The Pacific University softball team ended their season two weeks ago, after losing to Whitworth University and George Fox University to eliminate them from the Northwest Conference Tournament. The Boxers finished the Season with an overall record of 25- 16-1 record, all the while landing a four seed in the tournament with 17-11 conference record.
This has been the second year in a row now that the team has reached NWC Tournament contention. Led by NWC Pitcher of the Year, senior Marissa Reichard and NWC Player of the Year, senior Rachel Roberts, the team was able to fight their way into a position to win the conference.
Roberts led NCAA Division III in stolen bases back in 2014 with 47, and is now ranked ninth on the all- time list. The Boxer’s second basemen also led the team in hitting sporting a .445 batting average along with adding six home runs to finish off her career. Reichard finished the season with a 17-8 record as a pitcher, with a 2.35 ERA.
“They really showed us how to play Boxer softball, it was really great being able to learn from and the rest of the senior class,” freshmen Nicole Godwin said.
There were also other members of the team that were recognized in the conference as freshmen outfielder Kaitlynn Donaca won a First Team All-Conference bid. The team will lose seven seniors going into next year and is looking to see what their younger talent has to offer.
“It is definitely tough to lose so many seniors from this years team,” freshmen outfielder Marissa Eckman added. “It will be fun to see what our team is able to do next year with all of the remaining talent we have.”
The team looks to return a youthful roster as they only have two returning seniors, but are optimistic about their chances of another conference tournament bid.