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Aggie Softball Looks Ahead

By Justine Gaskamp on 05/16/2013 Emily Vasquez returns for her senior year­—Sage Fischer PhotoEmily Vasquez returns for her senior year­—Sage Fischer Photo Goodwell, Okla.­—With the 2013 season barely in the books, head Aggie softball coach Meghan Mulcahy looks forward to next season with the return of several key players.

Set for her senior year, catcher Emily Vasquez led the team in hitting this season and earned a spot on the All- Heartland Conference second team in 2012. Outfielder Juuna'e Dai'Re will enter her senior year after receiving All-Conference second team honors and batting .341 for the 2013 season. In addition, the hard work from Lilli Ward, transfer Ashly Duin, and freshmen Samantha Arledge and Michaela MacGillivray will greatly contribute to the team next year.

Mulcahy adds that the staff continues recruiting efforts. Currently, nine new players have been added to the team including junior college transfers Abby Morrison from Dodge City Community College; Laura Trehal from Trinidad State; Junior College All-American Heather Lanphear from Independence Community College; and Julia Gutierrez from North Platt. Four high school seniors will also be joining the OPSU team next year, including Anyssa Barbosa, Stephanie Morrison, Madison Heathington, and Kinzie Spurgin.

The coaches are currently in St. George, Utah attending the Junior College National Tournament with the hopes of adding a few more key players to the roster. Mulcahy wants to "get OPSU's name out there in the softball world" and plans to attend several other major tournaments over the summer including the Triple Crown Colorado Fireworks/Sparkler Tournament in Denver, Colo.; the Diamond Elite Showcase in Plano, Texas; and the Atlanta Legacy Tournament in Georgia.

The second year head coach believes that attending key events and recruiting will help to improve the softball program and let people know about OPSU athletics. Her goal for the next year is to blend their recruiting class and returning players to form a successful team on the field, in the classroom and within the Panhandle community.

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