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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

Diamond dilemma: Women, softball and baseball
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted June 27, 2014 at 11:56am

Tweet This week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here are previous posts on “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance,&r...more

NPF: USSSA Pride Rally in Extra Innings, Defeat Chicago Bandits 8-4
by anngaff
posted June 17, 2014 at 11:22am

  ROSEMONT, Ill. –  June 17, 2014 - The Pride won game three tonight on a ninth inning pass ball that allowed Caitlin Lowe (above) to cross home plate and score the winning run as the Pride went on to beat the Bandits for the second gam...more

Pride Even Series With 6-1 Win Over Bandits in Game Two
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 11:13am

ROSEMONT, Ill. –  June 15, 2014 - The Pride scored six unanswered runs to come from behind in game two, evening the series with a 6-1 victory over the Bandits.  The star of the game was veteran, Cat Osterman. The Pride’s ace pitch...more

Solid Pitching and Hot Bats Lead Racers 8-1 Win in Series Sweep of Rebellion
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 11:10am

Akron, OH – June 15, 2014 - The Racers took the field Saturday looking to extend their four game winning streak. With Rachele Fico (above) in the circle for the Racers, and Sarah Pauly toeing the rubber for the Rebellion, the game looked like...more

Akron Racers Offense Too Much for PA Rebellion in 18-2 Rout
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 10:57am

Akron, OH – June 14, 2014 - Akron Racers jumped out to an early lead on PA Rebellion and captured an 18-2 victory on Saturday at Akron, OH. Five runs in the first three innings allowed Akron Racers to put the game away early. A single by Kelley ...more

Bandits Shutout Pride in Series Opener, 7-0
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 10:54am

ROSEMONT, Ill. – June 14, 2014 - Brittany Cervantes continued to shine as she recorded the winning RBI double, leading the Bandits to a 7-0 shutout of the USSSA Pride in game one of the four game series.  Both Monica Abbott (above) and Keila...more

NPF: Chicago Bandits Hit 3 Homeruns, Top Akron Racers 8-3
by anngaff
posted June 10, 2014 at 12:40pm

  Akron, OH – June 9, 2014 – The Chicago Bandits certainly provided a round of entertainment on Monday night in Akron, OH as three home runs powered the Chicago Bandits to an 8-3 victory in seven innings over the Akron Racers. Home runs...more

National Pro Fastpitch: Rebellion Split Series with Pride, 1-1
by anngaff
posted June 3, 2014 at 11:18pm

Game 1 Box Score   Game 2 Box Score Hanover, MD – June 3, 2014 - For the second time in their inaugural opening four-game set against the USSSA Pride, the Pennsylvania Rebellion, presented by The Coury Financial Group, fell victim to Cat...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

Great Pitching Leads Akron Racers Past Chicago Bandits 4-0
by anngaff
posted May 30, 2014 at 1:00pm

Akron, OH – May 29, 2014 - A superb effort by Rachele Fico (left) lifted  the Akron Racers to a 4-0 win in seven innings over Chicago Bandits on Friday at Akron, OH. Rachele pitched lights out for Akron Racers. Chicago Bandits m...more

NPF Softball: Chicago Bandits Sign Six Players, including former Lady Vol Renfroe
by anngaff
posted May 30, 2014 at 12:57pm

  BANDITS SIGN SIX PLAYERS TO ROSTER; INCLUDING REMAINING DRAFT PICKS Free agent additions include former Lady Vol Renfroe ROSEMONT, Ill. – May 29, 2014 - Just hours before the Bandits take the field for Opening Day 2014, the team announced ...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

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

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