Senior Spotlight: Softball team celebrates Lindsey Lowe’s career ahead of final season

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Photo: Courtesy of Lindsey Lowe

Lowe has recorded a team-best .337 batting average and 52 runs batted in during her career so far.

By José Ríos

Over her three-year career at Emerson, senior Lindsey Lowe established herself as the best hitter on the softball team. 

In her time as a Lion, Lowe amassed a .337 batting average and 52 runs batted in—both team highs. She joined the softball team as a first-year student in 2017, earning a role as a starter from day one. Now, in her final season, Lowe gets the opportunity to lead the team one last time.  

“Lindsay Lowe is one of the best hitters I’ve ever faced,” junior pitcher Karragan Knowles said in a phone interview. “As a pitcher myself, I think that she’s a very strong hitter. She’s had struggles in the past like every player does, but I feel she always comes back stronger.”

Another strength in Lowe’s game is her adaptability, according to head softball coach Phil McElroy. Lowe primarily plays second base, but McElroy recalled a moment when she adjusted her game to help the team.

“She had to fill in [and] play shortstop her [first] year and kind of led us to the playoffs,” McElroy said in a phone interview.

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That playoff experience is still vivid in Lowe’s memory, as she couples it with her first games in Florida, where the team plays the first few games of the season each year, as the highlights of her Lion’s tenure.

“When we went to Florida my [first] year, we won seven out of the eight games which all our seniors and returning players said never happened,” Lowe said in a phone interview. “It’s just a lot of cool firsts that I got to be a part of [with this] team.” 

Another high point, Lowe said, has been the sense of bonding and companionship she experienced and helped propagate for her team.

“I still talk to people who were seniors,” she said “I’m still in contact with them. It’s probably the best part for me, they’re just always so supportive, more supportive than on other teams I played on in the past. It was really nice to have.”

Lowe’s teammates also complimented her leadership skills. Junior outfielder and infielder Mary Kuczkowski said Lowe is always willing to lend a hand during and after games.

“She has an incredible can-do attitude,” Kuczkowski said in a Zoom interview. “She’s willing to play wherever, she’s cheering on her team. She’s there if you ever want to play catch real quick or if you want to go hit off in the cages. [She’s] just a very supportive player.”

Junior outfielder Mallory Shofi also complimented Lowe’s presence and calmness on the field, noting it benefitted the team.

“She won’t show any negativity when we’re on the field, and I think that’s a very important thing, to keep your cool and to stay calm,” Shoffi said in a phone interview. “Her energy rubs off on people in our team.”

Lowe cemented her name in the team’s history as a three-time All-Conference player who is looking to earn her fourth selection this season, according to McElroy. 

“It’s certainly going to be really difficult to replace her,” McElroy said. “She is definitely one of the best hitters in our conference, so, basically, you are looking at trying to replace an All-Conference player for all four years.”

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