Softball News

Even though the 2018 college softball season is over with the crowning of Florida State as the ‘D1 Champions’ there’s lots of college softball news still happening.

Larissa Anderson was formally introduced as the new Mizzou Softball head coach at a recent introductory press conference inside Mizzou Softball Stadium.

Gator Nation can rest because head coach Tim Walton won’t be heading to Texas because Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and the University Athletic Association announced recently that Florida softball head coach Tim Walton and the Gators have agreed to a 10-year contract extension.

Former Pitt softball standouts McKayla Taylor and Giorgiana Zeremenko were selected in the inaugural American Softball Association (ASBA) Draft, becoming the first Panthers in program history to be drafted to play professional softball. Then just two days after the inaugural American Softball Association (ASBA) Professional Draft, league officials announced that former Pitt softball standout McKayla Taylor, who was originally selected by Outkast, has been traded to the E1 Pro Ballers, joining former Panther teammate Giorgiana Zeremenko.

Ashlee Snyder of Salt Lake Community College, one of the premier hitters in the junior college ranks along with outfielder Kendall Talley (Lamar) and pitcher Kali Kitsinis (Santa Ana College) have been added to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 2019 roster, head coach Gerry Glasco announced recently.

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, is adding an annual early-season softball event to its roster for the 2019 NCAA Division I softball season with the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. The inaugural invitational will take place Feb. 14-17, at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. The inaugural early-season tournament will feature, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Hofstra, James Madison, Kentucky, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and two teams from the Big Ten to be announced later this year. For more information visit
stpeteclearwatereliteinvite.com.

It looks like Texas A&M starter’s outfielder Keeli Milligan and pitcher Samantha Show are jumping ship and leaving to play their senior years somewhere else besides at Texas A&M. The program released the following statement:
“Both Keeli and Sam have decided to leave the program on their own accord. We wish them the very best in both of their future endeavors.” No word on where the two will be playing next year but it looks like a condition of their release might include not playing for another SEC school. This will be a big loss for the Aggies with Show going 12-5 last season along with them also already losing starting pitcher Trinity Harrington to graduation. Show also swung a strong bat hitting .290 at the plate. While Milligan was a lead off speedster who once on the bases was always a threat to run with 29 stolen bases this past year.

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