Last season’s Yankees also went through a few tailspins, some lengthy. They were 38-23 at one point, then lost seven in a row and nine of 10. They also lost eight of 12 from Aug. 1-13 and dropped five of seven from Aug. 24-30.
The 2018 Yankees still haven’t lost three in a row, which might be their most amazing stat considering we’re now officially into summer.
We’re strong, catcher Austin Romine said. It’s no secret that we’re strong. We’re pretty deep one through nine in the lineup and the bullpen’s been lights out for us and the starters have been giving up six-seven innings every time they’re going there. You can’t really ask for much more when it’s all rolling.
I think it just speaks to what we believe our team is capable of, and the confidence these guys have no matter who the opponent is.
The Yankees to a man said in spring training that they were hungry to achieve more this year than the 2017 club, and thus far we’re seeing focus, determination and talent coming out almost every day.
We know where we rank in the league and we’re excited about it, Romine said. Every day we come to the field, we expect to win.
I knew quickly during my interview and visit to Piscataway that this is the community, family and program I want to be a part of, Butler said in a release announcing her hire. Pat’s vision, enthusiasm and goals for the softball program and the athletic department are what inspired and encouraged me to take the position. I’m excited to be a Scarlet Knight and to join the Big Ten, where a top-of-the-line academic experience is just as important as the high level of competition.
Associate head coach Jay Miller had been serving as Rutgers’ interim head coach following Nelson’s dismissal, but his status with the program going forward is unknown at this point. Butler’s husband, Marcus, has extensive softball experience and is expected to serve as a volunteer assistant on the Rutgers staff. The couple has two young children.
We are proud to announce Kristen Butler as the next leader of Rutgers softball, Hobbs said. Kristen is a proven program builder, but what most impresses me are the countless reports of best-in-class student-athlete experience under her guidance. She was a decorated student-athlete and a standout professional, so the young women at Rutgers are in great hands.
Kristen Butler led Toledo to a 35-23 finish this past spring, her fourth as head coach. It was the Rockets’ first winning season since 1996, and their first 30-win season since 1995. Toledo won a share of the Mid-American Conference West Division title, its first league championship since 1992, and played in the National Invitational Softball Championship, college softball’s version of the NIT.