairwoman of the Board and Athletics Director at DePaul University. andldquo;Keilani is [Read More
published June 25, 2013 at 6:29pm EDT
NCAA SOTBALL: OKLAHOMA HAS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE
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 devastating and deadly tornadoes over the past three weeks, including the hit-hard communities of Moore and El Reno. An area of the country that has become synonymous in recent days with suffering and struggling andhellip; but also a spirit of strength, community and rebuilding.
Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso pulled no punches in her post-game remarks to the media. She was proud of this team. And they all were playing for the residents of their state.
andldquo;Youandrsquo;ve heard a lot about it this week, and thatandrsquo;s who we were representing,andrdquo; Gasso said. andldquo;More than ourselves. We had a lot of people we wanted to bring pride to, make happy, and just forget about the things that have been going on for the last three weeks or so. [Read More
published June 6, 2013 at 6:39am EDT
NCAA SOFTBALL: GAME 1 TENNESSEE VS. OKLAHOMA FINAL SERIES
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 over Texas, taking over for her sister Ivy...We get the first hit of the game in the bottom of the third, but still no runs. The Sooners' Lauren Chamberlain doubles to the wall in left field with a runner on first and two outs, and OU coach Patty Gasso gives the runner the stop sign. It definitely would have been a close play at the plate...Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That may be what Tennessee is thinking. Ricketts, a power-hitter, bunts for a base hit in the bottom of the fourth. Then she steals second! OU threatening again with runners on first and second and two outs...Tennessee snares a hard liner to third, ending the threat...Vols draw walk to lead off top of fifth, ending Ricketts's perfect game... Runn [Read More
published June 3, 2013 at 8:15pm EDT
SUNDAY AT THE WCWS (2013)
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, eliminating Florida.Texas moves on to take on Tennessee in the evening session. A Vols win will put them in the championship series, whereas the Longhorns will have to beat the currently undefeated Vols twice and#40;once today and once tomorrowand#41; to advance...The next game will also pit a pair of one-loss teams -- Washington and Michigan -- against each other. After this game, the field will be down to four teams, two with no losses and two with one loss each. The following chart shows how the teams stand at the moment, with regard to losses. I will update the chart throughout the day.
published June 2, 2013 at 2:37pm EDT
NEW FEATURE! SOFTBALL SABERMETRICS OF WCWS TEAMS
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 and#40;SABRand#41;. Statistical analyses of other sports such as basketball and football, now becoming more commonplace, are sometimes also referred to as being sabermetric in nature.Why the need for sabermetrics? It is easy to identify the shortcomings of traditional statistics in baseball and softball. Take batting average, for example, which is a player's number of hits divided by his or her number of official at-bats. One problem is that batting average does not credit players for getting on base through avenues other than hits, such as walks. My favorite scene in the movie Moneyball is when the character of Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane, in a conference room filled with old-school scouts, asks, "Do I care if a player gets to first base by a single or by a walk?" and#40;paraphrasedand#41;. The you [Read More
published May 29, 2013 at 11:26pm EDT
NCAA SOFTBALL SUNDAY UPDATE (2013 SUPER-REGIONALS)
Florida has qualified for the Women's College World Series with its second straight one-run victory over Alabama-Birmingham and#40;1-0 today, 4-3 yesterdayand#41;.andnbsp; You can scroll down to Thursday's entry on this blog to see my game-by-game super-regional chart.Nebraska pitcher Tatum Edwards has homered in the bottom of the first to give her team a 1-0 lead over Oregon. Twin sister Taylor Edwards is the catcher for the Huskers, who lead the series 1-0... Oregon has tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second and has a threat going. However, Nebraska gets out of the inning with no more damage...Texas and Florida State are scoreless after an inning and a half. The Longhorns took last night's series opener.Arizona State tries to close out Kentucky later this afternoon.
published May 26, 2013 at 3:31pm EDT
NCAA SOFTBALL SATURDAY UPDATE (2013 SUPER-REGIONALS)
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 is the second team to make the Women's College World Series, defeating Texas Aandamp;M in run-rule fashion for the second straight day and#40;10-2 yesterday, 8-0 todayand#41;.In other Saturday action...Louisiana-Lafayette leads Michigan 3-0 as the Wolverines bat in the top of the sixth. Should the Ragin' Cajuns hold on, the series would go to a decisive Game 3 later today. ULL shortstop Nerissa Myers has just made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch of a ball hit between short and left-field, preventing a Michigan hit... ULL finishes off Michigan 5-0. On to a deciding game......And in that deciding game, ULL and Michigan are scoreless after two complete... UAB leads Florida 1-0 early in Game 1 of that series... The game is now tied 1-1, w [Read More
published May 25, 2013 at 1:47pm EDT
NCAA SOFTBALL FRIDAY UPDATE (2013 SUPER-REGIONALS)
Washington beat Missouri, 2-1, in extra innings, in what turned out to be the only action Thursday night. That's because the Texas Aandamp;M at Oklahoma game was rained out; the Aggies and Sooners will begin their series tonight, weather permitting.Three other series get underway today: Florida State-Texas, Alabama-Tennessee, and Louisiana-Lafayette-Michigan.Follow the results of all the super-regional series in the big chart in Thursday's entry and#40;belowand#41;.
published May 24, 2013 at 9:00am EDT