ANDERSON — Anderson University's softball team has dominated the regular season of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference but the Ravens know that is no guarantee for the tournament.
AU will be going for its fourth straight league tournament title today when it faces Transylvania today at noon. Last year when the Ravens won the tournament, they were the No. 2 seeds. This year Bluffton is in that spot and will play Rose-Hulman in the 10 a.m. opener.
Going into this season, AU had coach Tony Holloway didn't know what to expect from this group. The Ravens had suffered severe losses from the year before by graduation. This year's team has no seniors.
"You pull out Yardley (junior Collett from Shenandoah) and Sami (sophomore Frazier from Greenfield) and we don't have much game experience," said Holloway. "But from the beginning, this group bought into what we wanted them to do."
The result was a 26-7 record overall that includes a 15-1 mark in the HCAC.
Collett has been solid offensively, hitting .370 with four home runs. She has knocked in 21 runs in the 30 games she's played. She had to miss three games due to injury.
"I didn't like not being able to play," said Collett. "We know that this weekend we have to bring our 'A' game. Rose (Hulman) is the only team that beat us and they're here. We aren't going to take anyone lightly."
Frazier is AU's best pitcher, posting an 11-3 mark and a 1.61 ERA. She has walked 31 in 104 innings with 74 strikeouts.
"It's been a good season," said Frazier. "I have been really proud of the job Hannah (Belvo) and Rachel (Fiscus) has done pitching for us." Belvo is 8-2 with a 3.22 ERA and Fiscus is 4-2 with a 5.07 ERA.
Even though she is just a sophomore, with so little experience on the team, she has a different role this year. "I've had to take on more responsibility," said Frazier. "We're so young but we've had a lot of players step up and do the job."