By Kaitlyn Beauregard
For the second time in as many years, the Union softball team managed to bring home the Liberty League Championship. On May 8, the softball team defeated the University of Rochester 6-4 in an elimination game of the Liberty League championship. The win gave Union an overall record of 19-23 and a regular season record of 6-2, putting them in a tie for first place.
On May 7, the Dutchwomen competed in an elimination game with rival RPI. The RPI Engineers scored eight runs in the sixth inning, putting them ahead of the Dutchwoman, 11-4. Remarkably, Union retaliated with eight runs in the seventh for a 12-11 victory. The win allowed the team to advance to the championship game against The University of Rochester of May 8, and, eventually, to win the championship.
The Liberty League champions achieved their 6-2 regular season record, and their championship, through teamwork and determination. They refused to be discouraged by RPI’s stellar sixth inning and this determination paid off as two Union rookies were honored in the final week of the season. Freshman Rachel Noall received the Liberty League Co-Rookie of the Week Award and Freshman pitcher Amanda Blake was named the Liberty League Pitcher of the Week. Noall was central to Union’s comeback win against RPI, with four hits in the comeback win, including 2 RBI doubles in the seventh, helping to send the Dutchwomen to the championship. In the final two games, Noall hit .474 with 6 RBIs and four doubles in her nine hits. Blake pitched a complete game in the championship against Rochester and finished out the season with a record of 3-0, and 0.00 ERA in 19 innings and four appearances. Both Blake and Noall were named to the All Tournament team for their parts in leading Union to a championship. The future looks bright for the Dutchwomen if their rookie seasons are any sign of things to come for these athletes.
Towards the beginning of the season, head coach Jamie Prudhomme expressed the hope that, over the course of the season, her team would be “very competitive,” be “all about the team,” and “have no regrets.” Now, with the season at an end and the Liberty League championship brought home for the second year in a row, it is safe to say that the Union College Dutchwomen achieved all three of these goals.