2013 FINAL RECORD : 22-25
2013 FINAL TSC RECORD : 8-8
2013 FINAL SUN CONFERENCE RANKING: 5
2013 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: NR
Sanders Joins Softball Coaching Staff
July 1, 2013
TU Head Softball Coach Bill Wilson announced the hiring of Jessica Sanders as Assistant / Head JV Softball Coach. Sanders comes to TU from Shorter University where she has spent the past two seasons as the assistant coach. In the two year span at Shorter University they were NAIA National Champions 2012 and finished 2nd at the NCCAA National Tournament in 2013.
Prior to attending Shorter, Jessica spent one season at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX where in their inaugural season they finished 2nd in the Red River Conference regular season.
Sanders began her collegiate playing career at West Georgia, where she still holds the university’s single-season home run record of 15 that she set as a freshman in 2005. Sanders transferred to Shorter following her freshman season at West Georgia and was an All-SSAC performer in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for the Lady Hawks. Sanders was named SSAC Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2006 when she set Shorter’s single-season home run record with 16. Her .924 slugging percentage that year is also a Shorter record. Sanders, a two-time NAIA All-American, is also Shorter’s career leader in home runs (37) and batting average (.400). She ranks second all-time in Shorter history in doubles and RBI.
The native of Bowdon, GA holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of West Florida and a Master’s of Art degree in Leadership from Shorter University.
#6 Embry Riddle Eliminates TU From TSC Tournament
May 3, 2013
#6 Embry Riddle University (16-24) eliminated #5 TU (22-25) from the 2013 Sun Conference Tournament with a 11-3 five inning victory at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL.
Thomas was unable to recover from a 6-0 Riddle lead after only two innings. Two TU runs in the third made it a 6-2 ball game but ERU responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away. The Lady Night Hawks made four errors in the game resulting in three ERU unearned runs. Junior starting pitcher Aimee Johnson (5-9) lasted only 1 1/3 innings in the losing effort, surrendering five runs (four earned) on four hits. All three TU runs were driven in by junior shortstop Taylor Nicolosi (2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI).
Thomas Softball Splits on Day One of TSC Tournament
May 2, 2013
Thomas softball (22-24), seeded #5, split on day one of the Sun Conference Tournament being played at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL.
The day began and ended with rain delays for TU in day one action. The Lady Night Hawks lost 8-2 in a rain shortened game four of the tournament this evening against #1 seeded University of South Carolina - Beaufort (39-4). The game was called in the sixth inning after rain pulled the teams off the field. In game one of the day Thomas topped #4 Warner University (19-19) 6-1 after rain delayed the start of the game.
Junior starting pitcher Alexa Fair (10-6) tossed a one hitter to open up the tournament, striking out six for her tenth win of the year. TU scattered nine hits and took advantage of three Warner errors. Junior left fielder Brittany Mayhill (2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB) drove in two runs.
USCB used a five run third inning to power them past TU after the Lady Night Hawks had jumped ahead 2-1 in the top half of the inning. The Sand Sharks added two more runs in the fifth before rain caused the game to be called in the sixth inning.
TU will now move into game #8 tomorrow at 2PM seeking a victory to stay alive in the tournament. The Lady Night Hawks will square off with the winner of game #6 between #2 Webber International University and #6 Embry Riddle University. The elimination game between WIU and ERU will be open up day two action at 9AM.
Fair and Nicolosi Named to All Sun Conference Team
May 1, 2013
Thomas University junior softball players Alexa Fair and Taylor Nicolosi were named to the All Sun Conference Team this evening at the TSC Tournament Banquet in Clermont, FL.
Fair wrapped up the regular season with a 9-6 mark on the mound for the Lady Night Hawks. Her 1.87 ERA ranks her second in the TSC while limiting opponents to a .238 batting average, which is fourth best in the league. Nicolosi wrapped up her first season at shortstop for TU with the All Conference selection as one of top six infielders in the league. She finished the regular season with a team high .367 batting average and also leads the team in home runs (9) and runs batted in (25).
Senior catcher Alyssa Bork and sophomore pitcher Lindsay Tompkins were named to the Academic All-Conference team.
The Lady Night Hawks open play tomorrow in the Sun Conference Tournament at the National Training Center as the #5 seed after finishing the regular season conference schedule at 8-8. Thomas will face #4 seeded Warner University looking to advance to into the winners bracket of the double elimination tournament.
TU Wraps Up Regular Season, Splits with Warner on Senior Day
April 27, 2013
TU (21-23) wrapped up their regular season with a Sun Conference double header split on Senior Day against Warner University (19-18, 9-7).
Junior starting pitcher Summer Rose (5-7) made sure that the three Lady Night Hawk seniors would win at least one more home game, tossing a complete game shutout in a 2-0 game one victory. Rose scattered six hits for her fifth win of the year. Sophomore right fielder Carmen Nadal (2-2, R, 2 RBI, HR) drove in the game's only runs with a first inning two run home run.
Warner did not cooperate in game two disallowing the seniors from leaving Armory Field on a winning note, dropping TU 6-4. A four run second inning for WU, in which Thomas committed three errors, proved to be the difference in the game. A sixth inning solo home run by freshman second baseman Danielle Lower (1-1, R, RBI, HR) made it a 5-4 game but Warner added an insurance run in the seventh and set down the Lady Night Hawks in the bottom half of the inning to end the game and the final home game for three Lady Night Hawks. Junior starting pitcher Aimee Johnson (5-7) took the loss.
Seniors Dionne Bishop (Valdosta, GA), Alyssa Bork (Powder Springs, GA) and Kortney Campbell (Hilliard, FL) played their last home games and were honored in between games for their years of service to the TU Softball program.
The Lady Night Hawks will now await the announcement of their seed in the 2013 Sun Conference Tournament to be played May 2-4 at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL.
Southeastern Scores TSC Sweep of Lady Night Hawks
April 26, 2013
Southeastern University (24-17, 8-6) scored a Sun Conference double header sweep, 4-7 & 0-1, of the TU Lady Night Hawks (20-22, 7-7) on Friday afternoon at Armory Field.
TU played catch up since the first inning of game one and could not overcome the 7-1 advantage SEU held after five innings. The Night Hawks scored one in the sixth and would rally to score two in the seventh before Southeastern closed out the game one victory. Five TU errors did not help matters much as Thomas out hit SEU 12-9. Junior starting pitcher Jessica Johnson (2-3) took the loss after lasting only three innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits.
A game two pitchers duel saw SEU come out on top, breaking a scoreless tie with the game's only run in the top of the fourth. The teams combined for only six hits, with TU being out hit 4-2. Junior starting pitcher Aimee Johnson (5-6) tossed the complete game loss, surrendering one earned run on four hits.
Thomas will wrap up its TSC and regular season schedule on Saturday in a home double header against Warner University. First pitch is set for 1PM.