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Grand Canyon University Rises From Humble Beginnings

  By Tom Blodgett Contributing Writer When Ann Pierson was hired in 2003 to start a softball program at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, things were a little different than they are today. The school had been around since 1949, moving to Phoenix in 1951, and had seen its share of athletic success, including three NAIA basketball championships and a [...]

April 13th, 2018|0 Comments

USA Softball Launches The USA Softball International Cup

Inaugural event to be held in Irvine, Calif. OKLAHOMA CITY – Softball fans in Southern California will have the opportunity to catch the world’s best softball July 9-15 in Irvine, Calif. at the inaugural USA Softball International Cup.  Following the launch of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) “Softball World Cup” flagship in place of World Championships<http://www.wbsc.org/wbsc-launch-new-softball-world-cup-flagship-brand/>, the USA Softball [...]

March 30th, 2018|0 Comments

UW Maintains No. 1 Ranking After Sweep Of No. 9 Arizona

By Ed Strong Contributing Writer University of Arizona’s Taylor McQuillin held one of the most dangerous lineups in the country to nine hits spread across 15.1 innings this weekend. She also suffered three losses. Washington ace Taran Alvelo outdueled the Wildcats star as the top-ranked Huskies not only maintained their No. 1 rank but avenged last year’s sweep at then-No. [...]

March 28th, 2018|0 Comments

2018 NPF College Draft Presented By BLAST Returns To ACME

The 2018 NPF Draft Presented by BLAST will take place on Monday, April 23rd, at 7:00 pm CT and will be available to fans worldwide via live streaming on NPFTV, the exclusive digital platform of the NPF. The 2018 Draft will return for its second year to Acme Feed & Seed, a multi-tiered, 22,000 square foot entertainment venue located in [...]

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

WBSC Reveals Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers For Baseball, Softball

EDITORS NOTE: Originally appeared on WBSC.org PARIS — Following the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Meeting held today at the headquarters of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, the WBSC revealed the qualification system for the six-team baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). WBSC Members and affiliated [...]

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Championship Series Returns To Rosemont In 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 27, 2018) – National Pro Fastpitch announced today that Rosemont, IL will be the host of the 2018 Championship Series. The Stadium at the Ballpark at Rosemont, home of the league’s longest running affiliate team, Chicago Bandits, will be the site of the Championship that will be held August 16-20. The announcement marks the first time the Championship [...]

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Top Dawgs: Huskies Looking To Hold Off PAC-12 Foes

By Tom Blodgett Contributing Writer In the race for a national championship, Washington’s zoom to the top of the polls in the first weeks of the season has to rank as one of the bigger surprise developments to date. Not that people didn’t expect Washington to be good – even great. The Huskies were among the last four standing at [...]

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Minnesota Waiting On “Big Bats” To Wake, Become More Consistent

By Tom Blodgett Contributing Writer It’s been nearly 10 months since the snub heard round the softball world. But if you’re looking for the 2018 Minnesota Golden Gophers to put things right for the 2017 team, which finished its regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation but unseeded for the NCAA tournament, you will be waiting in vain. We [...]

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Tearful Randall Earns Redemption For CSUF With Game-Winning Hit

By Maren Angus Publisher When Emily Randall stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the Titans down 7-6 against Michigan State on Sunday night in Fullerton, there were so many thoughts racing through her mind. Earlier in the game, she had committed two errors that led to Michigan [...]

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Michigan, Florida Finish Judi Garman Classic Undefeated

By Maren Angus Publisher Michigan 11 Cal Poly 3 Aidan Falk hit her third home run of the year and paced the Michigan offense going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Six different players including Falk collected RBIs and seven players recorded a hit. Madison Uden and Abby Skvarce both hit homers in the contest as [...]

March 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Rain Delays Can’t Stop Wolverines At Judi Garman Classic

By Maren Angus Publisher After almost two hours of rain delays and a slight drizzle falling, Friday action at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton finally started. The No. 25 Wolverines entered the day with one goal in mind and that was to beat No. 8 Baylor and No. 18 Louisiana. They did exactly that. Michigan 6 Baylor 3 Michigan [...]

March 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Lorenz’ 2 HRs, 6 RBI Power Gators At Judi Garman Classic

By Maren Angus Publisher It was the quite the coming home party for several women on the Florida softball team Thursday afternoon at the 13th annual Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Florida 13 LMU 0 Amanda Lorenz (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark) had a career day at the plate in game one’s 13-0 win against Loyola Marymount.  The junior was 4-for-4 with [...]

March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

No. 25 Michigan Opens Judi Garman Classic With Two Wins

By Maren Angus Publisher The 13th annual Judi Garman Classic opened on Thursday morning at Cal State Fullerton with the No. 25 Michigan Wolverines and Loyola Marymount Lions. LMU 2 Michigan 3 LMU opened the scoring with a two-run home run from Molly Grumbo in the top of the second inning but it wasn’t enough as the Lions fell 3-2. [...]

March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Mary Nutter Classic II Proves To Be Success

By Maren Angus Publisher Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif. played host to 85 games and 32 teams including six Women’s College World Series teams, the Japanese National Team and National Pro Fastpitch’s USSSA Pride. Washington, UCLA, Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn and Cal were six of the seven undefeated programs of the National Fastpitch Coach Association’s Top 25 that [...]

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Ole Miss Stuns No. 3 Oregon 1-0 In Puerto Vallarta Finale

By Maren Angus Publisher  Playing deep into the Mexican night, Ole Miss and Oregon showed a standing-room only Nancy Almaraz Stadium in Puerto Vallarta, why they are both ranked Top 15 in the nation. With international tie breaker rules in affect because of the tournament-style play and scoreless tie, Ole Miss had Paige McKinney on second base with one-out in [...]

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Ole Miss Heats Up In Puerto Vallarta

By Maren Angus Publisher Photos courtesy Josh McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics The weather was beautiful and the games were competitive on the first day of Session 2 of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. Ole Miss bats heat up Despite losing lead off hitter Elantra Cox to an undisclosed injury, Kylan Becker stepped into the lead off spot and delivered for [...]

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

BTP’s Angus To Join Broadcast Team In Puerto Vallarta

For Immediate Release: Behind the Plate Softball publisher Maren Angus is joining the media team at Triple Crown Sports on Feb. 15-17 for coverage of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Puerto Vallarata, Jalisco, Mexico. Programs playing this weekend include No. 3 Oregon, No. 15 Ole Miss, Houston, Texas and Rutgers. Three games will be played on Thursday and Friday [...]

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Day Three: 6 HRs Power Wildcats At The Kajikawa Classic

By Maren Angus Publisher Day three in Arizona included more home runs, close calls and extra innings that took games from Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Arizona hits six home runs After losing its first game of the season, the Arizona Wildcats arrived at the ballpark focused on the task at hand. They swept both games with a [...]

February 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Oregon’s DJ Sanders Off To Career-Best Start

By Maren Angus Publisher DJ Sanders stepped to plate in the bottom of the fifth inning against Cal State University Northridge on Friday afternoon and patiently awaited the pitch. DJ SANDERSPhoto courtesy Oregon Ducks softball Last year’s NCAA Division I leader in home runs (29) and runs batted in (89) had yet to hit one out in 2018.  [...]

February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Oklahoma, Mizzou open 2018 season in Arizona

Oregon continues to roll on day two of Kajikawa Classic By Maren Angus Publisher Games started at 9 a.m. in Tempe, Ariz. for day two of the Kajikawa Classic. They didn’t end until 11 p.m. but it was time well spent and full of action. Oklahoma opens GCU Kickoff Classic with pair of wins Oklahoma came from behind in a [...]

February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Recap: 2018 NCAA Opening Day

By Maren Angus Publisher Day one is in the books for Arizona State’s annual Kajikawa Classic. Here are some highlights from Thursday’s action. Tennessee wins first two games Tennessee downed Boise State 8-1 Thursday afternoon. Meghan Gregg was 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs to pace the Lady Vols offense. Matty Moss pitched a complete game to [...]

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Dodgers, Dodger Stadium Hosted Youth Softball Camp

By Maren Angus Publisher Dodger Stadium, the third-oldest Major League Ballpark in America, normally houses baseball but for two days in January it was home for softball. “Last year we had about two girls sign up for the Dodgers’ Youth Camp Series,” said Shawna Wright, President of Softball University.  “They care what boys think so they weren’t giving it everything, [...]

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

USA Softball 2018 Women’s National Team’s Set

By Maren Angus Publisher USA Softball announced the rosters for the 2018 Women’s National Teams on Saturday morning. Seventeen athletes have been named to the World Baseball Softball Confederation World Championship roster, while an additional 17 were named to the Japan All-Star Series roster and will also compete as a second National Team at the World Cup of Softball. “This [...]

January 6th, 2018|0 Comments