Softball wins 10 of 11 during road trip

Outfielder Jennifer Arcella gets ready for the pitch in a game during the 2014 season. Rowan currently sits at 11-4. -File photo/Robert Oszust

Outfielder Jennifer Arcella gets ready for the pitch in a game during the 2014 season. Rowan currently sits at 11-4. -File photo/Robert Oszust

Rowan softball is back on track as the Profs come home from Florida riding a four-game winning streak, extending its record to 11-4.

After a slow start by Rowan’s standards, the team went on to win 10 out of 11 in Florida during the Dot Richardson Spring Games over spring break. Those games included a couple routs for the Profs, who outscored opponents 50-11 on the road trip.

“We have been successful because we have great chemistry as a team,” said captain Shilah Snead. “We pick each other up at practices and at games. During games, we cheer on every player and don’t stop until the game is over.”

Snead performed well at the plate in the Sunshine State, hitting .322 with a home run and three triples. The infielder also compiled 18 hits and six RBIs on the trip.

“In the beginning, I wasn’t quite satisfied with my performance,” Snead said. “I made a couple errors early, and I wasn’t satisfied with my batting. I’ve been working hard to better myself as a player and a teammate by working hard at practices.”

As a team, Rowan put up incredible numbers at the plate in recent weeks. With a team batting average of .313 and 38 walks, the Profs are putting players in position to score, and it’s shown. Rowan averaged 4.5 runs per game in Florida, compared to only 2.5 in its first four outings in Virginia Beach.

“I think that we learned what we needed to work on after that weekend [in Virginia],” said senior pitcher Krysti Maronski. “We were able to come back and improve in those areas. Also, I think that getting playing experience helps us to get better.”

Much of the success came not only from the bats, but also from the mound. The pitching of Maronski and Beth Ann Hyland has held opponents to a mere .195 batting average, and only 19 earned runs all season. Maronski boasted a 5-0 record from the mound on the trip, including 41 strikeouts.

“From here, I think it is important for us to stay motivated, and work hard in practice and focus on the now,” Maronski said. “One pitch at a time, and winning innings.”

Hyland, a sophomore right-hander, was sort of a flash in 2013 after only pitching 25.1 innings despite holding opponents to a .196 batting average that year. In Florida, Hyland shined, tossing 33 innings and halting bats with an astounding 0.81 ERA and a 5-0 record.

“I feel like I have been performing well for the situations I’ve been put into and the teams I’ve been playing against,” Hyland said. “I’m confident in my fielders behind me that if someone puts the ball in play, I know that they will all back me up.”

Rowan’s mantra has been “one pitch at a time,” and taking things slowly has proved successful for the Profs thus far.

Rowan will host Haverford College on March 27, followed by a doubleheader against Kean on Saturday to start off New Jersey Athletic Conference play.

“Our team is just getting started,” Hyland said. “I am so excited for the regular season and to dominate the conference.”

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