Auburn softball assistant coach Emily Carosone was the first Tiger to hit the Olympic stage as Team Italy opened the 2020 Tokyo Olympics against Team USA Wednesday afternoon at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium. After three scoreless innings to open the game, the United States plated a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the opening rou...

Emily Carosone has played in the Women’s College World Series … twice. It was her clutch piece of hitting that secured first place for Team Italy in the 2021 European Championship earlier this month. But she’s about to embark on what might be the crowning achievement of her career to this point – the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. “Going to the Olympi...

Right now former McNeese two-time All-American Erika Piancastelli is on a plane with her Italian softball team headed to Japan for the 2020 Olympics. ”I think the word everyone can agree on right now is FINALLY,” said Piancastelli. “We’ve been waiting so long for this moment and its finally here. It feels unreal right now. My teammates and I have b...

A year delayed, but Andrea Howard is officially going to the Olympics. The Albuquerque native was officially named to the Italian national team final roster ahead of the Tokyo games, and after a phenomenal showing at the Women’s Softball European Championship. Howard finished the championship hitting .545 with 18 hits, six home runs, two doubles, a...

Mike Candrea wanted to go out his own way. That meant no fuss, no long goodbye. And no sharing news of his retirement during the Women’s College World Series — no matter how much ESPN’s Holly Rowe pleaded with him. The 65-year-old Candrea wanted to make the softball-shaking announcement in Tucson, where it all began. Tuesday in Mckale Center, about...

World-renowned University of Arizona head coach and former Team USA head Mike Candrea will assist the Team Italy coaching staff as special advisor just in time for the Women's European Softball Championship, which the defending Euro champion Italian softball squad will host in Friuli Venezia Giulia from June 27-July 3, 2021.   Mike Candrea said, “I...

The Olympic-bound Team Italy women's softball squad got a snapshot of what they can expect to see in Tokyo when top-ranked Team USA defeated the Italians 31-3 in an eight-inning exhibition game at USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida on April 21, 2021. The relentless Americans, who had previously outscored opponents 50-6 in their previous se...

Florida Spring Training for the Olympic-bound Team Italy women's softball team is here. The Azzurre will remain in the Sunshine State for two weeks at the invitation of USA Softball with the coordination of Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS) as well as the U.S. and Italian Olympic Committees. Despite a two-day long delay at Milan Malpens...

Until the conclusion of ItaIian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Virtual Gala on Thursday, December 3, 2020, supporters of Team Italy baseball and softball are encouraged to bid on the 108 items available HERE at the IABF Online Auction. The IABF is a 501(c)(3) charity foundation that is committed to developing and promoting youth baseball and s...

Former McNeese softball All-American and Olympian Erika Piancastelli is one of the 56 best players in the world that will make up Athletes Unlimited, a newly formed professional softball league. Besides Piancastelli who have signed to play are AJ Andrews, Kelly Barnhill, Kylan Becker, Jessica Burroughs, Caleigh Clifton, Amanda Chidester, Emily Cran...