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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.

Softball Factory Pre-Season All-America Spotlight

The 2016 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-America Tournament, powered by Under Armour is just one month away and each year, the amount of talent that converges on Florida grows in the search for the best of the best.

These elite players are selected only after having a strong performance in a previous Under Armour Softball Factory Event or after being highly recommended by a coach. The strong talent pool will appeal to any level of coach, as players have gone on to play DI, DII, DIII and NAIA softball.

Some of the elite players that have played in the Pre-Season All-America Tournament have gone on to continue playing collegiately for colleges around the country. Let’s take a look back at some of the standout players and how they are doing for their respective colleges.

Jordan Cargile - Softball Factory

Jordan Cargile – Softball Factory

Jordan Cargile – (’14 – University of Delaware) Cargile, the Baltimore, MD native, wrapped up her freshman season for the Blue Hens, going 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA. She recorded four saves, tying the school’s single-season record and was tied for first in the CAA in ’15.

The Eastern Tech High School alum led her school to a perfect record (25-0) and the state championship in 2014 and was named Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year.

Jordan attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Baltimore in November of 2011 as well as training in the College World Series Select Training in June, 2012. Nearly two years later, Cargile was a Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American in 2014 where she threw the ball in the mid to high 50’s and mixed a change-up in the low 40’s.

Taylor Kirby - Softball Factory

Taylor Kirby – Softball Factory

Taylor Kirby – (’16 – University of Missouri) Kirby has acclimated herself as a true power hitter for Macon Meridian High School in Macon, IL, blasting 27 career home runs entering her senior season, which are tops for career and single-season home run records in the school’s history.

Kirby attended two Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP events in 2013 (May – St. Louis, MO and August – Elgin, IL) and selected to the 2014 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-America as a sophomore. Taylor wowed coaches and scouts with her athleticism and her great skill set at the plate and in the outfield.

 

Taylor Fraccastoro

Taylor Fraccastoro

Taylor Fraccastoro – (’14 – Stephen F. Austin University) The native of Orange, TX had a successful freshman season, named an honorable mention for All-Southland Conference teams in 2015. Within conference play, Fraccastoro shined, hitting .303 with five doubles, 21 RBI and a team-high 18 runs and six homers. Her .632 slugging percentage was also a team best. Overall, she hit .261 with nine homers, 32 RBI and 72 total bases (good for second on the team) in 46 starts (50 games overall).

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School alum attended a National Tryout in Georgetown, TX back in September of 2013. As a senior, she was named a Pre-Season All-American and impressed coaches with her soft hands and active footwork behind the plate. Her hitting stood out as well, with the ability to go opposite field as her understanding of becoming a more consistent hitter matured.

Emilee Kirk - Softball Factory

Emilee Kirk – Softball Factory

Emilee Kirk – (’15 – Mount Saint Mary’s University) Kirk is a 2015 graduate from Great Valley High School in Paoli, PA and is a standout at Softball Factory events, having participated in Softball Factory National Tryout in Saint Davids, PA, Softball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament and a two-time Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American in ’14 and ’15.

The athleticism goes beyond the softball diamond; a two-sport athlete, Kirk served as captain for the softball and basketball teams as well. Kirk earned First Team All-Conference during her junior and senior seasons for Great Valley.

Coaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University are thrilled to add Kirk’s power stroke to their lineup and a steady presence at third base for the 2016 season.

Keeli Milligan - Softball Factory

Keeli Milligan – Softball Factory

Keeli Milligan – (’15 – Texas A&M University) The 5’1″ OF from Vidor, TX will stay within the state, playing for the Aggies of Texas A&M  in 2016.

Keeli has excelled in and out of sports. She is a two-sport standout at Vidor playing varsity volleyball and softball as a freshman. Milligan is a honor roll student who has received the Award of Excellence in History and English and will graduate as a Distinguished Graduate in 2015.

Milligan attended a National Tryout in Pearland, TX in November of 2013 and two months later, attended the 2014 Pre-Season All-American, selected as a top performer during the tournament. The left-handed hitter showed explosive bat speed that weekend and outstanding skills in the outfield. Coaches loved her “motor”, playing the game fast at all times.

Abbey Latham - Softball Factory

Abbey Latham – Softball Factory

Abbey Latham – (’17 – Ole’ Miss – verbal) Latham is a 2017 grad from Demopolis High School in Livingston, AL where she serves as the team’s catcher and outfielder. As a sophomore, Abbey was named West Alabama Watchman Co-Players of the Year this past season after hitting .564 this season with 10 homers, 38 RBIs, 30 runs scored and a perfect 14-for-14 on stolen bases.

The next step in her journey will lead her to Ole’  Miss as she has verbally committed to the SEC school. Latham first attended a Softball Factory National Tryout in Bay Minette, AL in November of 2013 and was a 2014 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American as a freshman. Her skills behind the plate were outstanding for a freshman, receiving the ball and centering her body well. Offensively, her power prowess was evident during the event.

Analiese Raley

Analiese Raley – Softball Factory

Analiese Raley – (’18 – University of Nebraska – verbal) The 2018 grad from Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska to play for the Cornhuskers.

One of the top catchers in the 2018 class, Raley attended a National Tryout in Fresno, CA in November of 2014 and was selected to be a 2015 Pre-Season All-American. Raley had a great presence behind the plate as a leader and in the outfield, she showed a quick first step and took the correct angles when making a play on the ball. With the bat, she showed a squared set-up that allowed for maximum positive movement towards the ball. Coaches noticed that her swing will allow for an increase in power in the future.

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