Alan Reifman (Alan)

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Alan's College Softball Blog

Summarizes major developments in NCAA Division I women's softball, with a focus on the Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10, and SEC. My frequency of posting accelerates as the season progresses, from primarily on weekends during the season to live-blogging during the post-season as I watch games on TV.

Top Teams Struggle (#ncaasoftball)
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 ...[Read on]
Bruins-Ducks Battle; Vols and Tide on the Rise (NCAA Softball)
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...[Read on]
Sweeps Characterize Big 12 Opening Weekend #ncaasoftball
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...[Read on]
SEC, Pac 12 Begin NCAA Softball Conference Play
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...[Read on]
Michigan Hands UCLA its First Loss of the Year, Gains Split in Series (NCAA Softball)
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...[Read on]
Mary Nutter/Cathedral City Tournament NCAA Softball
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 ...[Read on]
Arizona Shuts Out No. 4 Alabama -- Twice! NCAA Softball
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...[Read on]
How Leading Teams Did -- Week 1 NCAA Softball
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...[Read on]
2014 NCAA Softball Season Gets Underway
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...[Read on]
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 ov...[Read on]