Tulsa Softball Wraps Up Fall Workouts
Nov. 10, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team completed their fall workouts, and accomplished quite a bit during their practice and exhibition season. Head Coach John Bargfeldt sat down with CaneVision to review the session.
The Golden Hurricane played seven exhibition games during the fall season, winning six of those games. TU earned victories over Northern (Okla.) College, Central Arkansas, Missouri State, Oklahoma State and two wins over Labette CC, while dropping one contest to OSU.
Replacing three- and four-year starters at catcher, shortstop and center field were among the focal points for the Hurricane during the fall. The TU coaches learned a lot about their personnel, and how they will fill the positions and utilize their depth and players' versatility.
Sophomore Catherine Horner and junior transfer Erica Sampson played at catcher, along with freshman Maddie Withee. Senior Jill Barrett and freshman Briana Walker spent time at shortstop, while Barrett and freshman Maggie Withee played at third base. Sophomore Jodi Edmiston played much of the time in center field, and is joined in the outfield by returning starters Cierra Hughes and Haley Henshaw.
Junior Julie Kernen returns at first base, and senior Shelby Blanton returns at second base, where Horner spends time as well. Freshman Brittany Walker plays in the outfield, while sophomore transfer Kaitlin Allen is an infielder. Utility players Emma Horton and Jocelyn Sheffield are a senior and a sophomore, respectively.
"We have our biggest team that we've had, in terms of numbers. So, the fall was pretty important. With eight new players coming in, it was important to try some people at some different positions, which we did, and to also take a look and see how our new players matched up with our returning core players," Bargfeldt said. "We have a good core returning. So, it was just a lot of fact-finding, really, in this fall."
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