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2018 NCAA Division I Transfer Tracker

The 2018 offseason has been full of transfers. Here is where we are with Division I changes, if you have any more, please send to behindtheplatesoftball@gmail.com. Name Former School Current School Rylee Pierece Missouri Arizona Braxton Burnside Missouri Arkansas Abby Trahan Saint Francis (PA) Southern Miss Keeli Milligan Texas A&M Louisiana Samantha Show Texas A&M Oklahoma State Rachel McCollum Campbell [...]

October 27th, 2018|0 Comments

NCAA New Transfer Rule Takes Effect, Texas Adds a Couple of Ducks

By Maren Angus Earlier this month, the NCAA made it a little easier for student-athletes to transfer. They now have the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission. With the new rules in place, Texas made a huge move this week and announced the addition of Miranda Elish and [...]

October 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Updated: Florida State Continues Proving Doubters Wrong

By Maren Angus They weren’t supposed to be here. They play in a weak conference. They even lost Game 1 of their Super Regional. These are things people from outside Tallahassee have said but the Florida State Seminoles aren’t listening. “We had a team meeting (Friday) with just the girls,” senior Jessie Warren said. “We just talked about going out [...]

June 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Donuts for Dingers and Swing

By Maren Angus Georgia's Alyssa DiCarlo is a creature of habit, especially, when it comes to breakfast. "I have a donut almost every morning," DiCarlo laughed. "I just love Dunkin'." The routine has payed off for the junior shortstop. She is hitting .402 with 72 hits, 21 home runs, 67 runs batted in and an .855 slugging percentage. Breakfast can't [...]

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Florida’s Roberts Answers Call, UCLA’s Perez collects hit No. 300

By Maren Angus Every game day, Florida's Jordan Roberts receives a text message from her dad with the words, “Just be ready. Be ready to answer the call.” The sophomore answered the call with a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the fourth inning. “It really is a dream come true,” Roberts said. “I’ve thought about this since I was a little [...]

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Oregon’s Burke, UW’s “leet” Defense Lead to Opening Session Wins

By Maren Angus When Lauren Burke was seven years old, she was sitting in the bleachers at a local park in Eugene, Oregon. She was watching her sister’s team play and was brand new to playing the game of softball but that didn’t matter when her sister’s coach asked her to play. That memory became a full-circle moment for head [...]

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Seminoles Deliver Knockout in Game 3, Punch Ticket to WCWS

By Nick Fontenot Florida State coach Lonni Alameda pulled her team together after LSU’s Game 1 win in the Tallahassee Super Regional Friday night and channeled her team’s inner Rocky Balboa. “We sat in the room before the games (Saturday) and we talked about how (Game 2) was the second round of a championship boxing match,” Alameda said. “We were [...]

May 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Alabama Overcomes Adversity to Reach 14th Super Regional

By Ehsan Kassim Alabama is back in the NCAA Super Regionals, that should hardly surprise anyone. The Crimson Tide (36-18) defeated the Oregon State Beavers 6-0 on Sunday evening to win the Tuscaloosa Regional and earn a date with the fifth-seeded Washington Huskies in the Super Regionals next weekend, in a best-of-three series. Reaching the NCAA Super Regionals looks automatic [...]

May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Juarez, Macha Pitch ASU Into Super Regionals

By Tom Blodgett The prevailing wisdom entering this postseason, at least outside the Sun Devil softball clubhouse, was that Arizona State would go as far in the NCAA tournament as G Juarez would carry them. Seems like inside the clubhouse, ASU had a different idea. In the past few weeks, senior pitcher Breanna Macha has stepped her game to new [...]

May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Emotional Season Comes to a Close for Mississippi State

By Tom Callahan To say the 2018 season was an emotional roller coaster for the Mississippi State Bulldogs is putting it mildly. Freshman Alex Wilcox is battling ovarian cancer, Senior Cassidy Knudsen’s mom is undergoing cancer treatment and Bevia Robinson’s mother fell ill just about a month ago. Senior Calyn Adams lost her mother as a sophomore. Senior Reggie Harrison [...]

May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

MTSU’s Cinderella Season Strikes Midnight

By Ehsan Kassim Precious Birdsong could not answer the question. She bowed her head and the tears began to fall. Middle Tennessee’s Cinderella season had struck midnight at the Tuscaloosa Regional following a loss on Friday to host Alabama and a loss to Oregon State Saturday. "That says it right there," MTSU softball coach Jeff Breeden said in response to [...]

May 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Lee, Latham and Rebels Eliminate Long Beach State

By Tom Blodgett Ole Miss, of course, plays in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference. But it’s no more competitive than what goes down in practices at Oxford. “Between these two right here,” Ole Miss coach Mike Smith said Friday, gesturing to senior pitcher Kaitlin Lee and junior center fielder Kylan Becker, “it’s pretty intense around our place.” Lee and Becker chuckled at the [...]

May 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Saint Francis Seniors Look Back On Careers, Historic 2018

By Tom Callahan KEAN LEADS WILDCATS FROM THE NINE SPOT Freshman Jenna Kean went 4-for-4 against NDSU Saturday./ Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics Freshman Jenna Kean went 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored as Arizona’s bats woke up during a 6-0 win over NDSU to advance to Sunday’s winner’s bracket game. Kean saw more action earlier this [...]

May 20th, 2018|0 Comments

LSU Freshman Honoring Alma Mater After Shooting

By Dakota Hill The NCAA Softball Championship Baton Rouge Regional began with heavy hearts, a moment of silence and flags at half staff on Friday following the tragic school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas. It just so happened that the two programs affected most, LSU and Houston, went head-to-head on Saturday afternoon. The University of Houston, which is only 36 [...]

May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Wisconsin’s “Little” Dark Horse Lifts Badgers to Extra-Inning Win

By Ehsan Kassim The Wisconsin Badgers softball team could not have envisioned a worse start to the Tuscaloosa Regional at Rhoads Stadium on Friday evening, in its 9-3 victory. Oregon State’s (28-27) Meehra Nelson no hit Wisconsin (29-21) through three innings and had to make a pitching change after the third inning. “It wasn’t fun doing the ESPN interview at [...]

May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Road to OKC: Q&A with retired NFLer Brad Jackson, Rutgers’ Bowman

BTP has recruited some extra help to give you a complete tournament preview. Our publisher, Maren Angus, along with contributing writer Ed Strong, Rutgers infielder Nicole Bowman, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and current softball dad Brad Jackson sat down to answer some difficult questions. BTP: What Regional are you most looking forward to? BJ: I am excited for all the [...]

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Road to OKC: Selection Sunday, Bracket Prediction Part II

After a whirlwind weekend of conference tournaments and the regular season coming to a close, BTP's Maren Angus and Ed Strong did some rearranging, adding and subtracting to come up with their final NCAA Division I Tournament Bracket Prediction. Similar to BTP's previous prediction, the Regionals are in order with the potential Super Regional opponents. The official Selection Show will [...]

May 13th, 2018|0 Comments

South Carolina, Florida to Play for SEC Championship

By Austin Ward South Carolina continued their improbable season and Florida delivered a statement win en route to advancing to the SEC Championship. South Carolina used a two-run homer by Tiara Duffy in the fourth to help lead them to a 3-1 victory over Arkansas. The senior outfielder hit it just enough to bounce off the top of the outfield [...]

May 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Lowary, Lee, Lilley highlight 2018 NPF College Draft

By Maren Angus Publisher The 2018 NPF College Draft is now complete and 23 student-athletes will have the opportunity to continue playing competitively at the next level following graduation. We aren’t going to discuss each draft pick and if she is the right fit or how she can help her next team but we will discuss our top three picks [...]

April 24th, 2018|1 Comment

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