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Top Returners and Incoming Talent Yield Excitement for 2018 Softball Season

By Alyssa Fox on 01/22/2018

Goodwell, Okla.—As the Lady Aggies Softball team gets ready to throw out the first pitch of the season, Head Coach Meghan Mulcahy and Assistant Coach Bill Berry are more than excited to get onto the field for their first game.

The team is returning a collection of core players as well as welcoming a wealth of new athletes for the 2018 season. Mulcahy is looking forward to having three of her returning seniors expand on their roles, including Julia Ibarra, Faith Guzman and Brooklyne Bolton. Of these three foundation players, Coach Mulcahy says, "I am excited to have Julia back on the mound and in the outfield, Faith is a really reliable player and I'm looking forward to getting her in the infield, and Brooklyne is a good, solid hitter and will be a big impact for us as she moves to first base."

Some of the talented new faces joining this season include freshmen Haleigh Scott and Jewell Lee and juniors Abby Gregory and Lindsay Jacobs. "Haleigh will be a leader for us behind the plate and I think she will have a huge impact immediately; Jewell has a lot of speed in the outfield and she will be a staple leftie at the plate," says Mulcahy of the two incoming freshmen. Mulcahy continued, "Abby will be great for us in the outfield and Lindsay is a pitcher who will become a big help to us," she says of the two junior signees.

Mulcahy expressed an optimistic outlook for the season ahead stating, "I think their hard work from the fall will continue to be present and carry over to the spring." The sixth-year head coach conveyed the first few weeks of their season schedule are non-conference road games which will ultimately become a great barometer for the rest of the spring, but she expressed confidence in her athletes for a great outcome on the season. "I think we have a good chance to be solid; we want to work toward being in the top half of our conference," said Mulcahy.
Both Mulcahy and Berry noted the overall sense of fellowship and morale shared by the team, saying, "Teamwork has been and will continue to be our main goal. Along with consistency, I think that will give us the best chance to be successful this season."

The coaching staff encourages campus and community fans to get out and enjoy the games this spring, and are appreciative of all their support as they get ready to begin the 2018 season. The Aggies open with a four-game road series at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M. on Friday, Feb. 2; their first home games are scheduled for Feb. 17-18 versus McPherson College.