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Athletes of the Week: Softball’s Jennifer Joseph and Baseball’s Eric Chase

Alex Thomas
Staff Writer

Athletes-of-the-Week-apr11Jennifer Joseph, Softball

While the baseball team tries to make a run towards the NEWMAC title, on the other side of the diamond the softball team is also looking to have a solid stretch  and make a run at a league title. Like the baseball team, the Pride softball team struggled out of the gate, starting off at 3-7 on the year. Since then however, they have turned their season around and have a .500 record of 13-13. With a good chunk of the season left, there is a real chance that the Pride can make a run at the league championship tournament, and qualify for the DIII Tournament. Their turnaround, like any good softball team, has started on the mound. Jennifer Joseph could be considered the ace of the staff with a solid record of 7-5.

Q. What are your thoughts on your individual performance, and your team’s performance this past week?
A.  This past week has been great for our team. We seem really
confident in conference play and everything is coming together.
Q. Are you pleased with your season so far?
A. I am very happy with the way I have been playing this season. I worked really hard over the summer to get in shape and develop my pitches. It feels good to see hard work pay off.
Q.  What are your thoughts on the season so far for the team?
A. Our team has so much talent and it’s nice to finally see all the
pieces of the puzzle come together. I think we have a good mix of freshmen and upperclassmen, which creates a good balance.
Q. What are your expectations for the remainder of the season for your team?
A. This season is long, yet so short, and I  can’t believe it’s almost
over. Our goal for the rest of the season is to continue to play well, win our conference, and make it to the NCAA Tournament. All of this is possible if we keep working hard every day.

Eric Chase, Baseball

The Springfield College men’s baseball team had a bit of a rough start to their 2013 campaign. Since their underwhelming 3-7 start, the Pride have pulled it together and won six out of their last 10 games, and are now sitting at 9-11 on the year. With tons of time left in the year, the Pride are hoping to turn things around and make a run at the postseason. One of the big reasons the Pride have been able to turn it around is junior pitcher Eric Chase, who had a dominating win over Babson this past weekend.

Q. How did it feel picking up your first win of the season?
A. This past weekend was huge. It was great to pick up the win. I couldn’t have done it without the seven guys behind me and Matt Milano behind the plate. It was a great team effort to shut out a good team in Babson.
Q. Are you also looking to improve and make sure this last season is the best you can make it?
A. Every game I’m looking to improve on my last start. My goal is to put the team in the best position to win and to hopefully make a run to the DIII Finals in Wisconsin before I graduate.
Q. What are your thoughts on the first 20 games of the season?
A. This season has not been what we expected. However, I think we have fought adversity well in the second half of the season and we’re finally getting into a groove.
Q. What are your expectations for yourself and your team for the stretch drive?
A. I’m hoping for us to make a strong run at the NEWMAC title again this year. We’re playing well, and I hope for us to finish the year strong.

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