MIAA Softball Scheduled To Get Underway

By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

Kansas City, Mo. -- Washburn is scheduled to kick off the MIAA softball season this weekend with many others teams getting underway the following weekend.

Upcoming MIAA Previews:
Central Missouri heads to Oklahoma to open season
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8-2/10 at Southeast Regional Invite in Durant, Okla. (6 games)
Central Missouri will open the season on the road at the Southeastern Regional Crossover in Durant, Okla. with six weekend games. The top returner at the plate is center fielder Ashlea Bengston who hit .329 with 23 runs batted in last year. In the circle Sarah Espy went 10-8 with a 3.38 earned run average.

#16 Central Oklahoma heads towards Texas
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8-2/10 at Whitten Inn Classic in Abilene, Texas (4 games)
Central Oklahoma will travel to the Whitten Inn Classic in Abilene, Texas for four games the second weekend in February. Their top returning hitter is Kacie Edwards who hit .453 with 19 home runs and 79 RBI, being named the Daktronics Player of the Year. In the circle Amanda McClelland went 18-2 with a 3.67 earned run average.

#18 Emporia State waits for warmer weather
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/15-17 at Arkansas-Monticello Touranment in Bentonville, Ark. (6 games)
Emporia State will not begin their MIAA title defense until Feb. 15-17 when they travel to Bentonville, Ark. for six games. Top returner at the plate Stephanie Goodwin hit .442 with eight home runs and 44 runs driven in. In the circle Karley Schmelzer was 21-5 with a 1.86 earned run average and 180 strikeouts.

Fort Hays State begins the year at home
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/9 vs. UNK (DH) 11 a.m.
Fort Hays State will open their season at home when they face Nebraska-Kearney in a non-league double header. Their top returner at the plate and in the circle is Maddie Holub who hit .361 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI, she also went 19-9 with a 1.62 ERA.

Lincoln hits the road for Oklahoma to open the season.
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8-10 at Southeastern Oklahoma St. Tournament in Durant, Okla. (6 games)
Lincoln will travel to Durant, Okla. for six games in the Southeastern Oklahoma State tournament. At the plate Brianna Akers hit .275 with three home runs and 17 RBI. In the circle Clair Lorenz was 10-16 with 3.15 ERA and 125 strikeouts.

Lindenwood sets sail for sunny Florida
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/7 at St. Leo 6 p.m.; 2/8-10 at Eckerd Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. (5 games)
Lindenwood will head to sunny Florida to open the 2013 campaign. At the plate their top returner is Alexandra Newcomb who hit .283 with 16 RBI. In the circle Kendall Ryndak was 3-4 with a 5.00 ERA in 2012.

Missouri Southern opens the year in Oklahoma
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8-10 at Central Regional Crossover in Durant, Okla. (6 games)
Missouri Southern will open the 2013 campaign in Durant, Okla. at the Central Region Crossover for six games. At the plate last season Shelby Romines hit .296 with two home runs and 23 RBI. In the circle Haley Pipes was 10-10 with a 3.28 earned run average.

Missouri Western opens 2013 in Oklahoma
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8-10 at Southeastern Regional Invitational in Durant, Okla. (6 games)
Missouri Western will travel to Oklahoma to face off in six early season match-ups. At the plate Maegan Roemmich hit .347 with four home runs and 22 RBI. In the circle Jackie Bishop went 24-5 with a 1.42 ERA and 243 strikeouts.

Nebraska-Kearney heads to Hays
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/9 at FHSU (DH) 1 p.m.
Nebraska-Kearney will open the season on the road at Fort Hays State. Last season at the plate Mallory Noakes hit .353 with 25 RBI and 11 stolen bases. In the circle Becky Dunn was 10-10 with a 3.54 earned run average.

Northeastern State heads across the state
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8 at Southeastern Tournament in Durant, Okla. (6 games)
Northwest State will face six early season match-ups in Oklahoma. Last season at the plate Madison Reed hit .336 and had six stolen bases. In the circle Cayce Coleman went 12-7 with a 1.69 earned run average with 112 strikeouts.

Northwest Missouri opens the season in Kansas.
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/9 at St. Mary’s (DH) 12 p.m.
Northwest Missouri will go to St. Mary’s College to open the season. Last year Hailee Hendricks hit .333 with three home runs and 13 RBI. Jenna Creger was 7-10 in the circle with a 3.49 earned run average and 117 strikeouts.

Pittsburg State awaits trip to Florida.
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/16 at St. Leo Tournament
Pittsburg State will wait two weeks to open the season on the road in Florida. Last season at the plate Cheslyn Mitchell hit .405 with six home runs and 43 RBI. In the circle Jessica Barnes went 6-5 with a 2.04 ERA.

Southwest Baptist waits for trip to Arkansas
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/15 at Arkansas Classic
Southwest Baptist will open the year at the Arkansas Classic in Bentonville, Ark. At the plate last season Alandria Jensen hit .262 with one home run and six runs batted in. SBU will unveil an all-new pitching staff in 2013.

Truman waits to start regular season
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/15 at Alabama-Huntsville Tournament
Truman will open their season on Feb. 15 at Alabama-Huntsville. Last season at the plate Kelsey Bollman hit .323 with 20 doubles and 27 RBI. In the circle Kelsea Dorsey was 16-9 with a 2.72 earned run average.

Washburn opens the season in Arkansas
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/2-3 at Arkansas-Monticell Classic in Monticello, Ark. (4 games)
Washburn is scheduled to be the first MIAA team to hit the field on Feb. 2 in Arkansas. Last season at the plate Alex Zordel hit .380 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI. In the circle Kayla Oldham was 10-11 with a 3.28 earned run average.


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