Softball Progressing through Fall Practice
Oct. 9, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team is off to a strong start to the fall 2013 practice and exhibition season.
The Golden Hurricane has been working during the first few weeks of fall practice to integrate eight newcomers with its 11 returning players, that make up the largest TU roster in the nine-year tenure of head coach John Bargfeldt.
Tulsa has played three of its exhibition games so far, picking up victories over Northern (Okla.) College and Missouri State, twice.
"It has been a really interesting fall for us. We're kind of enjoying it as coaches, because we have more players than we've ever had. We have 19 players," Bargfeldt said. "That's allowed us to run practices a little bit different. We have eight new players to our program, so we're coming up with a lot of different ways to get the new players acclimated into our system. The other thing it allows, is it allows us to scrimmage a lot more, being able to have two full teams out there. It's providing a lot of competition."
Sophomores Caitlin Sill and Jocelyn Sheffield have each hit a pair of home runs for the Golden Hurricane. Sill is 4-for-6 with two singles and two RBI, while Sheffield is 3-for-6 with a single and two RBI to go along with their homers, one each against Northern Oklahoma and Missouri State. Freshman Jill Roye also homered, with a single and two RBI. Each of her hits came against Missouri State.
Sophomore Jodi Edmiston is 2-for-5 with three singles and run scored in two games against Missouri State and Northern Oklahoma. Senior Aimee Creger has doubled twice, and is 3-for-7 adding a single, a run and an RBI in two hitting games against Missouri State and Northern Oklahoma.
Junior Erica Sampson is 3-for-6 with three walks and three runs, while senior Cierra Hughes is 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, a walk and a stolen base, and senior Emma Horton is 2-for-2 with two singles, two walks and a run in two games. Senior Jill Barrett has a pair of singles and a stolen base.
Freshman Briana Walker is 3-for-7 with two base hits, a double and a run, while twin Brittany Walker is 2-for-4 with a single, two walks and an RBI. Sophomore Catherine Horner has hit a pair of singles for the Hurricane.
With the large number of new players, Bargfeldt says he has been pleased with the chemistry between the returning players and newcomers so far.
"Obviously, in front of us coaches, we've seen very good chemistry," he said. "Then you also ask a couple of players how things are going behind the scenes, and we haven't had anybody say anything but very positive things about how our new players have come in and fit in with the program. We're very fortunate to have good chemistry so far this year."
The Golden Hurricane next plays host to Oklahoma State on Friday, Oct. 11 in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
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