Softball wins close out season

Danielle Ebbighausen on the batter's box to hit the ball during a game away against Wesley College on April 3. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

Stevenson University’s softball team finished 16-19 overall, and 6-10 in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC).

The Mustangs lost their first two games to Randolph-Macon University 7-1 and 11-3. The team’s first win came on March 14 when the Mustangs beat York College of Pennsylvania 4-3.   

During conference play, the Mustangs split games with Arcadia University, Widener University, Lebanon Valley College, and Hood College.

Danielle Ebbighausen on the batter’s box to hit the ball during a game away against Wesley College on April 3. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

According to gomustangsports.com, on April 13, the Mustangs hosted senior day against Albright College, where they lost the doubleheader 7-5 and 5-4. Seniors Danielle Ebbighausen, Erin Stephey, and Kayla Maggio were recognized during senior day.

During a doubleheader against Lycoming College, Stephey earned her first career grand slam, which helped the team to win both games 2-1 and 6-5, according to gomustangsports.com.

Head coach Julia Culotta, who completed her first season with the Mustangs in 2017, said that she doesn’t compare teams year to year, since she found the players had different personalities and chemistry. Instead, she focused on helping returning players improve and making adjustments to better contribute to the team. She said that practices should always be fun, especially if the players love and are committed to the game. Culotta still incorporates extra activities unrelated to softball, like handball and knockout, to keep the team players engaged.

Kayla Briles catches a ball in the outfield during an away game against Wesley College on April 3. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

Culotta said that in softball, a short memory is needed because the team may prepare for another game 20 minutes after the first game, and there several more games scheduled throughout the week. “So we learn from it and move on,” she explained.

When it comes to game planning, Culotta and the rest of the coaching staff rely on statistics, scouting software and the books kept on previous teams.

Sophomore captain Kayla Briles set an example for the rest of the team and used her communication skills to keep players in the game mentally. Regarding Briles’ leadership skills, junior captain Haley Lennon said she feels Briles is easy to talk to and people listen to her when she speaks.

Lennon added that when faced with a big game, she takes deep breaths and tries to remind herself to not take anything too seriously.

“I tend to get butterflies at the plate in the beginning of a game, or in close game situations,” Lennon said, but she said that in these situations she reminds herself that she is there for a reason: to win.

The Mustangs ended the season at home, with doubleheader wins against Lycoming College (2-1 and 6-5) and Trinity College, D.C. (28-0 and 13-0).

Senior Editor Wornden Ly contributed to this article.

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