SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. - The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) softball program is only 18 days away from embarking on its 25th season anniversary as an intercollegiate scholarship athletic program. The 14x defending United States Collegiate Athletic Associaton (USCAA) National Champions will look to conquer back-to-back national titles for the fourth time in school history.
Not only is the SMWC softball program the first collegiate softball team in Indiana to win a National Championship. They own the athletic departments' highest-winning percentage (.632) among active teams with a historical record of 660-384.
25 Years of SMWC Softball
The Pomeroys will face a vigorous 30-game regular-season schedule consisting fully of NAIA and NCAA Divison II opponents. As if that challenge were not enough, 22 of its 30 games will take place on the road.
SMWC will compete against some of the best NAIA teams in the nation including #4 Marian University, #5 Lindsey Wilson University, and #12 Indiana Wesleyan University. Other opponents receiving NAIA Top-25 votes are the University of Rio Grande, University of St. Francis (Ill.), Taylor University, and Lawrence Technological University.
The 2020 softball campaign begins visiting Owensboro, Kentucky, as they battle Brescia University in a doubleheader on Friday, February 28. The first pitch is at 5:00 p.m. ET. On Saturday, February 28, SMWC follows up its season opener with single contests versus Huntington University and #5 Lindsey Wilson University beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.
On March 3, the Woods will battle against NCAA Divison II Oakland City University in a home-opener doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. The next day, SMWC will travel to New Albany, Indiana, to face Indiana University-Southeast in a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. ET. On March 20/21, SMWC will take on Lawrence Technological University and the University of Rio Grande in two doubleheaders. The Pmoeroys will be back at home on Tuesday, March 24, as they host Brescia University in a 3:00 p.m. ET doubleheader.
Wednesday, April 1, SMWC will travel to #14 Indiana Wesleyan University for a 4:00 p.m. ET doubleheader. The following day they will pause and play two games in Upland, Indiana, against Taylor University. On April 16, #4 Marian University will visit SMWC for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. SMWC will head to Indianapolis on April 19, to face #4 Marian University in their territory, with a first-pitch time of 5:00 p.m. ET. The Pomeroys will travel to Oakland City University on April 21, for a doubleheader versus the Mighty Oaks. Friday, April 24 will serve as Senior Day for SMWC as they host the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) at 3:00 p.m. ET. SMWC will finish the month facing Lincoln College and Calumet College of St. Joseph in a back-to-back doubleheader on April 25 and 26.
SMWC returns eight key contributors from last season's National Championship team including Kelsey Young, Ariel Spivey, Katelynn Kennedy, Brooke Coffing, Jilliann Reese, Hailey Miller, Mallory Clarkson, and Camryn Scott. Additionally, the Pomeroys added six freshmen to the roster who can help sustain the fire.
Senior Katelynn Kennedy leads the Pomeroys coming off a USCAA First Team All-American, All-Tournament MVP, and National All-Academic performance last season. In 2019, she threw 85 strikeouts on 103.1 innings pitched, with a 1.96 ERA. At the plate, she produced 29 hits, 19 runs batted in, two home runs, and a batting average of .315.
Sophomore Camryn Scott returns as the teams leading batter. Scott secured 43 hits, 26 runs batted in, 23 runs scored, 12 stolen bases, and three home runs. She held a .371 batting average and .407 on-base percentage. In the field, she is a sure hand with a .978 filed percentage.
Sophomore Hailey Miller returns as the Pomeroys starting shortstop. Miller maintained a batting average of .355, with 39 hits, 24 runs batted in, 14 runs scored, and five stolen bases. She was .936 fielding and recorded 74 put-outs.
The Pomeroys are led by head coach Jennifer Cassell who enters her first season. Cassell boasts a wealth of softball coaching experience from the collegiate, travel, and high school levels.
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