Friday June 14, 2013Former Gator Michelle Moultrie Earns Third Straight Team USA Nod
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Following a three day selection camp at the ASA Hall of Fame complex in Oklahoma City, former Florida All-American and Academic All-American center-fielder Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) was one of 18 softball athletes named to the 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team, announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball Friday.
Moultrie, a member of both the 2011 and 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Teams, earned her third straight 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 Florida junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.), who was additionally invited to and participated in the 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, are two of eight current or former Gators who 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.
The Gator duo was part of a group of 32 softball athletes from across the country that accepted invitations to the 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp that concluded Wednesday in OKC.
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.
Moultrie and her 17 teammates 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.
Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./head coach at USF) will lead the Women’s National Team and will be assisted by four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Berg (Corvalis, Ore./head coach Oregon State) as well as Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif./head coach Golden West College), Howard Dobson (Orange, Texas/assistant coach at LSU), Karen Weekly (Edmonds, Wash./co-head coach at Univ. of Tennessee) and Mike White (Eugene, Ore/ head coach Univ. of Oregon) throughout the summer events.
USA Softball 2013 Women’s National Team Roster
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California 2012)
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma junior)
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee 2013)
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan 2012)
Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla./Tulsa senior)
Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State junior)
Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee 2013)
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas 2013)
Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo./Missouri 2013)
Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma senior)
Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif./Oregon 2013)
Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida 2012)
Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla./South Florida senior)
Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma 2013)
Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida senior)
Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011)
Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas/Texas senior)
Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif./California 2013)