A10 Softball Blog

An Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Fan Blog written from a fan's perspective. It is not affiliated with the conference or any of the teams.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quick Hits

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Coaching news
Karla Powell
George Washington hired former Wisconsin standout Karla Powell as its volunteer assistant coach. With Powell and Stephanie Call as assistant coaches, Colonial hitters will learn a lot from these two powerful sluggers.
Jim McGowan

Fordham hired legendary Long Island high school coach Jim McGowan as its pitching coach. McGowan was head coach at Bay Shore HS from 1983-2011 and recorded a record of 661-89. McGowan and his players earned countless awards and he is sure to be a positive influence for Fordham's pitchers this year.

Recruiting news
2015 3B Taryn Grober of the Rock 18 Gold has verballed to St. Joseph's.

2014 1B/OF Courtney Rogers of the Polar Crush has verballed to St. Bonaventure.

Remembering a legend
UMass had a celebration of life ceremony for Elaine Sortino this Sunday. A beautiful ceremony for an amazing woman and coach! You can watch the ceremony here.

Scheduling news
UMass will attend the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Feebruary 21-23 in Clearwater, FL at the Eddie C. Moore complex. The Minutewomen will face DePaul, College of Charleston, Rutgers, UConn, and Hofstra. A special highlight of the weekend is that the two most successful Northeast softball programs will face off for the first time since 2003.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Raising High on the Recruiting Trail

Stacey Schramm
When Stacey Schramm and Dan Sperl came to George Washington the program was coming off of one of the worst seasons in program history, which has made the program's subsequent turn around all the more impressive. One of the keys to the Colonials resurgence has been recruiting, as Sperl and Schramm have shown a fearless attitude in targeting and landing players from around the nation. George Washington aggressive recruiting helped lead to a 2012 Atlantic 10 Runner Up and could lead to a title in the near future. The latest big pickups came this fall when the Colonials landed Chloe Braun and Ashley Schnarrs.

Chloe Braun is a 2015 pitcher from the Gold Coast Hurricanes. Braun is a huge pickup for George Washington, as she was highly recruited by a number of top programs. Braun will see quality time right away for the Colonials and she will bolster a pitching staff that is already quite strong.

Ashley Schnarrs is a 2015 infielder from the Vienna Stars. Schnarrs is an athletic player that can play in either the infield or outfield for the Colonials. Schnarrs will be a strong right-handed bat in the middle of George Washington's order. Schnarrs is also a DC area recruit for the Colonials as they look to establish themselves as the best program in the beltway.

Braun and Schnarrs join Riley Tejcek in George Washington's 2015 recruiting class.

With an incredible freshmen class on campus now and another stellar class on the way next year, George Washington will be a fixture at the top of the conference for a long time to come.

A look at George Washington's outstanding 2013 and 2014 classes:
Bradleigh Breland OF Houston Power
Jillian Galich 1B Louisville Lady Sluggers
Paige Kovalsky P/IF Florida Select
Megan Linn IF Cal Lite
Monica Macchiarulo OF Connecticut Wicked
Marissa Mangini OF Gators Gold
Madi Myers-Cook C The Next Level
Mary Wiley 1B Hudson Valley Hurricanes

Sarah Costlow P So Cal Athletics-Sota
Alana Anderson OF Arizona Storm
Rochelle Draper 2B Jets Gold
Aiyana Leal-Robles C So Cal Athletics-Sota
Morgan Rinehart OF Vienna Stars

Scheduling Update!

2/6-2/8 Beach Invitational-Long Beach State, George Washington, Cal State Fullerton, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Loyola, Pittsburgh, Kent State
2/7-2/9 Central Florida Tournament-UCF, Fordham, Chattanooga, Long Island
2/7-2/9 Stetson Tournament-Stetson, Rhode Island, Michigan State
2/14-2/16 Charleston Southern Tournament-Charleston Southern, St. Bonaventure
2/14-2/16 FAU Strikeout Cancer Tournament-FAU, UMass, Mississippi State, Maryland, Long Island, Providence
2/14-2/16 Kickin' Chicken Classic-Coastal Carolina, La Salle, Towson, Syracuse, Purdue
2/14-2/16 LSU Tournament-LSU, George Washington, Northwestern, Penn State
2/15-2/16 Longwood Tournament-Longwood, St. Joseph's, Bucknell, Georgetown
2/20-2/23 Mary Nutter Classic-Arizona, Baylor, Boise State, BYU, California, Fordham, Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Long Island, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Northwestern, Cal State Northridge, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UC Davis, UCLA, Virginia, Washington
2/21-2/23 Charlotte Tournament-Charlotte, St. Bonaventure
2/22-2/23 Norfolk State Tournament-Norfolk State, La Salle, Yale, Fairleigh Dickinson, Delaware State
2/25 St. Bonaventure at NC State
2/28-3/2 USF Tournament-USF, St. Bonaventure, Georgia State, Oakland, Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut, Mount St. Mary's, Central Arkansas, Campbell, FAU, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Quinnipiac, Toledo, Southern Illinois, Villanova, Western Michigan, Yale
2/28-3/2 George Washington Tournament-George Washington, Akron, Drexel, Providence
2/28-3/2 Towson Tournament-Towson, URI, Manhattan, Delaware State
3/3-3/7 Rebel Games-La Salle, Bucknell, Creighton, Howard, Indiana State, Niagara, Sacred Heart, St. Francis, Buffalo, Akron, UMass-Lowell, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Utah Valley
3/7-3/9 Louisville Tournament-Louisville, UMass, Ohio, Ohio State, Illinois State
3/7-3/9 USF Tournament-USF, Fordham, St. Joseph's, Boston College, Boston University, Cleveland State, Central Michigan, Long Island, Loyola Marymount, Northwestern, Penn State, Providence, Quinnipiac, St. John's, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, Buffalo, Kansas, Maine, Chattanooga, Utah, Villanova, Wagner, Western Michigan, Yale
3/7-3/9 George Washington Tournament-George Washington, Binghamton, Howard
3/7-3/9 Hampton Tournament-Hampton, St. Bonaventure
3/11 St. Louis at UT Martin
3/14-3/16 USF Tournament-USF, St. Joseph's, Miami, UConn, Boston University, Seton Hall, Maine, Wisconsin-Green Bay,
3/14-3/16 Dayton Tournament-Dayton, Oakland, IUPUI, Eastern Michigan
3/14-3/16 Dawg Pound Invitational-UMBC, Rhode Island, Drexel, Niagara, Hampton
3/14-3/16 George Washington Tournament-George Washington, Brown, Manhattan, St. Francis
3/15-3/16 Coppin State Tournament-Coppin State, La Salle, UMass Lowell, Youngstown State, Mount St. Mary's
3/19 St. Joseph's at Delaware (DH)
3/19 La Salle at Temple (DH)
3/22 St. Bonaventure at La Salle (DH)
3/26 La Salle at Penn (DH)
3/29 La Salle at Dayton (DH)
4/5 La Salle at George Washington (DH)
4/9 La Salle at Villanova
4/12 George Mason at La Salle (DH)
4/15 La Salle at Drexel
4/17 UMass at La Salle
4/18 UMass at La Salle
4/19 URI at La Salle (DH)
4/22 La Salle at UMBC (DH)
4/22 George Washington at Georgetown
4/23 La Salle at St. Joseph's (DH)
4/26 Fordham at La Salle (DH)
4/30 La Salle at Rider
5/1 St. Joseph's at Villanova
5/3 La Salle at St. Louis
5/7-5/10 Atlantic !0 Tournament at Fordham