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Bears sit 1-4 after first tournament 

Bears sit 1-4 after first tournament 

David Vick, Contributing Writer

February 11, 2020

The Bears’ Head Coach Stephanie DeFeo described the season schedule as “challenging” in an official statement to Mercer University. Her team of 24 will be facing it led by five seniors and five juniors.

Danielle Castleberry brings leadership, love for teammates in her return to the diamond

Junior Danielle Castleberry (No. 31) has made a triumphant return to the diamond after missing last season with an injury.

Mitch Robinson

February 27, 2019

In sports, there’s nothing quite like a good comeback story. Take, for example, Mercer softball player Danielle Castleberry. After starting all but six games for the Bears as a freshman, Castleberry was sidelined for the entire 2018 season due to injury. “Every day felt really long, but looking b...

Mercer softball has championship aspirations this season

Mercer softball Head Coach Stephanie DeFeo tosses batting practice one week before regular season play is to begin.

John Pittman

February 12, 2019

Mercer softball is looking to build on last season’s success after being picked to finish second in the Southern Conference preseason poll. Last season, the Bears won 33 games, including a win over the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. They were able to finish second in the SoCon regular season standings....

A preseason look at senior catcher Megan Lane

Megan Lane (#0) catching behind the plate. Photo provided by Mercer Athletics.

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

October 19, 2018

Softball season hasn’t started yet, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t been hard at work preparing for the season. For senior Megan Lane, this preseason preparation gives her the opportunity to further adjust to her role as the team’s starting catcher, a role she only took up last season. ...

Bears softball splits their double header against conference rival UNCG

Quires Mauga makes one of Mercer's three hits in game 1 v. UNCG.

Kyle Mullins, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018

Over the weekend, Bears softball split their double header against UNCG, a team that is sure to cause problems for the Bears in the Southern Conference tournament. The Bears currently hold a 26-12 overall record for the season, while the Spartans are 30-8 overall. The two teams are currently tied...

Transfer pitcher Lauren O’Dell settles into her position at Mercer

Pitcher Lauren O'Dell pitching at an away game.

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

April 4, 2018

It is not uncommon for student athletes to transfer schools after one or two years, especially when that time is spent at a junior college where you graduate after two years anyway. What makes Lauren O’Dell’s case interesting is that she decided to transfer schools in the middle of her sophomore ...

Pitching leads the way in softball’s undefeated fall season

Mercer's softball team was 7-0 in its fall season, beating opponents by a combined score of 81-14.

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

November 28, 2017

During its seven-game undefeated fall season, Mercer softball allowed only two runs per game. The success on the mound is simply a continuation of the strength the pitching staff displayed last season. The Bears played over the span of three weeks, beating Georgia Highlands 9-0, Wallace 12-4, East...

Quirisa Mauga hopes to get a ring her last year in Mercer softball

Jaclyn Ramkissoon, Staff Writer

October 15, 2017

Quirisa Mauga has been surrounded by softball her entire life. She’s played the sport since the age of 10. Her dad coaches three softball teams, and her older sister plays softball professionally. “I knew that I really wanted to play college softball. However, it actually coming true wasn’t so...

Mercer softball leaves no opportunity wasted

Mercer softball leaves no opportunity wasted

Kyle Mullins, Staff Writer

November 10, 2016

Mercer softball’s mentality can best be described by three words found on the back of their shirts. “No opportunity wasted.” The team wasted nothing during their Fall season. The Bears played ten games and managed to win every single one of them. The team’s pitching staff only allow...

Swinging away at the books

Kaytlin Haney, a senior, has played softball for Mercer University since her freshmen year. She is an outfielder.

Taylor Dowse, Contributing Writer

April 14, 2016

Swing. Batter, batter swing. Senior Kaytlin Haney’s passion is softball, but before she hits the ball, she must first hit the books. She has. Haney plans to graduate in December with both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering. But it hasn’t been easy. “My biggest strugg...

Inside the Den: Softball’s Kaytlin Haney

Photo courtesy of Mercer Marketing.

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

April 1, 2016 What's it like moving from Texas to Macon, Georgia? Justin and Hayes are joined by softball's Kaytlin Haney on this week's episode of Inside the Den. The hosts talk to the senior about her career at Mercer as well as...

Mercer Maniac president knows saying goodbye won’t be easy

Mercer Maniac president knows saying goodbye won’t be easy

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

February 11, 2016

After his very last basketball game, a high school-aged Thomas Norton couldn’t bring himself to walk away at first. He sat in a corner of the locker room alone, holding onto his things and not yet ready to leave. He hesitated even when his father came to retrieve him. Years later, he’s ...

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