Arzola Resigns from
Softball Post at Purdue University North Central
July 22, 2005
Purdue University North Central Athletic Director John Weber recently announced the resignation of Head Softball Coach Gil Arzola. Arzola reached the difficult decision after much consideration and resigned from his position on Monday after four years at the helm.
"I regret having to leave PNC,” said Arzola. “However the commitments of my work and my family made it impossible to give the type of time that is necessary at this level. There was never going to be a good time to leave and I struggled with this decision for some time. I know I will greatly miss the competition of the game and the company of the girls. I miss it already.”
Arzola also expressed his gratitude to the many Panther Softball supporters.
“I want to express my thanks to Dean Coggins for giving me the opportunity to begin the first women's program at Purdue North Central, to Athletic Director John Weber for his support and to Chancellor Dworkin for his trust,” said Arzola. “I also want to thank the parents and players I've had over the last four years, it was truly a blessing and honor to be their coach. Thanks to my assistants Denny King and Jim Brocksmith for their loyalty and friendship and the many other faculty and administrative staff that welcomed me and helped make the road a little smoother. I wish PNC continued success. I'll always be a Panther at heart."
Arzola started the Purdue University North Central program from scratch in 2002 and led the program from club status in its infancy to NAIA status the past two years.
After competing as an NAIA independent in 2004, Arzola guided the Panthers to a sixth place finish and a conference tournament appearance in their first year of eligibility in the prestigious Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2005. The Panthers finished 16-27 overall and 8-10 in the CCAC in their first full year of competing against four-year schools only. In the tournament the Panthers defeated the St. Francis (#3 seed) before falling in two one-run games.
Two seasons ago (2004), the first year at the varsity and NAIA level, the Panthers burst on the scene with a 19-20 record.
Purdue North Central finished 18-20 in Arzola’a first two years at the club level as he built the foundation and planned for the future NAIA status of Panther softball.
“Gil did an excellent job and we’re going to miss him,” said Director of Athletics John Weber. “He started the first women’s athletic program from scratch and brought it to a high level in a short period of time. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
A search for a new coach will begin immediately.
PNC Softball Team
Signs New Recruits
May 13, 2005
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director, Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTVILLE – The Purdue
University North Central women’s softball team has signed 11 new
players, who will join nine returning players for the 2005 -2006
PNC Advances to
Second Day of Conference Tournament; Upset #3 Seed
May 4, 2005
Joliet, Ill---The Purdue North Central softball team (#6 seed) defeated #3 seed St. Francis 1-0 in the opening round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Wednesday afternoon in Joliet, IL. The Panthers also took #2 seed Olivet Nazarene to the brink before falling in extra innings 2-1 in game two in the double elimination format.
In game one Taryn Jamison (Hobart) allowed only four hits, retiring St. Francis batters in order through five innings. A sixth inning home run by Nikki Neulieb (Michigan City) was enough to seal the victory for PNC.
Game two featured an outstanding pitching
performance from freshman Kelly Steg (Maconaquah) but it wasn't
enough as the Panthers fell in eight innings. Olivet
took the early lead in the first inning on a one out walk and an
error. The Panthers tied the game in the 5th on a Jen Del Real
leadoff double and an RBI single from
PNC will look to extend their season on
Thursday versus Robert Morris at 2pm.
PNC Takes Two from
Cardinal Stritch; Qualify for Conference Tournament!
April 30, 2005
The Purdue North Central
softball team wound up their regular season by sweeping Cardinal
Stritch 5-0 and 4-2 Saturday afternoon at the Patriot Sports Complex
in Michigan City. The sweep put the Panthers in a tie for the final
seed in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Via a better winning percentage, the Panthers earned the final spot
in the tournament in their first year in the conference and their
fourth year as a program (second year at the NAIA level). PNC plays
number three seed Saint Francis on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Inwood
Sports Complex in Joliet, Illinois.
Softball Sweeps JV
April 18, 2005
The Purdue North Central softball team swept Prairie State Community College 2-1 and 3-2 in junior varsity contests Monday afternoon at Patriot Park in Michigan City.
The Panthers relied
on pitching to overcome a struggling offense to bring their JV
record to 2-0. In game one Taryn Jamison (Hobart) continued her
Game two saw the PNC offense continue to struggle managing only 2 hits, the big one a Hansen triple which drove in a run in the second inning. PNC however took advantage of 2 errors in the same inning to score twice overall and added another run in the 4th inning.
The Panthers play
again on Thursday in a conference games at Olivet Nazarene at 3 p.m.
Panthers Finish 1-3
at Oakland City Tournament
April 16, 2005
The PNC women's softball
team went 1-3 over the weekend losing twice to
The Panthers had to come from behind in their victory, knotting the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning with two outs, before winning it in the 8th on a Nikki Neulieb run-scoring double.
The Panthers play on Monday at Patriot Park versus Prairie State at 3 p.m. in a junior varsity contest. The next varsity contest will be April 21st when the Panthers travel to Kankakee to take on Olivet Nazarene in a doubleheader at 3p.m.
Panthers Sweep St.
April 14, 2005
The Purdue North Central Panthers swept the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL) 5-4 and 4-3 at Patriot Park in Michigan City on Thursday to even their conference record at 4-4.
(Hobart) went the distance in game one. After a 3-0 St. Francis lead
in the first three innings, Jamison allowed only four more hits and
one run the rest of the way. The Panthers scored two in the bottom
of the 3rd on three singles and an error. Holly Bender (Westview)
and Nikki Neulieb each had an RBI. The Panthers scored two more in
the sixth on two St. Francis errors. Kelly Burgess (Portage) drove
in the winning runs.
at St. Francis Tournament
April 9, 2005
The PNC Softball team finished the St. Francis Tournament 1-4 this past weekend in Joliet, IL.
The Panthers opened with a tough loss on Saturday to St. Xavier by the score of 11-3. PNC hung tough for 5 innings behind the pitching of Kelly Steg, but three errors in the sixth wrapped around several St. Xavier hits forced her out of the game.
Game two on
Saturday saw the Panthers rebound with a 4-3 victory over Iowa
Wesleyan. Great defense and another great pitching
performance, this time from Taryn Jamison, sealed the deal for the
Panthers while timely hitting, including doubles from Alex Hansen
and Heather Weaver, led the offensive attack.
The end of a
difficult weekend saw a very tired Panther team lose to Indiana
Wesleyan 9-2 to conclude the tournament. The Panthers will
take two days off before hosting St. Joseph's College (IN) in a
doubleheader Wednesday night at 5 p.m.
PNC Softball Drops
Two To St. Xavier
March 29, 2005
The PNC softball team ran up against a hornet's nest versus visiting Saint Xavier on Tuesday at Patriot Park in Michigan City. The pre-season 14th ranked St. Xavier team beat PNC 10-0 in game one and 6-2 in game two.
In game one, Jessica Wilson pitched a perfect game for St. Xavier, completing stopping PNC’s offense. Panther Starter Kelly Steg was tagged for five runs in the first inning, providing all the support Wilson needed.
Game two saw PNC take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and score again in the second before St. Xavier's hot bats returned. St. Xavier scored six times after the third inning to make the final 6-2.
The Panthers are now 5-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play. They host Judson College on Wednesday at 4pm.
Central Women’s Softball Team Splits Conference Opener
Michigan City, Indiana - The Purdue North Central Women’s Softball team split with Trinity Christian College, losing game one 2-0 and winning the nightcap 6-5. The games, originally scheduled to be at Trinity Christian, was played at Gardena Park in Michigan City due to the poor field conditions of Trinity’s home field in Palos Heights, IL.
Taryn Jamison (Hobart) took the loss in game one, allowing six hits in four innings. Sara Hunter (Portage) came on in relief in the fifth inning and allowed only two hits, one of which was a homerun with runner on. Jackie Mellen (Michigan City) led PNC with two hits, while Carly Ristich (Portage) and Val Minyard (Crown Point) had a hit each. Laura Arensen got the win for Trinity, working all 7 innings, striking out 9 and walking no one.
In a game shortened by darkness, PNC won game two in the bottom of the sixth on a two out bunt single by Mellen that scored Kelly Burgess (Portage). Kelly Steg (Peru) pitched two and a third innings before Jamison got the win in relief. Nikki Neilub (Michigan City) led the way for PNC offensively, going 2 for 3 with a double, a RBI and two runs. Mellen had two RBI’s and Jen Del Real (Los Angeles, California) had a double and an RBI.
PNC moved to 4-5 overall and is 1-1 in its first season of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic conference play. Trinity improved to 1-8 and 1-1. The Panthers will play Judson College at noon on Friday March 25th at Patriot Park in Michigan City.
Softball Returns from
Florida with 3-4 Record; Defeat Top-Ranked Team
March 14, 2005
The Purdue North Central Softball team traveled to Ft. Myers, Florida over spring break and participated in the annual Gene Cusic Classic Tournament. The Panthers returned home with a 3-4 record and had two games rained out.
On day one the Lady Panthers lost to Walsh 1-0 before defeating St. Ambrose 4-3 and 25th ranked Madonna 2-1. Against Madonna, Taryn Jamison (Hobart, IN), a sophomore transfer from Lake Michigan College, allowed only three hits. Offensively, Jackie Mellen (Michigan City Marquette), walked twice, had a hit and scored a run while Jen Del Real (Los Angeles, California) had two RBI’s.
On March 8th, the Panthers avenged their loss to Walsh, beating them 5-0 before the rain arrived and cancelled PNC’s two other scheduled games that day.
The final day of play saw PNC drop three games losing to Saint Mary’s (Terre Haute) 6-2, Aquinas 13-1 and Upper Iowa 5-3. The Panthers had an impressive 24 hits on the day but managed only 6 runs.
Overall, Del Real led the Panthers with a .466 average for the week, including a home run. Alex Hansen (Portage) also batted .466 with 3 runs batted in.
Volunteer Time for Those in Need
December 8, 2004
Two members of the Purdue North Central Softball Team volunteered their time to help a local organization Wednesday afternoon. They helped run the annual Healthy Families of LaPorte County Christmas party held at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Michigan City.
The two Panthers, Jennifer Del Real and Heather Weaver, ran games for the kids and helped clean-up after the party.
The mission of Healthy Families of LaPorte County is to support new parents and empower them to be the best parents they can be. In an effort to accomplish their mission, the following goals are supported:
assess first-time parents in order to identify their strengths and
needs then refer them to community resources.
“It was great for Jennifer and Heather to give of their time and help an excellent organization,” said head coach Gil Arzola.
PNC Softball Team
Hosting Winter Clinic
December 3, 2004
The Purdue North Central Women’s Softball team will be hosting a winter clinic on December 12th from 12pm to 5pm at the Armory in Michigan City.
The clinic will be lead by PNC’s head softball coach Gil Arzola, his coaching staff and members of the Panther team.
All ages are encouraged to attend. Participants will be broken up into groups by age and experience. Each group will have drills tailored to their level.
The schedules is as follows: 11:30am-12pm sign in; 12pm-1pm fielding mechanics; 2pm-3pm hitting, bunting and slapping; 3pm-4pm running the bases and conditioning for softball; 4pm-5pm learning to pitch and how to throw different pitches – if your not a pitcher then extra instruction will be given on hitting without fancy equipment: soft toss drills, how to improve vision and using a pitching machine the right way.
Each session will begin with a short lecture and notes will be provided so coaches and parents can learn how to teach. You are also encouraged to help with the drills.
As an extra bonus the clinic will conclude with a short presentation for high school players and parents on playing college softball, how to get recruited and some tips on preparing a video tape.
The cost of the clinic is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Coaches and parents attending with the players are free.
To register, contact Gil Arzola at 219-462-8191 or email@example.com.
Softball Team To Host Dodge Ball Fundraiser
The Purdue North Central Women’s Softball team will host dodge ball games November 21st from 12pm to 4pm at the Scholl Center in Michigan City.
Individual players will be placed on 10-12 player teams and can play for as long as their enthusiasm and time allows.
A $15 fee per player will be charged with all proceeds going towards the PNC Softball program.
To register, contact a Panther softball player or Head Coach Gil Arzola in the Athletic Department at 219-785-5333.