Avila Swept By Peru St.

April 19, 2014

Peru, Neb. – The Avila University softball team was swept on Saturday afternoon by Peru State in a Heart of America Athletic Conference battle.

The Eagles were overmatched in game one, falling 12-0. Game two was much closer, but the Eagles fell 8-7 in ten innings.

Avila held a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Peru State was able to score 3 runs in the inning. The game remained tied at 6 heading into the tenth inning when Avila scored a run to take a 7-6 lead. The Eagles were unable to keep the Bobcats off the board, though, surrendering 2 runs in the bottom of the tenth, and ultimately losing the game 8-7.

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Avila – 0 Peru St. – 12

Avila – 7 Peru St. – 8 (10 inn.)


Eagles Take Two from Vikings for First HAAC Sweep

April 17, 2014

Marshall, MO – The Avila University softball team used a scoring barrage to earn their first Heart of America Athletic Conference sweep of the season, defeating the Missouri Valley College Vikings, 9-6 and 10-6.

Yesterday marked the first time that the Eagles (10-27, 4-10) swept a team from the HAAC since March 2, 2012 when they took two from Culver-Stockton at home. It was also the first road sweep for Avila in the HAAC since they defeated Baker twice on April 1, 2007.

Game 1

Caitlyn Shireman led the way offensively for the Eagles in game one, picking up two hits, including a big 3-run homer in the sixth inning to put Avila up 8-1.

Sam Castoldi added 2 RBIs for the Eagles, and Madison Mueth and Laken Cagle each had an RBI as the Eagles took advantage of 4 Missouri Valley errors.

Tori Aziere picked up her fourth win of the season for Avila, tossing 5 1/3 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 4.

Missouri Valley (2-22, 0-12) made it interesting in the final two innings, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and 2 more in the seventh, but Avila’s lead proved too large.

Game 2

Avila scored 10 runs on 15 hits in the second game at Missouri Valley, including a big 3-run blast from Morgan Greenwood in a 4-run fourth inning.

Five Eagles had at least 2 hits in the game, led by Mueth and Shireman, who tallied 3 hits apiece. Greenwood and Kaley Harkrader each drove in 3 runs for Avila, and Mueth added her third multi-RBI game of the season.

Jennifer Hammonds earned the win for the Eagles, tossing a complete game while giving up 6 runs (4 earned) and striking out 4.

With the sweep, Avila now have 10 wins on the season, marking the first time that the Eagles have won double-digit games since they won 22 in 2008. Avila has 4 games remaining in the regular season, including a huge series at Peru St. that is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.


Eagles let two games slip away against Baker

April 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. – The Avila University softball team lost a double-header to Baker University today. The Wildcats won the first game 5-3, and the second game 2-0.

The Eagles committed five errors on the day, which led to seven runs for Baker. Madison Mueth was 4-for-7 on the day with a run batted in. Jennifer Hammonds pitched seven innings giving up two runs and striking out five. 

Game 1

Neither team wasted any time getting on the board in the first inning. The Wildcats struck with two runs when Mallorie Nelson doubled to right field knocking in the first run of the game. Baker scored another run in the inning, but the Eagles came back with a run in the bottom of the first when Mueth doubled scoring Katie McMurray. 

The Eagles committed four errors leading to five runs for the Wildcats. Tori Aziere exited the game after just three innings. She gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits, while walking two. Lexie Worden came in for relief throwing four innings giving up one unearned run on two hits. 

Mueth went 3-for-4 with a run batted in, while McMurray was a solid 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one run batted in.

Nelson led the Wildcats finishing 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. She also threw seven innings giving up 10 hits, three runs, and walking two. 

Game 2

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when Baker scored two runs. Alyse Menghini singled scoring Renata Dill. Then Nelson doubled scoring Menghini for insurance and putting the game out of reach.

Hammonds was solid through five innings, but ended up with the loss. The Eagles (8-27, 2-10) suffered their sixth shutout loss on the season.

Baker (18-20, 8-6) was led by Dill and Nelson who went a combined 5-for-6 with one run scored and a run batted in.

The Eagles will next travel to Marshall, Mo., and face Missouri Valley on Thursday for a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., while the second is set for 3 p.m.


Eagles Blanked by Ravens

April 12, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team had a lot of trouble with the bats on Saturday afternoon, getting shut out 4-0 and 7-0 by the Benedictine College Ravens.

The Eagles mustered just 6 hits on the day, and were nearly no-hit in the second game. Katie McMurray of the Eagles picked up Avila’s lone hit in the second game with 2 outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but was then called out for trying to advance to second base when the pitcher had the ball.

Game 1

Avila starter Tori Aziere struggled to find the strike zone in game one, but managed to battle through a tough strike zone to keep the Eagles in the game throughout.  She lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 11 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3.

Defensively, the Eagles struggled to make plays, but they did make big plays when they needed to in order to keep the game within reach, but they were unable to capitalize on the offensive end.

The Eagles left 7 runners on base, and were unable to come through with runners in scoring position. Madison Mueth crushed a ball in the third inning that would have tied the game at 2 apiece on any other day, but a strong wind kept the ball in the ball park.

Avila had something going in the bottom of the seventh, but the Eagles were unable to score due to a base running error that ended the game.

Game 2

Game two starter Jennifer Hammonds pitched well for the Eagles, but Avila’s defense did not help her out.  The Eagles committed 3 errors in the top of the fifth inning that led to 3 Benedictine runs.

Hammonds gave up a single run in the top of the first inning, but settled in nicely until the 3-run fifth inning. She finished the game with six innings pitched, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits with 3 strikeouts.

Avila’s bats were quiet in game two due to a stellar performance from Benedictine starter Katie Ricklefs. The Eagles were only able to muster a single hit off of Ricklefs, a McMurray single with 2 outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. She finished with a complete game shutout, striking out 5 and walking 1.

The Eagles will return to action on Tuesday when they host Baker University for a double header beginning at 1 p.m.


Avila Softball Drops Two at No. 17 CMU

April 10, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team was swept on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of No. 17 Central Methodist University, falling 6-0 and 13-1.

Avila (8-22, 2-5) mustered just 1 run on 5 hits combined in the two games, and no player had more than a single hit on the day.

Central Methodist (25-6, 9-1) showed why they are the No. 17 ranked team in the country, outscoring Avila 19-1 in the two games while pounding out 19 hits, including 3 home runs.

The Avila pitching staff did not do themselves any favors on Wednesday, combining for 14 walks while striking out just six. The Central Methodist pitching staff, on the other hand, combined for zero walks on the day while striking out seven.

Avila’s youth was outmatched by Central Methodist’s experience in these two games. While Avila has just 2 seniors on its roster, Central Methodist has 6. Avila started nearly all freshmen on Wednesday, excluding Jennifer Hamonds, a sophomore, and Stephanie Gibson, a senior, while Central Methodist started senior pitchers in both games, and their lineup is sprinkled with juniors and seniors throughout.

Avila’s youth movement is already starting to change the culture of the softball program at Avila University, as they have already won more games this season than they did in 2013, and the Eagles still have 11 games to play on the season.

The Eagles will return to action on Friday when they travel to Olathe, Kan. to play a single game with MidAmerica Nazarene at 1:30 p.m. The game is a make-up of a series in late-March that was postponed due to rain.


Avila Softball Adjusts Schedule

April 7, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team’s start time for their double header scheduled for Wednesday at Central Methodist University has been adjusted, with the start time of game one being moved from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Avila softball has also announced the make-up dates for their home series against Evangel, as well as their single make-up game at MidAmerica Nazarene. All three games were postponed due to rain.

The Eagles will host Evangel University on Tuesday, April 22 in a HAAC double header beginning at 2 p.m. at the Zarda Multisport Complex. This double header is a make-up from April 2.

The Eagles will also travel to Olathe, KS to play their final game with MidAmerica at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11. This game will be the make-up from the game that was rained out on March 26.

To view the updated Avila softball schedule, click here.


Castoldi’s RBI Single Helps Avila to Split with CSC

April 5, 2014

Kansas City, MO – Sam Castoldi came through at the plate in the bottom of the sixth of game one against Culver-Stockton Wildcats with a huge go ahead 2-RBI single to give Avila a 3-1 victory.

While Avila won game one, game two belonged to the Wildcats as they defeated the Eagles 8-0 in five innings.

Game 1

Sam Castoldi provided the big hit, and Tori Aziere tossed 6 solid innings to help the Avila Eagles earn their 8th victory of the season, surpassing the Eagles’ win total from 2013.

After a rocky first couple of innings, Aziere settled down to have a great game. She finished with 6 innings pitched, recording 7 strikeouts and giving up just 2 hits.  Lexie Worden came on in relief to earn the save for the Eagles.

Avila (8-19, 2-2) scored all 3 of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, with the go ahead runs scoring on the Castoldi single.

Culver-Stockton scored their only run of the game on a bases loaded walk by Anna Linderman, giving the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead.

The Eagles held the Wildcats to just 2 hits in the game, and Worden added 2 strikeouts in the seventh inning, giving Avila 9 punch outs in the game.

Game 2

Despite a 2-3 effort from Madison Mueth, the Eagles dropped game two to Culver-Stockton, 8-0.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Culver-Stockton took advantage of an Avila error to explode for 4 runs to take a 4-0 lead. 

That was more than enough for Wildcat starter Brooke Ruether, who tossed a 5-hit shutout for Culver-Stockton.

Avila (8-20, 2-3) had a few chances to score in the game, but could never take advantage as they missed an opportunity to get above .500 in the HAAC.

The Eagles will return to action when they travel to Central Methodist University for another big HAAC double header that is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.


Avila Softball Cancels Games Due to Severe Weather

April 3, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The threat of severe weather and torrential rain have caused Avila University to cancel its softball games against Evangel University.

Avila was scheduled to play Evangel this afternoon in a HAAC double header set to begin at 2 p.m., but the threat of severe weather was too great for Evangel to drive the long distance to play today.

No make-up date has been announced at this point, but keep an eye on the Avila Softball web page, as well as the Avila Athletics Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information.

Avila’s next scheduled games are on Saturday, April 5th at home against Culver-Stockton at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 


Eagles Split with Jackets on Senior Day

March 30, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team earned a comeback win over Graceland in game one on Saturday, 4-3, but fell in a heartbreaking thriller in game two, 3-1 in ten innings.

The Eagles (7-19, 1-2) celebrated senior day on Saturday, honoring seniors Stevie Gibson and Courtney Morgan with a ceremony that took place between games.

Gibson and Morgan were each in the starting lineup in game one, and Gibson wound up driving in what proved to be the winning run in Avila’s 4-3 victory.

Game 1

Katie McMurray, Maddie Mueth, and Morgan Greenwood each collected 2 hits apiece, and Stevie Gibson drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Avila Eagles earn their first HAAC victory of the season.

The Eagles struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a Greenwood sac fly, but the Jackets (4-18, 3-3) quickly responded with an unearned run in the top of the second inning.

The score remained the same until the top of the fourth inning when Graceland’s Maryse Garcia smacked a solo homerun to give the Jackets a 2-1 lead.

Avila answered with 3 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting RBIs from Sam Castoldi, Sheyanna Thompson, and Gibson to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead. The Jackets plated a single run in the top of the seventh inning, but second baseman Katie McMurray made a great diving play to her left to end the game, preserving the lead and the victory for the Eagles.

Game 2

The Avila Eagles dropped game two of the double header with Graceland, 3-1, despite a fantastic effort from pitcher Tori Aziere. Aziere threw all ten innings for the Eagles, striking out six and walking just one.

Aziere had a no-hitter going through 5 2/3 innings before she surrendered her first single in the sixth inning. The Jackets wound up tying the game at 1 apiece in the sixth inning.

The Eagles jumped on the Jackets early, getting an RBI single from Kaley Harkrader in the bottom of the first inning, but the Eagles would be held scoreless for the rest of the game.

 Avila had plenty of opportunities to score in the game, gathering 11 hits, but they left 12 runners on base. Avila left the bases loaded twice, including in the bottom of the ninth inning when Mueth hit a screaming line drive to center field, but Ashley Madsen made a fantastic diving catch to end the Avila rally.

Graceland scored twice in the top of the tenth inning, and Avila was unable to answer in the bottom of the tenth, ending the game with Avila on the wrong side of a 3-1 score.


Eagles Split Double Header with Chargers

March 28, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team split their double header with the Briar Cliff University Chargers on Friday afternoon, winning the first game, 6-5, and dropping game two, 12-4.

Madison Mueth continued her hot streak, getting on base 3 times on the day, including a go-ahead 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of game one to give Avila a 6-5 lead.

Game 1

Madison Mueth played the role of hero in the first game of the day for the Eagles by hitting what proved to be a game-winning 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Avila their first and only lead of the game.

Avila trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but a Katie McMurray RBI single and Mueth’s 3-run bomb helped the Eagles to earn their sixth victory of the season.

Jennifer Hammonds threw a complete game for the Eagles, tossing seven innings and giving up 5 runs on 6 hits. The win was Hamonds’ third of the season.

After taking a 1-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles retired the Chargers in order in the top of the seventh, sealing the victory.

McMurray, Mueth, Laken Cagle, and Morgan Greenwood all collected RBIs in the game for the Eagles.

Game 2

Lexie Worden got the start for the Eagles in the second game, but she struggled out of the gate, lasting only 1 1/3 innings. She was relieved by Tori Aziere with one out in the second inning with Avila trailing, 6-0.

The Eagles fought back with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning off the bat of Greenwood, and 2 runs in the bottom of the third inning with single RBIs from Mueth and Greenwood, respectively.

Briar Cliff pulled away with single runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, and then really broke the game open with 4 runs in the top of the sixth inning to make the score 12-3.  Avila answered with a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but left another runner in scoring position to end the game, 12-4.

The Eagles will return to action Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with a HAAC double header against Graceland University.

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Softball Opens HAAC Play with Loss to MNU

March 27, 2014

Olathe, KS – The Avila University softball team opened its conference schedule with a loss on the road at MidAmerica Nazarene University yesterday, falling to the Pioneers, 9-1.

The second game of the scheduled double header was postponed due to rain, and no make-up date has been announced.

Maddie Mueth drove in the lone run for the Eagles with an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning, scoring Katie McMurray.  The run brought Avila back to within 4 runs, but the Pioneers answered with a single run in the fifth, and 3 runs in the sixth to win the game 9-1.

After a the teams played to a scoreless tie through one and a half innings, Avila surrendered 5 runs to MidAmerica in the bottom half of the second inning. The Pioneers scored 5 runs on 4 hits to break the game open.

Avila starter Jennifer Hammonds labored through four innings, giving up 5 runs on five hits, including 2 home runs. MidAmerica starter Megan Schwindler held the Eagles to just one run on 5 hits in the game, tossing all six innings to earn the victory.

Avila will return to action on Friday when they return home for the first time since March 15th to take on Briar Cliff University in a double header set to begin at 1 p.m.


Game Times Adjusted for Softball at MidAmerica

March 25, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball games against MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. have been pushed back to a 4 p.m. start time.

Avila’s Heart of America Athletic Conference opener against the Pioneers was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time, but has now been pushed back three hours due to conflicts with class times.

While the games were moved by MidAmerica, the later start time will help keep the student-athletes in class later in the day, helping them to miss less class time.


Avila Drops Final Game in Tucson Invitational, 5-4

March 21, 2014

Tucson, AZ – The Avila University Eagles softball team dropped another close game in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday morning, 5-4, to Dickinson State University Blue Hawks.

The Eagles (5-16, 0-0) finished their trip to Arizona with a record of 3-4 in 7 games, with 3 of the losses decided by 2 runs or less.

Morgan Greenwood led the Eagles offensively against the Blue Hawks, going 2-3 with 3 RBIs. Maddie Mueth went 1-4 with a single, and she finished 13-23 (.565) with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, and zero strikeouts on the week.

The Blue Hawks scored 2 runs in the first inning on Avila starter Lexie Worden, but she calmed down to have a solid start. Worden tossed 5 1/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out one while walking none.

Avila cut the Blue Hawk lead to 2-1 in the second inning when Greenwood drove in Sheyanna Thompson with a 2-out single. Each team would tack on single runs in the third inning to make the score 3-2 Blue Hawks.

The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Greenwood hit a double that drove in Caitlyn Shireman. The score would remain 3-3 until the sixth inning when each team would again score single runs, making the score 4-4 heading into the seventh inning.

The Blue Hawks scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, and Avila was unable to score in the home half of the seventh.  The Eagles had the tying run on third base with two outs, but Shireman grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Avila will return to the field when they travel to Olathe, Kan. to take on MidAmerica Nazarene University in their Heart of America Athletic Conference opener. The double header is set to begin at 1 p.m. on March 26th.


Eagles Drop Two Heartbreakers in Arizona

March 20, 2014

Tucson, AZ – The Avila softball team went winless on the day for the first time on their road trip to Tucson, Ariz., falling 7-3 to Oklahoma Baptist University and 2-1 to Valley City State University.

The Eagles held leads in both games, but were unable to hold on in either game. Avila led Oklahoma Baptist 3-1 with 2 outs in the seventh inning before the wheels fell off, and they held an early 1-0 lead against Valley City State.

Avila is now 3-3 on their Spring Break trip with one game remaining against Dickenson State University.

Game 1

A rough seventh inning led to the demise of the Avila Eagles against Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday morning.  Avila went into the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead, and after a single and a double to lead off the inning, Eagle starter Jennifer Hammonds got the next two Lady Bison to fly out, putting Avila one out away from a third straight victory.

Hammonds gave up a 2-out, 2 RBI double LeNae Sanchez, and all of the sudden the game was tied at 3 apiece. After a Hammonds gave up a single to the next batter, she got what seemed to be an inning ending fly out to left, but an error by the Eagles led to 2 more runs for the Lady Bison, giving them a 5-3 lead. The next batter for Oklahoma Baptist sent a Hammonds pitch over the fence in center field for a 2-run home run, giving the Lady Bison a commanding 7-3 lead.

Maddie Mueth’s bat remained hot for the Eagles as she finished the game 2-4 with a double and a run scored, and Kaley Harkrader and Caitlyn Shireman each had an RBI for Avila in the loss.

Game 2

The Avila Eagles failed to provide enough offense to beat Valley City State University on Thursday despite Tori Aziere's stellar six-inning performance. Aziere tossed six solid innings, giving up 2 first inning runs, and scattering 7 hits while striking out 7.

The Eagles got on the board in the top of the first inning when Sheyanna Thompson drove in Katie McMurray with an RBI-ground out, but that was the only run Avila was able to score in the game.

Valley City State answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning when Brittany Lenher roped a 2-RBI double into the outfield.  Lenher’s double marked the end of the scoring for either team, as dominant pitching took over.

Avila could only manage 5 hits in the game, and Valley City State finished with just 7 hits, but they came out on top with the 2-1 victory.

The Avila Eagles will look to finish their run through the Tucson Invitational strong when they take on Dickenson State University at 9 a.m. (11 a.m. CST) Friday morning in Tucson, Ariz. You can follow the Eagles live online with live stats HERE.


Softball Cruises to Two Victories in Tucson

March 19, 2014

Tucson, AZ – The Avila softball team used an offensive outburst on Wednesday afternoon to pick up two more victories in the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.

The Eagles (5-13, 0-0) defeated Southwestern College, 11-2, in their first game, and then handled Mayville State University, 6-1, in their final game of the day.

Maddie Mueth continued her hot hitting, going 3-7 on the day, including a home run, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs scored to lead the Eagles offensively.  Kaley Harkrader added 3 hits and 4 RBIs on the day as well.

Game 1

The Avila Eagles scored early and often in their game with Southwestern College, getting a single run in the first inning, and 3 more runs in the second.  Avila scored at least one run in all five innings of the game on Wednesday, which they won 11-2 in 5 innings.

Maddie Mueth drove in the first run of the game for the Eagles in the top of the first inning, and then drove in two more when she belted a 2-run home run in the fourth inning. She finished the game 2-4, driving in 3 runs and scoring once.

The Eagles had 5 players with at least 2 hits in the game, including Kaley Harkrader, who finished 2-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs.

Jennifer Hammonds picked up the win for Avila. She allowed 2 runs over five innings while striking out three and walking none.

Game 2

Three first inning runs set the tone for the Avila Eagles as they cruised to a 6-1 victory over Mayville State University on Wednesday afternoon in Avila’s second game of the day.

Kate McMurray singled to lead off the game, and then stole second base to get in scoring position. Kaley Harkrader then drove a 2-2 pitch for an RBI single to give the Eagles an early lead.  Avila would tack on 2 more runs in the inning with back to back bases loaded walks from Morgan Greenwood and Sam Castoldi.

The three runs were more than enough for Avila starter Tori Aziere, who tossed four shutout innings. Aziere scattered just 4 hits while striking out three and walking none.

Avila added single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth inning to build a 6-0 lead, and Mayville State scored their only run of the game in the sixth inning on an Eagle error.

Lexie Worden came on in relief for Avila, pitching three innings, and surrendering just one unearned run.

Avila will return to action today with games against Oklahoma Baptist and Valley City State.  The games will be played at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CST.


Eagles Split First Day in Arizona

March 18, 2014

Tucson, AZ – The Avila Eagles softball team split their first two games on the first day of the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. on Tuesday morning.

Avila defeated Huntington University in their first game of the day, 8-7, and fell to Doane College in their second game, 8-6.

Maddie Mueth had 7 hits on the day, including a game winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Avila a come from behind walk-off victory in their first game.

Game 1

The Avila Eagles outlasted Huntington University on Tuesday after six lead changes, squeaking out a 8-7 win at Tucson.

Mueth went 4-4 in the game, including a walk-off, RBI single to give the Eagles the victory in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Sheyanna Thompson and Kaley Harkrader each had 2 hits and 2 RBIs apiece, and Katie McMurray scored 2 runs to help the Eagles earn the victory.

Avila led the game 3-0 heading into the fourth inning, but some sloppy defense led to a 5-run fourth inning for Huntington, with 4 of those runs being unearned.

The Eagles scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game and send it to extra innings, and each team traded runs in the eighth inning, setting up a wild finish in the ninth inning.

Huntington scored a run in the top of the ninth, but Avila answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim their first extra innings victory of the season.

Lexie Worden came on in relief to earn the win, giving up just 2 runs over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Game 2

Mueth stayed hot in the second game of the day for the Eagles down in Tucson, going 3-3 with 2 RBIs for the Eagles. McMurray added 3 hits and an RBI in the game, but it was not enough to lead the Eagles to a victory over Doane College.

Doane Built a 6-0 lead after four innings of play, but Avila fought back with 2 runs in the fifth and 4 runs in the sixth to cut into the Doane lead, but were never able to tie the score.  Doane scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and held the Eagles scoreless in the seventh inning to give them the 8-6 victory.

Avila will return to action on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to take on Southwestern College on Field 1 in Tucson, Ariz. They will also play at 3:30 p.m. on Field 3 against Mayville State.


Softball to Spend Spring Break in Tucson, Arizona

March 18, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team will be spending their spring break playing in the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. this week. 

The Eagles will play six games throughout the week, including two games on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, and single games on Thursday and Friday.

Unfortunately, none of the game will be streamed live online, but the results of each game will be posted on the Avila Athletics social media pages (Facebook and Twitter), and recaps of each day will be posted on the www.avila.edu/athletics web page.  Links to those recaps will be posted on the social media sites as well.

For a complete schedule of Avila’s games in the Tucson Invitational, including time and date, please click on the following link: Avila Softball Schedule

To view the Tucson Invitational website, click here


Eagles Drop Two to Spires

March 12, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team dropped both games of their double header on Tuesday to the University of Saint Mary Spires.  The Eagles lost both games by a score of 6-1.

The Eagles (2-10, 0-0) never got anything going offensively in either game, scoring just 2 runs on 7 hits combined on the day. 

Game 1

In game one, Avila starter Jennifer Hammonds gave up a season high 6 runs, 5 earned, and 10 hits while picking up the loss.  Despite giving up the 10 hits, Hammonds is still ranked in the top 30 in the nation in opponents’ batting average, with batters hitting at just a .183 clip.

Laken Cagle drove in the only run for the Eagles in the first game, driving in Madison Mueth in the top of the fourth inning to bring Avila within a single run at that point.  The Spires (10-5, 0-0) answered with a single run in the bottom half of the inning, and then broke the game open with 3 runs in the sixth.

Game 2

Game two started off great for the Eagles as Kaley Harkrader drove in Sam Dexter to give Avila an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Avila was unable to plate any more runs in the game.

The Spires answered with 4 runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning, and added two more runs in the third inning to give them a 6-1 lead, which proved to be more than enough for Saint Mary starter Steeli Norton.

Avila will return home on Saturday for a double header against St. Gregory’s University.  First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at the Zarda Multisport Complex.


Avila Splits Double Header with AIB

March 9, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team split its double header with AIB on Sunday afternoon at Zarda Sports Complex.

Avila lost the first game 3-2 and won the second game 4-2.

Samantha Dexter went 3-for-7 on the day scoring two runs and knocking in a run.  Katie McMurray also went 3-for-5 on the day and scored a run.

Game #1 AIB - 3 Avila – 2

Avila starting pitcher Jennifer Hammonds pitched 6.1 innings giving up two runs, two hits and strkiking out five.  Lexie Worden came in for relief and pitched 2.2 innings giving up three hits and one earned run to take the loss.

Avila struck first scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. Dexter led off the inning and was hit by pitch and later scored on a wild pitch. She later knocked in the second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, when she singled to left field scoring Sam Castoldi.

AIB tied the game in the top of the sixth when Jayden Ott hit a two run home run. AIB would score in the top of the ninth inning when Kara Hilton singled to left field knocking in the go ahead run.

Game #2 Avila – 4 AIB – 2

AIB scored the first two runs of the game to take a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning. However, the Eagles struck right back when Courtney Morgan scored the team’s first run on a fielder’s choice.

Avila went on to score three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Madison Mueth singled to left field scoring Dexter and Katie McMurray. Castoldi later drew a walk to score the fourth run of the game for the Eagles.

Lexie Worden threw four innings giving up four hits, two runs, and two walks. Tori Aziere also made an appearance on the mound pitching three innings and giving up one hit, one walk and fanning six batters.

Avila will return to action Tuesday for a double header at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. The first game will start at 1 p.m., while the second game is scheduled for 3 p.m.


Avila Swept By No. 22 Park University

March 6, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team lost both games of their double header on Thursday against the No. 22 Park Pirates.

The Eagles lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, in the first game of the day, and fell 11-5 in the second game.

Samantha Dexter led the Eagles offensively, finishing the day with 3 hits, a home run, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base, but it was not enough to get the Eagles in the win column.

 Game 1 #22 Park University - 2 Avila University - 1

Avila starting pitcher Jenn Hammonds threw 7 strong innings, but surrendered 2 unearned runs to earn the loss for the Eagles in game one.  She allowed just 3 hits in the game while striking out 3 and walking none.

The Pirates started the scoring off in the third inning with an RBI triple from Taylor Lipps, knocking in Callie Beaver to give Park a 1-0 advantage.  Lipps drove in Park’s second run of the game in the fifth with an RBI single, once again knocking in Beaver.

Dexter put the Eagles on the board in the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field, hitting the ball off the top of the foul pole to cut the Park lead to 2-1.

Avila put the tying run on second base in the bottom of the seventh with one out, but Sam Castoldi and Stephanie Gibson both struck out, ending the game and the threat for the Eagles.

Game 2: #22 Park University - 11  Avila University - 5

Park University got off to a fast start in the second game, scoring 7 runs on 6 hits in the top of the first inning.  Avila starter Lexie Worden was hit with a batted ball in the leg in the inning, but stayed in the game.

Avila tried to counter in the bottom of the innings, but after back to back hits to lead off the inning, the Eagles were unable to score.

The Eagles were able to cut into the Park lead in the third when Dexter stole home, and Katie McMurray scored on a wild throw, making the score 7-2 after three innings.

Avila scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, but a 4-run fifth inning from the Pirates put the game out of reach for the Eagles.

Avila will return to action on Sunday when they take on the A.I.B. College of Business Eagles in a double header beginning at 1 p.m. at the Zarda Multisport Complex at Avila University.


Softball Shakes up Weekend Plans

March 4, 2014

Kansas City, MO – Saturday’s Avila University Eagles softball games have been rescheduled to Sunday due to a scheduling conflict with their opponent, the AIB College of Business Eagles.

The AIB Eagles had a traveling conflict due to the winter storm that forced them to be on the road a couple days longer than planned, and moving the games to Sunday made things easier on both teams.

Saturday’s weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid-30s, while Sunday’s forecast is calling for temperatures near 50 degrees.

The games will still be played at their originally scheduled times of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Zarda Multisport Complex at Avila University.

Due to the multiple schedule adjustments, please click on the following link to see the updated Avila softball schedule as of March 5, 2014:

Avila University Softball Updated Schedule (3/5/14)


Snow Forces Softball to Change Plans

March 3, 2014

Kansas City, MO - The snow has forced the Avila University softball team to move its scheduled games with Park University from Wednesday, March 5 to Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

With the amount of snow on the field, and the projected temperatures over the next couple of days, moving the games back a day will give the teams a better opportunity to play the games.

Temperatures for game time on Thursday are projected to be in the 50s.

Avila's scheduled double header on Saturday, March 8 will be played as scheduled at 1 and 3 p.m.

The Eagles have had 10 games canceled this season due to cold weather and snow.


Weather Forces Softball to Cancel Weekend Plans

February 26, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The threat of freezing temperatures and measurable snow have caused Avila University to cancel all scheduled softball games for this weekend.

Avila was set to play Tabor College on Friday, and then play a four game series with Jamestown University over the weekend.  All six games have been postponed due to the weather.

Head softball coach Robert Wade said that it is very disappointing to lose eight games due to cold weather and snow in a single week, but that is what you get for being in the Midwest.  Avila also lost their double header on Tuesday against Ottawa University due to freezing temperatures.

Avila’s next scheduled games are March 5th at home against Park University at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Currently, the future cast on The Weather Channel’s website is calling for a high of 25 degrees and a 20 percent chance of snow on that date.


Softball vs. Ottawa Postponed Due to Weather

February 24, 2014

Kansas City, MO – Tuesday’s scheduled softball games against Ottawa University have been cancelled due to cold weather and the threat of possible snow.

The forecasted high for Tuesday is 28 degrees with a 30 percent chance of snow flurries.

No make-up date has been announced.

The Eagles are scheduled to return to action on Friday, February 28 at home against Tabor College. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Zarda Multisport Complex.


Dexter, Hammonds Lead Eagles to Season-Opening Split

February 20, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The Avila University softball team opened its season Wednesday afternoon with a two game split versus the University of Saint Mary Spires.

Freshman center fielder Samantha Dexter went 7 for 7 on the day with 4 runs batted in, 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, a home run and a stolen base to help the Eagles (1-1, 0-0) earn the split.  Sophomore pitcher Jennifer Hammonds pitched the Eagles to their first win of the season by throwing seven strong innings, giving up 5 runs (1 earned) while striking out 4 and scattering 4.

Saint Mary (4-5, 0-0) won the first game by a score of 12-9, but Avila earned the split with a walk-off 6-5 victory in game two to earn the split.

Kaley Harkrader was the hero for the Eagles as she drove in the winning run with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Eagles the 6-5 victory.

Game 1

The Spires got off to a quick start in the first game as the first two batters reached, and then Victoria Toplikar cleared the bases with a 3-run homerun to give the University of Saint Mary a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Avila answered in the bottom of the first when Dexter drove in fellow freshman Katie McMurray to get the Eagles on the board.  The Eagles added a second run when Harkrader and Dexter executed a double steal of second base and home.

Avila found themselves trailing 9-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but they exploded for 5 runs in the inning to tie the game at 9. 

The game remained tied at 9 heading into the seventh inning, but the Spires took control by putting up three runs in the seventh, and ultimately winning the game by the score of 12-9.

Game 2

Hammonds started the second game for Avila on the mound, and she came out of the gates throwing strikes.  Hammonds had complete control of the game, and did not allow the Spires to score a run through the first six innings.

The Eagles did not waste much time getting on the scoreboard, putting up 4 runs in the second inning to build a 4-0 lead.  Avila tacked on another run in the third inning with a Samantha Dexter solo home run to give the Eagles a commanding 5-0 lead.

The score remained 5-0 until the top of the seventh inning when the Spires broke free for 5 runs.  The Spires had cut the lead to 5-3 with 2 outs in the seventh, and then Steeli Norton hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 5.

In the bottom of the seventh, Madison Meuth hit a 2-out double to deep right to set up Harkrader’s heroics.  Harkrader slapped a single to right field, and Meuth came around to score from second to give the Eagles a 6-5 victory.

The Eagles will travel this weekend to play a double-header at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday against No. 19 St. Gregory's.  Then, the Eagles will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. to play a double-header  at 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday against No. 3 ranked Oklahoma City University.


Softball Home Opener Cancelled Due to Weather

February 3, 2014

Kansas City, MO – The threat of inclement weather forced Avila University to cancel the home opener for the softball team on February 9th, 2014 nearly a week in advance.

The forecast in Kansas City for Sunday calls for temperatures in the low 20s with the possibility of snow.

The Kansas City area is also supposed to receive anywhere from 4-10 inches of snow on Tuesday, as well as another 2-3 inches on Saturday.

Avila’s head softball coach Rob Wade said that the call to cancel the games, while not idea, was an easy one.

“The team is pretty disappointed, but we understand how fickle Mother Nature can be in the Midwest,” Wade said. “We welcome the extra week of preparation.”  

Avila is scheduled to travel to Oklahoma City, OK for a double-header on Saturday, February 15th to take on Oklahoma City University before returning home on Wednesday, February 19th for a double-header with the University of St. Mary.

See the full schedule here.


Eagles Will Rely on Young Talent in 2014

January 29, 2014

Kansas City, MO - Fans of Avila University softball had better have a roster handy when the Eagles first take the field in early February.

With a few exceptions the Eagles starting lineup will be filled with new faces.

Kylie Ball (left), a senior first-baseman from Kansas City, Mo., and second-team all-Heart of America Athletic Conference pick is the lone holdover from a team that finished 7-23 last year. According to second-year head coach Rob Wade, Ball is as good a player as any to build an otherwise young team around. She batted .417 a season ago.

But that’s not to say the roster isn’t filled with talent. In fact, Wade said if this group was all juniors he would think the Eagles would be one of the best teams in the conference.

“This may be the deepest roster Avila has ever had,” Wade said. “There’s a lot of talent there, but college softball is college softball. My only concern is youth.”

Wade said he built his entire recruiting year around bringing in several talented pitchers, and he believes he’s accomplished it with a group led by Jennifer Hammonds a sophomore from Raytown, Mo., Tori Aziere a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., and Lexie Worden a freshman from Grain Valley, Mo.

When it comes to position players, Wade said his lead-off hitter will most likely be Katie McMurray from Kansas City, Mo., a speedy second baseman with a high on-base percentage.

Other recruits include Maddie Mueth from Simi Valley, Calif., who will play third base.  Another player Wade is excited about is Samantha Castoldi from San Tan Valley, Ariz., who was one of the leading hitters in her state last season.

“The quality of players we are bringing in is increasing every year,” Wade said. “I’m really excited about the direction the team is going in.”

Wade said that he thinks he has the young talent in place to help build Avila into a competitive force in the HAAC for years to come, and that the confidence level of his young team is very high.

“I think in the near future we ought to be one of the top two or three teams in the conference,” he said. “The girls are confident in their ability. The maturation of our pitchers is going to be the biggest thing for us.”

The Eagles open their season at home Feb. 9th against Dakota Wesleyan. The Eagles schedule consists of five teams picked in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 poll, including home matchups with #22 Park University (Mo.) and #19 St. Gregory’s University (Okla.) in March. They open the conference season March 26th at MidAmerica Nazarene.

When Wade heard his team was playing against five ranked opponents he responded, “It should be a fun season.”


Four Eagles softball players named NAIA scholar-athletes

May 30, 2013

Kansas City, MO - Four players on the 2013 Avila University softball team – junior outfielder Alexandra Yates of Gladstone, Mo.; senior infielder Jennifer Elliot of Raymore, Mo.; senior pitcher Linley Tate of Independence, Mo.; and senior outfielder Maggie Carthen of St. Louis – were named as 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.


First Year Under Wade Shows Improvement for the Future

May 9, 2013

Kansas City, MO – By simply looking at the wins total from this season (7), you’d say the Eagles took a step backwards in 2013. But, by simply digging a bit deeper, you’ll see the Eagles showed significant measurable improvement under first year Head Coach Rob Wade.

With a record of 7-23, the Eagles lost twelve fewer games in 2013 than 2012, and improved both offensively and defensively. Defensively, the Eagles gave up 119 fewer runs than in 2012 while cutting the amount of errors committed in half from the prior season. (98 – ’12 | 56 - ’13) In addition, the Eagles saw improvements in fielding percentage.

Offensively, the Eagles had three players batting over .300 for the first time since 2007. The Eagles saw improvements in slug percentage, walks drawn per game, and struck out on fewer occasions per game.

While their conference record was equal to 2012, their non-conference record of 5-7 showed great improvement from their 7-19 record last season.

Individually, the Eagles were led at the plate by Junior transfer Kylie Ball. In sixty at-bats, the Kansas City native registered 25 hits including five triples. Her .417 batting average led the Eagles and ranked third in the HAAC while her .527 on base percentage ranked second in the conference.

 

Kyle Ball  - 2013 Batting

Batting

GP

GS

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

SLG%

BB

HBP

SO

GDP

OB%

SF

SH

SB

SBA

Ball, Kylie

23

23

0.417

60

11

25

5

0

1

10

33

0.550

7

7

13

1

0.527

0

0

1

4

Ball was one of two Eagles to be named to the Second Team All-HAAC Squad in 2013. The other Eagle to receive the honor was senior shortstop Darah Matheis

Matheis, a HAAC honorable mention selection in 2012, served as the everyday shortstop and leadoff batter for the Eagles. Darah topped the .300 mark for the first time in her four year Avila career batting .320 and led the team with 31 hits. Matheis, a four year starter, finishes her Avila career having played 132 games and finished just one hit shy of 100 for her career.

 

Darah Matheis - Career Batting

Year

Team

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

BB

SO

SB

CS

SLG

Avg

2010

AU

29

63

6

15

0

0

0

4

15

1

14

3

2

0.238

0.238

2011

AU

31

72

1

17

0

0

0

5

17

1

17

3

0

0.236

0.236

2012

AU

42

131

20

36

3

1

0

4

41

4

11

13

1

0.313

0.275

2013

AU

30

97

16

31

2

2

0

5

37

7

12

2

2

0.381

0.320

Total

132

363

43

99

5

3

0

18

110

13

54

21

5

0.303

0.273

Leading the way on the mound for the Eagles was freshman Jennifer Hammonds. The Raytown HS alum showed fantastic durability and stamina as she often pitched both games of a double header this season. Her 6.7 innings per game average ranked fourth in the NAIA and first in the HAAC as Hammonds threw a total of 135.1 innings this season. Her 75 strikeouts on the year ranked seventh in the HAAC and was the most by any Avila pitcher since Lacey Porter’s 152 in 2008.

The Eagles graduate five seniors; Darah Matheis (SS), Maggie Carthen (CF), Jennifer Elliot (2B), Katie Noland (Util.), and Linley Tate (P) and will have ten players returning for the 2014 season. Coach Wade announced a recruiting class of fifteen back in December giving the 2014 Avila squad the largest projected roster size since 2007 when the Eagles went 30-14.

Recently, to add to the good omens for the, incoming freshmen Monica Hudson (Grain Valley HS - OF) and Morgan Greenwood (Blue Springs South HS - OF) were selected to play in the prestigious MoKan All-Star game which pits the best high school seniors from each side of the state line. The game is a best of three series and will take place at Shawnee Mission Athletic Complex in June.

Reflecting on the 2013 season Coach Wade said the following, “I’d like to thank the players for their hard work over the past ten months. It’s been a year of change for the program and I feel like we’ve taken some very positive steps in the right direction. With both our returners and a fantastic group of freshmen coming in this fall, the future looks very bright for Avila Softball.


Softball Team Excited to Forge New Path Under New Head Coach

Season Preview

February  13, 2013

Kansas City, MO - After struggling the past several seasons, the Avila University softball team is excited to begin a new era under first-year head coach Rob Wade.

Not only does Wade bring a wealth of coaching experience at the club and all-star levels, he also brings with him new concepts of playing a structured, team-oriented style of softball he believes will lead to success in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and NAIA.

“I’m tremendously excited to be the head coach of Avila softball,” said Wade, who most recently was head softball coach at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan. as well as head coach and founder of the highly-regarded Kansas City Zephyrs Gold Junior club team. “It’s my goal for the program to ascend to the top of the HAAC and to compete for a national championship. I have high expectations for the future of Avila softball.”

Over the past seven years with the Zephyrs, Wade aided in the development and recruitment of more than 35 NCAA Division I players. It’s that kind of recruiting talent he’s used to bring in a group of talented newcomers to go along with a handful of experienced returners, a group that should go a long way toward vastly improving on the 9-35 overall record of last season.

Leading the list of newcomers is pitcher Jennifer Hammonds, a freshman from Raytown, Mo., who will be looked upon to anchor the Eagles’ rotation. Sophomore Evelyn Rutherford, from Overland Park, and senior Linley Tate, from Independence, Mo., will back Hammonds up in the circle.

Stevie Gibson, a transfer from Neosho Junior College, will be receiving Hammonds’ deliveries behind the plate as starting catcher, and redshirt senior Kailee Cowan, from Meadville, Mo., is developing fast as a worthy backup and potential challenger for the starting spot.

The infield will blend a mix of veterans and newcomers. Darah Matheis, a senior from Russellville, Mo. and a second-team all-HAAC pick last season, returns at shortstop and is slated to bat lead-off for the Eagles. Senior Jennifer Elliott, from Raymore, Mo., will be counted on to hold down the right side of the infield again and hit in the middle of the order. Maddy Misel, a sophomore from Polo, Mo., will be expected to handle the everyday duties at the hot corner, third base, and hit in the middle of the order. And, Kylie Ball, a transfer from Maple Woods Community College, will start at first base and add some gap-to-gap power to the middle of the order. Freshman Caitlyn Shireman, from Raytown, will see limited duty at first base, but will be expected to add some punch in the designated hitter spot.

Maggie Carthen, a senior from St. Louis, will be the starter in centerfield. The three-year starter will add speed, range and a great arm to the outfield this season. Alex Yates, a junior from Gladstone, Mo., possesses the strongest arm in the outfield and will play right field. Courtney Morgan, a senior from Raymore, and freshman Kayla Grieshaber will both see action in left field.

Grieshaber also will be looked to share time at designated hitter with Shireman. Both players have the ability to put together quality at-bats and drive in runs.

“The Eagles might not have a lot of depth this year, but they are all understanding the new concepts and learning to play a more structured and “TEAM” oriented style of softball,” Wade said. “This will be a fun and energetic team to watch. I encourage everyone to make plans to come catch a game at the Zarda Complex.”

All Avila home softball games are free to the public.


Eagles Announce 2013 Recruiting Class of Fifteen Athletes

December 4, 2012

Kansas City, MO - First Year Head Coach Rob Wade had a lot to be happy about in his first ever college recruiting class. With fifteen student-athletes signed for 2013, the future looks bright for Eagle Softball. Coach Wade had the following to say about the 2013 signees: "This 2013 signing class may be the biggest and most significant in Avila Softball history. The addition of these fifteen players will set Avila on course to become a National contender in the near future and more significantly, each player brings the level of character and work ethic to build a softball program that will make the University proud for years to come.”

Below is a brief summary of all fifteen athletes committed to Avila for the fall of 2013 with comments from Coach Wade.

  • Courtney Nichols - Outfielder (Osborn, Missouri)

Stewartsville HS - 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Region, 2nd Team All State
Coach Wade: “Courtney is a very fast versatile outfielder that can slap and hit from the left side. Courtney will compete for a starting outfield position as a freshman”

  • Morgan Greenwood - Outfielder (Blue Springs, Missouri)

Blue Springs South HS - 2nd Team All-Conference | Club Team: Victory
Coach Wade: “Morgan is a corner outfielder that hits for power and her versatility in the outfield will help her compete for a starting spot as a freshman”

  • Katie McMurray - INF/OF (Kansas City, Missouri)

Pembroke HS | Club Team: Victory
Coach Wade: “Katie is one of the fastest players in the KC metro area and her ability to put pressure on opposing defenses will help her compete for a lineup spot as a freshman. Katie is also a very good second baseman that also has the ability to play outfield”

  • Monica Hudson - Outfielder (Grain Valley, Missouri)

Grain Valley HS - 3A Conference and District Champions, Missouri 3A State Runners-Up | Club Team: MisfitsCoach Wade: “Monica is a multi-dimensional left handed hitter. Her ability to slap for power and her speed make her a true triple threat player. Monica will also compete for a starting outfield spot as a freshman."

  • Sheyanna Thompson - Infielder (Pleasant Hill, Missouri)

Pleasant Hill HS | Club Team: Power/Misfits
Coach Wade“Sheyanna is a very talented infielder with the ability to develop into a premier power hitter in college. She will compete for a starting infield job her freshman year”

  • Tori Aziere - Pitcher (Blue Springs, Missouri)

Blue Springs HS | Club Team: Power-Zahn
Coach Wade: “Tori will be effective immediately in the circle for the Eagles. Her ability to spin the ball as a pitcher makes it extremely hard for opposing batters to square up her pitches."

  • Kaley Harkrader - 3B/SS (Harrisonville, Missouri)

Harrisonville HS - 2nd Team All-Region | Club Team: Originals-Green
Coach Wade: “Kaley is one of the best pure hitters in the area. Her ability to drive in runs will aid her in her pursuit of starting time as a freshman”

  • Samantha Castoldi - SS/OF (San Tan Valley, Arizona)

Poston Butte HS - Divison II All State Honorable Metnion | Club team: East Valley Pride Arizona                        Coach Wade: “Samantha is a very fast natural left handed hitter with the ability to slap and hit for power. Defensively “Sam” gets very good jumps on balls and will compete for the starting shortstop position as a freshman”

  • Sarah Siegismund - Pitcher (Pleasant Hope, Missouri).

Pleasant Hope HS - Class 2 State Champion, Class 2 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-District.
Coach Wade“Quite simply Sarah is a winner! Having taken her Pleasant Hope squad to the 2A state championship game in 2011 only to lose her only game of the season in the state championship game, Sarah revenged the loss in 2012 by pitching her squad to victory in the 2012 Missouri state championship. You can count on one hand the amount of losses Sarah has had in her entire high school career and that winning mindset is exactly the mindset we are looking for here at Avila”

  • Madison Mueth - INF/OF (Simi Valley, California)

Simi Valley HS | Club Team: Bow Net Gold
Coach Wade: “Madison is one of the best pure hitters I have ever seen. Her ability to hit with line drive power to all fields should secure her spot squarely in the middle of the lineup during her tenure here at Avila. Maddie is used to championship play as evidenced by her teams (Corona Angels-Perez) 33rd place finish at the ASA/USA national championship tournament. Madison currently plays for Coach Bob Creamer on Southern California’s Bow Net Gold squad.”

  • Alexis (Lexie) Worden - Pitcher (Grain Valley, Missouri)

Grain Valley HS - 2012 Class 3 State Runners-Up | Club Team: Misfits
Coach Wade: “Lexie is one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the KC Metro area and has competed at a high level from a young age. Lexie was part of the Grain Valley 2012 state champion runner up team. Lexie’s competitive spirit and will to win will be a tremendous addition to our team and help set Avila softball in a winning direction for years to come.”

  • Mackenzie (Mac) Ryle - C/OF (Raymore, Missouri)

Ray-Pec HS | Club Team: FCS Angels
Coach Wade: “Mac is one of the most focused and competitive catchers in the KC area. Mack brings tremendous game knowledge and reads the play in front of her as well as anybody. Mac is a welcome addition to the Eagles growing battery."

  • Samantha Dexter - OF/C (Ozark, Missouri)

Ozark HS | Club Team: Ozark Dynamite/Midwest Nationals
Coach Wade: “Samantha is another addition that knows how to WIN. A four year starter at Ozark HS generally hit in the three hole and provided a lot of power with her 4 homeruns this season on Ozarks run to the
Missouri class 4 state championship game. Sam will be a prominent force in our conference for years to come”

  • Brittany George - Utility (Excelsior Springs, Missouri)

Excelsior Springs HS | Club Team: KC Zephyrs
Coach Wade: “Brittany is a power corner type utility player that is adept at both infield and outfield. Brittany’s high school tenure included 1st team all-conference and all district honors”

  • Laken Cagle - SS/C (Susanville, California)

Lassen Union HS | Club Team: Nevada Lightning
Coach Wade: “Laken is a tremendous athlete that not only excelled in softball in high school she is also a varsity basketball and field hockey at Lassen Union high. Laken brings a versatility and mental toughness that is contagious to a team’s ultimate success”


Rob Wade Named Head Softball Coach

July 12, 2012 

Kansas City, MO - The Avila University Eagles athletic department has hired Rob Wade as their new head softball coach. Wade was most recently the head softball coach at Blue Valley North High School as well as head coach and founder of the Kansas City Zephyrs Gold Junior club softball team.

Over the past seven years with the Zephyrs, Wade aided in the development and recruiting of over 35 NCAA Division I softball players. Wade has also coached several all-star teams as he served as head coach for the Adidas Futures All Star Team last month, an assistant coach in the St. Louis All Starts vs. US Olympic Team game in 2008, and was co-head coach in the 2009 Adidas All Star Class game in Boulder, Colorado.

“I am tremendously excited to become the head coach of Avila softball”, said Wade. “It is my goal for the program to ascend to the top of the HAAC conference and to compete for a national championship. I have high expectations for the future of Avila softball.”

Wade replaces Alicia Baker who led the Eagles to a 9-35 record in her one year at the helm. The Eagles graduate four seniors and are tabbed to return 15 letter winners led by HAAC Honorable Mention shortstop Darah Matheis.

Avila Athletic Director Gary Gallup had the following to say on Wade’s hiring, “Rob Wade is a tremendous addition to our outstanding athletic staff. He is very highly thought of by his peers in the softball community in the Kansas City area and throughout the nation. His experience and passion will help us develop a first-class softball program.


Avila Softball Team Leads Nation in NAIA Scholar-Athletes

May 23, 2012

Kansas City, MO - The 2012 Avila University softball team might not have been the best in the U.S. The Eagles were, however, the smartest.

Avila’s softball team led all NAIA institutions by having seven of its players named as 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes.

The Eagles players receiving the honor were: Jessica Winkleman, senior first baseman/pitcher from Fenton, Mo., Emilee Bickleman, senior catcher/third baseman from Overland Park, Kan., Linley Tate, junior pitcher from Independence, Mo., Jennifer Elliott, junior second baseman from Raymore, Mo., Margaret Carthen, junior outfielder from St. Louis, Jordan Bultman, senior pitcher from Carrollton, Mo., and Katelyn Frakes, junior pitcher from Peculiar, Mo.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.


Bickleman & Matheis Named to All HAAC Squads

May 5, 2012

Kansas City, MO - After a year that saw the Softball program (9-35) collect its highest number of win since 2008 (22), senior Emilee Bickleman was selected to the Second Team All HAAC squad while junior Darah Matheis was named to the honorable mention list.

Bickleman, a Overland Park, Kansas native led the Eagles in hits (48), home runs (3) and RBI (23). She featured in 42 of the teams 44 games and finished the year with a 0.378 batting average.

Matheis started at shortstop in 42 games for the Eagles and led the team in runs (20) and stolen bases (13). She also led the team in at bats with 131 and finished the year with a 0.275 batting average.


Three Eagles Make Boombah Smash-Hit All-Tournament Team

March 26, 2012

Kansas City, MO - Once again, the Eagles Softball team traveled to the South-Eastern part of the US over spring break. While the Eagles traveled to Orlando, FL last season to take part in the Spring Rebel Games, Head coach Alicia Baker took her squad to Bluffton, SC to play in the 2012 Boombah Smash-Hit Tournament hosted by the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.

The  Eagles picked up wins against a pair of Georgia schools as they defeat the College of Costal Georgia 7-6 and picked up a 2-1 win against Emmanuel College (GA.). Costal Georiga is a fellow NAIA member while Emmanuel is an NCAA Division III program.

Cheyene Crum, Darah Matheis, and Jenn Elliott all were selected as members of the all tournament team. Crum and Matheis currently co-led the Eagles in hits (22) and batting average (0.333) while Elliot currently leads the team in runs with ten and doubles with four.

The Eagles went 2-8 in the tournament, and are currently 6-16 overall. With just three more wins, the Eagles will surpass their win totals from the previous three seasons.

Eagles Softball Records Since 2008

Season Overall Record Conference Record
2008 22-22 5-15
2009 6-29 3-17
2010 7-26 3-17
2011 8-41-1 1-18
2012
6-16 2-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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