Recent Softball Headlines
News Photo
Wed, Jul. 2, 2014 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande softball program will conduct a hitting camp on Sunday, July 13 and a pitching/catching camp on Sunday, July 27, at Rio Softball Park on the URG campus.
    The camps will run from 1-3 p.m. for players age 7-13 and from 3-5 p.m. for players age 14-18 on both dates.
    Cost is $30.
    New Rio Grande softball head coach Amber Bowman will direct the camp, while RedStorm players will also be assisting in the instruction.

News Photo
Thu, Jun. 26, 2014 - [Softball]

By RANDY PAYTON
Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The newest face to head up the University of Rio Grande's softball program is one that the RedStorm faithful should be very familiar with.
    Amber Bowman, the program's starting shortstop from 2008-11, has been named the new head coach of her alma mater. Rio Grande athletic director Jeff Lanham announced the hiring on Thursday.
    Bowman replaces Kristen Bradshaw, who resigned last month after three seasons at the helm to accept a teaching and coaching position at Portsmouth High School.

Kristen Bradshaw (red shirt) talks with her players during a break in a game earlier this spring
Kristen Bradshaw (red shirt) talks with her players during a break in a game earlier this spring
Fri, May. 16, 2014 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Kristen Bradshaw, who guided the University of Rio Grande softball program to its third straight winning season and just its second 30-win campaign in the last decade, has announced her resignation as the head coach of the RedStorm.
    Bradshaw, who informed Rio Grande athletic officials of her decision late Wednesday afternoon, has accepted an offer to become a teacher and the head softball coach at Portsmouth High School.
    Bradshaw will also remain the varsity girls' basketball coach at PHS, a position she also filled last winter.

Family, coaches and administrators watch as Graham High's Rachel Foster signs with Rio
Family, coaches and administrators watch as Graham High's Rachel Foster signs with Rio
Mon, May. 12, 2014 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    ST. PARIS, Ohio - University of Rio Grande head softball coach Kristen Bradshaw has announced the signing of Graham High School standout Rachel Foster for the 2015 season.
    Foster, a 5-foot-4 third baseman/first baseman, was batting a team-best .543 with five home runs and 26 runs batted in for the Falcons entering play on Monday. Her father, Ralph Foster, is the head coach at Graham, which sports a 10-13 overall record.
    Foster's batting average currently ranks third in the Central Buckeye Conference (CBC), while her five home runs are second among the league leaders.

Rio's Jenna Jones is greeted at home plate after hitting a grand slam HR against Cumberlands
Rio's Jenna Jones is greeted at home plate after hitting a grand slam HR against Cumberlands
Sat, May. 3, 2014 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    DANVILLE, Ky. - On the heels of posting a rather significant victory, the University of Rio Grande softball team saw its 2014 season - and the school's tenure as a member of the Mid-South Conference - come to abrupt end.
    Taylor Wroe tossed a one-hit shutout and Heather Oakley hit a game-ending three-run home run in the fifth inning to give third-seeded Campbellsville University a mercy rule-shortened 8-0 win over the RedStorm, Friday afternoon, in a loser's bracket elimination game as part of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at Millenium Park's Panasonic Field.
    Fourth-seeded Rio Grande, which bounced No. 8 seed University of the Cumberlands from the tourney with a 6-3 win earlier in the day, finished 30-20 after the loss to Campbellsville.
    The 30 wins represented the most for the program since the 2010 season, when the RedStorm finished 30-23 in its first season as a member of the MSC.

Rio's Cheyenne Hamaker had two hits, including a home run, in Thursday's loss to Cumberland
Rio's Cheyenne Hamaker had two hits, including a home run, in Thursday's loss to Cumberland
Fri, May. 2, 2014 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    DANVILLE, Ky. - The University of Rio Grande certainly managed to make things interesting down the stretch but, in the end, the RedStorm were left thinking about what might have been.
    Head coach Kristen Bradshaw's squad nearly erased a five-run deficit over the course of their final two at bats, but fifth-seeded Cumberland University managed to hang on for a 6-4 win over the RedStorm, Thursday afternoon, in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at Millenium Park's Colonels Field.
    Rio Grande, the tourney's No. 4 seed, dropped to 29-19 with the loss and will now face eighth-seeded University of the Cumberlands in a loser's bracket elimination game on Friday at noon. The Patriots dropped a 4-3 decision to top-seeded Lindsey Wilson on Thursday.