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This Week’s Look at Women’s Division l Top 25 Finds Eight More Softball Factory Alums

As we continue our look into Softball Factory alums who help to make up the rosters of the Division l teams currently ranked in the NCAA’s Top 25 rankings (for the week of March 27th), we find eight more student athletes who help their teams shine:

# 8. Arizona State Sun Devils (31-4)

Jade Gortarez (IF, So.) – Gortarez, who lettered four years in varsity baseball in high school and was the starting shortstop for the U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team, participated in the 2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory Southwest Championship. The Riverside, Calif. native has had no problem transitioning from baseball to softball and has started in all 35 games for her team so far this season. Gortarez currently leads the team in runs scored (29), is second in hits (39), home runs (6) and RBIs (27). She owns an impressive .345 batting average, .558 slugging percentage and has hit six doubles so far this season.

# 9. South Carolina Gamecocks (30-6)

Alex Fulmer

Alex Fulmer (UT, Fr.) – In her first season as a Gamecock, Fulmer has proven to be a strong addition to her team. The Criminal Justice major has 17 putouts in 18 chances and is a reliable piece to her team’s defense. She has scored seven runs for the Gamecocks so far this season and holds the fourth-best batting average on the roster (.273). Before joining the team, Fulmer was four-year letter-winner in softball at her high school and pitched for the US National Women’s Baseball team. The Little Mountain, S.C. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Columbia, S.C. in May of 2016.

Taylon Snow

# 10. Auburn Tigers (33-7)

Taylon Snow (IF, Fr.) – Snow has wasted no time in her first season with the Tigers demonstrating that she can hit with the best of them. She currently holds the top batting average on her team (.416) and has scored 18 runs and owns just as many RBIs. The Tiger has the second-most hits (37) on the team and has smacked four doubles. Her three triples are the most on the Tigers roster and have her tied for third-most in the Southeastern Conference. The Broadcast Journalism major is from Chino Hills, Calif. and participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, Calif. in November of 2016.

# 14. Florida State Seminoles (29-6)

Elizabeth Mason (C, R-Fr.) – Mason has had a hot bat for the Seminoles this season. Her 21 hits include an impressive 15 RBIs, seven doubles, three home runs and a triple. The Tampa, Fla. native has scored 17 runs for her team so far this year. The promising catcher has recorded 103 putouts and eight assists. She attended the Under Armour Softball Factory Winter Classic Showcase in both 2015 and 2016.

Madison Kennedy (C/OF, Fr.) – Before joining the Seminoles this year, Kennedy set her high school’s record for most home runs (12) and drove in 36 RBIs in 28 games in 2016. The slugger was named to the FHSAA 5A All-State team in her last two high school seasons. The Baker County, Fla. native played in the 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory Fall and Summer Showcases.

# 15. Baylor Lady Bears (20-9)

Gia Rodoni

Gia Rodoni (RHP, Jr.) – Rodoni has been a pitching powerhouse not just for the Lady Bears, but for the Big 12 Conference. She currently leads both her team and conference in strikeouts (129) and most complete games (10). 32 of those strikeouts were called with the batter looking. The Health Sciences major has pitched five shutouts this season, second-most in the Big 12. Her 2.16 ERA is the best on the Lady Bears roster and her team-best 12 wins are the third-most in the Big 12 Conference. The Los Banos, Calif. native participated in our Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Orange, Calif. in March of 2012.

Ashley Marchand (C, Fr.) – As a freshman, Marchand knows it is important to make the most of her time at the plate and she has done exactly at. In her nine at bats the Business major has recorded four hits, four RBIs and a home run giving her a quality batting average of .444 and an impressive .778 slugging percentage. The Haymarket, Va. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Severn, Md. in July of 2014.

# 16. Alabama Crimson Tide (24-9)

Elissa Brown (OF, So.) – Brown has been a key contributor to the 2018 Crimson Tide roster. Her .329 batting average is second-highest on the team and she has recorded 24 hits so far this season. She is tied for most triples (two), has scored 19 runs and has hit 10 RBIs. The Exercise Science major leads the team in stolen bases with a total of 19 in 20 attempts, the fifth most in the SEC. Brown is from Eclectic, Ala. and participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Trussvlle, Ala. in June of 2014.

Softball Factory Standouts Announced To Training Team For 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

Looking to repeat their Gold Medal-winning performance at the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC), USA Softball has announced the selection of 24 athletes to their training team. Softball Factory is proud to announce that four alums are part of the initial roster of players who will attend training camp this June in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The JWNT will compete in the World Cup of Softball XII, held in Oklahoma City, Okla, July 4-9, 2017 and from there, the roster will be trimmed down to 17 players before Team USA looks to defend their Gold Medal in the WBSC JWWC, July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla. Team USA claimed the last Gold Medal in 2015 at the WBSC JWWC, defeating Japan by a score of 8-1.

It was a record-breaking performance for the team, going undefeated en route to the Gold. According to USASoftball.com, Team USA led the tournament in batting average (.425 team batting average) and runs scored (119) while limiting opponents to just six runs in a 10-0 performance.

Listed below are the Softball Factory standouts who have been selected to continue training in hopes of locking in a spot on the 2017 team.

Natalie Lugo (photo courtesy of USA Softball)

Natalie Lugo – RHP – Covina, CA (South Hills HS)

Lugo dominated her junior season at South Hills High School in Covina, Calif., in 2016, going a perfect 10-0 in league play and not allowing a single earned run. Overall, the right-hander went 18-6 in the circle with a minuscule 0.62 ERA and 279 strikeouts in 159 innings.

Natalie is a signee at the University of Florida. Softball Factory coaches and scouts saw her at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, Calif. last November.

Madilyn “Bubba” Nickles (photo courtesy of USA Softball)

Maddy Nickles – RHP/SS – Atwater, CA (Merced HS)

This is the second selection for Nickles as she was part of the 2015 Junior Women’s World Team that won a Gold Medal. Nickles has plenty of experience under her belt from her time with the team as she played in 14 games between the World Cup of Softball X and World Championship, hitting a homer, driving in 14 runs and walking six times.

Nickles enters her freshman season in 2017 at UCLA after a decorated high school career as a four-year starter and pitcher at Merced High School in Merced, Calif. Collectively, Nickles won 67 games, posting an ERA of 1.05 with a staggering 11 no-hitters and 809 strikeouts.

In November 2013, Nickles attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif.

Kathryn Sandercock (photo courtesy of USA Softball)

Kathryn Sandercock – RHP/1B – McLean, VA (O’Connell HS)

Sandercock is a junior at O’Connell High School in McLean, Va and is the only player of the 24 selected from the state of Virginia. Sandercock has given her verbal to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Kathryn participated in the 2016 Eastern Classic, held last October in Henrico, Va, performing well, posting a top velo of 66 mph with strong command of her pitches and control around the strike zone.

Taylon Snow (photo courtesy of USA Softball)

Taylon Snow – OF – Chino Hills, CA (Chino Hills HS)

Snow, a senior OF at Chino Hills High School, is a three-time All-Inland Valley and Baseline League selection. She is also an Auburn University signee.

In 2016 for the Huskies, Snow hit .438 with nine home runs, 37 RBI and 27 runs in 32 games. Last November, Taylon attended the Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, Calif.

We congratulate our former and current Softball Factory standouts for their inclusion for the 2017 Junior Women’s National Team!

For more information on the USA Softball JWNT, visit USASoftball.com.