Softball Spring Season Preview
The Murray State College softball season is underway, and the Lady Aggies start the season with a top twenty ranking. NJCAA Division II softball preseason ranking have MSC at number seventeen. The spring schedule starts out with several road games. After two games at home, the team plays the next eight games on the road.
The Lady Aggies started the season with a doubleheader versus Grayson College at home on January 31. The game was scheduled to be played in Denison, but was moved when a winter weather forecast threatened to cancel them. Grayson College came out on top in the first game 9 to 0, but the Lady Aggies came back to take the second game 2 to 3. Marki Dethloff got the win on the mound, going 5 innings. Offensively, Ciara Kuestersteffen was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Sabrina Slatton and Bryanna Knox each had a stolen base.
Looking to the season ahead, Head Coach Marie Stone says that having opportunistic base-runners on the team will be an asset this year.
“Based off the fall, one of our strengths is our base-running ability,” say Stone. “Our players do a great job of being head’s up and taking open bases when they see them.”
Stone says that scoring those base-runners will be a key for the team this season.
“We need to execute when we have runners on base, and not leave them stranded,” she says. “I’m also looking for our sophomores and a few key freshmen to step up. As the season progresses and we see more live pitching I expect our hitter to improve along with our quality at bats.”
Fans and players alike will see some changes at the MSC Softball Field at the Johnston County Sports Complex. The bleachers have been covered and bullpens have been added for both dugouts. There is also a new playing surface on the infield. Stone says the new surface will drain water quicker and help with field maintenance.
Stone says the Lady Aggies have a tough schedule this season that includes only NJCAA Division I teams until the Lady Aggies host North Arkansas for Regionals. She sites Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NJCAA D1 Pre-Season National Ranking #3), and North Central Texas College (NJCAA D1 Pre-Season National Ranking #17) as strong competitors. Another tough team is Paris Junior College who went all the way to the national tournament last year.
The next home game is February 18 when the Ladies face off against Independence Community College. One of the players on the Independence team has a family tie with a future Lady Aggie.
“An interesting side fact, one of their freshman players [Ciara Trotter] has a sister who has signed with Murray for next year. They could have played together a year if she’d chosen to attend Independence.”
You can see the Murray State College softball team in action at home on Tuesday, February 18. The Lady Aggies will face off against Independence Community College at 1:00 p. m. and again at 3:00 p. m. For a complete schedule, visit mscok.edu.