by Emily Scivoletto, Assistant Dean for J.D. Student Affairs
For those of you who missed the extraordinary battle between the “Diminished Faculties” and the “First Year Flyers,” your children will no doubt weep for you, for it will go down in history as one of the greatest USD Law School Softball experiences of all time. Impressive performances were submitted by both teams, with the 1Ls ultimately attaining victory by a score of 16 to 13.
The 1Ls came out in full force on this balmy evening, led ably by Josh Poulsen and Jared Lebeau. In addition to these fine coach-players, the First Year Flyers were fielded by Tatiana, John J., Bill, Rosie, Patrick, Lane, Brittney, Elliot, David, Kyra, Nashelley, Shane, John W., Kate, Josh D., Owen, Liz (clearly recruited for her batting prowess), Sara, and Tom. What a crew!
As for the Faculty, Professor Michael Kelly served as the “coach,” creating an intimidating lineup of veterans and rookies. One of the Faculty’s star players was our very own Dean of the Law School, Kevin Cole, who, in addition to catching and providing at least 2 RBI, proved to be an excellent base running coach. Other stellar performances were submitted by Professors Mark Lee, Herbert Lazerow, Shaun Martin, Molly Current, Chris Wonnell, Steve Smith, Don Dripps, and Grant Morris.
On a related note, it seemed from this reporter’s perspective (but has yet to be confirmed) that several new adjunct professors were hired just prior to the game and turned in their resignations immediately afterward. These included Special Events Assistant, Christiana Vetterman; Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Brian Daugherty; and USD Grad/Law Softball Commissioners, David Israel and Steven Caloiaro.
The most exciting point of the game occurred in the fourth inning when the Faculty went up 12 to 4 after scoring 10 runs in the inning. But because of Official USD Softball rules that only allow 10 runs per inning, the Faculty were forced to put an end to their hot hitting streak. This reporter believes were it not for the “ten-run mercy rule,” the Faculty would have come out victorious. They will no doubt be looking for a rematch next year. Don’t miss next year’s epic showdown in September 2011!