NCNU's women softball team wins Taiwan university league
National Chi Nan University (NCNU) captured the 2021 university softball championship title on March 28, winning 7:0 against National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS) at the Taichung King Long Baseball Stadium. The first two innings were well matched, but NCNU began pulling ahead in the third inning. The University Softball League (USL) finale was a two-match championship game, with NCNU winning 7:5 against NTUS the day before, and now looking as a strong Taiwan farm team for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
Du Ya-ting (杜雅婷), a student with NCNU's Department of Public Policy and Administration and a national athlete training for the Asian Games, was the pitcher for NCNU who was one hit shy of a perfect game. Her NTUS counterpart, Cho Pei-huan (卓佩寰), pitched well throughout the game, but in the third inning, NCNU began scoring, going on to earn 7 runs on 10 hits. The championship title was secured in the 6th inning, after rocketing through the USL by winning two cycles of ten games.
NCNU President Dr. Dong-Sing Wuu (武東星) pointed out that, at six students, the university's female softball players make up nearly one-third of Taiwan's national softball team training for the 2022 Asian Games. With generous support from the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, NCNU is also constructing the country's only sports field tailored for women’s softball to train more world-class players and coaches. A total of five schools competed in the inaugural USL spearheaded by the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation, Taiwan’s sports body for collegial games: NCNU, National Taiwan Normal University (國立臺灣師範大學), University of Taipei (臺北市立大學), National Taiwan University of Sport (國立台灣體育運動大學), and Shu-Te University (樹德科技大學).
Four students and one coach from NCNU also captured 6 awards: the homerun title and first runner-up position for best hitting average were awarded to Lin Chih-ying (林志霙), graduate student from the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Resource Development; best pitcher Chen Ching-yu (陳靜瑜), Department of Public Policy and Administration freshman; Du for best assists; best coach Lin Pei-chun (林佩君); and second runner-up for best hitter Ma Wen-li (馬文麗), a senior majoring in public policy.
Backstop Lin, who is also on the national roster as a catcher for the 2022 Asian Games, explains that she plans to continue her softball journey by competing at the Taiwan Professional Women's Softball League (TPWSL) when she does graduate. She is currently pursuing a master's at NCNU, having spent her undergraduate years studying politics here and now expanding into lifelong learning and human resources. Her twin goals are: academia and athletics. After all, there's more than one set of muscles to train and flex.