Women’s softball team saw offseason changes to both the roster and the coaching staff as head coach Ricki Rothbauer looks to return the team back to its winning ways.
During last year’s disappointing 24-31 record, first-year head coach Rothbauer was hindered by a shortened offseason and injuries to the team’s top two players, top pitcher Lindsey Brown and center fielder Kaycee Bryan.
The team returns most of its line-up from last season including, all-conference shortstop Rose Stubbs, Brown, returning from injury, last season beat the number-two team in the Nation, Midwestern, to compliment Brown the Lady Javelinas brought in starting pitcher Denise Arnold, a transfer from McLennan Community College.
Rothbauer spent most of the off season doing position-specific drills and said she believes that that she has a great improvement of defensive side and is more fundamentally sound at all nine positions.
Rothbauer and the Lady Javelina softball team go into the season ranked ninth in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, but Coach Rothbauer is actually using that ranking to help motivate her team to do better and is embracing the underdog role.
“One thing in taking on that role is to understand that you’re working to try and get out of it” also mentioning that she thinks it’s a good spot for the team right now, but also added “You don’t want to be the underdog forever.”
“We have a lot of new personnel on the team that can really out perform that expectation from the conference,” said Rothbauer.
Rothbauer said she has great confidence and high hopes for the team this year and likes what she and other members of the coaching staff have seen this off season by saying
“If we can stay healthy we can beat any team in this conference,” said Rothbauer.
The Lady Javelina softball team kicks off their season this Friday as they take part in the St. Mary’s Tournament in San Antonio.