After tying Alfred University for first place in the Empire 8 regular season, Ithaca beat the Alfred Saxons in both the Empire 8 Championships and the NCAA Division III regional playoffs to earn one of eight spots at the World Series, their ninth appearance in the past 15 years. But the team didn’t fare so well in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, losing to DePauw University, then to Luther College.
The season was hardly a wash, though. Pitcher and outfielder Brittany Lillie ’11 was named to the College Division Academic All-America Team. And the women Bombers improved on last year’s 27-18 record to finish at 34-15, helped in part by the return of second baseman Kait Dolan ’11, who sat out most of last season because of blood clots in her leg.
“She’s an awesome defender and hitter,” says outfielder Alyssa Guzman ’11 of Ithaca’s leader in batting average (.386), on-base percentage (.427), hits (51), runs scored (34), and stolen bases (16). “She’ll steal bases left and right, can place the bunt down, and can turn double plays. You want it done, Dolan will get it done.”
“No one really anticipated such a successful post-season, but we truly started to believe in ourselves after winning the Empire 8 title,” says Kerry Barger ’11.
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