Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recap of the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament

With a schedule of Villanova, Michigan Sate, Minnesota, Michigan State and Florida Gulf Coast, to say the Bonnies were underdogs would be an understatement.  Outmatched in every aspect from schoarships to budget, the Bonnies were the little team with heart.  We entered into the games knowing the games might not end in wins but we also know that if you want to be the best, you have to play the best.  It gives us a true measure of how good we need to be and want to be.
Game 1 verses Villanova ended in a 10-8 loss with the Bonnies having chances to win the game.  The duo of Ashley Snider and Jessenia Andujar went a combined 4-6 with 5 runs scored.  Julia Pratt threw a good enough game to win giving up 5 earned runs but some crucial mistakes defensively cost us a shot at winning.  However...we discovered that if we play well, we can beat a lot of teams.
The next tough loss came to Minnesota, a game in which the Bonnies actually out hit the Gophers but fell 7-4.  Emily McDonough, Ashley Snider, Emily Belfield, Grace Rooney and Katherine Caboot all added hits for the Bonnies, in a tough fought game.

A 1-12 record is not a record any team or coach wants but this is about building game by game and being ready for conference play.  We have two tournaments to start learning how to win.  That is the next step.  I am excited to see how the team responds. 

Next up...Princeton, Delaware State and North Florida in the University of North Florida Tournament.  Last weekend in Florida...let's make it a memorable one!