A Look at the 2018 Jags Softball Season

Sophomore Megan Overton, Horizon League’s Pitcher of the Week, pitches in her second game against Youngstown last weekend. (Photo courtesy of IUPUI Athletics)

Heading into their second conference series of the season, the IUPUI Jags softball season is well underway. After splitting a double header with Youngstown State on March 24, IUPUI took the series with the final game the following day.

Now, they head into a three game series versus Wright State in Ohio today, March 30 which will play all weekend on ESPN3.

 Beginning her inaugural season at IUPUI, head coach Elisabeth Bierne brings a new insight to the team looking to win it’s second conference championship in a row and second in the school’s history.

Bierne is one of the more notable additions to the organization as she comes with a winning record in her coaching lifetime and has coached multiple pitchers to conference records and awards as recent as last year, leading a University of Illinois at Chicago pitcher to the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year.

Another bright star and newcomer on the team this year is sophomore, Megan Overton, who has already nabbed two Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honors and took two wins in the series against Youngstown.

As a freshman at Boston College, Overton only saw two pitching appearances and recorded a 4.67 ERA, but has turned her luck around so far this year in the Horizon League and threw the first complete game shutout IUPUI has had since 2016.

Infielder Mandy Dallas during a match-up against Youngstown. (Photo courtesy of IUPUI Athletics.)

In addition to Overton, transfer student Haley Ginger is coming off a two year ride at Parkland J.C. where she was named All-Region, All-Conference, and was an All-America selection along with being a finalist for Female Athlete of the Year.

These awards didn’t come without reason though, as Ginger batted a team high of .484, had a .512 on base percentage, and had 65 runs scored in 2017. During her freshman year at Parkland, she still played strong, ending the season with an equally as impressive .437 batting average.

The team this year is relatively young, starting only two seniors and the bulk of their team coming from a sophomore class with eight players.

Of the three newcomers in the freshman class, Maddie Keeley is certainly making the most waves having played in 19 games so far and posting a batting average of .273 so far.

Finally, IUPUI sophomore, Amanda Melzoni is another new face on the team having played her freshman year at St. Joseph’s College where he earned a team high of seven home runs and batted .352 on the season.

Despite going on a seven game losing streak prior to the Youngstown series, with a new head coach, young talent, and some absolute snipers in the field, the Jags should hold their heads high heading into conference play and aim to celebrate back to back championships (fingers crossed).

You can find out more about the IUPUI softball season here.

 

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