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Morrisville State softball looking to improve on 2007 campaign

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State softball team are looking to improve on the 2007 season which the Mustangs posted an 8-19 recorded. The Mustangs will be playing a complete State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) schedule that features several of the nations best softball programs in 2008. The Mustangs will be playing homes games against nationally ranked SUNY Plattsburgh (3) and Buffalo State (19) and a road game against SUNYAC Champion SUNY Cortland who fell in the regional championship in 2007.

Head coach Robin Penoyer will be entering her sixth season (36-74) with the Mustangs with high expectations for the 2008 campaign. β€œThe majority of the positions were played by freshman who gained valuable experience and we are looking to be .500 team or better in 2008,” stated Penoyer of the 2007 season.

The Mustangs will be returning one senior Jill Pedulla (Peru, NY) this season. Pedulla started all 27 games last season for the Mustangs and batted .284 from the plate. Sophomores Kimberly DeHimer (Rome, NY) and Nicole Palmer (Annadale, VA) will look to continue their success at the plate this year for the Mustangs. DeHimer batted .333 from the plate, 20 runs batted in, and 17 runs scored while Palmer batted .313, 15 runs batted in, and nine runs scored.

Sophomore pitcher Kimberly Acker (Blue Point, NY) will look to improve on last years numbers where she posted a team high five wins on the mound including back-to-back shutouts against Medaille College. Freshman Katie Nellis (Fort Plain, NY) will be called upon to help the Mustangs success on the mound.

The Mustangs open the season March 15-22 in Florida against teams from Indiana, New Jersey, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Iowa, and Minnesota. March 28th is the Mustangs home opener against Fredonia State at 3:30 p.m.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.