One of the hardest things to do in sports is work your way from the ground up.
Getting a program started is one of the most difficult undertakings an athletic department is likely to face, and it’s not something that happens overnight. It can take years. Sometimes universities are never able to cross the threshold and turn that program into a winner with the type of talent to make that winning sustainable.
While dealing with ups and downs, the MUW softball and baseball teams have seen some success in their opening seasons, which is something many new programs can’t say.
Over spring break, the softball team faced a grueling eight games over a four-day span in South Carolina and Georgia.
The Owls softball team opened its spring break road trip on March 12 by splitting two games with Southern Wesleyan in Central, S.C. Over the next two days, the Owls dominated Converse College to the tune of a four-game sweep in Spartansburg, S.C. They then dropped the final two games of the road trip to Piedmont College on March 15 in Demorest, Ga.
After a few days off, the softball team returned to action with a doubleheader on March 20 against William Carey. The Owls struggled in their return home, dropping both games, which moved their record to 12-12 on the season.
The doubleheader against William Carey is part of a seven-game home stand for the Owls. They have doubleheaders against Concordia-Alabama and Talladega on March 24 and 26, respectively, and a solo game against Mississippi Valley State on March 27.
The season is also in full swing for the MUW baseball team.
March 17 saw the Owls split a doubleheader with Concordia-Alabama. The Owls used a dynamic offensive attack to dominate the first game 16-6, before falling 5-4 in the second game.
The Owls returned home on March 20 with a doubleheader against Blue Mountain College. The Owls fell to Blue Mountain in both games, which brought them to 10-9 on the season.
The team will face Tougaloo in a doubleheader at home on March 24. It will then go back on the road for a doubleheader at Selma on March 31.
With softball and baseball past the halfway mark in their respective seasons, they’ll look to finish strong and build on the promise that both programs have already shown