Taryne Mowatt Talks Ole Miss, Arizona Careers

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Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talked to  Two-Time National Champion Pitcher at Arizona and currently Ole Miss Asst Softball Coach Taryne Mowatt  who in her first season as pitching coach at Oxford help lead the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Mowatt talk about many different topics including.

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Mowatt joined Ole Miss in Summer of 2015 (Photo Courtesy Ole Miss)
  • How she turn around Ole Miss pitching staff which went from a 4.30 ERA in 2015 to 3.26 in 2016.
  • How did Mowatt end up at Ole Miss?
  • How did Mowatt get into coaching?
  • How did Mowatt get into Softball?
  • Impact of playing for Mike Candrea at Arizona
  • Winning National title over Monica Abbott and Tennessee in 2007
  • What was it being part of the ESPYs as a Student Athlete?
  • Impact Stephanie Best of ProSwings.com had on Mowatt
  • Mowatt thoughts on pitch count
  • What would Mowatt change about Softball if she was in charge?

 Taryne Mowatt Interview

Prior to Ole Miss, Mowatt was recently an assistant coach at California Baptist for three seasons, helping the team to NCAA regional appearances each year along with PacWest Conference championships in 2012 and 2014.

Mowatt was part of two National Championships with Arizona in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Women’s College World Series, Mowatt hit her third home run in Game One and in the finale of the 2006 Women’s College World Series National Championship series against the Northwestern Wildcats, Mowatt had two hits; Mowatt would bat close to .400 at the series and .290 for the season. Mowatt was selected to the WCWS All-Tournament Team after Arizona won its seventh title.

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Mowatt won Two National titles at Arizona (06,07)

In 2007, Mowatt led Arizona back to the Women’s College World Series where  Mowatt pitched  60-innings with 76 strikeouts, 4 shutouts performance at the 2007 Women’s College World Series is one of the most memorable performances any player has had in the WCWS. Mowatt was named to the All-Tournament Team and earned the “Most Outstanding Player” Award as Mowatt led Arizona to a come from behind series win over Monica Abbott and Tennessee in the National Championship Series. Mowatt set new WCWS records for wins (6) and strikeouts.Later that year Mowatt also won two ESPY Awards; Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete.

The 07 Women’s College World Series National Championship Series between Mowatt’s Arizona Wildcats and Monica Abbott’s Tennessee Vols is still one of the most watched Women’s College World Series series of all -time with the deciding Game three of the series still the most watched College Softball game of all-time.

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2007 Women’s College World Series Game 3 between Mowatt’s Arizona Wildcats vs Monica Abbott’s Tennessee Vols is the most watched Women’s College World Series game ever. Photo Coutesy of NewsOk.com

Most-Viewed Games in WCWS History:

Rank WCWS Year and Game Matchup Viewership
1. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 3 Tennessee vs. Arizona 2,326,000
2.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. Florida 2,273,000
3. 2005 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. UCLA 2,240,000
4.       2015 Game 12 LSU vs. Michigan 1,950,000
5. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 2 Arizona vs. Tennessee 1,919,000
6.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Michigan 1,865,000
7. 2003 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,852,000
8. 2009 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Washington 1,788,000
9.       2015 Game 9 UCLA vs. Auburn 1,612,000
10. 2004 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,593,000

Mowatt ended her career at Arizona with 1,267 strikeouts, second best for the Wildcats, 5th in the Pac-12 and within the top 20 for NCAA Division I all-time rankings; Mowatt strikeout ratio of 10.1 also came in second, third and 7th all-time respectively in NCAA D1 history. Mowatt broke single season school records for innings pitched (370), strikeouts (522) and victories (42).

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Lee Ann Spivey Talks Playing in NPF, USF Career

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Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talked to ScrapYard Dawgs rookie and former USF Bulls Lee Ann Spivey about her rookie season in the NPF as well as her career with the Bulls.

Among the topics Spivey talked to Lopez and Anderson includes.

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Spivey leaves USF as the school’s All-time Leader in Home Runs
  • What has it been like playing the NPF
  • Reflecting on USF Career
  • Why Did Spivey end up at USF?
  • What it was like to get drafted in the NPF?
  • What did it mean to win American Regular season title in 2016
  • Impact USF Head Coach Ken Eriksen had on Spivey
  • What its been like being reunited with Sara Nevins with ScrapYard Dawgs?
  • Becoming USF’s All-Time HR record holder
  • Playing with Erica Nunn.
  • What it like being on same team with Monica Abbott?

Lee Ann Spivey Interview

Spivey was a 5th round pick with 33rd overall pick in April’s NPF Draft by the ScrapYard Dawgs. In her 4 years at USF, Spivey was part of three NCAA Tournament teams at USF (2013,2014, 2016) , Winning Big East Conference Championship in 2013 and American Conference Regular Season in 2016.

Spivey is the Bulls All-Time leader in Home Runs in a career, was a 3 time All-Region player as well as a 2-time American Conference first team member. Spivey played  for USA Softball Junior National team over the summer of 2013.

You can follow Lee Ann Spivey on twitter.

You can follow Spivey and the ScrapYard Dawgs online during the season.

You can also listen to Spivey’s ScrapYard Dawgs teammate Emilee Koerner Interview right here.

 

Emilee Koerner talks Notre Dame, NPF

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Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk to Emilee Koerner of the Scrapyard Dawgs about the season she is having with the expansion team which includes Koerner being at the top of many of the major offense categories in the NPF.

Among the topics the former 3 time All-American at Notre Dame Koerner talked to Lopez and Anderson include.

  • What it like to be on expansion team ScrapYard Dawgs?
  • What she learn from her rookie season in the NPF in 2015?
  • What was her favorite memories from her career at Notre Dame?
  • Playing in the Big East and the ACC
  • What was it like to play with Cat Osterman?
  • What is it like to play with Monica Abbott?
  • What will be the key for ScrapYard Dawgs in 2016?

 Emilee Koerner Interview

Koerner in her 2nd season in the NPF and 1st season with the ScrapYard Dawgs after spending the 2015 season with the USSSA Pride. Koerner was selected 17th overall in the 2015 NPF Draft by the Pride out of Notre Dame.

After being drafted in the fourth round (17th overall) of the 2015 NPF College Draft and spending that season with the USSSA Pride as a professional rookie, Koerner was one of the first players to officially join the Scrap Yard Dawgs during the league’s expansion draft held in November of 2015. Koerner made history hitting the first home run in Scrap Yard Dawgs history. The two-run shot also scored the franchise’s first runs during its inaugural game on June 2 against the Chicago Bandits in Rosemont, Illinois.

At Notre Dame, Koerner was the first ever 3 time All-American at Notre Dame. Koerner was a top 10 College Softball player of the Year finalist in 2013. Among the achivements Koerner accomplished at Notre Dame.

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Koerner was 3-time All-American at Notre Dame

2015 Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-Most Valuable Player
2015 NFCA Division I All-America Third Team
2015 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year
2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team
2015 Notre Dame Co-Captain
2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List
2014 NCAA Doubles Champion
2014 Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-Most Valuable Player
2014 NFCA Division I All-America Third Team
2014 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team
2014 ESPNW Preseason All-America First Team
2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List
2013 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player
2013 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist
2013 NFCA Division I All-America Second Team
2013 NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team
2013 All-BIG EAST Conference First Team

Koerner is  currently among the leaders in categories including RBIs , Walks,  on-base percentage, and  slugging percentage.

You can follow Koerner on Twitter.

Morgan Foley Talks Going from D2 to NPF

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Victor Anderson talked to Chicago Bandits rookie pitcher Morgan Foley about being in the NPF with the Bandits after a great career in D2 with Indianapolis. Foley became the second player ever to play in the NPF from Division 2 joining her rival Hannah Perryman who was the first ever draft pick from a D2 school this year by the Akron Racers

Among the topics Foley discussed with Anderson included.

  •  How Foley ended up at Indianapolis?

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    Perryman and Foley battled for 4 yrs in the Great Lakes Valley Conference
  • How Foley almost ended up with Bandits as an intern?
  • Her  rivalry against Hannah Perryman as Perryman was in the same conference as Foley as Perryman played for Missouri -St Louis. Foley and Indy knock off Perryman and Missouri- St Louis in 2015 Super Regionals to advances to D2 version of Women College World Series.
  • Foley’s 30 strikeouts in 13 inning perfomance
  • Foley’s No Hitter with 21 strikeouts in 7 innings
  • Her plans after Softball
  • What it like being with Bandits?
  • How fellow rookie pitcher Shelby Turnier and entire Bandits staff are helping her adjust to the NPF.

Morgan Foley Interview

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Morgan Foley

Foley ended her college career as UIndy’s all-time leader in wins (140), strikeouts (1,659) and innings pitched (1027.0) Foley finished second all-time in career Ks by a Division II pitcher  behind only Perryman. Foley was named a top-3 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year . Foley was  dubbed All-America First Team by both CoSIDA and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) … 2016 D2CCA Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year … CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Softball Second Team … four-time first team all-region honoree, both from CoSIDA and the NFCA . Foley became just the third pitcher in NCAA history (first DII pitcher) to strikeout all 21 batters in a seven-inning game — a 2-0 win versus in-region Hillsdale (2/27); recorded a no-hitter in that game, facing just 25 batters (21 K, 4 BB, 0 balls in play)

In 2015 Foley help lead Indianapolis to the D2 version of the Women’s College World Series which was held at Oklahoma City. Foley was voted First Team All-America by both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the College Sports Information Directors of America. Foley was  one of 10 finalists for Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year … also garnered first-team recognition on the All-Midwest Region and All-GLVC squads, as well as team MVP … broke her own school record for strikeouts with a Division II-leading 457 Ks, good for the fifth-highest total in DII history … finished second in the nation in wins (39) and eighth in ERA (1.19),

In 2014, Foley was Named 2014 Division II Pitcher of the year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming first-ever Greyhound to receive the honor … dubbed All-America First Team by both CoSIDA and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) … finished second in the nation in both wins (33) and strikeouts (386), with the latter breaking her own school record .

Re-UKnighted Again

Saturday night, The Chicago Bandits took on the Dallas Charge in San Antonio, Texas to wrap up a two game series. But it was more then that for UCF Fans as it mean matchup between former UCF  teammates Shelby Turnier and Kahley Novak. It was the first time that both Turnier and Novak faced each other in the NPF. In the first at bat, Novak grounded out to third in 3rd inning. In her second at bat against Turnier, Novak reached on fielders choice  as she bunted towards third baseman Emily Carosone who threw to third base with the Charge base runner beating the throw. Novak would go on to score in the inning as the Charge would score 8 runs knocking  Turnier of the game as the Charge defeated the Bandits 9-0. Turnier went four plus innings giving up 4 runs on just 2 hits throwing 78 pitches. Had a no-hitter going into the 5th inning before some  wildness and defense mistakes help unravel the inning for Bandits  and Turnier who took the loss to drop to 2-2 on the season with both losses coming against the Charge .

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McCloskey, Novak and Turnier in Chicago on June 10th

Turnier made her 1st career start against the Charge back on June 11th in Chicago. Novak did not play in the game as the Charge won the game. That week was a Reunion for Turnier, Novak and Samantha McCloskey who signed 10 day contract with the Bandits and was with the team at the time. They joined Stephanie Best, Allison Kime and Breanne Javier as UCF Softball players to play in the NPF.

Turnier pick up her 1st win in the NPF  in Akron on June 15th against the Racers. Turnier picked up her second win of the season in relief  on Wednesday in Houston against the ScrapeYard Dawgs. It was the same city where Turnier was at back in April on Draft night when Turnier was selected in the NPF Draft. Among the fans in attendance to see Turnier during the Scrapeyard Dawgs was former UCF players Pysha Simmons and Lindsay Pelow who were part of the original UCF Softball team in 2002 and are former teammate of Stephanie Best.

Novak entering her 2nd season in the NPF with the Charge was excited for Turnier when she was drafted in the NPF Draft in April. Novak talk with me about what Shelby could expect in the NPF and what it would be like to face Shelby in our interview from back in June.

Novak and Turnier played together at UCF from 2013-2015. They were part of Two American Conference Regular Season Championships (2014,2015) and Conference Tournament championship in 2015 at UCF. They both playing together help get UCF to two NCAA Tournament appearances and regional finals appearances (2014, 2015).

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Novak and Turnier played together at UCF from 2013-2015

Both left a mark at UCF with Novak becoming school’s all-time leader in stolen bases in a career while Turnier became the program’s all-time leader in wins as well as being first UCF player to make 1st team All-American and finished in top 10 of USA College Softball player of the year in 2015.

Novak was selected in the 2015 NPF Draft 16th overall becoming 2nd UCF player ever to be drafted behind Stephanie Best who was selected in 2005 NPF Draft.

Best discussed Novak being drafted in  April 2015.

Novak and Best always be connected beyond the NPF Draft as Novak  was recruited by Best when Best was Asst Coach at UCF. “Kahley was a player that I took attention to quick because she was multifaceted at the plate!” Best said about Novak. “I loved watching her play, because she was a difference maker. When I recruited her to come to UCF , she played for a team called the Mini Bulls and she was their offensive spark. I feel like I never saw her get out once… No one was able to figure her out in travel ball. She had a short game and was also able to hit away productively. I couln’t wait to get her in the UCF lineup.”

Turnier broke Novak’s record of being highest UCF Softball draftee this past April when Turnier went 11th overall to the Chicago Bandits joining Novak and Best as UCF players being Drafted in the NPF.

“Shelby is one of the best pitchers in the country and deserves to be competing  among the very best in the game, at the pro level. Best said about Turnier. “She has taken  Allison’s lead as a trail blazer  for UCF  and has really helped put UCF on the map in the last couple years with her elite performances in all of Division 1 Softball.”

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Shelby Turnier and Allison Kime

Turnier  has been compared to Kime during her career at UCF as Turnier along with Mackenzie Audas chased many of Kime’s UCF records. Turnier joins Kime as the only UCF pitchers to pitch in the NPF. Kime signed as a free agent with the Rockford Thunder in 2008 a week after her UCF career ended just like Turnier signed her contract with Bandits a week after her career at UCF ended. Ironically like Kime, Turnier finished  her UCF Careers in Gainesville Regional final against the No 1 ranked Florida Gators.Also like Kime, Turnier last ever win at UCF came in Gainesville regional via a shutout winning 1-0 games. Turnier’s 1-0 win came against Florida Atlantic while Kime’s came against No 1 Florida. Those are the only 2 shutouts UCF pitchers have ever thrown in the NCAA Tournament.

“Shelby will have a seamless transition as a pro athlete”. said Kime about Turnier in the NPF. “She will transition so well in the NPF and make an impact as a rookie.”

Kime was signed by then Thunder General Manager  Aaron Moore who currently is the GM of the Bandits and drafted Turnier this past April.

Turnier against Novak marked the 3rd time that UCF Softball alumns faced each other in the NPF.

In 2008, Stephanie Best was playing for the Chicago Bandits while Kime a rookie was playing for the Rockford Thunder as they faced against each other. Best then requested and was granted during the season to be traded to the Thunder so she get a chance to play with Kime .

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Best and Kime played together with Rockford Thunder in 2008.

“Playing in the NPF both against and with Allison was an absolute honor. Best said about Kime. It was such a feeling of Pride getting to watch a fellow Knight come in that league and make an immediate name for herself. Ally is an absolute workhorse that you completely  respect and root for  when it comes  to success… Regardless of what team she’s on and selfishly, It’s always  better to be on the same team as the best!”

Kime would end up playing two seasons in the NPF with the Rockford Thunder  leaving the game on top winning the NPF Chammpionship in 2009 playing with Cat Osterman. An achivement Kime says she would not had been to accomplish without Best.

“I am so thankful Steph was traded to the Thunder my first year in the league! She made my transition to the league a seamless transition with her veteran experience. She help me with the ins and out of the league and what to expect when playing in the league. Without her guidance  rookie year I’m  not sure  I would have played as long as I did.”

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Javier and Kime played together at UCF (06-08) and against each other in the NPF in 2009

In 2009, Kime got to play the veteran role as she face off against her former UCF teammate, Breanne Javier who was a rookie for the USSSA Pride. They would face each other in regular season in Florida and again in the NPF Championship Series in Akron.

“Its always nice seeing familiar faces when you in a an unfamiliar place”. said Kime on facing Javier in the NPF.” Bre is a tough out  I know she made me work! She knew my weakness so I had to be extra careful when I pitched to her!”.

Breanne Javier talked to me about facing Allison Kime in the NPF and what advice she have for Novak and Turnier if they faced each other .

 

Turnier and the Bandits will host Novak and the Charge on July 19-20 then Novak will return the favor as the Charge host the Bandits on  August 9-11. Turnier will have a homecoming before hosting Novak on July 16-18 when the Bandits come to Central Florida to play the USSSA Pride at Wide World of Sports Champions Field where the Atlanta Braves play spring training games.

Turnier and Novak hope to join Best and Kime in another cateogory to be compared. Being an NPF Champion like Kime was in 09 and Best was in 2007 with Washington Glory playing with Monica Abbott. Who knows come August maybe Turnier and Novak will have to go thru each other for the title  just like Kime and Javier did 7 years ago.

Barbara Jordan Talks NPF

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Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talks to Barbara Jordan about the NPF 2016 Season. Jordan will once again be part of the CBS Sports Network’s coverage of the NPF this summer. Among the topics Jordan discussed included.

  • Outlook for the Akron Racers
  • Outlook for Dallas Charge
  • Outlook for USSSA Pride without Cat Osterman
  • Monica Abbott new contract with ScrapeYard Dawgs
  •  Rookies to be on look out for in the NPF
  • Growth of Softball

Interview with Barbara Jordan

The NPF on CBS Sports Network starts on June 20th and 21st with the Akron Racers taking on the Dallas Charge. In total CBS Sports Network will broadcast 25 games this season.

The on-air talent for the 2016 broadcast season will include veteran announcers Eric Collins handling play-by-play duties and Barbara Jordan as the color analyst.  Casey Carter will lead the NPF crew as producer again this season and John Tackett will return as director.  NPF telecasts are produced by NPF Media LLC in conjunction with Orlando-based Guenther Productions. Below is the regular season schedule on CBS Sports Network

DATE DAY TIME GAME LOCATION
6/20 Mon 8:00 pm Akron @ Dallas McKinney, TX
6/21 Tue 8:00 pm Akron @ Dallas McKinney, TX
6/27 Mon 6:30 pm Akron @ USSSA Ann Arbor, MI
6/28 Tue 8:00 pm Chi @ USSSA Ann Arbor, MI
6/29 Wed 7:00 pm CHI @ USSSA Ann Arbor, MI
7/11 Mon 7:00 pm SYD @ USSSA Kansas City, KS
7/12 Tue 7:00 pm SYD @ USSSA Kansas City, KS
7/13 Wed 7:00 pm DAL @ USSSA Kansas City, KS
7/14 Thur 7:00 pm DAL @ USSSA Kansas City, KS
7/25 Mon 8:00 pm PA @ CHI Rosemont, IL
7/26 Tue 8:00 pm PA @ CHI Rosemont, IL
8/1 Mon 7:00 pm SYD @ USSSA Tallahassee, FL
8/2 Tue 7:00 pm SYD @ USSSA Tallahassee, FL
8/8 Mon 7:00 pm USSSA @ AK Akron, OH
8/9 Tue 7:00 pm USSSA @ AK Akron, OH
8/13 Sat 1:30 pm PA @ DAL McKinney, TX
8/14 Sun 12:30 pm PA @ DAL McKinney, TX

 

Shelby Turnier Picks Up Her 1st Win in NPF

 

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In just her 2nd career start in the National Pro Fast Pitch League, Shelby Turnier picked up her 1st career pro win in Akron, Ohio as the Chicago Bandits defeated the Akron Racers 7-3 Wednesday night.

Turnier went 4.2 innings striking out four while giving up three runs on six hits against a Racers team that coming in to the game led the NPF in hitting. Turnier would give way  to Lacy Waldrop who went the rest of the way to get the save as the Bandits improved to 6-3 on the young season.

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Shelby Turnier 1st start against the  Dallas Charge (Photo Courtesy of Chicago Bandits)

Turnier was drafted 11th overall by the Bandits in the NPF Draft pick back in April. Turnier picked up her 1st win in the same stadium where former UCF Knights Greats Allison Kime and Breanne Javier played thier last games in the NPF in the 2009 NPF Championship Series when Kime and the Rockford Thunder defeated Javier ‘s USSSA Pride for the title.

Kime like Turnier picked up her 1st win in the NPF in her 2nd pro career start on June 4, 2008 when the Rockford Thunder defeated the Washington Glory 6-4 as Kime went 6 innings  giving up just one earned run while striking out 4 as she beat Sarah Pauly who currently pitches for the Akron Racers.

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

Turnier first win at UCF ironically also came on her 2nd career start on February 16, 2013 against Florida AM. It was Turnier 1st start at UCF Softball Complex where Turnier struck out nine only giving up one run on five hits.

Turnier would go on to have a legendary career at UCF becoming the school’s first ever All-American in 2015 as Turnier would lead the NCAA in ERA with a 0.87 ERA finishing ahead of teammate Mackenzie Audas who finished second in the country with a 0.95. Turnier earned a 1st team All-American honors.Turnier won American Pitcher of the Year in same year. Turnier would go on to become UCF’s all-time leader in wins in a career with 80 and help lead UCF to 3 NCAA Tournament appearances as well as two American Conference regular season championships (2014,2015) and American Tournament Championship  in 2015 when Turnier pitched a 1 hit shutout at the UCF Softball Complex to knock off Tulsa 1-0 to win the title.shelby_1

On April 8th, Turnier picked up her 71st career win against Tulsa at the Complex which at the time tied her with Kime for 2nd all-time at UCF. Kime was at the game as she worked as the analyst for the American Digital Network telecast.

 

Now in her rookie season, Turnier hoping to help the Bandits win the NPF Championship like Kime did with the Rockford Thunder in 2009.

You can follow Turnier all season long on ChicagoBandits.com as all the games for the Bandits are available via video and or audio.

 

 

WCWS Recap Look Ahead to 2017

On this edition of In the Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson taked Justin Mcleod of Justin’s World about the Women’s College World Series. What were highlights or low lights of the 2016 editioN of the WCWS. Among the topics McLeod discussed with Lopez and Anderson. dm_160608_espnw_oklahoma_auburn

  •  How did Oklahoma win the National Title?
  • Are the Sooners the favorites in 2017?
  • What is next for Auburn?
  • What went wrong for UCLA in WCWS?
  • Whats the future outook for Alabama, Florida State?
  • What does LSU need to take the next step?
  • What went wrong for Michigan?
  • Who are some  favorites in 2017?

In The Circle : Women’s College World Series recap. Early look into 2017

McCleod also discussed Houston’s hire of Kristin Vesely as well as the hire at Virginia and what the future holds at Arizona State.

You can also check out our interview with former UCLA Bruin, Jen Schroeder who shared her thoughts on the 2016 Women’s College World Series as well her thoughts on the state of the game and much more.

Jen Schroeder Talks WCWS, UCLA, The Packaged Deal

 

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson speaks to former UCLA Bruins Catcher Jen Schroeder  about her career at UCLA (2005-2008) which included being part of three Women College World Series teams during her career with the Bruins. Schroeder talked about the experience of being at the Women’s College World Series as well as her involvement with teaching and giving lessons to young players in California area as well as being involved with the PackagedDeal where she works with her sister Katie Schroeder who also played at UCLA being part of the Bruins 2010 National Championship team  along with former two -time All American and current ESPN Analyst  Amanda Scarborough and former Washington Huskies National Champion,  Morgan Stuart.

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Morgan Stuart, Amanda Scarborough, Katie Schroeder, and Jen Schroeder formed PackagedDeal(Photo Courtesy of Packaged Deal)

Among the topics Schroeder discussed in the interview included  the following.

  •  UCLA Bruins making it to Women’s College World Series in 2016
  • Thoughts on Oklahoma winning the Women’s College World Series
  • Thoughts on UCLA Bruins currently.
  • Why so many players from California are leaving the state and the Pac 12 to play in other conferences?
  •  Super Regional between UCLA and Oregon
  • How Shroeder got into Softball?
  • How Schroeder got involved with  Packaged Deal?
  • What was it like playing at UCLA and bring part of 3 Women’s College World Series teams during her career.
  • What the future of Softball?
  • Who are the best Catchers Schroeder has seen in Softball?
  • What would Schroeder change about Softball if she was in charge?

 Jen Schroeder Interview

Schroeder was part of UCLA’s 2005 team that lost in three games to Jennie Ritter’s Michigan Wolverines for the National Championship.Game 3 of the Wolverines win in extra innings is among the most watched College Softball games of all-time.

Most-Viewed Games in WCWS History:

Rank WCWS Year and Game Matchup Viewership
1. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 3 Tennessee vs. Arizona 2,326,000
2.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. Florida 2,273,000
3. 2005 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. UCLA 2,240,000
4.       2015 Game 12 LSU vs. Michigan 1,950,000
5. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 2 Arizona vs. Tennessee 1,919,000
6.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Michigan 1,865,000
7. 2003 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,852,000
8. 2009 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Washington 1,788,000
9.       2015 Game 9 UCLA vs. Auburn 1,612,000
10. 2004 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,593,000

Schroeder is one of four sisters to play Division I softball which is discussed in the interview as her sister Katie played at UCLA and on United States National team along with her sister Michelle Shroeder who played at Stanford and Nicole Schroeder who currently plays at Arkansas.

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Jen Schroeder (Photo Courtesy JenSchro.com)

she followed up her career  at UCLA  by being the the founder and owner of Jen Schro Catching, a softball instructional facility in Southern California. She is widely regarded as one of the top softball instructors in the country, and her clinics have drawn all-star guest instructors, such as Oklahoma’s Jessica Shults & Lauren Chamberlain and Florida’s Aubree Munro.

Schroeder and the Packaged Deal group travel all over the country.Below you can seethe dates and cities that The Packaged Deal will be at in 2016.

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Check out Jen on Facebook & Twitter, and be sure to “Like” Jen Schro Catching on FB, as well.

 

Kristin Vesely Named Houston Head Coach

Kristin Vesely has been named the 2nd ever Head Coach of Houston Cougars Softball program Friday morning. Vesely joined the Houston Cougars program in 2011 working for Kyla Holas as the Cougars’ assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2014.

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Kristin Vesely becomes Houston’s 2nd ever Head Coach

“This is a huge accomplishment in my life and fulfills one of my biggest goals that I have aspired to reach ever since falling in love with the game at an early age,” said Vesely. in Houston Press Release. “This achievement means so much to me in the fact of having the ability to establish a new tradition and a new history to an already great program.

Vesely replaces Kyla Holas who resigned as Houston Head Coach after 16 seasons on May 14th following the Cougars getting eliminated from the American Conference Tournament Semi-final against South Florida in Tulsa. The Cougars ended the year with a 27-29 record overall and 9-9 in The American missing the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

Vesely had a great playing career as she is the Sooners all-time hits leader (293). Vesely was named to the All-Big 12 team in each of her four years and was an NFCA All-American her last two season.