Oklahoma vs Tennessee Tops Softball Viewers

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

The Oklahoma Sooners dominant win over the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday  was the 2nd most watched College Softball regular season game of the season. The Sooners-Vols game that was on ESPN garnered 311,000 viewers according to SportsTVRatings.com. It is second only to Kentucky at LSU game on April 9th which had 392,000 viewers. That game was also on ESPN. Oklahoma-Tennessee more then doubled the audience of College Baseball’s Georgia-Florida game which aired at same time on ESPN2 and garnered only 144,000 viewers.

Finishing a distant second and third this weekend in viewership was the  the rivalry between UCLA-Arizona. Saturday’s telecast on ESPN2 between the two Pac 12 powers in College Softball drew 182,000 viewers while Sunday’s telecast garnered 166,000 viewers.

Texas AM-Missouri game on ESPNU’s Saturday telecast was the other College Softball game to garner more then 100,000 viewers as it had 112,000 viewers beating Georgia-Auburn which garnered 75,000 on ESPNU earlier in the day. The ACC’s telecast of Notre Dame at North Carolina on Sunday had 70,000 viewers on ESPNU and 88,000 viewers on the Monday night telecast on ESPNU.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU Softball Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
March 18 7 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida ESPNU-  74K
March 24 5 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern ESPNU-44K
March 26 Noon  Florida at  LSU ESPN2-250K
  9 p.m.  Texas at  Baylor ESPN2-164K
April 2 Noon  Alabama at  Florida ESPNU-298k
  12pm10:30 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri

UCLA at  Oregon

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ESPNU- 99K

April 3 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU- 91k
April 8 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Winthrop ESPNU- 67K
April 9 Noon  Texas A&M at  Tennessee ESPNU- 135k
  5:30 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU-89k
  3 p.m.  Kentucky at LSU ESPN – 392k
  7:30 p.m.  Georgia at  Missouri ESPNU-163K
April 10 3 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Baylor ESPN2- 208K
  4 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU- 73k
April 16 1 p.m.3pm  Tennessee at  Georgia

Texas at Oklahoma

ESPN 2-207k

ESPN2-219K

 April 17 12 p.m.  Missouri at Kentucky ESPNU- 163k
April 23 2 p.m.

430pm

 Georgia at  Auburn

Texas AM at Missouri

ESPNU-75K

ESPNU-112K

  2 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Tennessee ESPN- 311K
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2-182k
April 24 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU-70K
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2-166k
April 25 7 p.m.  Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU-88K
April 27 6 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU-45k
  10:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU*-34K
April 28 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 30 7 p.m.  LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
  8 p.m.  Auburn at  Tennessee ESPN2
May 1 3 p.m.  Arizona at  Oregon ESPN2
  5 p.m. UCF at USF ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Tennessee ESPNU
May 7 Noon  Georgia at  Alabama ESPN
  1 p.m.  Texas A&M at  Auburn ESPNU
  3 p.m. South Carolina at  Missouri ESPNU
May 13 3 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
May 14 Noon American Championship ESPN
  2 p.m. ACC Championship ESPN
  5 p.m. SEC Championship ESPN
May 15 10 a.m. SWAC Softball Championship ESPNU**
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Who Did Well in NPF Draft?

On this edition of In the Circle Podcast.Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson recap the NPF Draft with  Justin McLeod who covers College Softball and the NPF. Among the topics they discuss.

  • Which Team had the Best Draft?NPFbug-1
  • Which player went higher then expected?
  • Which player went lower then expected?
  •  What are some of storylines of the NPF off-season prior to the season starting?
  • How will Megan Willis do as Asst Coach of Pride?

In The Circle Podcast : NPF Draft Recap Episode 18

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Also In case you missed On In the Circle Podcast episode 19, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson broke down how the postseason looks in Division 2. Who will make the NCAA Tournament out of the South Region and broke down the contenders.

In The Circle Podcast : D2 South Region Postseason Outlook from 4/21/16

 

NCAA Softball Tournament Projections III

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Cat Osterman Asst Coach at Texas State

Here is my Third 2016 NCAA Softball Tournament Projections of the season. () is RPI ranking.

ACC (4): Florida State (9), Notre Dame (25),  Louisville (50), North Carolina (37)
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American (3): UCF (29), South Florida (17), Tulsa (36)
Big East: Villanova
Big 12 (4):  Oklahoma(3), Baylor (14),  Texas (32), Kansas (42)
Big Ten (5): Michigan (2), Minnesota (21), Nebraska (31), Ohio State (34), Illinois (48)
 Pac-12 (8):  Oregon (7), Washington (8), UCLA (16),  Arizona (20), Utah(24), Oregon State (27),  Arizona State (35), California (39)
 SEC (11): Florida (1),  Alabama (4), Auburn (5), Missouri(11),  Kentucky (12),  Tennessee (13), LSU (15), Georgia (19), Texas A&M(22), South Carolina (28), Ole Miss (30)
 A-10: Fordham
 America East: Albany
 A-Sun: USC Upstate (52)
 Big Sky: Sacramento State
 Big South: Longwood
 Big West (2): Cal State Fullerton (26), Long Beach State (43)
 CAA:  James Madison (6)
 C-USA: Florida Atlantic (23)
 Horizon: Wright State
Ivy: Dartmouth
 MAAC: Marist
 MAC: Miami (Ohio)
 MEAC: Delaware State
 MVC: Wichita State (54)
 MWC: Fresno State (18)
 NEC: Saint Francis
 OVC: Jacksonville State
 Patriot: Lehigh
Southern: Samford (49)
 Southland: McNeese State (38)
 Summit: North Dakota State
 Sun Belt (3): Louisiana-Lafayette (10), Texas State (44), South Alabama (46)
 SWAC: Alabama State
 WAC: New Mexico State
 WCC: BYU (45)
Last 4 In : Illinois, North Carolina,  Arizona State, Texas State
First 4 Out : San Diego State, Mississippi State, Purdue, Georgia Southern
Projected Host Teams
1- Florida
2- Michigan
3-Oklahoma
4- Oregon
5- Auburn
6-Alabama
7-Florida State
8- Washington
9- Louisiana Lafayette
10- Kentucky
11- James Madison
12- UCLA
13- Tennessee
14- Missouri
15-Baylor
16- Arizona
Teams in Contention to Host
LSU, Fresno State, Georgia, Minnesota
Conference RPI Rankings Top 12
1- SEC
2- Pac 12
3- Big 12
4- ACC
5- Big Ten
6- Sun Belt
7- American
8- Colonial
9-Big West
10-A-Sun
11- Mountain West
12- CUSA
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Texas at Oklahoma Tops Softball Viewers

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

For the first time this season. An SEC Game was not the most watched Softball game of the weekend. The Texas-Oklahoma game on Saturday on ESPN2 was the most watched College Softball game of the weekend garnering 219,000 viewers according to big12_logoSportsTVRatings.com.

The Longhorns-Sooners edge out the Tennessee-Georgia game that aired right before the Texas-Oklahoma game on ESPN2 garnered 207,000 viewers. Missouri at Kentucky on Sunday on ESPNU garnered 163,000 viewers on ESPNU tieing it with Georgia-Missouri the week pror  for the most watched College Softball game on ESPNU this season.

Oklahoma and Tennessee will be showcased this Saturday on ESPN at 2pm.

 

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU Softball Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
March 18 7 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida ESPNU-  74K
March 24 5 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern ESPNU-44K
March 26 Noon  Florida at  LSU ESPN2-250K
  9 p.m.  Texas at  Baylor ESPN2-164K
April 2 Noon  Alabama at  Florida ESPNU-298k
  12pm

10:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Missouri

UCLA at  Oregon

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ESPNU- 99K

April 3 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU- 91k
April 8 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Winthrop ESPNU- 67K
April 9 Noon  Texas A&M at  Tennessee ESPNU- 135k
  5:30 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU-89k
  3 p.m.  Kentucky at LSU ESPN – 392k
  7:30 p.m.  Georgia at  Missouri ESPNU-163K
April 10 3 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Baylor ESPN2- 208K
  4 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU- 73k
April 16 1 p.m.

3pm

 Tennessee at  Georgia

Texas at Oklahoma

ESPN 2-207k

ESPN2-219K

 April 17 12 p.m.  Missouri at Kentucky ESPNU- 163k

 

April 23 2 p.m.  Georgia at  Auburn ESPNU
  2 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Tennessee ESPN
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2
April 24 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2
April 25 7 p.m.  Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
April 27 6 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU*
April 28 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 30 7 p.m.  LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
  8 p.m.  Auburn at  Tennessee ESPN2
May 1 3 p.m.  Arizona at  Oregon ESPN2
  5 p.m. UCF at USF ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Tennessee ESPNU
May 7 Noon  Georgia at  Alabama ESPN
  1 p.m.  Texas A&M at  Auburn ESPNU
  3 p.m. South Carolina at  Missouri ESPNU
May 13 3 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
May 14 Noon American Championship ESPN
  2 p.m. ACC Championship ESPN
  5 p.m. SEC Championship ESPN
May 15 10 a.m. SWAC Softball Championship ESPNU**

NCAA Softball Tournament Projections II

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Here is my second 2016 NCAA Softball Tournament Projections of the season. () is RPI ranking.
ACC (4): Florida State (10), Louisville (47), Notre Dame (24), North Carolina(41)
American (3): UCF (25), South Florida (21), Tulsa (37)
Big East: DePaul
 Big 12 (5): Baylor (17), Oklahoma(3), Texas (38), Kansas (42),Oklahoma State (36)
 Big Ten (4): Michigan (2), Minnesota (22), Nebraska (30), Ohio State (34)
 Pac-12 (8): Arizona (20), Arizona State (31), Oregon (9), UCLA (14), Utah(26), Washington (6), Oregon State (32), California (34)
 SEC (12): Alabama (4), Auburn (5), Florida (1), Georgia(19), Kentucky (11), LSU (14), Missouri (12), Ole Miss (29), Tennessee (13), Texas A&M(16), South Carolina (23), Mississippi State (33)
 A-10: Fordham
 America East: Albany
 A-Sun: USC Upstate
 Big Sky: Sacramento State
 Big South: Longwood
 Big West (2): Cal State Fullerton (27), Long Beach State (43)
 CAA:  James Madison (8)
 C-USA: Florida Atlantic (28)
 Horizon: Illinois-Chicago
Ivy: Dartmouth
 MAAC: Marist
 MAC: Miami (Ohio)
 MEAC: Delaware State
 MVC: Drake
 MWC: Fresno State (18)
 NEC: Saint Francis
 OVC: Jacksonville State
 Patriot: Lehigh
Southern: Samford (46)
 Southland: McNeese State (39)
 Summit: North Dakota State
 Sun Belt (2): Louisiana-Lafayette (7), South Alabama (40)
 SWAC: Alabama State
 WAC: New Mexico State
 WCC: BYU (45)
Last 4   In : Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, , Texas
First 4 Out : San Diego State,  Texas State, Indiana, Illinois
Projected Host Teams
1- Florida
2- Michigan
3-Oklahoma
4- Auburn
5- Oregon
6-Alabama
7-Louisiana Lafayette
8- Florida State
9- Washington
10- Kentucky
11- James Madison
12- Tennessee
13- UCLA
14- Arizona
15- Georgia
16- Baylor
Teams in Contention to Host
LSU, Texas AM, Fresno State, Minnesota, Missouri
Conference RPI Rankings Top 12
1- SEC
2- Pac 12
3- Big 12
4- Big 10
5- ACC
6- Sun Belt
7- American
8- Colonial
9-Big West
10-A-Sun
11- Mountain West
12- CUSA
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UCF vs Houston Softball Rivalry

Another chapter in the rivalry between UCF and Houston will be written in Houston this weekend 10 years after it wrote the first chapter.  Houston and UCF have met 31 times including three times in conference tournaments including 1 classic championship game in Houston 8 years ago. UCF and Houston have met with Conference Championships implications or post season implications. Houston-UCF have provided many memorable games since the rivalry began 10 years ago with the first ever meeting. Over the 10 years, Both UCF and Houston have had memorable games with memorable players from both programs  which included one of greatest individual rivalries in College Softball history.

March 25, 2006 : Start of a Rivalry: At the start it didn’t look like much of a rivalry  as the Cougars swept UCF in Orlando. Houston Ace Angel Shamblin a then sophomore won all 3 games including the 2nd game in relief pitching3.1 innings in relief as Houston beat the Knights 3-2 in 11 innings. Allison Kime pitched 11 innings in defeat. It would be the start of one of the great intense personal rivalries between two of the greatest players i both program history.

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Angel Shamblin at 2007 CUSA Tournament in Orlando Courtesy of UCFSports.com

Playing against UCF was always going to be a good series.” said Shamblin who knew Kime as both had the same personal pitching coach in Kaci Clark. “Against Kime You always had to bring your best game and compete hard pitch for pitch… Kime was a competitor, she never backed down…”

April 21, 2007 : Shamblin Takes Kime Deep: The Cougars would sweep UCF in Houston in a big 3 game series in the Knights first ever trip to Houston. The tone was set in Game 1 when Shamblin hit a Homerunoff Kime to LF in the 4th inning as the Cougars would dominate the weekend.

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Houston wins 2007 CUSA Title at UCF.

May 10, 2007 : First Postseason Meeting: UCF hosted 2007 CUSA Tournament. A double-elimination format at the time. UCF won earlier in the day over Marshall setting up a showdown with regular season champion Houston. With Kime having started the Marshall game earlier in the day, It meant that then Freshman pitcher Ashleigh Cole would get the ball against the CUSA 2-time pitcher of the year winner Angel Shamblin. The Cougars would edge out the Knights 2-1 on an RBI single by Haley Valis in the 6th inning for the win.Shamblin would break Houston all-time record for strikeouts in a career.  Houston would go on to win CUSA Championship over East Carolina as Shamblin went 3-0 in the tournament to win Tournament MVP.

“Winning the CUSA championship at UCF was a memorable one for me, not only was it the first in school history but it was in my home state (Davie, Florida) “. Shamblin said.

April 6, 2008 : Kime Takes Shamblin Deep , Turns Rivalry Around: UCF hosted 9th rank Houston in showdown of top 2 teams in CUSA. The big question would be could UCF beat Houston, after all the Cougars had won all previous seven meetings coming into the weekend. That would not change in game 1 of series as Shamblin and Houston beat UCF in Game 1 of series. Mother nature suspended Game 2 to following day where UCF jump out early with a 5 run 1st inning which allowed Allison Kime to come in relief but it would be her bat that would make the biggest statement as Kime went 3 for 3 at the plate including a solo homerun off her rival Shamblin in the 3rd inning. The Knights would hold on to knock off Houston 6-4.

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UCF Wins CUSA Title in 2008 in Houston

“Shamblin was always tough and anytime I was facing her I had to bring my A game if we had even a chance at winning” said Kime of her rival Shamblin who both batted as well as pitched against each other throughout both careers.

May 10, 2008 : CUSA Championship Game: The most anticipated CUSA Championship Game in CUSA history as Houston and UCF met in Houston for the title. Shamblin vs Kime for the last time in both brilliant college career and it would be Kime winning the final chapter of the rivalry with the help of Freshman Tiffany Lane who would go on to win CUSA Tournament MVP with Game winning 2 run homer in the top of 6th as UCF wins the title 4-2.

“Playing Houston was always tough that year and when we beat them in 2008 it was a huge accomplishment for us”. said Kime who beat Houston twice in 2008 season including the championship game in Houston. “We got swept by them I think most series’s and being that we were in the championship game I wanted nothing more than to win! It was my first time ever winning a tournament that big and it would be the second in program history!”

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Kime would get the best of Shamblin in the final meeting  between the rivals at 2008 CUSA Championship Game in Houston

Kime would lead the Knights into the Gainesville regional where the Knights would beat USF 3-2 thanks to Kime’s 2 RBI triple in 6th inning and then a walk off hit win over number 1 rank Florida snapping the Gators 37 straight wins and 41 in a row in Gainesville. Shamblin would lead Houston to regional championship win at home with a 2-1 win over Washingtonbefore losing in three games to Lousiana-Lafayette in the Super Regionals.

“They were two kids who brought the intangible part of this sport more than most.” Said Kaci Clark-Zerbie on Kime and Shamblin.  “They both defined the term “gamer” and were spectacular at finding ways to win.  They could both beat you with whatever they had going for them on any given day, even when it wasn’t all of their good stuff. Those two brought the game in their bags every time they showed up to play!”

The 2008 CUSA Championship would not be the only championship Kime would get as she did something Shamblin could not do which is win a Pro Championship as Kime won the NPFChampionship in 2009 with Cat Osterman and the Rockford Thunder.

Although the Kime-Shamblin rivalry was complete. The individual rivalry  set the tone for  future games between the schools  and would have an impact on the rivalry for years to come especially with  one future key player of the rivalry. “Kaci  definently mention both of them to me!” said Mackenzie Audas (2012-2015 at UCF) who like Kime and Shamblin had Kaci Clark as a personal pitching coach. ” She loved them as players and people and was proud of their accomplishments. I remember after telling Kaci I wanted to go to UCF, she said I reminded her of Allison.”

March 21, 2010 : Barrow Walk Off Homer: Both UCF and Houston had to transition from not having best players in program history (Shamblin,Kime) in 2009. Both programs bounced back and pick up the rivalry in 2010 where it left off in 2008. Then senior Hillary Barrow hit one of more memorable regular season home runs in program history with a walk off solo home run to LF in the bottom of the 9th inning with mist rain drops to complete a UCF sweep over Houston the series with a 1-0 win in the finale.Ashleigh Cole outdueled Amanda Crabtree in great pitcher duel in the mist rain. It was the first UCF not only won a series from Houston but also sweeping them. UCF would end up finishing 2nd in CUSA and got to CUSA Championship game in Houston where they would lose to East Carolina. The Knights would get into the NCAA Tournament for the first time as an at-large team.

Check out highlights below of the series sweep including Barrow Homerun starting at the 5 minute and 3 second mark. Also hear from Coach Renee Luers Gillispie at the 12 minute and 38 second mark.

 

May 8, 2011 : Houston wins 3rd CUSA Title : On senior weekend Houston swept UCFon the final weekend of the regular season to win the CUSA regular season title. Houston would eventually reach the Super Regionals losing at Oklahoma State.

 

April 29, 2012 : UCF Sweeps Houston on Senior Weekend: UCF swept Houston in big series that help UCF  get in to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large. Highlights of series include Natalie Land on the first pitch that she saw in Game 1 in the bottom drilled it over the fence in LF to set the tone. “It was always exciting and nerve wrecking playing Houston because of the school rivalry and because they were important conference games.” Audas said on playing Houston. “Houston was one of the teams we all look forward to playing each year.”

Audas a Freshman at the time made her debut in the rivalry by picking up her 20th win of the season to set the tone in Game 1 of the series . UCF would go on to 6-3 win on Senior day to complete the 3 game sweep. UCF would go 27-4 at home and this mark the last home game of the great career of Natalie Land and Vanessa Perez who were part of two UCF NCAA Tournament teams (2010,2012).

May 10, 2012 : Outon Power: Haley Outon 3-run homer in the 3rd inning prove to be to much as Houston would eliminate UCF 6-2 in Quarterfinals of CUSA Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. Watch highlights of the game here. Both Houston and UCF would end up making the NCAA Tournament.

April 28, 2014 : Farrah Sullivan Lifts UCF to Sweep of Houston :  New Conference, same old high stakes. Going into weekend, Houston and UCF were 1-2 in the American Conference standings with just two weeks left in conference season It was the first year for UCF and Houston in the American Conference.Going into the weekend Houston’s Haley Outon was believed to be in the lead for Conference player of the year. That would not be the case following the weekend. History would be made as Farrah Sullivan put on one of greatest weekends any Knight ever had as Sullivan just owned Houston pitching the entire weekend. Sullivan set a school record for most hits in a 3 game conference series including 3 more hits in Sunday finale leading UCF on a comeback from a 4-1 deficit in the Bottom of 4th to a 7-5 victory to complete the sweep. UCF would go on to win 1st regular season conference championship in program history the following week at UConn. But it was the Houston series that really won the conference for UCF and Sullivan was one of main reasons for it. For the series, Sullivan went 9 for 11 with 5 RBIs and 4 doubles in the series which would help propel Sullivan to winning American Conference Player of the Year over  Outon. Sullivan became the 2nd Knight to win Conference Player of the Year Award joining Stephanie Best who won A-Sun Player of the Year three times (2003-2005).

 

April 11, 2015 : Mackenzie Audas Breaks Allison Kime Wins and No-Hitters Record

Once again going into weekend UCF and Houston were at top of the American Conference with UCF coming in ranked 17th in nation with 37-6 overall record.

Audas was coming into weekend tied for most wins in program history with Allison Kime at 71. But Houston was a nemesis to Audas like it was to Kime during her career. But not on this day.  Aided by an offense that scored 10 runs in the 3rd inning to break the game open. Audas would turn in a record -breaking performance by tossing her 5th career no hitter which also broke school record that Audas had shared with Kime with 4 no hitters in a 13-0 win in 5 innings over the Cougars.   Audas broke Kime’s wins and no hitters record on the same very field that Angel Shamblin broke the Houston Cougars strikeout record and won CUSA championship 8 years earlier and  on the same very field where Kime and UCF beat Houston for the first time in program history 7 years to the same month.

” It was a great feeling and honor breaking those two records and even sweeter because it was against a big rival. ” said Audas. ” Kime was such a great ball player and left a legacy I looked up to. So to be able to break those records and leave my own legacy is an indescribable feeling and accomplishment.”

The Knights would go on to sweep Houston and would go on to win regular season and conference tournament championships.

 

“Mackenzie was the perfectionist.” said Clark-Zerbe talking about Audas. “Her spin was always on, her location was ice cold, and her change buckled probably every hitter in and out of the conference. She was a force in college softball from the outset, but somehow always seemed to stay under the national radar. That kid could pitch and had a humble worker’s heart. To watch the way she carried herself, you’d never know she broke so many records. But that was her. Praise always brought no more than a shy smile from that kid.

As the Knights and Cougars renew  the rivalry this weekend and for years to come future Knights and Cougars will look to follow the path left before them.

“I just hope that my legacy at UCF can inspire the next pitchers  to come in and be  even better than me just like Allison inspired me”.said Audas.

Special Thanks to Allison Kime-Trela, Angel Shamblin, Mackenzie Audas-Packrall and Kaci Clark-Zerbe for contributing to this story. Thanks to UCFSports.com, UCFKnights.com and UHCougars.com with photos and videos courtesy of them.

Allison Kime Talks UCF Softball

 

On Saturday April 9th edition of SportstalkFlorida Insiders Show  that aired on Sportstalk 1080am Orlando. Eric Lopez talked to former UCF Softball great, Allison Kime about broadcasting UCF -Tulsa for the American Conference Broadcast on the American Digital Network. Kime also talked about the following :

  •  Keys to UCF Win over Tulsa on Friday and the rest of the series.
  • What it was like being in booth for broadcast of UCF-Tulsa.
  • Kime’s thoughts on 2016 edition of UCF Softball.
  • Kime thoughts on Shelby Turnier prospects at the Pro Level in the NPF.
  • What Kime-Trela up to post Softball career.

Allison Kime-Trela Interview on Sportstalk 1080am Orlando

This past Friday, Allison was in the UCF press box working as color commentator with Bernie Guenther when Turnier tied Kime for 2nd place with 71 career wins. Turnier would pass Kime on Saturday coming in relief to help UCF win 4-1 over Tulsa. UCF would go on to sweep Tulsa. It was the first time Tulsa had been swept in conference series since 2008 when UCF did it led by Kime who pick up 3 wins in that series.

Allison still holds 16 school records including career ERA (1.20), career shutouts (34) and most strkeouts in a game with 18 at Florida State in 2007. Kime helped UCF Win C-USA  Tournament Championship in 2008 with a 4-2 win over No 9 Houston. The following week Kime led the Knights to NCAA Tournament Regional Final in Gainesville coming within 1 win away from Super Regional.  Kime defeated South Florida in that regional with her bat with a 2 out 2 strike  2 RBI triple in the 6th inning to give the Knights a come from behind 3-2 win over USF. Kime would knock off No 1 rank Florida ending Gators 37 game long winning streak and 41 in a row in Gainesville with a 1-0 win in 8 innings. Kime not only threw 8 shutout innings but drove in the game winning run with walk off hit in Bottom of 8th. Kime is only UCF Softball pitcher to beat Florida, Florida State and South Florida in her career.

 

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Allison Kime pitched in NPF from 2008-2009 winning NPF Title with Rockford Thunder in 2009.

Kime would go on to pitch 2 seasons in the NPF with the Rockford Thunder. In 2008 Kime got to play with the first UCF Softball player ever to play in the NPF as former UCF Softball great Stephanie Best  asked to be traded to the Thunder so Best would have a chance to play with Kime. 

“She helped me adjust to the league tremendously, gave me tons of advice with hitters and how to be successful in the league,” Kime said about playing with Best.  “Without her help I don’t know if I would have played a second year in league,” Kime said. “She was a great teammate and friend.”

In her 2nd and final season, Kime who was part of the 1-2 pitching punch with Cat Osterman won the NPF Championship over the USSSA Pride and Kime’s former teammate at UCF in Breanne Javier.  Kime joined Best as UCF Softball players to win NPF Championship as Best did it with Monica Abbott and the Washington Glory in 2007.

Thursday night  April 14th, Shelby Turnier is expected to  become the third UCF Knight Softball player to be drafted in the NPF. Turnier and other Knight players hope to join these former UCF Softball Players that played in the NPF.

Stephanie Best (2005-2008,2010) with New England Riptide, Connecticut Braketettes Washington Glory, Rockford Thunder, and USSSA Pride  – Drafted in 2005.

Allison Kime (2008-2009)  with Rockford Thunder. Signed as Free Agent

Breanne Javier (2009) with USSSA Pride. Signed as Free Agent

Kahley Novak (2015-present)  with Dallas Charge. Drafted in 4th round. 16th pick overall.

-UCF Softball Head Coach Renee Luers Gillispie was on USSSA Pride coaching staff in 2010 winning NPF Championship in 2010.

UCF holds its Hall of Fame every other year. One thing is for sure is in  2018 or 2019 whichever year  UCF decides to hold  Hall of Fame Ceremonies, Kime should join Best in another unique achivement as Kime will likely become the 2nd UCF Softball player to be inducted into UCF Hall of Fame joining Best who was inducted last year.

UCF Softball  Pitching Records as of 4-13-16

ERA 1-Kime 1.20, 2-Dottie Cupp 1.49, 3- Mackenzie Audas 1.65, 4- Shelby Turnier 1.66

 Career Shutouts– 1- Kime 34, 2-Audas 29, 3-Turnier 21.

ERA in Season– T-1-Kime 0.87 (2007), Turnier 0.87 (2015), 3- Audas 0.95 (2015)

Wins in Season – 1-Kime 34 (2008) , T-2- Lindsay Enders 26 (2005), Cupp 26 (2002), 4-Turnier 25, (2015), 5- Audas 24(2015)

Shutouts in Season– 1-Kime 15 (2007), 2- Kime 14 (2008), Cupp 13 (2012), Turnier/Audas 10(2015)

Lowest Opponent Batting Average Against– 1- Kime .183, T-2- Audas .185, Turnier .185

Strikeouts in Season – 1- Kime 359 (2008), 2 -Audas 279 (2012),3- Turnier 268 (2015), 4-Kime 266 (2007), 5- Audas 257 (2015)

Career No Hitters– 1- Audas 5, 2 –Kime 4, 3- Turnier 3.

Strikeouts in Game – 1- Kime  18 at FSU (2007), 2- Audas 17 vs Utep (2013) 3- Turnier 16 vs Bowling Green(2014). * Kime was in 12 innings, Audas in 11 ip, Turnier in 7ip.

Wins Career  – 1- Audas 78, 2-Turnier 72, 3- Kime 71

Games Appearance– 1- Audas 150, 2- Kime 126, 3- Turnier 125

Games Started – 1- Audas 125, 2- Kime 107, 3- Turnier 100

Strikeouts in Career– 1- Audas 975, 2- Kime 847, 3- Turnier 758

  Allison Kime Previews UCF in 2010 CUSA Tournament for UCFSports.com and on the UCF Softball pregame show from May 13,2010. Kime talked about broadcasting for Bright House Sports Network telecast of UCF hosting Florida that year. Kime also talked about  UCF Softball chances at CUSA Tournament in 2010, reflected on UCF winning CUSA Title in 2008 , her rivalry with Angel Shamblin, Her career and more.

 

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Megan Willis Retires from NPF

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Megan Willis caught Cat Osterman at Texas, Summer Olympics and in the NPF  (2009-2015) both will go out at same time retiring from the NPF 

Megan Willis has decided to retire from playing Softball but that doesnt mean she will still not be involved in the game.

On Tuesday it was made official as Megan Willis announced that she is retiring from playing in the NPF. Willis will remain with the USSSA Pride as Willis was named to the USSSA Pride coaching staff as an asst coach. Willis will work under Florida State’s Head Coach Lonni Alameda who will begin her first season as the Pride’s Head Coach.

“After this past season with the Pride I knew wholeheartedly I was finished playing for good. It’s weird, I have been asked a few times if I will miss not playing and the answer is simple, no. I suppose that’s how you know you are ready to move on. That and I don’t want to have collisions at the plate anymore, and that used to be my favorite part!” said Willis on USSSA Pride press release on her decision to retire.

Willis follows her teammate Cat Osterman who retired from the Pride and NPF after last season. Willis began her NPF career in 2007 with the Chicago Bandits. After sitting out the 2008 season, Willis joined her University of Texas battery mate Cat Osterman on the Rockford Thunder and won the 2009 NPF Championship. Then, in 2010, Willis and Osterman were traded to the USSSA Pride where they continued their NPF dominance. In her eight professional seasons, Willis won four NPF Championship series, three NPF Regular Season Championships.

Currently Willis is a TV Color Commentator for the Longhorn Network where Willis  calls Texas Longhorns Softball telecasts. Willis is also part of ESPN NCAA Tournament coverage working from the studio.

Last summer prior to the 2015 NPF Championship Series,  Eric Lopez spoke with Megan Willis about her career,The NPF, Her interest in coaching after her playing career as well as her broacasting career. Willis also spoke about what would go into her decision to retire and much more as well as Cat Osterman retirement effecting her decision.

 

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Kentucky-LSU Tops Softball TV Viewers

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Beth Torina – Photo by LSUSports.Net

The Kentucky Wildcats win over the LSU Tigers on Saturday was the most watched regular season college softball game of 2016 to date. The 15th rank Wildcats win over the 8th rank Tigers on Saturday which was televised on ESPN Garnered 392,000 viewers passing by Alabama-Florida as the most watched regular season game of the season.

Oklahoma’s win at Baylor on Sunday which was televised on ESPN2 was the second most watched Softball game of the weekend with 208,000 viewers followed by  two SEC conferences series in Georgia-Missouri on Saturday which garnered 163,000 viewers on ESPNU  and Tennessee-Texas AM garnered 135,000 viewers on Saturday on ESPNU.

Florida State’s wins over North Carolina State on ESPNU on Saturday and Sunday averaged 81K in the two games with Saturday’s game being the most watched of the two with 89k.

LSU is involved in two of the three most watched Softball games this regular season with the Tigers game vs Florida on March 26th garnering 250K.  All the Softball numbers are courtesy of SportsTVRatings.com

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU Softball Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
March 18 7 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida ESPNU-  74K
March 24 5 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern ESPNU-44K
March 26 Noon  Florida at  LSU ESPN2-250K
  9 p.m.  Texas at  Baylor ESPN2-164K
April 2 Noon  Alabama at  Florida ESPNU-298k
  12pm

10:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Missouri

UCLA at  Oregon

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ESPNU- 99K

April 3 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU- 91k
April 8 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Winthrop ESPNU- 67K
April 9 Noon  Texas A&M at  Tennessee ESPNU- 135k
  5:30 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU-89k
  3 p.m.  Kentucky at LSU ESPN – 392k
  7:30 p.m.  Georgia at  Missouri ESPNU-163K
April 10 3 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Baylor ESPN2- 208K
  4 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU- 73k
April 16 1 p.m.  Tennessee at  Georgia ESPN2
  3 p.m.  Texas at  Oklahoma ESPN2
April 23 2 p.m.  Georgia at  Auburn ESPNU
  4:30 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Tennessee ESPNU
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2
April 24 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2
April 25 7 p.m.  Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
April 27 6 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU*
April 28 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 30 7 p.m.  LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
  8 p.m.  Auburn at  Tennessee ESPN2
May 1 3 p.m.  Arizona at  Oregon ESPN2
  5 p.m. UCF at USF ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Tennessee ESPNU
May 7 Noon  Georgia at  Alabama ESPN
  1 p.m.  Texas A&M at  Auburn ESPNU
  3 p.m. South Carolina at  Missouri ESPNU
May 13 3 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
May 14 Noon American Championship ESPN
  2 p.m. ACC Championship ESPN
  5 p.m. SEC Championship ESPN
May 15 10 a.m. SWAC Softball Championship ESPNU**

NCAA Softball Tournament Projections

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Here is my first 2016 NCAA Softball Tournament Projections of the season. () is RPI ranking.
ACC (4): Florida State (10), Louisville (47), Notre Dame (28), Virginia Tech (43)
American (3): UCF (24), South Florida (22), Tulsa (32)
Big East: St. John’s
 Big 12 (4): Baylor (12), Oklahoma(7), Texas (36), Kansas (44)
 Big Ten (5): Michigan (2), Minnesota (19), Nebraska (31), Ohio State (37), Illinois (45)
 Pac-12 (8): Arizona (20), Arizona State (25), Oregon (6), UCLA (15), Utah(29), Washington (3), Oregon State (30), California (35)
 SEC (12): Alabama (8), Auburn (9), Florida (1), Georgia(18), Kentucky (13), LSU (14), Missouri (11), Ole Miss (33), Tennessee (17), Texas A&M(16), South Carolina (23), Mississippi State (38)
 A-10: Fordham
 America East: Stony Brook
 A-Sun: USC Upstate
 Big Sky: Weber State
 Big South: Longwood
 Big West (2): Cal State Fullerton (27), Long Beach State (34)
 CAA:  James Madison (5)
 C-USA: Florida Atlantic (26)
 Horizon: Illinois-Chicago
Ivy: Dartmouth
 MAAC: Marist
 MAC: Northern Illinois (52)
 MEAC: Bethune-Cookman
 MVC: Wichita State
 MWC: Fresno State (21)
 NEC: Saint Francis
 OVC: Eastern Kentucky
 Patriot: Lehigh
Southern: Chattanooga
 Southland: McNeese State (40)
 Summit: North Dakota State (51)
 Sun Belt (2): Louisiana-Lafayette (4), South Alabama (42)
 SWAC: Alabama State
 WAC: New Mexico State
 WCC: BYU (46)
Last 4 In : Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Illinois
First 4 Out : Texas State, Purdue, Indiana, North Carolina
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