Cavs softball team aims high

By Nikki Duggan
March 27, 2008

cabrini athletic department

The Cabrini women’s softball team participated in two softball tournaments over spring break. They had a tournament the weekend of March 1 and 2 and another on March 8 and 9. Even more, the team practiced in Maryland for a week in between. The team took the trip in order to prepare themselves for their current season.

“Since our team is so young it was really important because it was the first time we all got on the field together,” Kristie Sandefur, a junior psychology major, said.

“It was also nice because it was the first time we played on dirt in general this season because we have yet to play on our actual field this year,” Rachel Davis, a junior biology/clinical lab science major, said.

Their first tournament was the Beach Blast at Virginia Beach. Their first game they defeated Keystone College 8-4. Sophomore Kerri MacNeal hit a three-run homerun and Sandefur hit a one-run homerun in the win. The second game that day, they fell 0-6 to Albright.

Their third and fourth games on the following day, the team fell 5-13 to Meredith College and 0-6 to Guilford College.

All during the week, the team practiced in the mid-morning and then had free time for team-bonding activities in the afternoon that included bowling and mini-golfing.

The second tournament was the Sea Gull Invitational held at Salisbury University in Maryland. On the opening day, they were defeated 10-1 by Christopher Newport University. Sandefur scored the only run on a solo home-run hit. The second game they were shutout 16-0 by the host Salisbury.

The next day they lost their final game to Rutgers-Camden 14-0.

“The competition is always harder when we go away so we are more prepared for the competition in our conference,” Davis said.

“My expectations for this season are high,” Sandefur said. “The only returning players with the same starting positions are our pitchers. Everyone else is either a freshman or playing a different position. Even though we are so young, we have so much talent.”

With all of the talent, the team is looking forward to proving themselves in the conference this year.

“We were picked third in the PAC in the coach’s poll,” Davis said. “I definitely feel that we were underrated.”

Nikki Duggan

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