PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark head softball coach Shawna Feldt-Cyrus announced the addition of five new student-athletes for the 2014 season.
"We are really excited about this incoming freshmen class. We'll be adding pitching, speed and just some good overall ballplayers that will compete for starting positions," said Feldt-Cyrus.
The Pioneers are set to return 14 of their 17 players from last season after graduating seniors Megan Andre, Jet'aime Mullins and Natalie Rose. The Pios will return Northwest Conference First-Team member Hannah Dal Pra and NWC honorable mention Haley Robinson.
Last season, the team had its best season since 2001, finishing with an overall record of 16-22, and a 10-18 NWC record. The Pioneers also beat each NWC opponent, except George Fox and Linfield, at least once during the season. During the course of the season, the team broke the single season record for number of hit by pitches, with 26. The Pioneers nearly broke the single season home run record, finishing the season with 24, one shy of the record.
Dal Pra smashed the single season RBI record, which had previously been held since 1975, with 43 RBI. Dal Pra also broke the single season home run record, finishing with 10 homers.
"After the success from last season, this incoming group should jump right in and contribute and help us to excel from where we left off in 2013."
Feldt-Cyrus shared her thoughts on her new players:
Ashley Bolick is a speedy, natural lefty who will compete for time in the outfield. We're excited to add her speed to the lineup.
Jenai Rojo is a very experienced and mature 1st Baseman, who will add leadership and a powerful bat to our lineup.
Kalin Rooney is a local pitcher from Lake Oswego, who moves the ball well and finds ways to get people out. We're excited to see what she can bring to our pitching staff.
Tiana Rosario is a quick, little middle infielder who will compete for most any infield position. Her speed is also a weapon that we're excited to add to the program.
Lindsay Yearman has one of the strongest arms we've seen. She will throw out a lot of baserunners from the outfield, and add a powerful bat to our lineup.
2014 incoming softball players...