How did the teams do on opening weekend?
~Michael Innacelli, CNUTV Managing Editor & Sports Editor~
The sixth ranked CNU Softball team began their season with mixed results this past weekend. They played a double header on Sunday against the Emory and Henry Wasps.
#6 Aubrey Bates began her season on the wrong foot. After dominating all last year, she gave up 5 earned runs in the opener and picked up the loss.
The game was a back and forth affair as the Captains struggled to keep the strong offense of the Wasps at bay.
The Wasps were efficient on the base paths, with four different players earning a stolen base in game one. This allowed for the Wasps to “manufacture” easy runs, whereas the Captains had to hit solo homeruns to score.
This proved costly for the Captains as they fell in the first game 5-4.
The big impact for the Captains came from two freshman on the team.
#19 Caroline Helmer and #2 Sarah Proctor hit back-to-back homeruns in each of their first collegiate at bats.
The second game of the day went a bit better for the Captains as they beat the Wasps 3-0.
The win came on the back of a remarkable seven inning pitching performance thrown by #32 Emily Weatherholtz.
She gave up only four hits while striking out seven in the seven innings she pitched while picking up the win.
#11 Maddie Hool had quite the day at the plate as she contributed two hits and two runs batted in on the day. One of the hits was her first collegiate homerun.
Freshman #38 Bailey Roberts was a stand out performer in the home openers.
She went two for four on the day with a run batted in, and she showed her multi-faceted defensive skill both third base and behind the plate.
The freshman class for the Captains is shaping up to be a strong one with several of the freshman starting one or both of the games over the weekend.
Mixing the experience of the returning players and the fresh talent from the new class makes this season’s team look very dangerous.
The CNU Softball team was ranked sixth in the nation and they will look to continue where they left off last season.
The Captains finished last season with a 37-10 record and a 13-1 record in conference play.
They will look to build on that remarkable performance last year and take home the CAC championship once again.
The Captains are back in action Sunday as they host a double header against Richard Bland College before they hit the road and head to Cary N.C. for the Grand Slam Triangle Classic the following weekend.
In the classic they will face Rowan University, Berry College, McDaniel College, Averett University, Centre College and Pfeiffer University.
~Matthew Scherger, BreakingCNU Editor~
This weekend the CNU Baseball team opened their 2019 campaign against Ferrum College.
They battled through cold weather and winds to a 16-1 victory on Saturday and a 10-4 victory on Sunday.
Pitcher #16 Josh Husby picked up his first win of the season on Saturday, pitching 10 strikeouts in five innings gave up 1 earned run.
Although Ferrum was the first to score on Saturday in the top of the second inning, the Captains wasted no time responding with two runs off a single from #3 Ryan Grubbs.
This lead would be good enough to win the game. Nonetheless, the middle innings were highlighted by 10 runs by the Captains.
On Sunday, the match remained competitive for most of the game. Once again Ferrum struck first in the top of the second inning to take a lead.
The Captains answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third, but the fourth inning saw two more runs scored by both the Panthers and the Captains.
The game continued into a mini pitchers battle through the fifth and sixth inning.
The seventh inning spelled disaster for the Panthers, as the Captains were able to score five runs off three different pitchers before the end of the inning. This would prove to be too much for the Panthers to overcome, as they were only able to put up one more run in the top of the eighth.
The Captains added two more in the bottom of the eighth inning for insurance. Relief pitcher #25 Austin Slough picked up the win for his work in the seventh and eighth innings, pitching one strikeout and walking one.
Starting pitcher #14 Gray Goodrich earned a no decision with three strikeouts and only one earned run against through five innings of work.
The baseball team will play their next three games in Georgia against Oglethorpe University, Millsaps College and Emory University.