The Elon University softball team completed its season-opening weekend with a sweep of Hampton University Saturday afternoon, taking each game of the doubleheader by two runs.
When Elon University head softball coach Kathy Bocock looks around the field, she finds a lot of familiar faces. And, as the Phoenix enters its third season in the Colonial Athletic Association, Bocock feels confident in the team’s familiarity with each other and the expectations needed.
The first time senior Jess Farmer and Aly Quintana ’15 met was a typical weekend evening for college students. In March 2013 — Quintana’s sophomore year, Farmer’s freshman year — some members of the Elon University women’s basketball team and softball team got together before heading out to parties for the evening. After spending time watching each other on the court and field, the two were finally able to connect, exchanging phone numbers before the night ended. The friendship then quickly developed into something more — but not without its fair share of thought.
The goal for softball pitchers is to throw about 80 to 90 pitches in a normal seven-inning game, but what would the goal be for a 15-inning game? Apparently, for senior pitcher Kayla Caruso, that number is 197. That’s how many pitches she threw in a complete game victory against No. 6 James Madison University Saturday, leading the Phoenix to a 5-4 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader. “I’ve never pitched that many innings in a game before,” Caruso said. Caruso has been pitching at Elon all four years of her collegiate career, and it seems only fitting that she had one of her best outings of her career on her Senior Day.
The Elon University softball team split a doubleheader against No. 6 James Madison University Saturday, winning 5-4 win in 15 innings in the first game and losing 8-1 in the second game. The first game saw four lead changes occur throughout the marathon three-hour, 41-minute endeavor.
After coming back from two deficits to tie the game, the Elon University softball team could not do it a third time, falling to Virginia Tech 5-3 Wednesday afternoon at Hunt Softball Park. The Phoenix made four errors in the game, make two of the five runs unearned.
When making her college decision, junior catcher Emily Roper knew she was going to be a student-athlete. “My dad was a big athlete growing up, and with my brothers being college athletes, I understood the process,” she said. “When it came to me it wasn’t a, ‘Are you going to play in college?’ It was a, ‘Where are you going to play in college?’” She found her way to Elon, where she has so played in 143 of the Phoenix’s 145 games since she’s stepped on campus. This season, Roper is batting .333 with five doubles, five home runs and 29 RBI. With numbers like that, it might be tempting to let them define her. But Roper’s career at Elon — and her path to the softball program — is far more three-dimensional than a stat sheet could capture.
The Elon University softball team split a doubleheader against Hofstra University Saturday, losing 9-2 in the first game 9-2 and winning 7-1 in the second game. The Phoenix had the lead through four innings in the first game, but a two run home-run by Michaela Transue gave Hofstra the lead in the fifth and then Hofstra converted five hits into six runs to take a 9-2 lead after the sixth inning.
The Elon University softball team continued its undefeated start to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with two more wins against the College of Charleston Saturday, winning 5-1 in Game 1 and 4-3 in Game 2 of the doubleheader. In the first game, Elon’s offense had eight hits spread out between six batters, led by freshman second baseman Erica Serafini going 2-2 with three runs, three RBIs, and her first career home-run.
While no one questions that baseball and softball are team sports, the art of hitting is an individual battle, one that each hitter needs to approach in whatever way is best for them.
The Elon University softball team is littered with quality hitters up and down, with six starters batting .300 or better and three more slugging .500 or higher. But Elon’s typical second and third batters in the lineup — junior outfielder Alaina Hall and sophomore outfielder Kara Shutt — have stood out with their bats and gloves.
As the Elon University softball team entered its weekend, head coach Kathy Bocock did not want her team to worry about individual statistics. “We’re really young and we’re trying to work on team unity, and trying to work together on things,” Bocock said. “We’re talking about not having stats [matter] and not knowing those [stats].”
The Elon University softball team finished a perfect weekend with a 1-0 win in 10 innings over Central Connecticut State University Sunday afternoon. Freshman pitcher Elise Walton threw a complete game shutout, using 122 pitches in 10 innings and scattering five hits while striking out eight. “It was good, my arm felt fine," Walton said.
The crack of the bat, the cheers of the crowd, and the resounding strike three call of an umpire.
The Elon University softball team won both games Saturday, defeating Oakland University 8-0 win over Oakland University and Niagara University 7-2. Against Oakland, Elon scored four runs in the first to kickstart the day.
Freshman pitcher Abby Barker threw the first perfect game in the Elon University softball team’s Division I era in a 8-0 win over Niagara University Friday night. “I was mixing it up and my catcher was calling a great game,” Barker said.
The Elon University softball team lost to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 12-6 on Wednesday evening, as one bad inning doomed the Phoenix. The Tar Heels scored seven runs between four hits, four walks, and one error in the top of the sixth, with the big hit coming from freshman pinch-hitter Katie Bailiff.
Elon University softball won both games in its doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson University Sunday afternoon, 5-1 and 9-4. After beating Fairleigh Dickinson once Saturday, the Phoenix came out strong, scoring two in the first inning.
Elon University’s softball team split its games in the Elon Phoenix Classic Saturday losing 4-1 to North Carolina A&T State University and beating Fairleigh Dickinson University 6-0.