1. Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard announced the addition of Temple College outfielder transfer Tiler Noyola. She has committed to the Bobcats to continue both her educational and softball careers and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. “Tiler is a player we are very excited to bring in,” Coach Woodard said. “She will add an extra layer of athleticism and speed to our defense and our offensive lineup. She hit the ball very well at Temple and showed tremendous speed and play-making ability on the base paths.”
2. Ole Miss head softball coach Mike Smith has announced the hiring of Kim Schuette as the Rebels pitching coach. Schuette has spent the past 14 seasons as a head coach at the Division I level. “I am very excited to join the Ole Miss softball program, the athletic department, and the University of Mississippi,” said Schuette. “I want to thank Mike and Lynnette Johnson for this great opportunity. Mike has elevated Ole Miss softball to a top-20 program in the country. Together with the staff, I look forward to helping sustain that and propel the program to being an annual national contender.” “I look forward to getting to know the team, being on the beautiful campus, and our family joining the Oxford Community,” said Schuette. “This is a great time for this program and you can feel it. Hotty Toddy!” “We are excited about Kim and her family coming to Oxford to join our staff and community,” said Smith. “She is an excellent coach and will help us to continue the direction our program is headed in. Adding someone with a head coaching pedigree will be a tremendous asset for our players and program, and Kim’s Power Five experience adds to the complete package. Kim has been highly recommended and her colleagues speak highly of her character and expertise in pitching.”
3. Auburn the teams pitching problems continue first with the transfer of starter Chardonnay Harris and now the NCAA has denied the Tigers appeal to grant a medical redshirt to ace pitcher Makayla Martin who missed most of last season due to an injury. The team still has returning pitchers Swindle and Handley along with some incoming freshman who might be able to help out in the circle.
4. Texas head softball coach Mike White announced on the signing of UCLA transfer Colleen Sullivan (Sophomore/Catcher-First Baseman/Poway, Calif./Poway H.S.) to an ASA to join the Longhorns program heading into the 2019-20 academic year. As a Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team selection in 2019, Sullivan played in 49 games with 32 starts at either catcher or first base for UCLA. She batted .239 overall with 22 hits, 15 runs scored, nine extra-base hits, including five HR’s, and 12 RBIs while walking 28 times and posted a .421 on-base percentage.
5. Texas Malory Schattle and Elicia Espinosa will not be on the team’s roster next season. Schattle will remain at Texas but will not be playing softball while Espinosa had entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.
6. Oregon after a rough year last season has seemed to right the ship and starting movement to getting them back to a playoff team. The team has added several new players to the roster including New Mexico State transfer Samaria Diaz. Diaz is the WAC pitcher of the year. Also joining the team will be UC Davis ace Brooke Yanez who was the Big West pitcher of the year. The two will be joining last years main starter Jordan Dail. The pick ups should help to cure the Ducks’ problems from last season with losing almost their entire pitching staff to tranfers and get them back on track.