By Sean McKnight, Sports Editor
Junior Courtney Brandt was on fire this past Sunday against ETSU. Brandt slugged two home runs in the series finale, giving her four long balls for the weekend and 12 RBIs, as Stetson completed a three-game sweep over conference rival ETSU with a 11-0 victory in five innings.
Chrissy Morello also hit a three-run home run and Meredith Owen fired a two-hit shutout as the Hatters (21-5, 6-2 A-Sun) extended their win streak to six. Stetson combined for 34 runs and 42 hits in the series, including seven homers.
Stetson collected 13 hits on Sunday including two each by Jessie TenBroeck, Demi Meza, Amanda Grimaldo, Kayla Drury and Brandt. TenBroeck and Brandt also scored three runs apiece.
Owen (12-3) picked up her second win of the weekend after allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out four. She pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the third to preserve the shutout she most definitely deserved.
Head coach Frank Griffin spoke highly of his team after Sunday nights performance.
“The kids were really hot with the bats this weekend, especially Courtney,” Griffin said. “The offense was outstanding this weekend [which]took a lot of pressure off of the pitchers. Defensively, we played okay but not as well as I thought we could have.”
After this weekend, the softball team should be nothing but ecstatic. They currently sit at number two in the conference at 21-5 overall and 6-2 in-conference play. The only reason they are behind USC Upstate is simply because Upstate has more experience with A-Sun conference games and is 10-2 in the A-Sun.
The softball team is an outstanding offensive threat. In this past series they won the first game by a score of 12-3 in 5 innings, the second game 11-3 in 6 innings, and completely shutout ETSU 11-0 in 5 innings in the most recent bout. Their pitchers are so red-hot that their bats could chop down a forest, and the fielders are so apt that it’s almost impossible to get the ball by them.
The Stetson softball team has a lot riding for them this season. As long as they can keep their 6-game win streak alive and just keep playing like they have been, they will definitely have a chance to bring the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship trophy to DeLand, where it rightfully belongs.