June 17, 2011
Former Bruin and three-time All-American Megan Langenfeld has been named to the roster for the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball on Friday.
The 18-person roster, plus one alternate, will hit the road in less than a week for their first competition, a two-game exhibition series in Plant City, Fla., on Saturday, June 25. After the matchup in Florida, the team will travel to Salem, Va., for another exhibition series on June 29. The final tune-up before International play will be in Bowie, Md., on July 1. All exhibition games will be a doubleheader format against the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team, which features incoming UCLA freshman Ally Carda.
From July 9-17, 12 of the 18 players will play in their first International tournament at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., before returning home for the World Cup of Softball VI, July 21-25 in Oklahoma City.
The USA Softball Women's National Team will seek its ninth Pan American Games title, Oct. 17-23, in Guadalajara, Mexico for the final competition of 2011. With six consecutive titles, USA Softball will again be a top contender during the XVI Pan American Games.
Langenfeld, who recently returned from playing softball professionally in Japan for the last three months, is not a stranger to wearing the Red, White and Blue. She was a member of the U.S. Women's Futures National Team in 2010 and also helped the U.S. to gold at the 2009 Pan American Qualifier, earning tournament Best Hitter honors, as well as gold at the 2007 Junior Women's Worlds.
Langenfeld is not the only former Bruin with ties to the U.S. Women's National Team. Four-time All-American and three-time Olympian Stacey Nuveman Deniz and two-time All-American and two-time Olympian Tairia (Mims) Flowers are assistant coaches on the squad.