This week we found three Division l teams currently ranked in the NCAA’s Top 25 rankings (for the week of April 3rd) who feature three Softball Factory alums a piece on their rosters. Here is how these nine alums are contributing to their teams’ successes in 2018:
# 17. Michigan Wolverines (31-7)
Meghan Beaubien (LHP, Fr.) – Beaubien’s collegiate softball career could not be off to a hotter start. The Newport, Mich. native tossed a six-inning no-hitter in her Michigan debut and has been on fire ever since. The freshman lefty owns the best ERA on both her team and in the Big 10 Conference (0.83) and has struck out a whopping 169 batters, the most on her team and in the Big 10. Having this ace on their roster has helped Michigan hold down the top spot for team pitching in their conference. She currently boasts a 23-2 record. Beaubien attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waterford Township, Mich. in November of 2016.
Katie Alexander (C, Jr.) – Alexander has been an asset both at the plate and behind it this season for the Wolverines. From behind the plate, the catcher owns the top spot in putouts for her team (239), has 24 assists and an impressive .996 fielding percentage. At the plate, the Ypsilanti, Mich. native has a solid .341 batting average, 30 hits, four home runs and 15 RBI. She has scored 18 runs for her team so far this season. Alexander participated in an Under Armour National Tryout in Waterford Township, Mich. in October of 2012.
Natalia Rodriguez (2B/SS, Fr.) – Rodriguez has been an excellent addition to the Michigan roster this season. The freshman leads her team in assists (71) and has recorded 32 putouts. The Clermont, Fla. native has crossed the plate to score her team a run 18 times so far this season and has 19 hits. Before coming to Michigan, she played with the Puerto Rican Junior National Team and contributed to a bronze-medal finish at the 2017 Junior World Championship. Rodriguez has attended several Softball Factory events including an Under Armour National Tryout in both Clermont, Fla. in July of 2012 and Savannah, Ga. in November of 2013, and the 2014 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.
# 19. Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (25-10)
Kynadi Tipler (IF, So.) – Tipler, who attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Trussvile, Ala. in September of 2012, has been doing her part to contribute to this solid Ragin’ Cajuns team. She currently bats a valuable .313 and has recorded 10 hits this season, two of them being doubles. Before transferring to Louisiana, Tipler played her freshman season at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. where she hit .442 with 71 RBI. The Hoover, Ala. native smacked a team-high 84 hits, including 32 extra base hits (19 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs), and owned a .484 on base percentage and .732 slugging percentage.
Casey Dixon (P, Fr.) – Dixon has a commendable 6-2 record when on the mound for the Ragin’ Cajuns so far this season. In her 57.2 innings pitched (second-highest on the team) the Willis, Texas native has struck out 38 batters, second-most on the Louisiana pitching staff. Before kicking off her collegiate career with the Ragin’ Cajuns, the Sport Management major finished her senior year in high school with 439 strikeouts, 1.42 ERA, 14 shutouts, five no-hitters, and a perfect game. Dixon participated in the 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.
Teryn Pritchett (C, Fr.) – Before joining the Ragin’ Cajuns, Pritchett was a standout softball player at her high school. The Palmer, Texas native took part in leading her school to three district championships and was a four-time first team all-district selection and three-time District MVP. In her senior year the Biology major hit .375 with 22 stolen bases, 30 hits, six home runs, 30 RBI and an OPS of .987. Pritchett attended the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Southwest Championship.
# 20. Arkansas Razorbacks (29-8)
Keely Edwards (IF, So.) – Edwards, who attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Conway, Ark. in March of 2014, had quite the high school career before making her way to the Arkansas Razorbacks. She was a three-time all-state performer for her high school team and earned team MVP honors in each of her first three prep seasons. In her three seasons she boasted a.654 batting average and .980 fielding percentage.
Jada Dotson (OF, Fr.) – Before the freshman Razorback made her collegiate softball debut, Dotson had an impressive travel ball career. The Kinesiology major registered a .496 batting average throughout her time playing for her travel team and slugged over 50 home runs while averaging 40 stolen bases per season. The White House, Tenn. native played in the 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Summer Classic Showcase.
Aly Manzo (IF, So.) – In her second season as a Razorback, Manzo has certainly made contributions to her team’s success. The Roseville, Calif. native currently carries a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 with eight putouts and 19 assists. One-third of her 15 hits have been extra-base hits (three doubles, one triple, and one home run) and both her batting average (.306) and slugging percentage (.469) are commendable. The Kinesiology major attended an Under Armour National Tryout in Sacramento, Calif. in February of 2015.