Only two months into their already successful season, women’s softball Head Coach Jamie Apicella became a member of the 600 wins club, as the team swept Le Moyne College from Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday, March 20, at the LIU Post Softball Complex.
The Pioneers defeated the Dolphins in two games, with scores of 5-4 and 7-0. Although the Pioneers were challenged by their opposition in the first game, the second game was a completely different story.
Freshman hurler Ashley Martin stood out among the Pioneers. The freshman recorded nine strikeouts, and let up just three hits over seven innings of work for the shutout, while her teammates knocked three home runs. Junior catcher Aly Dzierzynski swatted a three-run home run, scoring sophomore catcher Paige Swantek and senior shortstop Nicole Hagenah, in the second inning, and a two-run home run plating Swantek in the fourth. Swantek then joined in and smacked her second of the day in the sixth inning after a lead-off double by Hagenah to put the game out of reach, finalizing the score at 7-0.
This result confirmed Apicella’s 600th win in his 16-year tenure. Assistant Coach Carla Campagna mentioned that despite Apicella’s achievement, the team still has business to take care of. “The goals for this year are like every year, to win the conference championship first, enter the NCAA’s for their 15th straight year, and have the opportunity to play for a national championship.” The team has returned all of their players from last season, and has an additional four freshman. The women and coaches look forward to what the season holds.
The Pioneers prepare to next take on the Molloy College Lions on Saturday, March 30, at 3 p.m., in Rockville Center, N.Y.