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Yellow Jacket Softball Team Gains Experience and Momentum on its Spring Break Trip to Florida

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University softball team had a 5-5 record on its annual spring break trip to Kissimmee, Florida and gained both valuable experience and momentum prior to beginning its northern schedule on March 19 at cross-town foe Ursuline College.

On its trip to Florida, first-year Head Coach Tom Spencer had a lot of questions to be answered. One half of the questions involved hitting and the other pitching. Some of the questions were answered during the five days in Florida.

In terms of hitting, BW was led by freshman catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) with a .500 batting average (19-of-38) with a team-high 12 runs scored. She also had three doubles, one homerun and 11 runs batted-in.

In addition, sophomore transfer third baseman Megan Coyne (Valley City/ Keystone LaGrange) hit .480 with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI; sophomore 2B Monica Brasee (Wellington) hit .412 with two doubles and six RBI; junior leftfielder Rachael Krause (Parma/ Valley Forge) hit .353; junior first baseman Caitlin Myor (Sheffield Lake/ Elyria Senior) hit .343 with 10 runs scored, two doubles and a team-leading two homers and 14 RBI; freshman shortstop Katrina Resek (Strongsville) hit .333 with 10 runs scored and a team-leading five stolen bases; and sophomore centerfielder Jessica Esch (Worthington/ Thomas Worthlington) hit .286.

Overall, we hit the ball pretty well and I was pleased wit the contact we made, especially against a couple of good pitchers, said Spencer, who rejoined the Yellow Jacket staff last summer after stints at NCAA Division I Butler (Ind.) University and cross-town Notre Dame College (Ohio). I feel like we have the capability to score some runs.

On the mound, Spencer mostly utilized three pitchers, freshman Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky/ Senior), junior Katie Munshower (Natrona Heights, Pa./ Highlands) and freshman Samantha Swineford (Nova/ Ashland Mapleton). Rohrbacher pitched the most innings with 39, including five starts and seven total appearances, and had a 1-4 record with a 5.21 earned run average and 19 strikeouts. Munshower was 2-0 with a 3.89 ERA and 16 whiffs in 18 innings pitched. Swineford was 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in eight innings of action.

We certainly made strides and our pitching seemed to improve as the trip progressed, said Spencer. We have some young, talented arms. Pitching is a process and we will continue to work on that aspect of the game. Overall, again, I was pleased with our southern trip performance.

BW was supposed to open northern play on Sunday, March 16 with a doubleheader against Wittenberg University, but that twinbill has been postponed due to the wet grounds in Northeast Ohio. The weather also might factor into the Mar. 19 twinbill at Ursuline. The next scheduled games are BWs Ohio Athletic Conference opening doubleheader at Mount Union College on March 29 at 1:00 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact BW Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327, by FAX machine at 440-826-2329 or via e-mail at kruple@bw.edu. To contact Head Coach Tom Spencer, please call 440-826-3398 or e-mail at tspencer@bw.edu. You can get all of the latest BW athletics information by visiting our Web site at www.bw.edu/athletics.

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