A Memorable Season for USF Baseball and Softball
Photo: Jared Haagen
It was a season of many exciting wins. And even though the Cougars lost the last game, the team never quit. Instead, they battled their way back from being down 5-0 after four innings to tie the game at six. Defending tournament champion Huntington University managed to defeat the Cougars in 11 innings, but not without a fight. The final score was 7-6, eliminating the No. 2-seeded Cougars from the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament.
Showing pride in the team’s effort, coach Greg Roberts said, "These guys never quit. Nobody in this dugout gave up after we fell behind, and though it hurts now, the character they showed today and all season is something I will always remember when I think of this team."
Three members of the team were named all-conference. USF senior and catcher Derek Coverstone earned two post-season MCC honors, and his teammates — right fielder Tyler Gregory and sophomore pitcher Wesley Hunsucker — joined him on the 2012 All-MCC team. In addition, Roberts was named Mid-Central College Conference Co-Coach of the Year.
The Lady Cougars had a great season, too, with plenty of wins. They even staged a comeback to enter tournament play as a No. 5 seed. But despite an early lead in a first round game of the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament, they lost 6-2 to No. 4-seeded Marian University. The team was eliminated from the MCC Tournament after a 6-inning, 11-2 loss to Taylor University.
Nonetheless, it was a season to make USF proud. The Lady Cougars demonstrated their skill and spirit every time they played, and proved their courage in each game. Selected by the 10 MCC head coaches, three members of the 2012 USF softball team were named to the All-Mid-Central College Conference team. Junior Taylor Sherritt and sophomores Alyssa Kumpfmiller and Melissa Harber were first team selections, and sophomore Stephanie Whitman was an honorable mention selection.
Congratulations, Lady Cougars!