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College Spotlight – California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big West

Nickname: Titans

School Size: 37,677

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6810, Fullerton, Calif., 92831

Team Site: Cal State, Fullerton Softball

Head Coach:

Kelly Ford –softball@fullerton.edu

Program Highlights:

  • The 2016 season is Coach Ford’s fourth with the Titans
  • The program’s first Big West Player of the Year selection came in 2014
  • Fullerton hosts the Titan Classic every year
  • Four Titans earned NFCA All-Regional honors following the 2016 season

Schedule Highlights:

The Titans finished the 2016 regular season with a 34-5 record.

The Titans full 2016 schedule can be found here.

Information on Titan Softball Camps can be found here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

Softball Factory Alumni Playing in NCAA Division I Regional Tournament

Over the weekend the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 2016 Championship Field.

The Southeastern Conference led all leagues for the second straight year with 11 teams selected to the championship tournament. The Pac-12 Conference placed eight teams in the championship tournament, respectively. Five teams are making their first appearance in the tournament: Alabama State, Butler University, California State University, Bakersfield, University of Mississippi and Samford University.

Only 12 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and all 12 will compete in this year’s bracket.

Softball Factory has 36 alumni playing in this years’ regionals field of 64 with many more 2016 and 2017 graduates committed to these schools. Below are Softball Factory alumni who are playing for schools in this years’ tournaments:

Kelly Barnhill

Nicole DeWitt

Nicole DeWitt (’14) and Kelly Barnhill (’15) both play for powerhouse Florida. DeWitt, a utility player, started in 56 games for the Gators this season. In 139 plate appearances she recorded 47 hits. Going into the Gainesville Regional she it hitting .338 with 6 home runs and 36 RBI. Barnhill, a starting RHP, recorded a 15-0 record during the season. Heading into regionals, she has struck out 163 players and has a 1.26 ERA. Nicole participated in a 2011 Softball Factory Showcase event in Irvine, CA. We first saw Kelly at an April 2013 College PREP event in Atlanta, GA.


Meghan Gregg

Meghan Gregg (’14) is a sophomore infielder at the University of Tennessee, who are entering the Regional Tournament ranked 13th. Gregg started in 55 games for the Vols this season, scoring 49 runs and 58 RBI. She enters the Knoxville Regional tournament hitting .391 and with a .505 OBP. Softball Factory coaches saw Meghan at a 2013 National Tryout in Atlanta, GA.



Sara Rupp

Randi Rupp

Twin sisters and dynamic pitcher/catcher duo, Randi and Sara Rupp (’14), continue to stand out at Texas State. Randi recorded a 29-12 starting record this season as well as two saves when coming in as relief. Her 1.66 ERA is ranked 25th among all Division I pitchers. Sara enters the Tuscaloosa Regional with a .991 fielding percentage, making 207 PO and assisting in 16 others. We first saw both sisters at an October 2011 National Tryout in Pearland, TX.


Keeli Milligan

In her first year of collegiate softball, Keeli Milligan (’15) has made her name known at Texas A&M. The freshman outfielder started in all 55 games for the Aggies and has a .957 fielding percentage. She recorded 70 hits in 182 plate appearances and has successfully stolen base in all 57 attempts made. Heading into the Lafayette Regional, Milligan is hitting a team second-best .385. Keeli was selected to participate in Softball Factory’s Pre Season All American Tournament in 2014 after we first saw her at a November 2013 National Tryout in Houston, TX.


Lexie Higgins

Lexie Higgins (’14) is a sophomore infielder who will get to be a part of history this year with Samford University who is making their first appearance in the regional tournament. Higgins started in all 58 games the Bulldogs played this season. Going into the Tuscaloosa Regional, she is hitting .282 with a team second-best 9 home runs. We first saw Lexie at a 2012 College PREP event in Birmingham, AL.



Madison Anthony

Madison Anthony (’13) is a junior infielder at Oregon State, who will be making their first appearance since 2013 in the Regional Tournament. Anthony played in 45 games for the Beavers this season. Her fielding percentage sits at .925 and she’s made 37 putouts and a team-high 87 assists. She enters the Auburn Regional with a .263 batting average and a team-best nine home runs under her belt. Softball Factory coaches first saw Madison at a May 2013 College PREP event in Vancouver, WA.

College Spotlight – University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Nickname: Tar Heels

School Size: 18,350

Mailing Address: Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Team Site: University of North Carolina Softball

Head Coach:

Donna Papa – djp@unc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Papa has been with the Tar Heels for thirty seasons and holds a record of 1,126-617-5
  • The 2015 Tar Heels finished the season ranked 2nd in the ACC and 36th in the nation
  • Coach Papa has led Carolina to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 15 years and five regular-season ACC titles
  • Under Coach Papa the Tar Heels have posted a winning record in 27 of her 30 seasons, with 13 40-win seasons and one 50-win season in 2008
  • The Tar Heels excel on and off the field, multiple players earning Academic All-American and All-District honors

Schedule Highlights:

The Tar Heels head into the 2016 post season with a 30-22 overall record

North Carolina’s full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Donna J. Papa Softball Camps click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big West

Nickname: 49ers

School Size: 37,430

Mailing Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840

Team Site: Long Beach State Softball

Head Coach:

Kim Sowder – kim.sowder@csulb.edu

Program Highlights:

  • In her nine seasons leading the 49ers, Coach Sowder has never finished the season with a losing record
  • Coach Sowder has a 300-195 (.606) overall record, including a 129-60 (.623) record in Big West Conference games
  • The 49ers have made five trips to the NCAA Tournament and been crowned Big West Conference champions three times
  • In three of the last five seasons, the 49ers have won more than 35 games, posting a 39-19 overall record, winning the Big West and advancing to NCAA Regionals for the 22nd time in program history in 2014
  • The 49ers have had 69 players received all-conference over the last nine years under Sowder

Schedule Highlights:

The 49ers head into the 2016 post season with a 28-18 overall record

The 49ers full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on 49ers Kids Camp click here, June Showcase Camp click here, July Showcase Camp click here, and August Showcase Camp click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

Softball Factory Alumnae Makes Verbal Commitment

Kimberly Wert, ’17

When Kimberly Wert was 10 years old she decided that she wanted to play collegiate softball. Since then she’s worked hard to achieve her dreams. Last year after a summer of travels and college visits she made the decision and verbally committed to play at Hofstra University in New York.

Wert, who primarily plays catcher, had been heavily recruited by colleges and universities for two years prior to making her decision to attend the Colonial Athletic Association Division I school.

Softball Factory Senior Director Lea Ann Jarvis remembers seeing Kimberly at her first College PREP event in Bel Air, MD.

“She had a great skill set as a catcher, great pop time,” said Jarvis. “She really understood how to play the position.”

Jarvis went on to say that as strong as she is defensively Kimberly can also produce offensively, noting that Wert is a solid gap-to-gap hitter.

Kimberly joined the Factory family in 2013 and since then has been invited to compete in Under Armour Softball Factory National Team events around the country.

“She [Kimberly] has a great attitude about the game and a great work ethic to go along with it.” Jarvis said, “I felt like she gave back to the game what she was getting out of it and to me that’s one of the most important qualities in a player. I look forward to seeing her success at the next level.”

College Spotlight – University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Gamecocks

School Size: 32,027

Mailing Address: Columbia, SC 29208

Team Site: University of South Carolina Softball

Head Coach:

Beverly Smith – bevsmith@sc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • In her first five years with the Gamecocks, Coach Smith has a 157-131 record and has led the team to three NCAA Tournament apperances
  • Coach Smith’s squad also produced its first NFCA All-American
  • Under Coach Smith, 18 team program marks have either been broken or re-broken by one of her squads
  • The Gamecocks advanced to post-season play for the first time in 2013 under Coach Smith’s leadership
  • The Gamecocks are currently ranked 27th in the nation with three regular season games left

Schedule Highlights:

The Gamecocks hold a record of  34-18 in the 2016 season

South Carolia will finish the 2016 regular season on the road taking on SEC opponent Missouri

The Gamecocks full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Bev Smith Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Wildcats

School Size: 30,000

Mailing Address: Lexington, KY 40506

Team Site: University of Kentucky Softball

Head Coach:

Rachel Lawson –kentuckysoftball@uky.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Lawson enters her ninth season with the Wildacts carrying a 276-199 record, 89-117 SEC
  • In her time at Kentucky, Coach Lawson has lead UK to its first-ever appearance in the Women’s College World Series, three NCAA Super Regionals the last four seasons, and a program-best 50 wins in 2014
  • Kentucky has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last six seasons, being one of just 21 schools nationally to do so
  • Coach Lawson, who also serves as the pitching coach for the Wildcats, has guided three different pitchers to throw no-hitters against top-25 teams the last three seasons alone
  • Kentucky has 12 career no-hitters, all of which have come under Lawson’s tenure
  • In her eight years with the Wildcats two players have been named All-Americans, 27 have received All-SEC Honors, and 116 players have been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • The Wildcats actively participate in community service programs around Lexington, logging over 1,500 hours since 2006 with eight players having been named to the SEC Community Service team
  • Twenty-seven Wildcats have been honored with the Frank G. Ham Society of Character award, which is the highest honor any UK student-athlete can receive from the university

Schedule Highlights:

The Wildcats are 31-5 through the first half of the 2016 season

The Wildcats full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Kentucky Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Division: NCAA I

Conference: American Athletic

Nickname: Knights

School Size: 63,002

Mailing Address: 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, Florida, 32816

Team Site: University of Central Florida Softball

Head Coach:

Renee Luers-Gillispie- rgillispie@athletics.ucf.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Gillispie enters her 15th season leading the Knights
    • The Knights are coming off the best season in program history, winning a school record 50 games and setting 11 single season records
    • In 2015 UCF led the nation with a 0.93 ERA and posted a .979 fielding percentage that ranked second in the nation
    • Since starting the program in 2002, Gillispie has led the team to four conference championships, including the program’s first regular season and conference titles in 2015

Schedule Highlights:

The Knights are 23-13 through their first 36 games in 2016

For information on camps, click here.

For the Knights full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruitment questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Missouri

University of Missouri

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Tigers

School Size: 35,448

Mailing Address: Columbia, MO 65211

Team Site: University of Missouri Softball

Head Coach:

Ehren Earleywine- earleywinee@missouri.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Earleywine enters his 10th season as head Tiger with a 411-138 record
    • The Tigers have averaged 45.7 wins per season in Coach Earleywine’s nine seasons in the dugout
    • The Tigers have made three Women’s College World Series appearances, recorded the first three 50-win seasons in school history and have advanced to seven NCAA Super Regionals since Coach Earleywine took over the program in 2007
    • The 2015 Tigers squad set program-best marks for total RBI (355), runs scored (395), walks (264) and combined batting average (.320)

Schedule Highlights:

The Tigers are 22-4, 2-1 in conference play, through their first 26 games in 2016

For information on camps, click here.

For the Tigers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruitment questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big Ten

Nickname: Gophers

School Size: 51,150

Mailing Address: Tucson, Arizona 85721

Team Site: University of Minnesota Softball

Head Coach:

Jessica Allister- candrea@arizona.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Allister enters her sixth season with the Gophers, coming off a 49 win 2015 season
    • The Gophers are 191-88 with Coach Allister leading the team
    • The Gophers set program records in 2015 in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, doubles and home runs. The pitching staff set a record for most strikeouts
    • Minnesota also had the 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year along with 14 total players being earning Academic All-B1G Honors

Schedule Highlights:

The Gophers are 19-9 through their first 28 games in 2016

For information on camps, click here.

For the Gophers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruitment questionnaire, click here.