It was just over a year ago that Sami Mumford had played her final game as a member of the Indian River High School softball team.
Mumford’s efforts on the diamond helped take the Indians all the way to the DIAA semifinals and an overall mark of 15-6 in her senior year.
Her four years at IR were more than impressive to the coaches at Salisbury University, a NCAA Division III school located in Maryland. She was an All-Henlopen Conference selection three straight years at IR, and picked up some all-conference nods in her other sport of volleyball as well.
Once at SU, Mumford became an instant contributor for the Sea Gulls’ softball team, starting all 45 games.
During her freshman season, Mumford and the Sea Gulls post a 30-15 overall mark as they advanced all the way to the NCAA Division III regionals. They also came just short of capturing the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship, falling to Christopher Newport University in the best-of-three final series. The Sea Gulls had taken Game 1 in the series before dropping the final two.
“It was a really great first year,” said Mumford, the daughter of Danette and Todd Mumford. “Our coach expects us to be there every year. Her goal for us is to win the national championship, and to get there in Oklahoma City every year.
“I felt like it was a good indicator and a great experience to have, to know how the next couple of years are going to go in college.”
For the season, Mumford earned a First-Team All-CAC honor — one of just three players in their first year of collegiate softball to receive the league accolade. Mumford batted .392 — fourth-best on the team — with seven doubles, a triple, 20 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. She also had a team-best 19 stolen bases.
Perhaps more importantly, she was equally impressive in the classroom, where she was also recognized for the All-Academic team for the CAC.
“It’s a little bit more intensive in college,” Mumford admitted. “Your teachers in high school are always reminding you. Your parents are there to keep reminding you. In college, your professors are not on you as much. You are responsible for making sure you balance your time and get your work done. I took harder classes in the fall so that I could focus on softball more in the spring … made my class load a little lighter.”
Mumford is looking for more of the same in her 2019 campaign and has her sights on helping her team capture that conference crown they came oh-so-close to getting this past season, and getting back to the NCAA tournament.
“Just want to keep working hard and getting better every day,” Mumford concluded, “My goal — like everyone else on our team — is to win the national championship, but we want to make sure that our season is better than the year before. That’s what you strive for as a player and a team.”
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By Jason Feather