Northern Colorado Softball to Open Home Season Wednesday Against Regis
Game #15 l
at Rebel Spring Games
Tournament #3 l Sunday-Thursday,
THE BEAR FACTS
The Bears have posted a 3-3 record in home openers since the program was restarted in the 1999 season.
SCOOP ON THE RANGERS
Regis comes into Wednesday's contest with a record of 5-3. The Rangers are an NCAA Division II member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Last season, Regis swept a doubleheader from the Bears in
BEARS FIND THEIR
After struggling to a 1-8 start to the season,
PLATTEN LEADS THE WAY IN
Senior catcher Whitney Platten put together a solid weekend of play for the Bears as she hit .545 and tallied her first home run of the season. For the season, Platten is hitting a team-best .417 (15-of-36) with four doubles, four runs scored and eight RBI. Platten also leads the team with a .611 slugging percentage. Platten is also currently on a nine-game hitting streak.
DUMLER FINDS HER MARK
Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Dumler put together an undefeated weekend in the pitching circle. Dumler went 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in four appearances for the Bears. On the season, Dumler is 3-5 with a 4.97 ERA in seven appearances.
Senior Stephani Miller and freshman Kati Miller are enjoying spending the season playing together as teammates. Stephani is leading the team with a 3.56 ERA in 41 1/3 innings pitched, while Kati is hitting .273 and has not committed an error at second base in 31 chances.
BEARS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK
After struggling to a 6-32 finish in the 2004 season, the Bears will look to bounce back to the form they had in both the 2002 and 2003 seasons when they averaged 23 wins a season.
Head coach Linda Witt is happy to have a home schedule to talk about this season. With the Bears in the midst of a transition from Division II to Division I it has become increasingly difficult to nail down home games. Witt was able to land home series this season with Regis (March 9), UTEP (March 25-26),
BEARS CONTINUE DIVISION I TRANSITION
Linda Witt is entering her fifth season as the head coach of the UNC softball squad. During Witt's tenure as the Bears' leader she has compiled a record of 68-99 overall. Witt will be charged with taking the Bears back to Division I softball, a level she is very familiar with at UNC.
"We are going back to Division I and it's exciting because I was a part of the tradition as a player and now I have the opportunity to do it as a coach," Witt said.
Witt was named the Co-Coach of the Year in 2002 after leading the Bears to a 28-18 overall mark and an 11-5 record in league action. Witt has compiled an overall mark of 41-36 in two full seasons as the Bears' head coach. Witt played for the Bears' during here college days and led the squad to the NCAA championship game in 1978 before falling to UCLA, 2-0, in the title contest.
A 1978 graduate of UNC, Linda Witt spent 20 years as a teacher and coach at
Along the way, Witt has garnered many coaching honors, including National High School Athletic Coaches Association - National Coach of the Year Runnerup (1994), NHSACA Regional Coach of the Year (1994), Gatorade "Coach Who Cares" Award (1993), McDonald's Regional Coach of the Year (1992) and Colorado Sportswoman Coach of the Year (1985).
Witt has also been very active in the
As a student-athlete at UNC, Witt excelled in field hockey and softball. For her efforts, Witt was inducted into the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and was recognized along with her 1978 softball teammates during the induction of the team at the 1998 ceremony. Witt was also a member of the United States Field Hockey team from 1979-1982.