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Five Softball Factory Alumni Selected to Tryout for 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team

41 athletes have accepted their invites to try out for the 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) and five of them are familiar faces to the Softball Factory family.

The five Softball Factory alumni will participate in the WNT Selection Trials in Clearwater, Fla. on January 1-6 of 2019 in hopes to nab one of 18 spots on the 2019 USA Softball WNT Training Team roster. This roster will compete at the USA Softball International Cup and select International events, before getting knocked down to 15 athletes, who will then participate in the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru beginning on July 31 and running through August 11.

When looking back on their 2018 seasons, it is easy to see why each of these Softball Factory Alumni received an invite:

Jocelyn Alo

Jocelyn Alo – Alo made an immediate impact on the 2018 Oklahoma Sooners roster and in her freshman season, having already penciled herself into the program’s record books.

The 2018 NFCA Freshman of the Year led the nation in home runs (30), tying the Oklahoma single-season record, the Big 12 single-season record, and the NCAA D1 Freshman single-season record for the home run category. The utility player started all 62 games, led the nation in total bases (170) and held her team’s top spot in batting average (.420), RBI (72), slugging (.977), on-base percentage (.594) and walks (14). The Hauula, Hawaii native took part in our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2016.

Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill – Barnhill, a junior pitcher for the Florida Gators in 2018, was a force to be reckoned with on the mound. Her 1.08 ERA is fifth-best in the nation, and her 324 strikeouts are second-most in the country and the most recorded by a Southeastern Conference pitcher in 2018.

The recipient of the 2017 USA Softball Player of the Year Award was nominated for the same honor in 2018 and led the SEC in batters SO looking (94), wins (29) and games started (38). Barnhill hails from Marietta, Ga. and attended our Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Douglasville, Ga. in April of 2015.

Rachel Garcia – As a redshirt sophomore pitcher for the UCLA Bruins in 2018, Garcia could do it all.

In the circle, the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year posted a team-leading ERA of 1.31, a 29-4 record and 315 strikeouts. At the plate, the espnW Player of the Year finished with a solid .339 batting average, 29 runs, 59 hits, six doubles, 54 RBI and 98 total bases. The 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year also launched 11 home runs, the second-most on the team. Garcia, a Palmdale, Calif. native participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Amanda Lorenz – Lorenz, a junior outfielder for the Florida Gators in 2018, was the team’s hottest hitter. The Sport Management major held the top batting average on the team (.416) and led her team in runs (75), hits (74), doubles (19), triples (4), RBI (61), walks (70) and total bases (134). Her 11 home runs were the second-most by a Gator in 2018.

She led the SEC in doubles (19), on-base percentage (.582) and walks drawn (70). The Moorpark, Calif. native took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Bubba Nickles – Nickles’ bat and defense as a utility player for the UCLA Bruins made the sophomore a valuable part of her team’s 2018 season. Nickles registered a hot .413 batting average on the year, along with 36 runs, 76 hits, 14 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and 124 total bases.

The talented Bruin recorded 51 putouts on 53 chances with two assists and zero errors to give her a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the 2018 season. Nickles is from Merced, Calif. and attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2013.

Softball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 5/28/18)

Each week in the Alumni Notebook, we highlight Softball Factory alums who are performing well at all levels of college softball.

Division I

Jocelyn Alo

Jocelyn Alo – Alo, a freshman utility player for the Oklahoma Sooners, has been known for her explosive bat all year and has showed no signs of slowing down in the postseason. The nation’s leader in home runs has collected 28 in total so far this season, notching her 28th—a two-run shot – in a 9-0 victory over Arkansas in the NCAA Norman Super Regional last Saturday. The win punched the two-time defending national champion Sooners a ticket to the 2018 Women’s College World Series for a chance to win their third-straight NCAA title. Alo currently holds the team’s top batting average (.415) and the best slugging percentage (.970) in the Big 12 Conference. She has tallied 62 runs, 68 hits, seven doubles and 46 walks drawn. The 2018 NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year owns the most RBI in the Big 12 with 70. Alo hails from Hauula, Hawaii and attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2016.

Amanda Lorenz – Lorenz, a junior outfielder for the Florida Gators, scored a critical run for her team in a 5-3 win over Texas A&M in a deciding Game 3 of the Gainesville Super Regional sending UF to the 2018 WCWS. The Gators were down 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, when Lorenz and a teammate both drew walks to get on base. A walk-off three-run home run would then go sailing over the fence, giving the Gators the come-from-behind victory. The walk issued to Lorenz should not come as a surprise as the Moorpark, Calif. native’s sharp eye at the plate has drawn the most walks in the Southeastern Conference (66). The Sport Management major been an asset to her team all season, recording 72 runs, 74 hits, 19 doubles (tied for the most in the SEC), four triples, 11 home runs and 61 RBI. Her .433 average is the best on the Gators roster and third-highest in the SEC while her team-leading .784 slugging percentage is the second-highest in the conference. Lorenz participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Rachel Garcia – Garcia (27-3) is a redshirt sophomore for the UCLA Bruins who has been a crucial part of her team’s success this season. The 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year pitched a complete-game four-hitter in a 3-2 Bruins victory over Arizona on Friday to help sweep the Los Angeles Super Regional and advance to the 2018 WCWS. Her 1.02 ERA is the best on the team and she has tossed 18 complete games – nine of them shutouts – this season. Garcia has pitched in all seven games of the NCAA Tournament so far with a 6-1 record and 0.83 ERA. 55 of her 273 strikeouts on the year have come in the postseason. The espnW Player of the Year has also been hot at the plate in the tournament, batting .364 with two home runs and nine RBI, the most on the Bruins roster. The 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year is from Palmdale, Calif. and took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Bubba Nickles

Bubba Nickles – Nickles, a sophomore utility player for the UCLA Bruins, had a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate in her team’s 3-2 win over Arizona that landed the Bruins their fourth WCWS appearance in a row, a record 28th all-time. One of her three hits, a single in the third inning, would drive in the game’s tying run. Nickles’ .405 batting average is the second-highest on the team and she has registered an impressive 31 runs, 70 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 49 RBI in 2018. The Merced, Calif. native has recorded 46 putouts with two assists and totes a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2013.

Jade Gortarez – Gortarez is a sophomore infielder for the Arizona State Sun Devils who picked up a single and a run in a 5-2 win on Saturday over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Tempe Super Regional, locking the Sun Devils in for the 2018 WCWS. The Riverside, Calif. native has been a weapon for the Sun Devils this season at the plate, batting a solid .293 with a team-best 42 runs, as well as 56 hits 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 39 RBI. Gortarez, a baseball player throughout her high school career, attended the 2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory Southwest Championship.

Seven Softball Factory Alums Named Finalists For 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

USA Softball has announced their 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists and seven of them are Softball Factory Alumni who have been outstanding student athletes for their teams this year, including the recipient of the award in 2017, Kelly Barnhill.

The list will be trimmed down to 10 on May 9th, and then narrowed down to three on May 23rd before the winner of the award will be revealed on the 29th of this month. Here is how each Softball Factory alum contributed to her team this season:

Jocelyn Alo

Jocelyn Alo –  Alo is a freshman utility player for the Oklahoma Sooners who hit the ground running in her first season with the team. The Hauula, Hawaii native leads both the Sooners and the Big 12 Conference in home runs (23), RBI (59), total bases (133) and slugging percentage (.993). She has scored 52 runs, drawn 35 walks and bats .425. Alo is also one of 25 candidates for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year after becoming one of the top sluggers in collegiate softball. The freshman sensation participated in our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2016.

Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill – Barnhill, a junior pitcher for Florida, has been an absolute ace for the Gators this season. The Public Relations major owns the second-best ERA in the Southeastern Conference (0.88) and holds the top spot in opposing batting average (.100). She has struck out more batters than anyone in the SEC (263) and has caught more looking than any pitcher in the conference (74). Barnhill led her team to 24 victories, tied for most in the SEC, and her 11 shutouts are tied for second-most in the nation. The pitching powerhouse was the recipient of the 2017 USA Softball Player of the Year Award. The Marietta, Ga. native attended our Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Douglasville, Ga. in April of 2015.

Meghan Beaubien

Meghan Beaubien – Beaubien has been on fire in the circle for the Michigan Wolverines. The Freshman pitcher has made the most of her first season of collegiate softball, leading the nation in wins (30) and the Big 10 Conference in stikeouts commanded (229), all while toting the third-best ERA (0.88) in the nation. Her 11 shutout games are tied for second-highest in the nation. The Newport, Mich. Native kicked off her first season with the Wolverines throwing a six-inning no hitter and has pitched lights out ever since. Beaubien has also been named a top-25 candidate for NFCA Freshman of the Year. The ace Wolverine took part in an Under Armour National Tryout in Waterford, Township, Mich. In October of 2012.

Rachel Garcia – Garcia, a redshirt sophomore pitcher for UCLA, has been an asset for the Bruins both in the circle and at the plate. The History major boasts a 17-1 record, an impressive ERA of 1.11 and 183 strikeouts recorded. She bats .385, has scored 22 runs and has smacked 47 hits including two doubles. Her 41 RBI are second-most on the Bruins roster. Garcia was selected as the winner of the Pac-12 Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week awards for the week of April 9th. The Palmdale, Calif. native participated in our Fresno, Calif. Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2014.

Meghan Gregg – Gregg has been making her final season with the Lady Volunteers a special one. The senior infielder has sent 16 balls sailing over the fence for home runs this season, the most on her team and in the SEC. The 65 runs she’s driven in are also a team and conference-best. The Williamson, Ga. native has scored 38 runs and has driven in 61 hits, 11 doubles, one triple and her 122 total bases are second-most in the SEC. Gregg was named a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball. She attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Douglasville, Ga. in April of 2013.

Amanda Lorenz –  Lorenz is a junior outfielder for the Florida Gators and one of the hottest hitters in the SEC. The Moorpark, Calif. leads the Gators in batting (.427), runs (58), hits (61), doubles (16), triples (four), RBI (48), total bases (106) and slugging percentage (.741). The Sport Management major has belted seven home runs this season, second-most on the Gators roster. Lorenz’s sharp eye at the plate has her leading the SEC in walks drawn (46). She took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Randi Rupp

Randi Rupp –  In her final year as a pitcher for Texas State University, Rupp has been dominant in the circle. The senior Bobcat is currently ranked third in the nation for strikeouts with a whopping total of 278. The Management major is the owner of the team’s top ERA (1.16) and was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball along with being named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week two weeks in a row. Rupp hails from Mont Belvieu, Texas and participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Pearland, Texas in October of 2011.

 

 

Softball Factory Alum Janae Jefferson One of 25 Candidates for National Freshman of the Year Honors

Janae Jefferson

Softball Factory alum and University of Texas softball second baseman and outfielder Janae Jefferson has been chosen as one of 25 candidates for the reputable Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I National Freshman of the Year award.

When looking at her numbers on the 2018 season, it is easy to see why she is in the running for such an honor. Jefferson has seen action as a starter in all 49 games and has held the Longhorns’ top spot in batting average (.418), hits (64), runs scored (24), on-base percentage (.494) and multi-hit games (20) while picking up 10 extra-base hits, 22 walks and 20 RBIs along the way. Her 64 hits have the Humble, Texas native tied for fourth-most in the Big 12 Conference and her strong on-base percentage is third-best in the Big 12. The 2018 season has included a career-high 16 straight games of getting on base for the advertising major, who also set a new Texas record when kicking off her collegiate career by recording a hit in each of her first eight games as a Longhorn.

Jefferson left quite an impression on our Softball Factory staff after her appearance in the 2017 Softball Factory All-American Pre-Season Tournament and the hot start she has had to her collegiate softball career does not come as a surprise.

“Janae knows how to play,” Senior Director of Softball Factory Lea Ann Jarvis recalls. “She’s athletic, has a good idea at the plate and is solid in the outfield and demonstrated all those things at Pre-Season when we saw her. So, when I found out that she was going to play at Texas, it made sense. I felt like she would be a great fit there and would do positive things there, and she’s definitely done both. This honor is well deserved.”

If Jefferson is chosen as the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year she will be in the familiar company of two fellow Softball Factory alumni; UCLA’s Rachel Garcia and Florida’s Amanda Lorenz who received the prestigious honor in 2017 and 2016, respectively. The 2014 recipient of the award, Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete, is the sister to Baseball Factory alum and 2015 Under Armour All-American, Carter Aldrete.

The list of 25 candidates will be cut down to 10 on May 10th and then narrowed down to the final three on May 23rd. The winner of Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be announced during a live ceremony at the annual Women’s College World Series banquet in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 29th.

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.