By Anthony Garcia
April 3, 2013
Despite being a young team with only four seniors, the Dominican University softball team has bashed their way to an impressive record of 10-4, while winning their first two conference games.
The Stars earned their latest set of victories in a double-header matchup against Concordia University on Mar. 27.
In game one, senior P Emily Mahoney earned the complete-game victory with one run on seven hits and one walk, while also hitting the walk-off single, scoring IF Sara Housl to clinch the game 2-1.
In game two, freshman 3B Kaitlin Barajas, provided the game winning hit, breaking a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore P/IF Sarah Slouber helped to shutdown the Cougars, contributing with six strikeouts, sealing the 7-5 victory for the Stars.
The Stars have managed to stay on a winning note, despite having their two previous games before Concordia postponed due to rain.
Offense has been the Stars best friend, with a team average of .330 and to Mahoney, it’s probably been the deciding factor in the season thus far.
“We’ve been able to come through with hitting when we needed it in games,” Mahoney said. “Our offense is definitely something to look out for, either getting big hits or putting down bunts for some small-ball.”
Freshmen P and team ERA-leader Hailey Locher agrees with Mahoney, noting how key players like Mahoney and 2B Amanda Moran have stepped up when needed in the clutch.
“She [Mahoney] has been amazing and is a definite leader on the team,” Locher said. “Every game, every situation, she’s always in there and she always comes through and Amanda’s bat has really come around and she is leading the team at second base.”
With the team off to such a hot start, expectations have been raised by some of its players.
“I think the season is looking pretty good,” Locher said. “I’m hoping to go 30-4 maybe!”
Besides offense, the Stars pitching have been tough to handle, with a team ERA of 2.98 and 102 strikeouts. Comparatively, opponents have only managed an ERA of 4.78 and 39 strikeouts.
Mahoney said she sees a lot potential in this year’s team and said, “We definitely are in a great position to do well in the conference and win the conference tournament.”
The Stars are set to host back-to-back home games against Marian University and Edgewood College on April 4 and 6, before going on a two-game road trip to Benedictine University and Maranatha Baptist Bible College.