NPF Releases 2012 Fall Back to School Tour

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Nashville, TN - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the 2012 NPF Back to School Tour schedule that is set to launch in September. The Tour is sponsored in part by USSSA, with the support of Major League Baseball. The 2012 Tour marks the third consecutive year the NPF has placed a team made up of all-stars from all 4 NPF teams, on the road to compete in exhibition games against colleges across the U.S. The 2012 Tour will make 21 stops across 16 states, and compete against 22 different schools in a 40 day span. The 22 university programs include 8 who were ranked in the Top 20, and 2 … [Read more...]

NPF Draftee Update 5/21 – Andrea Harrison

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Via UCLABruins.com: Six Bruins Named to NFCA All-West Region Teams (5/17): “STARKVILLE, Miss. - Six Bruins were named to the All-West Region Team, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday. Seniors Samantha Camuso, Andrea Harrison and Katie Schroeder, and freshman Stephany LaRosa were named to the First Team, while junior B.B. Bates and freshman Ally Carda were named to the Second Team. “For Harrison, it is her third All-Region honor after being named in 2010 (no first- or second-team designations in `09 and `10) and First Team in 2011.” Read … [Read more...]

NCAA Regional Results Are In: Draftee Updates

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5 Pride Draftees move on to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament, while 2 draftees’ teams fell just short of regional tournament wins. Michelle Moultrie of the University of Florida and UCLA’s Andrea Harrison both concluded their college careers this weekend.  Ironically, both Moultrie’s and Harrison’s teams were eliminated by Florida teams, dropping regional titles to the University of South Florida and Florida State, respectively. Moultrie ends her University of Florida Tenure as the college’s career leader in batting average at .385 and stolen bases at 83 in 99 attempts.   … [Read more...]

Pac-12 Honors Pride Draftees

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The Pac-12 honored USSSA Pride Draftees in their All-Confrence softball announcement made on May 16. Valerie Arioto, the 8th overall pick in the 2012 NPF Draft, was recognized as the Pac-12 Player of the Year.  Arioto, a senior utility player for the Cal Bears, is the first softball player in her school's history to earn Play of the Year Honors.  Arioto, a 3-time All-Pac-12 honoree, leads the nation in walks per game (1.37), and leads her conference in 4 additional categories.  She earns a spot in the utility position of the All-Conference 1st Team. Andrea Harrison, selected by the USSSA … [Read more...]

2012 NCAA Softball Bracket Released

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On May 13, the NCAA released their 2012 Division I Softball Championship bracket, announcing the regional line-ups for the Nation's top 64 softball programs, including the teams of all seven of our 2012 USSSA Pride Draftees. Draftee Valerie Arioto and her team, the number 1 seed Cal Bears will host Iona, Boston University, and Arkansas in the University.  Cal will face Iona on May 18 at 7 p.m.. The winner of the Cal tournament will take on the champion of the Seattle regional, hosted by Draftee Nikia Williams and her team, the number 16 seed University of Washington.  The Huskies will … [Read more...]