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Sullivan takes over Bethel softball program
Matt Floyd, Sports Information Director 

McKenzie, TN – Bethel College Athletic Director Jeff Britt is proud to announce the recent hiring of Mandy Sullivan as the new Head Softball Coach at Bethel College. 

Mandy_sullivan.jpg (42143 bytes)Sullivan, a native of Atwood, TN, takes over for Teresa Woods who served as softball coach for the past eight seasons.  Sullivan earned her B.S. degree in Biology from Bethel in May of 1999 and her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Bethel in 2002. 

This past season Sullivan served as the assistant coach for Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, TN.  She helped lead TCA to a District Championship, Region Runner-up title and a 3rd place finish at the 2005 TSSAA State Softball Tournament.  Sullivan signed to play softball for Bethel out of high school, but due to a knee injury had to give up playing the sport she loves. 

Sullivan is grateful to have this opportunity and hopes to build a solid program in the KIAC and NAIA.  “I want to focus on building teamwork, establishing solid leadership and mold a program of respect, discipline and integrity,” commented Sullivan on her goals for the program.   

After graduating from Bethel, Sullivan worked as an Admissions Representative in the Admissions office at Bethel.  “I feel I have a good rapport with potential student-athletes and feel very comfortable recruiting and working with them and their parents.” 

“We are excited to have Coach Sullivan join our athletic program at Bethel College,” stated Athletic Director Jeff Britt.  “Her softball experience coupled with her the valuable knowledge she gained from her days as an admissions counselor will aid her in recruiting tremendously.” 

The Lady Wildcats are coming off a sub-par year that saw them finish 15-25-1.

 

Midway ends the season for Lady ‘Cats
Matt Floyd, Sports Information Director


Louisville, KY  -- Midway College (Ky.) became the Cinderella team of the 2005 KIAC Softball tournament this past weekend.  Bethel was the first of many victims of the Lady Eagles. 

Bethel, the 3rd seed, opened the 2005 tournament against the #6 seed in what turned into a marathon game.  With the game tied 2-2 after the 7th inning, the teams went to extras.   Bethel looked to have sewn up the game with five runs in the top of the 9th, but Midway responded with seven runs, capped off by a two-run game winning homerun to take the 9-7 victory.  Maeghan Morris took the loss, giving up five hits and six runs, of which none were earned.  Tiffany Honeycutt (JR / Lexington, TN) led BC at the plate, going 3 for 5 with three RBIs and one run scored.  Candice Horner (SO / Memphis, TN) also had three hits, including an RBI and a run scored. 

Bethel faced Berea (Ky.) in the loser’s bracket.  In a pitcher’s dual, Bethel escaped with a 1-0 win.   The lone run of the game came in the third on an RBI single by Leslie Geraldi.  Maeghan Morris pitched the entire game striking out seven hitters, while allowing only five hits.   

The marathon Thursday continued for Bethel, as they had to play their third game of the day – a rematch with Midway College.  The Lady ‘Cats struck quickly, scoring two runs in the third inning; however, Midway scored one in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take the 4-2 win.  Bethel has many scoring chances, but could not capitalize on their opportunities, leaving eight runners on base.  Leslie Geraldi capped off her career with a 3 for 4 performance, including an RBI and one run scored.  Tiffany Honeycutt and Hannah Kee (FR / Bruceton, TN) both had two hits for BC.  Paige Cooper (FR / Millington, TN) took the loss for the Lady Wildcats. 

Bethel concludes the 2005 campaign with a 15-25-1 mark.  Midway continued on to finish 2nd at the 2005 KIAC tournament. 

 

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