2022 AUX Softball: How to watch, game schedule, athlete roster and more

Aleshia Ocasio #8 of Team Warren pitches the ball during the Athletes Unlimited Softball Opening Weekend.
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A new, two-week softball competition by Athletes Unlimited – called AUX Softball (pronounced A-U-X) – opens Monday, with two weeks of play at San Diego State University. The new series, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Title IX on June 23 and runs through June 25, was created as an expansion of Athletes Unlimited Softball and is designed to provide more playing opportunities and compensation to athletes, as well as more viewing options for softball fans.

AUX Softball will feature 42 athletes playing 18 games (divided into three six-game series) at the SDSU Softball Stadium. The more traditional Athletes Unlimited softball tournament will also be held this summer, from July 25 through August 28.

Similar to Athletes Unlimited’s other leagues, AUX Softball features innovative scoring that allows individual players to earn points based on both team wins and individual performance. At the end of the two-week season, the player with the most points will be crowned the individual champion. Additionally, team lineups will change after each six-game series, with the top three athletes in the standings serving as captains and drafting their teams for the next series.

Read on for details regarding schedule, how to watch, player roster, format and more for the inaugural AUX Softball series.


Schedule for the 2022 AUX Softball series

AUX Softball: SERIES 1, June 13-15

Date Time (all times ET) Game No. / Teams Network
Monday, June 13 6 p.m. Game 1: Team Orange vs. Team Gold ESPNU
Monday, June 13 8:30 p.m. Game 2: Team Blue vs. Team Gold ESPN
Tuesday, June 14 7 p.m. Game 3: Team Blue vs. Team Orange ESPNU
Tuesday, June 14 9:30 p.m. Game 4: Team Gold vs. Team Orange ESPNU
Wednesday, June 15 8 p.m. Game 5: Team Gold vs. Team Blue ESPN2
Wednesday, June 15 10:30 p.m. Game 6: Team Orange vs. Team Blue ESPN2

AUX Softball: SERIES 2, June 18-20

Date Time (all times ET) Game No. / Teams Network
Saturday, June 18 3:30 p.m. Game 7: Team Orange vs. Team Gold ESPNU
Saturday, June 18 6 p.m. Game 8: Team Blue vs. Team Gold ESPNU
Sunday, June 19 3:30 p.m. Game 9: Team Blue vs. Team Orange ESPNU
Sunday, June 19 6 p.m. Game 10: Team Gold vs. Team Orange ESPNU
Monday, June 20 7 p.m. Game 11: Team Gold vs. Team Blue ESPN2
Monday, June 20 9:30 p.m. Game 12: Team Orange vs. Team Blue ESPN2

AUX Softball: SERIES 3, June 23-25

Date Time (all times ET) Game No. / Teams Network
Thursday, June 23 7 p.m. Game 13: Team Orange vs. Team Gold ESPNU
Thursday, June 23 9:30 p.m. Game 14: Team Blue vs. Team Gold ESPNU
Friday, June 24 7 p.m. Game 15: Team Blue vs. Team Orange ESPNU
Friday, June 24 9:30 p.m. Game 16: Team Gold vs. Team Orange ESPNU
Saturday, June 25 7 p.m. Game 17: Team Gold vs. Team Blue ESPNU
Saturday, June 25 9:30 p.m. Game 18: Team Orange vs. Team Blue ESPNU

How to watch the 2022 AUX Softball series

For viewers located in the United States, all 18 games of AUX Softball at SDSU Softball Stadium will be broadcast across the ESPN network of channels. One game will appear on ESPN, four games will be on ESPN2 and 13 games on ESPNU. Check out the AUX Softball schedule page for specific listings for each game.

For viewers outside the U.S., check back with the schedule page for more “where to watch” details.


Who’s playing in the 2022 AUX Softball series?

The AUX Softball roster will showcase 42 athletes playing 18 games at the SDSU Softball Stadium in San Diego, Calif. The two-week tournament, which runs from June 13-25, will feature 11 Olympians from four countries, and includes three draftees who recently finished their college careers. Draftees include former San Diego State pitcher Maggie Balint, who begins her professional career on the same field she called home in college, former USF pitcher Georgina Corrick and Arkansas corner infielder Danielle Gibson.

 Number 

Name

 Position 

 Height 

 Bat/Throw 

Residence

 School (year graduated) 

 2021 finish 

11

Aliyah Andrews

OF

5-8

L/R

Baton Rouge, La.

LSU ’21

8

97

Caylan Arnold

RHP

5-7

R/R

Maryville, Tenn.

Florida State ’21

31

Maggie Balint

RHP

5-8

R/R

Landenberg, Pa.

San Diego State ’22

22

Sis Bates

MIF

5-4

L/R

Seattle, Wash.

Washington ’20

9

4

Amanda Chidester

CIF

5-9

R/R

Bluffdale, Utah

Michigan ’12

2

20

Caleigh Clifton

MIF

5-8

R/R

Wayne, Okla.

Oklahoma ’19

29

48

Georgina Corrick

RHP

6-0

R/R

Port Charlotte, Fla.

South Florida ’22

40

Alyssa Denham

RHP

6-1

R/R

League City, Texas

Arizona ’21

18

99

Kamalani Dung

RHP

5-8

R/R

Kapolei, Hawaii

California ’19

44

Carrie Eberle

RHP

6-0

R/R

Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Oklahoma State ’20

4

12

Taylor Edwards

C

5-7

R/R

Omaha, Neb.

Nebraska ’14

54

73

Rachele Fico

RHP

5-7

L/R

Oxford, Conn.

LSU ’13

70

Andrea Filler

MIF

5-10

R/R

Evanston, Ill.

Northwestern ’16

52

Sam Fischer

CIF

5-11

R/R

Phoenix, Ariz.

Loyola Marymount ’12

49

68

Courtney Gano

CIF

5-9

R/R

Seattle, Wash.

Washington ’16

50

00

Rachel Garcia

RHP

5-6

R/R

Lancaster, Calif.

UCLA ’20

5

Danielle Gibson

CIF

6-0

L/R

Fayetteville, Ark.

Arkansas ’22

98

Maddi Hackbarth

C

5-8

R/R

Tempe, Ariz.

Arizona State ’21

14

Aly Harrell

DP

5-7

L/L

Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall ’22

1

Victoria Hayward

OF

5-7

L/L

San Diego, Calif.

Washington ’14

40

24

Jazmyn Jackson

OF

5-7

L/R

Oakland, Calif.

California ’19

32

77

Sydney Littlejohn Watkins

P

6-1

R/R

Newberry, Fla.

Alabama ’17

23

Amanda Lorenz

OF

5-5

L/L

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida ’19

11

28

Haylie McCleney

OF

5-4

L/L

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Alabama ’16

12

15

Dejah Mulipola

C

5-8

R/R

Garden Grove, Calif.

Arizona ’21

18

3

Danielle O’Toole

P

5-8

R/L

Chino, Calif.

Arizona ’17

8

Aleshia Ocasio

P

5-9

L/R

St. Cloud, Fla.

Florida ’18

1

13

Sashel Palacios

C

5-3

L/R

Chula Vista, Calif.

Arizona State ’17

47

47

Lilli Piper

CIF

5-10

R/R

Akron, Ohio

Ohio State ’19

13

10

Abby Ramirez

MIF

5-4

S/R

Chicago, Ill.

Michigan ’17

35

Nicole Rangel-Mendes

OF

5-7

L/L

Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma ’21

6

Shannon Rhodes

OF

5-6

R/R

Fort Worth, Texas

Texas ’21

41

Jordan Roberts

C

5-7

R/R

Lake City, Fla.

Florida ’20

21

32

Sierra Romero

MIF

5-5

R/R

Rockledge, Fla.

Michigan ’16

2

Sydney Romero

MIF

5-7

R/R

Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma ’19

48

37

DJ Sanders

DP

5-9

R/R

Columbus, Miss.

Oregon ’20

15

21

Gwen Svekis

C

5-9

R/R

Omaha, Neb.

Oregon ’18

10

88

Nadia Taylor

DP

5-8

R/R

Leander, Texas

Texas ’12

26

29

Tori Vidales

CIF

5-8

R/R

Deer Park, Texas

Texas A&M ’18

16

17

Haylie Wagner

P

5-7

R/L

Traverse City, Mich.

Michigan ’15

18

25

Megan Wiggins

OF

5-5

L/R

Winder, Ga.

Georgia ’11

35

18

Morgan Zerkle

OF

5-8

L/R

Oxford, Ohio

Marshall ’17

6


What’s the format for the 2022 AUX Softball series?

AUX Softball features the same rules as the Athletes Unlimited Softball Championship Season, but with only two weeks of competition split into three series (18 games total). Individual players earn points based on team wins and individual performance, with points awarded on every play, and the player with the most points at the end of the two-week season will be crowned champion. Additionally, team lineups will change after each six-game series (three series total), with the top three athletes in the standings serving as captains and drafting their teams for the next series.

How is AUX Softball scored?

Win points are all about the team performance, and they can be accumulated during individual innings and for overall game wins. Each inning is worth +10 points, and overall games are worth +50 points. If an inning is tied, the points roll over to the subsequent inning. If a game goes to extra innings, no player earns individual points and no additional win points are earned for innings (only those that have rolled over). For example, if all seven innings were tied and the game took nine innings to decide a winner, only 70 points, plus win points, would be awarded.

Game MVPs: After each game, players and members of The Unlimited Club will vote for three players they feel had standout performances. MVP points will be added to players’ individual totals, with points awarded as follows:

  • MVP 1: +60 points
  • MVP 2: +40 points
  • MVP 3: +20 points

Individual Stats: Position players and pitchers will earn points based on their performance. A player’s points determine their ranking, which will be used each week for the draft. Pitchers earn +4 points for every out, and they lose -10 points for each earned run allowed. The breakdown for individual offensive points is as follows:

  • Single: +10 points
  • Double: +20 points
  • Triple: +30 points
  • Home run: +40 points
  • Stolen base: +10 points
  • Caught stealing: -10 points
  • Base on balls: +8 points
  • HBP: +8 points
  • Sacrifice fly/bunt: +10

How are AUX Softball teams drafted?

After the last game of every series, the top three points getters will be named team captains. Each captain will be assigned to a team color based on their standing. Team rankings by color are as follows:

  • No. 1: Gold
  • No. 2: Orange
  • No. 3: Blue

Team captains can consult with anyone they want prior to the opening of the draft, including Athletes Unlimited staff, former coaches and teammates. During the draft itself, team captains are allowed up to two minutes per pick. Once a player is selected, their captain may consult them for further decisions. Once all 42 players have been selected to a team, rosters are set for the next series.

2022 Rivalry Series: USA extends lead to 3-0 over Canada in women’s hockey showcase

Hilary Knight #21 of Team United States reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal in the second period during the Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match.
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Hilary Knight had two goals and one assist to lead the U.S. women’s hockey team to a 4-2 win over Canada on Sunday, extending Team USA’s series lead to 3-0 in the seven-game 2022-23 Rivalry Series.

Savannah Harmon and Abby Roque also scored for the U.S., which has notched three consecutive wins against Canada for the first time since 2019. Goalie Nicole Hensley made 22 saves in front of a record-setting crown at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, where fan attendance totaled 14,551.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Nurse scored for Canada, which captured gold \at both the IIHF Women’s World Championship in September and the Beijing Olympics in February.

Knight has enjoyed a standout 2022-23 Rivalry Series to date, registering six points (three goals, three assists) in the first three games including the game-winning goal in a shootout victory in Game 1 of the series on Tuesday and the game-winning assist in Game 2 on Thursday. Prior to the puck drop in Seattle on Sunday, Knight was presented with a golden stick to commemorate her record-breaking 87th career point in world championship play. Knight became the all-time points leader at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in September, when the eight-time world champion recorded one goal and one assist in Team USA’s 12-1 quarterfinal win over Hungary.

Sunday’s matchup between the U.S. and Canada marked the third game of the 2022-23 Rivalry Series and was the third matchup between the two teams in five days. The U.S. came in with a 2-0 series lead following a 2-1 victory on Thursday in Kamloops, B.C., and a 4-3 shootout victory — the first shootout in Rivalry Series history — in Kelowna, B.C., on Tuesday. It also was the first game for the U.S. national team on home soil since Dec. 17, 2021, when the team hosted Canada in St. Louis (Canada won 3-2 in overtime).

The 2022-23 Rivalry Series continues next month with two games in the U.S., set to be played in Las Vegas on Dec. 17 and Los Angeles on Dec. 19.


2022-23 Rivalry Series schedule, results

DATE TIME/RESULT LOCATION NETWORK
Tuesday, Nov. 15 USA 4, CAN 3 (SO) Kelowna, British Columbia NHL Network
Thursday, Nov. 17 USA 2, CAN 1 Kamloops, British Columbia NHL Network
Sunday, Nov. 20 USA 4, CAN 2 Seattle, Washington NHL Network
Thursday, Dec. 15 10 p.m. ET Henderson, Nevada NHL Network
Monday, Dec. 19 10 p.m. ET Los Angeles, California NHL Network
TBD TBD TBD NHL Network
TBD TBD TBD NHL Network

What is the Rivalry Series?

The Rivalry Series was introduced by USA Hockey and Hockey Canada during the 2018-19 season and designed as an annual showcase of the highest level of women’s hockey at various locations in the United States and Canada. The first series comprised three games between the two national teams, with Canada winning 2-1. Team USA took 2019-20 title, winning the expanded five-game series 4-1 and wrapping with an overtime win in the finale in front of a then-record-breaking total of 13,320 fans in Anaheim, California.

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and preparation for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the Rivalry Series resumed this season with seven games over three months: three in November, two in December and two in February.

The U.S. and Canada have battled in the gold-medal game of six of seven Winter Olympics and 20 of 21 IIHF Women’s World Championship, with the two exceptions being the 2019 World Championship and 2006 Olympics. The Canadian women are the reigning Olympic and world champions.


2022-23 Rivalry Series rewind: USA takes Games 1-2

Game 1 recap: USA 4, CAN 3, SO (Nov. 15): The series kicked off Tuesday with Team USA grabbing a 2-0 lead off goals from Hannah Brandt and Hilary Knight. But Canada battled back with three unanswered goals and held a 3-2 lead with 13 minutes to go in the third. With just 1:29 remaining in regulation, Alex Carpenter tied it for the Americans, sending the game to overtime. The U.S. ultimately won in a shootout, with Knight and Carpenter scoring while U.S. goalie Nicole Hensley made two key saves.

Game 2 recap: USA 2, CAN 1 (Nov. 17): Canada was first to get on the board Thursday when Marie-Philip Poulin capitalized off a penalty shot opportunity in the second period, but USA’s Kendall Coyne Schofield knotted the score just 1:12 later. Alex Carpenter scored the go-ahead tally with 6:36 remaining in the third to give the U.S. a 2-1 win and a 2-0 series lead. U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney recorded 19 saves in net.


Who’s playing in the 2022-23 Rivalry Series?

Team USA’s roster — led by coach John Wroblewski — for the November Rivalry Series games features 23 players, 16 of whom were part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship in August:

  • Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.)
  • Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.)
  • Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.)
  • Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.)
  • Aerin Frankel(Chappaqua, N.Y.)
  • Rory Guilday (Minnetonka, Minn.)
  • Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.)
  • Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.)
  • Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
  • Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.)
  • Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho)
  • Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.)
  • Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
  • Hayley Scamurra (Getzville, N.Y.)
  • Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.)
  • Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).

Team Canada’s 23-player roster, selected by coach Troy Ryan and director of hockey operations Gina Kingsbury, features 16 players who were on the gold medal-winning team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship and the 2022 Beijing Olympics (Canada beat , including:

  • Erin Ambrose
  • Kristen Campbell
  • Emily Clark
  • Ann-Renée Desbiens
  • Renata Fast
  • Brianne Jenner
  • Jocelyne Larocque
  • Emma Maltais
  • Emerance Maschmeyer
  • Sarah Nurse
  • Marie-Philip Poulin
  • Jamie Lee Rattray
  • Ella Shelton
  • Laura Stacey
  • Blayre Turnbull
  • Micah Zandee-Hart

Rivalry Series history

Following Sunday’s victory, the U.S. holds a 6-2-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record over Canada all time in the Rivalry Series. Canada won the 2018-19 Rivalry Series with a 2-0-0-1 record, while the U.S. won the 2019-20 Rivalry Series with a 3-1-1-0 record.

2019-20 Rivalry Series results

DATE RESULT LOCATION U.S. PLAYER OF THE GAME
Dec. 14, 2019 USA 4, CAN 1 Hartford, Connecticut Alex Cavallini
Dec. 17, 2019 USA 2, CAN 1 Moncton, N.B. Alex Carpenter
Feb. 3, 2020 CAN 3, USA 2 (OT) Victoria, B.C. Hilary Knight
Feb. 5, 2020 USA 3, CAN 1 Vancouver, B.C. Katie Burt
Feb. 8, 2020 USA 4, CAN 3 (OT) Anaheim, California Megan Bozek

2018-19 Rivalry Series results

DATE RESULT LOCATION
Feb. 12 USA 1, CAN 0 London, Ontario
Feb. 14 CAN 4, USA 3 Toronto, Ontario
Feb. 17 CAN 2, USA 0 Detroit Michigan

Atthaya Thitikul takes LPGA rookie-of-year honors in stride ahead of Tour Championship

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand smiles after the birdie on the 6th green during the second round of the TOTO Japan Classic.
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To say that Atthaya Thitikul has enjoyed a breakout rookie LPGA season is a bit of an understatement, but keeping things low-key is exactly how 19-year-old “Jeeno” likes it.

As the 2022 season concludes this week at the CME Group Tour Championship, Thitikul has already captured two LPGA titles, held the No. 1 spot in the world rankings and collected the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. But the current world No. 2 displays a wise-beyond-her-years ethos when she says what she’s most proud of this season is her mindset.

“[I’m]19 years old — I think I’m still young to handle all the things that I have now,” Thitikul told On Her Turf ahead of this week’s season finale in Naples, Fla. “I didn’t say that I handled it well, but I’ve just said that I think I can handle it. I can do it. And yeah, it’s turned out to be pretty good this year.”

To keep herself in check, the Thailand native keeps her philosophy posted on her Instagram profile, which reads, “Be you, be happy and everything will be fine.” Thitikul, who on Oct. 31 joined 18-time LPGA winner Lydia Ko as the only players in tour history to reach No. 1 before their 20th birthday, said she took stock of poor performances on the golf course and found they all had one thing in common: She wasn’t being herself.

“I didn’t have fun,” she says of those unsatisfactory rounds. “I was expecting a lot of results on the golf course, not really talking, not really enjoying it. So I think being myself, have fun, keep smiling, keep laughing and talking with other players or talking with my caddie, joking around — I think it’s the best that I can do.”

Golf has always been fun for Thitikul, who grew up in northeast Thailand and was introduced to the sport at age 6 through her father and grandfather, both of whom were not golfers themselves but recognized the opportunity that golf might provide. Thitikul teases that her grandfather was enamored with Tiger Woods, but after her first golf experience with a professional in Bangkok, she was hooked, too.

“They asked me when I finished practicing, do I like it? And I say, ‘Yeah, I do.’ Because [there were] a lot of friends and when I practice, it seemed fun and it seemed not like other sports that I have been watching on TV,” she recalls.

Thitikul’s ascent to the top of her sport was swift: In February 2017, just three days after her 14th birthday, she made her first LPGA tournament appearance at the Honda LPGA Thailand and finished 37th out of 66 players. Just five months later, Thitikul made headlines when she became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event at age 14 years, 4 months and 19 days old, winning the Ladies European Thailand Championship on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

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For three more years, Thitikul resisted turning professional, racking up multiple international amateur victories and plenty of tour experience, notching her first LPGA top-10 finish in March 2018 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship (T-8) and earning low amateur honors that same year at two majors, the ANA Inspiration (T-30) and Women’s British Open (T-64). The following year, she won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years, earned low amateur honors at the British Open (finishing T-29) for the second straight year and was No. 1 on the women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

In her first year as a pro, during the pandemic-impacted 2020 season, Thitikul broke through for her first professional win in July at the Thai LPGA Championship. She finished the season with five Thai LPGA wins and topped the money list.

Thitikul moved to the LET in 2021, winning the Czech Ladies Open in June, and just a month later she moved into the top 100 on the world rankings for the first time at No. 89. She finished 2021 with two wins, three runner-ups and nine additional top-10 finishes, securing the LET Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year titles and becoming just the fourth player to win both awards in the same season.

After finishing third at LPGA Qualifying School to earn her card for 2022, Thitikul didn’t miss a beat in her meteoric rise this season. She posted two top-10s in her first four starts before striking a staff deal with Callaway, which she followed up by winning her first LPGA title in March at the JTBC Classic. She carded an 8-under 64 in the final round to force a playoff and Nanna Koerstz Madsen on the second extra hole. She earned her second LPGA title in September at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, tying the tournament record of 61 in the second round and beating Danielle Kang in a playoff.

As for the pressure of being a teen phenom, Thitikul admits she can’t ignore it but has figured out how to turn it around to her advantage: “It’s still so hard because I think as players want to be on top and we put the pressure on ourselves, and there’s a lot of eyes on us. … But at the same time, it’s kind of like you couldn’t win every week, you couldn’t have a good day every day. It’s golf. I like to think of pressure as a challenge. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I think of it as challenging.”

Away from the golf course, Thitikul enjoys spending time with friends, watching Korean television dramas and indulging in Asian food (Chinese and Korean are favorites). Although she doesn’t have a pet, she says she’s a dog person, and prefers the mountains to the beach, as she loves to hike.

But don’t expect too much lounging, hiking or other non-golf activities on Thitikul’s itinerary after this season wraps on Sunday.

“This offseason, we have a lot of work to do,” she says.” There are a lot of things I still have to learn – not just for next year but for [beyond.] … But hopefully next year, it’s going to be nice and good for me as well. I really want to have a major win in my career. I don’t know if it’s going to happen next year, but hopefully.”