1998 Softball Notes

May 18

Softball Takes Third at Nationals

The dream is over, but what a dream it was. In reality, the Ferris State women's softball team experienced a "dream" season as the Diamond Dawgs exceeded everyone's expectations -- except their own.

FSU saw its quest for a national title come up just short at the double-elimination NCAA Division II College World Series in Pensacola, FL this week with a 6-5 season-ending loss to Barry University in the semifinals. En route to the semi's, Ferris rolled to impressive wins over Merrimack, Cal State-Bakersfield, and California, Pa.

"I can't express how proud I am of our team," said head coach Keri Becker. "It will take some time for it to really sink in that we're the third best team in the nation right now."

The outstanding pitching of sophomore Nadine Crowl and the hitting of junior outfielder Jody Gifford headlined the historic season. The senior leadership of shortstop Sarah Guzal and catcher Shawn Martinez was invaluable to the team's success.

Ferris concluded the season by setting a school record for victories with a 44-17 record. Moreover, Ferris captured its first-ever NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship after knocking off powerful Ashland in the championship game. Along the way, Ferris established numerous team and individual single-season records while several players received individual honors.

"To Be Feared" was the slogan for this season's team, and the Diamond Dawgs persevered to uphold that claim.

More Bulldog Notes:

In her first two seasons, head coach Keri Becker has guided the Bulldogs to their best back-to-back seasons in team history. FSU registered a 40-20 overall record last season and then turned in a school-record 44-17 overall mark this year. Becker is 84-37 with a .694 winning percentage in her initial two seasons at FSU, which also represents her first-ever head coaching position at the collegiate level. . .Ferris' third place performance at the NCAA Division II College World Series was the highest national finish in FSU women's athletic history. . .JR/OF Casey Munger and sophomore P/1B Nadine Crowl were named to the 12-member NCAA Division II All-College World Series Team. Munger batted .353 with 6 hits and 2 RBI in 17 at-bats. Crowl posted a 3-2 mark with a 2.00 ERA in 35 innings while hitting .333 with 6 hits (2 doubles) and 4 RBI in 18 at-bats. . .SR/SS Sarah Guzal was named to the CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-District IV College Division Softball Team.


May 10

The Bulldogs have qualified for the NCAA Division II World Series in Pensacola, Florida, May 14-18. Ferris stunned third-ranked Ashland at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regionals with a 4-2 win in the championship game, May 9. FSU won 3 games to capture the Regional title and improve its overall record to 41-15 -- a new school record for victories in a season.

May 4

Ferris has been selected to the NCAA Division II Championship tournament field. Coach Keri Becker and the Bulldogs enjoyed a 38-15 regular season, including a second place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Ferris will start regional play May 8-9 at Ashland University. The Bulldogs will face Southern Indiana (May 8, 10 a.m.) in the first round of the double-elimination, four-team regional. The regional champion will earn a bid to the NCAA Division II World Series, May 14-18, in Pensacola, FL.

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Player of the Week

Casey Munger, JR/CF, Ferris State University
Munger led Ferris to the championship game of the GLIAC Tournament with a .407 batting average in 8 games last week. She hit safely in all but one game, collecting 11 hits in 27 at bats. Munger drove in 8 runs, including 3 in the tournament semi-final game against Northwood. Her on-base percentage for the week was .448.


More Bulldog Notes:

SO/P Nadine Crowl and FR/P Teresa Sutermeister each have 17 wins, topping the previous school of record of 16. . .Crowl also has set new team records in strikeouts (110) and complete games (22) this season. . .JR/LF Jody Gifford has set new team records in batting average (.424), runs (53), hits (73), RBI (61), doubles (15) and total bases (124). . .The Bulldogs have set single-season team records in batting average (.334), runs (356), hits (486), RBI (300), doubles (87), home runs (22) and total bases (669). . .SO/IF Anne Bentley led the GLIAC with 13 stolen bases in 26 league games. . .Ferris topped the conference in scoring with 155 runs in 26 games (5.96 per game).


April 27

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Pitcher of the Week

Teresa Sutermeister, FR/RHP, Ferris State University
Sutermeister went 3-1 last week and threw 4 complete games, including an extra-inning victory over Aquinas. She held opponents to a .246 batting average over the 4-game span. Her other two wins came at the expense of Wayne State and Quincy. She is 7-1 with a 1.43 ERA in her last 8 starts.

More Bulldog Notes

The Bulldogs have hit 21 home runs to set a single-season school record. Ferris has also set single-season marks in runs scored (305), RBI (256) and doubles (70). . .JR/LF Jody Gifford has tied the single-season team record for runs scored (46). . .SR/C Shawn Martinez finished on hit short of the school record for consecutive hits when she collected 6 straight hits against Wayne State and Wisconsin-Parkside.

April 20

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Player of the Week

Jody Gifford, JR/LF, Ferris State University
Gifford hit .474 in Ferris State's 7 games last week, all victories, including 5 wins at the GLIAC North Cluster Tournament. She had 9 hits in 19 at bats, drove in 7 runs and scored 7. Gifford had the game-winning RBI over No. 4-ranked Ashland in a 1-0 victory.



Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Pitcher of the Week

Nadine Crowl, SO/RHP, Ferris State University
Crowl went 4-0 for Ferris last week over 4 starts and did not allow an earned run in 24 innings pitched. She posted shutout wins over Findlay and No. 4-ranked Ashland at the GLIAC North Cluster Tournament. For the week, Crowl struck out 15 batters. She also batted .375 and collected the game-winning RBI against both Mercyhurst and Findlay.

More Bulldog Notes:

The Bulldogs went undefeated at the GLIAC North Cluster Tournament, April 18-19. FSU has matched a season-high by winning 7 straight games. . .Ferris pitchers gave up only 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 games at the GLIAC North Cluster. . .SO/P Nadine Crowl is 11-1 in her last 13 games. . .FR/P Teresa Sutermeister has won 4 straight games. . .SR/SS Sarah Guzal has hit safely in 16 of her last 17 games (.418, 23-55). . .JR/LF Jody Gifford has 47 RBI, breaking the single-season team record she set in 1996 (43).

April 13

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Pitcher of the Week

Nadine Crowl, SO/RHP, Ferris State University
Crowl went 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA this past week. She threw 16 consecutive scoreless innings in victories Grand Valley and Gannon. Crowl won both ends of the the GVSU doubleheader while her only loss came against nationally-ranked Ashland. She also hit .400 for the week (8-20), knocking in 6 runs and scoring 8. This marks her second GLIAC "Pitcher of the Week" honor this season.

More Bulldog Notes:

The Bulldogs have hit 16 home runs this season, one short of the team record set last year. . .SR/SS Sarah Guzal had her 10-game hitting streak snapped when she went 0-3 against Ashland. It was the longest hitting streak for a Bulldog this year. . .SO/IF Anne Bentley hit her first 2 career homers on April 11 vs. Mercyhurst and Ashland. . .SR/C Shawn Martinez has thrown out 50 percent of attempted base stealers (14-28). . .SO/P Nadine Crowl matched a team record by winning 8 straight games between March 13 and April 10.



April 6

JR/LF Jody Gifford needs 3 RBI to tie the Bulldogs' career record of 115, set by Becky VanderBee from 1994-97. Gifford has posted 4 multi-hit games in Ferris' last 5 contests. In the 5-game span, Gifford is hitting .556 (10-18) with 8 RBI. She has 9 multi-hit games this season and 48 for her career to date. . .JR/CF Casey Munger has 99 career hits. . .Munger is batting .667 (8-12) in her last 4 games after going 0-for-13 in the previous 4 games. . .FR/P Teresa Sutermeister is 5-1 in her last 6 appearances with a 1.25 ERA in 28 innings pitched. . .The Bulldogs have won 7 of their last 8 games and have a current 4-game winning streak. FSU is averaging 11.0 runs per game in its last 4 outings with a team batting average of .441 (52-118).


Nadine Crowl

March 30

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Pitcher of the Week

Nadine Crowl, SO/RHP, Ferris State University
Crowl had a 5-hit complete game pitching performance in Ferris State's 5-4 victory over Wayne State on March 29. Only 1 of the 4 runs she allowed was earned, and Crowl recorded 5 strikeouts and walked 1 batter. She also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and a walk.

More Bulldog Notes:

Nadine Crowl has a 1.91 ERA in her last 4 starts (6 earned runs in 22 innings pitched). . .Senior catcher Shawn Martinez has thrown out 45 percent (9-20) of attempted base stealers. . .Junior left fielder Jody Gifford has hit 4 home runs in the last 6 games and has hit safely in 9 of 10 games.



March 15

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Player of the Week

Jody Gifford, JR/LF, Ferris State University
Gifford batted .353 during Ferris State's spring trip. She collected 12 hits in 34 at-bats, and 7 of the hits went for extra-bases, including 4 home runs. Gifford had 15 RBI and scored 11 runs, and she was perfect on 4 stolen base attempts on the trip. She has hit 4 home runs in the Bulldogs' last 6 games.



Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Softball Pitcher of the Week

Teresa Sutermeister, FR/RHP, Ferris State University
Sutermeister went 3-1 on Ferris State's spring trip, including 2 complete-game shutouts. She threw for 23.1 innings during the week, allowing no runs in 20.1 innings. During the trip, Sutermeister struck out 10 batters. In 35.1 innings this season, she has allowed only 7 walks. Her record last week boosts her overall mark to 5-1.



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