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MDC Softball Team New National Champions

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St. George, UT, May 24, 2010 - They did it! The Lady Sharks, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) unstoppable softball team, have claimed the national title, defeating Wallace State Community College of Alabama, the 2008 national champions, by a 7-0 score at the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament in St. George, Utah.

A season full of broken records left in their tracks, the Lady Sharks stormed through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) finale, winning all five games and outscoring opponents by a combined score of 46-11. The win vs. Wallace was a school record 51 wins in a single season for the program, against a lowest ever six losses, and was also the 203rd win for Head Coach Carlos Caro in just five seasons as coach. It’s also the team’s first national title in program history.

Pitcher Erika Bennett was honored as the Tournament MVP, as she won four games in the tournament, striking out 32 in 26 innings pitched, and recording a 0.54 earned run average. She allowed a total of 10 hits and eight walks in the four games she appeared. She ended the season with a 26-2 record, the best record in the history of MDC softball, and was 47-8 in her outstanding two-year career. After her first season with the Lady Sharks, Division I schools sought Bennett out; she, however, turned them all down, opting instead to remain with her team with the goal of becoming a national champion as a Lady Shark. She has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Marshall University.

"I had no doubt that the Lady Sharks could take the title,” said Caro. “Our players set this goal for themselves in September, and they worked hard for it; they believed in themselves, and they did an outstanding job."

While the 2010 national title represents the College's first in fast-pitch softball, MDC’s athletic teams have earned 33 total NJCAA titles, including 13 in women's sports, led by women's volleyball with eight national titles.

A victory celebration is planned for Wednesday, May 26 at noon at the Kendall Campus KoffeeHouse (Building 100). All are invited to attend.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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