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College Softball Standings Week 5, 2024

D1 Softball Top 25: Week Five


College Softball Standings Week 5, 2024

D1 Softball Top 25- Week Five

March 12, 2024

After one week out of the top spot, Oklahoma returns to No. 1 in the D1Softball Top 25 poll.

The Sooners began Big 12 play 3-0 with a series sweep over Iowa State. LSU moves to No. 2 after a sweep of their own, on the road against Kentucky. The Tigers are still the last undefeated team in the nation.

Former No. 1 Texas falls to No. 3 after opening Big 12 play with a loss to Houston. The Longhorns did rebound with a road series win against the Cougars, but slide in the poll after the inaugural defeat.

Texas A&M was the biggest mover of the week, rising six spots to No. 17 in this week’s poll. The Aggies went 4-0 in week five, including a series sweep over South Carolina in College Station, to move to 23-2 on the year and an undefeated start to SEC play.

All is well and hearty in the state of Texas; Texas State joins the poll at No. 25 after a 3-0 showing and a weekend sweep over Penn State in San Marcos. The Bobcats are 19-6 and will begin Sun Belt play in week six.


1. Oklahoma- 22-1

Previous Rank- 2


2. LSU- 22-0

Previous Rank- 3


3. Texas- 21-2

Previous Rank- 1


4. Oklahoma State- 20-3

Previous Rank- 4


5. Stanford- 18-4

Previous Rank- 6


6. Duke- 19-1

Previous Rank- 5


7. Georgia- 20-3

Previous Rank- 8


8. Washington- 18-3

Previous Rank- 7


9. Tennessee- 19-4

Previous Rank- 9


10. Baylor- 14-5

Previous Rank- 10


11. Florida- 21-4

Previous Rank- 14


12. Missouri- 20-3

Previous Rank- 13


13. Clemson- 17-6

Previous Rank- 11


14. Virginia Tech- 18-3-1

Previous Rank- 15


15. Alabama- 20-3

Previous Rank- 12


16. UCLA- 14-6

Previous Rank- 18


17. Texas A&M- 23-2

Previous Rank- 23


18. Mississippi State- 19-4

Previous Rank- 17


19. Arkansas- 20-5

Previous Rank- 22


20. Arizona- 19-5-1

Previous Rank- 21


21. California- 21-4

Previous Rank- 19


22. Boston University- 17-1

Previous Rank- 24


23. South Carolina- 18-5

Previous Rank- 20


24. Florida State- 15-5

Previous Rank- 16


25. Texas State- 19-6

Previous Rank- NR


Dropped Out


Kentucky- 14-7

Previous Rank- 25


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NCAA 2024 College softball top 25 preseason Rankings

2024 NCAA preseason top 25 college softball rankings

NCAA 2024 College softball top 25 preseason Rankings

The 2024 college softball season is just around the corner, set to kick off on February 8th.

The Oklahoma Sooners aim to make history by clinching their fourth consecutive title. Oklahoma tops the list in the #1 spot with 25 first-place votes, Tennessee, Stanford, Florida State and Texas round off the top 6. New conference realignments take effect next season, which means we will bid farewell to some of the sport’s most intense rivalries this season.

1. Oklahoma (25 first-place votes)

2023 record: 61-1


2. Tennessee

2023 record: 51-10


3. Stanford

2023 record: 47-15


4. Florida State

2023 record: 58-11


5. Texas

2023 record: 45-15-1


6. Georgia

2023 record: 42-15


7. Clemson

2023 record: 49-12


8. UCLA

2023 record: 52-7


9. Duke

2023 record: 48-12


10. Washington

2023 record: 44-15


11. Oklahoma State

2023 record: 47-16


12. Arkansas

2023 record: 40-19


13. Oregon

2023 record: 38-17


14. Alabama

2023 record: 45-22


15. LSU

2023 record: 42-17


16. Utah

2023 record: 42-16


17. Nebraska

2023 record: 36-22


18. Florida

2023 record: 38-22


19. Baylor

2023 record: 40-18


20. Auburn

2023 record: 43-19


21. Louisiana

2023 record: 50-16


22. South Carolina

2023 record: 40-22


23. Virginia Tech

2023 record: 39-20


24. Texas A&M

2023 record: 35-21


25. Northwestern

2023 record: 42-13

Kajikawa Classic

Arizona State Softball- Kajikawa Classic Returns!

Kajikawa Classic

Kajikawa Classic Returns!

2/6/2024
After a one year hiatus, Sun Devil Softball welcomes back the Kajikawa Classic presented by Valley Toyota Dealers to open the 2024 home schedule at Farrington Stadium! The Kajikawa Classic features 10 games this weekend, February 8-11. The Sun Devils will kickoff the weekend with their home opener against Wisconsin this Thursday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. The Sun Devils will be in action for five games taking on Wisconsin, No. 20 Northwestern, St. Thomas (MN), Boise State, and Maine. All-session and single day passes are available now. Single day passes grant access to all games on that day. Be there as the Sun Devils begin the 2024 season!
Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

The annual Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic line-up is set and will run February 22th through the 25th. This very popular event is in it’s 19th year and will feature thirty teams that will battle it out at the Big League Dreams Complex in Cathedral City, CA.

Three-time defending national champion Oklahoma is scheduled to play five games including Notre Dame and LSU. 2023 Women’s College World Series semi-finalist, Tennessee will face UCLA, Oregon State, UCF, LMU, Cal State Fullerton and Hawaii.

Tickets for the event are available at their website. Games will also be streamed by FloSoftball.

2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Schedule

Thursday, February 22, 2024*
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THU 2/22USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
11:30am--Oregon St vs Wisconsin--
NoonRutgers vs HawaiiBethune-Cookman vs BYU---
2:00--UCF vs Mississippi--
2:30Rutgers vs BYUBethune-Cookman vs Oregon St---
4:30--Baylor vs Notre Dame--
5:00Oregon vs UCFSan Diego vs Missouri---
7:00--Mississippi St vs Notre Dame--
7:30Oregon vs BaylorWisconsin vs Missouri---

Friday, February 23, 2024*
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FRI 2/23USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
10:00amSan Diego St vs Nebraska-Rutgers vs LMUCal Poly vs Cal-
10:30-Hawaii vs Fresno St--Illinois vs CSUN
12:30UCLA vs Nebraska-Tennessee vs LMUCal Poly vs Utah-
1:00-Hawaii vs Cal--Seattle U vs CSUN
3:00UCLA vs Northwestern-Tennessee vs Cal St FullertonBethune-Cookman vs San Diego St-
3:30-Notre Dame vs Oregon--Long Beach St vs BYU
5:30Oklahoma vs Mississippi StMissouri vs UCFSan Diego vs Wisconsin-
6:00-Long Beach St vs Oregon--UC Riverside vs Rutgers
8:00Oklahoma vs Wisconsin-Missouri vs Cal St FullertonSan Diego St vs Utah-
8:30-UCF vs Oregon St--UC Riverside vs Baylor

Saturday, February 24, 2024*
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SAT 2/24USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
9:30am-Illinois vs Hawaii-Cal vs Seattle UFresno St vs Long Beach St
10:00Oregon vs Nebraska-Bethune-Cookman vs LMU--
Noon-Oregon St vs Notre Dame-Utah vs Seattle UWisconsin vs Long Beach St
12:30Oklahoma vs San Diego St-Northwestern vs LMU--
2:30Oregon St vs Tennessee-Mississippi St vs Fresno StCSUN vs Bethune-Cookman
3:00UCLA vs Illinois-Northwestern vs San Diego--
5:00-UCF vs Tennessee-CSUN vs RutgersBYU vs Cal Poly
5:30UCLA vs Baylor-Wisconsin vs Utah--
7:30-UCF vs San Diego-Cal St Fullerton vs Mississippi StBYU vs UC Riverside
8:00Missouri vs Baylor-Rutgers vs Cal Poly--

Sunday, February 25, 2024*
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SUN 2/25USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
8:30am---Cal St Fullerton vs Seattle U-
9:00Notre Dame vs OklahomaNebraska vs UtahOregon St vs Northwestern-Cal vs Illinois
11:00---UC Riverside vs Seattle U-
11:30LMU vs OklahomaNebraska vs Cal St FullertonTennessee vs Hawaii-Cal vs Cal St Long Beach
2:00UCLA vs TennesseeSan Diego vs UC RiversideFresno St vs Cal Poly--

*game schedules as of 1/8/2024 (check the website for any schedule changes.)

Mike Stith Named #1 Club Coach

Mike Stith Named #1 Club Coach

Mike Stith Named #1 Club Coach

Congratulations to Coach Mike Stith, Batbusters Softball!

Hutchins Announces Retirement After 38 Seasons at Helm of U-M Softball

Hutchins Announces Retirement After 38 Seasons at Helm of U-M Softball

Michigan Woman: The Profound Legacy of Carol Hutchins

ANN ARBOR, Mich.Carol Hutchins, the legendary University of Michigan softball head coach, announced Wednesday (Aug. 24) that she is retiring after 38 seasons leading the Wolverines.

Hutchins, who recently completed her 39th overall season as a head coach, is the winningest coach in NCAA softball history with 1,707 victories and a career winning percentage of .755 (1,707-555-5). More…

https://mgoblue.com/news/2022/8/24/hutchins-announces-retirement-after-38-seasons-at-helm-of-u-m-softball.aspx

Softball Mental Health Awareness

Softball Mental Health Awareness

We have so much respect and gratitude for these brave young women who shared their stories on the @7InningsPodcast this week! Please know there is strength in admitting your vulnerabilities and #itsoktonotbeok! Softball Mental Health Awareness

 

2022 ESPN College Television Schedule

ESPN Announces the 2022 College Softball Television Schedule

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2022 ESPN College Television Schedule

ESPN Announces the 2022 College Softball Television Schedule

Kimberly Elchlepp- Feb. 9, 2022

ESPN returns for 2022 with their coverage of the Division I college softball games. With nearly 200 games and more than 1,900 match-ups across its digital networks the programming coverage will be unmatched. Games will be available across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, Big 12 Now on ESPN+, Longhorn Network, ESPN+, SEC Network+ and ACC Network Extra. All of ESPN’s live softball programming is available in the ESPN App.

The season begins with the return of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational Presented by Wilson (Feb. 17-20) featuring 16 teams and 40 games on ESPN platforms. Details regarding the participating teams, event schedule and commentator teams can be found on the event website.

ESPN’s 7Innings Podcast enters its fifth season, bringing listeners an in-depth look at the collegiate softball world with the latest storylines and game recaps and previews. The voice of softball, Beth Mowins, helms the show as host, joined by a rotating cast of analysts that includes Kayla Braud, Jenny Dalton-Hill, Danielle Lawrie, Jessica Mendoza, Holly Rowe, Amanda Scarborough, Jen Schroeder, and Michele Smith.

Time (ET) Game Network
Wed, Feb 16 2 p.m. South Alabama at No. 6 Florida State ACC Network
  5 p.m. McNeese at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Feb 17 10 a.m. Notre Dame vs. Tennessee ESPNU
  12:30 p.m. Texas Tech vs.  Auburn SEC Network
  1 p.m. UCF vs. Wisconsin ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Clemson ACC Network
  4 p.m. Tennessee vs. Florida State ESPNU
Fri, Feb 18 10 a.m. Michigan vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU
  12:30 p.m. Washington vs. Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Texas vs. Florida State ESPNU
  3 p.m. South Florida vs. Notre Dame ACC Network
  4 p.m. LSU vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU
  4 p.m. Auburn vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Feb 19 10 a.m. UCLA vs. Auburn ESPNU
  10:30 a.m. Notre Dame vs. LSU SEC Network
  11 a.m. Northwestern vs. Clemson ACC Network
  1 p.m. Michigan vs. Florida State ACC Network
  4 p.m. Texas vs. UCLA ESPNU
  7 p.m. UCF vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 20 9 a.m. Texas Tech vs. LSU SEC Network
  10 a.m. Washington vs. Clemson ESPNU
  7 p.m. UCLA vs. Florida State ESPN2
Wed, Feb 23 TBD Georgia State at Georgia Tech ACC Network
Thu, Feb 24 7:30 p.m. UT San Antonio Longhorn Network
Fri, Feb 25 3 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Feb 26 5:30 p.m. No. 8 Texas vs. Texas State Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 27 1:30 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Tue, Mar 1 5 p.m. No. 13 Michigan at North Carolina ACC Network
Wed, Mar 2 7 p.m. Sam Houston at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Mar 4 5 p.m. No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 14 Clemson ACC Network
Sun, Mar 6 1 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 15 LSU SEC Network
3 p.m. Kansas City at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
Wed, Mar 9 4 p.m. UNC Charlotte at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
Thu, Mar 11 5 p.m. Drake at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Mar 12 Noon Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  Syracuse at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
  No. 6 Florida State at Georgia Tech ACC Network
  4 p.m. Nicholls at No.8 Texas Longhorn Network
  6:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Texas A&M at Auburn SEC Network
  9 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 15 LSU SEC Network
Sun, Mar 13 Noon Boston College at North Carolina ACC Network
  1:30 p.m. Drake at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  2 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at South Carolina SEC Network
  Notre Dame at Virginia ACC Network
  4 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  NC State at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
Mon, Mar 14 7 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
Tue, Mar 15 6 p.m. UNCW at North Carolina ACC Network
Wed, Mar 16 5 p.m. Penn State at Pitt ACC Network
7 p.m. No. 6 Florida State at No. 2 Alabama SEC Network
Fri, Mar 18 5 p.m. North Carolina at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Mar 19 2 p.m. Notre Dame at Pitt ACC Network
  3 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
4 p.m. Georgia Tech at Louisville ACC Network
5:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State SEC Network
No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Mar 20 10 a.m. Campbell at USC Upstate ESPNU
Noon Virginia at NC State ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
  6 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, Mar 21 7 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn SEC Network
Tue, Mar 22 5:30 p.m. Lamar at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  Liberty at Virginia ACC Network
Wed, Mar 23 7 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 19 Georgia SEC Network
Fri, Mar 25 5 p.m. Syracuse at Georgia Tech ACC Network
9 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at Ole Miss ESPNU
Sat, Mar 26 1 p.m. Auburn at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  5 p.m. Louisville at No. 14 Clemson ACC Network
  6 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 19 Georgia SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas ESPN2
Sun, Mar 27 Noon No. 18 Duke at Notre Dame ACC Network
  1 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas ESPN
  2 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 5 Florida ESPNU
  Syracuse at Georgia Tech ACC Network
  4 p.m. NC State at North Carolina ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 3 UCLA at No. 7 Washington ESPNU
Mon, Mar 28 7 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
Tue, Mar 29 5 p.m. Harvard at Boston College ACC Network
Wed, Mar 30 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Clemson ACC Network
  No. 23 Louisiana at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Apr 1 7 p.m. Iowa State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Apr 2 1 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at Ole Miss SEC Network
  2 p.m. Iowa State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. No. 5 Florida at Auburn SEC Network
  4:30 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama ESPN2
  6 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 15 LSU ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at Baylor ESPN2
Sun, Apr 3 Noon Illinois at Minnesota ESPN2
Mississippi State at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Iowa State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
  4 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No.2 Alabama SEC Network
Mon, Apr 4 7 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama SEC Network
Tue, Apr 5 5 p.m. No. 24 No. 24 Northwestern at Notre Dame ACC Network
Wed, Apr 6 5 p.m. St. Francis at Pitt ACC Network
  6 p.m. No. 6 Florida State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Louisville ESPNU
  UT Arlington at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Apr 8 2:30 p.m. NC State at South Carolina ESPNEWS
  5 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at Pitt ACC Network
  6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  10 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 17 Oregon ESPN2
Sat, Apr 9 Noon Ole Miss at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  2 p.m. Auburn at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
  3 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida ESPN2
Sun, Apr 10 Noon No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 6 Florida State ACC Network
  1:30 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 19 Georgia ESPN2
  4 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida ESPN2
  4 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 17 Oregon ESPNU
Mon, Apr 11 7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
Tue, Apr 12 7 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at South Carolina ESPNU
Thu, Apr 14 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. No. 17 Oregon at No. 11 Arizona ESPN2
Fri, Apr 15 11 a.m. UMES at Morgan State ESPNU
  1 p.m. Alabama State at Jackson State ESPNU
  No. 19 Georgia at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
  5 p.m. Syracuse at Louisville ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  8 p.m. No. 17 Oregon at No. 11 Arizona ESPNU
  10 p.m. UC San Diego at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Sat, Apr 16 Noon South Carolina at No. 15 LSU SEC Network
  2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  5 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  6 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No. 12 Missouri ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 11 Arkansas ESPN2
Sun, Apr 17 11 a.m. Princeton at Yale ESPNU
  Noon Syracuse at Louisville ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
  4 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
Mon, Apr 18 7 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
Wed, Apr 20 5 p.m. ECU at NC State ACC Network
7 p.m. No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 16 Tennessee ESPNU
  8 p.m. Houston at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Apr 21 9 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 6 Florida State ESPN2
Fri, Apr 22 4 p.m. Pitt at Virginia ACC Network
  6 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 6 Florida State ACC Network
  6:30 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi State SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at No. 5 Florida ESPNU
Sat, Apr 23 2 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 19 Georgia ESPNU
No. 14 Clemson at No.6 Florida State ACC Network
  2:30 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at No. 5 Florida ESPN2
  3 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina SEC Network
  5 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at Texas A&M SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 8 Texas at No. 4 Oklahoma State ESPN2
Sun, Apr 24 Noon Ohio State at No. 13 Michigan ESPN2
  No. 15 LSU at No. 19 Georgia ESPNU
  Louisville at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
Mon, Apr 25 7 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
Wed, Apr 27 4 p.m. UCONN at Boston College ACC Network
7 p.m. Lamar at Texas A&M SEC Network
Thu, Apr 28 7 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 6 Florida State ESPN2
Fri, Apr 29 6 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 6 Florida State ESPNU
Sat, Apr 30 Noon No. 5 Florida at No. 15 LSU ESPN2
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  4 p.m. Virginia at Louisville ACC Network
  5 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
Sun, May 1 11 a.m. No. 10 Virginia Tech at Boston College ACC Network
  Noon No. 5 Florida at No. 15 LSU ESPN2
  2 p.m. Houston at South Florida ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at Ole Miss SEC Network
Mon, May 2 7 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at Ole Miss SEC Network
Tue, May 3 5 p.m. Liberty at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
6 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 6 Florida State ESPNU
Wed, May 4 6 p.m. Dartmouth at Boston College ACC Network
Thu, May 5 7 p.m. Pitt at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
9 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
Fri, May 6 5 p.m. No. 24 Northwestern at Minnesota ESPN2
  6 p.m. Auburn at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
Sat, May 7 11:30 a.m. Auburn at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Pitt at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
  1:30 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 19 Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m. Baylor at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  3:30 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
  5 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPNU
Sun, May 8 Noon No. 20 Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
  Noon No. 6 Florida State at NC State ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at No. 2 Alabama ESPNU
  Louisville at Notre Dame ACC Network
  Baylor at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network

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Former Wildcat Taryne Mowatt Changed the Stereotype


First Choice Softball note: The following is a 2007 article from the Arizona Daily Star. We have reprinted it here with permission from the publisher, as we believe the message is timeless and can be an inspiration to other pitchers facing the “shorter than 6 foot” challenge.


Arizona’s Mowatt: Above and beyond

By Patrick Finley -Arizona Star (2007 original publication date)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Taryne Mowatt stands 5 feet 6 inches, but she looks taller. She has an extra foot of tenacity.

How else to explain what the UA pitcher did while becoming the Most Outstanding Player in the Women’s College World Series?

Mowatt threw 1,035 pitches in eight games over seven days to lead the Wildcats to their second straight WCWS title. She defeated Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, a pitcher 9 inches taller who had thrown two fewer games.

In doing so, she might have changed the perception of softball pitchers.

“You know what’s so nice, I think, for the game of softball?” UA coach Mike Candrea said. “Everyone thinks pitchers need to be 6-foot. To see a little petite girl throw her (butt) off makes me so proud.”

In recent history, dominant pitchers have been bigger. Former Texas star Cat Osterman, widely considered the greatest pitcher in history, is 6-3. So is Abbott, the NCAA’s career leader in wins, shutouts, innings pitched, starts, appearances and strikeouts.

Alicia Hollowell, who led the UA to a title last year, is 6-1. Jennie Finch, the 2001 WCWS hero, measures 6 feet tall.

UCLA’s Keira Goerl and LSU’s Kristin Schmidt — 2003 and 2004 tournament MOPs, respectively — stand 5-10 and 5-9.

While height is listed for softball players, weight does not appear in media guides and is not widely discussed.

“I have little girls come up to me and they’re like, ‘It’s so good to see somebody who’s not the biggest person out there,'” said Mowatt, who has played since she was 7. “I just hope little girls think that you don’t have to be 6-foot and above to be a main pitcher. You can pitch as long as you want — you just have to work hard.

“I definitely like the fact that you don’t have to be 6-3. I think I changed that stereotype a little bit.”

She did it at a disadvantage — at least compared to Abbott. The Volunteers’ fireballer threw harder than 70 mph from the pitching rubber, located 43 feet from the plate.

But from where the ball is released from her hand, “that’s 70 from about 34 feet,” Candrea said.

At about 140 pounds, Mowatt puts less body weight behind her pitches than Abbott. But the UA junior proved you don’t need to win the radar gun battle to win games.

If Abbott was Randy Johnson, Mowatt was Greg Maddux. Throughout the tournament, she mixed pitches as if she were psychic.

Nancy Evans — like Mowatt, a sub-6-foot pitcher when she won the WCWS in 1997 — called pitches from the dugout.

Hollowell, an undergraduate assistant this year, had a simple explanation for Mowatt’s success.

“She has the heart,” Hollowell said. “She’s a little girl. They make it sound like the stereotypical pitcher has to be tall and lanky, but there are plenty of pitchers who aren’t tall but get the job done. Nancy Evans wasn’t 6 feet tall.”

Mowatt said she couldn’t sleep Monday and Tuesday nights because both of her arms ached. And save for a tearful talk with her mom, Suzie, on Monday night — “It was just like everything, the loss, how tired I was, and I let it all out,” she said — Mowatt was the picture of toughness.

“A machine,” said second baseman Chelsie Mesa.

Candrea got a preview of Mowatt’s heart last year. That’s when Mowatt’s father, Larry, told the coach about his daughter’s potential.

“Last year he said, ‘You know what, hang in with her, and she’ll give you some special moments,'” Candrea said.

After Wednesday’s game, Candrea hugged Suzie Mowatt. He told her to thank her husband, who was home in California, for the advice.

“I can’t remember seeing such a gritty performance by an athlete as this young lady gave us,” Candrea said. “Everything was on her shoulders, and she did it.”

Reprinted with permission from Arizona Daily Star.


First Choice Softball note: In the 2007 Women’s College World Series, Mowatt lead the Arizona Wildcats, at that time, to their second consecutive and 8th overall national softball title. All-American, Mowatt was awarded two ESPY Awards during her Wildcat career; Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete. She went on to graduate from Arizona in 2008. Mowatt went on to play professional softball, coached at California Baptist University and is currently (2017) the pitching coach at Ole Miss University.


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