The University of Virginia softball team has had trouble getting victories the past three seasons, but that doesn't dim the performance of junior Lacy Smith, who does the job with the bat, on the mound and in the field for the 9-19 Cavaliers.
Smith, a Manheim Township graduate, is hitting .300 (27 for 90) with six doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs.
On the mound, the right-hander is 5-5 with a save with a 4.07 ERA. In 77.1 innings, she's given up 89 hits and 57 runs, 45 earned, with 50 walks and 45 strikeouts in 19 games and 13 starts.
When Smith isn't pitching, she holds down third base.
"It is becoming less common for pitchers to play multiple positions and hit in college softball, so having Lacy on our team is special," coach Joanna Hardin said. "She just wants to be on the field and she has worked relentlessly in all areas of her game because of that. Her ability and willingness to dedicate the time and effort it takes to be proficient in all three areas has made a significant difference in our program."
And, she’s still trying to improve every day, according to the coach.
"Lacy takes information, asks questions and wants to be coached," Hardin said. "I think that the biggest difference I have seen in her this season is our conversations about the game, opposing offenses, team defense, pitching, etc., are much more mature and have more depth."
And, Smith has taken on another role this season, being a leader.
"Lacy's leadership has really helped us grow and to continue molding into the program we want to become," Hardin said.
AROUND THE SCENE
Grace Zechman (Lancaster Country Day): The 5-foot-6 sophomore attack has an NCAA Division III-leading 25 assists for the Sewanee women's lacrosse team.
She also has 13 goals for 38 points to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 record and a 2-1 mark in the Southern Athletic Association. Zechman has scored at least one point in all 13 games and has had at least one assist in 12 of 13 games.
She had five assists along with two goals in an 18-10 victory over Southeastern on March 18. Zechman had 11 goals and 17 assists in 16 games as a freshman.
Chris Schreder (Lancaster Catholic): The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior outfielder is hitting .327 for the 4-9 Juniata baseball team. He has 16 hits in 49 at-bats, including two doubles, two triples, two home runs, 11 runs scored and nine RBIs.
He was 4-for-4, including his first collegiate home run, in a 7-6 Landmark Conference victory over Scranton on March 17 in Huntingdon.
Schreder hit his second career homer in an 8-7 loss to Centre last Wednesday in Auburndale, Florida.
Cody Simet (Penn Manor): The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior right-hander sports a 2-0 record in the early going for the Wesley baseball team.
Wesley is 6-6 after sweeping Valley Forge, 15-5 and 18-5, on March 18 in Dover, Delaware.
Simet has pitched in five games, with three starts. In 23.2 innings, he's given up 32 hits and 21 runs, 17 earned, with eight walks and 13 strikeouts.
He had a complete-game 7-3 victory over Neumann on March 17, also in Dover. In seven innings, he gave up seven hits and three runs, two earned, with one walk and a season-high eight strikeouts.
Bridget Umble (Lancaster Country Day): The senior continues to add to her records with the Hendrix women's lacrosse team, which is 5-3 after a 16-10 victory over Benedictine last Thursday in Englewood, Florida.
Umble had two goals in that game and had four goals and three assists in a 22-20 triumph over Otterbein on March 8 in Dallas, Texas. That gives her 14 goals and eight assists this season and 136 goals, 24 assists and 160 points for her career. The goals and points are school records that she set last season.
Jordyn Kondras (Lampeter-Strasburg): The freshman has started all 10 games either in left field or as the designated hitter for the Wilkes softball team, which is 6-4 after wrapping up an eight-game trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with a 5-0 victory over La Roche on March 9.
Kondras had two hits and scored two runs in the game. She's hitting .361 (13 for 36) and had three hits, including a triple, in a 10-9 victory over Shenandoah on March 4 in Winchester, Maryland.
Sophia Leaman (Donegal): The senior is doing it at the plate and on the mound for the 7-7 Hood softball team. She's hitting .425 (17 for 40) with six doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine runs scored and 14 RBIs.
On the mound, the right-hander is 3-3 with a 2.76 ERA in seven games and six starts.
In a 10-2 victory over Dubuque on March 12 in Tucson, Arizona, Leaman hit a double and home run, scoring two runs and knocking in three. On March 13, also in Tucson, she pitched a two-hit 1-0 shutout over Rochester Tech, walking two and fanning five. Plus, she knocked in the only run of the game.
Toni Yuko (Manheim Township): The senior has scored nine goals for the Temple women's lacrosse team, which is 6-3 overall after opening the Big East Conference season with a 10-9 victory over No. 22 Denver on March 18 in Philadelphia.
Yuko had a goal in that game and has scored in seven of the eighth games she's played. Yuko entered this season having scored three goals with an assist in 15 games in her previous three years with the team.
Alexa Hershberger (Ephrata): The freshman leads the New Haven softball team in hitting with a .364 average.
The Chargers are 7-8 after sweeping LIU Post 1-0 and 2-1 on March 18 in West Haven, Connecticut. Hershberger went 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored in the two games.
She has 12 hits in 33 at-bats playing right field and serving as the designated hitter. She has three doubles, seven runs scored and three RBIs.
Katie Costanza (Cocalico): The redshirt senior has 18 goals and an assist for the Lock Haven women's lacrosse team.
The Bald Eagles are 5-1 after opening the PSAC season with a 13-7 victory over Slippery Rock last Tuesday in Lock Haven.
Costanza had three goals in the game.
Meanwhile for Lock Haven, senior Ashley Gochenaur (Lampeter-Strasburg) has nine goals and five assists along with 14 draw controls and had two goals in the Slippery Rock victory. Senior Madison Eberly (Manheim Township), junior Anneli Starry (Penn Manor) and freshman Carson Armstrong (Warwick) play on the defense end. And, junior Lauren Marte (Cocalico) is the team's goalkeeper and had eight saves against Slippery Rock.
Drew Bene (Northern Lebanon): The junior catcher is having another solid season with the 9-7 Shippensburg baseball team. The 6-foot, 200-pounder is second on the team in hitting with a .352 average. He has 19 hits in 54 at-bats with three doubles, a home run, nine runs scored and 10 RBIs.
On March 12 he was named PSAC East Player of the Week and on March 14 he was named National College Baseball Writers Association Atlantic Region Athlete of the Week.