Lincoln University of Pennsylvania made its NCAA softball debut Sunday in a doubleheader - and it became twice the headache.
The Lady Lions were declawed by West Chester 48-0 in Game 1, but did show some improvement by Game 2, only falling by a 30-0 score. Tanina Cook was the lone offensive star for Lincoln, managing to get one hit in each game - while the rest of her teammates drew blanks.
But the combined 78-0 softball slaughter could be a case of athletic karma coming back to bite the Lions.
The PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY points out that back in 2006, Lincoln’s men’s basketball team trounced Ohio State-Marion 201-78, with the Lions pressing the whole game against an opponent that only had six players suited up. As one Lincoln Lion explained after the game:
“Our coach tells us to go out there and kill opponents with an ax. We score most of our points off defense pressure. That’s the way we played today. We pressed the whole game. Sure, some people might look at it like we ran it up, but we play like we practice.”
With Sunday’s double-destruction, it looks like the ax finally swung back at the school.
(Um, that’s the West Chester Golden *Rams*, not Golden Grahams. Sheesh.)
Of course, West Chester set new records of their own in Sunday’s victories. The 48 runs were the most in a Division II game (and 2nd most in any NCAA contest). And the Golden Rams managed 24 runs alone in the 3rd inning of game one - another NCAA best.
As for the Lady Lions, maybe they can make a better showing in their home debut, when they face Gallaudet in another doubleheader. In fact, looking at their schedule, 12 of Lincoln’s 14 softball contests are doubleheaders. Maybe they want to speed up the season to minimize the misery.