Lincoln’s Lund will play softball for Stony Brook next year

Final season with Zebras
By: Jim Linsdau/News Messenger Sports Editor
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The great news is, Lincoln High’s Abi Lund has accepted a scholarship to play softball for Stony Brook University (New York University at Stony Brook) next year; the even greater news is she still has one more year to play for the Fighting Zebras. “I think this year we’ll actually be on top,” Lund said as to how she thinks the Zebras will do in 2013. “Last year, the teams above us were stacked up with seniors. Last year was our rebuilding year.” Although center fielder Ashleigh Stidman and pitcher Miranda Schroeder have graduated Tofft could have 11 returnees – six of them freshmen last year. Lincoln finished fourth in the Pioneer Valley League, missing out on the playoffs by one game. The junior varsity was .500 on the season and 7-3 in the Pioneer Valley League. The JV team’s batting average was .365. Lund hit .300 for the Fighting Zebras in 2012, including two home runs. Lund led the team in runs batted in and scored 13 runs. Lund did not slow down this summer. She played for the 18 Gold Nor Cal Patriots travel team. She also spent some time visiting the campuses of the schools interested in her and eventually decided on playing for the Stony Brook Seawolves. “To be honest, a lot of schools from the East Coast reached out to me,” Lund said as to her choice. “(Stony Brook) kind of had everything but best of all was just the way it felt to me.” Lund said she has no fear about moving all the way to New York to attend college and playing for Stony Brook. She really connected with Seawolves’softball coach Megan Bryant, but is also looking forward to her senior year at Lincoln High and one more shot at the PVL title. “I love Lincoln High School,” the senior said. “I love the spirit of the school and I love the people.” Lund said she plans to run cross country again this year. Last year, she started with the Zebras but had to quit in midseason to keep up her grades. Lund has a 3.67 grade point average, so she’s really not struggling academically. This year she said her classes shouldn’t be as demanding and therefore feels confident she can maintain her status with the cross country team. She truly enjoys working with underclassmen both on and off the field. She said her area of study at Stony Brook would be in exercise science. But this year, she’ll be applying her brand of exercise science to benefit the Fighting Zebras.