Lady Flyers Hit Their Stride in Conference Play

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Photo provided by Steve Woltmann: Sophomore pitcher Ali Brems struck out 10 batters against Bellarmine and drove in two runs as the Flyers defeated the Knights 7-1.

Matt Frahm, Contributor

The Lewis University softball team is starting to see the results that their hard work and talent has made them expect all season.

The Flyers have won seven of their last 10 contests, including six GLVC wins. The Flyers completed a four-game series sweep of McKendree this season and split the season series with Bellarmine at two games apiece.

“As a team, I think we have really zoned in on our focus for the past few weeks,” senior centerfielder Jayme Hefler said. “After losing two to Bellarmine at home, we knew things needed to change. At practice, we have really zoned in on specific aspects we need to work on.”

With a redefined focus, four of the team’s last six conference wins have come on the road. Winning on the road is a tough feat for any team in the GLVC.

“I strongly believe that our team always plays better on the road because there are less distractions and we are more focused,” head coach George DiMatteo said.

The Flyers also recently split a two-game series against regional foe Ferris State (0-2, 7-4) April 16 to move their overall record to 17-11.

Overall, seniors Jayme Hefler and Michelle Vucscko lead the Flyers’ offense with a .412 and .405 batting average, respectively. Pitching-wise, both of the team’s starting pitchers feature an earned run average less than 3.50 with sophomore Kelly Bowler posting a 1.98 ERA thus far.

With the team’s recent surge, they have moved into the second position in the GLVC East Division behind the number one nationally ranked University of Indianapolis.

“We have really focused in on our game,” Hefler said. “We are being aggressive at the plate, getting sacrifice bunts down at opportune times and finishing games strong,”

The Flyers have 12 conference games remaining before the start of the GLVC tournament on May 3.

“We have some pretty tough games coming up, and I am really excited to see how we shape up in our next two home weekends,” Hefler said.

To close out the regular season, the Flyers will have an extremely busy schedule, playing eight games in six days. To start the week, Lewis will travel to UW-Parkside April 23 and then quickly turn around and host the Rangers again in a doubleheader here at Lewis April 24. To begin the weekend, the Flyers will host Indianapolis in a GLVC East battle, and St.Joe’s to conclude the regular season.

To find the results of games and see where the Flyers place in the GLVC tournament, visit www.lewisflyers.com.

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