11 Former Pre-Season All-Americans Among Alumni in 2019 Women’s College World Series

The first weekend of action in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series is complete with 16 teams advancing to Super Regional play this coming weekend. Softball Factory is proud to announce that 11 former Softball Factory Pre-Season All-Americans are among the alumni listed on rosters of teams who made it this far, including four from the inaugural event in 2014.

This year in total, 150 players who participated in at least one Softball Factory event, were listed on rosters of teams in the tournament. This is up from 121 players who were part of last year’s WCWS. Looking at it from another angle: 58 of the 64 teams (90.6%) entered into the 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Championship tournament have at least one Softball Factory alumnae on a roster, an increase of five teams from last year.

The University of Florida, Alabama State and Lipscomb led the way with seven Factory alums while Florida State, Toledo and James Madison University each feature five alums.

Prior to Super Regional Play this weekend however, the field of 64 teams were set with the goal of getting to Oklahoma City for this year’s championship. The 2016 and ’17 National Champion Oklahoma Sooners were announced as the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and have advanced to Super Regional weekend after winning in the Norman region. The defending champion Florida State Seminoles have also advanced to the second weekend after winning in the Tallahassee region.

For the third consecutive year, the SEC led all leagues with teams entered into the dance, with 13 selected for the tournament. Two teams made their first appearance in the tournament: Detroit Mercy University and Seattle University. Both have already been eliminated.

NCAA.com’s feature on the field of 64 revealed a cool stat: Since the tournament began in 1982, only 13 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion. 11 of those 13 teams will compete in this year’s tournament.

Below is the list of Factory alumni who are on rosters of teams selected for this year’s tournament. Players listed in bold are former Softball Factory Pre-Season All-Americans.

Oklahoma – Jocelyn Alo, Falepolima Aviu, Sami Skelly, Shay Knighten

UMBC – Imani Dawson, Anna Lonchar, Karly Keating

Wisconsin – Savanna Rainey

Notre Dame – Quinn Biggio, Alexis Bazos

Louisville – Eden Mayo, Jordyn Wolfe, Rebecca Chung

Southern Ill. – NONE

Detroit Mercy – Sydney Pollock

Northwestern – Skyler Shellmyer (2015), Maegan Hollins

Texas – Lauren Burke, Janae Jefferson (2017), Elicia Espinosa, Jaden Hoelker (2016)

Sam Houston St. – Kyndal Kutac, Kayte Martinez, Bailey White, Sherida Fisher

Texas A&M – Baylee Klingler, Kelly Martinez

Houston – NONE

Arizona St. – Jade Gortarez

Lipscomb – Khayla Green, Hannah DeVault, Jenna Pealor, Megan Gray, Chloe Yeager, Mandy Jordan, Sarah Higgins

Alabama St. – Kaitlyn Kilner, Alexis Syndor, Teah Steel, Casey Durham, Skyler Sullivan, Kimberlee Owens, Kristin Gunter

Alabama – Elissa Brown, Sarah Cornell, Krystal Goodman

Florida – Hannah Sipos, Natalie Lugo, Kelly Barnhill, Odalys Cordova, Amanda Lorenz, Danni Farley, Amanda Beane

Boston U – NONE

Boise St. – Rebekah Cervantes, Morgan Lamb

Stanford – Nikki Bauer

North Carolina – Leah Murray, Lexi Godwin (2015), Shayla Thompson

Ohio St. – Niki Carver, Ashley Prange

Longwood – Leah Powell, Jessica Smith, Angelina Sherba

Tennessee – Ally Shipman

Oklahoma St. – Kelly Maxwell, Logan Simunek

BYU – Morgan Bevell, Allie Hancock, Erin Miklus, Libby Sugg

Tulsa – Aubree Seaney

Arkansas – Maggie Hicks, Keely Edwards, Aly Manzo

South Carolina – Alex Fulmer

South Florida – Madison Epperson, Jaycie Michael (2015), Georgina Corrick, Riley Gore

Bethune-Cookman – Maiya Fudge, Briana Zavala

Florida St. – Bianca Cruz, Elizabeth Mason, Savannah Parker, Madison Kennedy, Kathryn Sandercock

Washington – Pat Moore, Morganne Flores

Fordham – Kelly Bright

Seattle U – Natalie Montgomery

Mississippi St. – Anna Kate Segars, Jackie McKenna

Virginia Tech – Jada Crittendon, Kelsey Bennett (2018), Grace Chavez

Illinois – Danielle Brochu, Zaria Dunlap, Danielle Davis

Toledo – Megan Choate, Brianna Robeson, Bekah Yenrick, Maggie McGurk, Samantha Golden

Kentucky – Tekiya Garr-Carter, Briona Rance

Ole Miss – Ava Tillmann, Amanda Roth, Abbey Latham (2014)

Tenn-Chattanooga – Hannah Wood

Southeast Mo. St. – Claudia Gallo

Louisiana-Lafayette – Kendall Talley, Keeli Milligan (2014), Casey Dixon (2017)

Auburn – Taylon Snow

Colorado St. – Mackenzee Collins

Harvard – Aubree Muse, Elizabeth Shively

Arizona – Ivy Davis, Taylor McQuillin, Alyssa Denham, Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza

Minnesota – Carlie Brandt, Allie Arneson

North Dakota St. – Kara O’Byrne

Drake – Libby Ryan

Georgia – Jaiden Fields, Madison McPherson, Jessica Morgan, Lacey Fincher

Texas Tech – Zoe Jones

Louisiana Tech – AJ Williams

Monmouth – NONE

LSU – Savannah Stewart, Morgan Cummins

Michigan – Meghan Beaubien, Katie Alexander, Natalia Rodriguez (2014)

Saint Francis (PA) – Tayven Rousseau

DePaul – Gabby O’Riley, Morgan Greenwood (2014)

James Madison – Hannah Shifflett, Cambry Arnold, Victoria Figueroa, Payton Buresch, Michelle Sullivan

Missouri – Danie Garrison, Kimberly Wert, Eli Daniel

Cal St. Fullerton – NONE

Weber St. – NONE

UCLA – Rachel Garcia, Julie Rodriguez, Shea Moreno, Bubba Nickles