It has been a rollercoaster of a season for the NYU softball team, but things are finally starting to click for the Violets.
After a disappointing 14-game losing streak to start the season, the team has rebounded with a 7-5 record since then, including a 5-1 record at home. Their recent success peaked on Sunday, as freshman pitcher Sage Scheiwiller tossed a no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against Baruch College — a first for the year-old program.
“Coach Cassie worked with mostly spins, and I focused on getting ground balls or fly balls,” Scheiwiller said. “From there it was trusting the team at my back to field them.”
Junior Lauren Parnaby, who has taken over most of the catching duties as of late and was behind the dish for Scheiwiller’s no-hitter, commented that her rise ball looked especially good.
“It was such a breeze in the best way possible,” Parnaby said. “I really did very little except for catch the ball.”
Scheiwiller and sophomore Jacqueline Tremblay have shouldered the bulk of the innings for the Violets, combining for a 4.86 ERA over 139 2/3 innings pitched. Tremblay’s performance was not lost in the historic game on Sunday, as she held the opposition to two hits.
The Violets have seen a huge improvement in their pitching since returning from UAA play in Florida. While they averaged 9.71 runs allowed per game in the first 14 contests, they have since allowed 3.75 runs per game, one of the major reasons the team has been picking up wins.
“Sage is throwing her rise ball really well,” Parnaby said. “She’s really managing to get such great, tight spin which is so paramount for that pitch to work. Jackie similarly — she’s started to throw her screw, otherwise working to keep the ball low in the zone to eliminate the big hits we were seeing earlier in the season.”
Tremblay discussed how her and her teammates have been able to keep opposing hitters off balance.
“The pitching all around has been more consistent,” Tremblay said. “Sage and I have both gotten better since those first games. We’ve been scoring a lot more runs offensively so it takes some of the pressure off.”
The team has finally been able to practice outside as the weather improves, which Scheiwiller said has made all the difference in their on-field play.
“It is a big difference between the gym inside and the dirt outside, and being outside more is helping us in pitching,” Scheiwiller said.
Junior shortstop Kahala Bonsignore, a team captain, noted that the team members have gotten more comfortable with each other.
“I think the longer we have worked together, the better our trust in one another has grown, and team dynamics are so important to success both on and off the field,” Bonsignore said.
The Violets will try to keep their forward momentum going on Thursday as they take on Farmingdale State College in a doubleheader in the Bronx at 3 p.m.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 14 print edition. Email Alex Bazeley at [email protected]