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Softball Standouts Plourde and Prezioso Represent Atlantic 10, Exemplify Mid-Major Potential at Next Level
by klombardo1
posted August 25, 2014 at 4:31pm

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 se...more

Pride Defeats Racers to Win Second Consecutive NPF Championship
by anngaff
posted August 24, 2014 at 5:17pm

Hoover, AL – August 23, 2014 - A seven-run sixth inning for the USSSA Pride was the difference as they swept the two-game series with the Akron Racers and won the Cowles Cup for the second year in a row. A crowd of nearly 1,300 was on hand at the ...more

Akron Racers Advance to NPF Finals With 1-0 Win over Chicago Bandits
by anngaff
posted August 22, 2014 at 6:26pm

Hoover, AL – August 22, 2014 - Jessica Garcia hit a solo home run and Lisa Norris threw a complete-game shutout to lead the Akron Racers to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Bandits in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three series; Akron a...more

Chicago Bandits Defeat Akron Racers, Force 3rd Game in NPF Championship Series
by anngaff
posted August 22, 2014 at 11:11am

Hoover, AL – August 21, 2014 - Facing elimination, the Chicago Bandits scored three runs in the bottom of third and got great pitching over the final four innings to defeat the Akron Racers, 4-1, in the National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series at ...more

Pride Defeat Rebellion, Advance to Finals of NPF Championship Series
by anngaff
posted August 22, 2014 at 11:08am

Hoover, AL – August 21, 2014 - The USSSA Pride broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fourth, and the combination of Leilani Ricketts and Jordan Taylor shut out the Pennsylvania Rebellion over the last three innings to claim a 3-2 victory, eliminating...more

NPF Championships: Osterman Leads USSSA Pride to 6-0 Win over PA Rebellion
by anngaff
posted August 21, 2014 at 9:28am

Hoover, AL – August 20, 2014 - The USSSA Pride scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, and NPF Pitcher of the Year Cat Osterman threw five shutout innings, as the Pride defeated the Pennsylvania Rebellion, 6-0, in the second game ...more

Garcia’s 2-Run Double In 6th Leads Akron To 2-1 Victory Over Chicago In NPF Championships Opener
by anngaff
posted August 21, 2014 at 9:23am

Hoover, AL - August 20, 2014 - Akron designated player Jessica Garcia lined a two-run double to right-center field in the top of the sixth, and pitcher Lisa Norris threw a complete game to lead the Racers to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Bandits in the o...more

Sold Out Crowd for National Pro Fastpitch Awards Banquet
by anngaff
posted August 20, 2014 at 9:32am

  Hoover, AL – August 19, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch kicked off the 2014 Championship Series week Tuesday night to a sold out crowd for the annual league Awards Banquet. The event is designed to celebrate individual player and team accompli...more

Complete Media Coverage Announced for NPF Championship Series
by anngaff
posted August 18, 2014 at 2:49pm

Headlined by CBS Sports Network Live Coverage of up to 4 Total Games August 15, 2014 – Nashville, TN - National Pro Fastpitch announced today its complete media package for the 2014 Championship Series. The package will feature national televisio...more

Lessons Learned in Softball Propel Broadcasting Success
by klombardo1
posted July 31, 2014 at 6:01pm

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 game’s outcome, it is easy for inexperienced eyes to miss the finer details of the game. For...more

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

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