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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 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 Georgia

University of Georgia

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Bulldogs

School Size: 36,130

Mailing Address: Athens, GA 30602

Team Site: University of Georgia Softball

Head Coach:

Lu Harris-Champer- lhc@sports.uga.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Harris-Champer enters her 16th season at UGA with a 731-265 record
    • The Bulldogs have made 14-straight NCAA Championship appearances, won two SEC Championships, one SEC Tournament Championship, eight NCAA Regional Championships, and two NCAA Super Regional Championships
    • In the past 16 years UGA has had 24 NFCA All-Americans, 13 Easton All-Americans, 73 All-SEC recognitions, and 54 NFCA All-Region selections
    • Through 15 seasons with Coach Harris-Champer leading them, Georgia has academically produced three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 12 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and 81 members selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
    • During the 2015 season, the Bulldogs set several program records including batting average (.343), runs scored (440), and on base percentage (.420)

Schedule Highlights:

The Bulldogs are 24-3 through their first 27 games in 2016

UGA will begin conference play on March 19 with a three game trip to USC

For information on summer camps at UGA, click here.

For the Bulldogs full 2016 schedule, click here.

More information for recruits can be found here.

College Spotlight – University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee

Division: NCAA I

Conference: SEC

Nickname: Volunteers

School Size: 27,845

Mailing Address: Knoxville, TN 37996

Team Site: University of Tennessee Softball

Head Coaches:

Ralph Weekly- rweekly@utk.edu
Karen Weekly- kweekly@utk.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Since arriving at Tennessee in 2002, the Weekly’s have guided UT to 711 victories, five top three national finishes, and seven appearances in the College World Series
    • In their 14 years with the Volunteers, the Weekly’s have coached 61 All-SEC or All-Freshman selections, 50 All Region selections, and 31 All-American selections
    • Throughout the 2015 season the Vols produced a program-record 100 home runs with five players hitting 10 or more in the
    • In 2015 the Volunteers went 47-17 and made a late-season run that included a runner-up finish in the SEC Tournament and a 5-1 record in NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals play

Schedule Highlights:

The Vols are 16-5 through their first 21 games of the season and have not lost at home thus far

Tennessee will play their first conference games against Arkansas with a three-game home stand starting on March 11

For the Volunteers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Alabama

University of Alabama

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Nickname: Crimson Tide

School Size: 36,100

Mailing Address: Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Team Site: University of Alabama Softball

Head Coach:

Patrick Murphy- psmurphy@bama.ua.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Through 18 seasons, Coach Murphy has a 890-241 (.787) record with the Crimson Tide
    • The Crimson Tide have won 10 SEC championships (5 regular season and 5 tournaments), made 17 consecutive NCAA tournaments and have advanced to the Women’s College World Series ten times
    • Alabama won their first national championship in school history and the first softball national championship in the history of the SEC in 2012
    • The Crimson Tide have produced 25 All-American players, with 12 of those being selected multiple years
    • Every member of the 2015 Crimson Tide either was named to the Academic All-SEC or the SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll lists. The team’s 3.495 team GPA was the highest of any SEC team, ranked 13th nationally among all Division-I programs

Schedule Highlights:

The Crimson Tide opened their 2016 season going 4-1 at the UCF Classic and sweeping opponents at the Panther Invitational

Alabama will compete in three more tournaments this season, the Easton Bama Bash (Feb 26-28), Easton Crimson Classic (March 3-6), and the Easton Tournament (March 17-19)

The Crimson Tide are 11-1 through their first twelve games of the 2016 season

For Alabama’s full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – Auburn University

Auburn University

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Nickname: Tigers

School Size: 27,300

Mailing Address: Auburn, AL 36849

Team Site: Auburn University Softball

Head Coach:

Clint Myers- cam0082@auburn.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Myers is entering his third season with the Tigers
    • Through his first two seasons, Coach Myers has a 108-30-1 record
    • In 2015, Coach Myers led the Tigers to their first Conference Tournament championship, first NCAA Regional, first NCAA Super Regional and two games in their first College World Series
    • Auburn has produced 11 All-American players, four with Coach Myers as head Tiger

Schedule Highlights:

The Tigers opened their 2016 season sweeping opponents at the Plainsman Invitational and going 4-1 at the Michele Smith PCF Invitational

Auburn will compete in two more tournaments this season, the Tiger Invitational (Feb 26-28) and the Wilson/DeMarini Classic (March 4-6)

The Tigers are 10-1 through their first 11 games in 2016

For the Tigers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Nickname: Lady Tigers

School Size: 30,500

Mailing Address: Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Team Site: Louisiana State University Softball

Head Coach:

Beth Torina- btorina@lsu.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Torina is entering her fifth year with the Tigers
    • The Lady Tigers have made four NCAA Regional berths, two NCAA Super Regional berths, 2012 & 2015 Women’s College World Series berths
    • LSU has produced 10 First Team All-American players
    • Coach Torina has established an active community service function within the softball program as the Tigers regularly visit hospitals and schools in the Baton Rouge area

Schedule Highlights:

The Lady Tigers opened their 2016 season going 4-1 at the Tiger Classic and 4-1 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

LSU will compete in two more tournaments this season, the Purple & Gold Challenge (Feb 26-28) and the LSU Invitational (March 4-6)

The Tigers first home game is scheduled for February 24th against South Alabama

For the Lady Tigers full 2016 schedule, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Florida

University of Florida

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Nickname: Gators

School Size: 49,800

Mailing Address: PO Box 14485 Gainesville, FL, 32604

Team Site: University of Florida Softball

Head Coach:

Tim Walton- timw@gators.uaa.ufl.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Under Coach Walton the Gators have won three SEC Tournament Championships, made 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, seven College World Series appearances, and won two consecutive national championships
    • Coach Walton has coached 26 All-American selections and one Collegiate Player of the Year in his 10 seasons leading the Gators
    • There are currently three Softball Factory alumni playing for the Gators
    • The Orange and Blue were ranked #1 in USA Today’s 2016 Top 25 Pre-Season Poll

Schedule Highlights:

The Gators opened their 2016 season sweeping opponents at the USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament and the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic

Florida will compete in two more tournaments, the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (Feb 25-27) and the Aquafina Invitational (March 3-6) before starting the regular season March 9th against South Dakota

For the Gators full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

Hannah Rogers To Be Guest Speaker At The 2015 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament

Former University of Florida pitching standout, Hannah Rogers will be guest speaker at the Awards Ceremony for the 2015 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, January 16-18 at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida.

Rogers, the first-ever four-time All-American in softball at Florida, won 127 games for the Gators over her four seasons, posting a 1.63 career ERA.

Hannah was named the 2014 WCWS Most Outstanding Player, pitching four complete games and earning the save in the championship-clinching game against Alabama.

She was a 2014 SEC All-Defensive Team selection, and an All-SEC First Team selection for pitching in 2013.

Players are selected to compete in the tournament based on a strong performance at a previous Softball Factory event or recommendation by a coach.