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‘It doesn’t matter how we started, just how we end’

‘It doesn’t matter how we started, just how we end’

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 12, 2019


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Caitlyn Bradley and Haylee Smith agree: having multiple softball games, one after the other, over spring break, is tiring, but it is too much fun to complain. The USI Softball team played twelve games over spring break. They started in Clermont, Florida, March 2 and ended in Leesburg, Florida, March 9. ...

Softball sweeps Indy as Leonhardt earns 20th win

Softball sweeps Indy as Leonhardt earns 20th win

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

April 12, 2017


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After going 5-1 last week, including a doubleheader sweep of No. 14 University of Indianapolis, the No. 10 Southern Indiana softball team is one game away from matching last season’s win total. Four of the Eagles’ five wins came when freshman pitcher, Jennifer Leonhardt (20-1), stepped into the pitchi...

Softball continues to surge

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

April 6, 2017


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No. 10 Southern Indiana (31-7) didn’t allow a run in its doubleheader sweep against Bellarmine (15-23) at the USI Softball Field  Tuesday. Both starting pitchers, Courtney Atkisson (10-4) and Jennifer Leonhardt (17-1) pitched complete game shutouts. By winning the first game, Atkisson joined Leonhar...

‘A very short memory’: Junior softballer discusses success, need to stay confident

‘A very short memory’: Junior softballer discusses success, need to stay confident

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

April 20, 2016


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Junior computer science major Haley Hodges now holds the single-season home run record for the university. The pitcher/infielder sat down with The Shield to talk about when she discovered softball and this year’s season. The Shield: What got you started playing softball? Hodges: It was a little town...

‘Pay it forward’: Softball team plays for special causes

‘Pay it forward’: Softball team plays for special causes

Caitlin Golden, Sports Writer

March 29, 2016


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The softball team decided to honor senior infielder Toni Braun’s grandmother, Vicki Tuggle, this year. Tuggle became paralyzed   three years ago. Braun said she’s excited for Tuggle to see her play again. “It’s cool to have a lot of family and friends and have a lot of people to come out for it,” Bra...

Scholastic success for softballers

Scholastic success for softballers

Sarah Loesch

October 14, 2015


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Six USI softball players were recognized as NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association for their academic success in 2014-15. To be recognized the players had to earn a 3.5 GPA or higher. Shelby Tate said in her experience academics are always stressed b...

Softball continues to play “like a brand new team”

Caitlin Golden

April 28, 2015


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USI’s softball team has been having a fairytale season and has recently had a win streak of 12 games. The team is ranked at 15 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Poll and fourth in the second installment of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Poll, on their way...

Dorsam and Clark-Kittleson recognized as softball continues strong season

Caitlin Golden

April 22, 2015


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USI’s women’s softball has been having a strong season. They have won their last ten games and this past week two players were recognized for their outstanding performances. Senior, MacKenzi Dorsam was named to the inaugural Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Division II National...

Softball and baseball struggle to find playing time

Sarah Loesch

March 3, 2015


Filed under Sports Briefs

Both the softball team and the baseball team have had its scheduled destroyed by weather related issues. The softball team has had to postpone or cancel 15 games and will not back in action until March 8. The Eagles will face West Chester University and The University of Findlay during the Dot Richardson...

Softball schedule undergoes weather related changes

Sarah Loesch

February 24, 2015


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Correction: The Eagles will not be traveling to South Carolina due to snow that occurred on Wednesday night. The next game for the team will be on March 8. The 2015 schedule for the softball team has felt challenges from the recent winter weather conditions and has had to adapt. The USI-Kentucky...

Hard work, hunger for success pays off early for Eagles

Caitlin Golden

February 16, 2015


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Women’s softball started the season strong by achieving a 6-0 win at a tournament in Huntsville, Alabama Feb. 6-8. Great pitching paired with good offense and defense aided the team in its all around solid performance. The team was picked in the preseason poll to finish the GLVC in seventh place,...

Softball has player to watch and top half prediction

USI Shield Staff

February 3, 2015


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The softball team has received its prediction from the Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason poll. They were placed seventh by the votes of GLVC softball coaches. The team also had a player named to the inaugural Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches' Association Division II National Player o...

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