One of Louisville softball's all-time greats continues to celebrate a decorated career and will now continue her softball career at the professional level. Taylor Roby has signed with the USSSA Pride.
The USSSA Pride is one of four teams in the WPF (Women's Professional Fastpitch). The league was founded a a collaboration between USSSA, Smash It Sports, and USA Softball. They had an exhibition season last year, but their inaugural season will begin June 15 and conclude August 17.
The four teams- USSSA Pride, SIS Vipers, Texas Smoke, and OKC Spark- will each play a 36-game schedule with the playoffs and championship being held in mid-August. Most of the games will be held in the Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma region, but the teams do travel some. The USSSA Pride will visit Evansville, Ind. in mid-July.
Taylor Roby recently wrapped up her five-year Louisville career as an NFCA All-American, a .312 career batting average, second all-time with 184 RBIs and 116 walks, and a program record 63 career home runs. She also finished in the top 10 in program history in several pitching categories in starts, strikeouts, wins, saves, and innings pitched.
NCAA Softball Update
We inch closer to the end of the NCAA softball season. Oklahoma edged out Stanford in nine innings to advance to their fourth straight WCWS championship and are looking for three straight titles. They took down Florida State in 2021 and Texas last year.
Florida State power hit their way past Tennessee in the evening session for their third appearance since 2018. They fell to Oklahoma in 2021 but won it all over Washington in 2018.
The tournament was not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wedding Bells Ringing
Paulie and I traded Monday and Thursday writes this week, which helps give me a little bit of a break as this coming weekend is a big one for me. Katy and I will officially tie the knot in Fort Mill, S.C. on Saturday! I still can't believe this Louisville fan is marrying a Florida State fan!
I'm looking forward to a few days off from the site (and especially work) to celebrate this special moment.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!