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The university softball team in 2018 as they concluded their season.

Softball team withdraws from Midwest Region Crossover following car accident

Shelby Clark, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

The university’s softball team withdrew from the Midwest Region Crossover and canceled all games from March 5-13 due to the injuries of 4 softball players and 2 coaches. The university’s 15 passenger...

Students have to come back for eligibility

Students have to come back for eligibility

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor April 20, 2020

The NCAA announced that spring athletes are able to get their eligibility for the next year back next year, if the athletes decide they want to. “Right now, we're just trying to make sure we get clarification...

'Give me the ball, I want to be out there'

‘Give me the ball, I want to be out there’

Senior pitcher leads transitioning team
Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor January 28, 2020

Every week The Shield will interview an athlete or coach about their life and the sport(s) they participate in. This week The Shield interviewed Jennifer Leonhardt, a senior pitcher, about softball and...

A different side of sports

A different side of sports

Behind the scenes of athletic communications
Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor December 3, 2019

There are all sports at USI and only two people manage all of them, Ray Simmons and Dan McDonnell.  Together, they make graphics, write press releases, attend travel games, manage the USI athletics...

Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor August 29, 2019

The University of Southern Indiana has not been around very long. It started in the 60s and USI is still going strong today. With everything constantly moving forward, it is always good to look back at...

Softball senior day wins double header

Softball senior day wins double header

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor April 16, 2019

The USI softball team had their senior night Saturday along with a doubleheader against Missouri University of Science & Technology. In the bottom of the first inning, sophomore infielder and outfielder...

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

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

Senior softball players talk spring break wins and the future
Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor March 12, 2019

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...

Freshman Jennifer Leonhardt winds up to throw a pitch during a game last weekend. Leonhardt was named GLVC Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season.

Softball sweeps Indy as Leonhardt earns 20th win

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor April 12, 2017

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...

Softball continues to surge

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor April 6, 2017

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...

Junior pitcher/infielder Haley Hodges steps into her swing during the team’s double header against the University of Illinois-Springfield March 25. Hodges recently became the softball player with the most single-season home runs in USI history.

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

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor April 20, 2016

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...

Freshman Lindsey Barr attempts to tag out a member of the University of Illinois Springfield team before she reaches her base during the March 25, game at the USI Softball Field. The infielder/catcher had two RBIs and scored two runs and a home run during the game.

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

Caitlin Golden, Sports Writer March 29, 2016

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...

Scholastic success for softballers

Scholastic success for softballers

Sarah Loesch October 14, 2015

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...

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