|4 Lydia Ritchie|
Pirates Tally Four Home Runs, Outscore Opponents 15-1
Pirates Begin Season Under New Leadership
Pirates Open 2016 Campaign Feb. 12 At Kajikawa Classic
Pirates Practice as a Team for the First Time in 2016
2014 (Freshman): Recorded nine appearances and two starts while logging 15 innings in the circle during her rookie campaign … Made her first-collegiate appearance in relief against BYU (Feb. 7) … Recorded her first-career start against Southern Utah (Feb. 8) … Earned her first-career win with three scoreless innings of relief and allowing just three hits in an 11-6 victory over Seton Hall (Feb. 15) … Pitched 1.2 innings of relief against Albany (Feb. 21) … Pitched two innings of relief in the second game of a doubleheader against Tennessee Tech (March 1) … Pitched one inning of relief and allowed two unearned runs in the second game of a doubleheader against Eastern Illinois (March 11) … Recorded the final out of in relief in an 11-6 win in game two of a doubleheader at Charlotte (March 15) … Started in the circle but faced just two batters at FIU (March 29) … Spent the Fall 2013 semester at Division III Berry College before transferring.
High School: Lettered four years at Bledsoe County High School under her father, Ricky, who coached the team ... Broke every major school pitching record over her four-year prep career and was named the valedictorian of her graduation class ... Named the AA District Player-of-the-Year twice and was a four-time all-district selection ... Also named the team's MVP and best offensive player following her senior campaign ... Hit. 437 and struck out 270 batters during her senior season and was an all-state selection ... Played club softball for Team Worth ... Heavily involved in community service and volunteer work with the Special Olympics, Red Cross, LEAP after school program.
Personal: Born to Janice and Ricky Ritchie in East Ridge, Tenn. ... has two brothers, Robby and Ben ... Ben plays football at Berry College.