POOLS AND GAMES SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED
The ASA (Amateur Softball Association) announce the game schedule for the World Cup of Softball XI to be played July 4-10 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field. The tournament will feature eight of the Top 10 Women’s National Team in the world.
A record 12 countries will be represented, featuring No.1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Australia, No. 4 Canada, No. 6 China, No. 7 Netherlands, No. 8 New Zealand and No. 10 Czech Republic. Also competing will be No. 11 Puerto Rico, No. 14 Mexico, No. 19 Venezuela, No. 23 Phillipines along with the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team. Rankings are calculated by the WBSC world ranking system, which tracks the performance over a three-year period of each country’s National Team.
The rosters were named in January for the 2016 Women’s National and Elite Teams to represent the USA. For complete schedules and rosters for both the National and Elite Teams, click here.
— ASA and USA Softball (@ASAUSASoftball) April 21, 2016
Purdue’s Fecho Earns 3rd Big10 Pitcher of Week This Season
Purdue’s Lilli Fecho notched her third Big10 Pitcher of the Week honor of the season. In the opener against the Buckeyes, she struck out five en route to a 3-0 shutout win – her fifth of the year.
On the season, Fecho has struck out 199 batters in 186.2 innings, boasting a 1.84 ERA – tops in the Big 10. She was previously named Big 10 Pitcher of the Week twice in March, and this weeks accolade marks the fifth of her career.Gators Have Perfect Week; Gourley Named National Pitcher of the Week
— Purdue Softball (@PurdueSoftball) April 25, 2016
Gators Have Perfect Week; Gourley Notches Second No-Hitter and SEC Pitcher of the Week
En route to leading BR-2 Florida to a perfect 4-0 this past week, junior Delaney Gourley led the Gators from the circle highlighted by her third-career no hitter in the series opener against BR-43 Mississippi State – fanning four and giving up just three walks in five innings.
Gourley earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors, and joins Hannah Rogers as the only Gator hurlers to throw three no hitters – she is now one of four Gators to toss a pair of no-no’s in a single season.
After a sweep of the series against the Bulldogs, the Gators have run off 11-straight wins.
ICYMI: @_lanie33 threw the third no hitter of her career last night against MSU!
— Gator Softball (@GatorsSB) April 23, 2016
North Georgia Captures Third Straight PBC Championship
In her final at-bat at a Peach Belt Conference event, senior Meredith Heyer drove a bases-clearing three-run triple to the right-center gap handing the BR-5 North Georgia squad an 8-0 run-rule win over BR-86 USC Aiken during the PBC Tournament Championship.
With the tournament title, the Nighthawks third-straight, they claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA D2 Softball Tournament. Three Nighthawks, Jessica Finch, Stephanie Hartness, and Courtney Poole were all named to the All-Tournament team, with Poole tabbed the tourney MVP.
— UNG Softball (@UNGSoftball) April 23, 2016
Minnesota State Takes 4th NSIC Title
For BR-39 MN State Mankato, a 3-1 victory in the first end of a double-header against BR-46 Augustana gave the Mavericks their 4th NSIC Championship. With a pair of 20-game winners in the circle – MSU’s Coley Ries and AU’s Carley Pickett, both offenses combined for four run on 12 hits, with Ries (24-5) coming out with the win allowing just a run on four hits, striking out 13.
The Augies took the nightcap, finishing their season with a 34-17 overall record, and a 2108 NSIC mark. This marks the ninth time in MSU history that MSU has won at least 40 games in a season.
— MSU Softball (@MinnStSoftball) April 24, 2016
Babson Sweeps NEWMAC POW Awards
NEWMAC Softball Player of the Week, Annie Quine
Freshman Annie Quine hit a lights out .684 (13-for-19) with seven doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored to go along with a .739 on-base percentage and 1.053 slugging percentage as BR-112 Babson won five of their six games during the week. The first-year catcher hit safely in all six contests, including four multi-hit games, and had at least one double in each of her first five outings.
NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week, Ali Reilly, Babson
In the circle, sophomore Ali Reilly was dominated going a perfect 4-0 with a 0.54 ERA and two shutouts to go along with 25 strikeouts in 26.0 innings in a 5-1 week for the Beavers. Reilly allowed just one run on four hits in a 2-1 win over BR-166 Eastern Connecticut before tossing back-to-back complete games and allowing just two earned runs while striking out 15 in Friday's sweep of Clark. On Saturday, Reilly tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Babson defeated BR-47 WPI 8-0 in five innings. Reilly, who retired 13 straight at one point against the Engineers, held opposing hitters to a .221 average in five appearances.
— Babson Athletics (@BabsonAthletics) April 25, 2016