By AJ Pascuzzo
When weather poses an issue and causes delays and postponements, this could throw a curveball into any softball season.
Coming off of a sweep of Framingham State University in a doubleheader on Saturday, the Bridgewater State University softball team had to wait around yet again as their doubleheader against Rhode Island College was postponed on Tuesday.
With a very young team, the Bears dress 12 freshmen, but the team has benefitted from the extra time off, as they are currently 11-7.
“With an entirely new team out on the field, we need to work on being comfortable playing together,” said senior starting pitcher and captain Amber White. “Our fielders need to learn each other’s ranges and abilities. I think we’ve made a really good start to this, and it will improve more and more each game.”
Bridgewater State got back to work on Wednesday with a sweep of Lasell College with 5-0 and 2-0 wins, respectively.
The Lady Bears opened up Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play this past weekend against Framingham State.
In game one of the doubleheader, White led the Bears to an 8-2 win to record her seventh win of the season. White has been dominant on the mound with a 0.92 earned run average.
“I wanted to be at my best for the team,” White said. “But the team has done such a great job that I haven’t really needed to step it up as much as I thought I would need to.”
In the second game of the doubleheader, Bridgewater State won 5-3, as freshman pitcher Iliana Rivera picked up her second win of the season. Freshman third baseman Tara McCann went 2-for-3 in the second game with a run batted in (RBI).
For McCann, she went 3-for-7 in the doubleheader with four RBI to power the Lady Bears. McCann was named MASCAC Softball Player and Rookie of the Week this past week for her performance.
Even with such a young team, the Lady Bears like where they are this far into the regular season.
“Even though we have a young team, I think that we are going to do very well this year,” said senior catcher Jill Welch. “All of the freshman are stepping up and getting their jobs done.”
The Bears travel to face Rhode Island College on Thursday for another non-conference doubleheader before conference play heats up.
AJ Pascuzzo is a Comment sports writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.