(Buffalo, N.Y.) – The SUNY Buffalo State softball team is nearing its final stretch of the regular season with the playoffs approaching soon.
They currently hold a 11-19 record overall and a 7-5 SUNYAC conference record, with only a few games left in the season.
The team got off to a rocky start due to injuries in which the Bengals posted a 1-5 record to start the season.
“I think getting healthy is when it clicked, we knew how talented we were,” said head coach Marie Curran-Headley. “We did really well in Virginia (to start the season), had some great games. The Calvin game in Florida was a tremendous win for us. They’re a very good softball program for us and then we got hurt.”
Despite the early struggles, the team has been able to improve over the course of the season with help of senior outfielder Laura Crooks, who currently leads the team in runs scored, hits, stolen bases and batting average.
“My job is just to get on base,” said Crooks, who reflected on her time at Buffalo State coming to an end. “Being on a team is probably like the best thing that anyone could ever have. Having that bond with people and not being a part of something like that anymore is going to be the hardest part.”
Sophomore pitcher Allie Block leads the team in strikeouts this season. “I’m trying my best, you know, giving 100 percent. I know my team is going to help me behind me, no matter what, they’re awesome,” said Block.
The team is currently fifth in the SUNYAC softball standings and the Bengals are on track to make their fourth playoff appearance in the last five years under Curran-Headley’s leadership.
“I’m going to be a little arrogant and say I’m quite confident we’re going to make it. I think that is always the way you should be as a coach, you should always think your going to accomplish your goals and our goal is to always get back (to the playoffs),” said Curran-Headley.
The Bengals are riding a two game win-streak with only six games remaining. Next, they will host Brockport for a doubleheader April 23 at the softball field.