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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

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Scoreboard

UC Davis 6 Fordham 2
WP-Jessica Thweat
LP-Jen Mineau

Long Beach State 12  Fordham 6
WP-Erin Jones Wesley (6-1)
LP-Michele Daubman (0-1)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

La Salle signs 5

La Salle has signed five players to NLI for next season: Gen Gaynor, Alyssa Sims, and Casey Lester who were previously mentioned on this site, as well as Kendra Heyer and Mary Cate Scott.

This class covers a little bit of everything for the Explorers, as it includes speed, pitching,and power hitting. This is also a class that comes from all around the country, as Lester is from California, Heyer is from Washington, Scott is from Pennsylvania, and Gaynor and Sims are from New Jersey.

Gaynor is a talented catcher and more can be read on her here.

Sims is a talented outfielder from New Jersey who plays for the NJ Gators, along with Allie Bradian who has signed with Fordham. Sims is a speedy lefthanded hitter who can either hit away or slap. In addition, Sims is versatile on the defensive side of the ball as well, as she can play in the outfield or catch. Sims has outstanding speed and she is going to make life difficult for opposing defenses.

Lester comes to La Salle all the way from California and the San Jose Sting. Lester is another talented lefty outfielder who is a great pickup for the Explorers. Lester hit .471 with 24 hits last year for Gilroy Catholic. Coach Brianne Brown is going to count on her bat at the top of the Explorers' order next year. Lester will become the latest San Jose Sting player in the A10, joining Tiffany Meeks of UMass.
Casey Lester

Heyer is an outfielder from Washington and the Lake Breeze Gold travel team. Heyer is another lefty and she has some power in her bat. Heyer also posses the ability to slap, though she primarily hits away from the left side of the plate. Heyer has a strong arm in the outfield and she is going to be solid player out there for the Explorers.

Scott is lone pitcher in this recruiting class for La Salle. Scott is a 5'8" pitcher who went 16-6 with a 1.30 ERA and 122 SO in 145 IP. Coach Brown is going to look to her to bolster a pitching staff that features Alicia Aughton, Kristin Travers, and Alyssa Bitsimis.

Stacie DeNucci is no longer committed to La Salle and she will be attending Mercer Community College.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Atlantic 10 in the polls

For a second time this season, UMass has received 2 votes in both the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.

In the Mid-Major Poll, UMass came in at 7th, while Fordham came in at 12th, and rounded out the Atlantic 10 teams, by coming in 16th.

UMass and Fordham are going to have extremely difficult schedules this weekend at the NFCA Leadoff Classic and Cathedral City Classic respectively. UMass will face #10 Tennessee, #12 Michigan, and #17/20 Georgia Tech. Fordham also has a brutal schedule highlighted by a matchup against #1/3 California, as well as a game against #15/16 Arizona.

Lauren Klepchick commits to Rhode Island

URI has added another member to its 2012, recruiting class as Lauren Klepchick C of Sports Connection has committed to joining the Rams.

Klepchick is an outstanding catcher and hitter and she will be counted on to help replace Nicole Massoni next season. Klepchick plays for Sports Connection for her travel ball and Central Bucks South High School. Last year, Klepchick hit .397 with 1 HR and 11 RBI. Klepchick played for a powerhouse program, as at least three of her teammates are either playing or have committed to playing Division 1 softball.

Klepchick joins Olivia and Emily Hendricks, Caitlin Kennedy, and Taylor Archer in URI's 2012 recruiting class.

As always if you know of any commitments, please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Scoreboard

Saint Louis 4  Delaware 3
WP-Julian Austin  (2-2)  5-IP  6 K's
LP-Hannah Rust  (3-3)
S-Kelcie Matesa  (1)  2-IP  4 K's

Texas State 3  Dayton 0
WP-Chandler Hall 
LP-Alysha Isaacson (0-1)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Saturday Scoreboard and Live Chat

Fordham 5  East Carolina 1
WP-Jen Mineau  (2-0)  2-Hitter
LP-Sarah Christian  (3-1)

Virginia 6  Fordham 4
WP-Melanie Mitchell  (4-1)
LP-Jen Mineau  (2-1)

Saint Joseph's 2  Robert Morris 0
WP-Erin Gallagher  (1-1)  1-Hitter
LP-Geena Badolato  (0-1)

Saint Joseph's 1  Campbell 0
WP-Taryn Ashway  (2-0)
LP-Christina Melton  (1-3)  1-Hitter
S-Erin Gallagher  (1)

Charlotte 5  Middle Tennessee 4
WP-Katie Watkins  (2-2)
LP-Jordyn Fisherback  (0-1)

#3 Stony Brook 4  #2 Charlotte 3
WP-Christine Lucido  (1-0)
LP-Lexi Betancourt  (2-2)
S-Allison Cukrov  (2)

Saint Louis 4  Binghamton 3
WP-Hannah Huebbe  (3-1)
LP-Kristen Emerling  (0-1)

Boston College 5  Saint Louis 4   (8 inn)
WP-Nikki D'Argento  (2-0)
LP-Kelcie Matesa  (2-2)

Texas State 7  Dayton 0
WP-Ann Marie Taylor (3-2)
LP-Kayla English (0-1)

Rutgers 8  Dayton 0 (5 innings)
WP-A. Landrith (2-1)
LP-Sarah Wedel (0-2)

We will have another live chat this weekend! Feel free to join in on the action

Jillian Galich verbals to George Washington

George Washington picked up another verbal in its 2013 recruiting class, as Jillian Galich 1B/RF/C of the Louisville Lady Sluggers has committed to playing for the Colonials.

Galich is a great pickup for the Colonials, as she has all the makings of a big time college hitter. Galich can play a number of positions despite the fact that she is lefthanded and that versatility will be key for her moving forward. The Atlantic 10 hasn't had many lefty catchers over the year, so it is nice to see the Colonials pick up a verbal from one. Galich has a pretty looking swing from the left side and it will be hard to keep her bat out of George Washington's lineup.

Galich joins a George Washington 2013 recruiting class that already includes Megan Linn, Monica Macchiarulo, and Paige Kovalsky. The Colonials are getting the job done right now on the recruiting trail.

As always if you have any recruiting news, please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com all exchanges are kept confidential

Friday Scoreboard

Fordham 2  Virginia 1
WP-Jen Mineau (1-0)
LP-Melanie Mitchell

UNC-Greensboro 12  Fordham 7
WP-Cory Mattson  (1-2)
LP-Taylor Pirone  (0-1)

Ohio 2  Saint Joseph's 1
WP-Kaylin Clarke (1-0)
LP-Erin Gallagher (0-1) 10 SO

Saint Joseph's 7  Towson 2
WP-Taryn Ashway  (1-0)
LP-Missy McCormick  (0-1)
S-Lauren Pembleton  (1)

Kansas 9  Charlotte 6
WP-Alicia Pille  (3-2)
LP-Lexi Betancourt  (2-1)

Charlotte 5  Stony Brook 3
WP-Katie Watkins  (1-2)
LP-Allison Cukrov  (0-1)

Tennessee-Martin 3  Saint Louis 0
WP-Chelsea Jones  (4-0)
LP-Julian Austin  (1-1)

Saint Louis 5  Florida Gulf Coast 3
WP-Kelcie Matesa  (2-1)  4-Hitter  0 ER  14 K's
LP-Britney Pugh  (0-3)

Texas-Arlington 5  Dayton 2
WP-Teri Lyles (2-1)
LP-Sarah Wedel (0-1)

Rutgers vs Dayton 8:00 PM POSTPONED

Wednesday Results

Charlotte, N.C.
Appalachian State 3  Charlotte 1
WP-Caitlin Wainright  (1-2)
LP-Katie Watkins  (0-2)  3-Hitter  10 K's

Charlotte 6  Appalachian State 1
WP-Lexi Betancourt  (2-0)
LP-Carolina Williams  (0-1)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Weekly Awards

Here are our selections for the weekly honors
Player of the week: Cyndil Matthew, UMass. This UMass speedster really got things going for her squad going 8-15 this weekend with 3 steals and 3 runs scored this weekend. Matthew's speed wreaked havoc on defenses all weekend long. Matthew and Quianna Diaz-Patterson formed a deadly duo of speed in UMass' order and it looks like they will be a force offensively.

Pitcher of the week: Julian Austin, St. Louis. Austin had an outstanding weekend for the Billikens going 1-0 with 1 save and she did not allow a single run in 11.2 innings of work. Austin had a huge shutout victory against UNC Greensboro, which got the Billikens their first win of the year and they built on that momentum by winning their next 3 games. Austin also picked up a save by going 3 scoreless innings against Jacksonville, which advanced to Regionals last season.

Rookie of the week: Meg Kelly, Rhode Island. Kelly got her collegiate career off to an excellent start by .444 with 2 RBI during Rhode Island's first weekend of play. Kelly finished third on her team in batting average and she has helped revitalize URI's offense. The Rams will look for Kelly to keep up this production moving forward.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekend #1 Videos

Standings after the first weekend

St. Louis 4-2
UMass 3-2
Charlotte 1-1
Rhode Island 1-3
St. Bonaventure 1-3
George Washington 0-4

The other 5 teams were not in action this weekend

Sunday Scoreboard

Saint Louis 8  Buffalo 1
WP-Hannah Huebbe (2-1)
LP-Holly Johnson

Louisville 2  UMass 0 (6 innings)
WP-Tori Collins (3-0)
LP-Sara Plourde (2-2)

Game was stopped in the bottom of the 7th with 2 on and 1 out due to a drop dead time limit of 11 AM and reverted to the last full inning of play (6th).

Central Arkansas 10  Rhode Island 2  (6 inn)
WP-Cami Newsome (2-0)
LP-Jojo Meunier (0-1)

 Southern Mississippi 12 Rhode Island 0 (5 innings)
WP-Beth Dietrich (1-1)
LP-Cara Martin (0-1)

Saint Louis 1  Jacksonville 0  (8 inn)
WP-Kelcie Matesa (1-0)
LP-S. Sigrest (1-2)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Scoreboard and Live Chat

Marshall 4  George Washington 2
WP-Andi Williamson  (2-0)
LP-Courtney Martin  (0-1)

Coastal Carolina 7  George Washington 4
WP-Ashley Bagwell  (1-0)
LP-Kara Clauss  (0-3)

Charlotte 4  Delaware 3
WP-Lexi Betancourt (1-0)
LP-Chenxi Jiao (0-1)

Presbyterian 9  Charlotte 4
WP-Leslie Hensley  (1-0)
LP-Katie Watkins  (0-1)

Ohio 21  St. Bonaventure 4   (6 inn)
WP-Lauren McClary  (2-0)
LP-Jen Sansano  (1-1)

Rhode Island 6  Central Arkansas 5   (9 inn)
WP-Alison Hartzell  (1-0)
LP-Kelsie Armstrong  (0-1)

Massachusetts 3  Florida International 1
WP-Sara Plourde  (2-1)  10 K's
LP-Mari Dawson  (0-1)

South Carolina-Upstate 9  St. Bonaventure 0 (5 innings)
WP-Hannah Alexander (2-0)
LP-Diana Phalon (0-2)

Saint Louis 1  UNC-Greensboro 0
WP-Julian Austin (1-0)
LP-Erica Navarette (0-1)

Southern Mississippi 5  Rhode Island 4 (8 innings)
WP-Gabby Luciani (1-0) 
LP-Cassie Baker (0-1)

St. Louis 2  Jacksonville 1
WP-Hannah Huebbe (1-1)
LP-Dale Townsend (0-1)
S-Julian Austin (1)

Massachusetts 7  Michigan State 6
WP-Bridget Lemire (1-0)
LP-Carly Nielsen (0-1)

Live chat 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Twitter Updates

Friday Scoreboard

2-6 record on the day...tomorrow will be better

Buffalo 6  Saint Louis 4
WP-Tori Speckman  (1-0)  6.1 IP  8 K's
LP-Kelcie Matesa  (0-1)

UAB 3 Massachusetts 2
WP-Leigh Streetman (1-0)
LP-Sara Plourde (0-1)

Virginia Tech 8  Saint Louis 4
WP-Isabella Correao (1-0)
LP-Hannah Huebbe (0-1)

Georgia Southern 11  George Washington 1 (6 innings)
LP-Kara Clauss

Ohio 3 St. Bonaventure 0
WP-Lauren McClary (1-0)
LP-Jen Sansano (0-1)

Massachusetts 4 Illinois 1
WP-Sara Plourde (1-0)
LP-Jackie Guy (0-1)

George Mason 5  George Washington 4
WP-Casey Herring  (1-0)
LP-Kara Clauss  (0-2)

St. Bonaventure 6 Detroit 3
WP-Diana Phalon (1-0)
LP-Maksym (0-1)

First live chat will be tomorrow. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates

Opening weekend links

Dayton is out to prove that last year was no fluke and they will be even better in 2012.

The Kaleidoscope (UAB's student newspaper) offered up a 2012 preview of the Blazers, who will face UMass this weekend down in Florida.

Former Dayton player Raime Cronkhite was mentioned in Michigan State's 2012 preview.

ESPN's Graham Hays gave the Atlantic 10 a couple mentions in his 2012 preview article.

Former Fordham pitcher Chelsea Plimpton has fond memories of her high school softball coach, who has recently passed away.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Opening Weekend 2012!

We will now take a look at what the Atlantic 10 will go up against in the opening weekend of 2012.
Lorena Vela

Charlotte will host Delaware and Presbyterian for a round robin tournament. This is our first look at the young 49ers and they will look to get off to a solid start. Delaware and Presbyterian should both be solid teams in 2012, so there will be no easy games this weekend. Delaware is an up and coming program behind Coach Jaime Wolbach and they are looking for a fast start too. Just to add to the intrigue of the opening weekend: 49er great Tenaya Tucker will be returning to the DL Phillips Complex as a part of the Blue Hens coaching staff. Presbyterian is the other team coming to Charlotte and they have a new coach and a new stud freshman pitcher. Kama Tucker is poised to do big things with the Blue Hose in her first year. Freshman pitcher Leslie Hensley is going to be a big part of that along with Kennesaw State transfer Catherine Tarvin. The 49ers will be tested and this will be a great first weekend for the freshmen to get their first taste of D1 softball.
Kara Clauss

George Washington will head down to Conway, South Carolina to face off against George Mason, Georgia Southern, Marshall, and Coastal Carolina at the Kickin' Chicken Classic. This marks the beginning of Stacey Schramm's second year at the helm of the Colonials and it should go even better than the first. George Washington can win every one of its games this weekend. None of its opponents are incredibly overwhelming on paper, so it will all come down to how the Colonials play. Marshall is a huge threat on the bases, but not really in any other manner on offense. Georgia Southern will likely be the toughest test for George Washington, as they have some very talented players including pitcher Allie Miles, infielder Maria Fogle, and Tennessee transfer Kourtny Thomas. This is a big statement weekend for the Colonials, as a strong start could do them wonders moving forward.
Jordan Storro

UMass heads to the FIU Combat Classic to face UAB, Illinois, FIU, Michigan State, and Louisville. This will be a tough opening weekend, as UAB and Louisville both advanced to regionals last year and Illinois narrowly missed out. Michigan State and FIU finished in the top 100 of the RPI as well, so they are no slouches either. We know Sara Plourde is going to come ready to play, but they big questions will be who else will step up in the circle and can then Minutewomen put runs on the board? If UMass can answer those questions they should have a very nice weekend down in Florida and an excellent start to its season. The Minutewomen will face a number of good pitchers, but not a single dominant one. UMass should be able to put hits and runs up on the board.
Jocelyn Mattison

Rhode Island will head to the Coca Cola Classic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to face off against Southern Miss, Central Arkansas, and Tennessee State. This is URI's chance to put its tough 2011 season behind it. Southern Miss and Central Arkansas could be tough games for the Rams, but they are still winnable games. Southern Miss has a new coach this season so they will also be out to prove something. Central Arkansas is a program that appears to be on the rise and they may be the team to beat at this tournament. Tennessee State represents URI's best shot to pick up a victory, as they finished 11-43 last season. Rhode Island needs to come out of this weekend with at least one win.
Brooke Frey

St. Bonaventure heads to Spartanburg, SC for the Upstate Classic to face USC Upstate, Ohio, and Detroit. This season opener is a little easier than the one the Bonnies had last year and it represents a great opportunity to pick up some wins. USC Upstate will be tough, but they are an extremely young team, as they have one of the largest freshmen classes in the country. St. Bonaventure needs to play on its experience and take it to them right away. Detroit went just 7-37 last year, under no circumstances can St. Bonaventure afford a loss to them. It would be absolutely catastrophic in terms of conference RPI. Ohio is another squad that suffered significant losses, so the Bonnies have a great shot of beating the Bobcats as well. If the Bonnies can keep up their hitting from last year, they should be fine this weekend.
Kelcie Matesa

St. Louis will head to Jacksonville, FL to open up its season against Jacksonville, Buffalo, Virginia Tech, and UNC Greensboro. The Billikens will face an interesting mix of teams on opening weekend, from the challenging to that other end of the spectrum. Jacksonville should be the biggest test for St. Louis, as the Dolphins return a lot of key contributors from last year's squad, including ace pitcher Sarah Sigrest. Sigrest is one of the best and it will definitely help St. Louis hitters down the road. Virginia Tech is a program with a lot of freshmen and it is hard to get a read on them right now. That team could go in a few different directions, but it should be a competitive game with St. Louis. Buffalo and UNC Greensboro are two games that St. Louis should win. Both schools are capable of upsetting the Billikens, which is why they need to come to the field ready to play.