Softball

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, The national office of the NCAA in Indianapolis is viewed. The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes _ such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players _ who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday, March 30, 2020, to give spring sport athletes regardless of their year in school a way to get back the season they lost, but did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
March 30, 2020 - 8:36 pm
The NCAA will permit Division I spring-sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes regardless of their...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, Florida's Brock Edge, right, steals second base, beating the tag by Florida A&M infielder Octavien Moyer (15), during the eighth inning of an NCAA college baseball game in Gainesville, Fla. The NCAA is planning on extending the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus. The details of how this will work are still being ironed out. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough, File)
March 13, 2020 - 8:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA is planning to extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams by one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus. The details of how the extra eligibility will work are still being ironed out. All three NCAA divisions would potentially allow...
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El comisionado de Grandes Ligas Rob Manfred durante una conferencia de prensa el jueves 6 de febrero de 2020, en Orlando. (AP Foto/John Raoux)
February 06, 2020 - 2:43 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The dual roles of former Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez and ex-Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza as team employees and broadcasters have drawn the concern of baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Martinez is a Red Sox special assistant and an analyst for TBS. Mendoza is a New...
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A Tokyo 2020 banner stands in front of the Azumi Baseball Stadium, a venue for baseball and softball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 13, 2019 - 12:24 am
FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of...
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New York Yankees minor league hitting coach Rachel Balkovec speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in San Diego. Balkovec is believed to be the first woman hired as a full-time hitting coach by a major league organization. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 11, 2019 - 2:12 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rachel Balkovec wants to be a hit with the New York Yankees — and the way to do that is to help their minor leaguers get more hits. She was hired in November and starts work next month as a minor league hitting coach, believed to the first woman hitting coach employed by a big...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, Rutgers head coach Kristen Butler, right, argues a call with the home plate umpire during an NCAA softball game against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Rutgers coach Butler and her husband Marcus Smith, a volunteer assistant, have been accused of fostering a climate of fear, intimidation and abuse on the team. The university president said Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, he wants an independent investigation of allegations. (AP Photo/ Michael Wyke, File)
October 31, 2019 - 2:32 pm
Two Rutgers softball coaches, a husband and wife, have been accused of fostering a climate of fear, intimidation and abuse on the team. The university president said Thursday he wants an independent investigation of allegations made against softball head coach Kristen Butler and her husband Marcus...
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Sam Huff, of the Texas Rangers, runs after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning of the MLB All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Cleveland. The MLB baseball All-Star Game is to be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 07, 2019 - 7:44 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — On this night, baseball's future stayed undecided. Texas catching prospect Sam Huff's two-run homer in the seventh inning rallied the American League to a 2-2 tie with the National League on Sunday — and provided the first glimpse of an All-Star tiebreaker — in a Futures Game that...
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June 01, 2019 - 11:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alabama coach Patrick Murphy turned things over to a freshman in the most important game of the season, and she came through. Montana Fouts pitched a complete-game shutout, and Alabama defeated Arizona 2-0 in a Women's College World Series elimination game on Saturday night...
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Oklahoma's Caleigh Clifton (20) and Falepolima Aviu (34) celebrates a score in the first inning against Oklahoma State during an NCAA softball Women's College World Series game in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 31, 2019. (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP)
May 31, 2019 - 11:31 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The venue and the hype were different, but the result was the same. Giselle "G'' Juarez struck out 11 and gave up one run in six innings to help Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State 6-1 in the Women's College World Series on Friday. The top-seeded Sooners beat the Cowgirls for the 24th...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 18, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma's Caleigh Clifton, right, yells as she runs home after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against Wisconsin during an NCAA softball tournament regional game in Norman, Okla. No. 1 seed Oklahoma looks for its third Women's College World Series title in four years. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP, File)
May 30, 2019 - 10:55 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two years ago, Minnesota was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA softball poll heading into the NCAA Tournament. Somehow, the Golden Gophers weren't even a national seed and got sent to Alabama for regional play. It was a harsh fate for a highly respected Minnesota team with a...
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