Monday June 10, 2013Hannah Rogers & Michelle Moultrie Competing at USA Softball WNT Selection Camp June 10-12
Photo courtesy of USA Softball
Photo courtesy of USA Softball
Florida junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and former Gator All-American speedster Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) are two of 32 softball athletes from across the country that accepted invitations to the 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp June 9-12 in Oklahoma City, Okla. All 32 athletes will vie for a spot on the 17-woman 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster, which will be announced June 14.
During the three-day selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games. The event is open to the public and will be streamed live online.
Rogers, a three-time Gator All-American in the circle, returns to OKC, home of ASA/USA Softball, just over a week after the Orange and Blue made their fifth Women’s College World series appearance to cap off a stellar season, including the 2013 SEC Tournament and regular-season titles.
Moultrie, a member of both the 2011 and 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Teams, is looking for her third nod to represent the Red, White and Blue after helping Team USA to two World Cup of Softball gold medals in 2011 and 2012, a 2011 Pan American Games gold medal and, most recently, a silver medal at the 2012 ISF Women’s World Championship.
Moultrie and Rogers are two of eight former Gators to have had the chance to represent the Stars and Stripes, either at the Women’s National Team Selection Camp or as a member of the WNT or Junior Women’s National team.
Florida freshman second baseman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) is one of 17 athletes (19 & U) named to the 2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team in March. Stewart and the JWNT will prepare for the July 1-7 International Softball Federation (ISF) X Jr. Women’s World Championship (19 & U) with a series of exhibition games in Glenville, W.Va., on June 24 before heading to Brampton, Ontario, Canada, for the July championship event.
Current Gator sophomores Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) and Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) helped lead the USA JWNT to the 2011 Junior World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa, Haeger as the winning pitcher in the game.
Following the WNT selection camp for Rogers and Moultrie, the 17 athletes selected to the USA Softball roster will compete in three separate events in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fans in the United States will get an opportunity to see the team in action as they look to defend their 2012 Gold Medal at the World Cup of Softball VIII, July 11- 14, in Oklahoma City.
After the World Cup, the Women’s National Team is slated to compete July 16-22 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and August 5-18 at an International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Florida All-SEC ace Hannah Rogers picked up All-America honors for the third straight year and hurled two no-hitters, a one-hitter and a combined perfect game her junior season. Rogers finished the season ranked fourth in the country in wins, 10th in shutouts and paced the SEC in strikeouts, wins, innings pitched and starts, while ranking second overall in ERA. She has 97 career wins at Florida and chalked up her second 30-win season at UF (2011 and 2013) with a 33-7 record.
Highlights of Rogers’ Junior Season (2013)
First Team All-SEC P…NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team P...Two no-hitters, a CG one-hitter (Regionals vs. USF), combined one-hitter and combined perfect game…Top-25 finalist for USA Softball’s Player of the Year Award… Half her wins in SEC play were shutouts…Nine wins over top-25 teams in 2013, including two vs. USF in Regionals…Finished the season 9-2 against Top-25 opponents.
USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp Participants
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California 2012)
B.B. Bates (Victorville, Calif./UCLA junior)
Cassidy Bell (Bakersfield, Calif./Penn State senior)
Megan Blank (Culver City, Calif./Iowa sophomore)
Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas/Baylor RS junior)
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma sophomore)
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee senior)
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan 2012)
Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla./Tulsa junior)
Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif./Loyola Marymount 2012)
Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State sophomore)
Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee senior)
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas senior)
Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo./Missouri senior)
Kaitlin Inglesby (Portland, Ore./Washington junior)
Stephany LaRosa (Diamond Bar, Calif./UCLA sophomore)
Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma junior)
Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif./Oregon senior)
Nicole Morgan (The Woodlands, Texas/Texas A&M junior)
Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida 2012)
Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla./South Florida junior)
Alexa Peterson (Salem, Ore./Oregon junior)
Janine Richardson (Auburndale, Fla./South Florida 2012)
Lindsey Richardson (Estero, Fla./South Florida senior)
Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma senior)
Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla./Florida junior)
Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida junior)
Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011)
Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas/Texas junior)
Jordan Wallace (Weatherford, Texas/Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore)
Hallie Wilson (Santa Ana, Calif./Arizona sophomore)
Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif./California senior)