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 – 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 – 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.