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12 Softball Factory Alums Part of This Week’s Look at Women’s Division l Top 25

Last week we took a look at the nine Softball Factory alums who help to make up the top five Division l teams currently ranked in the NCAA’s Top 25 rankings (for the week of March 21st). This week, we continue to highlight our Softball Factory alums as we take a look at the 12 who are on the rosters of the remaining teams in the top 10:

# 6. Florida (26-3)

Amanda Lorenz (OF, Jr.) – Lorenz currently has the highest batting average on the team (.438), and seventh-highest in the SEC. The hitting powerhouse currently leads the Gators in runs (36), hits (35), RBIs (35), doubles (11) and triples (2). She holds the number three spot in the SEC in both doubles and runs scored. Her 35 RBIs have her tied for fifth overall in the conference. She has started all 29 games so far this season and owns the top slugging percentage (.775) on the team, which is 5th overall in SEC rankings. Her five home runs are the second-most on the Gators roster. The Sport Management major has played a key role in the success of the 2018 Gators. The Moorpark, Calif. native attended one of our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Nicole DeWitt (INF, Sr.) – DeWitt, who attended our 2011 Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase, is the Gators’ current leader in home runs (7). Her .359 batting average is the second-highest on the team. The Family Youth & Community Sciences major also comes in at an impressive second for runs (29), hits (28), doubles (8) and triples (1). The Garden Grove, Calif. native has been a key contributor her team this season.

Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill (RHP, Jr.) – Barnhill’s pitching has been a major factor for the Gators in 2018. The Public Relations major has started 17 games this season and holds an impressive 13-1 record. Her ERA is second-best in the SEC (0.57). Barnhill, who is from Marietta, Ga., has commanded the most strikeouts on the team this season (144) and holds the top spot in the SEC in batters struck out. This impactful pitcher participated in our Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Douglasville, Ga. in April of 2015.

Natalie Lugo

Natalie Lugo (RHP, Fr.) – Lugo left her hometown of West Covina, Calif. to attend the University of Florida and join the Gators this season. She has pitched 13 strikeouts in 9.1 innings of relief for her team this season. Before traveling across the country to become a student athlete Lugo finished high school with a 0.93 ERA and 972 k’s in 594.2 innings pitched. The promising pitcher attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, Calif. in November of 2016.

# 7. Georgia Bulldogs (29-3)

Tiffani Railey (OF, So.) – Railey, a Tallahassee, Fla. Native attended our 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Summer Classic Showcase. She is currently batting .333 with an on base percentage of .500 and has scored 6 runs for the Bulldogs. While with the College of Central Florida last season, she was named First Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-State. The student athlete is a perfect 2-2 in stolen base attempts this season.

Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan (C/UT, Fr.) – Morgan has been an asset to the Bulldogs’ lineup. She has a .311 batting average and has recorded 14 hits, 15 RBIs and eight scored runs so far this season. The Cleveland, Ga. native is tied for third for most doubles on the team (7) and owns a slugging percentage of .667. Morgan is also a major contributor to the Bulldogs’ defense. She is third on the team in putouts (79) and has an impressive .988 fielding percentage. The freshman attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waleska, Ga. in January of 2016.

Madison McPherson (UT, R-Fr.) – Before becoming a Bulldog, McPherson had an impactful high school softball career. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major was an All-Region and All-State selection for her school’s team, all while being named a three-time Region Player of the Year. The Plains, Ga. native also made the Georgia High School Association South All-Star Team. She attended the 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory Fall Showcase.

# 8. Texas A&M Aggies (29-6)

Keeli Milligan

Keeli Milligan (OF, Jr.) – Milligan is having quite a season, to say the least. She is a threat to opposing pitchers when at the plate with the second-highest batting average on the team (.365). The Sport Management major has 31 hits under her belt so far this season and has scored 27 runs. She holds the top spot in on base percentage on the Aggies roster (.471) and is fourth in the SEC in stolen bases, 22 in 24 attempts. Milligan is a key piece of the team’s defense as well. With 26 putouts in 27 chances, she owns an impressive fielding percentage of .963. Milligan has participated in two Softball Factory events. In November of 2013 the Vidor, Texas native attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Pearland, Texas. In January of the following year she played in our 2014 Softball Factory All-America Preseason Tournament.

# 9. Arizona Wildcats (24-3)

Ivy Davis

Ivy Davis (UT, Fr.) – In her first season as a Wildcat, Davis has been leaving a good first impression at the plate. With a batting average of .308 and a slugging percentage of .462 she has scored 6 runs and recorded four hits, two doubles and five RBIs. Before coming to Arizona this year, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native had an impressive high school career. As a senior she slugged .416 with eight home runs, 10 doubles, 29 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Davis attended our Hemet, Calif. Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2016.

Taylor McQuillin (P, Jr.) – McQuillin has been a pitching powerhouse for the Wildcats this season. 16-4 on the year so far, the Criminal Justice major boasts a 1.01 ERA, sixth-best in the Pac-12 Conference. Her 153 strikeouts in 118 innings pitched are the most on team and third-highest in the Pac-12. This pitcher is not too shabby at the plate either. In her three at-bats she has two hits, one of them a double, and has scored a run. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Alyssa Denham (P, So.) – Denham is a perfect 3-0 on the season so far and has recorded 27 strikeouts. She tossed a season-high seven strikeouts in seven innings against Wisconsin this year. The Kinesiology major, who is from Alvin, Texas has eight assists as a Wildcat and totes a .900 fielding percentage.  Denham participated in our 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Mid America Championship.

Alyssa Palomino (OF, R-So.) – Palomino, who attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014, is a hitting machine this season for the Wildcats. Her .455 batting average is the best on the team and the fourth-highest in the Pac-12. The Criminal Justice major also leads her team in hits (36) and doubles (7), She has scored 19 runs and is third on the team in RBIs (22). The Mission Viejo, Calif. native has nine home runs on the season, second-highest on the team, fourth-highest in the Pac-12.

Softball Factory Alumnus Alyssa Palomino Named 2015 Junior Female Athlete of the Year

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Softball Factory alumnus Alyssa Palomino was recently named the 2015 USA Softball Junior Female Athlete of the Year.

Palomino is a 2015 graduate from Mission Viejo High School in Lake Forest, CA where she was a four-year letter winner at Mission Viejo as well as a two-time All-American, and a three-time First-Team All-League selection. With Softball Factory, Palomino attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA back in November, 2014 and showed promise offensively as a lefty power-hitter and in the outfield she demonstrated advanced athletic abilities, covering the field with ease.

Palomino established herself internationally as a feared slugger during her first year in the National Team Program. The University of Arizona freshman saw action in every game for the Junior Eagles and played a vital role in the Gold Medal finish for Team USA at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Women’s World Championship. She shattered several records en route to a Gold Medal and led the tournament with five home runs, 27 RBI and a 1.333 slugging percentage.

“It is such an honor to be named the USA Softball Junior Female Athlete of the Year,” said Palomino. “The summer this team had was incredible and it was the best experience of my life! I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that was given to me.”

Palomino ended the 2015 season with a .396 (19-for-48) average, 28 RBI, 18 runs scored and a .483 on-base percentage.

We congratulate Palomino and wish her success this season!

Softball Factory Alumni Among List Of Invitees To 2016 WNT Selection Camp

The ASA (Amateur Softball Association) and USA Softball announced late last week the list of 43 initial invitees for the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp which is held in Irvine, California at Bill Barber Park, January 2nd through the 8th, 2016.

Once the rosters are set, 17 players in total will compete in three upcoming high-profile events, beginning with the World Cup of Softball XI, the XV World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada as well as the Japan Cup.

Softball Factory is proud to announce five former Factory athletes have been selected as an invitee for 2016, in addition to a former collegiate player who has coached previous Softball Factory events as well.

Kelly Barnhill – (Under Armour Softball Factory College Prep in Douglasville, GA, April 2013) Barnhill is a 2015 graduate from Pope High School in Marietta, GA where she was named the 2015 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year for Softball. In 2014, she led Pope to the Georgia Class 6A state title, capping the run with her second championship-game no-hitter. Barnhill, now a freshman at the University of Florida will help the 2016 Gators in the circle as a right-handed pitcher.

Raven Chavanne – (Has coached numerous Softball Factory events) Chavanne is a 2013 graduate from the University of Tennessee, where she was a Top 10 Softball Player of the Year finalist during all four years of college, an NCFA All-American and was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Bandits in 2013. Chavanne has served as coach and on-field director for Softball Factory events.

Nicole DeWitt – (2011 Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase) DeWitt will become teammates with Barnhill for the 2016 season, and the sophomore from Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, CA had an outstanding freshman season for the Gators, being named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team and the SEC All-Freshman Team after hitting .331 with 10 doubles, one triple, two homers and 28 RBI in 60 games (53 starts).

Meghan Gregg – (Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Douglasville, GA, April 2013) Gregg enters 2016 as a sophomore short stop for the University of Tennessee, looking to build upon a fantastic freshman season where she was named an All-SEC freshman, starting 64 games at short stop for the Lady Vols, hitting .314 with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 51 RBI. Gregg was a 2014 graduate from Flint River Academy in Greenville, GA.

Madilyn Nickles – (Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA, November 2013) Nickles enters 2016 as a senior at Merced High School in Atwater, CA where she has won 35 career games to the tune of a 1.28 ERA with 388 strikeouts. Nickles has committed to UCLA.

Alyssa Palomino – (Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA, November 2014) Palomino is a 2015 graduate from Mission Viejo High School in Lake Forest, CA where she was a four-year letterwinner at Mission Viejo as well as a two-time All-American, and a three-time First-Team All-League selection. She enters 2016 as a freshman at the University of Arizona.

To see the entire list of players who have been selected as an invitee, please click here.