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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.

 

 

Nine Softball Factory Alums Found in This Week’s Look at Three Women’s Division l Top 25 Teams

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

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

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

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.

Softball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 3/26/18)

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

Division I

Meghan Beaubien

Meghan Beaubien – The University of Michigan freshman snagged Pitcher and Co-Freshman of the Week honors for the second consecutive time after she went 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA last week, allowing just two hits with 25 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings of work. In the series opener against Purdue, she tossed her second no-hitter of the season. For the season Beaubien is 20-2 with an 0.78 ERA and 151 strikeouts for the Wolverines, who are 28-7 on the season. Meghan attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waterford Township, MI in 2016.

Division II

Jackie Najera – (Chaminade University – Pacwest Conference) – Najera collected 19 hits during the week of March 19th as the Silverswords won four games, including a 9-2 victory over No. 13 Sonoma State. For the season to date, Najera leads the team in hitting with a .360 average to go along with 18 doubles, one home run and 23 RBI. The freshman infielder from Santa Ana, CA, attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Orange, CA in 2015.

Haley Drakoulakos – (Assumption University) Drakoulakos, a freshman second baseman for the Greyhounds, was named to the Hitting Honor Roll in the Northeast10 Conference as the team went 3-0 last weekend and Haley paced the offense, collecting three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Assumption is currently 8-5 overall. Haley attended a UA SF National Tryout in Medfield, MA back in 2013.

Kylie Stonebraker – (University of New Haven) – Stonebraker was an Honorable Mention for her pitching performance last week in the Northeast10, pitching 12 2/3 innings, allowing five hits overall for the week. She recorded a five-inning shutout against Saint Rose, tying a career-high in strikeouts with 10. Her next start, she pitched 7 2/3 with seven strikeouts. Kylie attended the 2015 UA Softball Factory Eastern Classic.

Payton Lippert – (Shorter University) – Lippert, a junior pitcher, was named Pitcher of the Week in the Gulf South Conference, winning both of her starts against No. 22 Alabama Huntsville last week, allowing only two earned runs on 11 hits with seven strikeouts. For the season, Payton is 8-6 with a 2.76 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts). She attended a UA SF National Tryout in Jackson, MS in 2014.

Division III

Theresa Gonzales

Theresa Gonzales – Gonzales, a junior IF at UT-Tyler, was named Hitter of the Week in the American Southwest Conference, going 9-for-15 (.600) during the week with six doubles, a home run, 11 RBI and six runs scored. Gonzales attended a UA SF National Tryout in Georgetown, TX in 2013 and was a participant in the 2014 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.

Tori Wilkins – Wilkins is a junior OF at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and earned Player of the Week honors in the Centennial Conference, hitting .533 for the week with a home run, eight RBI and a stolen base as the Green Terror got off to a 3-1 start in conference play. Tori, a graduate of Land O’ Lakes HS in Lutz, FL, attended the 2014 UA Softball Factory Summer Showcase.

Kaitlyn Willis – Willis, a senior pitcher at Ursinus, also in the Centennial Conference, took home Pitcher of the Week honors, allowing just one earned run in 20.0 IP, striking out 22 and walking just six. The Perryville, MD native leads the conference in strikeouts with 63, while ranking second in ERA (1.11). She attended one of the first UA SF National Tryouts, in Baltimore, MD, back in 2011.

Eight Softball Factory Alums Named 2017 Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year

Gatorade has announced the Softball Players of the Year for 2016-17, based on the state each player lives in and this year, eight Softball Factory alums were part of the honor.

Avery Wheatley

Delaware – Avery Wheatley: Avery is a shortstop from Delmar, Delaware and just wrapped up her senior season at Delmar High School. She helped lead the Wildcats to the state championship game at the time she was selected. Wheatley hit .662 with 19 RBI and 40 runs scored and was a First Team All-State selection. Softball Factory first saw Wheatley at a College PREP event in Savannah, GA in November 2014 and a month later, attended Softball Factory’s Christmas Camp & Tournament. In 2015, she participated in the Under Armour Softball Factory Fall Classic. Wheatley has committed to play at the next level with Appalachian State University.

Jocelyn Alo

Hawaii – Jocelyn Alo: Alo has now been named Hawaii’s Gatorade State Player of the Year in back-to-back years. She is a senior catcher at Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, HI and helped lead the Lady Sabers to a Division I state title this season, hitting .571 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI. Defensively, she threw out nearly 40% of baserunners attempting to steal. Alo attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, CA in November, 2016. She has committed to play at the next level with the University of Oklahoma.

Maryland – Kaitlin Beasley-Polko: The Leonardtown, MD native is a senior right-handed pitcher at Leonardtown High School and had an incredible season for the record books. Beasley-Polko dominated in her senior season, going 21-2 with an 0.36 ERA, striking out 331 in 157 innings pitched. Her dominance lasted all season as she threw six no-hitters, including one perfect game, and 15 shutouts. Kaitlin attended the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Eastern Classic as an 18U Participant and has committed to Coastal Carolina.

Meghan Beaubien

Michigan – Meghan Beaubien: Beaubien wrapped up her senior season at St. Mary Catholic Central High School where she helped the Kestrels to an 18-3 record at the time of her selection. Meghan was 15-1 in the circle with an ERA of 0.43 and 244 strikeouts in 115 innings pitched through 21 games. She attended a November 2016 National Tryout in Waterford Township (Detroit), MI. She will be playing at the next level with the University of Michigan.

Lauren Burke

Oregon – Lauren Burke: Lauren is a senior shortstop at Marist Catholic High School. Burke is the returning Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year in Oregon and helped the Spartans to a 25-3 record at the time of her selection. Putting together a solid senior season, Burke hit .629 with 14 doubles, 10 home runs, four triples, 62 runs scored and 42 RBI through 28 games. She attended a National Tryout in Hemet, California in 2016 and will play at the next level with the University of Oregon.

South Carolina – Bailey Betenbaugh: Bailey is the only underclass selection of the eight, a huge feat for the sophomore right-handed pitcher and infielder from Union County High School in Union, South Carolina, helping to lead the Yellow Jackets (26-6) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. On the mound, Bailey was 16-4 with a 1.38 ERA and hit .504 with nine homers this season. Softball Factory saw the talented Betenbaugh at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Columbia, South Carolina back in 2015.

Casey Dixon with her Easton Glove at 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament

Texas – Casey Dixon: The senior right-handed pitcher from Willis High School in Willis, TX helped lead the Wildkats to a 39-7 record at the time of her selection with an incredible 34-7 mark in the circle with a 1.07 earned run average and an astounding 415 strikeouts in 236 innings this season. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette commit was even better during their playoff run, tossing two complete games on a single day in each of Willis’ final three rounds of the Class 5A Region 3 Tournament, as her wins were the deciders in each series.

Dixon attended the 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament in January and shined, winning an Easton Gloveman Award for her performance.

Virginia – Kathryn Sandercock: Kathryn is a junior right-handed pitcher from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. She helped lead the Knights to a perfect 27-0, winning both the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state titles this past season. Sandercock was 26-0 with a 0.09 ERA – yes, an 0.09 ERA – and 330 strikeouts in 151 innings pitched, allowing just 35 hits and 19 walks. Softball Factory staff saw the talented Sandercock at the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Eastern Classic where soon after, she was selected as a standout to train for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team in Oklahoma City, OK this summer. Sandercock has committed to play at James Madison University.