1. The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Gerry Glasco announced recently the addition of three transfers to the program’s roster for the 2020 season. They are junior infielder Mia Camuso, who last played at Oregon in 2018, junior outfielder Callie Martin of Missouri. and Junior college player Melissa Mayeux out of Miami Dade College. “These three athletes love the sport,” Glasco remarked. “They are all physical athletes, and more importantly great students, who value the strength and conditioning program and keep themselves in the best of physical conditioning. “Each one of them has competed at the national or international level in our sport,” Glasco added. “Our staff believes this group will help elevate our program to an even higher level the next two seasons.” The Ragin Cajun’s starting second baseman Casidy Chaumont has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal and will be leaving the team.
2. Nineteen-year coaching veteran and 2018 NCAA National Champion Craig Snider has been named an assistant coach for Texas A&M, head coach Jo Evans announced recently. Snider will serve as the Aggies’ hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. “Craig Snider will be a great addition to our staff,” Evans said. “He understands how to develop hitters and what it takes to compete at the highest level. He is great at building relationships with players and is a top-notch recruiter, having established great ties within the softball community. Craig is a great fit for our program and I look forward to him, Lauren, Riley and Henry joining our Aggie Family.”
3. 2019 was the third consecutive year that all 13 teams from the SEC received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, with Florida, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Kentucky joining Ole Miss as regional hosts. Alabama made it the furthest in the tourney falling just short of making the WCWS final series.
4. Tennessee has advanced to the postseason every year since 2004 and has been to the Women’s College World Series eight times under the leadership of co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly.
5. Florida Head Coach Tim Walton and the Florida softball program announced the addition of Charla Echols, a transfer from Michigan State. “We’re thrilled that Charla will be joining our program for the 2020 season.” Walton said. “Charla is a professional hitter and has an infectious personality that will rub off on the entire program. I know that she is excited to be a Gator and is ready to get to work. We can’t wait to have her on campus with the team in the fall.” Prior to the start of her freshman campaign at Michigan State, Echols was selected to the 2019 USA Junior Women’s National Team for the first time of her career.
6. University of Pittsburgh’s incoming freshman Makenzie Stiles has been named the 2018-19 Gatorade New York Softball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes both on and off the field excellence, distinguished Stiles as the best high school softball player in the state of New York. “Pitt softball is extremely proud of Makenzie for her decorated season,” said head coach Jodi Hermanek. “It is certainly exciting for her high school coaches and teammates to be able to share this honor alongside Kenzie, as I know her Panther family is elated for her!”
7. Tennessee former Lady Vol outfielder Brooke Vines has transferred to Loyola Marymount. After playing three years at Tennessee, Vines has just one season of eligibility left. Vines red shirted during the 2019 season. Also Tennessee pitcher Caylan Arnold has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. She also has one year of eligibility remaining in 2020. While a bit of a surprise with several hot freshman pitching prospects joining Tennessee for the 2020 season and with the success of freshman Ashley Rogers it looked like Arnold thought it was time to move on to another team.
8.UCLA USA Softball announced that UCLA’s Rachel Garcia has been named the 2019 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year. Garcia also won the award in 2018. “I am completely honored and humbled to be named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year,” said Garcia. “This award is dedicated to my grandpa, who I lost at the beginning of the season. I played this entire year for him. I’d like to thank my teammates because they’ve pushed me this entire year knowing that the loss of my grandpa really put me down. I also want to thank my coaches for giving me the opportunity to play at such a prestigious university.” The other finalists for the 2019 award were 2019 Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year Megan Good from James Madison University and 2019 Big 12 Player of the Year Sydney Romero from the University of Oklahoma. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year is voted on by coaching representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 10 USA Softball Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country as well as past winners of the award.
9. Ole Miss after two years as the team’s pitching coach Ashley Chastain has been named the new head coach at Charlotte.
10. Northwestern’s Danielle Williams was named the 2019 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year. Williams becomes the first Freshman of the Year from the Big Ten Conference after being named the Wildcats’ first-ever top-three finalist. She led the Big Ten this season with 31 wins and 13 shutouts. Williams, the Wildcats’ first pitcher to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year since 2004, is also ranked among the top 10 in the nation with 317 strikeouts (6th) and 9.7 strikeouts per seven innings (9th), while posting a 1.55 ERA with just 46 walks and a .163 batting average against. Minnesota’s Natalie DenHartog and Alabama’s Montana Fouts joined Williams as top-three finalists.