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Five Softball Factory Alumni Selected to Tryout for 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team

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

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

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.

Softball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 5/28/18)

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

Division I

Jocelyn Alo

Jocelyn Alo – Alo, a freshman utility player for the Oklahoma Sooners, has been known for her explosive bat all year and has showed no signs of slowing down in the postseason. The nation’s leader in home runs has collected 28 in total so far this season, notching her 28th—a two-run shot – in a 9-0 victory over Arkansas in the NCAA Norman Super Regional last Saturday. The win punched the two-time defending national champion Sooners a ticket to the 2018 Women’s College World Series for a chance to win their third-straight NCAA title. Alo currently holds the team’s top batting average (.415) and the best slugging percentage (.970) in the Big 12 Conference. She has tallied 62 runs, 68 hits, seven doubles and 46 walks drawn. The 2018 NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year owns the most RBI in the Big 12 with 70. Alo hails from Hauula, Hawaii and attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2016.

Amanda Lorenz – Lorenz, a junior outfielder for the Florida Gators, scored a critical run for her team in a 5-3 win over Texas A&M in a deciding Game 3 of the Gainesville Super Regional sending UF to the 2018 WCWS. The Gators were down 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, when Lorenz and a teammate both drew walks to get on base. A walk-off three-run home run would then go sailing over the fence, giving the Gators the come-from-behind victory. The walk issued to Lorenz should not come as a surprise as the Moorpark, Calif. native’s sharp eye at the plate has drawn the most walks in the Southeastern Conference (66). The Sport Management major been an asset to her team all season, recording 72 runs, 74 hits, 19 doubles (tied for the most in the SEC), four triples, 11 home runs and 61 RBI. Her .433 average is the best on the Gators roster and third-highest in the SEC while her team-leading .784 slugging percentage is the second-highest in the conference. Lorenz participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Rachel Garcia – Garcia (27-3) is a redshirt sophomore for the UCLA Bruins who has been a crucial part of her team’s success this season. The 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year pitched a complete-game four-hitter in a 3-2 Bruins victory over Arizona on Friday to help sweep the Los Angeles Super Regional and advance to the 2018 WCWS. Her 1.02 ERA is the best on the team and she has tossed 18 complete games – nine of them shutouts – this season. Garcia has pitched in all seven games of the NCAA Tournament so far with a 6-1 record and 0.83 ERA. 55 of her 273 strikeouts on the year have come in the postseason. The espnW Player of the Year has also been hot at the plate in the tournament, batting .364 with two home runs and nine RBI, the most on the Bruins roster. The 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year is from Palmdale, Calif. and took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Bubba Nickles

Bubba Nickles – Nickles, a sophomore utility player for the UCLA Bruins, had a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate in her team’s 3-2 win over Arizona that landed the Bruins their fourth WCWS appearance in a row, a record 28th all-time. One of her three hits, a single in the third inning, would drive in the game’s tying run. Nickles’ .405 batting average is the second-highest on the team and she has registered an impressive 31 runs, 70 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 49 RBI in 2018. The Merced, Calif. native has recorded 46 putouts with two assists and totes a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2013.

Jade Gortarez – Gortarez is a sophomore infielder for the Arizona State Sun Devils who picked up a single and a run in a 5-2 win on Saturday over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Tempe Super Regional, locking the Sun Devils in for the 2018 WCWS. The Riverside, Calif. native has been a weapon for the Sun Devils this season at the plate, batting a solid .293 with a team-best 42 runs, as well as 56 hits 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 39 RBI. Gortarez, a baseball player throughout her high school career, attended the 2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory Southwest Championship.

Softball Factory Alum Rachel Garcia Named 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

Softball Factory alum and UCLA softball pitcher Rachel Garcia has been named the recipient of the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The redshirt sophomore has been an ace on the mound and an asset at the plate for the Bruins this season, helping to lead UCLA to its fourth-straight NCAA Women’s College World Series appearance.

Her numbers in the circle have been lights out. Garcia currently holds the top ERA (1.02) on the Bruins’ pitching staff and has 273 strikeouts and a 27-3 record to her name this season. The 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year has tossed 185 innings, 18 complete games and taken part in 11 shutouts, all while holding opposing batters to a .129 average.

When Garcia puts down the ball and picks up a bat her level of play continues to impress everyone. The winner of the 2018 espnW Player of the Year accolade is batting a solid .356, slugging .595 and has recorded 29 runs, 58 hits and six doubles this season. Her 11 home runs and 53 RBI are both the second-most in their respective categories on the 2018 Bruins roster.

Garcia has thrown 42 1/3 innings across all seven games of the NCAA Tournament and totes a 6-1 record with a 0.83 ERA and has struck out 55 batters this postseason. She has had a hot bat in the tournament as well, as she has gone 8-for-22 (.364), belting two home runs and driving in a team-best nine RBI.

The Palmdale, Calif. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014. She joins last year’s winner, Kelly Barnhill, as Softball Factory alumni who have received the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor.

Check out Rachel’s footage from her performance at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA back in 2014.

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.

 

 

Softball Factory Alum Janae Jefferson One of 25 Candidates for National Freshman of the Year Honors

Janae Jefferson

Softball Factory alum and University of Texas softball second baseman and outfielder Janae Jefferson has been chosen as one of 25 candidates for the reputable Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I National Freshman of the Year award.

When looking at her numbers on the 2018 season, it is easy to see why she is in the running for such an honor. Jefferson has seen action as a starter in all 49 games and has held the Longhorns’ top spot in batting average (.418), hits (64), runs scored (24), on-base percentage (.494) and multi-hit games (20) while picking up 10 extra-base hits, 22 walks and 20 RBIs along the way. Her 64 hits have the Humble, Texas native tied for fourth-most in the Big 12 Conference and her strong on-base percentage is third-best in the Big 12. The 2018 season has included a career-high 16 straight games of getting on base for the advertising major, who also set a new Texas record when kicking off her collegiate career by recording a hit in each of her first eight games as a Longhorn.

Jefferson left quite an impression on our Softball Factory staff after her appearance in the 2017 Softball Factory All-American Pre-Season Tournament and the hot start she has had to her collegiate softball career does not come as a surprise.

“Janae knows how to play,” Senior Director of Softball Factory Lea Ann Jarvis recalls. “She’s athletic, has a good idea at the plate and is solid in the outfield and demonstrated all those things at Pre-Season when we saw her. So, when I found out that she was going to play at Texas, it made sense. I felt like she would be a great fit there and would do positive things there, and she’s definitely done both. This honor is well deserved.”

If Jefferson is chosen as the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year she will be in the familiar company of two fellow Softball Factory alumni; UCLA’s Rachel Garcia and Florida’s Amanda Lorenz who received the prestigious honor in 2017 and 2016, respectively. The 2014 recipient of the award, Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete, is the sister to Baseball Factory alum and 2015 Under Armour All-American, Carter Aldrete.

The list of 25 candidates will be cut down to 10 on May 10th and then narrowed down to the final three on May 23rd. The winner of Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be announced during a live ceremony at the annual Women’s College World Series banquet in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 29th.

Softball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 4/9/18)

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

Division I

Rachel Garcia – Garcia is a redshirt sophomore pitcher for the UCLA Bruins and is the recipient of both this week’s Pac-12 Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week awards. The Palmdale, Calif. native was extremely dominant both on the mound and at the plate in three games this past week. The History major batted .857, scored four runs and recorded six hits and seven RBI, including three home runs. On the mound, she threw for 11.1 innings, tossed 20 strikeouts and registered a 1.24 ERA. Garcia is the only the second Bruin to win both awards in the same week and this is her third time claiming two weekly awards at once. She participated in our Fresno, Calif. Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2014.

Kira Czyrklis – Czyrklis, a junior catcher for the Kennesaw State Owls, just earned her second career Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week award. The Communications major batted .467 in a 3-1 week for her team and posted a 1.000 slugging percentage. She scored four runs and recorded six RBI, including two home runs and a game-winning triple that came in a contest over Georgia Tech. The Simi Valley, Calif. native attended our Under Armour National Tryout in Orange, Calif. in March of 2013.

Chloe Sharabba

Chloe Sharabba – Sharabba is a senior short stop and second baseman for the Boston College Eagles and was dubbed a Nissan Eagle of the Week for her performance at the plate last week. The Aliso Viejo, Calif. toted the top batting average on the team (.538) against Providence and NC State last week. She scored a team-leading seven runs, while also smacking seven hits and five RBIs. She blasted two home runs last week and now leads the roster with the most on the season (five). Sharabba also picked up a double in the ninth inning of the game against NC to drive home the game-winning run. She attended the 2011 Softball Factory Ryan Lemmon Showcase.

Division II

Kayla Gee

Kayla Gee – Gee is a sophomore pitcher for the Lock Haven Bald Eagles and just was just named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Softball Central Division Pitcher of the Week. The Williamsport, Pa. native went a perfect 3-0 after pitching a one hitter in three straight games and holding the batters she faced to a collective .056 batting average in the 17 innings she pitched. Gee struck out 20 batters, bringing her total to 74 on the year so far. She owns the most wins on her team (10) and the second-best ERA (2.60). Gee attended an Under Armour College PREP Program in Williamsport, Pa. in July of both 2014 and 2015.

Division III

Morgan Raymer – Raymer, a senior pitcher for the St. Mary’s Belles, was just named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 9th after her impressive appearances in two wins against Adrian last week. The Mt. Washington, Kentucky native pitched a complete-win in game one while striking out five batters. In game two, she threw for two innings to record her third save, the most in the MIAA. Raymer leads the conference in wins (14) and totes the second-best ERA on her team (1.94). The Psychology major has recorded 80 strikeouts on the season so far, most on the Belles roster and third-highest in the MIAA. Raymer attended an Under Armour National Tryout in Bowling Green, Kentucky in November of 2012.

Jennifer Groat

Jennifer Groat – Groat is a junior catcher/utility player for the Plattsburgh Cardinals. The Ballston Spa, N.Y. native earned The State University of New York Athletic Conference’s Softball Athlete of the Week honors after being on fire at the plate in a 3-1 week for the Cardinals. The Early Childhood Special Education major was a stunning 7-for-11 and hit a hot .636 with four runs scored, three RBI, two doubles and a stolen base. She has seen action as a starter in all 23 games and boasts the top batting average on both the Cardinals roster and in the SUNYAC (.562). Groat also leads her team in runs scored (24), hits (41) and doubles (9). She is tied for second in triples (2) and RBI (12). Groat participated in our Under Armour College PREP Program in Albany, N.Y. in July of 2013.

Elizabeth Lombardo – Lombardo, a junior infielder for the Salve Regina Seahawks, was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 9th for having a stellar week both offensively and defensively for her team. At the plate the Administration of Justice major hit .500 while smacking three doubles and a home run with seven RBI. In the infield the Thomaston, Conn. Native recorded a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage as she was errorless on her 14 total chances. Lombardo’s current batting average of .412 is the third-highest on the Seahawks roster. She has started in all 24 games this season and has registered 18 runs, 33 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI. Lombardo attended an Under Armour National Tryout in Middletown, Conn. In February of 2013.

Nine Softball Factory Alums Part of Top Five Teams in The Country

Each softball team currently ranked in the NCAA’s Top Five rankings (for the week of March 21st) has at least one Softball Factory alum on their roster, nine total overall. Here is how each of these student athletes have contributed to their teams’ successful seasons:

# 1. Washington Huskies (29-1)

Morganne Flores (C, Jr.) – Flores, who took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014, has unfortunately had to miss the 2018 Huskies season due to injury. However, in her previous years with the team, she has done more than enough to demonstrate she knows how to make an impact. In 2017, she was the starting catcher in all 64 games and finished the season with 13 home runs, 15 doubles and 34 runs on 64 hits. The Cypress, Calif. native led the team and conference in runs batted in (74), third-most in program history. She also boasted the most multi-RBI games on the 2017 Huskies roster with a whopping total of 20.

 # 2. Tennessee Lady Volunteers (30-1)

Meghan Gregg (IF, Sr.) – Gregg has certainly made the most of her time with the Lady Volunteers. In the 2017 Lady Vols season, the Kinesiology major broke the Tennessee single-season RBI record of 77 after driving in 79 runs on the year. Now in her final year with the team, she has showed no signs of slowing down. She currently owns the second-highest batting average (.473) on the team and is fourth-best in the Southeastern Conference. The Williamson, Ga. native holds the top spot in the SEC for RBIs (49), total bases (87) and most walks drawn (24). She comes in second for most home runs (11) in the SEC and comes in third for total hits (44). Gregg attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Douglasville, GA in April of 2013.

 # 3. Oklahoma Sooners (24-2)

Jocelyn Alo

Jocelyn Alo (UT, Fr.) – Alo has wasted no time making a good first impression in her freshman year with the Sooners. She leads the Big 12 Conference in home runs (12) and slugging percentage (1.000) and her on base percentage of .567 is second-best in the conference. In the Big 12 she places second for drawing the most walks (18) and for total bases (77). The Hauula, Hawaii native places fourth in the conference for RBIs (30), runs scored (27) and batting average (.468). She is tied for fifth in hits (36). Alo participated in our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November 2016.

Lea Wodach

Lea Wodach (C, Sr.) – Wodach, who attended our Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase in 2011, finished the 2017 season ranked seventh in OU history with a career fielding percentage of .989. The Health and Exercise Science major was named to the 2016 and 2017 Academic All-Big 12 First Teams with a 4.0 GPA. The Coto de Caza, Calif. native currently has a season-best five-game hitting streak and is making her final season with the Sooners an impactful one.

 # 4. UCLA Bruins (25-2)

Rachel Garcia (P, R-So.) – Garcia, a History major, holds an impressive 11-1 record this season and the best ERA on the 2018 Bruins roster (1.40). She has the fifth-highest number of strikeouts in the Pac-12 Conference (113), and the most on her own team. Garcia, who participated in our Fresno, Calif. Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2014, was named to the 2018 USA Softball National Team World Championship roster in January and will compete at the ’18 World Cup of Softball and ’18 WBSC Women’s World Championship.

# 5. Oregon Ducks (25-5)

Lauren Burke

Lauren Burke (UT, Fr.) – In her first season as a college student athlete, Burke has been contributing to a very talented Ducks team. She hit her first home run of her college softball career against New Mexico and has driven in three runs so far in 2018. Before coming to the University of Oregon, the Eugene, Ore. native slugged a 1.510 in high school. Burke attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, Calif. in November of 2016.

Mia Camuso (IF, So.) – Camuso currently has a solid .306 batting average, has batted in 16 runs for her team so far this season and is tied for second on the 2018 Ducks roster for the most doubles (5). The talented infielder leads her team in both chances (179) and putouts (171). When still residing her in her hometown of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., she attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Shaye Bowden

Shaye Bowden (UT, Fr.) – Bowden, who attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, Calif. in November of 2016, has 11 hits and has driven in eight RBIs in her first season as a Duck. She has scored a run for her team 10 times so far this season. The Phoenix, Ariz. native hit a high school career-high .654 as a senior with 53 runs, 84 RBIs, 25 doubles and 17 homers with just one strikeout in 33 games played before joining the 2018 Ducks.

Cherish Burks (OF, Jr.) – Burks holds the top batting average on the 2018 Ducks roster (.500) and is tied for having the second-highest in the Pac-12 Conference. The Manteca, Calif. native batted in a season-high five runs against Bryant University this year and has a career-best 11 RBIs total. She attended one of our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2013.

Softball Factory Alumnae Playing in NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series

Five Softball Factory alumnae are represented in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series. The eight-team tournament in Oklahoma City, OK, will begin today. Of the alumnae, the most notable are members of the Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma Sooners.

Fale Aviu, OF. Photo: soonersports.com

In her first year of collegiate softball, Fale Aviu (’15) is not just one of the best players for the Oklahoma Sooners, but one of the best players in the Big 12 Conference.

Entering the College World Series, the freshman outfielder has started in 55 of 59 games for the Sooners, while finishing fourth on the team and 10th in the conference in batting average at .364. Aviu smacked eight doubles and eight home runs in 154 plate appearances, while driving in 47 runs, which is second best on the team.

So far in five postseason games for the Sooners, Aviu is 7-for-15 with four runs scored, three RBI and a double. Oklahoma went 52-7 in the regular season and 17-1 in Big XII play; the Sooners take a 27-game winning streak into the school’s 10th WCWS appearance. Softball Factory saw Aviu at a November 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA.

Lea Wodach, C

Another Oklahoma Sooner, Lea Wodach (’14), is in her second season as a contributor for the perennial Big 12-champion Sooners.

Last season, the catcher/outfielder posted a .297/.341/.541 slash line in 45 games and 20 starts. She hit three doubles and five home runs in 68 at-bats, including a grand slam in an NCAA Regional win against Central Arkansas. This season, Wodach is the primary catcher for the Sooners and has 11 doubles and seven home runs on the season.

In the first five games of the Sooners’ postseason, which is the team’s 23rd straight postseason appearance, Wodach is 5-for-14 with a double, a triple and four RBI. Oklahoma is pursuing its second WCWS title in the last four years, as the Sooners won it back in 2013.

Softball Factory coaches saw Wodach at the Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase in June 2011. The No. 3-seeded Sooners will take on No. 6 seed Alabama today at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

Katie Alexander, C. Photo: mgoblue.com

The only team in the College World Series with a higher seed than Oklahoma is No. 2 overall seed Michigan.

As a freshman Wolverines, Katie Alexander is the backup catcher for the Big 10 champions. In 13 games, Alexander hit .273 with a home run and six RBI. The Wolverines are 51-5 heading into the team’s 12th WCWS appearance.

The two-time Michigan All-State selection in 2014 and 2015 attended an October 2012 Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waterford Township (Detroit), MI. Michigan will take on the 10th-seeded LSU Tigers tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

 

Rachel Garcia, P. Photo: uclabruins.com

Hope Smith, OF. Photo: auburntigers.com

Rachel Garcia (’15) and Hope Smith (’15) play for WCWS participants UCLA and Auburn, respectively.

Garcia, who graduated from Highland High School in Palmdale, CA, is a pitcher for the Bruins. UCLA enters the WCWS as the No. 12 seed with a 40-14-1 record. Softball Factory saw Garcia at a November 2014 National Tryout in Fresno, CA.

Smith appeared in eight games for the Tigers and scored four runs as a pinch runner. Softball Factory coaches saw her at the 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory 18U Summer Showcase. The No. 4-overall seed Auburn Tigers carry a 54-10 record into the WCWS. UCLA takes on Auburn at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The eight-team Women’s College World Series will end on June 7, with the if-necessary date set for June 8.