Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldog softball is off to a quick start in 2016 with a 5 -1 AAC record. The 2015 AAC Tournament Champions have been plagued early by several injuries, but the team has been able to use its depth in shuffling around the lineup and re-positioning players in the field to remain competitive.
In the circle, the Bulldogs have been paced by Rachel Mathews, Alexis Adams, and Courtney Jones. Returners Alexis Adams, 4 wins and 26 strikeouts, and Rachel Mathews, 4 wins and 9 strikeouts, have combined to win 8 of the 10 wins on the schedule. Freshman Courtney Jones has stepped in early to pick up 2 wins with 16 strikeouts and leads the pitching staff with a 1.44 ERA.
Offensively, the Bulldogs have been led by Stephanie Bridges with a batting average of .368 and team leading 21 hits. Baylee Sutton has contributed with 14 RBI's, and Calli Cross has pushed across the plate for 11 runs.
Although injuries have hampered the 2016 season, the Bulldogs have remained positive and maintain their never give up attitude. In their last AAC series, the Bulldogs swept a double header with Point University, but not without late inning heroics. After winning game one on the day, the Bulldogs found themselves down in the top of the 7th inning 6 – 4. After loading the bases with 2 outs, Alexis Adams scored on a wild pitch to cut the Point lead to one, and Kristen Givens followed with a double to score Rachel Percy and Brianna Muller to put the Dogs up by 1. In the bottom of the 7th, Point would load the bases with no outs, but Rachel Mathews would set down the next 3 batters faced to give the Dogs a 7 – 6 win.
Tennessee Wesleyan softball will return to action on Tuesday March 22 at Athens Regional Park to face AAC rival Milligan College.