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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More than a Coach

Since returning to the MEAC in October 2014, Head Coach Amber Jackson has been making a statement as a first time head coach. In her first season, the Hornets had a program best 14 game win streak and secured its second straight MEAC North Division Title. In 2016, the Hornets tied that win streak and added on a third consecutive Northern MEAC Title. DSU also lead the MEAC in batting average, slugging percentage, runs, hits, RBI’s, double, home runs, and total bases. Jackson also finished off the season as MEAC Coach of the Year.

However, there is more to Coach Jackson than softball, awards, and stats. Her players describe her as dedicated, loyal, competitive, honest, passionate, and driven. Her coaching staff would say she is caring, invested, and motivated. Her assistant said, “She’s more than my co-worker, she’s my teammate. More importantly she’s my friend and mentor.”

Coach Jackson cares deeply for her players. She treats them as more than athletes. She cares for them on an academic and personal level. Monthly they meet to talk about the player’s goals on the field, in the classroom, and in their lives.

She truly touches her player’s lives. Alumni Kili Mathews-Blue sent in a quote saying what it meant to her that Coach Jackson attended her wedding.

“It was so special because it showed that she cared about me outside of school and softball. She cared about my life and what was going on in it. That was one of the biggest and best days of my life and it meant a lot to have my coach there. She actually flew back the morning of my wedding from recruiting just to be there!”

Coach Jackson doesn’t just extend this caring nature to her current and former players; it’s who she is all around and all the time. When asking freshman Desiree Moreno what it was like to be recruited by Coach Jackson, this is what she had to say:

“Being recruited by Coach Jackson was like a dream come true. I knew from the start that I’d be making the right decision in committing to Del State. Having such a talented former softball star interested in me was such an honor. She was so caring and dedicated. There was no doubt in my mind that I would feel comfortable with her as my coach.”

We gave Coach Jackson the opportunity to sit down and answer some questions so our viewers had to opportunity to get to know her a little better. Some were softball related, some a little less serious.

What are you looking forward to most this season?
Game ONE. Two reasons. One, its the freshmen's first game. They worked so hard throughout the recruiting process and have been longing for the day that they get to step on the field and represent DSU. That time has come for them and I get excited for that every year. Its one of my most memorable experiences in life, the first game of your college career. The second reason, in game one I learn a lot about our team, how we are doing, what we are capable of, where we need to grow and so much more. 

What is the number one characteristic you look for in recruits?
I look for athletes who are going to fit into the culture we are trying to create. I want athletes who want to build the program and create a legacy here at Delaware State University. Athletes who are willing to get uncomfortable in order to  discover the strength and courage it takes to fight through the adversity on and off the field, 

What is your favorite thing about the MEAC conference?
Heart- The will and the fight the teams have.  

What is your favorite dugout snack?
 Tootsies rolls (absolute favorite), bubble gum, starburst, skittles the purple pack, snickers, pretty much anything I can chew on.

What hobbies do you have?
I like cooking, baking, watching superhero movies, country line dancing, and going to sit on the beach at sunrise or sunset

East Coast or West Coast and why?
I prefer west coast food (Mexican food), but east coast scenery (trees, beaches and seasons).

What is your dream vacation?
Any place that has an awesome view of the ocean and good food count me in. But to be honest my favorite vacations from life have been the mission trips I've taken.

As a player what song or songs pumped you up?
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till You Get Enough

What is your favorite food to cook or bake?
Cheesecake

Favorite Artist?
Michael Jackson 

Favorite TV Show Ever?
I Love Lucy and Dick Van Dyke

      We hope you enjoyed this more in depth look into the leader of the DSU Hornet Softball Team. She loves her athletes and she loves the game she coaches. The Hornet Softball program is so grateful to have her here. Continue to follow us every week for a new blog right here at http://dsusoftball.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Upcoming Season Anticipation

With the season, just three weeks away, the anticipation is rising for the Hornets.  Your Delaware State Hornets favored to win its 4th MEAC Northern Division softball title according to the MEAC Preseason Polls.  The Delaware State softball team opens their season with a tournament in South Carolina against Western Carolina and USC Upstate.

With the hopeful returners, Dani Velez (2B/3B), Tara Tursellino (P), Mika Lumsden (OF), Vanessa Washington (C), Khaliyah Flournory (OF), Jessica Shalongo (P), Sabrina Quarles (OF), and Alexis Goldsby (P), the Hornets look forward to the competition that this season will bring. "I am excited for this upcoming season because it is my last season and I can't wait to make it the best one yet" said senior Dani Velez.  

New to the roster are freshmen, Jordan Casey (SS), Kaleigh Berry (OF), Micaela Cummings (1B), Hannah Shields (P), Desiree Moreno (C), and Jasmine Melgoza (2B/3B). " Personally, I am thrilled about the upcoming season. It has been something I have dreamed of since I was little and I can't wait to get out there and play with my teammates."said freshmen Jordan Casey. During the fall, the freshman got a little taste of Division I collegiate softball, but in just three short weeks they will get to experience their first season playing for the Delaware State University Hornets! Trust us, they are more than ready to get their cleats dirty!

Head Coach, Amber Jackson and Assistant Coach, Jessica Mattia and Graduate Assistants Chloe Oro and Joel Jean-Simon are also excited for the season to start. "All of the players are excited to start playing games. Practices have been going well and the energy has been high." says Coach Mattia. The Hornets have been working hard on fielding, hitting and speed training during pre-season and plan to see the girls hard work pay off this season.

The Hornets are out to make a big impact this year, so stay tuned and enjoy the ride with us!

GO HORNETS!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Day in the Life of Sabrina Quarles

One of the most often asked questions that someone asks our athletes when they visit DSU is,"What does a typical day look like for you?" One of our players sat down with me to answer this question for all of our viewers. Sabrina Quarles is a sophomore outfielder from Artesia, California. She is a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Journalism. She is also minoring in Textiles and Apparel with the intent of becoming a Fashion Journalist one day.

Here is a typical Wednesday for Sabrina:

5:15am- Wake Up
6:00-6:30am: Conditioning
6:30-7:45am: Team Hitting
8:00am: Breakfast at Starbucks
9:00-9:50am: African American Music 
10:00-10:50am: Apparel Construction 2
12:00pm: Lunch at the Cafe
2:00-2:50pm: Introduction to Art
4:00-5:30pm: Team Defense
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00-9:30pm: Study
9:00pm: Drink tea
9:30pm: Go to bed


This wraps up the day for Sabrina. Wednesdays are her busiest days. Thursdays, however,  she has only one class in the morning and the whole afternoon to herself. This allows her to do homework, nap, or have some down time with her friends. Here is a short interview we did about her schedule and activities she likes to do outside of softball.

Favorite class? Reporting and writing because it focuses on my major and it is something I am really interested in. We do mock journals as if we were the journalist covering a story.

What do you do in African American Music?- We learn about a different culture of music. It is a very hands-on class. We learned to play the drums.

What is Apparel Construction 2? I learn how to create garments. I have to cut the pieces out, sew them together, and fit them on a mannequin. Our final project is going to be designing a 3-piece outfit.


Currently Sabrina is adding a pocket onto a pair of pants.
What are some of your weekly hobbies? Playing with the adoption dogs at PetsMart, trying different restaurants, and baking in the dorm toaster oven.

What is a piece of advice you would give to incoming student athletes? Have an open mind. Some majors require classes that you do not think are relevant, but it puts you out of your comfort zone and it could be fun. Also, make sure you don't put too much on your plate at once. DSU offers a lot of resources to help you with schooling and managing your time, but you have to take advantage of it.



Coming to college as an athlete can look overwhelming and scary, but if you manage your time correctly you will be able to fit everything into your day. Sabrina has found a schedule that allows her to complete all of her school work, attend practice and class, have time for friends, and even go to bed at the same time every night.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Favorite Place on Campus


Hello everyone, 
This week we asked some of the team what their favorite place on campus is and why.




My favorite place on campus is my dorm room. I love being there because I really enjoy spending time with my roommates. They're so much fun to hangout, and relax withHannah Shields, FR

My favorite place to be on campus is in our suite because I love hanging out and laughing with my roommates.  - Micaela Cummings, FR


  

My favorite place on campus is the Village Cafe because it's where I get to eat my meals and socialize with my friends. Sometimes they even have chocolate ice cream with sprinkles. ☺    - Danielle Velez, SR





My favorite place to be on campus is definitely the DSU athletic training facility. This is my favorite place to be because of the top of the line equipment. It is a place where I get to do what I enjoy with my teammates and athletic trainers supporting me each step of the way. 
- Sabrina Quarles, SO






After long days of classes, softball and work I often look forward to being in my room where I can relax. I do my best to complete my work during the day so I can avoid having to do any work at night in my room. 
- Jessica Shalongo, JR

  My favorite place to be on campus is the science center because I never got lost there.


- Mika Lumsden, JR 







My favorite place to be is the MLK building because of all the different events that are held so it's a great time to interact with peers. Also there is a game room.


- Alexis Goldsby, SO







My favorite place to be on campus is at the Conrad because I love to eat.


- Khaliyah Flournory, JR



Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome Back!!

It's 2017!!! It's time to get down to business on a new semester and a new season. The Hornets braved the snow storm and made their way back to school. Safely back on campus, they hit the ground running. This week, they are hitting the weight room, turf, and the classroom hard in their pursuit of excellence. With the start of a new year, the girls have a lot to look forward to. We asked all of the players to tell us a little bit of what they are looking forward to in 2017.

What is your New Year's Resolution?

"My New Year's Resolution is to better myself. I plan to start new habits like saving money, eating better, and drinking more water."- Alexis

"My New Year's Resolution is to not stress the little things and enjoy 2017 with my awesome teammates."- Micaela

What class are you most excited about?

"I am most excited about taking Anatomy and Physiology 2. It's going to be a challenging class, but I find learning about the human anatomy is extremely interesting."- Jasmine

"I am most excited about my military science class. The class teaches us and helps us prepare to be future leaders in the United States Army." Jordan

What is the best part about coming back to DSU?

"The best part about coming back is being with my team, continuing my education, and no sales tax in Delaware."- Mika

"The best part about coming back is being with my suite mates and the rest of my team." Kaleigh

"The best part about coming back is being back with my teammates and being able to go into my first collegiate season with them."- Desiree

How are you feeling going into your last semester at DSU?

"I'm excited to get out into the work force and begin my adult life. I am going to miss playing softball for DSU and I also will miss the friendships that I have gained by being here."-Tara

"I am sad that it is my last season playing softball, but I am also ready to enjoy every moment of it. I am extremely anxious to finish my undergrad and start working towards my career."-Dani

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

"I am looking forward to being a part of the Delaware State softball program for a second season. I can't wait to make my mark on the team and continue to strive to be my best. I look forward to competing both physically and mentally with my teammates by my side. This season will be filled with traveling, hard work, and great memories."- Sabrina

"I am looking forward to getting to experience an opportunity to travel with my teammates to new places." - Jess

"I am looking forward to traveling with my teammates and experiencing the game and facilities against higher ranked teams."- Khaliyah

"I am most looking forward to playing with the team and building more memories as we compete against other teams in the country."- Vanessa


The Hornets are excited to spend the 2017 season with all of you. Thank you for all of your support. Join us at the Hornet's Nest this season for our home games.

Home Game Schedule
March 18 & 19- University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
April 4- Drexel University
April 14 & 15- Morgan State University
April 22 & 23- Howard University
April 26- University of Delaware

For more information visit: www.dsuhornets.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Where are they now? Chelsea Stern

Owings, Maryland native Chelsea Stern had an excellent career at Delaware State University from 2009-2012. She proudly wore #5 and spent her playing time in the Outfield. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Criminal Justice and is pursing her career goal of becoming a police officer. 

Chelsea finished career with a .972 fielding percentage. In 2011 she lead the team in walks (14) and finished 3rd on the team in stolen bases (7). She boasted a .354 batting average in 2010 with a .441 on-base percentage. 

We interviewed Chelsea to see where she is now.

What did you do after graduating?

"After graduation I began working Asset Protection at Target, waiting for my time to try and be a police officer." She now resides in Ownigs, Maryland.

Accomplishments at DSU?


"I made some great memories at DSU. I like to teach by example and one of my favorite memories is seeing a little girl's Little League card with her favorite player as me. I may not have played a lot, but that didn't mean I wasn't always working hard at practice. I always cheered on my teammates and helped anyway I could; even of that meant being a bullpen catcher for the pitchers to warm up!"

Tell us about some of your favorite moments at DSU.


"Favorite memories were anytime that I was with my teammates. They became my life long friends. We all get together every now and then and just catch up and reminisce about the good ol days! Being a D1 athlete and a full-time student has set me up for success in the real world. DSU has helped me manage my time and playing softball has helped me always work hard in the professional field."

Before DSU, Chelsea attended Northern High School in Owings, Maryland where she earned county Softball Player of the Year, First Team All-SMAC, and First Team All-Met honors her senior season. She helped lead her team to a regional and state title her senior year. Chelsea also excelled at soccer in high school, earning First Team All-County and First Team All-SMAC honors her junior year and winning a regional title her senior year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Hannah Shields


                                                    
  #8 Hannah Shields
State College, PA
Pitcher

    Favorite Softball Memory? Pitching to my dad in the side yard of my house.

What Has Been Your Favorite Part Of DSU So Far? Meeting new friends, and memories

  Favorite Food? Mac n’ cheese

 Favorite Softball Player? Sierra Romero

  Favorite Athlete? Grayson Allen

 Favorite Movie? 13 Hours

What Is Your Dream Vacation? Tour Europe

 If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? Ability to time travel, become a billionaire, and be able to run fast(er)

 What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? My roommate (Micaela) loves to dab especially when we sing to Justin Bieber in the car!

What Is Your Dream Career? Trauma ER Nurse

What Is A Talent You Have? I can figure skate

Monday, December 19, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Micaela Cummings


#9: Micaela Cummings
Owings, MD
1B


Favorite Softball Memory?- My team winning 3A MD states 3 of the 4 years I was in high school.

   What Has Been Your Favorite Part Of DSU So Far?- The people that I have met here, I never thought living with 5 other girls would be so drama free and fun.

  Favorite Food?- Chicken, or anything that my mom cooks.

  Favorite Softball Player?- My superstar of a sister, Jess Cummings.

Favorite Athlete?- Dustin Pedroia

Favorite Movie?- The Blindside

What Is Your Dream Vacation?- Australia

If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be?- 1. To be invisible whenever I want so I can spy on people. 2. To be able to teleport places, as I am not a very good driver. 3. Of course, to have more wishes!

 What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate?- Hannah pretends she is listening to hard core rap to seem cool, but really jams to Justin Bieber every day. 

  What Is Your Dream Career?- Environmental Engineer.

 What Is A Talent You Have?- Making people laugh, especially when it is not an appropriate time for a joke.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 MEAC Challenge Recap

Hornets wrapped up the fall season with the first annual MEAC Challenge, a 4 day test of strength, endurance, speed, competitiveness, and teamwork. The team was split into two teams, the upperclassmen vs the underclassmen with each team including one sophomore. The upperclassmen lead by Sophomore Alexis Goldsby named themselves Jackson's Angels, while the underclassmen lead by freshman Jordan Casey named themselves Hitfaced. The MEAC Challenge included different obstacles, task and challenges that required each team think strategically, formulate and implement action plans that would give their team the best chance for success.  They were also responsible for decided who would compete in each event. Here is the recap of each day:

Monday:

On Monday we kicked off our week in the weight room with testing - power clean, front squat, bench press, vertical jump, and the 10 yard sprint. This day was all about the players individual improvement. It required each individual to fight for every inch to achieve a new personal best to win points for your team. Both teams did an excellent job, showing great improvement in their numbers from the beginning of the year. However, Hitfaced edged out Jackson's Angels by 75 points to take the early lead. The overall winners of the day was Desiree Moreno with an overall improvement of 111 pounds and Sabrina Quarles who added 3.9 inches to her vertical and dropped .35 seconds on her sprint. Congratulations!!

Day 1 Score:
Jackson's Angels:850
Hitfaced: 925

Tuesday:

Tuesday began our team events. Each team nominated two players to represent their team in each event. With four competitors in each event, points were given out for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. The morning started on the football field with a slight rain doing a 100 yard prowler push and a 100 yard sled pull. The teams then moved inside to compete in a towel hold hang, plate holds, a battle rope challenge, and a v-up challenge. It began to seem like a run away for Hitfaced for the day, until Jackson's Angels picked up 150 points in team Dodgeball and pulled within 25 points.

Day 2 Score:
Jackson's Angels: 1700
Hitfaced:1725

Congratulations to the winners of the day:

Towel Hang: Sabrina
Plate Hold: Kaleigh
Battle Rope: Khaliyah
V-Ups: Tara
Prowler Push: Desiree
Sled Pull: Jasmine

Wednesday:

Wednesday was all about teamwork in several different relay events. Each team had to work together to earn their points. In the first section of the morning, Hitfaced ran away with the first 600 points winning the Prowler push relay, the tire flip relay, and the sand bag relay. Jackson's Angels found a way to again come from behind again and sweep the sand pit tug of war event and steal the next 600 points to tie the day and still remain within 25 points of Hitfaced. This meant that the winner would be determined by day four, the obstacle course.

Day 3 Score:
Jackson's Angels: 2300
Hitfaced:2325



Thursday:

Everything would come down to today. The winner was determined by head to head competition: which ever team finished the obstacle course first. The race consisted of 11 different events. Two members of each team had to complete one obstacle before the next pair of team members could move on. The events consisted of the following:
100 yard suicide, partner tire flips, 50 push ups, sled pulls, bear crawls, 50 sit ups, sled push, 400 meter run, 50 squats, army crawl, and 100 yard dyno ball throws.
Each team gave it everything they had, but in the end Hitfaced came out on top and won the week.

Congratulations!!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Desiree Moreno


#22 Desiree Moreno
  Carson, CA
Catcher


Favorite Softball Memory? Winning State Championship against our cross town rivals.

     What Has Been Your Favorite Part of DSU So Far? Making new friends and experiencing a new  environment on the east coast.

Favorite Food? Shrimp

 Favorite Softball Player? Jen Schroeder

  Favorite Athlete? Yasiel Puig

 Favorite Movie? White Chicks

 What Is Your Dream Vacation? Costa Rica

          If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? Be Beyoncè, have an endless amount of money, be                                        healthy for the rest of my life

  What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? Jasmine is Rihanna’s biggest fan.

 What Is Your Dream Career? Physical Therapist


What Is A Talent You Have? Braiding Hair

Monday, December 5, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Jasmine Melgoza



#18  Jasmine Melgoza
 Huntington Beach, CA
  Second Base/Third Base


  Favorite Softball Memory? Winning 18u PGF Platinum Championship

  What Has Been Your Favorite Part of DSU So Far? Meeting new people and living on the East Coast

Favorite Food? Tacos

 Favorite Softball Player? Jessica Mendoza

  Favorite Athlete? Matt Kemp

 Favorite Movie? Miss Congeniality 1 & 2

 What Is Your Dream Vacation? Go to the Bahamas 

 If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? 1. Meet Rihanna 2. Infinite amount of money 3. Have telekinesis 


    What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? Desiree is BeyoncĂ©’s biggest fan.

 What Is Your Dream Career? Pediatric Nurse

What Is A Talent You Have? Photography 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Jordan Casey



#7 Jordan Casey
Fredericksburg,VA
MIF


Favorite Softball Memory?  Playing on the hall of fame stadium field with my teammates.

     What Has Been Your Favorite Part of DSU So Far? Meeting and getting to know other people.

Favorite Food? Chicken

 Favorite Softball Player?  Kaila Hunt

  Favorite Athlete? Dustin Pedroia

 Favorite Movie? G.I. Jane

 What Is Your Dream Vacation? Australia

          If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? a.        Cure cancer b.  be wealthy and able to provide for my family c.        Reach all of my goals in life

  What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? Kaleigh drives a mustang.

 What Is Your Dream Career? FBI Special Agent

What Is A Talent You Have?  I can skateboard.

2017 Early Signees

Congratulations to our newest Hornets who signed over the last week. Welcome to the family!!






Alyssa Diaz is a shortstop/outfielder from Fontana, California. She currently attends Montclair High School and plays for Batbusters Mauga. Alyssa will be majoring in Mathematics Education.


Taliyah Miles is a left handed pitcher from Sacramento, California. She is currently attending Sheldon High School. Taliyah currently pitches for the California Grapettes. She will be majoring in Movement Science at DSU.


Vanessa Barron is a 3rd baseman from Bakersfield, California where she attends Stockdale High School. She currently plays for the So Cal Choppers. Vanessa plans on majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.

We are so excited for all of you to get here next August!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

DSU Softball Team Fall 2016
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and our team is gearing up to celebrate the holiday with their family and friends. This is a time when local players welcome our west coast players into there homes, as they often do not have the opportunity to travel home. We are so thankful to have a group of young women that truly care for each other. They have big hearts for each other and truly exemplify what it means to be family, better yet what it means to be sisters. As we celebrate thanksgiving we have asked the players to share what they are thankful for this year.

"I am grateful for my dreams because they push me to do and accomplish things that I never would have been able to do without them. I am grateful for my family. For my parents who taught me to dream. My siblings who help me realize my dreams. My friends who share my dreams with me. I am grateful for being able to live a healthy successful life and experience things I've never though possible. Finally, I am grateful for meeting so many people who have enriched my life."- Sabrina Quarles OF

"The most important thing I'm thankful for is my family and the love and support they have given me my whole life and I'm also thankful for the opportunity to play D1 softball at DSU and continue my education."- Kaleigh Berry OF

"I am thankful for my family and my health and my friends."- Vanessa Washington C/DH

"I am thankful for my loving family, life long friends, and the opportunities that have been granted to me."- Khaliyah Flournory OF

"I am thankful for my loving and supportive family as well as having the opportunity to play Division 1 softball on the east coast."- Jasmine Melgoza 3B/2B

We also asked our very dedicated graduate assistants what they were thankful for this holiday season. This is what they had to say.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to work with an awesome team."- Coach Simon

"I am most thankful for my family who supports me from so far away and also my friends who keep my life so exhilarating."- Coach Chloe

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Delaware State University Softball Program. We are all very thankful for each and every one of you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Kaleigh Berry


 #5 Kaleigh Berry
Centreville, VA
OF 


 Favorite Softball Memory?  Winning the Conference championship sophomore year and making it back to the championship junior and senior year.

     What Has Been Your Favorite Part of DSU So Far? Making new friends and meeting such diverse people.

Favorite Food? Steak & Sushi

 Favorite Softball Player?  Shae Braxton

  Favorite Athlete? Odell Beckham Jr.

 Favorite Movie? Finding Nemo

 What Is Your Dream Vacation? Puerto Rico

          If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? 1. Meet Demi Lovato 2. Have as much money as I could ever want/need­­   3. To have 3 more wishes

     What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? Jordan has a half sleeve and is quiet on the outside, but low key likes to pretend she is a superstar in the car.

 What Is Your Dream Career? Work for the FBI

What Is A Talent You Have? I can shake my eyes really fast.

2016 Season Wrap Up



This season has been one for the record books! The Hornets had a lot of ups and downs through the season, but persevered through it all together and became a family.


DSU lead the MEAC in most offensive categories such as batting average (.331), slugging percentage (.484), runs scored (286), hits (405), RBI (251), doubles (73), home runs (33) and total bases (591).  Pitching wise, the Hornets rank first in the conference in lowest ERA (3.56), hits allowed (305), runs allowed (186), earned runs allowed (135) and homers allowed (21). The Hornets tied a program best 14 game winning streak set last year and finished (10-1) at home. 



Nicole Gazzola finished her career on a high note earning a spot on the NFCA Second Team Mid- Atlantic Team for the second time in her career. Gazzola set new DSU single-season marks for most hits (89) and runs (63).  Her hits and runs totals also led the MEAC, in addition to tallying a conference-best 37 stolen bases.  Nationally, Gazzola finished with the second highest batting average (.497), whereas her runs and stolen bases per game averages ranked fourth (1.31) and 10th (0.77), respectively. Nicole also received an All-MEAC section for the 4th time in her career. She also became the program leader in hits (292), runs (196) and at bats (667), along with becoming only the second player in Hornet history to eclipse the century mark in stolen bases (101).


Sandy Hawthorne also found herself in the record books this season. She is now the program single season leader in RBI's (65) a record that has held since 2005. On April 6, she became DSU's all-time leader in doubles. She also earned a spot on the All-MEAC 1st team.



Tara Tursellino posted a perfect MEAC record during the regular season to be 8-0. She became the 4th pitcher in program history to amass 300- career strikeouts. Tursellino was also name to the MEAC All-2nd Team.


Chloe Oro lead the NCAA with 0 Strikeouts on the year. Oro also earned All-MEAC 2 Team honors.


 Vanessa Washington earned All-MEAC 2nd Team honors, while Rochelle Sablay earned a spot on the All-MEAC 3rd team.

Nicole Brock (12-5), lead the MEAC in lowest ERA (2.31), along with ranking second in wins (12).  Brock also has allowed the third fewest earned runs (37) in the conference, highlighted by surrendering just seven in MEAC action.  Her conference dominance also included a 0.92 ERA with a 7-1 record. She earned a MEAC Pitcher of the week honor.



Second year Head Coach Amber Jackson earned MEAC Coach of the Year. Jackson lead the Hornets to the highest number of wins in the conference and finished 5 games ahead of second place Norfolk State.


The Hornets finished the season by placing 3rd in the MEAC Tournament in Ormond Beach, Florida. Despite falling short of the ultimate goal, we are very proud of these ladies and are excited for what the next season holds.