After compiling a 39-14 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, the Stetson University softball team finished the 2014 season ranked 35th in the final NCAA RPI report.
It marks the Hatters highest RPI finish since their No. 34 ranking in 2003.
Stetson posted a strong 10-7 record against other RPI Top-50 programs during the season. The Hatters played the No. 1 team in the RPI and the eventual College World Series Champion Florida Gators in the NCAA Tournament on May 17.
Prior to reaching the NCAA Tournament, the Hatters went 4-0 to capture the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in Nashville, Tenn. Stetson earned a No. 3 seed for the Gainesville Regional and went on to post their first-ever NCAA postseason win, a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind victory over UCF on May 16.
For the season, the team’s 39 victories were the sixth-highest win total in school history, while the squad's 17 A-Sun victories set a new high-water mark for the program.
Offensively, the Hatters averaged 5.2 runs per game, the second-highest total in school history and the most since 1986 (5.4). Stetson set single-season school-records for home runs (46), doubles (76), slugging pct. (.455) and on-base percentage (.379). The Hatters also tied the single-game home run record by hitting four long balls at Kennesaw State on April 13.
Individually, Meredith Owen became Stetson's first-ever All-American, earning NFCA Third-Team All-America honors as a pitcher/utilty player. Owen also earned First-Team All-Region, First-Team All-Conference (P), Second-Team All-Conference (DP), and A-Sun Tournament MVP honors.
Demi Meza, Chrissy Morello, and Kayla Drury also earned Second-Team All-Conference recognition, while Jessie TenBroeck earned a spot on the A-Sun All-Freshman Team.
Other team accomplishments:
- Stetson posted a 13-game winning streak from March 18 to April 6, the third-longest winning streak in school history.
- Stetson received votes in the USA Softball Top 25 poll in three different weeks.
- Stetson’s 28-5 mark after 33 games was the team’s best start since 2004.
- Stetson’s .736 winning percentage ranked 20th in the NCAA.
- Stetson's 2.12 ERA ranked 24th in the NCAA
- Stetson's .971 fielding pct. ranked 28th in the NCAA
On Feb. 7, head coach Frank Griffin won his 800th career game, becoming the 40th coach in NCAA Division I history with 800 career wins. He also won his 600th game as Stetson’s head coach on April 5.