Lady Demons host UIW in home finale weekend

In the two series against Nicholls and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Lady Demons left more than 20 runners on base in three games. They left seven on in the 5-4 loss to the Colonels and 11 on in the 4-3 loss to the Islanders. 

NSU left nine runners aboard in the first two games against McNeese this past weekend and only one in the 8-3 finale win. 

“We were right there and competing the entire time,” senior third baseman Maggie Black said. “The thing we want to really focus on is getting those timely hits. We struggled getting those hits when people were on base against McNeese and that’s really going to be what sets us apart from being right there and actually winning.  

“We’ve focused a lot on pitch selection this week. Especially on those towards the outer half of the plate because those are the ones you want to drive to the opposite field to move runners. So, when we see them come it’s about taking advantage of it and not letting them go.” 

Black is one of three seniors, along with Cayla Jones and Alexis Perry, who will be recognized following the series finale on Saturday after they play their final game at Lady Demon Diamond.  

While she along with all of her teammates will be looking for those timely hits during the series, it has been time that has flown for Black since her first year at NSU in the fall of 2018. 

“I remember being a freshman yesterday, at least that’s what it feels like,” she said. “I’ve really tried to live in the present this season, reminding myself even on those days when it’s tough that it’s one of the last times I’m going to put my cleats on or warm up with my throwing partner.  

“It’s definitely going to be an emotional weekend and I really want to get three wins. I love these girls. We’ve been through a lot together. They’re great teammates and even better friends.” 

PHOTO: Evelyn Winger