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The Blue & Gray Press | May 22, 2017

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Despite shaky start, UMW softball is ready to turn things around

Despite shaky start, UMW softball is ready to turn things around

By ALEXANDRIA RIKER

The University of Mary Washington women’s softball team for the 2015-2016 season has certainly been fighting through the early portion of its season that opened on Saturday, Feb. 27.

As of March 17, with a current record of 11 losses and 5 wins , their March 20 games being rescheduled to Friday, March 25, the Eagles definitely have their work cut out for them for the rest of the season.

After losing all but one of their six games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Eagles have been working hard to keep their momentum.

With about a month left until the start of the CAC tournament, the Eagles will be continuing to play against competitive teams, with an opportunity to play against rival Christopher Newport University.

Led by head coach Dee Conway and assistant coaches Meghan Smith, Sadie Stuart and Keith Tasaka, this season’s softball team is stacked with a variety of talented players. Conway, who has been coaching the Eagles since 1988, has led them to be CAC champions four times. There are certainly high expectations of the team from their leadership to keep working and pushing.

Out of the 16 games the Eagles have played as of March 17, some of their team statistics include a batting average of .271, an on base percentage of .310, a slugging  percentage of .349, three home runs and 57 total runs. Individual stat leaders on the team include sophomore Malia Rogers, who has the highest batting average at .476 and most runs batted in at 8. Junior pitcher Erin Stinson, who has an earned run average of 2.50 and three wins. Sophomore Courtney Merson has the highest number of strikeouts and saves at 26 and one respectively. Senior Stefannie Asselanis has the highest number of stolen bases at seven . Sophomore Hannah Hautz, who has the highest number of home runs at two.

The team has had a great amount of promotional days in their spring 2016 schedule including a Family and Friends Day, Win for Wesley Day, a military appreciation day, a Special olympics clinic, and two Rise Up decal days.

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