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Friday, December 28, 2012

Recruiting Update!

Here is the long awaited recruiting update. Please feel free to list any additional information that is not included on this page, particularly travel teams. The are all of the commitments that have not been previously reported on this blog.

Brandyce Sallee UT 2013
Alison Tarrant P 2013
Kacey Starwalt P 2013
Chelsea Norwood IF/C Indiana Extreme 2013

Hannah DeSalvo OF Indiana Shockwaves 2013
Rebekkah Potter SS Miami Valley Xpress 2013
Gabby Snyder P Indy Dreams 2013
Manda Cash P/1B Ohio Nightmare 2014

Stephanie Ferri C SoCal 3D 2013
Madi Shaw IF RI Thunder Gold 2014

George Washington
Marissa Mangini
Mary Wiley 1B Hudson Valley Hurricanes 2013
Marissa Mangini OF Florida Gators Flannery 2013

Gianna Hathaway IF RI Thunder Gold 2014
Megan Colleran P/1B NE Phoenix 2014

Rhode Island
Danielle Gariglio INF/OF Sudden Impact 2013
Jenna Cubello IF/OF East Coast Elite 2013

St. Bonaventure
Kelly Farrell OF Amherst Lightning 2013
Desiree Gonzalez IF/OF Battery Lightning 2013
Kristen Hickling P TC Tremors 2013
Kiera Lorenzo IF/OF Battery Lightning 2013
Katie Milone SS WNY Finesse 2013
Josie Borysevicz IF Polar Crush 2014

St. Joseph's
Bella Picard IF Worcester Hawks 2013
Alexis Bush C NJ Breakers 2013
Nikki Alden P/IF 2014

St. Louis
Taylor Meeks IF KC Peppers 2013
Alex Nickel IF Lemont Rockers Gold Oz 2013
Mackenzie Pater OF St. Louis Chaos 2013
Hailey Weavers C Originals Gold 2013
Macie Wheeler OF Southern Express 95 2013

Amanda Gatt P East Coast Elite 2013
Cassidy Trause IF NJ Pride 2013

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Former Charlotte great Tenaya Tucker led Caserta to the Italian League Softball Title. Tucker led Caserta to a 30-4 record in 2012 and was named MVP of the league. Tucker is currently an assistant coach at Delaware along with former St. Joseph's pitcher Lauren Cognigni.

Bradleigh Breland a 2013 OF from the Houston Power has verballed to George Washington. Breland is a speedy left handed hitter who will add some excellent speed to the Colonials lineup. Breland can also hit away and she could be a force at the top of the lineup. Breland will join Paige Ortiz of Fordham as the second Houston Power player in the A10. Breland joins an impressive George Washington 2013 recruiting class, which also includes Madi Myers-Cook, Paige Kovalsky, Jillian Galich, Megan Linn, Monica Macchiarulo, and Mary Wiley.

Alexia Faulkner a 2013 IF from the NJ Breakers has verballed to St. Joseph's. Faulkner had an excellent season for Mahopac HS in New York, hitting .397 with 18 RBI and 6 steals. Faulkner will add some great depth to the Hawks lineup and she should challenge for playing time right away. Faulkner is the second 2013 NJ Breakers to commit to an A10 school, as Caitlyn Hickey verballed to UMass. Faulkner joins the 2013 Hawks' recruiting class, which also includes Emily Rogers, Stephanie Chaiser, and Maddie Brunck.

Dakota Smith-Porter a 2013 P-1B from the Polar Crush has verballed to UMass. Smith-Porter is a talented P-1B from nearby Turners Falls, which is one of the best high school teams in Massachusetts year in and year out. While Smith-Porter has had great success in the circle, leading her team to a state championship, she projects to be a corner infielder at UMass. Smith-Porter picked up 30 hits, 2 HR, and 19 RBI and she went 13-1 in the circle with 120 SO in 94 innings. Smith-Porter is the latest Polar Crush athlete to head to UMass, joining Taylor Carbone, Emma Mendoker, Quianna Diaz-Patterson, Jess Serio, Carly Morin, Bailey Sanders, Amanda Morin, Jenna Busa, Michea Holness, and Karen LaFrenier.

Amanda Gatt a 2013 P from the East Coast Elite has verballed to Temple. Gatt is a talented pitcher and hitter from New York who is sure to bolster the Owls' staff. Gatt throws the ball with good pace and had an outstanding season last year for her high school, going 11-11 with a 1.34 ERA and 325 SO in 156.1 IP. Gatt will be the fifth East Coast Elite player to play in the A10, joining Cyndil Matthew of UMass and Jess Crowley of Fordham, as well as former Temple players Jess Hirschbuhl and Sarah Reynolds who subsequently transferred to Hofstra and Long Island.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Scores Week 2

September 21
Charlotte 8 Spartanburg Methodist 0
Charlotte 9 Spartanburg Methodist 8
Katie Watkins and Chelsea Lisikatos picked up wins for the 49ers. Chelsea Stamey and Jessie Fennell each hit HR.

September 22
Georgetown 1 George Washington 0 (8 innings)
LP-Chelsey Pedley (3 IP 1 hit allowed)
Meg Rico started for GW, throwing 5 strong innings with 9 SO, while allowing just 1 hit. Pedley came one in relief and allowed just 1 hit. Georgetown scored its lone run in the 8th inning thanks to the ITB rule. 

George Washington 5  Georgetown 0
WP-Courtney Martin (4 IP 4 SO 1 hit allowed)
Courtney Martin led a strong staff outing for the Colonials, going 4 strong innings with 4 SO, giving up just 1 lone hit. Laura Thompson and Pedley combined to allow just 3 hits in the final 3 innings to keep the shutout in tact. Autumn Taylor and Tori Valos each clubbed 2-run HRs and Maura Murphy accounted for the other run with a RBI single.

UMass 13  Boston College 10
Bridget Lemire started the game before being relieved by Lindsey Webster. Webster led an offensive onslaught by hitting a towering grand slam. Tiffany Meeks also hit a solo shot to cement UMass' lead. Quianna Diaz-Patterson had a solid game, which saw her smack a couple RBI singles and score a couple runs. Cyndil Matthew and Katie Bettencourt were also standouts on offense, as they both hit doubles during the game. Diaz-Patterson made some highlight reel plays on defense, snatching line drives out of the sky and Bettencourt doubled a runner off of 2nd.

St. Joseph's 3  Rider 2
Taryn Ashway picked up the win for the Hawks, as she allowed just three hits to the Broncos. Dana Parks had a solid day at the plate going 2-2 with a RBI and Nicole Palase went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI.

St. Louis 13 Jefferson 3

Butler beat and tied IUPUI (details needed)

St. Joseph's 8 Lafayette 0
Freshmen Anna Lauterbach and Liz Mendez combined on a 2 hit shutout against the Lions. Melissa Ruf had a huge game at the plate going 2-2 with 4 RBI. Morgan Earling also went 2-2 with 1 RBI, Rochelle Christman was 2-2, and Liz Mendez went 1-3 with a RBI double.

Sacred Heart 3 UMass 1
Webster started the game before being relieved by Lemire. The offense struggled to get going in this game. Taylor Carbone was able to pick up a single for the Minutewomen.

Charlotte beat Furman and St. Andrew's Presbyterian
Kalie Lang and Jessica Plemmons each hit HR.

St. Louis 8 St. Charles 0

September 23
St. Joseph's 8 Kutztown 8
Ashway and Mendez combined on a two hit shutout. The Hawks' offense was led by Dana Parks who went 2-4 with 1 RBI, Sarah Yoos who was 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI, Morgan Earling who was 2-3 with a RBI, and Rochelle Christman who went 1-3 with a RBI double.

Fordham 4 Army 2
Michelle Daubman had another solid outing in the circle for the Rams going 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 ER. The Rams played excellent defense behind her, as they turned three DPs behind her. The Rams garnered 7 hits, including a HR and 2 RBI by Paige Ortiz and 2 RBI for Kayla Lombardo. Claudia Law also picked up 2 hits for Fordham. 

Fordham 4 Army 2
Jamie LaBovick started and went 4 innings for the Rams, allowing just 1 ER on 4 hits and Taylor Pirone went 3 innings, allowing just 2 hits. The Rams offense was led by Elise Fortier and Gabby Luety who each picked up 2 hits.

St. Louis 15 Mineral Area 0
St. Louis 10 Truman State 1

Providence vs. URI DH (details needed)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Week 1 Fall Ball Scores

September 15
Binghamton 2 Fordham 0 (8 innings)
Cornell 3 Fordham 1
Dayton 7 Northern Kentucky 6
Dayton 4 Miami 2
St. Bonaventure 12 Buffalo 11
Canisius 8 St. Bonaventure 4
Butler 6 Marian 0
Butler 3 St. Joseph's (IN) 2

September 16
Fordham 11 Colgate 0
Fordham 5 Le Moyne 0
Niagara 5 St. Bonaventure 1
Canisius 3 St. Bonaventure 2
Ball State 9 Butler 2
Butler 7 Lakeland 4

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


The greatest pitcher in Atlantic 10 history: Brandice Balschmiter will be returning to her alma mater UMass as an assistant coach. Balschmiter had a 126-33 career record for the Minutewomen, losing just twice to Atlantic 10 opponents, both in her freshman season. Of Balschmiter's career losses 26 of those took place against ranked opponents. Balschmiter did not lose to a single northeast opponent during her career, marking a true period of UMass dominance in the region. Balschmiter earned four Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year and Atlantic 10 Tournament Most of Outstanding Player awards. Balschmiter will have an important role in shaping UMass' young pitching staff, which only 74.1 innings of experience.

In conjunction with Balschmiter being named an assistant coach, Kristi Stefanoni has been elevated to the role of associate coach. Stefanoni has been on the UMass staff since 2007 and she has been a big part of the Minutewomen's success in recent year.

George Washington will also be adding a highly ranked pitcher to its coaching ranks, as Iona great Sarah Jackson will be coming on board. Jackson led Iona to three straight appearances at NCAA Regionals and brought the program to new heights. Jackson was a two-time MAAC Pitcher of the Year and three-time All-MAAC 1st Team selection.

Fordham is adding former Virginia Tech 3B Charisse Mariconda to its staff. Mariconda helped lead the Hokies to the WCWS in 2008, as well as a victory over the US National Team. Mariconda comes to the Rams from Radford, where she was on the staff last year.

Recruiting news:
Mary Wiles 2013 1B/OF Hudson Valley Hurricanes to George Washington

Erica Reis 2012 1B Holy Family University (The Sports Connection) to La Salle
Michelle Hagarty 2013 SS Delco Rage to La Salle
Tori Gollie 2013 P/OF/3B NJ Inferno Gold to La Salle
Christina Bascara 2013 3B Lower South Liberty to La Salle
Val Buehler 2013 P The Sports Connection to La Salle
Suzanne Swanicke 2013 C The Sports Connection to La Salle
Marissa Kineer 2013 2B The Sports Connection to La Salle

Jaime Conklin 2012 to UMass

Desiree Gonzalez 2013 IF Battery Lightning Gold to St. Bonaventure
Kiera Lorenzo 2013 IF Battery Lightning Gold to St. Bonaventure
Josie Borysevicz 2014 P/1B/OF Polar Crush Gold to St. Bonaventure

Maddie Brunck 2013 OF Cheetahs to St. Joseph's

Maddie Doane 2014 OF Beverly Bandits has decommitted from St. Louis and subsequently committed to Syracuse

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Recruiting update

Maria Jose Clark has verballed to UMass. Clark is a talented outfielder for Firecrackers-Snyder.

Rhode Island
Ashley Olson is transferring to URI after a successful career at the Community College of Rhode Island. She was a 2-time All-Region selection and a 2011 All-American. She will be a big addition to this URI squad. She swings a powerful bat and she will pack a punch for the Rams.
Shelby Stracher

Shelby Stracher 2014 catcher of the RI Thunder Elite has verballed to Temple. Stracher is the latest Thunder Elite player to commit to an A10 school. She joins Taylor Archer (Rhode Island), Anna Kelly (UMass), Allie Kearney (UMass), and Maggie Quealy (UMass).

Catching up on summer

Lauren Groomes a catcher out of North Davidson joins Charlotte's freshman class of Courtney Carroll and Jessica Plemmons. North Davidson is a powerhouse in North Carolina softball and two of Groomes teammates will be joining her in a year: Mackenzie Hauser and Paige Wall.

Former Dayton player Laura Matthews has been named the head softball coach at Wittenberg.

Chelsea Plimpton has been hired as an assistant coach at her alma mater of Fordham, after serving as the pitching coach at Marist and St. Lawrence this past year.
Former Fordham pitcher Nicole Ayres was honored with a weekend softball fundraiser in July.

George Washington
Here is an outstanding article on former GW star and Olympian Elana Meyers.

La Salle
Head coach Ron Shoemaker has announced the Explorers' fall schedule.
Whitney Mollica

Whitney Mollica Goldstein has been named the new head coach at Amherst College. Since coming on board, this team has become a D3 powerhouse and they are sure to get even better. Goldstein is a special coach and she will be a great coach in Division 1 someday.

St. Bonaventure
Jen Sansano will be transferring to Niagara from St. Bonaventure.

Jess Zeilman formerly of Hofstra will be playing for Temple this season.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ron Shoemaker is the new La Salle softball coach

Ron Shoemaker has been named the new head softball coach at La Salle.

Shoemaker is extremely familiar with both the A10 and the Philadelphia area, having coached at La Salle and Temple before his recent stint as the associate head coach at St. Joseph's. Shoemaker helped lead the Hawks to new heights in the A10 and he is sure to do good things with this La Salle program.

This hire definitely receives the grade of an A. Shoemaker knows what it takes to win in the A10 and he should get this program moving in the right direction. His rebuilding process will be centered around Meg Hodgson and Alicia Aughton who are poised for breakout seasons.

If you have any news please email: atlantic10softball@gmail.com


Katy Hackett will be returning to Charlotte as an assistant coach. Hackett was one of the best pitchers in school history and she should have a crucial role in developing Charlotte's young pitcher staff. During her playing days, Hackett was known for her knee buckling change up.

Fordham got a huge transfer pickup as Rachel Gillen will he transferring to Fordham from Virginia. Gillen is a lefty pitcher who can hit and play in the field. Fordham will have three pitchers who are also solid hitters next year with Gillen, Taylor Pirone, and Michele Daubman.

The 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament will be held in Amherst, MA on the campus of UMass. The 2012 season should be one of the most competitive ever with 12 teams competing for 6 spots in te tournament.

If you have any scheduling, transfer, or commitment news please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Sunday, June 17, 2012

More commitments!

If you follow us on Twitter you would have seen these already, but here they are:

Mason Robinson 2013 Ohio lasers black
Cynthia Leaton 2013 Indy Dreams
St. Joseph's
Hannah Dionne 2012 RI Thunder
Lindsey Zenk UT 2012 LI Chargers

If you have any recruiting news or transfer news please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Atlantic 10 Softball's Graduating Class of 2012

Lorena Vela 2B

Lauren Nacke DP
Brandy Brown 1B
Sarah Wedel P
Courtney Kutsulis C
Megan Barrett OF

Jen Mineau P
Nicole Callahan 2B
Lindsey Kay Bright OF
Jo Krasnisky UT

George Washington
Kara Clauss P
Heidi Penna P
Jamie Yaniga OF
Sandi Moynihan IF
Lauren Wilson OF
Jordyn O'Donnell OF
Jillian Stanley C
Amanda Zakeri OF

La Salle
Heather Brabazon OF
Shannon Skomorucha C
Breanna DiTommaso OF

Sara Plourde P
Kyllie Magill 2B
Jordan Storro IF
Stephanie Mayne C
Stephanie Mix OF

Rhode Island
Nicole Massoni C
Alison Hartzell P
Jhokania DeLos Santos OF
Brittany Julich OF

St. Bonaventure
Diana Phalon P
Ashley Nowak DP
Brittany Storch 2B
Brooke Frey C
Kristin Sullivan OF

St. Joseph's
Erin Gallagher P
Lauren Pembleton P
Alaina Loguidice 1B
Bernadette Moran 2B

St. Louis
Kelcie Matesa P
Hannah Huebbe P
Rachel Faletto 3B
Kerri Dockins 2B
Kelly Flanagan UT
Liz Jones C

Capri Catalano P
Rachel Knable 1B
Melissa Robbins OF
Samantha Schoell 3B
Alysse Pujol OF
Christina Sykora OF
Meaghan Marley 2B

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Offseason News and Notes

Butler will be joining the Atlantic 10 in 2013. This will give the conference 12 teams to schedule in conference play, which will likely result in a 22 game schedule with Butler serving as the travel partner of Dayton. Temple and Charlotte will be remaining in the conference for the 2013 season before moving on to the Big East and Conference USA respectively.

Butler softball had an up and down 2012 season, but they were able to knock off eventual champion Valparaiso in the Horizon League Tournament. The Bulldogs could be strong contenders for the conference tournament this season, as the top three pitchers all return. Jenny Esparza could be an early favorite for pitcher of the year next season. The Bulldogs also return a lot of offensive power, so it will be interesting to see how they fair. Butler did not play any games with Atlantic 10 schools last year.

In other news, Temple has signed three players for next season, including Leah Lucas 2B of the SoCal Diamonds who was previously mentioned here, along with Annie Marcopolus OF of the Newtown Rock, and Jessica Tolmie, a pitcher from New South Wales, Australia. These three will join fall signee Kelsey Dominik, as the Owls will look to build off of their 3rd place regular season finish in 2012. They will be counted on to replace one of the most talented classes in recent Temple history: Rachel Knable, Melissa Robbins, Samantha Schoell, Alysse Pujol, Christina Sykora, Meaghan Marley, and recent addition Capri Catalano.

Of note: the Atlantic 10 has had foreign players in the past including 2004 Canadian Olympian Kaila Holtz of UMass who was a 2-time pitcher of the year. The A10 has not had a player from Australia in the past, so Jessica Tolmie will be the first. Tolmie will be a bit of a mystery to everyone going into next season.

Elsewhere Jen Sansano will be transferring from St. Bonaventure. Always a pleasure to watch in the circle and we wish her well as she moves on to her new school.

If you have any offseason news, please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Emma Mendoker transfers to UMass

One of the top pitchers in Western Mass history, Emma Mendoker will be transferring back to her hometown of Amherst to pitch for UMass.

Mendoker had an amazing high school career, which included being named Massachusetts Gatorade State Player of the Year last season. She absolutely dominated the competition en route to a runner-up finish in the MIAA Division 1 State Final to King Phillip (which also had future A10 players). Mendoker played high school ball with Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Quianna Diaz-Patterson at Amherst Regional HS.

Mendoker also played travel ball with Diaz-Patterson for the Polar Crush. The Crush have been very nice to the Minutewomen in the past, sending Jess Serio, Bailey Sanders, Carly Morin, Bailey Sanders, Amanda Morin, Jenna Busa, and Michea Holness as well as multiple others.

Mendoker will be coming off a freshman season at East Carolina, which she redshirted due to an injury. Mendoker will team with Caroline Raymond, Lindsey Webster, and Bridget Lemire in the circle next year for the Minutewomen.

If you have any recruiting news please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Columbia Regional

UMass is the A10's lone representative at Regionals this year at they will head to Columbia, Missouri.

The Minutewomen will open up with DePaul and the other teams at the Regional are Missouri and Illinois State. University Field has one of the more unique set-ups in all of college softball, though it does bear some slight resemblances to the UMass Softball Complex. DePaul and Illinois State are both quite familiar with Missouri's home field as they were also sent to Columbia last season. In fact, this will be the fourth straight year that DePaul plays at the Columbia Regional.

Missouri comes in with a record of 43-12 and they will be the favorites in this Regional. For the Tigers it all starts with US National Team member Chelsea Thomas. Thomas features a great drop and outstanding changeup and also may be the hardest thrower in all of college softball. Thomas' numbers this year have been outstanding, as she is 23-7 with a 1.07 ERA and 262 SO in 189 IP. Thomas is going to see all of the action for the Tigers and she will be a tough egg to crack. The good thing for all of the teams here is that there is plenty of video out on her, the bad thing is that is shows just how dominating she is. On offense, Missouri is strong, but not necessarily scary as they are hitting .269 with 49 HR. Missouri does like to run and they have attempted 91 steals and have been successful on 76 of them. Opposing catchers will have to be on their toes. Ashley Fleming leads the Mizzou offense, hitting .372 with 58 hits, 15 HR, 48 RBI, and 9 steals. Nicole Hudson is the other Tiger to watch, hitting .306 with 44 hits, 7 HR, 36 RBI, and 8 steals. Of note, no other Tigers are hitting above .300.

DePaul comes into the Regional with a 35-20 record and this team is always ready to play. The Blue Demons are led by fiery head coach Eugene Lenti and this is a scrappy team. In the circle, southpaw Kirsten Verdun leads the way, as she is 26-13 with a 1.65 ERA and 247 SO in 250 IP. Verdun will be very tough on lefties which could make a big difference this weekend. Verdun is also a leader for the Blue Demons at the plate, hitting .373 with 11 HR and 40 RBI. Samantha Dodd is another Blue Demon to watch as she is hitting .337 with 55 hits. The Blue Demons don't stand out in any one statistical category sans defense, but they are fundamentally sound and find ways to win. Not to mention the fact that they are always tough come tournament time.

UMass enters the Columbia Regional with a 38-11 record and a 22 game winning streak. The Minutewomen are arguably the hottest team coming into this Regional and in many ways they have the big X factor for this Regional. Sara Plourde is one of the most dominating pitchers in NCAA history and she can completely take over a game. Her rise ball is one of the best pitches in college softball. Her numbers in the circle are just staggering as she is 36-9 with a 1.73 ERA and 520 SO in 295 IP. She leads the nation in wins, total SO, SO per 7 innings, and hits allowed per 7 innings. But her game goes far beyond that, as she is also a big bat in the Minutewomen's lineup. She is hitting .315 with 29 hits, including 11 HR with 29 RBI. She has only hit fulltime for 28 games, which makes these figures that much more astonishing. She is not the only UMass bat worth watching, as Cyndil Matthew gets things going for the Minutewomen out of the leadoff spot, hitting .414 with 65 hits, 1 HR, 19 RBI, and 34 steals. A key for opposing teams will be to keep her off the bases. Quianna Diaz-Patterson is another player to watch, as she has had an outstanding freshman season, hitting .341 with 56 hits, 4 HR, and 41 RBI. The top of the Minutewomen's order is tough to stop and if they can also get production from the bottom, they may win this Regional.

Illinois State is the fourth team at this regional, but they are no slouch. Melinda Fischer's squad is one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference year in and year out and they are always ready to play. The Redbirds are led in the circle by Jordan Birch who can hold her own with the other big names in the circle at this Regional. Birch is 23-12 this season with a 1.55 ERA and 221 SO in 212 IP. Birch will be the key for the Redbirds, if she is on her game she could make some things happen. The Redbird offense is led by Lizzie Andrews who is hitting .340 with 55 hits, 6 HR, and 25 RBI. Jhavon Hamilton is another one to watch as she is hitting .309 with 12 HR and 36 RBI to go along with 10 steals. The Redbirds have a shot to make some noise, but they will need to be on top of their game.

How the teams stack up:
Batting Average
UMass .278
DePaul .274
Missouri .269
Illinois State .266

Home Runs
Missouri 49
UMass 40
Illinois State 36
DePaul 35

Missouri 76
UMass 66
DePaul 49
Illinois State 39

Missouri 1.54
UMass 2.19
DePaul 2.28
Illinois State 2.66

UMass 536
Missouri 410
DePaul 330
Illinois State 322

Opponents BA
UMass .149
Missouri .186
DePaul .221
Illinois State .254

Fielding Percentage
DePaul .976
Missouri .975
UMass .966
Illinois State .963

UMass' recent history against each team:
8-0 L in 2012
2-0 W in 2009

Illinois State
1-0 W in 2010 (no-hitter)

Have not played since 2002

Prognosis: This is going to be a brutal Regional. This is the second toughest Regional by RPI and it has four teams with a legitimate shot of beating any other. The big key will be the winner's bracket. Last year, Morgan Melloh was ousted at this regional by losing two games in the loser's bracket and she was one of the top pitcher's in the nation. If UMass is to win this regional it must do so by beating DePaul in its first game and then beat presumably Missouri in its second game. If UMass can avoid the scrum of the loser's bracket they will be in a good position to advance. This is going to be a brutally competitive regional and there may be quite a few 1-0 ballgames. It may come down to who can get on the scoreboard first. UMass can do it, but it is going to be tough.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

All-Conference Awards

These are our awards and may differ slightly from those issued by the conference on Tuesday:

Atlantic 10 Player of the Year: Sara Plourde P UMass
Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year: Sara Plourde P UMass
Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year: Quianna Diaz-Patterson P UMass
Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year: Elaine Sortino UMass

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team
P Jen Mineau Fordham
P Sara Plourde UMass
C Steph Pasquale Temple
1B Brandy Brown Dayton
2B Bernadette Moran St. Joseph's
3B Elise Fortier Fordham
SS Quianna Diaz-Patterson UMass
OF Cyndil Matthew UMass
OF Lindsey Kay Bright Fordham
OF Briana Gwaltney Charlotte
DP Paige Ortiz Fordham

All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team
P Erin Gallagher St. Joseph's
P Kara Clauss George Washington
C Lauren Rendon St. Joseph's
1B Jamie LaBovick Fordham
2B Nicole Callahan Fordham
SS Sarah Prezioso Temple
SS Ashley Snider St. Bonaventure
OF Lauren Wilson George Washington
OF Autumn Taylor George Washington
OF Jessica Buschjost St. Louis
OF Dana Parks St. Joseph's
DP Lindsey Webster UMass

All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team
P Kayla English Dayton
P Lexi Betancourt Charlotte
C Lauren Rendon St. Joseph's
C Jackie Kleinsmith Charlotte
SS Quianna Diaz-Patterson UMass
SS Nicole Palase St. Joseph's
SS Tori Valos George Washington
OF Alex Rogers Charlotte
OF Melissa Ruf St. Joseph's
OF Natalie Mariano Dayton
DP Paige Ortiz Fordham

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Live Chat

A live blog for the final Saturday of the regular season

Thursday, April 26, 2012

More recruiting news

George Washington
Madi Myers-Cook a 2013 OF/C from The Next Level travel ball program has verballed to the Colonials. Myers-Cook versatility will definitely help her find a spot in the lineup. The Next Level is one of the top programs in the country and they currently have players committed to SDSU, Texas Tech, Florida, NC State, and Utah State.

The Colonials have been doing work on the recruiting trail, picking up verbals from players of some of the top travel teams in the country, including the RI Thunder, Louisville Lady Sluggers/Southern Force, Cal Lite, and the Newtown Rock.

Caitlyn Hickey of the NJ Breakers a 2013 UT has verballed to the Minutewomen. Hickey has the ability to play a number of positions and Coach Elaine Sortino will look to take advantage of her versatility. The NJ Breakers are one of the top Mid-Atlantic programs and have sent a few players to the Atlantic 10 in the past including: Briana Sasala to St. Joseph's, Erika Szymanski to URI, Capri Catalano to Temple (via USF), Allison Twarowski and Laura Klaiber to Fordham, and Adrienne Repsher and Brandy Mora to Temple.

Hickey joins Ashton Wince, Tara Klee, and Jena Cozza in UMass' 2013 recruiting class.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Recruiting update

As always if you have knowledge of any commitments please send an email to atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Kathryn Hess 2012 C LI Bandits

Cailin Winokour 2012 IF NJ Inferno

George Washington
Alana Anderson 2014 OF Arizona Storm

Jena Cozza 2013 SS Team LI
Emily Neal 2014 OF Pennsbury Gems

St. Louis
Taylor Meeks 2013 IF KC Peppers

Liz Bauer 2012 OF

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

UMass Coach Elaine Sortino is battling cancer

This is another one of those instances that we are all reminded that there is more to life than softball: legendary UMass head coach Elaine Sortino is battling cancer. This is an extremely difficult time for both her and her team and is important to keep her in our thoughts and prayers. She has done so much for this sport and this conference, we have to be there for her. Whether it is a tweet, email, text, letter, please show your support and help 'Coach' in this fight.

Here is the official press release:

Of Massachusetts Statement On Health Of Softball Coach Elaine Sortino
Longtime head coach receiving treatment for form of cancer.

University Of Massachusetts Statement On Health Of Softball Coach Elaine Sortino
Longtime head coach receiving treatment for form of cancer.

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts head softball coach Elaine Sortino has informed her team and the Department of Athletics that she has been diagnosed and is currently receiving treatment for a form of cancer. Sortino, who also serves as the department’s Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator, will continue to serve as the head coach of the softball team, however, day-to-day operations will be handled by associate head coach Kathryn Gleason and assistant coach Kristi Stefanoni.
“Elaine informed her team tonight following the Boston College game and asked us toinform fans and the general public as to her situation,” said Director of Athletics John McCutcheon. “She is undergoing treatments right now and will continue to be as involved as possible with the team as our head coach. Her coaching staff, the athletic department and all involved with the program support her as she continues to fight this disease.”
Sortino is in her 33rd year as the head coach at UMass and is one of just five active coaches in the NCAA with over 1,100 wins. She is one of just eight coaches in NCAA history to hit the 1,000-win plateau. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Sortino has led UMass to 22 Atlantic 10 titles, 20 NCAA regional appearances, and three trips to the NCAA College World Series. She is a 10-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honoree.
“Going forward, we ask that people respect Elaine’s privacy as she deals with this fight,” said McCutcheon. “Questions regarding Elaine can be sent to myself or Jaime Seguin who is our Associate Senior Women’s Administrator. This is a trying time for both Elaine and the student-athletes of her team and we will give them the full support of the department and the University.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Live Blog for Today

Friday, March 16, 2012

Atlantic 10 Mid-Season Review

Sorry for the lack of postings over the past few weeks. Work has been extremely busy and time consuming over the past few weeks.

Here is a quick review of how things have gone thus far in conference during non-conference play

The Favorite

UMass: The Minutewomen have played the toughest schedule in the conference and right now they come into conference play as the heavy favorites. The Minutewomen are not invincible, but right now they are the most complete team in the conference and they find themselves in an excellent position for an at-large bid if they are unable to win the conference. Sara Plourde has been a force in the circle thus far, as she has picked up big wins over ranked opponents Michigan and Georgia Tech. Plourde has been tagged up a little more than usual this year, but it is also worth noting that her losses have come to undefeated #1 Alabama and undefeated Louisville, NFCA Leadoff Classic champion DePaul, SEC Power Tennessee, and likely NCAA Participant UAB. In other words, only the best teams and players in the country have been able to hit her. A10 teams will have to be on top of their game to beat her. The Minutewomen offense is much improved in 2012 and the scary thing is that they have not reached their peak yet. Cyndil Matthew and Quianna Diaz-Patterson at the top of the UMass order is a scary combination and both appear poised for all-conference season. Lindsey Webster and Kyllie Magill have yet to get going in 2012, but when they do watch out. UMass' schedule is not quite as tough this weekend, so it will be interesting to see how the bats respond. The achilles' heel of this team is depth in the circle. Sara Plourde is the fittest pitcher in the league and can pitch an extraordinary amount of innings, but she needs help. Caroline Raymond and Lindsey Webster have been unable to pitch thus far in 2012 and if they cannot pitch at all this year, Plourde could be fatigued both mentally and physically at the end of the year.

The A10 Championship is UMass' for the taking. There is still a long season ahead of us, but right now UMass is the clear favorite.

The Contenders

Charlotte: admittedly we were somewhat skeptical of Charlotte at the beginning of the season, but you never doubt an Aimee DeVos led squad. Charlotte's impressive freshmen class has gotten the 49ers off to a strong start and they will need to keep producing for this squad to advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Lexi Betancourt has been impressive in the circle for the 49ers and she will need to maintain her high level in the circle for the 49ers to make it to St. Louis. Jackie Kleinsmith has led the 49er offense and right now she is the leading contender for Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, as she is hitting .463 with 2 HR and 19 RBI. Perhaps more importantly, she has provided protection in Charlotte's order for Bri Gwaltney who has continued her hot hitting at the plate, as she is currently hitting .355 with 6 HR and 18 RBI. Charlotte has the offensive firepower to advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament, but its pitching will need to step up if they want to get through UMass, Fordham, and St. Joseph's.

Dayton: the Flyers have gotten off to a so-so start in 2012, as they have picked up a couple of big wins, but also some puzzling losses. Dayton has been impressive on offense, but they have not been as consistent in the circle. Alysha Isaacson and Kathleen Maloof have been outstanding at the plate, hitting .483 and .396 respectively. Both players are serious contenders for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year right now. Brandy Brown, Carlyn Harlow, and Tiffany Ricks have also been impressive for a Dayton squad that is hitting .267 with 19 HR and 17 SB. The Flyers will need to put up even better offensive numbers as they move into conference play, especially with the staff only having an ERA of 4.67. Freshman Kayla English has given the Flyers their first serious strikeout pitcher in a long time, but she has also struggled with walks. The Flyers will need her to step up if they want to make a run in St. Louis. Alysha Isaacson also figures to play a big role in the circle for the Flyers. Isaacson is not a big strikeout pitcher, but she is lefthanded and features and excellent  changeup which is an excellent combo. Coach LaPlaca will also need Sarah Wedel and Sydney Cicchetti to provide quality innings as well. Dayton will be in the mix with a number of other teams to claim one of those final two spots.

George Washington: the Colonials have the most work to do right now, but they seem to be rounding into form. The Colonials got off to a very rough start to the season and they are doing their best to work out of it. Kara Clauss is having a solid year in the circle and George Washington is going to be relying on her heavily in Atlantic 10 play. On offense, Autumn Taylor is having a career year, hitting .361 with 22 hits, 5 HR, and 14 RBI. Lauren Wilson is also having an excellent 2012 season, hitting .315 with 4 HR. The Colonials definitely have a bit more power this year as they have already hit out 11 HR. The key for this team moving into conference play will be how the offense performs against good pitching.

Fordham: the Rams have had a rough non-conference slate when compared with the success they have experienced the past two seasons. Right now the Rams have one quality win (Virginia) and only one other win (Longwood) against a team with a winning record. Unless the Rams run the table from here on out, an at-large is just not a realistic possibility. Jen Mineau is heating up, but she has not looked as invincible as she has in the past few years. Part of that has to be due to the fact that she has picked Fordham's only wins of the year and on multiple occasions she has thrown back to back games. The Rams need either Taylor Pirone or Michele Daubman to step up in the circle, otherwise the Rams could have a very long season. Paige Ortiz and Nicole Callahan have been consistent all year at the plate and Lindsey Kay Bright has come on strong as of late, but Fordham needs production from the rest of the lineup. The Rams have the best shot of challenging UMass, but they have a long ways to go.

St. Bonaventure: this team has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise in 2012. The Bonnies have gotten off to a 8-8 start in 2012, which is definitely one of the best starts for the program in recent memory against one of the toughest schedules they have seen. The Bonnies have gotten very good pitching in the circle from Diana Phalon and Jen Sansano. Sansano and Phalon have been a dynamic duo and Coach Mike Threehouse will count on them during A10 play to give both opposing squads different looks in the circle. The Bonnies have been led at the plate by Ashley Snider and Kelli Rohan who have been on fire at the plate. Snider is swinging a very powerful bat right now, along with Brooke Frey and Jessenia Andujar. Rohan has been doing an excellent job of setting the table for these powerful sluggers. Rohan has excellent speed and she is definitely right in the mix for A10 Rookie of the Year at this point in the season.

St. Joseph's: The Hawks have gotten the worst of the injury bug, as Monica Aguilar is out for the year. Aguilar is one of the most if not the most feared hitters in the conference and her absence leaves a significant void in St. Joseph's lineup. Nicole Palase is leading the way for the Hawks at the plate, as she is hitting .318 right now, behind her Maria Ficca, Bernadette Moran, and Rochelle Christman are also having solid seasons, but they are hitting just .226 as a team right now. The good thing for the Hawks is that they have the best pitching staff in the conference right now and many of the other coaches in the conference would kill for the depth that Coach Terri Adams has in the circle. Lauren Pembleton, Erin Gallagher, and Taryn Ashway have been an excellent trio in the circle and right now the Hawks have the best ERA in the A10. If the Hawks can get the bats going, St. Joe's will do very well in conference play.

St. Louis: The Billikens are hovering around .500, but they have not faced the toughest schedule until this past weekend. It is hard to say whether they will advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament, but they will be in the mix. The Billikens have three solid pitchers in Kelcie Matesa, Julian Austin, and Hannah Huebbe who will be counted on for critical innings down the stretch. St. Louis' big problem right now is the offense. Jessica Buschjost and Erin Harcar are having outstanding seasons, but the rest of the lineup has been a bit stagnant at times. Buschjost is really creating havoc for opposing defenses, as she is hitting .341 with 29 hits and 19 steals. Erin Harcar is also getting the job done as she is hitting .282 with 20 hits, 3 HR, 10 RBI, and 14 steals.  The Billikens however are going to need more players to step up if they are to make the Atlantic 10 Tournament. It would be quite an embarrassment if they could not advance to the tournament they are hosting.

Temple: The Owls got off to a slow start, but they have won their last four and this team appears to be rounding into shape. In the circle, the Owls have made great strides as Jessica Mahoney and Brooklin White have gotten off to strong starts and Capri Catalano has been rounding into form. The pitching staff has been Temple's biggest strength this season, as the offense is only hitting .218. A number of Owls have gotten off to slow starts at plate, but the offense has started to slowly pick up. Meaghan Marley, Brooklin White, and Ali Robinson have been leading the way. The real key for the Owls is if they can get the powerful bats of Sarah Prezioso, Steph Pasquale, and Rachel Knable going. This trio hit 19 HR last year, but so far this year they and the team have hit just one. The Owls will be at the Atlantic 10 Tournament, but the offense will determine just how far they go.

The Others
La Salle and Rhode Island have both improved from 2011, but they do not appear to be in a position to challenge for an A10 Tournament bid in 2012.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday Scoreboard

Charlotte 4 Morgan State 1
WP-Lexi Betancourt (4-2)
LP-A. Bachman (0-2)

Charlotte 7  Towson 3
WP-K. Watkins (3-3)
LP-McCormick (1-2)

Virginia 3  Saint Joseph's 1
WP-Melanie Mitchell
LP-Erin Gallagher

IPFW 4  Temple 0

Temple 12  Sacred Heart 2

Elon 4  George Washington 1
WP-Erin O'Shea (4-1)
LP-K. Clauss (0-4)
S-Caitlin O'Shea (1)

Liberty 10  La Salle 1  (5 inn)
WP-Alyssa Dimartino (2-1)
LP-Kristin Travers (0-1)

Savannah State 4  La Salle 2
WP-Hedderly (3-3)
LP-Alyssa Bitsimis (0-1)

St. Bonaventure 3  Bethune-Cookman 0
WP-Sansano (2-2)
LP-S. Tolbert (2-7)

Stetson 3  St. Bonaventure 2
WP-Owen (3-1)
LP-Phalon (2-2)

Massachusetts Georgia Tech 0
WP- Plourde (4-3) no hitter, 15 K's,  
LP- Kleinschmidt (0-1)

Illinois 4 Massachusetts 2
WP- Gay (4-2), 
LP- Lemire (1-1)

Dayton 11  Belmont 3   (5 inn)
WP-Alysha Isaacson  (1-3)
LP-Becca Gift  (0-7)

Ball State 6  Dayton 3
WP-Kim Mazzapica  (3-0)
LP-Sydney Cicchetti  (0-1)

Indiana 5  Saint Louis 4
WP-Meaghan Murphy  (2-2)
LP-Kelcie Matesa  (3-2)

Saint Louis 4  Kennesaw State 3
WP-Hannah Huebbe  (5-1)
LP-Amanda Henderson  (3-1)
S-Kelcie Matesa  (2)

Arizona 3 Fordham 2
WP- Babock, Save - Fowler, 
LP- Mineau

Fordham 3 Cal State Fullerton 1
WP-Jen Mineau
LP-Desiree Ybarra

Friday, February 24, 2012

Amy Van Hoven verbals to Fordham

Fordham picked up its first verbal from a 2014 recruit, as Amy Van Hoven of the TC Tremors has verballed to Coach Bridget Orchard and the Rams.

Van Hoven is a talented lefthanded hitting shortstop and she is a great pick up for the Rams. Van Hoven is an extremely versatile player who could either end up at shortstop or a number of other positions for the Rams. She can do a number of different things at the plate including slapping and hitting away. She has a beautiful swing from the left side of the plate, which reminds us of former UMass All-Atlantic 10 performer Whitney Williams.

Van Hoven is the latest TC Tremors player to commit to Fordham, following in the footsteps of current catcher Gabby Luety.

It is very important for schools to pick up the best players, but especially those in their state or regions. The A10 must protect its turf and Fordham has done an excellent job of doing this.

If you have any commitment news please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Friday Scoreboard

Overall record on the day: 8-5

Boston College 6  Charlotte 2
WP-Amanda Horowitz  (2-1)
LP-Katie Watkins  (2-3)
S-Nicole D'Argento  (1)

Charlotte 7  Towson 4
WP-Lexi Betancourt  (3-2)  9 K's
LP-Katie Lingmai  (1-1)

Temple 2  IPFW 1
WP-Brooklin White  (1-0)
LP-Megan Flenniken  (1-1)
S-Capri Catalano  (1)

Coastal Carolina 4  Temple 0
WP-Kiana Quolas  (5-0)  3-Hitter
LP-Jessica Mahoney  (1-0)

South Carolina-Upstate 4  La Salle 0
WP-Lacey Dinney (3-0)
LP-Alicia Aughton (0-1)

St. Bonaventure 9  Mount St, Mary's 0  (5 inn)
WP-Sansano (1-2)
LP-A. Sadowl (0-1)

St. Bonaventure 3  Bethune-Cookman 0
WP-Phalon (2-1)
LP-S. Tolbert (1-6)

DePaul 8  Massachusetts 0   (5 inn)
WP-Kirsten Verdun  (5-2)  3-Hitter
LP-Sara Plourde  (2-3)

Massachusetts 1  Michigan 0
WP-Sara Plourde  (3-3)  2-Hitter  16 K's
LP-Sara Driesenga  (3-2)  2-Hitter

Saint Louis 9  Campbell 1   (6 inn)
WP-Hannah Huebe  (4-1)  7 K's
LP-Christina Melton  (2-4)

Saint Louis 2  Robert Morris 1
WP-Kelcie Matesa  (3-1)  3-Hitter
LP-Nicole Sleith  (3-2)

Dayton 11  Cleveland State 10   (8 inn)
WP-Sarah Wedel  (3-2)
LP-Megan Beshak  (0-3)

Tennessee Tech 8  Dayton 2
WP-Claudia Harke  (1-1)
LP-Alysha Isaacson  (0-3)

California 5  Fordham 0
WP-Valerie Arioto  (4-0)  2-Hitter  9 K's
LP-Jen Mineau  (2-3)  9 K's