RECAP: Amanda Chidester Walk-Off Beats Australia
When Team USA pitching finally needed a little bit of help, Amanda Chidester’s walk-off hit kept the Americans unbeaten.
RECAP: Osterman Leads USA Over Mexico
Another brilliant pitching performance backed by just enough offense kept Team USA unbeaten with a 2-0 win against Mexico. D1Softball has what you need to know from the win.
Road to Tokyo: Cat Osterman’s Last Dance
Cat Osterman never expected to be pitching at 38 years old. But one more chance to take on her oldest rival called her back. That rival? The game itself.
Arioto and Moultrie a Long Way from Whitehorse
Almost 11 years to the day after playing for a world title in the wilderness, Valerie Arioto and Michelle Moultrie made their presence felt in the Olympics.
Road to Tokyo: USA Softball’s Ali Aguilar
Ali Aguilar planned to spend 2020 playing on softball’s biggest stage. Instead, a coaching stint off the beaten path reminded her of the joy the game holds.
Road to Tokyo: USA Softball’s Aubree Munro
Aubree Munro becomes a softball superhero when she dons her catching gear. The Olympics will shine a light on the woman behind the mask.
Game-Changer: How New NIL Rules Could Impact College Softball
The new name, image and likeness rules represent a historic change in college athletics. What will the impact be on softball? How many players will cash in? Everyone is learning as it goes.
College Softball’s Best: D1Softball Nine
There’s no worrying about utility spots or positional eligibility. This is all about the nine players who defined the 2021 college softball season.
NCAA Softball Rules Committee Recommends Video Review
The NCAA announced Friday that the Softball Rules Committee has proposed implementing video review and allowing coaches to have two video review challenges beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.
Oklahoma Adds Transfer Alyssa Brito
Less than a month removed from winning the title, Oklahoma keeps building. The latest addition is former Oregon standout Alyssa Brito.
D1 Breakout Player of the Year: Mackenzie Donihoo
Overshadowed for much of the season by a part-time role and Oklahoma’s constellation of stars, Mackenzie Donihoo made herself a star in the World Series.
D1 Woman of the Year: Odicci Alexander
Odicci Alexander wasn’t just a pitcher, a hitter or even a two-way talent. She wasn’t just a mid-major success. Our Woman of the Year was everything we love about softball.
Player of the Year: Jocelyn Alo
Jocelyn Alo piled up so many numbers in 2021 that the Oklahoma slugger may have broken math. The master of run production is the D1Softball Player of the Year.
Rachel Garcia Named First Two-Time Outright Winner of Honda Cup Award
Rachel Garcia becomes just the third student-athlete ever to be named a two-time winner of the Honda Cup, and is the first two-time outright winner.
D1 Pitcher of the Year: Montana Fouts
For much of the 2021 season, Alabama’s Montana Fouts put on the kind of pitching display worthy of the greatest aces of yesteryear.
D1 Catcher of the Year: Kinzie Hansen
A panel of some of the best catchers who ever put on the gear agreed that Oklahoma’s Kinzie Hansen is the D1Softball Catcher of the Year.
USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selections Announced
Six current Division I players and 12 committed and/or signed Division I players were selected Friday to represent the United States as members of the 2021 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team.
Tennessee’s Ralph Weekly Retires, Karen Weekly Signs Extension
Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly is retiring after 34 seasons as a college coach. His wife, Karen, signed an extension and will remain as head coach of the Lady Vols.
D1 Defensive Entertainers of the Year
Forget gloves made of gold. Who are the college softball players most worth the ticket-buying public’s dollars to watch play defense?
D1 Two-Way Player of the Year: Rachel Garcia
UCLA’s Rachel Garcia went out like she came in. Doing everything better than just about anyone else in college softball.
Georgia Stays Home, Promotes Baldwin to Head Coach
Georgia promoted longtime assistant Tony Baldwin to become the program’s new head coach. Baldwin replaces Lu Harris-Champer, who retired earlier this month after 21 seasons at UGA.
Odicci Alexander Signs With Athletes Unlimited
Odicci Alexander against Cat Osterman? It could happen after Alexander signed on for the second season of Athletes Unlimited.
D1 Batting Champion: Kayla Kowalik
The most complete offensive season in softball history? There’s a case to be made that D1Softball Batting Champion Kayla Kowalik just had it.
Oklahoma Adds Transfer Hope Trautwein
A week after winning the national championship, Oklahoma launched its title defense by adding transfer pitching Hope Trautwein.
D1 Coaching Staff of the Year: James Madison
As the only non-Power-5 team in the WCWS and the first unseeded team to ever win its first two games in OKC, James Madison takes home coaching staff of the year.
D1 Rookie of the Year: Tiare Jennings
The easiest call of the D1Softball awards season? Oklahoma’s Tiare Jennings as the best newcomer in college softball.