Author: jmcleod

Miami (OH) pitcher Courtney Vierstra has been named the JWOS Player of the Week for her efforts during Week 9 of the regular season. In a conference series against Akron, Vierstra started three of her team’s four games and recorded a no-hitter and a perfect game in two of her three starts. During the series opener on Friday, Vierstra threw a 5-inning no-hitter, with the only blemish on her record a 1st-inning hit batter that was erased in short order on a stolen base attempt. She recorded twelve strikeouts in the game, and threw just 66 pitches in the run-rule-shortened…

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Head softball coach Beverly Smith has received a 3-year contract extension, South Carolina announced last week. Smith’s extension will run through the 2025 season, and she was one of three Gamecock head coaches extended through a similar time period. Men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and men’s golf coach Bill McDonald also reached similar agreements. Now in her 11th season as the Gamecocks’ head coach, Smith owns more than 350 wins and has reached the NCAA tournament in seven consecutive seasons entering 2021. The Gamecocks hosted a regional in 2018 and reached the Super regional round. In 2021, the Gamecocks currently…

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Throughout her career at North Texas, Hope Trautwein has shown on many occasions just how dominant of a pitcher she is and can be. On Sunday, though, she set a new standard, an even higher bar, for herself, for her program, and for the game of softball. In a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Trautwein did not allow a single hitter to reach base. The first perfect game of her career, it was also the first perfect game in North Texas program history and the second in the record books for Conference USA. But that’s not all: Trautwein also recorded every…

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Montevallo head coach Lindsey Vanover has resigned her position, the school announced earlier this week. Vanover was the Division II program’s inaugural head coach, building the program from scratch and serving a nearly-decade-long tenure as head coach. During Vanover’s tenure as head coach, the Falcons reached the conference tournament three times: Twice while in the Peach Belt and once in the Gulf South Conference. The Falcons boasted a pair of All-Americans in their first few years as a competing program, and notched a 144-160 overall record during Vanover’s tenure. In a statement, Montevallo athletic director Mark Richard said, “I would…

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Former Kentucky pitcher Meghan Schorman is transferring to Mizzou, she confirmed via social media on Thursday. “To say the transfer process has been a roller coaster of emotions does not even explain the half of it. A lot of tears have been shed and I’ve been very indecisive. With that being said, I’m excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Mizzou,” Schorman tweeted early Thursday morning. Schorman entered the transfer portal on February 18th, departing the Kentucky program that same week. She did not appear in any games for the Wildcats during the…

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Tom Cole has resigned as the head coach at Gardner-Webb, sources confirmed to JWOS early Wednesday. The school made the departure official in an announcement on Wednesday morning. Lani Ries, a program alum and currently associate head coach, will serve as interim head coach through the remainder of the season. Cole, who spent two decades leading the Runnin’ Bulldogs, stepped down prior to Tuesday’s game against Campbell, per sources. Gardner-Webb and Campbell are playing a 3-game, midweek conference series this week. A veteran coach with more than two decades of tenure at GWU, Cole recorded over 400 career wins during…

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Ragin’ Cajuns infielder Alissa Dalton is out indefinitely with a hand injury that will require surgery. Dalton is expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday for her hand, and there is currently no timetable for her return to the field. The 2019 Sun Belt Player of the Year and 2018 conference Newcomer of the Year, Dalton has been a consistent presence in the Cajuns’ lineup since she arrived in Lafayette as a young transfer from Oklahoma. She owns a .365 lifetime batting average as a Cajun, along with eleven home runs and 106 RBIs. In 2021, Dalton ranks second on the…

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San Jose State has not played since March 21, cancelling their last two scheduled series’ against Nevada and UNLV, respectively. On Monday, the Mountain West Conference determined how those cancelled games will affect the conference standings. All six games have been declared by the conference to be “forfeited” by San Jose State, but only for the purposes of the conference standings. The games will not be recorded as official wins/losses and the teams’ overall records will not be affected. In addition, the forfeited games will not be accounted for in the conference standings until the end of the season, according…

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The NCAA will pre-select the hosting sites for the 2021 Regional and Super Regional rounds, JWOS confirmed on Monday. A letter was distributed from the NCAA on April 2nd that outlined the process of the hosting sites being selected. JWOS viewed a copy of the letter on Monday morning. According to the letter, more than a week of time is necessary to certify a hosting site as certified for COVID-19 testing and no less than three weeks is needed to ensure efficient functioning of the hosting site. Schools interested in hosting will submit bids; March 29th was the first day…

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Kent State head coach Eric Oakley earned the 200th win of his career in a 6-5 walk-off victory over Ohio on Saturday. As the Golden Flashes’ head coach celebrates his milestone win, here are Five Fast Facts about him and his career. 1. He is in his 8th season at Kent State and 6th as full-time head coach. Oakley initially joined the Kent State coaching staff as an assistant and served in that capacity for one season. He later spent a second year as the program’s interim head coach before being named to the full-time role in 2016. 2. He…

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