Forgettable softball season for SWC’s Lady Jags

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Freshman Carlie McCoy smokes a line drive base hit against San Diego Mesa College. SWC wrapped up a disappointing 11-28-1 record.

It was a hard season for the softball team and new head coach Yasmin Mossadeghi is ready to clean house and put her stamp on Southwestern’s most consistent under-performer.

“It is Jaguar attitude from now on, it’s our staple and it is the way this program will move forward,” she said. “It is an attitude that you are going to do absolutely everything in your power to defeat the opponent, even if it means laying down the sac bunt.”

A complete top to bottom overhaul is coming, Mossadeghi said. Future SWC players are going to have to meet much higher expectations.

“Working harder in practice, working harder in the classroom, being responsible, being accountable — that’s all part of the Jaguar attitude,” said Mossadeghi. “That is what separates our athletics here.”

SWC finished the season in last place with a 11-28-1 record, losing 17 of its last 25 games. Players struggled on both side of the ball, hitting just .260 as a team and suffering a 3.40 earned-run average.

Sophomore pitcher Nicole Fonteneaux, a rare bright spot this year, said too many players did not have a winning mentality.

“The girls brought their attitude out on the field, but attitude does not win games,” she said. “We worked in practice, but some people messed around and brought that to the game.”

Mossadeghi said next year she will only take players with a winning attitude.

“I need to bring in players that have experience under their belt,” she said. “I think that will solidify this team. I’m losing Stephanie Bourlett and Nicole Fonteneaux, so I’m going to need a starting pitcher whose going to come in and take charge.”

Freshman shortstop Stephanie Sanchez said she is putting the season’s struggles on the back-burner and looking forward to a promising 2012.

“For next season I think a lot will have to do with leadership and taking control out there,” said Sanchez. “I want the hitting to come around a lot more because that’s how you score and consistently win games.”

Replacing key players is just one of the many tasks on the offseason agenda for coach Mossadeghi.

A lack of run production in late game situations kept the Lady Jags from winning tight games, said Mossadeghi.

“At the end of the game it just comes down to offense and if you can’t make adjustments after your second or third at bat, the other team is going to have success,” she said. “The girls who have played ball for so many years can make that adjustment quickly.”

If they don’t they won’t be around for long.

 

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