The St. Thomas Aquinas College Women's Softball team recently closed its most successful fall season in recent memory with a 9-2 record, including a win over Fordham University, one of the top collegiate programs in the northeast.
The Lady Spartans scored a 5-1 win over Fordham, which competed in the NCAA Division I National Championship Tournament last spring and is the five-time defending Atlantic-10 Conference Champion. One of STAC's losses was a 4-0 setback to the University of Rhode Island, which is also a Div. I program. Aside from its two Div. I opponents, STAC recorded doubleheader sweeps over Post University, Concordia College and Nyack College and other wins over Pace University and Bloomfield College.
"Fordham is the most successful program that we've played in the 35-year history of our collegiate softball program so the win was significant for our team," said Kristen Sullivan, STAC's Head Coach. "I am very pleased with our play this fall. We approached the URI game as a scrimmage to give all of the players a chance to play against a top program. We treated the rest of the exhibition games as important opportunities for the coaching staff to evaluate new players and observe how the returning players have developed after their off-season work."
Seniors Colleen Borum and Briana Keaveney, along with newcomer Adrianna Dilal handed the bulk of the pitching duties in the fall. Borum was the winning pitcher in the big victory over Fordham, while Dilal starred in several wins with her solid pitching and consistent hitting. Dilal, junior Amanda Schweitzer and senior catcher Amanda Leone supplied home run power for the Spartans.
"We have a core group of seniors this year and they played some of their best softball of their collegiate careers over the last two months," said Sullivan. "The fall served as an excellent springboard to next season. The 2019 campaign could be a break-through season for us."