Pace Softball looks ahead to NE-10 playoffs

Dylan Brown, Sports Editor

The Pace Softball team is poised for the fifth seed in the Northeast 10 Softball championship tournament. They are currently 27-18, a winning record for their first full season since 2019. 

The Setters started the season in Florida for their first 8 games. They would leave the Sunshine State with a record of 5-3 including 3 straight wins vs St. Thomas Aquinas College, Slippery Rock University, Shepard University, Bloomsbury University, and University of Minnesota Crookston.

Upon the tournament’s finish, Pace would move travel to Manchester, N.H. where they suffered a 4 game losing streak. They would fall in a pair of one-run defeats to the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen on a March 26th doubleheader. They went crosstown for a matchup vs. The Saint Anselm College Hawks in a doubleheader. Game 1 was an 8-5 loss and game 2 was a closer 8-7 loss.

Pace would get on track for their first game and series at home vs. fellow Westchester school, The Mercy College Mavericks. In a doubleheader on March 30, the Setters would get an extra-inning win 2 runs to 1. Later that day for game 2 was a 10-5 decision in favor of Pace. The Setters would get another two-game home series vs Queens College on March 31, both resulting in victory, and would split decisions vs Stonehill College on April 2.

Pace Softball’s April 5th victory over the Dominican College Chargers would kick off a 10-game win streak. In that stretch, the team would win four consecutive road games. Two came over to American International College on an April 10 doubleheader. In Game 1, Freshman pitcher Giselle Garcia would strike out a whopping 17 batters including 5 straight and allow just 2 hits en route to a 4-1 decision. 

The rest came in a sweep of an April 12 doubleheader vs Southern Connecticut State University at New Haven, C.T. They returned home to score 5 more victories. Two over Molloy College on April 13th, Two on April 15th vs St. Michael’s College, and one more on April 13th in part one of a doubleheader vs the Franklin Pierce University Ravens before dropping the second game. 

For the week of April 17-23, The Setters would go 4-2. At home on April 19th, Pace would split the doubleheader, winning game one 4-3 and losing game two at the same score. 

The next day, they swept The University of New Haven Chargers, 1-0 in game 1 and 5-2 in Game 2. In Game 1, Giselle Garcia threw pitched a no-hitter for Pace. She struck out 9 batters to accompany her historic feat. 

On April 23rd, The Setters and The Adelphi University Panthers would split the series. Pace won game 1 to make it 3 straight before The Panthers would shut Pace out 4-0.

The Setters split a series on April 24th with Caldwell University. Game 1 of the doubleheader was a 5-1 extra-inning defeat. They would return the favor with a 6-2 win. The Setters would sweep Assumption College on Tuesday with a Game 1 victory of 11 runs to 4 runs and Game 2 going the Setters’ way to the tune of 5 runs to Assumption’s 3.  On Wednesday, Pace University was swept by Georgia Court University.

The Pace Softball team finished the regular season with a 27-18 record. 

Pace Softball so far has scored 171 runs from over 300 hits, over seventy being extra-base hits. Their offense has produced a .290 batting average, a .746 on base percentage, and .395 slugging percentage. 

For the batters, senior Infielder Zoie Iverson leads her team .387 batting average, 27 RBIs, and a  1.096 on base percentage. She has registered 41 hits, 3 home runs, and scored 13 runs. Sophomore utility-woman Alexandra Tejeda has a .326 batting average with 16 runs batted in, 12 runs scored, and 30 hits. Senior third baseman NancyAnn Revilla has a .318 batting average accompanied by 19 runs scored and 28 hits. Freshman third baseman has a .315 batting average,  28 hits, 20 RBIs and is tied with Iverson for the lead in home runs with 3. Junior Outfielder Gwen Peterson has a .301 batting average with 24 RBIs and 19 runs scored. She has 34 hits, 10 of those doubles. Freshman Outfielder Alexa Borino has scored a team-leading 20 runs to go with a .273 batting average.

On the mound and defense, Pace Softball has surrendered only 100 runs on 231 hits, 52 being extra-base hits. The pitching has opponents with a .223 batting average and a .309 slugging percentage. 

Leading the team in most major statistics is the aforementioned Gisselle Garcia. She currently is 15-5, has a 1.33 earned runs average, has struck out 186 batters, holding them to a .191 batting average, and surrendered just 101 hits through 147 innings pitched. Sophomore pitcher Anna Acevedo holds batters to a .221 batting average and only gave up 62 hits through 74.2 innings. She has thrown 51 strikeouts and walked 33 batters and currently holds a 2.72 ERA. Acevedo has 7 wins and 3 losses Graduate Student Mackenzie Garrick has a 3.30 ERA. Through 57.1 innings pitched, she has allowed 32 runs and struck out 14 batters.