Keen, Moore, Arioto Named to U.S. National Teams
TAMPA (Jan. 9, 2017) – USF Softball Assistant Coach Jessica Moore and Director of Operations Valerie Arioto were named to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team after a four-day tryout in Clearwater, Fla. USF freshman Bethaney Keen was named to the Junior Women’s National Team training camp roster.
Selected by members of the Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), WNT athletes will compete at the World Cup of Softball XII this July in Oklahoma City, Okla., and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier.
"It is very obvious that the future talent pool of USA Softball players is very deep," said head coach Ken Eriksen. "The high level of play and skill assessment displayed at the 2017 National Team trials, not only by the former players but also by the first time trial attendees, was fantastic.”
Moore led the Red, White, and Blue to a gold medal at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship. Moore was a former All-American pitcher at the University of Oregon, helping lead the Ducks to the Women’s College World Series in 2012 and three NCAA Super Regional appearances. With Team USA, she has been a star in the circle since 2013, compiling a 22-3 record over the last four years.
Arioto has been a national team member since 2011 and joined the USF Softball staff in late November. Arioto was a standout player at Cal, earning first team All-American honors, Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, and was the 2012 Senior CLASS Award Winner. With Team USA, Arioto hit .500 with two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored at the World Cup in 2016. Arioto has been a constant in the lineup, helping the Eagles to two World Cup gold medals.
“After coming off the 2016 WBSC World Championship Gold Medal success, it is important for our program to keep moving forward,” Eriksen said. “The ‘prize fight’ mentality of all the players came out in the competition with the roster spots filled by those that excelled through the trials with their skill sets, their productive play at this event, their productive play through past history, and lastly by character assessment. These factors make up a winning unit. We will continue to assess those that were here that did not make the team. For those who made the roster, the evidence of how close it was should be a motivating factor to continue to strive to be better physically and mentally as we race towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
Keen participated in the Junior Women’s National Team tryouts and received one of 24 spots on the JWNT training camp roster. Keen, a Bradenton native, will compete with the JWNT at the World Cup of Softball in hopes of being one of 17 players to compete at the WBSC Women’s Junior World Championships.
“It’s really and truly a dream come true,” she said. “Ever since I was 8 years old and watched the 2008 Olympics I wanted to wear those three letters across my chest. I worked hard to be the best player and teammate I can be. This just shows that dreams come true, and if you work hard for what you want and don't stop believing in yourself, anything can happen.”
For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2017 season visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.
Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2012. USF returns 15 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Juli Weber, first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.
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