Maverick women to start season among top ten
February 4th, 2011
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska-Omaha womenâ€™s softball team will begin the season ranked among the top teams in the nation. Last seasonâ€™s performance is apparently carrying weight with voters. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has tagged UNO with a #9 ranking to start the season. The Mavericks won 50 games and shared a conference title with Emporia State last year.
â€œWe feel like itâ€™s a respect to the program and what weâ€™ve done,â€ said Head Coach Jeanne Scarpello. “To see ourselves number nine, we feel like itâ€™s one heck of a good starting point.â€
Both of UNOâ€™s top starting pitchers return following award winning performances last year. Beth Haley was voted pitcher of the year by the MIAA conference and Lindsey Slocumâ€™s outstanding play garnered All-America honors. Add four other returning All-Conference honorees, and itâ€™s easy to see why the Mavericks are so highly regarded to begin the 2011 season. Scarpello said, despite all the returning talent, there will be room for fresh faces.
â€œWe lose Treightin Yates who hit .450 for us, so weâ€™re trying to find a good mix on that infield,â€ she said. Scarpello also said she expects Creighton transfer Lauren Larson to see significant time behind the plate.
Those new faces in the infield will see the seasonâ€™s first action on February 12th when UNO takes on Central Oklahoma in Talequah.
The Mavericks will see their first ranked opponent on February 18th when they face eighth-ranked Angelo State. Other ranked teams on the schedule for 2011 are #19 Emporia State and #7 Wayne State.
Valdosta State of Georgia was voted first following its second place finish last year.
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