What a trip! A trip of many ups and downs, the team is safely back from the long trip and in pretty good shape except for one lost bag of luggage(which has been found)the airlines took great care of us. We suffered only some scrapes and brusised that will heal quickly, which will have to seeing that we will be on a bus in 48 hours headed to Johnson City, Tennessee for our next tournament and the final tune-up for our Atlantic 10 season.
It was a busy week. A trip to Pearl Harbor and a Luau highlighted the non-softball aspect and kept us excited to experience more. We were able to practice outside before our first games which in Olean is never possible. The University of Hawaii was an outstanding host and catered to our every need. It's one of the friendliest places I have ever been.
As for the reason we traveled to Hawaii, our trip did not end up the way I envisioned it but there were some highlights from an 0-4 start. Two freshmen stood out. Lindsay Stowell has a great start getting a hit in her first college at bat and then hitting her first college homerun in our final game of the trip. Freshman Jen Sansano, although not gaining a win, pitched well enough to beat SDSU in her first outing and did a great job against Hawaii. With a little more help from the defense and production from the offense we would have made that game much closer. Sophomore Jessenia Andujar came home hitting .400 and Junior Brooke Frey and Junior Ashley Nowak both had decent trips. Ashley Nowak was named All-Tournament team as she swung the bat well.
We have some work to do. We need to play better defense and we need to be more confident and relaxed at the plate. Once we get to that point, we will start seeing the results in the win column. I think we are trying a little too hard and not just letting our God-given ability to take over. We have quality players and once we start playing to our potential...things will get better. We have a long long way to go...there is no way I am going to let 4 games determine a season. Only three teams in the A10 are over .500 right now. The start of the season is a time to learn...we leaned some things this trip, so we will correct them and move on. The weekend ahead will be go along way to finding out where we are really at. I suspect we will play much better.
I am looking forward to the trip. Our opponents are Pittsburgh, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and host East Tennesee State. The weather looks good for the weekend right now. So there is a lot to be excited about. GO BONNIES!