Softball


SPORTS 6/8/18 8:46am

Softball star and NC native makes history

Kara Shutt '18 was drafted in the 12th round (pick 48 overall) by moh-BEEL! USA. The outfielder being drafted marked a historic moment in Elon history. Shutt is the female student-athlete to be drafted to a professional league.


SPORTS 2/9/18 10:00pm

Softball begins season with back-to-back losses

“We’ve got a couple good freshman in our lineup,” seven year veteran head coach Kathy Bocock said. “We are excited for them.”  After a 49er run tied the game again, a Charlotte RBI double and a couple of wild pitches from Elon closing pitcher Kenna Quinn allowed two runners to score, the 49ers were able to put away the Phoenix by a 2-5 margin.


SPORTS 3/11/17 10:26am

Softball starts weekend tournament with doubleheader sweep

The Elon University softball team kicked off its second home tournament in as many weekends by sweeping Friday’s doubleheader, beating Fairleigh Dickinson University 8-1 before edging Norfolk State 7-5 at Hunt Softball Park. In the first game, junior pitcher Kiandra Mitchum finished a complete game with a career-high 11 strikeouts, becoming the first Phoenix pitcher in six years to have double-digit strikeouts.


SPORTS 3/4/17 10:17am

Softball starts home tournament with 2-0 win

Hosting its first tournament of the year, the Elon University softball team defeated Wagner University 2-0 Friday afternoon at Hunt Softball Park. Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the third when junior shortstop Hannah Olson raced around the bases to score Elon’s first run.


SPORTS 2/19/17 11:32am

Softball sweeps doubleheader vs. NC Central

The Elon University softball team bounced back from its midweek defeat at the University of North Carolina by getting the better of North Carolina Central University in Saturday’s doubleheader, winning the contests by comfortable scores of 6-1 and 10-2 while also bringing the program’s win tally over 700. Freshman pitcher Kenna Quinn was given the nod in the first game, and was able to fight her way out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the third inning with two outs in order to get the Phoenix off the field and keep the game scoreless.


SPORTS 2/7/17 12:00pm

Softball swinging into a new season

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.


SPORTS 5/3/16 7:00pm

LGBTQIA athletes find match at Elon

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.


SPORTS 5/3/16 5:00pm

Softball seniors shine in upset win

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.


SPORTS 5/1/16 5:52pm

Softball splits doubleheader with No. 6 JMU

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.


SPORTS 4/13/16 10:30am

Giving it all, giving it back

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.


SPORTS 4/10/16 12:53pm

Softball splits Saturday doubleheader against Hofstra

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.


SPORTS 4/3/16 12:00pm

Softball sweeps doubleheader against Charleston Saturday

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.


SPORTS 3/17/16 12:45pm

Walking up to the plate with a beat

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.


SPORTS 3/16/16 1:00pm

Softball outfielders pushing each other to success

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.


SPORTS 3/15/16 5:49pm

Perfect game starts masterful pitching weekend for softball

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].”


SPORTS 3/14/16 3:16pm

Softball sweeps weekend home tournament with extra-innings win Sunday

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.