The softball team celebrating their 2014 NCAA DIII Union Regional Championship win.
By Jaime Alicea III
The Kean University softball team is looking to continue off their red hot season last year where they posted a 35-13 record. Last season saw the Cougars reach the championship game and win the tournaments winners bracket. The team has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with, as they outscored their last season opponents 225-111.
The team finished the season last year ranked 17th in the country, but will begin the 2015 season ranked 15th in the nation. Senior picher/infielder Courtney Yard also looks to continue as the rocket ace for the Cougars after winning 23 games and most notably pitching the first perfect game in the program’s 42 year history on April 1st of last year against New Jersey City University.
The Cougars were among the final 16 teams to make it to Super Regional NCAA Tournament last year. Head coach Margie Acker joined the prestigious 300 win club last season after her Cougars routed Desales University 5-2 in a milestone victory.
Coach Acker is entering her 16th season in 2015 with expectations sky high, as her team posted the softball programs best record in almost three decades. After finishing last season 75th out of 400 sponsored schools, the Cougars look to continue their progress, moving forward with nine new faces to the team.
The future looks bright for this talented softball team, but its up to them to push forward to reach their ultimate goal and be champions!
The action kicks off with softball set to begin March 6th as Ackers’ Cougars face off against Frostberg State University at Virginia Beach.