March 8, 2012
Spring break 2012 is finally here, but the softball team is not hanging out on a beach like a majority of the college student population. Instead, we are seeing our first competition since the fall. It has been a bit of a complicated trip for us. Last Thursday we flew into Tulsa, Okla., where we played a tournament at the University of Tulsa. Those five games have been firmly filed under learning experiences never to be repeated again.
From there the team traveled to Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. After a practice on their field Tuesday, we were ready to get back out there and get our first wins of the season, and we did exactly that by taking both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday night. Lauren Arceneaux (LA) started us out right with a solo homer to lead off the first inning and from there, Amanda Ciran took the mound and shut it down. Wichita State was able to push three runs across taking the 3-3 game into extra innings, but we scored twice in the top of the eighth inning and held the home team in check to win our first game of the season.
The night wasn't over yet, though since we had one more game to play with Brittany Gardner on the mound this time. There was a lot of offense for both teams with a final score of 9-6 and luckily this one did not need extra innings to resolve since it was already a two-and-a-half-hour game. LA had not just one, but two more home runs this game (a total of three home runs on the night!). The second one she hit just inside the left field foul pole and while it may have been just fair, there was no doubt that it was gone. In fact, that ball may still be flying somewhere through Kansas! Everyone on the team contributed to the win. Annie Korth had her first home run as a Rambler and Lauren Moore, Brooke Andresen, and Tarran Shaffer all had clutch hits late in the game to put us back on top after Wichita State tied it up at 6-6. It was a prime example of the type of softball we are hoping to play for the rest of the season.
The team is all still flying high from the wins last night and today we are leaving Kansas ("Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore"), and heading to Stillwater, Okla., where we are going to participate in another tournament against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. The competition will be tough but we all cannot wait for the challenge. Hopefully, the weather will not get in our way since the forecast calls for thunderstorms all day today and then more rain on Saturday. Delayed and cancelled games are the worst, so hopefully it will not come to that. Our week-long excursion will be brought to an end when we head back to reality, and classes, late Sunday night. Then we have just four days of the normal routine (eat, class, eat, practice, eat, study, sleep) until we head back out to Miami (Ohio). We are in season so there is no stopping now!
Until next time,
Emily Bentley #27