Nolan Potts, ‘Doah Staff Writer
April 30, 2014
The S.U. softball team entered this season with a bull’s eye on their back after making it to the ODAC conference championship game last year. Knowing this, the team braced themselves for the challenging road ahead of them. Unfortunately for the squad, the team started off slow losing 12 of their first 14 games. With a start like that, most teams would have folded and quit, but the ladies showed resilience and won five straight games from Apr. 1 to Apr. 6. Despite the winning streak, they finished with an overall record of 10-23 (8-12) finishing ninth in the conference.
Despite the disappointing season as a whole, there were many bright spots for the Hornets. Senior Brittany Guepe had a great year at the plate and ended her final collegiate softball season with a .395 batting average, which was good for tenth in the ODAC. Fellow seniors Morgan Coble (.312) and Heather Sink (.296) were second and third respectively on the team in batting average, followed by the ODAC Rookie of the Year from a year ago Kimmy Brady (.289). In terms of RBI, freshman Lindsey Corbin led the way with 20, followed by Sink with 12 and Brady and freshman Karli Rorabaugh finished tied for third with 11. The team hit a total of nine home runs this season, with Corbin accounting for six of them herself and Brady, Rorabaugh, and senior Erica Kondzielawa each with one. Corbin’s six home runs put her in a tie for sixth in the conference, which is a very impressive feat for a player in her first collegiate season. Sink and Guepe were the leading base stealers for the squad this spring, as Sink collected 13 and Guepe 12 for a team that stole 35 bases during the course of the season.
On the mound, three ladies racked up all but one inning for the Hornets this year. Sophomore Megan Tripp, the lone returner to the pitching staff from a year ago, pitched in 19 games (13 starts) and earned five wins. Lisa Mitro, a transfer from Averett, appeared in 15 games (12 starts) and had three wins. Lindsey Corbin, in addition to having a big impact at the plate, also pitched in 11 games (7 starts) and earned herself two wins in her freshman campaign.
The Hornets say goodbye to six seniors (Guepe, Sink, Kondzielawa, Coble, Kaitlin Robinson and Emily Wilson) but will return the majority of the main contributors from this season. After not performing up to their own expectations this year, the ladies will be more motivated than ever to get better in the offseason and come out strong in 2015 to show that 2014 was just a fluke and that they’re capable to getting back to the ODAC finals as they did in 2013. Expect for S.U. softball to bounce back next year and be a contending team at the top of the ODAC standings!