Softball and Baseball

UoN Softball and Baseball Club History

From the year 2014, the softball and baseball club at University of Nottingham have been one combined society, forming from the original individual societies of baseball and softball. From those days the club has grown year on year culminating in the establishing of a second baseball B team in the 2017/18 British University Baseball League.

Throughout the first 4 years of the combined society the club has gone from strength to strength. First, establishing a second softball team for nationals that remains a strong route into the sport and the A team. Secondly through consistent performances in both nationals for both sports, as well as in each of their respective leagues.

The Softball club built upon on their victory at Nationals in 2014 by reaching both finals in 2014/15 though unfortunately suffering heart-breaking losses to Loughborough and Portsmouth respectively. This trend continued for the next couple of years as the rebranded Arrows reached 3 consecutive spring national finals in the first 3 years of the combined club; all falling to defeats by Loughborough, a final innings walk-off defeat in spring 2017 being the closest they came. However, redemption finally came for the Arrows in October 2017 as they finally won the title to be crowned the best university side in the country by defeating Portsmouth in high-quality affair. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom in the years between these victories; the club worked alongside Loughborough university to establish the East Midlands Invitational Championship in 2016 as a part of the university softball calendar, a title they won in 2017. Another key part of the club’s development into a combined softball and baseball club occurred when the softball team rebranded from the old Swingers moniker into the Arrows at the end of the 14/15 season, leading to the belated naming of the B team to be Archers in 2017.

The Baseball club have consistently performed at national’s year on year, regularly finishing inside of the top four at nationals and competing at M1ST. Bereft of a top pitcher that has played either in America or since childhood, the club has prided itself on its uncanny ability to compete using entirely homegrown talent with players in the Thieves team often having never played baseball before starting university. The Thieves team at October Nationals 2017 exemplified this more than ever as they only lost a solitary game, but managed to post a total run difference of +61 runs in five games. In 2017/18 the club grew to the extent that it developed a second B team to enter the ever-growing BUBL. In terms of BUBL performance, the Thieves have always consistently performed with only the ever-dangerous Loughborough pipping them to the title each year. They did come really close in the 2016/17 season as only an unexpected defeat by University of Sheffield prevented them from taking the title after they defeated Loughborough earlier in the season.


UoN Softball and Baseball President


Katherine Winfield


Matthew Wildman


Matthew Wildman


Tom Cullen


words by Luke Nelson November 2017



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