Feb. 6, 2009
Fairfield, CT- Pioneer softball great Debbie Tidy is slated to be inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame March 1st. Tidy was a four time All-American (1984-1987) at Sacred Heart and appeared in three NCAA final fours. She remains at the top of nearly every statistical pitching category in the Pioneer record book.
Tidy would finish her career with an amazing 111-16 composite record, allowing just 19 runs in her entire collegiate career. She rewrote the Pioneers' record book, setting marks for single-season wins (31, 1987), single-season ERA (0.11, 1985), single-season strikeouts (348, 1984) and career strikeouts (1,080, the next highest is 400). Tidy also holds SHU career records for innings pitched (906, the next highest is 626) and ERA (0.15).
In her four year span at Sacred Heart the Pioneers amassed a 160-31 record and won three NECC conference championships. In 1985 SHU dominated the NECC and did not allow a run in conference play the entire season. Tidy tallied 12 perfect games and 13 no hitters, a feat that is not likely to be matched anytime soon.
Tidy graduated from Sacred Heart in 1988 with majors in criminal justice and sociology. Following her career with the Pioneers she played semi-professionally in Italy for two seasons before returning to Canada, where her parents, Kay and Larry Tidy, still reside.
The ceremony and dinner to induct Tidy is scheduled for Sunday, March 1st at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT. The event will include a social hour at 4:00 pm and dinner at 5:00 pm. The cost is $45 per person and tickets may be obtained by calling Tony Candido at (203)-878-3363 by Feb. 15.