#15 Sharks Complete Series Sweep Over Tritons

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The number 15 ranked Nova Southeastern softball team completed the series sweep over Eckerd College Saturday morning from the Turley Athletic Complex in St. Petersburg, Fla. A three-RBI performance from Alexis Smith led the way for NSU. 

Breakdown  

Score: No. 15 Nova Southeastern 10 (W: B. Mahaney, 3-0) | Eckerd 2 (L: B. Reymer, 1-4)              
Records: No. 15 Nova Southeastern (9-2, 3-0 SSC) | Eckerd (4-10, 0-3 SSC)         
Location: St. Petersburg, Fla. | Turley Athletic Complex   
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube       

How it Happened

TOP 1st – Alexis Smith kicked off the action with a single up the middle, bringing Alyssa Drogemuller home for the first Shark run of the game.  

BOT 1st – Eckerd answered with a run of their own, tying the game at one apiece. 

TOP 2nd – RBIs from Maliyah Lawson and Smith extended the Sharks lead to 3-1. 

TOP 3rd – NSU’s run barrage continued as a home run from Alisha Lanyon put another run on the board. 

TOP 5th – Gianna Russo joined the action, hitting her own solo home run, giving NSU a 5-1 lead. 

TOP 6th – Drogemuller would earn her first RBI of the game, singling up the middle, bringing Smith home. Smith came back later and returned the favor, doubling to center field and this time batting in Drogemuller for another Shark run. Shortly after, a wild pitch by the Tritons allowed Smith to score a run, extending the Sharks lead to 8-1.  

TOP 7th – NSU continued to pour it on as Brianna Baer and Vicky Navarro brought in two more runs for the Sharks, giving them a commanding 10-1 lead. 

BOT 7th – The Tritons tacked on their second run of the game but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. NSU would go on to secure the series sweep in convincing fashion over Eckerd.  

Shark Standouts            

This marks the third game this season where the Sharks scored 10 or more runs. 

NSU is currently on a nine-game winning streak. 

What's Next

NSU will return to action Friday, February 23rd as they head back to the AD Griffin Sports Complex to take on Florida Tech in a three-game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. 

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#15 Sharks Open SSC Play with Doubleheader Sweep Against Tritons

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The number 15 ranked Nova Southeastern Softball team kicked off SSC play with a doubleheader sweep over the Eckerd Tritons on Friday evening. NSU took down the Tritons 5-1 in game one, then followed that up with an 11-3 victory in game two. 

Breakdown (GAME ONE)     

Score: No. 15 Nova Southeastern 5 (W: A. Drogemuller, 4-2) | Eckerd 1 (L: B. Reymer, 1-3)             
Records: No. 15 Nova Southeastern (7-2, 1-0 SSC) | Eckerd (4-8, 0-1 SSC)        
Location: St. Petersburg, Fla. | Turley Athletic Complex  
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube      

How it Happened

TOP 3rd – Alyssa Drogemuller put the first Shark run on the board, singling to left field.  

BOT 4th – The Tritons answered with a homer to tie the match at one a piece.  

TOP 6th – NSU would break the stalemate thanks to a single by Brianna Matthews, bringing Alisha Lanyon across home plate.  

TOP 7th – The Sharks would score three more runs off of two throwing errors and a wild pitch, ultimately securing the 5–1 SSC victory over the Tritons. 

Shark Standouts           

Alexis Smith had three hits. 

Breakdown (GAME TWO)     

Score: No. 15 Nova Southeastern 11 (W: J. Allen, 2-0) | Eckerd 3 (L: R. Founds, 2-4)             
Records: No. 15 Nova Southeastern (8-2, 2-0 SSC) | Eckerd (4-9, 0-2 SSC)  
 

TOP 1st – Maliyah Lawson scored the first Shark run after a wild pitch from the Tritons. Then with two runners on base, Madison Fine homered to left field to extend NSU’s lead to 4-0.  

TOP 3rd – A sacrifice fly from Alisha Lanyon brought another Shark run across home plate. 

BOT 4th – Eckerd cut their deficit to three runs after putting two runs on the board. 

TOP 5th – Lanyon earned another RBI, extending the Shark lead to 6-2. Shortly after, Kerstyn Shaw batted in the Sharks seventh run of the game. Then a wild pitch from the Tritons allowed another Shark run to score. 

TOP 6th – A sacrifice fly from Lokeinsky extended NSU’s lead to 9-2. 

TOP 7th – NSU tacked on two more runs to take a commanding 11-2 lead. 

BOT 7th – Eckerd put another run on the board but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. NSU would go on to secure the 11-3 victory over Eckerd. 

Shark Standouts           

Madison Fine hit her first home run of the season. 

What's Next

NSU will be back in action tomorrow at 10 a.m. to finish the series against the Tritons. 

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#5 Sharks Sweep #6 Warriors in Doubleheader

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The fifth ranked Nova Southeastern Softball team defeated the sixth ranked East Stroudsburg Warriors in a doubleheader sweep on Sunday afternoon from the AD Griffin Sports Complex. NSU took down ESU 9-1 in game one and followed that up with a 5-4 victory in walk off fashion. 

Breakdown (GAME ONE)    

Score: No. 5 Nova Southeastern 9 (W: A. Drogemuller, 3-2) | No. 6 East Stroudsburg 1 (L: P. Zigmund, 0-1)            
Records: No. 5 Nova Southeastern (5-2) | No. 6 East Stroudsburg (3-2)          
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Complex  
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube     

How it Happened

BOT 3rd – Alexis Smith tripled to center field to kick off the third inning action for the Sharks. Shortly after, Alyssa Drogemuller singled, bringing Smith home for the first run of the game. Two at-bats later, Brenna Lokeinsky earned a triple of her own, batting in Drogemuller in the process, putting the Sharks up 2-0. In the ensuing at-bat, Madison Fine singled to first base, which brought the third Shark run home. 

TOP 5th – The Warriors answered, tacking on their first run of the game and cutting their deficit to two runs. 

BOT 5th – An error on East Stroudsburg allowed another Shark runner to come across home plate, putting the Sharks back up three runs. 

BOT 6th – The Sharks blew open the lead after RBIs from Lokeinsky (1), Gianna Russo (2), and Maliyah Lawson (2) gave the Sharks a 9-1 advantage, ultimately securing the victory for NSU in six innings. 

Shark Standouts          

The Sharks had two athletes with two or more hits (Madison FineBrenna Lokeinsky). 

Breakdown (GAME TWO)    

Score: No. 5 Nova Southeastern 5 (W: B. Mahaney, 2-0) | No. 6 East Stroudsburg 4 (L: S. Davenport, 1-2)            
Records: No. 5 Nova Southeastern (6-2) | No. 6 East Stroudsburg (3-3) 

How it Happened

TOP 1st – The Warriors came out aggressive, tacking on two quick runs to kick off game two. 

BOT 1st – NSU answered with two runs of their own, thanks to RBIs from Ryleigh Langwell and Madison Fine

TOP 3rd – ESU put two more runs on the board after a triple and a sacrifice fly. 

BOT 4th – Langwell continued her solid outing, earning another RBI and bringing Drogemuller home to cut the Sharks deficit to one run. 

BOT 7th – With a runner on second and third, Russo came up to the plate and earned a sacrifice bunt, bringing Brianna Matthews home to tie the match at four a piece. Shortly after, Alisha Lanyon stepped up big and hit a shot to right field, batting in the game winning run and leading the Sharks to a thrilling 5-4 victory. 

Shark Standouts          

Alisha Lanyon led the Sharks to victory with a walk off in the bottom of the seventh inning.  

What's Next

NSU will return to action Friday, Februrary 16th as they head to St. Petersburg, FL to open SSC play against Eckerd. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. 

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#5 Sharks Sweep Orediggers in Home Opener

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The #5 ranked Nova Southeastern Softball team swept the Colorado School of Mines in a doubleheader to open their home campaign. NSU took down the Orediggers 10-2 in game one and 9-1 in game two led by home runs from Alexis Smith and Brenna Lokeinsky

Breakdown (GAME ONE)   

Score: No. 5 Nova Southeastern 10 (W: A. Drogemuller, 1-0) | Colorado Mines 2 (L: A. Westbrook, 0-1)           
Records: No. 5 Nova Southeastern (3-2) | Colorado Mines (2-1)         
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Complex 
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube    

BOT 1st – Alexis Smith kicked off the action with a triple down the right field line. Shortly after, Ryleigh Langwell would get on base after being walked. Langwell then showcased her speed, stealing for 2nd while Smith made her way home for the first Shark run. With the bases loaded, a groundout from Gianna Russo brought Langwell across home plate. The run barrage continued as a single from Alisha Lanyon brought Brenna Lokeinsky home, putting the Sharks up 3-0. 

BOT 2nd – An RBI single from Alyssa Drogemuller tacked on another run for NSU.  

TOP 4th – The Orediggers answered with two runs of their own, cutting the Shark lead to two runs. 

BOT 4th – NSU’s run barrage would continue, as a sacrifice fly and RBI (2) double from Lanyon extended the Sharks lead to 7-2. 

BOT 5th – The Sharks added three more runs thanks to RBI’s from Lokeinsky and Russo (2) ultimately securing the 10-2 victory over the Orediggers in five innings. 

Shark Standouts         

Both Alisha Lanyon and Gianna Russo had three RBIs. 

Breakdown (GAME TWO)  

Score: Nova Southeastern 9 (W: J. Allen, 1-0), Colorado Mines 1 (L: C. Chvatal, 0-1)    
Records: Nova Southeastern (4-2), Colorado Mines (2-2)     

TOP 1st – The Orediggers struck first, putting the first run on the board.  

BOT 3rd – Alexis Smith put the Sharks up with a two-run homerun. 

BOT 5th – Brenna Lokeinsky started the 5th inning action with a two-run homerun, giving the Sharks a 4-1 advantage. Shortly after, RBIs from Kerstyn Shaw, Maliyah Lawson, Smith, and Alyssa Drogemuller put the Sharks up 8-1.  

BOT 6th – A double from Kerstyn Shaw brought Madison Fine across home plate, securing the 9-1 victory and completing the doubleheader sweep over the Colorado School of Mines. 

Shark Standouts         

Alexis Smith and Brenna Lokeinsky hit a homerun. 

What's Next

NSU will be back tomorrow, facing East Stroudsburg in a doubleheader at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m.   

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#5 Sharks Bounce Back, Secure Saturday Sweep

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The #5 ranked Nova Southeastern Softball team bounced back and earned two victories on Saturday afternoon. NSU started the day with a 6-4 win against West Georgia then cruised past West Florida, taking them down 8-0 in game two. 

Breakdown (GAME ONE)  

Score: No. 5 Nova Southeastern 6 (W: B. Mahaney, 1-0) | West Georgia 4 (L: M. Register, 0-1)          
Records: No. 5 Nova Southeastern (2-2) | West Georgia (1-2)        
Location: Gulf Shores, Ala. | Gulf Shores Complex        
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube   

   
How it Happened   

BOT 2nd – West Georgia put the first run on the board after a fielder’s choice to second base. 

TOP 3rd – Alisha Lanyon hit a bomb out of the park to tie the game at one apiece. 

TOP 4th – With a runner on base, Gianna Russo joined the action, hitting her own home run, putting the Sharks ahead 3-1.  

TOP 5th – The homerun derby continued in the 5th inning as Brenna Lokeinsky hit a two-run shot to left field, extending the NSU lead to 5-1. 

BOT 6th – West Georgia cut into the Shark lead, bringing two runners across home plate. 

TOP 7th – NSU tacked on another run off an error as Lokeinsky came home to give the Sharks a three-run advantage. 

BOT 7th – The Wolves hit a home run, bringing their deficit to just two runs but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback as NSU secured the 6-4 victory over West Georgia. 

Shark Standouts        

Three different players hit a home run (Alisha Lanyon, Gianna Russo, Brenna Lokensky). 

Breakdown (GAME TWO) 

Score: Nova Southeastern 8 (W: A. Drogemuller, 1-2), West Florida 0 (W: M. Wright, 1-0)   
Records: Nova Southeastern (2-2), West Florida (1-3)    

  
How it Happened

TOP 1st – Alexis Smith got on base to start the game after being walked. Shortly after, Madison Fine was walked, putting two runners on base for NSU. Gianna Russo then singled to the shortstop, bringing Smith home for the first run of the game. Kerstyn Shaw joined the action, hitting a single through the right side, bringing another run home for the Sharks. A wild pitch then brought another run home for NSU, extending their lead to 3-0. The run barrage continued as another walk tacked on a run and put the Sharks up four runs. In the ensuing at-bat, Smith singled to center field, bringing two runs across home plate. Just when you think the Sharks have slowed up, two errors brought two more runs home, giving the Sharks an early 8-0 lead.  

NSU continued to play stellar, ultimately securing the 8-0 victory over West Florida in five innings. 

Coach's Corner

Head Coach Julie LeMaire: I’m very proud of the girls for the way they came out today after a couple of tough losses yesterday. The entire team was in full force with their energy and fire, it was truly a team atmosphere today that I think we were missing yesterday with day-one jitters. It is exciting to see some big swings out of Brenna, Gianna, and Alisha over the last few days! Paired with great pitching performances out of Brooke, Alyssa, and Tierani, made today a great day for the Sharks! 

What's Next

NSU will close play at the Gulf Shore Invitational tomorrow, facing Valdosta State at 11:00 a.m. EST and Spring Hill College at 1:30 p.m. EST.   

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#5 Sharks Drop Pair of Games to Open the Season

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The #5 ranked Nova Southeastern Softball team kicked off their 2024 campaign at the Gulf Shore Invitational. NSU dropped a pair of non-conference matchups, falling to Auburn Montgomery 4-1 and West Alabama 7-6.  

Breakdown (GAME ONE) 

Score: Nova Southeastern 1 (L: A. Drogemuller, 0-1) | Auburn Montgomery 4 (W: A. Goble, 1-0)         
Records: Nova Southeastern (0-1) | Auburn Montgomery (1-0)       
Location: Gulf Shores, Ala. | Gulf Shores Complex       
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube  

  
How it Happened  

BOT 2nd – The Warhawks put the first run on board with an RBI single to left field. 

BOT 3rd – AUM continued to put pressure on the Sharks, homering to left field, extending their lead to 2-0. 

BOT 4th – Auburn Montogomery tacked on another run after a fielder’s choice. 

TOP 5th – Gianna Russo got the action started for NSU, homering to left field and cutting the Sharks deficit to two runs. 

BOT 5th – The Warhawks scored another run, ultimately securing the 4-1 victory over NSU. 
 

Breakdown (GAME TWO)

Score: Nova Southeastern 6 (L: A. Drogemuller, 0-2), West Alabama 7 (W: M. Wright, 1-0)  
Records: Nova Southeastern (0-2), West Alabama (1-0)   

 
How it Happened

TOP 1st – The Tigers struck first off an error, taking the early 1-0 lead. 

BOT 3rd – Alexis Smith kicked off the action with a double through the left side. Shortly after, Alyssa Drogemuller singled to left field, bringing Smith across home plate for the Sharks first run of the game. Then with one runner on base, Brenna Lokeinsky homered, extending the Shark lead to 3-1. 

TOP 4th – West Alabama answered with two runs of their own, tying the match at three. 

BOT 5th – Lokeinsky earned another RBI with a single through the left side, bringing the score to 4-3 in favor of NSU. 

TOP 6th – The Tigers weren’t going away easy, tacking on two more runs to reclaim the lead. 

BOT 7th – Madison Fine joined the back-and-forth affair with a double down the left field line, bringing Smith home to tie the match. 

TOP 8th – In extra innings, a two-run homerun gave the Tigers a 7-5 lead. 

BOT 8th – A double from Gianna Russo brought a runner home for the Sharks but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Nova Southeastern dropped today’s matchup 7-6 against the West Alabama Tigers. 
 

Coach's Corner

Head Coach Julie LeMaire: “We faced two very tough teams today and it gave us an idea of where we are at and some things we need to improve on moving forward. We clean up some mistakes and execute better a-bats, then we would be sitting in a good position. The girls showed some fight today that I look forward to them taking into tomorrow’s games”.

What's Next

NSU will take the field again tomorrow, Saturday, February 3rd, and take on West Georgia at 1:30 p.m. and West Florida at 4:00 p.m.  

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Sharks Ranked Fifth in NFCA Preseason Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a record breaking 2023 season, the Nova Southeastern Softball team was tabbed fifth in the 2024 NFCA DII Top 25 Coaches Poll.  

NSU is one of three Sunshine State Conference teams ranked within the top-25 –  Nova Southeastern (5th), Tampa (10th), and Saint Leo (18th). 

The 2024 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll Committee. The committee consists of 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA’s eight regions. The first poll of the regular season will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and every Tuesday at noon ET throughout the regular season. 

All-SSC selections Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Langwell, Alyssa Drogemuller, and Kerstyn Shaw look to lead the charge for the Sharks in the 2024 season.  

NSU will kick off the season with six consecutive road games before heading back to the AD Griffin Sports Complex for their home opener against the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, February 10th.  

The Sharks begin SSC play on Friday, February 16th, taking on Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.   

Click HERE for the full rankings. 

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Sharks Softball Tabbed Second in SSC Preseason Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced its 2024 Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Tuesday afternoon. Nova Southeastern was picked to finish second in the league, earning 89 points and two first-place votes for the 2024 campaign. 

Head Coach Julie LeMaire helped lead the Sharks to an historic season last year. NSU became the first team in program history to win a regional championship and earn a World Series berth, while also eclipsing 40 wins for the first time since 2010.   

Nova Southeastern looks to pick to right where they left off with the addition of 11 new faces and the return of several key players such as Alexis Smith, Alyssa Drogemuller, Ryleigh Langwell, Madison Fine, Kerstyn Shaw, and Julia Allen

The Sharks will kick off the 2024 season on the road at the Gulf Shores Invitational, where they will face off against six different opponents, beginning with Auburn Montgomery on February 2nd. 

League play begins on Friday, February 16th, for the Sharks, where they will take on Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. 
 

2024 SSC SOFTBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL 
 

Rank School (FPV) Total Points
1 Tampa (8) 98
2 Nova Southeastern (2) 89
3 Saint Leo (1) 85
4 Rollins 72
5 Embry-Riddle 61
6 Barry 48
7 Florida Tech 47
8 Florida Southern 39
9 Lynn 27
10 Eckerd 22
11 Palm Beach Atlantic 17
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LeMaire, Sharks Release 2024 Schedule

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With one month remaining until the first pitch, head coach Julie LeMaire and the Nova Southeastern softball team have officially released their 2024 schedule.  

After a historic 2023 season, the Sharks look to make another run in the NCAA Tournament. NSU will compete in 53 matches this spring, with 21 of those matches being played at the AD Griffin Sports Complex. 

“We are looking forward to another season of tough competition again in 2024. We open up the first weekend at the Gulf Shores Invitational, playing a lot of top ranked Regional teams right away,” stated Head Coach LeMaire. “This will give us an opportunity to see some very talented teams prior to opening up our conference schedule in the SSC. We have a lot of exciting new talent that we have added to our veteran roster and we can’t wait to see them all hit the field together.”

The Sharks will kick off the 2024 campaign on the road at the Gulf Shores Invitational on Feb. 2nd. NSU will take on Auburn Montgomery and West Alabama in a doubleheader for their season debut. The Sharks will return on Feb. 3 for another doubleheader, this time against West Georgia and West Florida before closing out play on Feb. 4 with matchups against Valdosta State and Spring Hill College. All games will be played at the Sportsplex in Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

Nova Southeastern will head back to sunny South Florida for their home opener in a doubleheader against the Colorado School of Mines on Feb. 10. The Sharks will return the following day for two matches against East Stroudsburg, a rematch from last year’s World Series.  

NSU will then begin Sunshine State Conference action on Feb. 16, in a road matchup against Eckerd. After the three-game stint against the Tritons, the Sharks will return home to take on Florida Tech (Feb. 23-24) in another SSC showdown before heading back on the road to face Rollins (Mar. 1-2) in a three-game series. 

The Sharks will stay on the road and head to Melbourne, FL for five games at the USSSA Space Coast Games (Mar. 8-10) before heading back home for a doubleheader against Kutztown (Mar. 14).  

After two road non-conference doubleheaders against Georgia Southwestern State (Mar. 23), and Valdosta State (Mar. 24), the Sharks will head to Tampa, FL for a three-game series against the Spartans in a rematch from last year’s South Super Regional Championship. NSU will then return home to take on the Saint Leo Lions on March 5-6. 

A bulk of Nova’s SSC matchups will begin April 12th on the road in a three-game series against Embry Riddle, the contests will kick off the first of four consecutive SSC series to round out the regular season.   

The Sharks will matchup with Florida Southern (Apr. 19-20), Lynn (Apr. 26-27), and Barry (May 3-4). 

NSU will conclude the regular season at home against Barry on May 4.  

To view the full NSU softball schedule, CLICK HERE.  

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks throughout the season, follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_Softball.   

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Nine Sharks Recognized as Easton/NFCA Scholar All-Americans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NFCA released the Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2022-23 academic year. The Nova Southeastern Sharks placed nine student-athletes on the list and achieved a total team grade-point average of 3.40.    

Student-athletes who achieve a GPA higher than 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale are recognized as NFCA Scholar-Athletes.    

The Sharks that were recognized as Easton/NFCA Scholar All-Americans are Julia Allen, Brianna Baer, Samantha Burke, Alyssa Drogemuller, Elise Eason, Katelyn Ellard, Madison Fine, Ryleigh Langwell, and Kerstyn Shaw

Head Coach Julie LeMaire guided the Sharks to a historic season, finishing the 2023 campaign with a 43-16 record (the program’s most wins since 2010), and the first regional championship in NSU Softball history as well as a World Series berth. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Softball, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_Softball.  

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