College Softball News

Texas’ Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte announced on Monday that Oregon coach Mike White has been named the new Head Softball Coach at Texas. During his nine seasons at Oregon, White led the Ducks to five Women’s College World Series appearances, five Pac-12 titles and nine-straight NCAA Super Regional appearances. “Mike is a highly-respected coach with a tremendous reputation in the softball community,” Del Conte said. “What he has accomplished in nine years at Oregon is truly special. In a short period of time, Mike took a program that had not had a great deal of success and built it into a consistent national power. He is a program builder, and Mike truly cares about developing his student-athletes – on the diamond, in the classroom and as people. I’m so excited about the future of Texas Softball with Mike leading our program.” “Why not Texas?” White said. “I believe The University of Texas has every resource available to become a national power in softball. The recruiting base in Texas is tremendous, and the plans that Chris Del Conte has for the program and facility upgrades make Texas very appealing. I think it’s the right time in my career to make a move. I still have a lot of energy and time left to make an impact, and Texas has the backing and resources to do just that.” “Connie Clark did an amazing job at Texas, especially with the pitchers that she had come through the program,” White continued. “From Christa Williams to Cat Osterman to Blaire Luna, she tutored a number of great pitchers. She also had a lot of great hitters over the years. I still remember going through Austin in 2012 and having a true battle to get to the Women’s College World Series. What I want to do now is take the solid foundation established by Coach Clark and build on it going forward.” “I want to thank Chris Del Conte and Chris Plonsky for their hard work in getting this done,” White said. “I’m truly honored and flattered that they have the trust in me to run the Texas program.” “Personally, I’m tremendously excited to be the head coach at The University of Texas,” White said. “My first goal will be to get the current players on board with our vision for Texas Softball. I also need to put together a great coaching staff of people who want to grind along with me to get this program to the top.”

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It was a good year for the Pac-12 with half of the eight team Women’s College World Series field having been made up of Pac-12 teams; Washington, Arizona State, Oregon, Arizona, California, Oregon State and UCLA. With Washington making it to the finals where they lost to Florida State. UCLA’s Bubba Nickles, Rachel Garcia and Taylor Pack and Washington’s Sis Bates, Gabbie Plain and Trysten Melhart were all named to the 2018 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team. UCLA’s Rachel Garcia was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Oregon junior Megan Kleist was voted Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. Washington’s Sis Bates got Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, while UCLA’s Aaliyah Jordan was tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and also was the Pac-12 Batting Champion. Arizona State head coach Trisha Ford was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

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SEC Softball Honored with 2017-18 Sportsmanship Award for Support of Alex Wilcox. As a freshman outfielder Alex Wilcox continued her lengthy battle with ovarian cancer, Mississippi State softball created its “No One Fights Alone” campaign to rally around Wilcox, and the message took on a life of its own. Across the Southeastern Conference, every member of the league’s softball program showed their support for Wilcox. Recently the league office honored the collective group of SEC softball teams as the women’s recipient of the 11th annual SEC Sportsmanship Award. “Empathy for others, even when they are your opponent in competition, is the definition of sportsmanship, and I am proud of this year’s recipients because they set a standard that is true to the values of the Southeastern Conference,” said Commissioner Greg Sankey.

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Renovations officially have began on Katie Seashole Pressly stadium and the project is currently in the demolition phase. All renovation updates, including a webcam feed, are available at the following link: https://floridagators.com/sports/2018/6/11/ksp-renovations.aspx?id=14929

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Florida Gators Head Coach Tim Walton and the Florida Softball program announced the addition of Jade Caraway, a transfer from N.C. State, to the roster. “We are extremely excited in having Jade become a Gator,” Walton said. “She brings elements of speed, power and athleticism and has shown that she can be successful at both the high school and collegiate levels. We are looking forward to Jade joining our program.” Caraway spent the previous two seasons playing for the Wolfpack where she led the team in hits both during her freshman (72) and sophomore (41) seasons. The Winter Garden, Fla. native earned spots All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Freshman Team and All-ACC Academic Team in 2017 along with making the ACC honor roll. Caraway intends to pursue a degree in Sociology and has two years of eligibility left to play for the Gators.

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University of Pittsburgh softball players Olivia Gray, Erin Hershman and Giorgiana Zeremenko were named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Softball Team. The three helped lead the Panthers to its first ACC Coastal Division Title in program history, as well as their second trip in four years to the ACC Tournament Championship game.



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