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Berry Softball

A second consecutive Southern Athletic Association regular-season championship in women’s softball and David Beasley’s 500th win in 17 seasons as Berry baseball coach highlighted the spring sports season. The women’s softball team surpassed its single-season record for wins with 31 and advanced to the finals of the SAA postseason tournament before falling to Birmingham-Southern College. The baseball team set a record of its own with 29 wins, a new high for NCAA Division III. Other notable achievements included a 17-2 finish in women’s tennis and a trip to western nationals for the equestrian team.

Two Berry student-athletes have been invited to compete abroad this summer. Senior volleyball standout and honorable mention All-American Stephanie Quinn will tour Brazil as part of the USA DIII Women’s Volleyball Team, while senior Andrea Cole will take her softball talents to Australia for six games sponsored by USA Athletes International.

Spring also brought news that NCAA competition will come to Berry this fall in the form of the Nov. 15 Division III South/Southeast Regional cross country meet.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Jellum.

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Collin McHugh

Collin McHugh addresses Berry baseball players and their families during a recent visit to campus. Photo by student Blake Childers.

In 2012, Collin McHugh (09c) experienced the dizzying heights of a Major League Baseball debut that was nearly flawless,striking out nine batters in seven scoreless innings as a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. A year later, the right-handed hurler found himself in the midst of a prolonged “lesson in understanding and managing expectations” as he bounced between two organizations and six affiliated teams in pursuit of a career in the majors. This spring brings a new organization – the Houston Astros – and a fresh perspective for the former Berry standout, who recently returned to campus to address current players and their families.

“We believe things happen for a reason,” Collin wrote in a blog post picked up by ESPN New York. “And some things won’t change just because we change cities: I expect to be a great husband; I expect to be a great teammate; I expect to treat everyone with respect; baseball will be baseball, but I expect to work my hardest in the hope of reaching my fullest potential as a ballplayer … wherever that may be.”

Keep up with Collin’s progress by reading his blog and following him on Twitter.

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Stephanie QuinnVolleyball player Stephanie Quinn made history this fall as the first Berry student-athlete to win National Player of the Week honors in NCAA Division III. A year after claiming MVP recognition in the inaugural Southern Athletic Association tournament, the senior setter and her high-flying teammates are once again on the championship trail, soaring to the top of the standings with an 11-1 conference record (18-5 overall). If you haven’t had the opportunity to cheer the Vikings in person, join us this Saturday, Oct. 26, as we celebrate 10 years of Berry volleyball with matches against Hendrix and Piedmont. The action gets under way at 1 p.m.

Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage of all Berry athletics. Recent highlights include a national ranking in men’s golf, regional rankings in women’s soccer and men’s cross country, and notable academic recognition in softball. (Photo courtesy of Berry Sports Information.)

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It didn’t take long for Berry’s first-year football team to crack the NCAA record book. The record-tying play came courtesy of freshman linebacker Anthony Batey, who scooped up an opponent’s fumble deep in Berry’s end zone and sprinted 100 yards (officially) for a touchdown in the second quarter of a Sept. 28 loss to Rhodes College.

Batey and his teammates have three games remaining in their inaugural season, including home dates against Birmingham-Southern (Oct. 26 at Darlington School) and Sewanee (Nov. 9 at Barron Stadium). Alumni tickets for both games are available for online purchase.

 

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Richards Gymnasium Renovation

Located on the site of the old indoor pool, the 4,200-square-foot strength and conditioning weight room in Richards Gymnasium will be open to all students. (Photo by Josh Meister).

A dramatic summer renovation has breathed new life into Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium, allowing a structure originally built by students in the 1930s to enhance fitness opportunities on the Berry campus by complementing the exercise options available in the Cage Center. Highlights include a 4,200-square-foot strength and conditioning weight room and satellite training room built on the site of the old indoor pool, as well as locker rooms and office space for intercollegiate football, lacrosse and tennis. Other upgrades include a refurbished floor in the gymnasium, now used for intramurals and other group activities, a new floor in the dance lab, and refurbished offices for the Berry Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) program. Also, the intramural field closest to the building has been converted into a practice space for football and other sports. More information about this project and other campus improvements will be included in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

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Berry Football ScheduleThe countdown to Berry’s inaugural football game begins in earnest with this week’s arrival of more than 100 student-athletes for preseason practice. As the Vikings prepare for their Sept. 7 season opener, your alumni staff is making plans to help you enjoy the historic game.

An online ordering system has been established for alumni wishing to purchase their general admission tickets in advance of the game, which will be played at Barron Stadium in Rome. The price is $5 per ticket. Purchases may be picked up in the Berry Alumni Center (Aug. 28 to Sept. 6) or at a special alumni will-call on the stadium grounds beginning two hours prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff. Visit our Football FAQ for other game-day details, and don’t forget to join us for the alumni tailgate party beginning at 4 p.m. at Schroeder’s on Broad Street.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The online order form is for alumni only. Tickets for students, faculty, staff and the general public will be available at the Krannert Center information desk beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28. Click here for more details.

As you finalize your plans for the first game, coaches and players will be hard at work preparing for Maryville College of Tennessee. Many of the Berry players hail from Georgia and nearby states, but some have come from as far away as Washington, Illinois and New Jersey to be part of the new program. Head coach Tony Kunczewski is particularly proud of his team’s strong academic profile, which compares favorably with that of other incoming students.

“It was a team effort to get this first class,” said Kunczewski, crediting the many students, faculty and staff who assisted with the recruiting process. “I like to think our players epitomize Berry.”

Looking ahead to a schedule that includes six games against Southern Athletic Association foes, Kunczewski emphasized, “We don’t talk about winning. If that’s all that it’s about, then I think you’re missing the point. Our goal is to get a little bit better each week. I believe we are set up for success here both on and off the field. That’s one of the things that attracted me to the job.”

As fundraising efforts continue for an on-campus stadium – christened Valhalla by lead donor Steve Cage (74C) – the Vikings will split their 2013 home games between Barron Stadium and nearby Darlington School. Those interested in supporting the Valhalla project have the option of making a gift online (select Valhalla or Clark Track when prompted for a gift designation) or emailing David Clark (85c) for more details.

Complete coverage of all Berry sports is available at www.berryvikings.com.

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Viking Fusion Feature: Kaleigh Carpenter

The inspiring story of Berry student-athlete Kaleigh Carpenter was featured in the summer issue of the NCAA’s Champion magazine. The rising sophomore, who was born missing most of her left arm, has proven herself to be one tough competitor on the tennis court, earning honorable mention All-Conference recognition as a freshman. Playing with a prosthetic device that helps her serve, Kaleigh finished 16-5 in singles and 15-6 in doubles while helping the Lady Vikings claim runner-up honors in the inaugural Southern Athletic Association tournament.

Read more about Kaleigh in this spring feature written by Berry Sports Information Director Bob Lowe. See her in action by watching the accompanying Viking Fusion video produced by student Blake Childers.

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