DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (May 16, 2017) – The 2017 season turned out to be a historic one for the Mercy College softball team and we take a look back at a season in which the Mavericks qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Mercy, under the guidance of Head Coach Mike Fazio, entered the 2017 campaign picked sixth in the ECC Preseason Coaches Poll after going 22-28 in 2016. The Mavericks improved their win total by nine games over the 2015 season and entered 2017 with heightened expectations following the signing of a strong recruiting class by Coach Fazio and his staff.
Due to the unpredictable weather during the late winter and early spring, the Mavericks did not start their season until March 21st when teams already had multiple games under their belts. Mercy began their season against Southern Connecticut at Baseball Heaven, earning a sweep of the Owls to start the season 2-0.
The Mavericks continued their unbeaten start when they swept LIU Post on March 24th for the first time in program history to improve to 4-0. Mercy jumped out to a 13-3 start overall and 7-1 start in ECC play with numerous individual accolades coming the Mavericks way.
Mercy earned a doubleheader sweep of Molloy on April 3rd, which was the first sweep of the Lions since the 2009 season. The Mavericks ended the regular season with a sweep of LIU Post on April 29th to conclude the regular season with a record of 29-13 overall and an 18-6 record in ECC play. Mercy secured the program's first-ever ECC Regular Season Championship, sharing the honors with Molloy.
The Mavericks secured the top seed in the ECC Championships due to beating Molloy three out of four times and would host the ECC Championships for the first time. Mercy began the tournament by hosting LIU Post and defeated the Pioneers 5-2 to advance to the winner's bracket where they took on NYIT at Molloy. The Mavericks took down the Bears 3-2 in eight innings, leaving Mercy needing to win one of two games against LIU Post on Sunday to earn the ECC Championship.
After Mercy dropped the first game to the Pioneers, 7-2, the Mavericks went on to beat LIU Post 7-0 in a winner take all matchup that gave Mercy their first-ever ECC Championship. The Mavericks secured the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with the win and awaited their opponent in the NCAA Tournament.
Mercy was selected as a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and would travel to Adelphi University in a regional with New Haven, Adelphi and Wilmington. The Mavericks began the regional with a matchup against No. 4 seed New Haven on May 11th and advanced to the winner's bracket after picking up a 3-1 win. Mercy went on to lose to No. 1 seed Adelphi and No. 8 seed Wilmington on May 12th, seeing their historic season come to an end. However, the magical season produced by the Mavericks will not be forgotten as Mercy set a school record for wins in a season and had a school record seven Mavericks named to the ECC All-Conference teams.