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College Spotlight – California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big West

Nickname: Titans

School Size: 37,677

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6810, Fullerton, Calif., 92831

Team Site: Cal State, Fullerton Softball

Head Coach:

Kelly Ford –softball@fullerton.edu

Program Highlights:

  • The 2016 season is Coach Ford’s fourth with the Titans
  • The program’s first Big West Player of the Year selection came in 2014
  • Fullerton hosts the Titan Classic every year
  • Four Titans earned NFCA All-Regional honors following the 2016 season

Schedule Highlights:

The Titans finished the 2016 regular season with a 34-5 record.

The Titans full 2016 schedule can be found here.

Information on Titan Softball Camps can be found here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

Softball Factory Alumni Playing in NCAA Division I Regional Tournament

Over the weekend the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 2016 Championship Field.

The Southeastern Conference led all leagues for the second straight year with 11 teams selected to the championship tournament. The Pac-12 Conference placed eight teams in the championship tournament, respectively. Five teams are making their first appearance in the tournament: Alabama State, Butler University, California State University, Bakersfield, University of Mississippi and Samford University.

Only 12 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and all 12 will compete in this year’s bracket.

Softball Factory has 36 alumni playing in this years’ regionals field of 64 with many more 2016 and 2017 graduates committed to these schools. Below are Softball Factory alumni who are playing for schools in this years’ tournaments:

Kelly Barnhill

Nicole DeWitt

Nicole DeWitt (’14) and Kelly Barnhill (’15) both play for powerhouse Florida. DeWitt, a utility player, started in 56 games for the Gators this season. In 139 plate appearances she recorded 47 hits. Going into the Gainesville Regional she it hitting .338 with 6 home runs and 36 RBI. Barnhill, a starting RHP, recorded a 15-0 record during the season. Heading into regionals, she has struck out 163 players and has a 1.26 ERA. Nicole participated in a 2011 Softball Factory Showcase event in Irvine, CA. We first saw Kelly at an April 2013 College PREP event in Atlanta, GA.

 

Meghan Gregg

Meghan Gregg (’14) is a sophomore infielder at the University of Tennessee, who are entering the Regional Tournament ranked 13th. Gregg started in 55 games for the Vols this season, scoring 49 runs and 58 RBI. She enters the Knoxville Regional tournament hitting .391 and with a .505 OBP. Softball Factory coaches saw Meghan at a 2013 National Tryout in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

Sara Rupp

Randi Rupp

Twin sisters and dynamic pitcher/catcher duo, Randi and Sara Rupp (’14), continue to stand out at Texas State. Randi recorded a 29-12 starting record this season as well as two saves when coming in as relief. Her 1.66 ERA is ranked 25th among all Division I pitchers. Sara enters the Tuscaloosa Regional with a .991 fielding percentage, making 207 PO and assisting in 16 others. We first saw both sisters at an October 2011 National Tryout in Pearland, TX.

 

Keeli Milligan

In her first year of collegiate softball, Keeli Milligan (’15) has made her name known at Texas A&M. The freshman outfielder started in all 55 games for the Aggies and has a .957 fielding percentage. She recorded 70 hits in 182 plate appearances and has successfully stolen base in all 57 attempts made. Heading into the Lafayette Regional, Milligan is hitting a team second-best .385. Keeli was selected to participate in Softball Factory’s Pre Season All American Tournament in 2014 after we first saw her at a November 2013 National Tryout in Houston, TX.

 

Lexie Higgins

Lexie Higgins (’14) is a sophomore infielder who will get to be a part of history this year with Samford University who is making their first appearance in the regional tournament. Higgins started in all 58 games the Bulldogs played this season. Going into the Tuscaloosa Regional, she is hitting .282 with a team second-best 9 home runs. We first saw Lexie at a 2012 College PREP event in Birmingham, AL.

 

 

Madison Anthony

Madison Anthony (’13) is a junior infielder at Oregon State, who will be making their first appearance since 2013 in the Regional Tournament. Anthony played in 45 games for the Beavers this season. Her fielding percentage sits at .925 and she’s made 37 putouts and a team-high 87 assists. She enters the Auburn Regional with a .263 batting average and a team-best nine home runs under her belt. Softball Factory coaches first saw Madison at a May 2013 College PREP event in Vancouver, WA.

College Spotlight – University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Nickname: Tar Heels

School Size: 18,350

Mailing Address: Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Team Site: University of North Carolina Softball

Head Coach:

Donna Papa – djp@unc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Papa has been with the Tar Heels for thirty seasons and holds a record of 1,126-617-5
  • The 2015 Tar Heels finished the season ranked 2nd in the ACC and 36th in the nation
  • Coach Papa has led Carolina to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 15 years and five regular-season ACC titles
  • Under Coach Papa the Tar Heels have posted a winning record in 27 of her 30 seasons, with 13 40-win seasons and one 50-win season in 2008
  • The Tar Heels excel on and off the field, multiple players earning Academic All-American and All-District honors

Schedule Highlights:

The Tar Heels head into the 2016 post season with a 30-22 overall record

North Carolina’s full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Donna J. Papa Softball Camps click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big West

Nickname: 49ers

School Size: 37,430

Mailing Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840

Team Site: Long Beach State Softball

Head Coach:

Kim Sowder – kim.sowder@csulb.edu

Program Highlights:

  • In her nine seasons leading the 49ers, Coach Sowder has never finished the season with a losing record
  • Coach Sowder has a 300-195 (.606) overall record, including a 129-60 (.623) record in Big West Conference games
  • The 49ers have made five trips to the NCAA Tournament and been crowned Big West Conference champions three times
  • In three of the last five seasons, the 49ers have won more than 35 games, posting a 39-19 overall record, winning the Big West and advancing to NCAA Regionals for the 22nd time in program history in 2014
  • The 49ers have had 69 players received all-conference over the last nine years under Sowder

Schedule Highlights:

The 49ers head into the 2016 post season with a 28-18 overall record

The 49ers full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on 49ers Kids Camp click here, June Showcase Camp click here, July Showcase Camp click here, and August Showcase Camp click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Gamecocks

School Size: 32,027

Mailing Address: Columbia, SC 29208

Team Site: University of South Carolina Softball

Head Coach:

Beverly Smith – bevsmith@sc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • In her first five years with the Gamecocks, Coach Smith has a 157-131 record and has led the team to three NCAA Tournament apperances
  • Coach Smith’s squad also produced its first NFCA All-American
  • Under Coach Smith, 18 team program marks have either been broken or re-broken by one of her squads
  • The Gamecocks advanced to post-season play for the first time in 2013 under Coach Smith’s leadership
  • The Gamecocks are currently ranked 27th in the nation with three regular season games left

Schedule Highlights:

The Gamecocks hold a record of  34-18 in the 2016 season

South Carolia will finish the 2016 regular season on the road taking on SEC opponent Missouri

The Gamecocks full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Bev Smith Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – James Madison University

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James Madison University

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association

Nickname: Dukes

School Size: 21,230

Mailing Address: 800 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Team Site: James Madison University Softball

Head Coach:

Mickey Dean – dean3ms@jmu.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Dean is in his fourth season leading the Dukes
  • The Dukes have made an appearance in the NCAA postseason the past three seasons
  • Coach Dean carried a 135-42 record into the 2016 season
  • Under Coach Dean’s leadership, the Dukes have won 52 and lost just 6 conference games
  • In the 2015 season, Coach Dean led the Dukes to their best record in program history, with a 48-10 overall record
  • The 2015 season saw the Dukes break 22 single-season team records, including most wins (48), fewest losses (10), team batting average (.347), home runs (55), runs scored (345), opposing batting average (.174), strikeouts per seven innings (7.86), fewest hits allowed (233), fewest runs allowed (109), strikeouts (417) and fielding percentage (.971).

Schedule Highlights:

The Dukes are 40-3 in the 2016 season and are on a 10 game winning streak

James Madison will finish the 2016 regular season taking on CAA opponents Elon and Hofstra

The Dukes full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Mickey Dean Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

Audrey Lyle Commits to Division I Belmont University

Audrey Lyle, ’18

On April 11th, after considering multiple offers, Audrey Lyle verbally committed to continuing her education and softball career at Division I Belmont University. Five days later she hit her first high school career home run for the Westlake Demons as a sophomore on the varsity team.

Ryan Schweikert has been Audrey’s Softball Factory Player Development Coordinator since 2013 and has seen her transform into a competitive athlete.

“Audrey progressed [over the past few years] extremely fast for a girl her age. She has a great work ethic and a great support system [in her family] that has helped turn her into a Division I player,” said Schweikert.

Lyle began her journey with Softball Factory in 2013, attending a national tryout in her home state of Ohio. Since then she has attended multiple high level, invite-only events including Select Training at Vero Beach, 2014 Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament, and the 2016 All-American Pre-Season Tournament.

Evaluations at these events are done by Softball Factory on-field directors and coaches. Audrey’s evaluations consistently praised her advanced techniques, improvement between events, and the hard work she put in to get there.

“I am so thankful for all of the support and instruction I have received from the Softball Factory and its coaches over the past few years,” said Audrey by email. “They taught me how to become a better softball player and person.”

Audrey’s parents, Rick and Laura Lyle, are thrilled to see their daughter find her future home at Belmont.

“The campus and its coaches and players were everything she could have imagined when looking for a place to call home,” said her mother Laura, “She is going to keep working hard so that she gets to Belmont ready to contribute, both on the field and off.”

Freshman Gillet Making Huge Impact at Centenary

Wendy Gillet

The Centenary College of Louisiana softball team finished the regular season with their best record in seven years. The Ladies won 13 more games this year than last to finish 20-20 (.500).

Freshman Wendy Gillet made an immediate impact this season, leading all Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference freshmen in batting average (.425), hits (54), RBI’s (37), doubles (15), home runs (4), and fielding percentage (.996–1 error in 262 chances).

Wendy, a first baseman, started in all 40 games for the Ladies this season. She led the team in batting average, hits, slugging percentage, and on base percentage.

She ranks first in fielding percentage, third in average, second in hits, fifth in RBI’s, third in doubles, and fourth in home runs overall in the conference.

Wendy participated in many events since joining Softball Factory in 2011. Most notably, she was selected to participate in both the 2011 and 2012 Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament. She was also selected to play in the 2014 and 2015 All-American Pre-Season Tournaments. Softball Factory coaches continually evaluated her positively, praising her efforts both on and off the field, “She has great field awareness and is willing to step up and lead her team.”

To finish out the regular season, Gillet earned her second SCAC Offensive Player of the Week nod.

The Ladies are the 5th seed in the conference tournament, which begins Friday April 23. They will play against the 4th seed, Southwestern.

Sophomore Rainey Already Drawing Interest From Top College Programs

Savanna Rainey

Basketball is in her blood, but softball is in her heart. She had been playing basketball since kindergarten, but when Savanna Rainey was in the fourth grade she bought a bat and a glove and went to Verona Little League tryouts. The rest of her story is still being written, but there’s no doubt that her talent is going to take her places.

Savanna eventually gave up basketball to play on more competitive travel softball teams and so that she could attend camps across the country. The young catcher’s talents were recognized by Softball Factory coaches at her first College PREP event in 2013 and again at the Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament in December of 2014.

Kristina Hilberth-Wyatt was an On Field Director at the 2014 Christmas Camp and Tournament and was able to evaluate Savanna’s performance. 

“Savanna understands the game, makes good adjustments, and wants to get better every day,” said Hilberth-Wyatt. “Her hard work and passion for the game will have an immediate impact on a talented team.”

The Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament is a high level invite-only event held every year at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.

“The Softball Factory Christmas Camp was a great experience for me. I appreciated being coached and taught by the highest level of players like Hannah Rodgers,” says Savanna. “I also met a lot of awesome players from all over the country that I continue to stay in touch with. It is fun to watch who is committing and to where.”

Her parents, Andi & Reggie Rainey, echo Savanna’s thoughts: “The Softball Factory Christmas Camp was a great investment. We appreciated how well the camp was run as well as the tournament portion. We loved the one-on-one interaction our daughter received with Lea Ann. We continue to stay in contact with her and she has been helpful in the recruiting process for Savanna.”

Although she cannot officially be recruited until September 1st of her junior year, Savanna has been invited to camps and on unofficial visits by Division 1 programs including Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, the University of Central Florida, Washington and Syracuse.

Senior Director of Softball Factory Lea Ann Jarvis said that she knows Savanna will be very good anywhere she chooses to go.

“I think Savanna will be a great prospect, a great player, anywhere.” Jarvis said. “She’s very athletic, she’s got a great mindset for the game, extremely coachable, does things the right way…in reference to the game and off the field, and she’s got just a really good head on her shoulders.”

College Spotlight – University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Wildcats

School Size: 30,000

Mailing Address: Lexington, KY 40506

Team Site: University of Kentucky Softball

Head Coach:

Rachel Lawson –kentuckysoftball@uky.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Lawson enters her ninth season with the Wildacts carrying a 276-199 record, 89-117 SEC
  • In her time at Kentucky, Coach Lawson has lead UK to its first-ever appearance in the Women’s College World Series, three NCAA Super Regionals the last four seasons, and a program-best 50 wins in 2014
  • Kentucky has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last six seasons, being one of just 21 schools nationally to do so
  • Coach Lawson, who also serves as the pitching coach for the Wildcats, has guided three different pitchers to throw no-hitters against top-25 teams the last three seasons alone
  • Kentucky has 12 career no-hitters, all of which have come under Lawson’s tenure
  • In her eight years with the Wildcats two players have been named All-Americans, 27 have received All-SEC Honors, and 116 players have been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • The Wildcats actively participate in community service programs around Lexington, logging over 1,500 hours since 2006 with eight players having been named to the SEC Community Service team
  • Twenty-seven Wildcats have been honored with the Frank G. Ham Society of Character award, which is the highest honor any UK student-athlete can receive from the university

Schedule Highlights:

The Wildcats are 31-5 through the first half of the 2016 season

The Wildcats full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Kentucky Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.