12 “Feel Good” Moments from Opening Weekend

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The 2020 NCAA DI Softball season began with fireworks across the country over opening weekend! With so many games and all the excitement, we’re bring you the best “feel good” moments from the weekend.

1. UCLA’s Delanie Wisz blasted the Bruins’ first home run of the 2020 campaign. A transfer from Loyola Marymount in the offseason, Wisz is the younger sister of fellow “Bruin Bubble” member Stevie Wisz, who has battled heart disease from a very young age, and most recently had an open heart surgery soon after helping lead the Bruins to the National Championship in 2019.

2. St. John’s went above and beyond in their opening day match-up against Clemson. The Red Storm presented the Tigers with a commemorative plaque celebrating the contest. Clemson ultimately defeated St. John’s, 6-2.

3. To stay with Clemson, there were many “feel good” moments throughout the weekend, including Coach John Rittman receiving the very first game ball and a number of other “program firsts”.

4. Mizzou brought a completely different level of “fire” to its opening weekend, despite the understandable disappointment surrounding the NCAA upholding penalties and sanctions. Check out this post-game speech from head coach Larissa Anderson. 

5. When the fog rolled in and triggered a delay, Troy and Lipscomb made the most of it with some killer dance moves and a whole lot of fun to pass the time. 

6. Courtesy of Kayla Lombardo with Softball America, and just too great not to share: Texas State squared off against Team USA and their own assistant coach, Cat Osterman. If that wasn’t cool enough, senior Hailey MacKay went yard off of her coach.

7. Natasha Watley dropped in and gave this inspirational talk to Pitt Softball.

8. LSU brought all the feels this weekend, as the Andrews family was in full attendance for LSU vs. Florida A&M.  Tigers great AJ Andrews threw out the first pitch for the game, while younger sisters Aliyah and Athena suited up for LSU and FAMU, respectively. The Tigers also recognized FAMU head coach Veronica Wiggins, who will retire after the 2020 season.

9. Fans attended games and tournaments across the country in droves, with many young athletes turning out to watch their role models. Like this big-time Gopher and Amber Fiser fan. 

10. A number of NCAA DI coaches reached milestone victories, both big and small, over the weekend. Nebraska’s Rhonda Revelle captured win No. 1000; Florida State’s Lonni Alameda recorded No. 700; UT-Arlington’s Peejay Brun reached the 200th career victory mark; Louisiana Tech’s Maria Winn-Ratliff recorded her first win as a Lady Techster and No. 700 in her career; and New Mexico State’s Kathy Rodolph picked up victory No. 500 with the Aggies.

11. Amanda Scarborough said it best about all the excitement surrounding opening weekend:

12. And finally, Jen Schroeder seeing her alma mater wear her signature line of women’s catching gear has got to be one of the coolest things we can imagine. 

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