Rowan softball is at an impasse.
After defeating Haverford College 12-0 and 3-0, respectively, in a doubleheader last week, the team had faced several postponements, resulting in an erratic week of few games and impromptu practices. Then, the Profs dropped their first two New Jersey Athletic Conference games to William Paterson on April 1. Rowan now sits with a record of 13-6 overall, but 0-2 in the conference.
“I think that the weather has been disappointing. However, we have not taken off,” said senior pitcher Krysti Maronski. “We’ve been able to get indoors and work hard. All of the other schools are in the same predicament that we are, so it shouldn’t be an issue.”
Rainy weather and poor field conditions led to the postponement of doubleheaders against Centenary College and conference foe Kean University last weekend.
The Profs have also had limited time to practice outside, given the weather.
“Indoor training can get kind of repetitive doing the same things, but we have been making the best of it and getting things done,” Maronski said. “Obviously outside would be better. However, you can’t control the weather.”
Rowan has been forced to practice at an off-campus turf facility, where the team can use an artificial field for training purposes. However, there are enormous differences between indoor and outdoor practices.
“I would much prefer practicing outside,” said sophomore pitcher Beth Ann Hyland. “But since we can’t have that, turf is the next best thing.”
The rain can have the ability to slow momentum, which Rowan has held onto dearly as of late, steamrolling its way through the past few games. The team has outscored opponents 36-4 in the previous six games. The loss of that momentum has potential to be disastrous.
“Our plan is just to keep working, despite how the weather has been lately. We’ve been practicing still, continuing to get better and staying within our mindset,” Hyland said. “We’ve always been working hard and doing our best, and with the team chemistry we have, I believe that we won’t be stopped just by a little rain.”
The NJAC matchup against Kean is postponed until April 3, when the Profs will face the Cougars at 3 and 5 p.m. in a doubleheader in Glassboro.
“The game plan has been to prepare our defense for what Kean is going to throw against us,” Maronski said. “They have a few good lefty slappers so we have been working on preparing the defense for them, as well as getting a lot of hitting in.”
The Cougars have won five out of their last six games and will be playing their first away game against Rowan on Thursday. The win would make a statement in the NJAC for the Profs as well.
As always, Rowan’s “one pitch at a time” mantra rings true.
“We just need to keep a positive attitude, even when things don’t go our way,” Hyland said. “If we strike out, miss a ball or give up a hit or walk, we have to stay positive and know that the rest of the team is going to have our backs. We’re just getting started.”