Published: May 5, 2016
The University’s softball team wrapped up its regular season Saturday, as the team swept Drew University in two games, winning 11-7 and 9-0.
With the regular season concluded, the team is focused on finding postseason success in the Landmark Conference playoffs.
The team plays their first postseason game Friday at Moravian College.
The team has compiled a regular-season record of 20-14, which is a one-game improvement from last year’s total.
Junior second and third base player Angelica Titor explained the continuity and lack of changeover has helped the team succeed.
“The junior class, the nine of us, has been together since freshman year,” Titor said. “We are all pretty much starters, and we have that same unit. But we’re all different now, and we’ve all developed into better players.”
The strong junior class is the nucleus of the team, especially with only one senior. The nine juniors are Titor, Marisa Ciriello, Jacqueline DeSarro, Christine Kiefer, Katherine Kunak, Kaitlin O’Sullivan, Emily Simon, Jenna Snyder and Shannon Stricker.
Headed into the postseason, Titor said the members are eager to get another shot at upending Moravian.
“Everyone’s really excited,” Titor said. “The first time we played them, we were coming off 10 games from Florida, so we were all really tired. But we went in and competed, and it was still a pretty close game.”
Titor also said the team needs to make sure they get hits when it matters in order to beat Moravian.
“We need to play good defense and get the key hits,” Titor said. “We also need to focus on the small ball with bunts.”
Fellow member of the aforementioned strong junior class, Stricker echoed Titor’s statements, highlighting confidence as a key.
“They’re definitely a beatable team,” Stricker said. “We know that if we go in there and play our best we can beat them. We just need to go in there and play with confidence.”
Stricker also said the team would love to play the role of spoiler against the higher-seeded Moravian.
“We’re not expected to win, so we lose nothing from losing,” Stricker said. “But if we beat them, it’s a big upset. So going in with that idea helps. We also think they may be a little cocky, as well. So we’re excited to use that to our advantage and show them what we’ve got.”
While the team remains confident heading toward its Landmark Conference clash, the members know they cannot take Moravian lightly.
“Moravian’s always been tough competition, especially knowing they’re one of the top teams in the country,” Stricker said. “So being able to go out there and beat them and knock them off into the loser’s bracket in the first round is really exciting.”
The team plays Moravian at 11 a.m. Friday in Bethlehem.
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