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Making Progress: BC Softball Ends Rebuilding Regular Season

The Bulldogs lost their swing towards the end of the regular season, losing eight straight games. PHOTO/ Damion Reid
The Bulldogs lost their swing towards the end of the regular season, losing eight straight games. PHOTO/ Damion Reid

By Adam Zaki

Published: May 3rd, 2017

After falling at home on Senior Day to Purchase College 8-0 and 13-3 in a doubleheader on Friday, the Bulldogs’ regular season campaign was put to rest, ending with a record of 6-24 (2-10 in conference) on the season.

Sophomore catcher Shakria Feliciano led her team with a .303 batting average, starting in all 30 games she played in on the season. She tied with five other Bulldogs for a team high of three doubles, and led her squad with 13 runs batted in (RBI) on the season.

If Feliciano is able to match her ability at the plate with stellar defense, she will be able to develop the skillset needed to contribute from multiple areas of the field. Although some of her teammates struggled in the same department, her 10 errors on the season were detrimental. With improvement comes confidence, a trait that is vital in successful catchers. Going into her third year as a member of the program, look for Feliciano to take a larger role both on and off the diamond in 2018. 

Contributing both as an outfielder and a pitcher, freshman Leslie Lima has shown a promise as a true competitor as a first-year member of the Bulldogs. When head coach Antoniette Brown referred to Lima as “jam-packed with energy, positivity, and heart” in the beginning of the season, she couldn’t have been more accurate. Taking the field as an everyday player immediately, Lima was able to sustain a role and contribute on a regular basis. Finishing the season with a .291 batting average, she led the team in total bases thanks to five doubles, a triple, and a home run for the season.

With a desperate need for young players who contribute, the Bulldogs may have found an answer for the next few seasons in the outfield. If Lima can develop her arm and contribute innings from the pitcher’s mound, her flexibility and sustainability may pay dividends for the Bulldogs.

Ending her third season as a member of the team, junior first baseman Breanna Maresca’s ability to lead both on and off the field over the last few seasons hasn’t paid off in the win column, but has provided a basis of consistency and commitment to a culture of Brooklyn College Athletics. Leading her team in on-base percentage (.476) and runs scored (22), Maresca is going into her senior season as a member of both the basketball and softball programs at Brooklyn College. A four-year athlete at Brooklyn College, Maresca’s opportunity to leave a legacy here will be tested by her play on both rosters in her final season.

With a record of 11-47 in her first two seasons, Coach Brown ends a regular season with some questions answered. With young players contributing at a constant basis, it seems as the Bulldogs need to continue to focus on developing a new program before their improvement shows in the win column. 

The Bulldogs will travel to the Bronx on Wednesday to take on the Lehman College Lightning in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) quarterfinals. In their regular season meeting back on April 24, the Lightning defeated the Bulldogs 10-2 and 14-3 in doubleheader play. The first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. from the Lehman College Southfield.

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