Softball to Wrap Up Season With 9 Games in 5 Days
Games #32-33 l
Games #34-37 l Saturday-Sunday,
Games #38-40 l Monday-Tuesday,
THE BEAR FACTS
BEARS TO HONOR PARENTS, SENIORS ON SATURDAY
FIVE OVER .300
The Bears have four players with 13 or more RBI this season. Leading the way is senior Whitney Platten with 18 RBI. Sophomore Casey Hogue is second with 14 RBI. Senior Nicole Martinez and freshman Mackenzie Barrett are tied for third on the squad with 13 RBI each.
BARRETT LAYS THE SMACK DOWN
Freshman Mackenzie Barrett has made quite a splash this season for the Bears. Barrett, a walk-on from
DUMLER TAKES OVER PITCHING LOAD
Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Dumler has taken over the pitching duties as the Bears have been decimated by injuries. Dumler is 6-13 this season with a 6.44 ERA in 108 2/3 innings of work. Senior Stephani Miller is suffering from a sore shoulder and has not pitched since the Rebel Games in mid-March. Miller has a 3-7 record with a team-best 3.20 ERA in 62 2/3 innings pitched.
PLATTEN TIES SINGLE-GAME DOUBLES RECORD
Senior Whitney Platten tied the Bears' single-game record for doubles when she tallied three two-baggers in a 9-4 win over George Mason. Cody Hicks set the record on
DUMLER FINDS HER MARK
Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Dumler tossed her first career collegiate shutout in the Bears' 11-0 win over Rider. Dumler limited Rider to only two hits in the contest.
Sisters senior Stephani Miller and freshman Kati Miller are enjoying spending the season playing together as teammates. Stephani is leading the team with a 3.20 ERA in 65 2/3 innings pitched, while Kati is hitting .373 to rank second on the team.
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.
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 74-110 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.