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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

Softball Factory Alumnae Help Oklahoma Reach National Title Against Auburn

The Women’s College World Series is down to two teams vying for the national title: Oklahoma and Auburn.

Here’s how both teams got to the three-game Championship Series.

Oklahoma:

The Sooners entered its 10th WCWS with a 52-7 overall record and a 17-1 record in Big 12-Conference play.

The No. 3-seeded Sooners shut out the No. 6 seed, Alabama, 3-0 in extra innings last Friday in the first-round of the double-elimination tournament. All three Oklahoma runs came in the eighth inning. The next day, Oklahoma defeated the highest-seeded team in the WCWS, No. 2-seeded Michigan, 7-5. The Sooners scored three runs in the first inning, and despite scares from the Wolverines in the fourth and seventh innings, Oklahoma did not relinquish its lead.

On Sunday, Oklahoma faced the No. 10-seeded LSU Tigers. For the Tigers to advance to the championship, they would need to win two straight games over Oklahoma. The Sooners got out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, mostly aided by four LSU errors. But the Tigers struck back in the third inning with three runs, all of which came on a home run. With the game tied 3-3, the Sooners scored three runs in the next inning and added one run in the sixth to win 7-3 and  advance to the WCWS Championship Series.

Auburn:

This year’s WCWS appearance is only the second in Auburn softball history, with last year being the first. The Tigers entered the WCWS with a 54-10 overall record after going 16-7 as the champions in the SEC.

The No. 4-seeded Tigers defeated the No. 12-seeded UCLA Bruins 10-3 on Thursday in the first-round. Despite only getting one hit in the first inning, the Tigers scored five runs in the inning due to four hit by pitches, one walk and one error. Two days later, Auburn narrowly defeated the No. 16 seed, Georgia, 4-3. The Tigers were losing 3-1 entering the seventh inning and were two outs away from being bumped into the loser’s bracket. Three hits and three runs later, Auburn found itself one win away from the Championship Series.

On Sunday, Auburn faced the No. 8-seeded Florida State Seminoles. A back and forth game saw 11 runs scored in the first four innings, with the Tigers owning a 7-4 lead. Auburn took that lead into the last inning, but the Seminoles scored three runs, all of which came on a home run, to tie the game. The game went into extra innings, and the Tigers won 8-7 on a walk-off, fielder’s choice ground-out to advance to the WCWS Championship Series.

Oklahoma vs. Auburn Preview

Oklahoma is eager to win its second WCWS title in the last four yearsand it’s third overall (2000, 2013)while Auburn is in search of its first ever title. Auburn takes a 57-10 record into the three-game series, while Oklahoma owns a 55-7 record. The Sooners take a 30-game winning streak into the Championship Series, as their last loss came on April 2. The two teams have not played each other yet this season.

Game 1 is set for tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, while Game 2 is Tuesday, also at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. If the two teams split the first two games, they will face off in a winner-takes-all game Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Softball Factory Alumnae

Three alumnae are representing Softball Factory in this year’s WCWS Championship Series.

Fale Aviu, OF. Photo: soonersports.com

In her first year of collegiate softball, Fale Aviu (’15) is the No. 5 hitter for the Sooners and was one of the top hitters in the Big 12 Conference.

Entering the Championship Series, the freshman outfielder has started in 58 of 62 games for the Sooners. She ended the regular season in the top 10 in the conference in batting average (.364) while serving as the Sooners’ designated player. Aviu has smacked eight doubles and eight home runs in 165 plate appearances, while driving in 48 runs, which is second best on the team.

So far in eight postseason games for the Sooners, Aviu is 8-for-23 with four runs scored, four RBI and a double. Despite only recording one hit in the first three games of the WCWS, she showed her abilities to reach base, as the freshman reached base in all three games. Overall in the WCWS, Aviu is 1-for-8 with two walks, a hit-by-pitch and an RBI.

Softball Factory saw Aviu at a November 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA.

Lea Wodach, C

Another Oklahoma Sooner, Lea Wodach (’14), is in her second season as a contributor for the perennial Big 12-champion Sooners.

After spending her freshman season as a part-time catcher, Wodach is the primary catcher for the Sooners this season and has 11 doubles and seven home runs on the season.

In the first eight games of the Sooners’ postseason, Wodach is 6-for-25 with a double, a triple and five RBI. In the first three games of the WCWS, Wodach also only had one hit in the three games, but that hit sparked a rally for the Sooners in their win Sunday over LSU. After LSU scored three runs to tie the game in the third inning, Kady Self led off the next inning for Oklahoma with a walk. Wodach then laid down a bunt, which she beat out for a hit. The bunt sparked a rally for the Sooners, as they went on to score three runs in the inning and win the game to advance to the Championship Series.

Softball Factory coaches saw Wodach at the Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase in June 2011.

Hope Smith, OF

Hope Smith (’15) appeared in eight games for the Tigers and scored four runs as a pinch runner.

The freshman outfielder has not appeared in a game in the WCWS for the Tigers.

Softball Factory coaches saw her at the 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory 18U Summer Showcase.

Softball Factory Alumnae Playing in NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series

Five Softball Factory alumnae are represented in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series. The eight-team tournament in Oklahoma City, OK, will begin today. Of the alumnae, the most notable are members of the Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma Sooners.

Fale Aviu, OF. Photo: soonersports.com

In her first year of collegiate softball, Fale Aviu (’15) is not just one of the best players for the Oklahoma Sooners, but one of the best players in the Big 12 Conference.

Entering the College World Series, the freshman outfielder has started in 55 of 59 games for the Sooners, while finishing fourth on the team and 10th in the conference in batting average at .364. Aviu smacked eight doubles and eight home runs in 154 plate appearances, while driving in 47 runs, which is second best on the team.

So far in five postseason games for the Sooners, Aviu is 7-for-15 with four runs scored, three RBI and a double. Oklahoma went 52-7 in the regular season and 17-1 in Big XII play; the Sooners take a 27-game winning streak into the school’s 10th WCWS appearance. Softball Factory saw Aviu at a November 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA.

Lea Wodach, C

Another Oklahoma Sooner, Lea Wodach (’14), is in her second season as a contributor for the perennial Big 12-champion Sooners.

Last season, the catcher/outfielder posted a .297/.341/.541 slash line in 45 games and 20 starts. She hit three doubles and five home runs in 68 at-bats, including a grand slam in an NCAA Regional win against Central Arkansas. This season, Wodach is the primary catcher for the Sooners and has 11 doubles and seven home runs on the season.

In the first five games of the Sooners’ postseason, which is the team’s 23rd straight postseason appearance, Wodach is 5-for-14 with a double, a triple and four RBI. Oklahoma is pursuing its second WCWS title in the last four years, as the Sooners won it back in 2013.

Softball Factory coaches saw Wodach at the Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase in June 2011. The No. 3-seeded Sooners will take on No. 6 seed Alabama today at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

Katie Alexander, C. Photo: mgoblue.com

The only team in the College World Series with a higher seed than Oklahoma is No. 2 overall seed Michigan.

As a freshman Wolverines, Katie Alexander is the backup catcher for the Big 10 champions. In 13 games, Alexander hit .273 with a home run and six RBI. The Wolverines are 51-5 heading into the team’s 12th WCWS appearance.

The two-time Michigan All-State selection in 2014 and 2015 attended an October 2012 Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waterford Township (Detroit), MI. Michigan will take on the 10th-seeded LSU Tigers tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

 

Rachel Garcia, P. Photo: uclabruins.com

Hope Smith, OF. Photo: auburntigers.com

Rachel Garcia (’15) and Hope Smith (’15) play for WCWS participants UCLA and Auburn, respectively.

Garcia, who graduated from Highland High School in Palmdale, CA, is a pitcher for the Bruins. UCLA enters the WCWS as the No. 12 seed with a 40-14-1 record. Softball Factory saw Garcia at a November 2014 National Tryout in Fresno, CA.

Smith appeared in eight games for the Tigers and scored four runs as a pinch runner. Softball Factory coaches saw her at the 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory 18U Summer Showcase. The No. 4-overall seed Auburn Tigers carry a 54-10 record into the WCWS. UCLA takes on Auburn at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The eight-team Women’s College World Series will end on June 7, with the if-necessary date set for June 8.

Florida Takes Game 3, Wins Second Straight Women’s National Championship

wcws-logoThe Florida Gators Women’s Softball program secured their second straight National Championship last night with a 4-1 victory over the Michigan Wolverines.

Florida senior pitcher Lauren Haeger held the Wolverines to only five hits and one earned run, she also helped her cause at the plate with a run-scoring single and went 5-for-7 with four RBI in the series.

Michigan’s shortstop Abby Ramirez led the Wolverines offensively, going 2-for-3, while second baseman Sierra Romero was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Florida’s Taylor Schwarz got the Gators on the board in the first with a two-run single that put them up 2-0. That would be the only scoring that they would need as they added another run in the first and then a run in the second to take a 4-0 lead.

Michigan started Haylie Wagner in the circle and she allowed four runs in two innings, the first earned runs she had allowed in 20 innings. Wagner had started game two, and pitched well in seven innings to force the deciding third game.

The 2015 Women’s College World Series Begins

wcws-logoThe 2015 Women’s College World Series has gotten underway and
already has provided excitement for fans of teams around the country.

The Women’s College World Series hosted in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium will host the double elimination in bracket play then a Best of 3 Games Championship Series to determine this year’s winner.

In regional action, top-seeded Florida went 3-0, defeating Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M and
Hofstra, while Kentucky went 3-0, defeating Ball State, Notre Dame and Northwestern. In the Super Regionals, Florida has defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in a Best of 3 series, 2-games-to-zero.

No. 8 Tennessee advanced 3-0, defeating Longwood, Utah and Virginia Tech, while No. 9 Florida State also went 3-0 beating Dartmouth, South Carolina and UCF. That best of three went to a third game, where Tennessee took the deciding game, 2-1.

No. 5 LSU went 4-1, beating Texas Southern, Nebraska and Arizona State twice in the deciding game to move onto the Super Regional as No. 12 Arizona went 3-1 defeating St. Johns and then Minnesota twice to face LSU, who promptly beat Arizona in back-to-back games to advance.

No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Weber State and Baylor to advance to face No. 4 Auburn, who beat Tennessee Tech and South Alabama to advance. Auburn defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns in an exciting Game 1, 12-11 and then 6-3 to move on.

No. 3 Michigan defeated Oakland, California and Pittsburgh to move on to face No. 14 Georgia who went 4-1 against Central Connecticut State, North Carolina, before trouncing Western
Kentucky 17-0 and 12-3. Michigan then swept Georgia by scores of 10-3 and 7-6 to advance.

No. 11 Oklahoma went 3-0, defeating Central Arkansas and Texas A&M, while No. 6 Alabama defeated Fairfield and Washington twice to move on. In an exciting series, Alabama edged the Sooners 2 games to 1, winning 5-3 in Game 3 to move onto the next round.

No. 7 UCLA beat Cal State Northridge, Texas and San Diego State to move on while 10th seeded Missouri beat Indiana State and Kansas twice in a thriller to advance. UCLA handed Missouri in both games by scores of 7-4 and 10-6 to move on.

North Carolina State pulled an upset, going 3-0, beating Fordham twice as well as No. 15 ranked James Madison to move on to face No. 2 Oregon where the Ducks handled business, winning both games over the Wolfpack to advance to their third appearance in the Women’s College World Series in four years.

Matchups in Women’s College World Series

Thursday, May 28:

No. 1 Florida defeated No. 8 Tennessee, 7-2

No. 5 LSU beat No. 4 Auburn, 6-1

No. 3 Michigan handled No. 6 Alabama, 5-0

No. 7 UCLA shocked No. 2 Oregon, 7-1

Friday May 29:

No. 1 Florida defeated No. 5 LSU, 4-0

No. 3 Michigan defeated No. 7 UCLA, 10-4

Saturday May 30:

No. 4 Auburn beat No. 8 Tennessee, 4-2

Auburn then later defeated No. 7 UCLA in a thriller, 11-10 in 10 innings

No. 6 Alabama defeated No. 2 Oregon, 2-1

No. 5 LSU then beat Alabama, 5-3  to advance to Sunday’s semifinals at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

 

Women’s College World Series Bracket Unveiled

wcws-logoThe 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Championship brackets were 
announced over the weekend, beginning with regional matchups as the top 16 teams nationally were seeded and play at
campus sites this coming weekend.

The University of Florida, who won their first ever Softball Championship last season, defeating Alabama, snagged the No. 1 seed (50-6 overall) in the 64-team field as the Southeastern
Conference led all leagues with 11 teams selected to the tournament. The University of Oregon (46-6 overall) was named the No. 2 seed, the University of Michigan (51-6 overall) is the three seed and Auburn University (49-9 overall) rounded out the Top 4.

Seven teams are making their first ever appearance in the tournament, including: Binghamton, Central Arkansas, Fairfield, Indiana State, Pittsburgh, St. John’s (N.Y.) and Weber State.

In regional action, teams will play in a four-team, double-elimination tournament and the 16 winning teams will advance to the Super Regionals, beginning May 21. From there, the remaining teams will play a best-of-three style tournament at eight select campus sites, the winners then advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

To view the 64-team field for this year’s Women’s College World Series, click here.

The Softball Factory will have a presence at the College World Series again this year as the
College World Series Select Training kicks off May 28th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, giving
players the experience of training with the best coaches in the nation during the Women’s
College World Series. To learn more information about the event, click the link here.