Northern Colorado Softball To Host UTEP on Friday, Saturday
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THE BEAR FACTS
MINERS PAY RETURN TRIP TO
HOGUE GETS ON A ROLL
Sophomore outfielder Casey Hogue hit .500 (12-for-24) with nine runs and nine RBI in the seven games the Bears played at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Hogue hit her first two home runs of the season and stole three bases in Florida. Hogue had at least one hit in each of the seven games and now has a seven-game hitting streak entering the Bears' three-game series with the Miners.
PLATTEN TIES SINGLE-GAME DOUBLES RECORD
Senior Whitney Platten tied the Bears' single-game record for doubles when she tallied three two-baggers in a 9-4 win over George Mason. Cody Hicks set the record on
BARRETT NAMED INDEPENDENT CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PLATTEN, MILLER FLIRT WITH .400
Freshman Kati Miller and senior Whitney Platten are each batting over .400 through 23 games this season. Platten is hitting .413 (26-for-63) with 15 RBI, 12 runs, 10 doubles and two home runs. Miller is batting .404 (19-for-47) with six runs, four doubles and four RBI.
DUMLER FINDS HER MARK
Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Dumler tossed her first career collegiate shutout in the Bears' 11-0 win over Rider. Dumler limited Rider to only two hits in the contest. Dumler is 5-8 on the seaosn with a 5.12 ERA in 78 innings pitched.
Sisters senior Stephani Miller and freshman Kati Miller are enjoying spending the season playing together as teammates. Stephani is leading the team with a 3.20 ERA in 65 2/3 innings pitched, while Kati is hitting .404 to rank second on the team.
BEARS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK
After struggling to a 6-32 finish in the 2004 season, the Bears will look to bounce back to the form they had in both the 2002 and 2003 seasons when they averaged 23 wins a season.
Head coach Linda Witt is happy to have a home schedule to talk about this season. With the Bears in the midst of a transition from Division II to Division I it has become increasingly difficult to nail down home games. Witt was able to land home series this season with Regis (March 9), UTEP (March 25-26),
BEARS CONTINUE DIVISION I TRANSITION
Linda Witt is entering her fifth season as the head coach of the UNC softball squad. During Witt's tenure as the Bears' leader she has compiled a record of 72-104 overall. Witt will be charged with taking the Bears back to Division I softball, a level she is very familiar with at UNC.
"We are going back to Division I and it's exciting because I was a part of the tradition as a player and now I have the opportunity to do it as a coach," Witt said.
Witt was named the Co-Coach of the Year in 2002 after leading the Bears to a 28-18 overall mark and an 11-5 record in league action. Witt has compiled an overall mark of 41-36 in two full seasons as the Bears' head coach. Witt played for the Bears' during here college days and led the squad to the NCAA championship game in 1978 before falling to UCLA, 2-0, in the title contest.
A 1978 graduate of UNC, Linda Witt spent 20 years as a teacher and coach at
Along the way, Witt has garnered many coaching honors, including National High School Athletic Coaches Association - National Coach of the Year Runnerup (1994), NHSACA Regional Coach of the Year (1994), Gatorade "Coach Who Cares" Award (1993), McDonald's Regional Coach of the Year (1992) and Colorado Sportswoman Coach of the Year (1985).
Witt has also been very active in the
As a student-athlete at UNC, Witt excelled in field hockey and softball. For her efforts, Witt was inducted into the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and was recognized along with her 1978 softball teammates during the induction of the team at the 1998 ceremony. Witt was also a member of the United States Field Hockey team from 1979-1982.