Women Talk Sports | College Softball

SOFTBALL STANDOUTS PLOURDE AND PREZIOSO REPRESENT ATLANTIC 10, EXEMPLIFY MID-MAJOR POTENTIAL AT NEXT LEVEL

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 set them apart from the worldandrsquo;s best softball players, but rather the pedigree from which they come. Within the professional and international softball scene, where names like Cat Osterman, Keilani Ricketts, and Natasha Watley headline the competition, it is quite uncommon to find players from mid-major conferences in the mix. Plourde, a 2012 graduate of UMass, is currently wrapping up her second consecutive summer as a member of Team Canadaandrsquo;s pitching staff. The recently-hired UTEP pitching coach believes that many players in mid-major conferences are unfairly categorized as less-skilled than those at big name schools. andldquo;I full-heartedly believe there are many athletes who are overlooked simply because they donandrsqu [Read More]

published August 25, 2014 at 9:51am EDT


LESSONS LEARNED IN SOFTBALL PROPEL BROADCASTING SUCCESS

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 gameandrsquo;s outcome, it is easy for inexperienced eyes to miss the finer details of the game. For college softball broadcasters Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza, Amanda Scarborough, and Kayla Braud, picking up on the nuances of the game is second nature. Their high-level softball experiences, at the Division I collegiate level, internationally, and professionally, have been invaluable assets in their careers behind the mic. These former softball stars turned broadcasters serve as the storytellers and sense-makers of many of theandnbsp;ESPN college softball broadcasts during the spring season. Despite playing in different decades, on dissimilar teams, at varied positions, this quartet of All-Americans is connected by their shared ability to bridge the gaps of understanding for softball fans of all ages and experiences. Their unparalle [Read More]

published July 31, 2014 at 4:30pm EDT


PITCHER GRETCHEN AUCOIN TRANSFERS FROM TEXAS TECH TO TENNESSEE

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 Tennesseeandrsquo;s top pitcher, Ellen Renfroe, graduated following last season." [Read More]

published July 10, 2014 at 9:50pm EDT


FATHER-DAUGHTER BOND IGNITES WINNING WAYS AT FORDHAM

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 retirement from coaching after ten seasons as an assistant in the Bronx. The 66-year-old Baxter, who coached softball, track, and football over a span of 40 years, retired from his job as a high school principal in 2004 and began coaching the Fordham softball team with his daughter, Bridget Orchard, the following season. Since then, Baxter has helped Fordham emerge as one of the best Division I softball programs on the east coast. His keen eye for talent and ability to make people feel appreciated are often responsible for luring top recruits to Rose Hill. Since 2005, the father-daughter coaching tandem compiled a 379-209 record and never once endured a losing season together. The current state of Fordhamandrsquo;s program is a far cry from the [Read More]

published July 7, 2014 at 10:39am EDT


FORGOTTEN FEMALES: RESURGENCE OF MALE SPORTS OVERSHADOWS FORDHAM’S FEMALE ATHLETES

The glory days are here again at Rose Hill. With the tremendous success of the football team this fall, and the menandrsquo;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 on the gridiron and hardwood has alumni, faculty, and students buzzing about the resurgence ofandnbsp;Fordham Athletics. While focusing on this resurgence, however, Fordham fans have seemingly lost sight of the recent successes of female athletics. andldquo;If you ask most regular students at Fordham what sports weandrsquo;re good at, many people donandrsquo;t know the answer,andrdquo; saidandnbsp;Ashleigh Aitchison, a Fordham junior and member of the womenandrsquo;s rowing team. andldquo;They just know that we used to be bad at football, but now weandrsquo;re good at it. I find myself saying, andlsquo;Well, weandrsquo;re really good at softball and womenandrsquo;s basketball, too.andrsquo; Theyandrsquo;ve made it to the A10 tournament and softball has even won c [Read More]

published July 3, 2014 at 6:06pm EDT


2014 WCWS SUNDAY OBSERVATIONS #NCAASOFTBALL

As seen in the chart below, we're down to four teams. Florida and Baylor and#40;both in redand#41; have been paired up for the day, as have Alabama and Oregon and#40;both in greenand#41;.Florida currently leads Baylor 6-3 after five-and-one-half innings and#40;and it could have been worse, as the Gators had the bases loaded with two outs, but didn't pad their leadand#41;. Should Florida hold on, the loss would be Baylor's second and the Bears would be eliminated. Florida would go straight to the two-out-of-three championship series, beginning tomorrow night... No more magic from Baylor, as the 6-3 score holds up.No LossesOne LossTwo Losses and#40;Goneand#41;Florida*AlabamaOregonKentuckyKentuckyBaylorBaylorFlorida StateFlorida StateLou.-LafayetteLou.-LafayetteOklahomaOklahomaHTML Tables *Has advanced to the two-out-of-three championship series beginning Monday night. [Read More]

published June 1, 2014 at 2:53pm EDT


2014 WCWS SURVIVAL SATURDAY #NCAASOFTBALL

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 and#40;FSUand#41; half of the sixth. The Seminoles get runners on first and second with no outs, but rally fizzles... The 7-2 score holds up and FSU is out...Oklahoma leads Louisiana-Lafayette 2-0 after two complete innnings...No LossesOne LossTwo Losses and#40;Goneand#41;FloridaAlabamaOregonKentuckyBaylorFlorida StateFlorida StateLou.-LafayetteOklahomaHTML Tables [Read More]

published May 31, 2014 at 2:17pm EDT


2014 WCWS FRIDAY OBSERVATIONS #NCAASOFTBALL

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 this postseason, and all of these wins are by shutout. and#40;Florida did lose one game in the super-regionals to Washington.and#41;Alabama leads Kentucky 2-0 on a two-run shot by Leona Lafaele. The Tide is now up in the top of the third... [Read More]

published May 30, 2014 at 7:38pm EDT


2014 WCWS UNDERWAY #NCAASOFTBALL

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... [Read More]

published May 29, 2014 at 1:13pm EDT


HAYS PREVIEWS 2014 WCWS #NCAASOFTBALL

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. [Read More]

published May 27, 2014 at 10:36pm EDT