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2017 Bull Run Awards: Best of Spring Sports

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Former Softball Bull Courtney Gilbert to attend Team Canada camp

Gilbert currently plays for Detroit and has a batting average of .278

Why we loved 2016: The 10 best things that happened in UB Athletics this year

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Katie Weimer apparently transfers to Tennessee Softball

Weimer, who may have threatened multiple UB career marks by the end of her sophomore season after a scintillating 2016, has apparently left the Bulls for Tennessee.

Weimer joins Courtney Gilbert, who landed in Detroit, in freshman defections. We'll have to watch for others.

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Softball adds Tennessee, Maryland alum Stacey Jennings to staff

""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."

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Courtney Gilbert transferring from Buffalo Softball to Detroit-Mercy

"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.

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Asst. Softball Coach Rafter takes job at Virginia

... and wonders if she will get a chance to play softball in the Olympics in 2020 at age 33. She played for team Canada in the Olympics in 2008.

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Two more California recruits for Coach Peel

" 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."

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UB Softball's Courtney Gilbert hits .700 in MVP performance at Ontario U-21 Championships

"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."

Bull Run Awards: Coach and Rookies of the Year

Porque no los dos?

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Asst. Softball Coach Kaleigh Rafter selected to Canadian Women's National Team Roster

I think she has been selected to the Canadian National Team roster every year since 2010

2016 Bull Run Awards: Best of the Spring

Norcio, Weimer stay hot but Kent tops Softball

Weimer inches closer to record as UB caps sweep

Softball cruises in BG series opener

Softball drops midweek pair to Canisius

Weimer, Robertson homer in heartbreaking Wednesday loss

Softball, Women's Tennis post weekend sweeps

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Softball vs Canisius postponed

UB will have to wait a little longer to get back to the diamond.

Softball sweeps doubleheader in Savannah

Softball swept by Charleston, South Carolina

Losing streak reaches 13 after midweek streaks.

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Katie Weimer named MAC East Softball Player of the Week

Her numbers from this past weekend were just ridiculous: 12-17 on the weekend with three home runs, a triple, and eight RBI.

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Spring Break; Softball style

Coach Peel gets an off day in Myrtle Beach and lives it up on the boardwalk.

Softball goes 0-fer the weekend, Baseball gets two

Softball drops Woo Pig Finale

Softball drops a pair in Arkansas as offense slows

One game remains on the weekend

Softball offense explodes in 1-1 day at Arkansas

Softball drops pair despite pitching

Softball finishes opening weekend 1-4

In general, clear improvement, but reminders from last year of the big three (pitching, defense, momentum)

Softball error-free but 0-2 in opening day

Softball Season Preview

ed note: Illness sucks. This was supposed to up Wednesday, and instead is published after the season starts. My apologies to softball fans. I will lump Friday's game into Saturday's recap.

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Pitcher Lexi Albero ('18) of Sarasota, Florida has committed to Buffalo

I can't find much more on her right now, in part because she's Class of 2018, but I'll dig a little more.

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Asst. Softball Coach Rafter wins Gold Medal at PanAm games, leads tournament in RBIs

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.