Women’s Softball Underway

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The women’s softball season has just begun and already the Lady Bear’s season is getting off to a great start.  Starting off 3-1 on the season, the Lady Bears have reason for excitement, trying to turn around a program that had a 12 win season last year. “We need to work on closing out games.” said senior catcher Makenzie Jones.

Makenzie, who joined the Bears last season after transferring from Pena Community College, said that she was excited for the start of the new season. “I’m excited to have the same roster we did last year. A lot of the girls are excited as well and they want to make sure they do well this season.” Lead by Steve Christianson in his 8th season as head coach, the Bears are poised for a breakout year, especially with their starting rotation. “This year’s pitching in my opinion has improved tremendously over last year. “Coach Christianson said. “We have the playmakers to make it happen; all we need is a bit more confidence in ourselves during games to start and end strong.” For the Lady Bears, he hopes this is crucial since the team plays a majority of its first twenty games on the road, including a stretch of ten doubleheaders in Florida during spring break.  “It’s going to be a brutal stretch, but I’m confident that we can do well down there.” coach Christianson said. “A lot of our players are from the Southwest and West coast and for them, playing in warm weather gives us an advantage.”

One of the main focus points of last season, according to Christianson, was injuries that plagued the team throughout the season. “That’s what killed us last year. If we can stay healthy during the season, then we should be successful. No doubt about it at all.” For Makenzie, the senior mechanical engineering major is looking forward to a few key matchups, including a double header with St. Thomas Aquanis on Senior Day. “Looking back, I’m actually quite happy for my time here both on the team and at NYIT,” she said when asked about her career. “Different playing styles and bonding with others was a worthwhile experience here and I’m hoping to go out on top, especially over [LIU] Post.”

The Bears play their next door neighbor LIU Post twice this season, with the first game being at home on April the 11th.  As for Senior Day, The Bears play host to St. Thomas on the 27th at noon.

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