""I am extremely humbled and excited for this opportunity to be a part of the UB softball program," said Jennings. "I am looking forward to a successful season with Coach Peel and the staff. The sky is the limit for this program and I can't wait for this journey."
Jennings had an outstanding playing career both at the University of Tennessee and the University of Maryland. She spent three years for the Volunteers where she was team captain of the 2005 squad that made it to the College World Series. During that season she finished with an ERA of 0.94. In 2003, she became just the second rookie in Tennessee history to win 20 games.
Jennings finished her career at the University of Maryland in 2007 where she recorded an ERA of 2.53 and batting .299 with 12 home runs."
"Gilbert, 18, made her NCAA debut south of the border last year with the University at Buffalo Bulls softball program, and despite putting up solid numbers (54 games played, .232 avg., 2 HR, 14 RBI) the Delhi District Secondary School grad didn't quite feel at home.
"I had a great year, don't get me wrong," Gilbert, a middle infielder, said from PEI as she prepares for the Women's Canadian Championships. "It was a good time and I enjoyed myself, but at the end of the day I wasn't myself when I was there and I wanted to continue to develop my softball career while still being the athlete that I am ... I think I've found that (opportunity) with Detroit.""
Slightly surprising news, but I'm not as closely dialed in to Softball as I am other UB teams, and I can't disagree with Courtney's estimation that she fell short of her standard as a freshman. We'd of course love for her to meet that standard here in Buffalo, but wish her best of luck in Detroit.
" University at Buffalo head softball coach Trena Peel has announced the addition of transfer Alyssa Cuevas and freshman Karlie Fernandez for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Both are natives of California.
Cuevas, who will be a sophomore this upcoming season, comes to the Bulls after playing her freshman season at St. Peters University. She played in 40 games for the Peacocks where she hit .220 with four doubles and one home run, which she hit on April 24 against Niagara. She was a four-year letterwinner at Bishop Alemany in Sylmar, CA where she helped her team to three Mission League titles and she was a first-team All-Mission League selection in 2015. Cuevas hit .391 during her senior year.
Fernandez attended both Norco High School and Santiago High School during her prep career in California, earning three letters and helping her Norco team to the 2015 CIF Division I Championship. That team went 27-8 during the year and ranked third in state."
"Gilbert, who spent the past year in the NCAA with the University at Buffalo Bulls, was on fire as Brantford went unbeaten through six games. An outrageous batting average of .700 garnered not only the tournament's top batter award but most valuable player honours as well.
"I was really excited because I had a little bit of a tough year at school at the plate so to come back this summer and be able to swing the bat and feel comfortable again was awesome," she said."
UB Assistant Softball Coach Kaleigh Rafter, playing for Team Canada, helped pull off a huge upset, defeating the United States in eight innings to win the Gold Medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games. For the tournament, Rafter finished 7th in batting at .385, 4th in slugging at .731 and led the tournament with 9 RBIs.