Softball team racks up 40 wins
The Thunder softball team advanced to the NCAA Regional finals for the first time, and was ranked as high as 13th by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Thunder destroyed most of the record book as they set 10 team records and 11 individual marks, including the record for wins with 40 this season.
Freshman Carly Searles made her mark in the NCAA record books as her 182 at–bats ranks fifth all–time in Division III history and her 79 hits rank 17th all–time.
Juniors Andi Gasco and Sarah Belote and freshman Tori Cuebas and Searles were named to the NFCA All–Region Central Team. Gasco earned First Team honors for the second straight year. Belote and Cuebas were named to the second team while Searles was a third team honoree.
The four–some marks the first time in school history that more than two players have been honored in the same season, and the first time that four players have been honored from a single team out of the MIAA since 2005. Gasco becomes the first Thunder player to be named to the NFCA All–Region First Team twice in her career. It also marks the second straight year and third time in the past four years that they have had multiple All–Region players.
During the NCAA Regional Tournament, the softball team also placed four players on the All–Tournament team as they advanced to the championship game. Freshman Leah Hall along with Belote, Gasco and Searles were honored. Gasco was named to the All–Tournament Team for the second straight season.
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Baseball has best season in school history
The baseball squad wrapped up their best season in school history qualifying for the first ever MIAA Conference Tournament. The Thunder also won their first postseason game in the NCAA when they defeated Hope 6-3. Trine set a school record with 25 wins while securing their second winning season in the past three years.
The highlight of the season for the Thunder was shutting out eventual conference champion Adrian – the first time an MIAA squad has shut out the Bulldogs since 1997.
Three players were named All-MIAA, including senior Ryan Smith, who was named to the First Team for the third straight season. Joining Smith were junior Matt Zurbriggen and senior Josh Rivera, who were named to the All-MIAA Second Team.
And runnin’ runnin’
The track and field teams also had record-setting seasons, as they broke six records throughout the season. Freshman Trisha King shattered records in the 400–meter and 800–meter races. King, along with juniors Annalisa Krug and Sannie Anderson and fellow freshman Allison Everetts, set the 4x400–meter relay record several times before finally taking it down for good at the MIAA Field Day. Sophomore Katie Finch and junior Kayla Criswell, along with Everetts and King, also set the 4x200m–meter relay record.
Junior Courtney Stahl broke the weight throw record, and Finch broke the pole vault record.
On the men’s team, freshman Tyler Bourdo narrowly missed out on an opportunity to compete at the Division III Outdoor National Championships in the 400–meter dash.
For the first time in school history, three runners were named All–MIAA – junior Dustin Stutzman and freshmen Trisha King and Tyler Bourdo. King is the first female Trine track athlete to be named All–MIAA.
Trine offering summer camps
Summertime does not mean downtime for Thunder athletics. A number of camps will keep Hershey Hall and the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center hopping this summer.
- Men’s basketball will host the annual Hoosier Basketball camp July 15-19.
- Track will host a boys and girls pole vault camp July 19-21.
- Volleyball will offer four camps: Attacking/Setting June 20-21; Defense and Passing July 13-14; a High School Team Camp July 19-21; and two Youth Camps June 25-28 and July 9-12
- Women’s basketball will host the Lady Thunder Premier Basketball camp June 29.
For more information and to view camp brochures, visit our camps page.
Matthew Botsford Named
CSU Assistant Volleyball Coach
Colorado State volleyball Head Coach Tom Hilbert hired Matthew Botsford on April 26, 2012, completing his 2012 staff. He works primarily with CSU's blockers and middle attackers.
Botsford, who has 13 years of collegiate assistant coaching experience under his belt, not to mention several stints internationally, both as a coach and player, joins the CSU staff after one season as the head coach for the Swedish club team, Lindesberg Volley.
He graduated from Tri–State University in 1998 with a degree in social studies education. He received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Indianapolis in 2004.