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Cards Drop Two to Wesleyan

The Cards left 15 runners stranded, and out-hit the #1 team in the conference, but fell short in the first game 4-3 in ten innings.  Brandy Jester went the distance, only giving up seven hits and walking two.  She shut down Wesleyan’s offense, only allowing four runs (two earned) and struck out three. 

The Cards scored a run in the first and second inning.  They had opportunities to break the game open as they left the bases loaded in the first, left runners at first and second in the second inning, and bases loaded in the third inning. 

Wesleyan tied the score up in the top of the sixth with a bloop single to left field by Megan Rachford.  With the top of the line-up up, doubles by Trisha Thurston and Katie Speaks tied the score 2-2.  The Bobcats went ahead in the seventh on two Cardinal errors.  In the bottom of the seventh, WJU’s Amanda Cordrey singled to leadoff the inning.  Rachelle Carello came into run for Cordrey and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Stacey Spicer.  Carello scored on an infield error by the Bobcats, sending the game into extra innings. 

The game remained scoreless until the international tie breaker in the tenth inning.  Wesleyan’s, Shelby Carlson was placed on second base, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Speaks.  A sacrifice fly by Lexi Rodgers put the Bobcats ahead 4-3.  The Cards couldn’t push a run across in the bottom of the inning.  Gina Hicks was placed at second base, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and was left stranded to end the game. 

In the nightcap, Wesleyan exploded for 12 runs on 18 hits off sophomore Rachelle Carello.  The Cards held them to two runs before they added two in the fifth, four in the sixth, and another four in the seventh inning.  The Cards put three across in the bottom of the seventh, but the comeback proved to be too late. 

The Cards record dropped to 9-7-1 in the conference, and 16-14-1 overall.  They look to redeem themselves as they take on Seton Hill today at 2 pm.      

 

 

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Cards beat AB, and Tie in the Nightcap

The Carinal Softball Team defeated Alderson Broaddus 4-3 in the first game of a conference doubleheader, and tied 10-10 in the second game.  They improved their record to 16-10-1 overall, and 9-3-1 in the conference.  Brandy Jester picked up the win, with seven strikeouts, and allowed three runs on six hits.  The Cards jumped on the board first, with a leadoff double by Ashley McSweeney.  Renee Bailey moved her over to third with an infield ground ball.  A ground ball to second base, by Audrey Tucholski scored McSweeney, and put the Cards ahead 1-0.  They added another run in the bottom of the third, as Jordan Burkhart slammed a homerun to right center.  AB cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth.  Alyssa Rundle singled to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kari Brockbrader.  A double over the head of Stacey Spicer in left field scored Rundle.  AB tied the game up in the fifth, as Kelly Lauterbach singled to start off the inning and scored on an rbi single by Ashley Mooney.  With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Courtney Kurowski singled, advanced to second a walk by Burkhart, and scored on an rbi double by McSweeney.  AB’s Lisa Boswell homered to centerfield to tie the score at 3-3 in the sixth.  WJU’s Renee Bailey led off the bottom of the sixth with an infield single.  A pass ball sent her to second, allowing Audrey Tucholski to pick up an rbi single putting the Cards ahead 4-3.  Jester shut down the top of the line-up getting a strikeout, a fly out, and a ground ball to end the game. 

In the nightcap, AB jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on starting pitcher Heather Karasek.  With one out, AB’s Haley Mullen singled, followed by a homerun by Ashley Mooney.  Brittney Meadows singled and scored on an outfield error.  In the bottom of the inning, Ashley McSweeney led off with a homerun over the centerfield fence to cut the lead 3-1.  AB tacked on three more runs in the second inning off Brandy Jester.  With two outs, Mullen singled, followed by another homerun by Ashley Mooney.  Meadows singled and advanced to second on a single by Rundle, and scored on an rbi single by Brockbrader, putting the score 6-1.  Rachelle Carello came into pitch in the third inning and got a fly out and two ground outs to hold AB.  The Cards tacked one on in the bottom of the inning when Audrey Tucholski led off with a walk, advanced to second on a walk by Amanda Cordrey.  Both advanced on a sacrfice bunt by Burkhart.  Tucholski scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Teresa Petit, cutting the lead 6-2.  In the top of the fourth, AB scored three runs on three singles and three walks, increasing the score 9-2.  In the bottom of the inning, the Cards exploded for six runs.  Singles by Ashley Morris, Tuchoski, Cordrey, Burkhart and a double by Ashley McSweeney highlighted an inning that put the Cards down 9-8.  AB added another run in the fifth, when Ashley Mooney singled with two outs and scored on an rbi single by Meadows.  The Cards threatened in the bottom half of the inning with runners at first and second, but couldn’t push any across.  Brandy Jester re-entered in the sixth and retired all three batters, striking out two of them.  In the bottom of the sixth, Angela Petros singled to lead off the inning, but was out at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Jester.  Gina Yeager doubled to left field to put runners on at second and third.  Morris then singled to center field to score Jester and tie up the ball game.  The game was then called for darkness.  It has not yet been determined if the inning will be made up, or if it will result in a tie. 

 

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Cards Sweep Ohio Valley

Freshmen pitcher Brandy Jester picked up two wins, throwing a complete seven innings in the first game and entering in the 7th inning of the nightcap to lead the Cards over Ohio Valley.  In the first game, the Cards scored first in the top of the third inning.  Audrey Tucholski reached on a leadoff walk, and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Cordrey.  Angela Petros put the score at 1-0 with an rbi single.  Ohio Valley answered back in the bottom of the fourth.  Back to back singles by Alyssa Davis and Preet Dhillon put runners on with no outs.  An infield error scored Davis, and put runners at second and third.  Jaci Miller singled in a run, putting OVU ahead, with runners at first and third.  An infield breakdown in the Cards first and third play allowed OVU to tack on another run, resulting in a 3-1 score at the end of the inning.  The Cards pushed a run across in the fifth, as Cordrey singled and scored on a two out double by Petros.  Jester got a strikeout and two fly-outs to hold OVU in the bottom half of the inning.  In the top of the sixth, Courtney Kurowski reached with a lead-off walk.  Back to back singles by Ashley McSweeney and Renee Bailey loaded the bases for game winning heroics by Audrey Tucholski.  A single to right center scored two, putting the Cards ahead 4-3.  Jester held OVU in the final two innings for the victory.  She recorded seven strikeouts, and allowed three runs on four hits. 

In the nightcap, Ohio Valley scored first in the bottom of the third inning.  Angela Brown led off with a single, and capitalized on a Cards’ error to put the score at 1-0.  They added another run in the fourth.  Preet Dhillon singled to lead off the inning.  Allicia Lawrence put down a hard sacrifice bunt.  The throw to get Dhillon at second base sailed into centerfield sending Dhillon to the plate to put OVU up 2-0.  The Cards tied it up in the top of the fifth.  McSweeney led off with a single.  Renee Bailey reached on an infield hit.  Tucholski layed down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on at second and third.  Petros came through again with a double to score both runs.  Freshman pitcher Heather Karasek held OVU in the bottom of the inning, getting three pop-outs.  The Cards took the lead in the top of the sixth.  Courtney Kurowski reached on a single and advanced on a error by the shortstop.  Renee Bailey singled up the middle to score Kurowski, and put the Cards ahead 3-2.  OVU answered back in the bottom of the sixth.  A one out double by Lawrence, and two pass balls tied up the score, 3-3.  Cordrey doubled to lead off the seventh inning.  Jordan Burkhart reached on an error by the pitcher, putting runners at first and third with one out.  Brandy Jester re-entered the game and put the Cards ahead by two with a clutch double in the gap.  Jester shut down OVU in the seventh with two strikeouts and a ground out. 

The Cardinals improve to 8-3 in the WVIAC, and 15-10 overall.  They take on conference opponent, Alderson Broaddus on Thursday at 3:30 at Wheeling Jesuit.      

 

Freshman Brandy Jester earns WVIAC Pitcher of the Week

Jester threw a five hit shutout against Concord University on Saturday, March 29th with 12 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.  On Sunday, March 30th, she allowed one run on four hits, recording six strikeouts and 3 walks in a 10-1 defeat over Bluefield State College.  She also entered in relief, in the fifth inning of game 1.  She threw one complete inning, striking out three and giving up one hit, in a 20-6 win over BCS. 

 

 

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Cards Split with Cal PA

The Wheeling Jesuit University Softball Team beat Cal PA in extra innings of the first game, 7-2 but dropped the second game of the doubleheader 8-0.  The Cards improved their record to 12-9 overall, 5-2 in the conference.  In the first game, Brandy Jester shut down Cal with 11 strikeouts, and only 2 walks.  She allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits. 

The Cards scored first in the top of the third inning.  With one out, Ashley Morris walked, but was thrown out at second leaving Audrey Tucholski at first base.  A catcher’s interference call allowed Amanda Cordrey to reach first and Tucholski to advance to second, setting the stage for an rbi single by Stacey Spicer.  Cal took the lead in the bottom of the fifth.  With two outs, an error put Kayleigh Braim on first.  Deanna Valentino followed with a single, and Heather Bihler doubled in both runs to put the score at 2-1.  The Cards answered back in the top of the sixth when Spicer singled to lead off the inning.  Angela Petros sacrifice bunted and reached on a throwing error by the third baseman.  Jordan Burkhart singled to score Spicer, to tie up the game 2-2.  The game went into extra innings and remained 2-2 until the Cards broke the game open in the top of the ninth inning.  Courtney Kurowski was placed at second base for the international tiebreaker.  Renee Bailey beat out a sacrifice bunt to put runners at first and third.  Ashley McSweeney doubled to score two runs.  Another catcher’s interference call put Audrey Tucholski on first.  Cordrey followed with a double to score Mac.  Petros doubled to right field to score two more, putting the Cards ahead 7-2.  Jester shut down Cal’s bottom of the line-up, getting a strikeout and two ground outs to end the game. 

In the nightcap, Cal jumped out with a 5-0 lead in the first inning on four hits and one walk.  They added to the damage in the second inning on four hits and one walk, putting the score out of reach for the Cards.  Cal’s pitcher Maria Greco shut the offense down with eleven strikeouts.  Rachelle Carello was tagged with the loss. 

The Cards resume conference play this Saturday against Alderson Broaddus.  Game time has been pushed back to 4:00 pm.  They also travel to Shepherd on Sunday for a game start of 1:00 pm.      

 

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Cordrey Leads Offense to Sweep of IUP

Freshman Amanda Cordrey hit two homeruns in each game to lift the Cards over IUP.  Brandy Jester threw the first game, allowing two runs on eight hits, while striking out three.  Cordrey put the Cards on the board first with a 2nd inning homerun that almost was hit over the track fence.  The score remained 1-0 until the Cards struck again in the bottom of the fifth.  Angela Petros led off with a walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Burkhart, and an infield single by Renee Bailey.  Ashley McSweeney loaded the bases when she was hit by a pitch, setting the stage for Ashley Morris.  Morris doubled to score Petros and Bailey.  Audrey Tucholski followed with a two run single to score Mac and Morris, ending the inning with a 5-0 lead.  The Cards held IUP, until the 7th inning.  IUP’s Jenny Rodgers led off with a walk.  Kristen Tunno followed with a fielder’s choice.  With one out, Dee Eppinger hit a double to score Tunno.  Sara Tripoli grounded out for the second out, while Sam Goettman followed up with an rbi single.  Jester got Brittany Allman to fly out to center to end the game, 5-2.

In the nightcap, Mac led the game off with a double, followed by another double by Ashley Morris to put the Cards in the lead 1-0.  Amanda Cordrey came to the plate with one on and one out, and hit a line drive over the centerfield fence to put the score at 3-0 in the bottom of the first.  They added another run in the third.  Amanda Cordrey was hit by a pitch and scored on a hit by Courtney Kurowski.  IUP answered back in the fourth.  With one out, Jamie Fisher doubled.  Brittany Allman followed with a walk.  A pass ball allowed both to advance.  Beth Dunsmoor singled in both runs, but was called out at second on Shannon Battison’s ground ball.  Michelle Bivona hit a ground rule double that put runners at second and third.  A single by Kristen Tunno scored Battison, while Cards’ centerfielder Renee Bailey eliminated Bivona at the plate.  The Cards got out of the fourth with a 4-3 lead, and held IUP for the remainder of the game to take the two wins.

Rachelle Carello earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out one.  Jester got the save, (entering the game in the top of the fifth,) allowing one hit, while striking out three.  The Cards improved their record to 11-8 overall, 5-2 in conference, as they travel to Cal PA for a doubleheader starting at 5 pm.     

 

Freshman Brandy Jester earns WVIAC Pitcher of the Week

Jester threw a five hit shutout against Concord University on Saturday, March 29th with 12 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.  On Sunday, March 30th, she allowed one run on four hits, recording six strikeouts and 3 walks in a 10-1 defeat over Bluefield State College.  She also entered in relief, in the fifth inning of game 1.  She threw one complete inning, striking out three and giving up one hit, in a 20-6 win over BCS. 

 

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Errors prove costly for Cards

Glenville scored in the bottom of the first inning, and proved that it was all they needed to take the first game.  Karly Eskew led off with a double, reached third on a ground ball out.  Eskew was left in the wide open as Kayla Shobe missed a suicide bunt, but an error by the Cards allowed her to score the only run of the game. 

After an impressive offensive appearance over the weekend, the Pioneers shut down WJU, holding them to one hit in the first game of a conference doubleheader. 

Freshman Stacey Spicer broke up the no-hitter in the top of the fifth inning, with a single to center.  An illegal pitch sent Spicer to second, but two line drives were met with a Glenville glove to end the inning.

Freshman Brandy Jester was tagged with the loss, while only giving up five hits.  She recorded six strikeouts with two walks.

The Cards dropped game 2 of the doubleheader 5-4 in 11 innings.  The Cards scored first in the top of the second inning.  Freshman Amanda Cordrey walked, and a sacrifice bunt by Spicer sent her to second.  An rbi single by Angela Petros put the first run on the board.  Three runs were added in the third, as Courtney Kurowski and Ashley Morris walked, setting the stage for Audrey Tucholski.  Kurowski scored, and Morris followed on a Glenville throwing error.  Cordrey followed with an rbi single to score Tucholski, and put the score at 4-0. 

Glenville answered back, putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the third.  Kat Bowman led off the inning with a walk, and Kayla Eskew followed with a single.  An rbi single by Kayla Shobe scored Bowman, and a sacrifice fly scored Eskew to cut the lead in half.  In the bottom of the fourth, Glenville struck again.  A leadoff single by Mandy Parkulo and a double by Karly Eskew put the score at 4-3.  The Pioneers tied it up in the seventh.  Kat Bowman led off with a single and scored on a double by Kayla Shobe.  Glenville ended the game in the bottom of the 11th.  Kristy Richards was placed on second (for the international tie breaker,) and a throwing error by the Cards allowed her to score. 

Heather Karasek started the game, throwing five complete innings, striking out six and allowing three runs on five hits.  Jester finished the game and took the loss, recording six strikeouts, and two runs on two hits. 

The Cards dropped to 5-2 in the WVIAC, and 9-8 overall.  They take on IUP today at WJU.  Game time is a 2:00 pm start.
 

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Cards Improve to 5-0 in WVIAC

The Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals swept Concord University and Bluefield State College, and improved to 9-6 overall, and 5-0 in conference play.  Freshmen Brandy Jester and Heather Karasek each grabbed two wins.  Both, Jester and sophomore Rachelle Carello recorded a save.

The first game of the Concord University doubleheader was pushed back to 7:00 pm, due to field conditions.  Brandy Jester recorded a shut-out, with a 1-0 win.  The Cards had opportunities to score throughout the game, but could only push one (game winning) run across in the bottom of the seventh inning.  WJU had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in six out of the seven innings, but could not come up with a clutch hit to break the game open.  Sophomore Ashley McSweeney went 2/4, with a double and scored the winning run.  Sophomore Audrey Tucholski went 2/3, with the game winning single to right field to end the game.  Brandy Jester recorded 12 strikeouts, and allowed only four hits.  

In the nightcap, the offense exploded as the Cards defeated Concord 10-1 in 4 ½ innings.  The offense was led by freshman Amanda Cordrey, who went 3-3 with a single, double, and a triple, while grabbing to rbi’s and scoring two runs.  Sophomores Angela Petros (rbi and run scored,) Courtney Kurowski (3 rbi’s and run scored,) and McSweeney (rbi and 2 runs scored) each had two hits. 

Heather Karasek pitched the first two innings, with three strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit.  Carello finished the game, with three strikeouts, four hits and one run.

On Sunday, the offensive explosion continued as the Cards put 20 runs on the board.  Petros went 4-4, with six rbi’s and three runs scored.  McSweeney (2 rbi’s and 2 runs,) Cordrey (3 rbi’s and 4 runs,) and Stacey Spicer (1 rbi and 4 runs) all went 3 for 4.  Karasek recorded the win, with five strikeouts, while giving up six runs on ten hits.  Jester entered the game in the fifth.  She gave up one hit, then struck out the next three hitters to end the game 20-6.

In the nightcap, the Cards defeated BCS 9-1 in six innings.  Five Cardinal hitters had two hits apiece.  McSweeney led the offense, scoring two runs, with three rbi’s.  Jester recorded the win, with six strikeouts, while allowing one run on four hits.  The Cards played stellar defense, turning two double plays with only one error on the day.

The Cards look to improve their record, as they travel to Glenville State College, a game which was postponed from Thursday, March 27th because of inclement weather.  They are also scheduled to play PSAC opponents, IUP (home at 2:00 pm on Tuesday) and Cal PA (away at 3:00 pm on Wednesday.)

 

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Wheeling Jesuit Downs the Hilltoppers

WJU Softball picked up their first conference win, with a 3-2 victory over West Liberty State College.  A game that was supposed to be played Wednesday at West Liberty, was pushed up to Monday and played at Jesuit in order to beat the inclement weather. 

Freshman Heather Karasek (Linthicum, MD) held West Liberty to 2 unearned runs, while throwing all 7 innings to grab the win.  She recorded four strikeouts, one intentional walk, and held the Hilltoppers to 7 hits. 

The Cards jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.  Back to back singles by Renee Bailey (Pomeroy, OH) and Ashley McSweeney (New Martinsville, WV,) put runners on first and second with one out.  A hard ground ball hit by Ashley Morris (Fairmont, WV) was misplayed by West Lib’s shortstop, and allowed Bailey to put the first run on the board. 

West Lib answered back with a run in the bottom of the fourth.  A throwing error put Katie Ketchum on first.  Rachel Mason hit behind Ketchum to advance her to 2nd base.  Vanessa Esenberg tied up the game with an RBI single to right field. 

The Cards took the lead in the top of the seventh when Angela Petros (Wheeling, WV) was hit by a pitch.  Stacey Spicer (Akron, OH) layed down a sacrifice bunt to advance Petros to 2nd.  Jordan Burkhart (Parkersburg, WV) followed with a cluth single to score Petros.  Courtney Kurowski (Washington, PA) reached base by drawing a walk.  Bailey layed down a sacrifice bunt to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with two outs.  McSweeney was intentionally walked, loading the bases for Morris.  Morris followed with an RBI single to put the Cards ahead 3-1. 

West Lib rallied in the bottom of the seventh.  Amber Rankin reached first on an error.  Tabitha Gretchen singled to put runners at first and second with no outs.  Karasek got a fly ball to leftfield to get one out.  Katelyn Kumm then answered back with an RBI double, and put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Karasek shut the door with a strikeout, and a ground-out to end the game.

Wheeling Jesuit improves to 5-6 overall, and 1-0 in the conference.  The second game of the double header was suspended due to darkness.  The Cards are ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  A date for resuming the game has not been determined yet. 

 

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Cardinals Picked 4th in Pre-Season Coaches’ Poll

Seven squads received at least one first place vote, but traditional power West Virginia Wesleyan is the favorite in the 2008 WVIAC softball race.  The Bobcats received seven first place votes as league coaches have picked Steve Warner's club for a return to the top of the league standings after a six-year span of titles was snapped last season.

Alderson-Broaddus, Fairmont State, Wheeling Jesuit, and West Virginia State round out the top five in the coaches' preseason voting.  West Liberty State is sixth, followed by 2007 regular season champion Charleston in seventh, and 2007 WVIAC Tournament winner Shepherd in eighth.

Glenville State, Ohio Valley, and Seton Hill occupy the ninth through eleventh positions.  Salem International, Bluefield State, Davis & Elkins, and Concord complete the poll.  

Wheeling Jesuit (18-21, 11-9) has high expectations with nine returning starters, including WVIAC Freshman of the Year Ashley McSweeney (.352-6-19).  3B Courtney Kurowski (.312-1-9) and C Audrey Tucholski (.250-3-18) are among the other returnees for Stacey Schramm's Cardinals.  A key for WJU's title hopes will be the development of a trio of rookie pitchers. 

 

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2007-08 Softball Squad Continues to Excel in the Classroom

The Wheeling Jesuit University Softball Team earned a 3.2 team grade point average for the 2007 fall semester.  All four captains: Senior Becca Nusbaum, junior Renee Bailey, sophomores Audrey Tucholski and Ashley McSweeney earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  Becca led the entire team with an impressive 4.0 in her final fall semester.  Sophomore Angela Petros also joined the captains with a 3.65 semester grade point average. 

Last year, the team was 14th in the nation and look to improve on that ranking this year. 

 

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Sophomore Teresa Petit Inducted to the Marietta High School Hall of Fame

Teresa Petit, a 2006 All-Ohio selection at catcher, was honored for her athletic accomplishments with Marietta’s softball program prior to Friday’s boys basketball game between Marietta and Logan.

Petit finished with 12 career home runs, including the first Marietta player to connect for a homer at the current Phillips Elementary School complex. During her junior and senior seasons at Marietta, Petit hit .441 and led the Tigers with 43 RBIs, eight triples and 218 putouts.  She also had 60 hits and 44 runs during those two seasons and led her team to a sectional championship in 2005.

She feels she’s more prepared as she gets set for her second season of playing collegiate softball at Wheeling Jesuit University. Last season, she had a team-leading .378 batting average as the Cardidnals’ designated hitter.

“It was hard adjusting,” Petit said. “You come in and every player on that team was good in high school.  Everybody is good and now you’re all the same and struggling for one position. It was difficult to get adjusted, but now that it’s my second year, I’m finally there.”

Petit comes from an athletic family with her older brothers, Gary and Randy, both participating in sports on the collegiate level.  Now that her high school athletic accomplishments have been formally recognized, she now has one-upped both of them.

“It’s the one thing I get to tease them about,” she said.

Petit is the daughter of Terry and Patsy Petit.

 

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Samantha Kozbial Signs NLI to WJU Softball

Head Coach Stacey Schramm announces the signing of Sam Kozbial from Austintown, Ohio for the 2008-09 academic year.  Samantha graduates from Austintown Fitch High School, where the squad was 2005 sectional and district champions, and a regional qualifier.  A shortstop for the 18-under Valley Extreme based out of Ohio, Kozbial batted third for the squad and is expected to make an immediate impact for the Cards’ line-up.  A member of the National Honor Society, Kozbial plans on entering the athletic training program at Wheeling Jesuit University.  The 5’10” infielder enters into a softball program at WJU that only graduates one senior.  She will vie for an opportunity to fill lone senior Becca Nusbaum’s shoes as a starter at first base, while also adding depth at the third base and shortstop positions.      

 
 

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Team Recognized for Academic Success

The 2006-07 Wheeling Jesuit University Softball team was recently recognized for their academic success in the classroom.  The squad earned a 3.4 cumulative team grade point average, landing them at the 14th spot out of 61 Division II schools who reported them to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association.  Five members of the squad were also honored as NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes. 

  • Carrie Swart (’07 graduate) started at second base last season and was a two year captain, and a psychology major.  Carrie now attends graduate school at WVU.   

  • Becca Nusbaum (the only senior on this year’s team) is the Cards’ starting 1st baseman, and is returning as a third year captain of the team, majoring in psychology.

  • Renee Bailey (the only junior on the team) is the starting centerfielder and is a first year captain.  She is majoring in respiratory therapy, and is a representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

  • Tina Johnson (a sophomore on the team last season) shared playing time in the outfield.  During her freshman season, Tina was a two sport athlete, participating on the women’s soccer team as well.  She could not return for her junior season because of an internship in Pittsburgh.  She is a majoring in nuclear medicine, and plans on becoming a doctor. 

  • Ashley McSweeney (Freshman of the Year for the WVIAC last season) is the Cards’ starting shortstop.  She returns as a first year captain for the softball team.  She is majoring in athletic training, and plans to get her doctorate in physical therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University. 

 

 

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2007 WVIAC Softball Championship Tournament: Shepherd Wins Title With 2-0 Win Over Charleston

PRINCETON, WV, May 5, 2007 - Shepherd won the 2007 WVIAC Softball Championship in a dramatic seven inning game that came down to the third out of the seventh inning. Andrea Lewis pitched her third game of the day for Charleston, recording 12 strike outs and giving up only 5 hits, but a pair of runs in the fourth doomed the Eagles. Tournament MVP Mia Zappacosta doubled and scored off an Amy Edmondson single and a Charleston fielding error to give the Lady Rams the winning run. Edmondson, who advanced to third on the error, scored on the next play when Rebekah Walsh singled to center. The Eagles appeared to be making a miracle comeback loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh, with only one out. Kathy Jo Getz grounded to Zappacosta who threw home to Amanda Orkoskey to force out Natalie Murray. Orkoskey made the throw to Stephanie Sims at first to complete the 123 double-play. Shepherd earns their second WVIAC softball title, the other coming in 1991.

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