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Spartans softball set for a winning season

By Isabel Marhoun

On March 23, the women’s softball team secured two 3-0 victories by the end of the afternoon. UT faced the Nova Southeastern University Sharks in a triple header and swept them in three games.

After this win, the team has been on a 12-game winning streak that began on March 9.

“I feel that we have started hitting the ball better and we are getting the big hit when it is really needed,” said head coach Leslie Kanter. “I hoped [the team] will go undefeated but I am realistic and I know that it is going to be very hard to do with the tough competition that we have ahead of us. I am hoping to finish in the top two in the conference and make it to the postseason.”

UT’s record in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) is 12 wins 6 losses and overall the Spartans have 22 wins 9 losses. Right now, as they are in a blaze on their winning streak, they have redeemed themselves from some of the earlier losses that they have taken.

There are 12 games left in the season before the playoffs begin.

“We have really come together as a team and really have each other’s backs every inning,” said Sam Kaye, sophomore pitcher. “When one person is not doing their best, we are always there to pick each other up. Our energy in the dugout has been absolutely fired up 24/7.”

The team believes the season is far from over, according to Kaye. They still have a great chance at post season since they turned their losing streak into a long winning serie.

UT will be facing Embry-Riddle, Barry, Palm Beach Atlantic and Saint Leo. The next team, Barry University, has a record of 13 wins and 28 losses overall. This matchup will take place at home and the Spartans are hoping to keep their energy alive as they enter onto Naimoli Family Field.

“I am extremely hopeful that this will be our season,” said Lauren Reyes, junior outfielder. “We have the talent and we have the heart. There is no denying this, but right now we are taking it one game at a time. I think our key to success is that we all have a really great chemistry. I believe our recent energy stems from our undeniably high energy in the dugout.”

The spartans have not given up a run in 11 games this past season. They are shaping up to be fierce competition if they continue to keep playing the way that they do. There is about a month left in the season until playoff and post season play begins. UT will be facing the Barry University on Friday, April 5 at home.

Isabel Marhoun can be reached at isabel.marhoun@spartans.ut.edu

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