The month of March was no day at the beach for the Stetson University softball team, who had to play 19 games in a span of 24 days. That included four Atlantic Sun Conference series and seven midweek games.
As the team prepared for its upcoming weekend series at Northern Kentucky, the Hatters enjoyed their first extended stretch without competition in four weeks. Head coach Frank Griffin said the break came at good time.
"We are banged up right now, so I think in that regard it was good for us to get a little time off," Griffin said. "Just minor stuff, but banged up none-the-less."
On the other hand, the team completed the busy stretch with a 17-2 mark, having won its last 10 games in a row. The Hatters hope the time off doesn't slow down their momentum.
"We love to be playing as much as possible," senior Meredith Owen said. "However, it was great to have a little time to recuperate and get refocused on our goal for the rest of the year."
Stetson (25-5, 9-2 A-Sun) will travel to Northern Kentucky for the first-time ever to face the Norse (3-27, 1-11) in a three-game series beginning with a noon doubleheader on Saturday. The teams will complete the conference series at 11 a.m. Sunday. GoHatters.com will blogging live from Grein softball field for all three games while NKU will provide live stats.
Sophomore Kayla Drury hit just one home run during her high school career. She never went deep in travel ball, and she didn't leave the yard her freshman year at Stetson despite several near misses.
So when she finally got one to go out at ETSU on March 22, Drury was relieved and excited all at the same time.
"Knowing that last year I was the only person in the starting line-up not to hit a home run was a little upsetting," Drury said with a laugh. "To hit that one, especially during a conference game was great. I didn't even know it was over until I heard everyone in the dugout started screaming. Demi (Meza) was the first one to grab me when I touched home plate, and then I was hounded. It was an incredible feeling."
It took Drury all of two games to go deep again, this time at home against Bethune-Cookman on March 26.
Coach Griffin Approaching Another Milestone
Griffin has compiled 599 victories in his 18 seasons at Stetson, just one shy of the 600-win mark. He collected career win no. 800 earlier this season.