With a starting lineup that was occasionally devoid of seniors, the Wesleyan softball team fashioned an 11-23 record during the 1999 season. Vicky Chen '99, Laura Anderson '99 and Gina Pereira '99 were the lone seniors on the roster of 14 players as Anderson started half the games at first base while Pereira was a part-timer in the outfield and at designated hitter. Chen was the squad's top pitcher with an 8-13 record, starting 19 contests.
Becca DeWeerdt '01 came on strong during the year to throw in 16 games with 15 starts. Though her record was 3-10, she had a fine 2.57 ERA and walked only 15 batters in 84 innings of work. Chen set several team marks on the mound in 1999, including strikeouts in a season (73) and career (237). She was the most prolific hurler in Wesleyan history, seeing more appearances, starts, complete games and innings pitched in both a season and career than any previous Wesleyan pitcher. Her career ERA (4.28) and career wins (28) also are team standards.
Offensively, Wesleyan was led by outfielder Debra Ellen Glickstein '01 and third baseman Jennifer Graeff '02, who hit .346 and .330, respectively. Graeff was the team's slugging percentage leader as she paced the team in every extra-base hit department (seven doubles, a triple and three homers) to give her a fine .515 slugging percentage. Graeff was named a NESCAC player of the week during the year after going 6-for-11 with two home runs and nine RBIs over a three-game stretch. Glickstein was named a second-team NESCAC all-star for the 1999 season.
Emma Arons '00 was named the team's Jones Award winner as the outstanding contributor when she was converted from the infield to catcher after an injury to starting catcher Lindsay Butler '02 11 games into the season. Arons did a strong job behind the plate over the final 23 contests.
During the year, Wesleyan produced a number of wins that did the team proud. Tops among those were a first-ever victory over Aurora (Ill.) during the training trip to Florida. Wesleyan had lost the previous four meetings. A 2-1 home win over Mount Holyoke, with Chen throwing a sterling six-hitter over eight innings and Glickstein coming up with the game-winning hit with one out in the bottom of the first extra frame, avenged an earlier 8-2 loss to Mount Holyoke in Florida. Finally, after trailing Middlebury 9-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cardinals rallied for 10 runs over their final two at-bats as Pereira lashed the game-winning double with one out in the final inning.
As a team, Wesleyan posted a best-ever 3.24 ERA but must work to improve its team batting average of .270 and team fielding percentage of .876.