Top Moments from 2017-18: Softball

Top Moments from 2017-18: Softball

During the summer months, we want to take a look back at some of the outstanding accomplishments and special moments from the 2017-18 athletic seasons and revisit those events that each of our 25 teams celebrated this year.

We hope you enjoy looking back at the great accomplishments by our cadet-athletes and teams. We will go in alphabetical order today we highlight softball. Next up on Friday, will be men's swimming.

Coast Guard won seven of eight games at THE Spring Games in Florida a fantastic start for the second straight season as the Bears came home with a record of 8-2 in 2017. This year, the Bears outscored their opponents 70-22 en route to coming home with a 7-1 record. Sophomore Julia Ferris posted a record of 4-1 on the trip while freshman Sydney Arendt was a perfect 3-0 in the Florida.

Coast Guard won over 20 games and returned to the NEWMAC tournament for the first since 2013 as the Bears finished 22-13 overall and posted a winning record in conference play (10-8) for the first time since 2011 when the team was 15-1 and won both the NEWMAC regular season and tournament championship.

Senior Emma Hvozdovich and sophomore Carly Hattman each took home a pair of postseason honors after outstanding seasons. Hvozdovich, the Bears starting centerfielder, was named to the NEWMAC first team while Hattman, the first baseman earned second team honors. Hattman would earn second team NFCA All-Region honors while Hvozdovich was a third team All-region selection. Hattman, who missed the last 14 games last season with an injury, had a breakout season leading the NEWMAC with a .450 batting average. She led the Bears and was fifth in the NEWMAC with 17 stolen bases and led the team and was seventh in the conference with 35 runs scored. Hattman also led the team with a .500 on base percentage. Hvozdovich hit .366 and led the Bears with three doubles, eight homers, 40 RBI's and a .713 slugging percentage. Her eight homers were tied for the most in the NEWMAC while she was third with her 40 RBI's, the seventh most in a single-season in program history. She is the first Coast Guard player to earn first team All-NEWMAC honors since Jessie Richardson in 2014. She finished her career fifth all-time at the Academy with 17 homers, sixth with 106 runs scored and 105 RBI's and ninth with 144 hits.

L-R: Julia Ferris, Sydney Arendt, Emma Hvozdovich & Carly Hattman