ODAC Softball News Archive

2019-20 ODAC Softball News

May 5, 2020
In the sixth of our spring sport season wrap-ups, we take a look at what happened prior to the close of the campaign and what could have been on the horizon for the ODAC's softball programs.

April 14, 2020
In the next installment of "Saluting the Class of 2020," the ODAC features its senior student-athletes that competed in softball.

March 16, 2020
Several ODAC teams and athletes were in action last week before play throughout the NCAA was halted. Those earning weekly honors include (heads, top-bottom, left-right): Jeffrey Snider from Bridgewater baseball, Emily Davis from Eastern Mennonite softball, Brandon Pond from Lynchburg baseball, Megan Scalley from Shenandoah softball, Colin DiSesa from Randolph-Macon men's lacrosse, Alyson Bittinger from SU women's lacrosse, Ruth de Souza from Sweet Briar women's tennis, and Juan Borga from LYN men's tennis.

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2018-19 ODAC Softball News

May 31, 2019
For the third straight season, the softball player of the year calls an ODAC school home. University of Lynchburg first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood earned Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Player of the Year honors as announced by the NFCA on Friday afternoon. The award is an addition to the First Team All-America nod she received from the organization earlier this month.

May 24, 2019
Randolph-Macon saw its historic softball season come to a close on Friday afternoon in their second contest of the national championship series in the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament hosted by the University of Texas at Tyler at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas.

May 18, 2019
Randolph-Macon junior Shelby Hill (Mechanicsville, Va. / St. Margaret's) singled over the Christopher Newport second baseman, bringing in senior Candace Whittemore (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) in extra innings to tie the NCAA Tournament Super Regional series at 1-1. The two teams will battle it out in a deciding game three later this afternoon.

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2017-18 ODAC Softball News

June 4, 2018
Two down, two to go. That could be a theme for Virginia Wesleyan University softball and the class of 2020, especially for sophomore Hanna Hull as the Marlins lefty was named the Division III Player of the Year for the second straight season by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

May 29, 2018
The NCAA Division III softball walnut and bronze prize resides in The Commonwealth for another year as reigning national champion Virginia Wesleyan University claimed its second straight title with a 3-1 victory over Illinois Wesleyan University in game three of the best-of-three championship series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

May 28, 2018
The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team split the first two games of the NCAA Division III Championship Title Series with Illinois Wesleyan University Monday afternoon at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium. The squad came out victorious in game one, winning 6-1, before being edged, 5-4, in extra innings in game two. With the results, the Marlins are now 54-3 on the season and will square off against Illinois Wesleyan in a winner take all game beginning at 11 a.m. (12 p.m. EST) on Tuesday.

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2016-17 ODAC Softball News

June 7, 2017
Bridgewater College women's golfer Christina Herbert and Virginia Wesleyan University softball pitcher Hanna Hull both earned nominations for the Division III Woman Athlete of the Year award as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.

June 2, 2017
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is pleased to announce that Virginia Wesleyan University freshman pitcher Hanna Hull has been named the 2017 winner of the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year award.

May 29, 2017
Homeruns and stellar pitching have Virginia Wesleyan softball just one win away from capturing the program’s first national title as the Marlins knocked off St. John Fisher College, 5-0, in the first of two scheduled games in the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament championship series.

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2015-16 ODAC Softball News

May 25, 2016
Virginia Wesleyan College pitcher Kandis Kresinske headlined four ODAC players who received All-American awards from the NFCA at a presentation on Wednesday evening in Salem, Va. The Marlins righty was named the inaugural Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Freshman from the Year in addition to earning First Team All-America distinction.

May 14, 2016
The No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College softball team put two runners on base in the final inning with one out, but could not push across the tying run, falling 2-1 to No. 2 Salisbury University in the Norfolk, Virginia Regional of the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament.

May 13, 2016
The No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College softball team opened up play in the Norfolk, Virginia Regional of the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament with a 2-0 loss to Saint Vincent College.

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2014-2015 ODAC Softball News

August 20, 2015
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2014-15 ODAC Sportsmanship Teams in each of the 17 winter and spring sports sponsored by the conference. This marks the sixth year the league has recognized these fine student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship.

June 10, 2015
Bridgewater has announced the hiring of Elisabeth "Lis" Schulz as the College's new head softball coach. Schulz spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach at Geneva College in Pennsylvania. She called pitches and coordinated pitching conditioning, coached first base and was heavily involved with recruiting and practice planning.

May 9, 2015
Freshman Skylar Toth smacked a two-run homer to spark a four-run top of the 12th as the Randolph-Macon softball team posted an 8-6 victory over Salem in an elimination game at the Newport News Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

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2013-14 ODAC Softball News

June 23, 2014
For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Bridgewater College will have a new head softball coach. Following a nationwide search, Bridgewater College Director of Athletics Curt Kendall has announced the hiring of Kim McCall as the Eagles' new head softball coach. McCall takes the reins from longtime head coach Donnie Fulk, who announced in September that he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2014 season after 23 years at the helm of the program.

May 22, 2014
Guilford College second baseman Cynthia Hayes and Virginia Wesleyan College centerfield Tori Higginbotham were tabbed First Team All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Wednesday evening in a ceremony prior to the start of the NCAA Division III Softball National Championship Series. The duo lead a list of 21 softball awards earned by ODAC student-athletes.

May 11, 2014
Ninth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College saw it season come to a close on Sunday afternoon as the host Marlins dropped an 8-5 decision to Christopher Newport. It marked the second loss in two days to Captains, propelling them to the super regionals of the NCAA Tournament. VWC caps its season with a 39-7 overall record.

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2012-13 ODAC Softball News

May 12, 2013
Montclair State University's Red Hawks took advantage of an error in the top of the eighth inning Sunday to plate what turned out to be the winning run for in a 3-2 regional championship victory over Virginia Wesleyan College's Marlins. VWC finishes with a 41-8 record, the most wins for any sport in the Marlins athletic program.

May 11, 2013
Alex Hill (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany Hills) singled up the middle in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to send in the winning run as No. 1 seeded Montclair State University slipped past No. 3 seeded Virginia Wesleyan College 2-1 in the winner's bracket final of the NCAA's Montclair Regional in softball.

May 11, 2013
The Roanoke College Softball team fell 8-1 to Emory University in the elimination game of the NCAA Div. III Regional Tournament at the Moyer Complex on Sunday. The Maroons finish the season 31-14 while the Eagles, ranked #4 in the NFCA Coaches' poll, improve to 40-4 and move on to the loser's bracket final against Piedmont.

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2011-12 Softball News

May 24, 2012
Virginia Wesleyan's Tori Higginbotham and Kristina Karagiorgis and Roanoke's Leona Rainey (pictured, l-r) were announced as All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday night in Salem in conjunction with the NCAA Division III National Championship. The trio lead a list of 15 ODAC softball players who earned All-Region honors.

May 20, 2012
Roanoke pitcher not only tossed her second shutout of the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Championship, but she went 3-for-3 at the dish and drove in both of the Maroons' runs as they moved within one game of the national semifinals with a 2-0 win over Luther College. Roanoke faces Linfield at 7:30 p.m. later on Saturday.

May 20, 2012
Roanoke fell to Linfield College, 6-1, on Sunday evening at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va., eliminating the Maroons from further competition in the tournament. Roanoke received the fourth place trophy (pictured) in the awards ceremony following the game, the program's best finish in three final round appearances.

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2010-11 Softball News

May 27, 2011
Roanoke outfielder Leona Rainey (pictured) was named an All-American by the NFCA last week in its annual awards ceremony at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet in Salem. The ODAC was represented by 11 student-athletes on the NFCA All-Region teams.

May 13, 2011
Virginia Wesleyan was eliminated from the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament during its regional action at Salisbury University. The Marlins fell to Christopher Newport University, 8-6, in the first round on Thursday. The next day, Kean University out-slugged VWC, 13-5, in five innings.

May 9, 2011
Virginia Wesleyan will be the lone representative from the ODAC in the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament, as announced in the NCAA selection show on Monday afternoon. The Marlins earned their place in the NCAA field by winning the ODAC Tournament as the sixth seed. VWC took the shortest route to the title, winning four games including the final against Randolph.

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2009-10 Softball News

May 28, 2010
Bridgewater College designated player Emily Morris was recently named to the All-America Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The only ODAC student-athlete on any of three All-America teams, Morris heads a list of 11 conference student-athletes named to the NFCA Atlantic All-Region Teams.

May 14, 2010
Eastern Mennonite took on Greensboro College in the loser's bracket at the Newport News Regional of the NCAA Division III National Softball Championships. EMU took an early lead but had hopes of an NCAA win dashed when the Pride scored five in the bottom of the sixth to steal a 7-3 decision. The loss knocks EMU out of the NCAA tournament.

May 13, 2010
Four ODAC softball players added honors to their portfolios as CoSIDA announced its academic all-district teams. LC outfielder Lauren Duguay and BC designated player Emily Morris were named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 3 First Team. Eagles’ infielders Leah Cossentino and Angela Spinelli were tabbed to the second team.

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2008-09 Softball News

May 27, 2009
Senior outfielder Brittany Allsop (Milford, CT/Johnathan Law) recently earned Second-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American honors.

May 10, 2009
Bridgewater College's bid to reach the NCAA Division III Championship finals came up one run short as the Eagles lost to Salisbury University, 2-1, Sunday afternoon.

May 9, 2009
The Bridgewater College Eagles stayed alive in the NCAA softball tournament Saturday morning by eliminating Lynchburg College, 4-2, at Salisbury University.

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2007-08 Softball News

April 23, 2008
Lynchburg College picked up the final regular season victory in the conference on Wednesday evening, giving the Hornets a 16-2 league mark (33-5 overall) and securing themselves the top seed in the 2008 ODAC Softball Championship. Virginia Wesleyan College holds the down the #2 spot while Eastern Mennonite University won the league tie-breakers with Roanoke College for the third seed. Bridgewater College comes in as the fifth-rated squad after joining Lynchburg in the NCAA tournament last season, and Guilford College rounds out the field as the sixth seed.

April 5, 2008
The Lynchburg College softball team received a first-round bye in the upcoming NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and will travel to Fayetteville, N.C., this weekend to take on the winner of Emory University and LaGrange College. The contest will be held on Thursday, May 8, at 4:00 p.m. The entire tournament will use a double-elimination format.

February 13, 2008
Bridgewater College and Lynchburg College sit tied at the top of the 2008 ODAC Softball Coaches Poll. Both squads earned 91 total votes with Bridgewater receiving four first place votes and Lynchburg picked up three top nods. Roanoke College was picked third in the survey with 84 votes and two first place selections, and Eastern Mennonite holds the fourth spot with 70 votes and one top tally.

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2006-07 Softball News

June 4, 2007
A change has been made to the coaching title at Virginia Wesleyan College for Brandon Elliott. Drop the term “interim” that has preceded the “head softball coach” title he has owned for the last couple of months after stepping in to guide the Marlins’ softball program.

May 3, 2007
The WildCat Athletics Department announced the hiring of Jennifer Steele as the new Randolph College softball coach today. Steele, a former all-American softball player at Longwood University, will take over the Randolph College (founded as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1891) softball program beginning on July 1.

April 23, 2007
Lynchburg College outfielder Caroline Cubbage picked up her second straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball Player of the Year award at the annual coaches meeting during the league’s championship weekend. Bridgewater College hurler Lisa Rhodes was voted the ODAC Pitcher of the Year, and Roanoke College pitcher/first baseman Kelsey Ruitenberg was tabbed the conference’s Rookie of the Year.

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2019-20 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field News

May 15, 2020
Emory & Henry College Director of Athletics Anne Crutchfield has announced that Leroy Worley has been selected as Interim Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach.

May 14, 2020
In the fifth of our spring sport season wrap-ups, we take a look at what happened prior to the close of the campaign and what could have been on the horizon for the ODAC's men's track & field programs.

May 13, 2020
In the fifth of our spring sport season wrap-ups, we take a look at what happened prior to the close of the campaign and what could have been on the horizon for the ODAC's women's track & field programs.

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