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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 on all the ins and outs of the NCAA stuff and in just gauging the interest of some of tho...

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

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

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 what it’s like to be a student and an athlete. Jennifer Leonhardt has broken several school re...

A different side of sports

A different side of sports

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 website and much more. “There's a lot of 15 hour days,” Simmons said. “The average workweek right no...

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 our accomplishments. Nov. 29, 2007: Women’s Basketball have an undefeated season Apr. 10, 2...

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 Alicia Webb got an RBI scoring the first run in the game. “It’s a good feeling,” Webb said...

‘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

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

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.

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 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

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

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.

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 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

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.

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 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

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

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...

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