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Friday, May 18, 2012

SCSU bounced from DII Softball College World Series

The SCSU softball dropped a 6-3 decision to Valdosta State in an elimination game at Louisville, Ky., on Friday morning.
The loss knocks the Owls out of the tourney ending their season with a school-record 43 wins.
It was a remarkable season for SCSU, reaching the CWS a year after the school's baseball team reached it.
Jayme Larson took the loss but leaves the program as one of the guttiest and best pitchers in the program's history.
It was a pleasure to watch her perform.
SCSU coach Paul Raccio talks to Kate Hoffman
And although Larson is gone and so, too, is Seymour slugger Alyssa Downs, the cupboard is not bare at SCSU.
Kelsey Cockrill will get the first shot on the mound for SCSU next year and All-American centerfielder Brittany Bucko is also back.
Shortstop Nicole Buch progressed as the season went on and Kate Hoffman, of Orange, and gritty catcher Stacy Pouliot will also be back.
The Owls will a power again next year.
The coaching dilemma is something that needs to be adressed.
According to sources, Raccio's contract was not renewed by the school. He received that notice before the NCAA tournament began.
Raccio could have basically told the school to ....... But he decided to stick it out with his team and they went all the way to the CWS.
He's to be commended for that. His team also supports him and chanted for him to take a bow after they won the East Regional.
Raccio said he'd be more than happy to talk about the situation after the union which represents him takes on his case.
But if SCSU wants to drop him there seems to be little he can do if they just wanted to change. He's seemed to have done everything he can do to help the product on the field, however. The school can't win many more games and the players are the most respectful I've dealt with.
It's a shame that had to put a damper on a memorable season.

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